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Simply Strings

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed, social-action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Beginning in second grade, children in this program receive daily, intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school. The program is based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in the Roseland School District.

Through the Simply Strings program, I have noticed students build confidence, learn time management and self-discipline skills. They are encouraged to takes risks and most importantly, they feel a part of a positive, musically focused community.
– Jenny Young, Principal, Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School


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Weekly Class Times

Monday: 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Tuesday: 3:00PM - 5:30PM
*Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:30PM
Thursday: 3:00PM - 5:30PM
Friday: 3:00PM - 5:30PM

Simply Strings Important Dates

Session 1: Monday, September 25 - Friday, November 17
Session 1: Monday, October 16 // NO CLASSES
Session 1: Friday, November 10 // NO CLASSES

Session 1 Recital: Friday, November 17 // Call time @ 4:30PM

Session 2: Monday, January 22 - Friday, March 15
Session 2: Monday, February 12 // NO CLASSES
Session 2: Monday, February 19 // NO CLASSES

Session 2 Recital: Friday, March 15 // Call time @ 4:30PM

Session 3: Monday, March 25 - Friday, May 17
Session 3: Monday, April 1 // NO CLASSES
Session 3 Recital: Friday, May 17 // Call time @ 4:30PM

Simply Strings Mission Statement:

We believe music education can effect positive social change. Our mission is to inspire children to strive for excellence through music learning and ensemble participation.

Vision Statement

Through musical engagement, children grow into empathetic, resilient, and fully engaged citizens, committed to continued individual growth.

Guiding Principles:

  • Music is a joyful instrument of social change

  • Hard work, consistency and intensity lead to excellence.

  • Accessibility is fundamental: all children should be given the opportunity to participate

  • Ensemble experience develops invaluable life skills such as empathy, cooperation, dependability and commitment

  • Mentoring and peer support strengthen confidence, encourage responsibility and maintain engagement



We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

Rotary Club of Santa Rosa



All photos by Susan & Neil Silverman Photography

Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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