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Mozart Strings Project

Music for Everyone

Would you like to learn how to play violin, viola, cello or string bass?

The Mozart Strings Project offers after-school beginning string instruction to elementary school students. The project started in 1994 in response to an increasing number of requests for orchestral training. Mozart Strings is a program offered by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and is open to all students, regardless of school district.
Students enrolled in the project attend two one-hour rehearsals each week and perform at least three concerts each year. Elementary Mozart students come together to perform en masse at concerts.

MSP has been designed to maximize the potential for success for each participant. The objective is to teach carefully, accurately and frequently, thereby insuring the mastery of performance skills that will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment and appreciation. We can't wait to share the benefits with your child.

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Mozart Strings Project - Things to Know:

  • We focus on posture and tone production, teaching note reading separately until students have the ability to play simple songs with good tone.
  • Full Year Program:   Students come to class for one hour, twice a week from mid-September to mid-May.
  • Classes Available for Beginners with no experience and for 2nd Year Students.  Grades accepted are 2nd/3rd through 5th/6th, depending on site. Students with more experience may fit better in one of the CSYSA auditioned orchestras.  Please contact Renée Botton if you aren't sure which program is right for your student. 
  • Class sizes are from 8 to 20 students depending on room size and assistants available.  
  • Sites come together for 3 concerts throughout the year.  There are some site based recitals/activities as well.
  • We are part of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association!   After graduating from our Mozart program, students are automatically eligible for the first of 6 CSYSA auditioned orchestras.  NOTE: The the top CSYSA auditioned orchestra tours internationally, and many CSYSA program graduates go on to receive music scholarships in college! 
2023 - 2024 Anticipated Cost
2023-24 Tuition:  Around $9/ hour -- or $561 for the entire school year, includes t-shirt.* JOIN THE PREFERRED LIST FOR START DATES AND ADDITIONAL TUITION DETAILS
PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE! ($100 down): Payment plan, partial financial aid and 2nd child 10% discount are available. ** 
* Note:  Instrument rental is separate and not included in tuition.
** A REQUIRED FUNDRAISER helps keep tuition low for all MSP students; Optional fundraisers available can earn money to apply toward Mozart tuition!
GET ON THE PREFERRED LIST to receive more information about the program, get access to Online Registration as soon as it opens, and get notification of Enrollment Meeting dates and times:



NOTE:  Please contact the site teacher if you have any site specific questions.  If you don’t know which site you’d like or have other questions,  please contact Mozart Strings Project Director:  Renée Botton, 719-660-1310,


  • The Classical Academy (TCA)

    • Location: Church at Briargate, 9550 Otero Ave., Colorado Springs,  CO 80920

    • Contact: Renée Botton, 719-660-1310,

    • Class Days: Tues./Thurs. after school  



  • Inspiration View Elementary School (IVES)

    • Location: NO SITE AT IVES 23-24: Sign up for BL or RMCA

    • Contact: Hilda Bernard, 719-649-3843,

    • Class Days: See BL or RMCA

  • Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) 

    • Location: 4620 Antelope Ridge Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80922

    • Contact: Hilda Bernard, 719-649-3843,

    • Class Days: Tues./Thurs. after school classes


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