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    Our Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) Program is available to 4th-& 5th-grade students and provides a chance for students to explore and learn about band and orchestra instruments. The students meet one time each week with Charles Holmes, our Instrumental Music Teacher.

    Classes are taught in small groups of students based on skill-level and instrument. They spend the year working out of a method book with other simple pieces interspersed. In the spring, the students perform in a community performance to showcase what they have learned over the year.

    Band Instruments:

    • Clarinet
    • Flute
    • Trumpet
    • Trombone

    *Alto Saxophone, Baritone Horn, Bass Clarinet, Oboe and Percussion is taught when space is available and with teacher permission.

    Orchestra Instruments:

    • Violin
    • Viola
    • Cello

    Contact: Charles Holmes, 

    FREE Before-School Lessons for Strings Musicians

    Violin, viola, and cello players also have the opportunity to take additional lessons with professional musician coaches, provided by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO), free of charge at Arbor Heights Elementary on Thursday mornings from 7:40 a.m.- 8:25 a.m. Players join the coaches for fun music games, extra coaching, and some one-on-one attention to improve their playing. Contact Kathleen Allen at SYSO with any questions at 206-422-1383 or