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Resources for Parents

These organizations all provide great resources to help you our your child engage with and learn music.

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The Portland Conservatory

The Portland Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit community music school that educates community members of all ages, abilities and financial levels through musical instruction and concert performances.

The Porltand Conservatory offers private and group lessons and teach all instruments for the orchestra, in addition to such instruments as ukulele, banjo, and fiddle. They also offer the following specialized programs:  Early Childhood Education, Youth Choral Groups (Girl Singers of Maine and the Boy Singers of Maine), College Prep, and Jazz Studies. On the performance side they offer a free Noonday Concert series in downtown Portland, Dimensions in Jazz series, and  Early Music and Back Cove Contemporary Music festivals.

Click here to visit the Portland Conservatory website


240 Strings

By providing free classical music education, 240 Strings cultivates young minds and hearts, while building community along the way.

240 Strings offers free private and ensemble lessons 30 weeks per year in violin, cello and piano. Instrument and books are provided.

To learn more about their offerings visit the 240 Strings here.


The Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra is made up of more than 70 musicians, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Established in 1942, the PYSO has grown into a pre-professional program of high caliber, which challenges its members with a diverse repertory of orchestral literature. 

To learn more about the PYSO, visit their website here.

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Individual tickets available for sale on June 17.



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Find the answers to all the questions about the orchestra you may be too afraid to ask!

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Bring your class to a youth concert

This year’s Youth Concert will feature a performance of Carnival of the Animals: Remix, an engaging and reimagined version of Saint-Saëns’ famous work. Featuring local artists including a rapper, a Native American flute player, and an erhu player, this interactive daytime performance is perfect for all elementary students (K-4).

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