Elemental Strings and Band is Santa Monica’s premiere youth ensemble program for elementary school-aged string students.
For over ten years, students in Elemental Strings have not only played in an orchestra, but blossomed as inspired musicians in a close-knit community. Our superb staff has had years of experience as both teachers and performers. Because of the care and thorough teaching they received early on, our students have developed into some of Santa Monica’s finest musicians.
Playing in an orchestra or band is often described as akin to being part of a vital community. Students learn to find their own voice, yet also work in harmony and contribute to a greater good. We see this not only in our weekly rehearsals, but also as countless alumni come back each year to be part of our Mentor Program. After their own experiences in Elemental Strings, we have middle school students who volunteer each week to help at our rehearsals, and high school students who teach free private lessons to our students throughout the year. Our alumni develop a real sense of service as they grow older, and many show that they want to give back to a program that has meant so much to them.
Elemental Strings and Band has proudly supported the elementary music programs of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), and strives to prepare our young musicians for further musical studies in middle school and beyond.
Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing a live performance. Our students have been the lucky recipients of invitations to attend performances by the New West Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and assorted performances by Jacaranda and at the Broad Stage.