Educational Music Programs

Violin, Viola and Cello Lessons from the RKSQ ~ 

One Day Only: Monday, October 2nd

A "Once in a Lifetime" experience! 

The Music by the Mountain Fall Festival continues with master classes in Viola, Violin, or Cello. 

On Monday, October 2 - the day after their concert at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mt. Shasta - The Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet will be offering private lessons for one day only at a private residence in Mount Shasta.

The internationally acclaimed Russian string quartet members Mikhail Bondarev, Ekaterina Belisova, Alexei Popov, and Anton Andreev will each be available to teach Viola, Violin, or Cello. Lessons may be 30 minutes, one hour, or an hour and a half. The rate is $50 an hour. All levels are invited to join:  Beginning through Advanced; Children and Adults.

To make arrangements for a lesson, please contact

Marge Wheeler at (530) 925-2034.

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One of Music by the Mountain's missions is exposing as many of our County’s youth to quality classical music performances. We aim to present two programs a year in outlying elementary and high schools.
These programs feature vocalists, strings and mixed instrumental ensembles which include,
most importantly, student participation!

Financial contributions from donors enable us to bring professional musicians from the
Ashland/Medford and Redding areas as well as the Bay Area. 

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Violin Class Pilot Program

Music by the Mountain was able to fund the purchase of violins for Mt. Shasta Elementary School's Pilot Violin Class.  3rd grade students learned the parts and handling of the violin on decorated cardboard replicas before receiving real instruments. 

The class was 8 weeks long culminating with a recital Thursday, June 1, 2017. Mrs. Carol Taforo lead the free class, and plans on teaching the class to 3rd graders in 2018.

9 students after their successful recital on June 1st.

These were cardboard violins Carol made and the kids decorated.
With these they learned how to hold, handle and name parts of violin before getting the real thing.

Fledgling violin class gets a practical and colorful start!

Teacher Carol Taforo explains arco (bowing)
to nine young students
Mrs Taforo describes the "square"
for correct holding position

Boys make their violins sing
Pre class practice for serious students

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Music by the Mountain has also developed a comprehensive list of local music instructors of all kinds. Our goal is to help students of all ages connect with qualified teachers in their area of interest. It is up to the student to make contact and agree on time and price of lessons with the desired teacher. The list is regularly updated. Siskiyou County is full of talent — please let us know if we have missed an instructor.

or go to the "Music Instructors List" TAB 

If you know of other teachers who would like to be on the list, please contact MBM President, Mike Wright via email at: or call 530-235-2355.