Educational Music Programs

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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Winter Outreach Program

Featured Musicians: The Pacific Crest Chamber Players

MbM President introduces the Pacific Crest Chamber
Players to Dunsmuir students
The Pacific Crest Chamber Players are the professional faculty of The Pacific Crest Music Festival, an intensive summer chamber music festival in which talented young musicians learn the art of chamber music, receive private lessons, and perform in concerts alongside the world-class Pacific Crest faculty members. 

MBM and the Pacific Crest Chamber Players hosted an intensive day of youth outreach aimed at exposing local students to the beauty of classical music and the joy of playing musical instruments. This outreach program included trips to Dunsmuir Elementary, Butteville Elementary, McCloud Elementary, and the Mt. Shasta Boys and Girls Club.

Mike Whitson chats with Butteville students before program begins

McCloud Elementary treated to Franz Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden'.
McCloud Elementary students gather to hear the Pacific Crest
Chamber Players warm up prior to the outreach program.

Mike Whitson engages students at Sisson School in Mt. Shasta.

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Spring Outreach Program

Featured Musician: Scott Durbin and Anna Repetto

Scott Durbin is a talented local musician, former studio musician in Los Angeles with MoTown Records, and a current MBM board member. Anna Repetto is a talented vocalist and lead singer of the Scott Durbin Band. Both are well known in our area for their outstanding and entertaining jazz performances. 

Scott and Anna will introduce a new aspect of music to the students by showing them how today’s music is created! Using an electronic synthesizer keyboard, they will show basic music composition utilizing looping and layering techniques in multi-track recording. 

The outreach program is scheduled for April 2018 and will include trips to Weed Elementary and other local schools.

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Beginner Violin Program Continues

at Mt. Shasta Elementary

Violins purchased by MBM are much appreciated in the beginning violin class taught by Carol Taforo at the
Mt Shasta Elementary school.

Mt. Shasta Elementary School’s Beginner Violin Class continues in its second season! Music instructor Carol Taforo started the free Beginner Violin Class in 2017 with great success. Mrs. Taforo will lead the free class again in 2018. 

Geared towards 3rd graders who can read notes and are serious about learning the violin, the class starts with learning the parts of the violin and proper handling of the instrument using self-decorated cardboard violins. By the third lesson students receive real violins and being learning how to correctly handle and play the fragile instruments. Students meet twice a week after school, and are given the opportunity for additional practice time during lunch hours under Mrs. Taforo’s supervision. After 15 lessons over an 8-week period the class concludes with a wonderful recital performance for parents and friends!

Last year Music by the Mountain was able to assist in the kickoff of the Beginner Violin Program by raising the funds to purchase violins for the students. Wonderfully we will be able to support the program again by purchasing additional violins for what promises to be another successful program! 

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!

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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.