Start a new instrument

Our program is designed to thoroughly prepare students who choose to start a new instrument.  DCYOP’s professional instructors work with small groups of 4-8 students both to ensure quality training and to help students make new friends. Under the guidance of DC Youth Orchestra Program’s roster of professional instructors, students taking up new instruments will learn the fundamentals of playing their instrument including set-up and posture, tone production, how to read music, and more.

Depending on the age of the student and the instrument they choose, students can expect to practice at this level for 1-4 semesters. During that time, classes are 1-2 hours per week and students will perform a concert for their family and friends at the end of each semester. After this preparation period, students can then move on to join one of our larger ensembles.

What if my child is too young for the instrument I want to select?

Younger musicians who begin on violin could easily transition to viola. Also, younger musicians who begin on instruments such as the recorder at age 6 could then transition to an instrument like Oboe, Flute, or Clarinet when they turn 8. Students who begin on Saxophone at age 8 could transition to Oboe or Bassoon at around two years of experience.

Note: for the 2017 – 2018 Season, we are full for violin, bass and trumpet


Recorder 6-8 9:15-10:15 Choose
Flute A/A2 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose
Flute 8+ 2:15-3:15 Choose
Clarinet 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose
Oboe 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose
Bassoon 8+ 10:20-11:20 Choose
Saxophone 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose


Trumpet 8+ 9:15-10:15 FULL
Trombone 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose
French Horn 8+ 9:15-10:15 Choose


Percussion A 8+ 2:15-3:15 Choose
Harp 7+ TBD w/teacher Choose




Violin 4.5-6 1:00-2:00 pm FULL
Violin 6-7 9:15-10:15 am FULL
Violin 6-8 9:15-10:15 am FULL
Violin 8-10 9:15-10:15 am FULL
Violin 8-10 2:15-3:15 pm FULL
Viola 4.5-6 9:15-10:15 am Choose
Cello 6.5+ 9:15-10:15 am Choose
Cello 6.5+ 1:00-2:00 pm Choose
Bass 10+ 1:00-2:00 pm FULL