DHS Strings Tutoring Program: Student Info

The mission of the DHS Strings Tutoring Program, sponsored by the DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters, is to motivate elementary and junior high school students to enjoy playing and practicing their instrument. Younger students will have a great time working with high school musicians, gaining inspiration and a glimpse into the next level of their musical journey. Tutors will help students work on their school orchestra music, technique, solos, and their overall musicality. Since our founding in 2019, our team of 80 tutors have reached over 160 students, helping them to excel in their musical journeys and continue music through junior high and high school.

Lessons are open to all DJUSD Elementary Strings, Junior High, and High School Orchestra Students, grades 4-12. The DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters encourages interested parents and students to apply.

Tutors are advanced high school musicians playing in the DHS Orchestra Program. The DHS Music Director, Mr. Moreno, approves and trains all tutors. Our team will match your student with a high school tutor who can specifically match your student’s needs. All communication will occur directly with the tutor once your student is paired.

Lessons are 60 minutes long, and only shorter if requested to the Program Coordinators and Director. While lessons can still be held virtually over Zoom, we highly encourage that lessons are held in person as there is a clear advantage in sound quality. The lesson fee is $25 per lesson, paid directly to the tutor, however scholarships are available upon request to lower or waive this fee. All contributions made by active participants and donors to the tutoring program will be used to pay the high school tutors for their service. Donations can be made online at the DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters webstore.

The DHS Strings Tutoring Program is excited to announce the addition of two performance opportunities for all students in the program. We will be hosting our First Annual Winter Concert in February at Brunelle Hall, along with a feature in the Wennberg Festival at the Mondavi Center in April. All students will have the opportunity to show off their hard work and talent while performing side-by-side with their tutor. Click here for more information about our performance schedule.

Applicants must complete the following below:

A team of friendly, motivated and inspiring DHS Strings Tutors are excited to welcome students of all abilities and goals to join our DHS Strings Tutoring Program.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the tutoring process, please contact the DHS Strings Tutoring Program Coordinators at dhsstringstutoring@gmail.com or director Mr. Moreno at amoreno@djusd.net.