Jumpstart: String Fundamentals

AGES 10-15

More information coming soon!


This program is for true beginners playing violin, viola, or cello, and will prepare players for success in middle and high school programs with a solid, rudimentary foundation. 


Learn from expert teachers through private lessons and group classes in an environment that encourages fun, as students are guided to practice effectively; even parents are advised on how to help set up an ideal practice environment for their child at home. 



Fees, Faculty and Schedules


$1,250 (includes lodging and meals)




Piano usage fee: $75.
Secondary instrument lessons fee: $150.
Bedding (optional): $85.

All students who complete an application will be considered for merit scholarships. If you would like more information about our scholarships, please visit our Scholarships page



Mary Beth Tyndall Cello, Southwest String Quartet
Maggie Polk Olivo Composition
Jason Lichtenwalter Oboe, English Horn
William Hinkie Viola, Violin
Program Details
As a student in the Junior Music Program, you can expect:
  • Two 60-minute private lessons each week
  • Optional lessons on a secondary instrument
  • Studio classes
  • Audition preparation classes
  • Composition classes
  • Presentations by faculty and guests
  • Music projects that incorporate nature themes
  • Daily chamber ensemble rehearsals and coaching
  • Special topics seminars
  • Opportunities to perform for peers and the virtual audience
  • Community service outreach opportunities (with proper social distancing)
  • Optional yoga and meditation classes specifically designed for musicians
Important Refund and Other Policies


  1. In order to secure your placement in the program, a 50% deposit of your tuition is due within 7 days of receiving your acceptance letter. Your final deposit is due a month before the beginning of your program.
  2. Any tuition paid is nonrefundable.
  3. If the camps are mandated to close by the CDC, state, or local authorities, you will receive a full tuition refund if the program has not yet started. If the camp is mandated to close during a program, your tuition refund will be prorated.*
  4. The camp will follow all applicable public health orders and federal, state, and local guidance regarding mitigating the spread of COVID-19, which may include indoor and outdoor occupancy limits, rapid COVID-19 tests, daily symptom and temperature checks, social distancing protocols, face covering requirements, and other protocols.
  5. The camp may require each camper to submit a current, signed health history that includes information in relation to the activities in which a camper may participate. This health history will include a description of any camp activities from which the camper should be exempted for health reasons; a record of past medical treatment, if any; a record of allergies and/or dietary restrictions; a statement from the custodial parent/guardian attesting that all immunizations required for school are up to date and including the actual date of last tetanus shot; a record of current medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter; and a description of any current physical, mental, or psychological conditions requiring medication, treatment, or special restrictions or considerations while at camp. The camp also recommends that all campers be vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to guidelines issued by the CDC and the applicable state or local public health agency.
  6. As a safeguard during this uncertain time, Rocky Ridge recommends that you purchase a third party tuition/travel insurance plan which will protect your investment should you choose to cancel ahead of time or are unable to complete the camp. We have partnered with TravMark, which comes highly recommended by AM Skier, Rocky Ridge’s insurance provider. Please see this page for more information on how to sign up for insurance. Regardless of which insurance company you choose, please take note that often the best time to purchase this type of insurance is when you make your initial deposit. 
  7. We will be updating this policy list regularly. Please continue to visit this list for the most recent policy updates and COVID-19 safety protocols that will be required prior to and during the camps.
  8. *Except for the application fee of $85, which is nonrefundable.

See other COVID-19 Policies here

Typical Daily Schedule

Coming Soon! 

Audition Requirements

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Questions? Let us know at RRMC@RockyRidge.org or 303-449-1106. 

There is no entry audition required for the Junior Music Program; however, as part of their application all students must upload video files for ensemble placement purposes and to be considered for merit scholarships.

Audition should consist of two contrasting pieces or movements that best represent the applicant’s level and accomplishment. Please submit a video recording or a link to a YouTube video as part of the online application. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.