SCMC is proud to offer a variety of music education programs for West Michigan youth. Our wide array of kids music classes provide training and experience in everything from jazz to chamber music, music clubs, and music theory.


OPERAtunity, a collaboration between St. Cecilia Music Center and Opera Grand Rapids, gives middle school and high school groups, individuals and homeschool families a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the themes, characters, drama, and music of each opera.  

October 24, 2018  Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE

6:00 pm: Opera Talk | Guest speaker from Opera Grand Rapids
6:30 pm: Pizza Dinner
7:30 pm:  Dress Rehearsal Performance at Devos Performance Hall

OPERAtunity is $10 per person and includes opera talk, dinner, and dress rehearsal performance.





Friday, March 15, 2019 | An assembly for students in grades 6-12

She Said / She Says is a comprehensive program highlighting some of the many important achievements of female composers, arrangers, instrumentalists and vocalists from the early 20th century through present-day. Using U.S. and 20th Century women’s history as a backdrop, She Said / She Says celebrates the lives of some of the many courageous, creative women who have dedicated their lives to the serious study and practice of jazz music. 

Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music.

Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences, captivating main-stage concerts for general audiences and informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians and ensembles, JazzReach is steadfastly dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of this rich, vital, ever-evolving American art form.

Since premiering our debut educational program in 1997, JazzReach has successfully positioned itself as one of our nation’s leading arts organizations dedicated to jazz. Our dynamic, innovative programs have triumphantly served over 255,000 young people nationwide in partnership with many of America’s most prominent performing arts presenters and have received unanimous praise from students, teachers, parents, the media and arts professionals alike.




Strings to Schools (STS) is a free after-school beginning strings program open to any student who attends Stocking Elementary or Kent Hills Elementary.

Established to help fill a gap in elementary instrumental education in Grand Rapids Public Schools, students in grades 1-5 receive string instruction two days per week for 45 minutes each session. For students with an interest in learning how to play the violin, viola, or cello, this class provides the training they need to get started. There is no cost to the student or the school – all instruments, music, and instruction is paid for in full by SCMC.

STS students receive excellent arts instruction in a nurturing, hands-on environment. There is a large focus on teamwork and the development of good practice habits alongside the instruction on music fundamentals. All students bring their instruments home with them after school and on holiday breaks so that they are able to practice as much as possible. At the end of the school year, the students’ hard work is showcased in a performance for friends and family in St. Cecilia Music Center’s Royce Auditorium.