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String Instrument Program: About

An instructional program offering for Salem students

The Salem School District initiated a string instrument instruction program in the winter of 2013 for interested elementary level students. Instruction was offered to twelve students at a very reasonable cost. We have since expanded the program with a new group of first year students each successive fall.  The program has been well received and continues to expand.


For additional information regarding the Strings Program please contact:

Jared Cassedy
Director of K-12 Performing Arts
Salem School District
44 Geremonty Drive
Salem, NH 03079

Phone: 603-893-7069 x 5601

Program Details

Who: Students in grades 3-12 (fall of 2016)
Where: Lancaster Elementary School or Woodbury School

Lessons begin the week of Sept. 19, 2016 and run all school year.*

New Students:

  • Grades 3-5
    • Lancaster 
    • Mondays & Wednesdays
    • 4-5:00 PM
  • Grades 6-12
    • Woodbury
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays
    • 2:30-3:30 PM

Returning Students:

  • Grades 3-6
    • Lancaster 
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays
    • 4-5:00 PM
  • Grades 7-12
    • Woodbury
    • Mondays & Wednesdays
    • 2:30-3:30 PM

* Please note that the above schedule may be altered slightly based on the number of students participating in the program.

Transportation: ALL Elementary School Students (Grades 3-5) will be bused from their own elementary school to Lancaster Elementary School for lessons.
Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello

$15 per week

Be sure that you have registered online or through the paper application and submitted your $30.00 deposit, which covers the two weeks of lessons in September.  Starting in October, each week’s lesson is $15.00 and you will pay by month at the SAU office.

About the Instructor

Joanne Merisotis

Ms. Merisotis has a BA in Music Education and is currently an instructor with the Concord Community Education Program. She teaches guitar and violin classes and is experienced teaching stringed instruments within various school systems and for Strings & Things in Concord, NH.