The mission of the student-led DHS Strings Tutoring Program, sponsored by the DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters, is to motivate incoming 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.

Lessons are open to all DJUSD Elementary Strings and Junior High Orchestra Students, grades 5-8. The DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters encourages interested parents and students to apply.

Tutors are high school musicians playing in the DHS Orchestral Program; the DHS Orchestra Program Music Director approves all tutors. The DHS Strings Tutoring Program Coordinator will use the information provided by you to match the student with one of the approved tutors.

With all DJUSD schools fully reopened, the DHS Strings Tutoring Program is now resuming in person lessons. We encourage all tutors and students to switch back to in person lessons, as they have a clear advantage in sound quality. We will still continue to offer virtual lessons via Zoom for students who are still interested in learning remotely.

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 $20 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 website:

DHS Tutors will directly contact their students regarding lesson scheduling and all other information. DHS Tutors will keep a weekly log recording each lesson. DHS Tutors will assess the student’s ability within the trial lesson, and plan for the following months of lessons accordingly.

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:

  1. DHS Strings Tutoring Program Application
  2. DHS-Holmes Orchestra Boosters Waiver of Liability & Indemnification Agreement (Attached in the application)

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 or director Mr. Moreno at