Aspen Music Festival And School

Programs for Local Youth

The Aspen Music Festival and School is dedicated to the goal of inspiring the next generation of classical music enthusiasts. The AMFS maintains its fundamental commitment to music education showcased throughout the summer with year round educational programming offered to students of all ages in the Roaring Fork Valley.


School Year Programs


After-school music programs in Roaring Fork Valley elementary and middle schools.


Musical Connections


Summer Programs

Festival for Kids

  • Family Concerts – Concerts the whole family can attend!
  • Kids Notes – Pre-concert events designed to connect kids with the repertoire they’re about to hear
  • Gotta Move! – large group multi-age music exploration sessions
  • Tunes & Tales – Stories blended with music at the Pitkin County and Basalt Regional Libraries
  • Sing Play Move – Week-long early childhood music education program for the youngest classical music fans!


Summer Educational Programs

  • P.A.L.S. – Private lessons, AMFS season pass, and music education events for Roaring Fork Valley music students
  • Festival Lessons – Lessons with top AMFS students, available to all residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley


Youth Discounts

  • $5 tickets for children up to age 18 to all regular events, and $50 Youth Passes



The Aspen Music Festival and School is grateful for the support of the following Education and Community Programming National Council donors that make these programs possible:

Alpine Bank of Aspen
Fisher Family Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Nancy Meinig – Meinig Family Foundation
Drs. Amy D. Ronner and Michael P. Pacin
Dana and Gene Powell
Edith Kallas and Joe Whatley
U.S. Bank  

NOTE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Throughout the summers and school years, the AMFS staff photographers take photos/videos of select Festival for Kids and AMFS Education events, including during classes and performances of Beginning Strings, Lead Guitar, and Maroon Bel Canto Choirs. By attending the events and/or registering students for these programs, parents and/or legal guardians give permission for their child’s likeness to be used in photographs, video, or any media created and distributed by the AMFS or AMFS-approved entities. If you do NOT wish your child's likeness to be used in photographs, video, or any forms of media by the AMFS, please contact Katie Hone Wiltgen at and include "Photo/Media Opt-Out" in the email subject field.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO