Meet Maura, an Idaho teen with a beautiful voice and a passion for music. You’ll also find a list of Idaho youth music programs.

Maura’s parents tell her that she began singing as soon as she learned to talk, and she never stopped. So when her junior high school offered a Garage Band elective, it was a no-brainer—she was in. On her first day, Maura strummed a guitar a few times, fell in love, and went home and begged her mom for her very own.

The investment paid off. Over the next few years, Maura took voice and guitar lessons at Boise Rock School, and has recently taught herself piano and ukulele. She’s in a band that practices each week at Boise Rock School, and they have gigs every few months. “It may not always sound perfect, but it’s just so much fun,” she says.

Weekdays after school, she heads home to get in a few hours of practice before the books come out. Music, school, and family are Maura’s priorities—and there’s not a lot of time left for losing focus.

“It feels really good to be part of something. Some kids don’t have the opportunity to do something like this, but this feels really special to me.”


Music Resources
Find a music program in your area:

Many city and county parks and recreation departments offer music classes at very affordable rates—which makes it easier to let your child try different instruments.

Bonner’s Ferry Summer Youth Theatre
North Idaho Youth Symphony
Greater Palouse Youth Orchestra (Moscow)
Music Conservatory of Sandpoint
Salvation Army Kroc Center (Coeur d’Alene)

Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Boise Rock School
Cantus Youth Choirs
Creative Campus, McCall Arts & Humanities Council
Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses
Treasure Valley Children’s Chorus
Wakefield Music (Mountain Home)

Magic Valley Youth Orchestra (Twin Falls)

ISU Children’s Chorus (Pocatello)

Idaho Falls Youth Choirs
Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre Strings Program
Idaho Falls Youth Symphony