Salvation Army After School Program2020-09-18T16:26:08-05:00

Salvation Army After School Program

About Salvation Army After School Program

The Plano Symphony Orchestra partners with the Salvation Army and Boys and Girls Club after school program to provide music lessons and activities during the school year for PISD students in East Plano.  Students participate in weekly drum circles, group piano lessons and/or recorder lessons in both the fall and spring semester. All their hard work culminates in a performance for the parents at the end of each semester.


Sarah Riordan
Sarah RiordanRecorder
Sarah Riordan has been teaching K-5 music in Plano ISD since 2008. She is certified in the Kodály method and using that philosophy to instill the love of music in her students each and every day. She is honored to be teaching recorder classes to the children at the Boys & Girls Club. Learning the recorder is a great precursor to learning an instrument when they go into middle school. Music is an essential part of the human experience and Ms. Riordan feels blessed to share it with the children she teaches!
Kim Holden
Kim HoldenPiano
Kim has been teaching and sharing music through piano for 30 years! She enjoyed working in the public elementary school music field for 7 years, and is currently playing with the Nobles of Note band! Kim has been teaching group piano for the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Salvation Army after school program since it’s inception.
Samantha Lowry
Samantha LowryDrum Circle
Samantha Lowry is a recent graduate from West Texas A & M University with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Throughout her educational career, she has worked with a wide variety of clientele and discovered that serving school-aged children is her preferred and strongest area of practice. Samantha completed her internship spring of 2015 at Hurst-Euless-Bedford I.S.D. near Fort Worth. Her experience at Hurst-Euless-Bedford I.S.D reinforced her calling to work with the school-aged population. She enjoys using familiar songs and writing new materials to target specific goals as well as engaging her clients in improvisational music making. Her love of music and desire to help others is what brought her to Sound Starts Music!

Advanced Class

Select students participate in an advanced class of piano and recorder.  These students have progressed in the program and are ready to study the instruments more in depth.  They perform at the Eisemann Center in the spring with the Chamberlain Performing Arts outreach recital as special guests.  For most of them this is their first experience playing for 300 people!

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