After-School Music Lesson Activities (grades 1–5)

After-school strings activities for Catlin Gabel Lower School students are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons by the Rose City Music Academy. They include:

  • Beginner Buds: Violin, guitar, and piano keyboard skills groups
    • Beginner Buds are group classes for total beginners. They offer students a chance to try out an instrument for 10 weeks in a small group (minimum enrollment is three; maximum is four). Students will begin to work on the basics of playing technique, beginning practice skills, and early musicianship. Students will prepare for a recital together at the end of the 10 weeks.
    • Beginner Buds groups will meet:
      • Violin
      • Piano
    • Start Date: Week of September 28th
    • Rose City Music Academy organizes Beginner Buds. The fee will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.
      • COST: $135 for 10 weeks
      • Instrument rental is included free of additional charge.
    • Students may join the After-School Program directly after their classes dismiss. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.
  • Private Lessons(for students in grades 1–5)
    • Lessons are offered afternoons at Catlin Gabel on:
      • Violin: 
      • Piano Keyboard
      • Guitar
    • Start Date: Week of September 8th. Students must have their own or rented instruments.
    • Lessons are organized through the Rose City Music Academy.Fees will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.
    • Students are welcome to join the After-School Program before or after their lessons. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.
  • Catlin Gabel Violin and Guitar Groups
    • Join a violin or guitar!
      • Violin Group: 
      • Guitar Group, open to all levels
    • Middle and Upper School students welcome. RCMA to determine student eligibility and level.
    • Start Date: 
    • This group is organized through Rose City Music Academy. Any fees will be billed and paid directly to RCMA.(No fee for RCMA students; others will pay $125 for the term.)
    • Students are welcome to join the After-School Program before/after their groups meet. The rate for ASP is $7.50/hour.

Sign up or call 503-308-8863.

As contracted instructors, RCMA teachers are required to pass the CGS employee background check but are not certified through Childcare Licensing.

Chess Activities (grades 1-5)

After-School Program



Catlin Gabel After-School Program offers two great ways to learn and play chess with guidance from our experienced instructor, Chess Master Pete Prochaska. Pete designs chess programs that are filled with learning and laughter, helping kids grow as people as well as chess players.

Primary Chess Club (Grades 1 & 2)

Thursdays from 3:30-5:00

Primary Chess welcomes 1st and 2nd graders at every skill level. Each class will include instruction, chess activities, and matches.


Elementary Chess Club (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

 Mondays from 3:30-5:00

Elementary Chess Club welcomes students from grades 3rd-5th at every skill level. Each class will include instruction, chess activities, and matches.


Fall Term:  September-December, 11 class sessions

                         (Please see below for class dates)

Fee:     $165.00 for the term ($15.00 per class) + $10.00 materials fee


This class is included for full-time ASP students, only materials fee applies.

Students may join the After School Program after 5:00pm.



Primary Chess                                                           Elementary Chess      

9/17                                                                            9/14

9/24                                                                            9/21                           

10/1                                                                            9/28                           

10/8                                                                            10/5                           

10/15                                                                          10/12             

10/22                                                                          10/26

10/29                                                                          11/2

11/12                                                                          11/9   

11/19                                                                          11/16

12/3                                                                            11/30

12/10                                                                          12/7

Italian Language Classes (grades K–5)

Catlin Gabel's After-School Program and Scuola Italiana di Portland present an opportunity for students (Grades K through 12 years) to continue the study of the Italian language and culture after school with advanced Italian classes for K-1 students held on Mondays and advanced Italian classes for ages 7-12 on Wednesdays.

These classes are taught in Italian from the very first day. Teachers passionate about their love of the Italian language and culture will share both with their students.

  • K-1 classes will start Monday, September 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Classes for ages 7-12 years will start Wednesday, September 17 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Classes will be held on the Catlin Gabel campus and require a minimum of four students each in order to be held. Some students in the classes may be from other schools.
  • Tuition and fees for these classes will be paid directly to Scuola Italiana di Portland.
  • Catlin Gabel After-School Program costs for Lower School students waiting for the advanced class to start at 3:45 on Wednesday afternoons is $7.50/day and will include a snack.
  • Students coming to ASP after the beginning class ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons will be billed $7.50.
  • The ASP fees above will be billed to students' Catlin Gabel accounts as used.

TO SIGN UP: Contact Scuola Italiana di Portland directly for more information (including qualification for the advanced class), costs, and registration forms.

Janet Trimble, administrative coordinator,, 971-270-0470

Tae Kwon Do (grades 1-3)


TUESDAYS from 3:30-4:30

Catlin Gabel Lower School students in Grades 1, 2 and 3 are invited to explore some basics of Tae Kwon Do, the non-violent Korean art of self-defense. Tae Kwon Do focuses on the goals of becoming strong, humble, gentle, maintaining self-respect and having fun. Students will join experienced instructor Kathy Stevenson from the Yong-In Taekwondo Academy for an hour-long class in the Mini-Gym.

  • Class term is 12 weeks long. Dates for the class will be:

9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

  • FEE: $180.00 for the session ($15.00 per class, equal to the cost of regular ASP)
  • Students will come to ASP in the Barn after school ends on Tuesdays. Please have your child wear comfortable, active clothing (sneakers and loose fitting pants); a Tae Kwon Do uniform is welcome, but not required.
  • An after-school snack and supervision from 3:15 to 5:00pm are included. (No additional charge for students on the full-time ASP rate.)
  • Student pick-up is at 4:30pm in the gym; after that time students will return to the After-School Program. Families of students staying after 5:00pm will be charged an additional $7.50 for the final hour.
  • This class has space for 12 students, first come-first served. A second session will be offered in Winter/Spring.


The Yong-In Taekwondo Academy is led by Master Sungwoo Ha. Master Ha is recognized internationally for his achievement and dedication to Tae Kwon Do as a sport and as a means of peaceful self-improvement. He has taught students of all ages for more than 20 years. 

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