About the Colorado School of Strings

The Colorado School of Strings started in 2013, offering group and private instruction to students of all ages in the Stapleton area.  Founded by Kelly Benson, it is unique in its approach to teaching groups right from the beginning, allowing students to experience playing in an ensemble from day one.  The curriculum focuses on correct posture, instrument care, ear training, reading music and teamwork, while creating a fun and encouraging atmosphere.  


About Kelly Benson

Kelly is a Colorado native who grew up in Grand Junction where she began playing cello under the direction of Cameron Law.  For high school, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and then continued on to Indiana University where she studied with Helga Winold and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Upon graduating in 2009, she returned to Colorado where she was an Orchestra Director at Mapleton Public Schools for four years.  


Kelly has had a passion for teaching music from a very young age and enjoys sharing that love of music with her students.  She believes that every student has great potential and that music can enrich their lives in many ways. She inspires her students to high levels of achievement while keeping a fun, positive and encouraging classroom atmosphere. 


In 2012, Kelly received the Colorado American String Teacher's Association award for Exemplary Middle School Orchestra Director and in 2017 received the Colorado American String Teacher's Association award for Exemplary Private Studio Teacher.  She is a member of the Colorado American String Teacher's Association, North East Denver Music Teachers Group and the National Association for Music Education.  She can also be seen performing with the Aurora Symphony. 

Kelly has two boys, ages 6 and 3 and she enjoys playing with them, being active outside and reading. 

Why music?

There are so many great reasons for you or your child to begin learning music.  I have personally seen my students develop skills like increased memory, fine motor coordination, focus and discipline.  My favorite times are when a student or parent mentions that the student is calmed by playing music, cheered up, or feels more confident in their abilities.  If you're interested in some more information, here are some great articles:


The Importance of Music in Early Childhood

The Benefits of Learning to Play a String Instrument

Why you should learn a musical instrument as an adult

The 6 Benefits of Music Lessons