Youth StARTS

[ Youth StARTS ]

The artist in residence program is a collaborative effort involving the Ross Ragland Theater, traveling artists, teachers and both school districts in the Basin. The goal of The Youth STARTS Program is to integrate performing arts into the traditional classroom setting. Application of artistic concepts engages students more physically and personally in the learning environment, enriching and improving overall academic performance. Artists instruct in three eight week blocks throughout the schoolyear, grades K-5. Rotating artists and subjects through the schools means that each elementary-aged student in Klamath County Schools will receive at least one session each of drama, movement and music each school year. This collaboration program, which started as a pilot with just four rural schools has proved to be a cost effective, public-private partnership; so much so that it has become a state-wide model!

Benefits of Arts Integration

Children thrive on the study of the arts. The arts open doors to creativity. They nourish critical thinking and innovation. Integrating the arts with other disciplines (core content areas) through instruction and assessment supports the development of these skills and processes.  Arts integration uses teaching practices that have been shown in brain-based research to improve comprehension and long-term retention.  Youth StARTS and Arts integration:

  • Instill greater self-confidence and life-long learning skills
  • Increase socialization among peers
  • Improve overall academic achievement
  • Positively correlate to attendance
  • Increase classroom engagement
  • Give children a more thorough understanding of their bodies and emotions
  • Help students to imbed and retain information they learn in all subjects, including those not traditionally associated with the Arts such as math and science.
  • Allow kids to integrate new information into their own cultural, social, emotional and intellectual needs, increasing their understanding and ownership of new subjects and skills



Sarah Pearlstein / Music

I grew up in Klamath Falls. I have always loved music. I took piano lessons at Sacred Heart Academy. I played trumpet in the school band for four years. During middle school, I taught myself how to play acoustic guitar, using guitar chord books. I accompanied my high school choir on piano. I volunteered to teach music in my children’s elementary classes when music was taken out of the Klamath County schools in the 1990’s. When I taught in public and private schools, I always incorporated music.  I have taught piano and guitar lessons to a few students, including my granddaughter. My husband and I have been on worship teams in three local churches. I have worked for Ross Ragland Youth StARTS for the past four years. I love this program, and enjoy passing my appreciation of music on to the next generation.

TBD/ Music

Coming Soon!

Carla Brannon / Dance

Carla is our Youth StARTS Substitute for all the Artists. She has owned and operated her dance studio in the Klamath Basin for the last 33 years. She has a wide variety of dance background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Gospel, Hip Hop. She has taught student of all ages and choreographed her own shows every year for the studio, along with several community productions through the years at the Ross Ragland.


TBD / Dance

Coming Soon!


TBA / Drama

Coming Soon!


TBA / Dance

Coming soon!


TBA / Drama

Coming soon!


Upcoming Events

  1. Trolley Tour with Backstage Tour of Ross Ragland Theater

    Saturday, July 2 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  2. Summer Community Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

    Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  3. Trolley Tour with Backstage Tour of Ross Ragland Theater

    Saturday, July 9 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  4. Summer Community Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

    Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  5. Summer Community Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

    Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  6. Ross Ragland Presents: 2022/2023 Season Launch

    Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Summer Community Musical “Once Upon a Mattress”

    Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  8. Trolley Tour with Backstage Tour of Ross Ragland Theater

    Saturday, July 16 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am