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The 2017-2018 Fairburn Ave. Elementary School Instrumental Music Program is open to all students in grades one through five.

Larry Newman is the music director. Dave Etterbeek is the woodwind & brass specialist. Suzanna Giordano Gignac is the strings specialist.

Instruction is available on violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini, and trombone.

• First graders may only choose the violin.
• Second graders may choose the violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet or pBone mini.
• Third through fifth graders may choose the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini or trombone.

No musical experience is required to enroll in a beginning class.

Instruction runs from Tuesday, September 26, 2017 through the 2017-2018 school year, culminating with a school orchestra concert on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

The orchestra program requires a one year commitment and regular home practice.

Program Costs
A fee of $595 is requested from each participant.  This fee covers weekly music instruction for the entire 2017 – 2018 school year as well as all music, books and basic supplies which your child is given throughout the year. The only other expenses will be the lease, rental or purchase of the instrument.  Instruments are available for up to 45% off the retail price for participating music students through our instrument supplier. Order online now and get free delivery to school for the first lesson. Visit The Instrument Place to place your order.

Thirty to forty minute classes are offered each Tuesday after school (early dismissal day) beginning on September 26.

Please have the after school time available from 1:35 – 4:30 PM. The exact time of your lesson will be announced after enrollment is compete. To help you plan, the beginning classes are usually held earlier than the intermediate and advanced classes.  First graders meet immediately after dismissal at 1:35 PM.

Free Music Tuition and Free Instrument Rental
A parent volunteer/liaison is needed to help after school on Tuesdays. If you are available to be on campus every Tuesday from 1:30 – 3:30 PM to help, please email Mr. Newman. Parent volunteers receive a full tuition waiver and free instrument rental for their child.

Class size is limited so please submit your registration ASAP to reserve your place in the class.

Click Here to Register Online Now

Class size is limited and priority is given to the earliest applicants. Please complete the online application to reserve a spot.

Once the application has been filled out, please print it and follow-up by mailing it along with your check.

Mail your payment in the amount of $595 to:

Children’s Music Workshop
P.O. Box 1247
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Be sure to include your child’s name and school on the check. We will hold your online registration for 72 hours pending the receipt of your check at our P.O. Box address above.

Click Here to Order Your Instrument

Through special arrangements with The Instrument Place, students in the Children’s Music Workshop school music programs can get discounted prices on instrument rentals, leases and purchases.

All instruments are delivered free to school in time for the first lesson.

And The Instrument Place carries only music program approved brand-name instruments.  They are a local, family-owned company with the best prices and service available anywhere.

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