fairburnlogo The Fairburn Ave. Elementary School Instrumental Music Program


The 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 Giordana Gignac is the strings specialist.

A demonstration of all the instruments will be presented in a school-wide assembly on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.

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

First graders may choose the violin or recorder. (What is a recorder?)

Second graders may choose the violin, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet or mini pBone.

Third through fifth graders may choose the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, mini pBone or baritone horn.

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

Instruction runs from Tuesday, September 30, 2014 through the 2014-2015 school year, culminating with a school orchestra concert on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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

A one-time annual fee of $520 is requested from each participant to cover weekly instruction (September 2014 through May 2015). This fee includes all music, books and basic supplies which your child is given.

The only other expense will be the lease, rental or purchase of the instrument. (Recorders are provided free with enrollment.)

Thirty to forty minute classes are offered each Tuesday after school (early dismissal day) beginning on September 30.

Please have the after school time available from 1:45 – 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.

A parent volunteer is needed to proctor the students waiting to take their lesson on Tuesdays. If you are available 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.

Through special arrangements with a local music retailer, instruments are available for purchase, rent or lease-to-own at up to 45% off the retail price for participating music students.

Visit The Instrument Place for more information and to place your order for delivery to school in time for the first lesson.

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 $520 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.

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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