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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 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.

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 29, 2015 through the 2015-2016 school year, culminating with a school orchestra concert on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

2:30 – 4:00 PM Full rehearsal after school for all orchestra players


Dress for the concert is black pants/skirt/dress and a white top.  Honor orchestra students should wear their black orchestra polo shirt.  Each student should bring their own folding music stand from home to use in the concert.

A reception will follow the performance.
Flute players please bring 6 – 12 small bottles of water.

All others please bring a snack such as fruit, veggies, pretzels, crackers, cheese, sushi, finger sandwiches, muffins, cup cakes, cookies, pastries, etc.

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

Program Costs
An instructional fee of $500 is requested from each participant.  This fee covers weekly music instruction for the entire 2015 – 2016 school year. In addition, a $35 music fee covers 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 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.

Free Music Tuition and Free Instrument Rental
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. (This position has been filled but please email Mr. Newman if you wish to be put on the wait list.)

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 $535 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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