Helmers Elementary Instrumental Music Program 

The 2016 – 2017 Helmers Elementary School Instrumental Music Program is open to all students in grades one through six. Violin, cello, ukulele, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini  and trombone will be offered on Tuesdays after school.

• First graders may only choose the violin.
• Second and third graders may choose the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet or pBone mini.
• Fourth, fifth and sixth graders may choose the violin, cello, ukulele, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini or trombone.

A school-wide assembly will be presented on Tuesday, August 23 to introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra. Classes are for beginning students with no prior experience on their chosen instrument as well as experienced players. The program is directed by Larry Newman.  Desiree’ Deasy and Charlie Carswell are the music teaching specialists.

Small group classes will be scheduled every 30 – 40 minutes between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM. The younger grades will have the earlier times. Please keep this time block open for your child on Tuesdays. Exact lesson times will be emailed to all enrolled students once enrollment is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in planning now.  Parents are responsible for picking up students from school and returning them to the music room at their assigned lesson time. (The music program does not provide homework club or child-care for students waiting to take their lesson.)

A music fee of $550 for the 2016-2017 school year is requested from each participant.  This fee covers all instruction for the 2016 -2017 school year, all books, sheet music and basic supplies that your child is given throughout the year as well as the Saugus Union School District imposed facility charge.

The only other expense 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.

A parent volunteer is needed to be our orchestra liaison on Tuesdays. Duties include simply being on campus after school each Tuesday to assist with student logistics in the start of music classes.  The parent volunteer will receive a full tuition scholarship as well as a free school-year instrument rental.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 and conclude on Tuesday, April 20, 2017.

A spring concert will be presented on Tuesday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM for family and friends.  All students should report to Arroyo Seco Junior High School at 6:00PM to tune & warm-up. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM in the MPR. Dress for the concert is black pants/skirts and white top. Honor orchestra students should wear their black honor polo shirt. Everyone should bring a folding music stand to the concert.

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 $550 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.

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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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