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The Kenter Canyon Charter Elementary School Instrumental Music Program is open to all students in grades one through five.

For more than twenty years, the Kenter orchestra program has been directed by Larry Newman. This year's music specialists are Eric Patterson (winds) and Desiree' Deasy (strings).

Weekly classes are offered for 30 to 40 minutes each Friday during the regular school day.

Instruction is available on recorder, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, p-Bone mini, baritone horn, trombone, violin and cello.

First graders may only choose the violin or recorder. Recorders are provided free with enrollment in the class.

Second graders may choose flute, clarinet, trumpet, p-Bone mini or violin.

Third graders may choose flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, p-Bone mini, baritone horn, trombone, violin or cello.

Fourth and fifth graders may choose flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, p-Bone mini, baritone horn, trombone, violin or cello.

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

Students with some prior experience will be placed in an intermediate or advanced level ensemble depending on ability.

To best accommodate all the students, the final schedule will be determined when enrollment is complete. Students will be notified of their lesson time by their classroom teacher and by e-mail.

An orchestra recruitment assembly will be presented to all students on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:30 and 11:15 AM in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend.

Instruction begins on Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs through the school year, culminating with an evening concert on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM (beginners) and 6:30 PM (orchestra) in the auditorium.

A one-time music donation of $495 is requested to cover the instructional costs of this year’s instrumental music program. This fee covers 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. Order your instrument online now through The Instrument Place and they will deliver free to school for the first lesson on September 26.

A limited number of scholarships are available to those who request them and every attempt will be made to see that all students who wish to participate are given the opportunity regardless of financial considerations.

Through special arrangements with The Instrument Place, 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.

Pali Complex Combined Elementary Orchestras at Palisades High Art Festival
May 2014 • Larry Newman, Conductor 


Register Online Today

Class size is limited so register today

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 completed, please print a hard copy and mail it along with your check to the address below.

Mail your donation in the amount of $495 payable to Kenter Canyon Parent Support 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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