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

For more than twenty years, our award-winning school orchestra program has been directed by Larry Newman. Bianca Samaniego and Mandy Fey are the music specialists.

Weekly classes are offered for 30 to 40 minutes each Wednesday during regular school hours beginning Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Students leave their regular classroom at the assigned music time to take their lesson.

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

First graders may only choose the violin or recorder. Recorders are provided free with enrollment in the class. (What is a recorder?)

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

Third graders and higher may choose ukulele, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini, baritone horn, violin or cello.

Because of the nature of a pull-out program, orchestra students must maintain their academics or they will not be allowed to participate. The orchestra program requires a one year commitment and regular home practice.

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.

Classes run from September through April, culminating with a spring concert on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM for beginning instruments and at 7:00 PM for intermediate/orchestra level students.

A one-time music donation of $470 is requested to help cover the instructional costs of this year’s instrumental music program. In addition, a $25 music/supply fee is requested to cover all music books, sheet music and basic supplies such as reeds, valve oil, violin rosin, etc. which your child is given.

The only other expense will be the lease, rental or purchase of the instrument. Through our instrument supplier, The Instrument Place, instruments can be ordered online now for free delivery to school for the first lesson. Recorders are provided free of charge.

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. No child will be denied the opportunity to participate due to financial concerns.

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

Pali Complex Combined Elementary Orchestras at Palisades High Art Festival - May 2014

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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 follow-up by printing a copy of the completed application and mailing it along with your check.

Mail your payment in the amount of $495 payable to: Children's Music Workshop

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.


 Sierra, Flute Student at Marquez Charter


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