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The Overland Elementary School for Advanced Studies Orchestra Program is open to all students in grades one through five.

The program is directed by Larry Newman and classes are taught by the outstanding faculty of Children’s Music Workshop.

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

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

Second graders may choose any instrument except alto sax or baritone horn.

Third, fourth and fifth graders may choose any instrument except for the recorder.
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.

A program orientation assembly will be presented on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 10:45 and 11:15 AM in the school auditorium. Students will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra through live demonstrations.

Music classes run from October 8, 2013 through our concert on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Thirty to forty minute classes are offered each Tuesday after school (early dismissal day) beginning on October 8, 2013.

Classes are taught between the hours of 1:45 and 3:45 PM. The exact time of your lesson will be announced after enrollment is complete. Please keep that time block open when registering for the program.

A one-time fee of $495 is requested to cover the instructional costs of this year’s instrumental music program.

The only other expenses will be the lease, rental or purchase of the instrument and a $25 supply fee which covers all music, books, and basic supplies such as strings, valve oil, reeds, recorders, etc. which your child is given throughout the school year. (Recorders are included with the music supply fee.)

A parent volunteer is needed to proctor the "homework" room for students waiting to take their lesson on Tuesdays. If you are available every Tuesday from 1:45 - 3:15 PM to help, please email Mr. Newman. Parent volunteers receive a full tuition waiver and free instrument rental.

Order your violin, cello, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet or baritone horn now and get free deliver to school for the first day of lesson on October 8 from The Instrument Place. Click to order now.

Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a year long program. Instruction runs through May 6, 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 print a hard copy and mail it along with your check to the address below.

Mail your payment in the amount of $520
($495 tuition + $25 music/supply fee)
payable to Children's Music Workshop 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.



Children's Music Workshop Receives Fifth Emmy Nomination

The 65th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards were held at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood on August 3, 2013. Children's Music Workshop was nominated for the fifth time in the past six years in the Children/Youth category for the annual Honor Orchestra broadcast from UCLA. Click here to learn more...

Overland Orchestra Students Honored at Los Angeles City Hall for Musical Excellence

Children’s Music Workshop director, Larry Newman and student members of the All Schools Elementary Honor Orchestra were honored by the Los Angeles City Council at City Hall.

Above, CMW students pose with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Click here for video and to learn more . . .

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