Topanga Elementary School Instrumental Music Program

The 2016 – 2017 Topanga Elementary School Instrumental Music Program is open to all students in grades one through five.

For more than twenty years, Topanga’s award-winning program has been directed by Larry Newman and offered as a regular part of the school day.

Beginning in the Fall of 2016, orchestra will no longer be a part of the regular school-day curriculum.  However, orchestra classes can be taken after school on Thursdays.

• First graders may only choose the violin.
• Second graders may choose the violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet or pBone mini (child-sized trombone).
• Third, fourth and fifth graders may choose the ukulele, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, pBone mini or baritone horn.

Introductory student assembly will be presented in the auditorium to all grades on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM.  Students will hear live demonstrations of the instruments and parents are cordially invited to attend.

Small group classes will be scheduled every 30 – 40 minutes after school on Thursdays after school from 1:45 – 4:45 PM beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2016 – culminating with a spring concert in May 2017.

The exact lesson schedule for Thursday afternoons will be determined when enrollment is complete. Please have your child’s schedule clear for a 30 – 40 minute lesson during this time block of 1:45 PM through 4:45 PM.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The final schedule of classes will be emailed to all applicants prior to the first day of class.  (To help with planning, please note that first grade violin classes will be held immediately after dismissal at 1:45 PM. For students waiting to take their lesson, the LAUSD Youth Services Program provides free, supervised after school care on the Topanga Elementary Charter School upper playground from school closing time each day until 6 P.M. This option is available for students in grades 2 through 5.  STAR also runs a paid after school child-care program.

Program Costs
A one-time fee of $550 is requested from each participant.  This fee covers weekly music instruction for the entire 2016 – 2017 school year as well as all music, books and basic supplies which your child is given throughout the year. 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.

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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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