Students and Songs; Musical Education at CCUSD is There for the Asking

With the new school year comes multiple opportunities for students to participate in both vocal and instrumental music lessons from K-12th grades. All music and instrumental offerings are part of CCUSD’s expanding arts education programming.

In elementary school, TK/K students receive a full year of vocal instruction from a district music teacher. In first and second grade, students receive half a year. And a long-time district partner, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO), works with K – second graders.

CCUSD is proud to offer a high-quality instrumental music program to all students in Grades 3, 4 and 5. All third-grade students participate in a weekly 30-minute Recorder program. Every child receives their own recorder to play and keep, courtesy of the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF).

Students in Grades 4 and 5 are offered weekly 30-minute instruction on the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, cornet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and string bass. All instrumental music is taught by Andy Pascoe, with a district-wide culmination concert at Robert Frost Auditorium in the spring.

For more information about the elementary instrumental program, including access to instruments, please attend one of the following “Music Back to School Nights:”

Thursday, September 5 at 6:30pm at Farragut Elementary School Cafeteria (10820 Farragut Drive)
Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm at La Ballona Elementary School Cafeteria (10915 Washington Boulevard)

CCMS offerings include the following year-long electives: Choir with Danielle Koplinka-Loehr and Instruments with Paul Witt.

At the High School, AVPA (Academy of Visual and Performing Arts) offers multiple vocal and instrumental opportunities, led by AVPA director Tony Spano. See the website for additional information, or check out the calendar below for audition information:

Chamber Singers & Vocal Music Majors – Tuesday, August 27 and September 3, 3:15pm, room 94.
New wind and percussion instrumentalists – Wednesday, August 28, 3:30-6:00pm and Thursday, August 29, 3:15-6:00pm (sign up for a time slot)
Orchestra auditions – Wednesday, September 4, 1:15-4:30pm (sign up for a time slot)
Jazz Combo auditions – Wednesday, September 4, 2:30-4:30pm


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