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Music Program



General Music Grades K-5

Lindsay Abdou:



Hugh von Kliest:



Mandy Schulz:



Jacquie Lewis-Wang:


Ensemble Schedule

Ensemble is held before or after school for 45 minutes. It begins October 1st. 


Band Ensemble:  Tuesdays at 7:40 - 8:25 a.m.

String Ensemble: Thursdays at 3:05 - 3:50 p.m.


** Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of Ensemble.

** On MINIMUM days, afternoon Ensemble begins at 12:10. DO NOT forget to bring a snack!


Elementary Music Program

Elementary Music continues to be a priority of the Peninsula Education Foundation and its supporters.  We are grateful to the Peninsula Education Foundation for continuing to support the elementary Music Program for grades TK – 5 again this year.


In grades 4 and 5, there is a choice between Instrumental Music and Core Music instruction.  These classes take place during the school day.  In addition to these classes, there are also opportunities for choral (Chorus) and instrumental (Ensemble) music before or after school.  Please read all of the information below to become familiar with all of the music opportunities available to your child.


How do we get started? 

Please fill out the registration form.   Every student must return the registration form to the school office no later than Monday, September 12.  If your child chooses Instrumental Music, he or she should enjoy the sound of the instrument chosen and be enthusiastic about learning to play it.  Remember that a band or orchestra needs a variety of instruments for a “complete” sound.  All music classes begin the week of September 19.  Your child will need to have his or her instrument and the supplies listed below.


What happens during Core Music Class?

Grades 4 and 5 students receive fifty minutes of music instruction. Students study music history, beginning music theory, composers, and music from a variety of cultures. Intermediate recorder instruction and reading music will be taught. Activities include singing, playing recorder, percussion instruments, listening, and movement.


What happens during Instrumental Music Class?

Instrumentalists are grouped by their instrument (brass, strings, or woodwinds) and given instruction for fifty minutes by our instrumental music teachers. Your child is expected to bring his or her instrument, music book, and supplies on the scheduled music day every week.


Are there performances for Core Music and Instrumental Music Classes?

Absolutely! There will be two or three performances scheduled for all music groups throughout the school year. Parents and grandparents will be invited!


What is Chorus?

Chorus is an opportunity for a group singing class.  It is held either before or after school and is open to Grades 3, 4 and 5.  Grade 4 and 5 instrumental students are particularly invited to join, since this will be their only opportunity to sing at school.  Chorus will begin the week of October 3. All elementary schools will participate in the district Choral Festival held at the Norris Theater on March 28, 29 and 30, 2017.  Your child may join both Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble!


What is the Instrumental Ensemble and how is it different from the Block Instrumental Music Class?

Ensemble is an additional I instrument music class offered before or after school. It is designed to help student progress at a faster pace. Ensemble consists of two groups: Winds (woodwinds and brass) and Strings. As the students progress, the two groups may combine and perform together. The music played is different than the music play in the regular instrumental class. Also, there are three District-wide Advanced Ensembles (strings, woodwinds, and brass) that meet weekly beginning in January and perform in June 2017. Students are selected by music teacher recommendation for this special advanced class.


Who can participate in Ensemble?

All 4th and 5th grade instrumental music students, beginners and experienced, are eligible. Music, with varying degrees of difficulty will accommodate the different skill levels of the players. 


Student Commitment

Your music class selection is a one-year commitment. Please read the following rules carefully.

Students must continue instrumental music for the entire school year;

Remember to bring his or her instrument and music book on the scheduled music day;

Practice on a regular basis (at least 20 minutes a day);

Keep their instruments clean and in good playing condition;

Perform in school programs.


Where can I find an instrument to rent or purchase?

The following are suggestion for local music stores:


Amuse Music-Palos Verdes

(310) 377-7838


Bellflower Music – Long Beach

(562) 867-6715


Morey’s Music-Lakewood

(562) 420-9532


Music & Arts-Stephanie Salgado

(562) 896-3220


Opus Music-Torrance

(310) 618-1185


Sam Ash Music-Torrance

(310) 214-0340


The Strings Connection-Palos Verdes

(310) 377-0803


What brand of instrument is recommended to rent or purchase?

It is very important to provide your child with a quality instrument that will “play well.” The following manufacturers are known to produce quality student instruments: 



Becker, Knilling, Paesold, Suzuki



Armstrong, Artley, Buffet, Bundy, Conn, Keilwerth, Selmer, Winston, Yamaha, Yanigasawa, Gemeinhardt



Amati, Bach, Belmonte, Besson, Conn, E.M. Winston, Getzen, Jupiter, Kanstul, Stomvi, Yamaha


In our experience, instruments purchased at discount stores have not been reliable.


A student’s instrument needs to be in good condition. When having an instrument repaired, request a loaner instrument and find out when your instrument will be returned to you. (Often, the loaner instruments are at no charge.)


How do I obtain a District owned instrument?

The District has a very limited selection of instrument available to borrow and use in the elementary music program. Most of these instruments are cellos, string basses, or trombones. There are NO oboes or French horns and only one saxophone.


A voluntary donation of $150 for upkeep and repair is requested. These instruments may be checked out on a first come basis at:


PVPUSD Malaga Cove Administration Offices, 375 Via Almar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA


Monday, September 12, 2:30 – 4:30

Thursday, September 15, 3:30 – 4:30


For additional information or questions about the District instruments, please email Heather White at:


Supplies – All Classes


1” binder with document protectors

Music stand for home study and practicing

Cleaning cloth


String Supplies

Method book for personal use:  Essential Elements for Strings 2000

Shoulder pad/rest for violin if advised by teacher


Extra set of strings


Woodwind Supplies

Method book for personal use:  Accent on Achievement

Cork grease (clarinets and saxophones)

Cleaning swab

5 reeds #1-1/2 (clarinets and saxophones

Neck strap – saxophone only


Brass Supplies

Method book for personal use:  Accent on Achievement

Valve oil

Tuning slide grease

Cleaning brushes

Slide grease – trombone only

Water spray bottle – trombone only


How do I take care of my instrument?

Musical instrument are fragile and need to be handled with care. Your hands should always be clean before you pick up an instrument. Instruments need to be stored in cases when not being played. When you buy or rent your instrument, the vendor should advise you about special cleaning techniques. 


A message from your music teacher...


Being able to sing and play a musical instrument is such a gift, but it is also a work in progress. Starting now will allow your child musical opportunities in the intermediate and high schools, and later in life. We are looking forward to watching each and every student experience the joy of creating music.