Expert staff

Our teaching artists include a mix of active teachers and performers who bring diverse experiences to share with our students.

Personalized instruction

Our low student to teacher ratio averages 8 to 1, allowing every student the opportunity to receive quality instruction by our staff.

Playing with friends

Playing in a group is always more fun that practicing by yourself! Our students make lots of new friends and love making music with them throughout the year.

Live performances

Experiencing music is also about seeing and hearing great live performances on stage. Through partnerships with many local organizations, our students are able to attend free concerts around town, including at the New West Symphony, and the Broad Stage.

Elemental Music began in 2004 by a SMMUSD music teacher who wanted to create an opportunity to elementary students to play in an orchestra throughout the school year, make new friends, and get excited about music. Since then, more than 800 students have participated in our programs. What started with serving only 25 elementary school students has grown to serving over 200 elementary and middle school students in 6 different programs during our most recent year.

Teachers in the community recognize that our engaging and high quality staff and inspiring repertoire choices help foster a strong sense of identity in young musicians. Our students work with expert teaching artists to polish their technical skills and dig into the joys of music-making, all in a social setting. We offer many opportunities for student performances throughout the year, not only at three different Elemental concerts but also at various events in the Santa Monica community. It is a joy to see how the young musicians in our programs blossom in their own ways, both socially and musically. Our programs inspire a love of music in the hearts of some of the westside's youngest artists.

This fall, we are thrilled to launch Academy Philharmonic, our first full orchestra program for middle school students. We look forward to continuing our commitment to the musical growth of our community's students for many years to come.

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