Our ensembles rehearse from late September through late May, and offer every student a chance to find their musical voice and become part of a community!
At $15/hour, tuition costs less than babysitting, and your child gets:
Over 50 hours of instruction
At least 3 performance opportunities
Instruction by the westside’s leading teachers
An average student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1
The opportunity to make lifelong friends with students from other schools
Tuition for our 2018-19 season is $875 and includes a $200 non-refundable deposit. Tuition invoices will be distributed in September. All tuition payments are expected upon receipt of invoice. A $10 late fee will be assessed per each week that a payment is past due.
Sibling and multi-program discounts are available: 5% off for each enrollment. Discounts cannot be combined.
Students may apply for and receive financial aid for one (1) ensemble program. If you need to apply for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid Form. Priority financial aid will be awarded to families who return the form at their audition or email to no later than May 15. We cannot guarantee financial aid to any families who miss our financial aid application deadline. and bring it to your audition.
There is a $20.00 late enrollment fee for families who audition in the fall, pending availability in our ensembles. Space is limited and all families are encouraged to sign up for auditions this spring.
Participation in most of our ensembles is based on an audition. Students are placed according to ability, but one additional consideration is that we need balanced numbers for each ensemble. Our auditions consist of 3 components: scales, a prepared solo piece, and sightreading. Please find audition dates and sign-up information for each program below.
Schools for Auditions and Rehearsals
Edison Language Academy, 2402 Virginia Ave
John Adams Middle School (JAMS), 2425 16th Street
Grant Elementary School, 2368 Pearl Street
Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), 2525 5th Street
Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Ave
Sinfonia is our introductory ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who have played for about one year. All students should have an elementary understanding of note reading, basic rhythms, and tone production. Private lessons are not required, but strongly recommended.
Rehearsals are on Fridays at JAMS from 3:45–5:45pm.
Chamber Orchestra is our more advanced ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Students are expected to know at least one (1) 2-octave scale, and have good note reading, understanding of rhythms, and a basic understanding of shifting. No previous orchestral experience is necessary, however, private lessons are strongly recommended.
Rehearsals are Fridays at JAMS from 3:45 to 5:45pm.
Auditions: Saturday, May 5, 9:30–11:30am at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
Review audition requirements and sign up for an audition time now »
Elemental Band is our ensemble for woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 3:45–5:45pm, location TBD.
Auditions: Saturday, May 5, 2–4pm at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
Sign up for an audition now »
Academy Philharmonic is our full orchestra for middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Academy Philharmonic introduces a whole new sound world for middle school musicians as brass, woodwinds, and strings all perform together. This program helps prepare students for the experience of playing in full orchestra in high school. Academy Philharmonic enrollment is audition-based with a limited number of openings, especially in the woodwind and brass sections.
Please note that in order to participate in Academy Philharmonic the student MUST be enrolled in their school band or orchestra program. Students will not be allowed to audition without a signed Ensemble Verification Form »
Please review the audition requirements »
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at JAMS from 3:45–5:45pm.
Auditions: Saturday, May 5, 12–2pm at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
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Prelude is our beginning strings program for students in grades 3 and 4 with no previous playing experience. Students who are interested in an engaging introduction to string playing will benefit from our expert instruction! Build a solid foundation while having a lot of fun and making new friends!
Rehearsals are on Thursdays at Grant from 3:45–5:45pm.
Elemental Choir is a vocal ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Young musicians in this choir will sing exciting, challenging, and fun choral music in a variety of styles and languages from around the world.
Rehearsals are on Fridays at Edison from 3:45–5:45pm.
Auditions: Saturday, May 5, 9:30-11:30am at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
Sign up for an audition »
Introduction to Guitar is a guitar ensemble for total beginners in grades 3, 4, and 5. No experience is necessary and no audition is required to join. Students will have fun learning how to play classical guitar in a unique group setting! Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, location TBD.
Elemental Guitar is our more advanced guitar ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 who have at least 8 months of playing experience. Students must read music and have a basic understanding of guitar technique. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45pm, location TBD.
Auditions: Saturday, May 5, 2–4pm at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street). Schedule an audition or sign up using this form. »