Are you ready to join Elemental Music? The audition process is integral to ensure we place each student correctly at the right skill level.

Our ensembles rehearse from late September through late May. Students perform 3 concerts and may have additional performance opportunities throughout the season. In addition to our high quality musical instruction, students are often invited to attend local concerts for free or discounted prices.

Tuition for our 17-18 season is $800.

Sibling and multi-program discounts are available: 5% off for each enrollment ($40). Discounts cannot be combined.

There is a nonrefundable deposit of $150 due by May 31 for enrollment, which will be applied towards the total tuition. The remaining balance will be due October 1.

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 and bring it to your audition.

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
Lincoln Middle School (LMS), 1501 California Ave
Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), 2525 5th Street.

"What I love most is that the teacher gives you compliments when you do something well."
- Christopher

Elemental Strings

Sinfonia is our introductory ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who have played for about one year. No previous orchestral experience is necessary. Rehearsals are Fridays at JAMS from 3:45 to 5:45pm.

Chamber Orchestra is our more advanced ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. 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 13, 9–11am at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street)
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Elemental Band

Elemental Band is our ensemble for woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at LMS from 3:45 to 5:45pm.

Auditions: Saturday, May 13, 1–3pm at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
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Academy Strings

Academy Strings is our ensemble for middle school strings in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. All participants will be expected to be able to shift to third position comfortably, play in a variety of keys with proper posture and hand position, and be able to play a variety of bow strokes, including spiccato.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at SMASH from 3:45 to 5:45pm.

Auditions for AS will be held in Fall 2017.
Interested families should sign up for an audition » and be contacted in the fall about scheduling.

Prelude Program

Prelude is our beginning strings program for students in grades 3 and 4 with no previous playing experience. Students who are interested in an accelerated program that will be engaging and educational will benefit from our expert instruction! Build a solid foundation while having a lot of fun!

Rehearsals on Thursdays, 3:45-5:45pm. Location in Santa Monica TBD.

No auditions necessary.
Sign up and join the Prelude program » or email Emily Call

Elemental Choir

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 to 5:45pm.

Auditions: Saturday, May 13, 1–3pm at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus (Music Building behind the Broad Stage, 1310 11th street).
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Introduction to Guitar and Elemental Guitar

Introduction to Guitar is a guitar ensemble for total beginners in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. 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 Thursdays, 3:45-5:45pm. Location in Santa Monica TBD.

Elemental Guitar is our more advanced guitar ensemble for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 who have at least 8 months of playing experience. Students must read music and have a basic understanding of guitar technique. Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 3:45-5:45pm. Location in Santa Monica TBD.

Auditions for Elemental Guitar will be scheduled with Program Director Mak Grgic. Intro to Guitar requires no audition. Schedule an audition or sign up using this form. »