TUITION: $145/quarter  (7 classes in each quarter)
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CLASS LOCATION:   
After school at Hopkinson, Lee, LAE, Rossmoor, McGaugh and Weaver Elementary Schools.
All Saturday classes are at The Youth Center.

 

All classes require your child to bring an instrument to class. Rental instruments can be obtained by contacting Applied Music Studio (50% 0FF for OUR STUDENTS) at (562) 596-1287, appliedmusicstore@gmail.com or any other music store or studio.

 
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Available After School Classes & Times

Monday – Weaver (after school)
Tuesday – Lee & Rossmoor (after school)
Wednesday – McGaugh (after school)
Thursday – Hopkinson & LAE (after school)
Saturday – The Youth Center (open for students from all schools)

Little Musicians 
Grades: K | Class time: right after school
Students will learn how to play violin through rhythm, stories and fun activities.

Little Musicians Flute Master Class at Weaver ONLY 
Grades: K | Class time: right after school
Students will learn how to play flute through rhythm and fun activities.

Beginning Strings
Grades: 1-5 | Class time: right after school
Class for students have never played a string instrument. Students will learn correct instrument position, bowing technique, and note reading. The students will be able to play familiar songs by the completion of this class.

Intermediate Strings – MASTER CLASS at HOPKINSON
Grades: 3-5 | Class time: right after school
This class will expand the student’s musical knowledge of notes, rhythm, vocabulary, scales and repertoire. Students will play in harmony in a group setting.  This class will progress at a faster pace than the Adagio class.

Beginning Flute & Clarinet Master Class | Grades 1-5 with Mrs. Ms. Cheryl at McGaugh & Weaver

Rent a clarinet (yamaha, vito, etc) or flute (Yahama, Artley or Gemeinhardt) U mouthpiece for grades 1 & 2. For TK-1 grade, buy a NUVO flute. Grades 1-5: Classes are both knowledgeable and fun! If your student practices 15-20 minutes a day, they can expect to learn a scale, and 4 songs. Please bring a folder to every class to collect music. Grades TK/K – Students will learn 2 or 3 songs. 

Beginning Band (Sax, Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet)

Grades: 1-5 | Class time: right after school

 This course is for beginning students. Students will learn correct playing posture, basic note reading and simple rhythms. Students will play short familiar songs. Students will pick to learn one of the following instruments: electric bass / drums. No woodwind or brass instruments in this class.

Beginning Band | Instrumental Winds Master Class at Hopkinson & Rossmoor
Grades 3-5
Students can learn Flute, Sax, Trombone, Trumpet or Clarinet with Mr. Kody Kuehnast

 

Available Saturday Classes & Times

C1: Adagio
Grades: 1-5 | Class time: 9:00 a.m. | INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Angela Craton
Class for students have never played a string instrument. Students will learn correct instrument position, bowing technique, and note reading. The students will be able to play familiar songs by the completion of this class.

C2: Allegro (Orchestra/Advance Strings)
Grades: 3-5 | Class time: 10:00 a.m.
(Grades 1 & 2 by auditions only) | INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Angela Craton

Class for students who have completed two semesters of Adagio or have prior permission from the teacher. This class will expand the student’s musical knowledge of notes, rhythm, vocabulary, scales and repertoire. Students will play in harmony in a group setting.  This class will progress at a faster pace than the Adagio class.

C3: Beginning Band  (Sax, Clarinet and Flute) | Instructor: Mr. Rod Browarny

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 8:00 a.m.

Class for first time band students who will learn about the instrument and how to play songs. Students will learn correct playing posture, basic note reading and simple rhythms. Students will play short familiar songs. This class will expand the student’s musical knowledge of notes, rhythm, vocabulary, scales and repertoire. Students will pick one band instruments to learn during the year.

C4: Guitar Ensemble and Drums

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 11:00 a.m. | INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Andrew Maldonado

Class for first time guitar students who will learn about the instrument and how to play songs. Students will learn correct playing posture, basic note reading and simple rhythms. Students will play short familiar songs. This class will expand the student’s musical knowledge of notes, rhythm, vocabulary, scales and repertoire.

C5: Rock Band Ensemble 

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 12:00 p.m.  | INSTRUCTOR: Mr. Andrew Maldonado

Class for students who want to learn how to play together in a live band situation (guitar, drums, bass, vocals etc). This class is geared toward preparing students for middle school. Students will play in harmony in a Rock Band setting. Basic knowledge in chords and rhythm is required for this class.o

Meet Our Music Instructors

Angela Craton

Angela received her Bachelors and Masters in Music Education from Drake University where she won the Young Artist Award. Angela brings to the program a blend of 35 years teaching experience and professional playing. Angela plays professionally in the Encore String Trio and has performed as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras. She has played professionally in the Des Moines Symphony and has traveled Europe performing. Angela brings to the students her vast teaching experience with enthusiasm and excellence.

Andrew Maldonado

Born and raised Los Angeles, eclectic guitar player/singer songwriter and Musicians Institute Graduate. Andrew has been performing, recording & composing since the ripe age of 14. A large part of his musical career was spent with in an original group called “Mad Temple” were from 2009-2015, he toured and played festivals and theaters throughout the southwest US and Northern Mexico. Some notable performances are South Texas RockFest, Texas RockFest, SXSW,  Ensenada RockFest, and Make Music Pasadena Festival to name a few; While also being featured on Music Connection Magazines 2013 -2014 “Top 100 Live unsigned Artists & Bands” and having a residency at the once Hollywood House of Blues. While only releasing two music videos and singles, “Animal” (2014) and “What you looking for” (2015) the group was able to find some radio success nationwide. 

Brandon Baker

Brandon Baker is a multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Long Beach, CA. He is The Youth Center’s guest instructor. He started on the flute when he was 10 years old, the guitar and saxophone at 13, and at the age of 16, he had the unique opportunity to perform at the Sydney Opera House as principal flutist of the Musique Sur La Mer Youth Orchestra. That experience alone made him want to pursue music as his profession.

He graduated from Long Beach City College in June 2018 with an A.A. in Music after studying saxophone with Pat Sheng and vocal jazz. He recently graduated from Cal State Long Beach in May 2021 with his Bachelor of Music Degree. He now plans to continue his career as a music teacher/freelance musician/music therapist after graduating.

Cheryl Loofbourrow

Flutist and Music Coach Cheryl Loofbourrow has performed and taught music lessons since her teens.  She has freelanced with various orchestras including LA Pops, LA Jewish Orchestra, South Coast symphony, Orange County Chamber Orchestra, Cypress Pops, LB Mozart festival, LB Bach Festival, Veracruz Symphony in Mexico, and with the West Coast Pops Orchestra on the Cypress Summer Concerts.  She also has performed with the orchestra at the Dolby Theater , and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. At 16, she won an audition to Solo the Milwaukee Symphony, and as a Music Performance major at USC won the wind competition with the USC Symphony.  She also enjoyed recording flute solos with World Vision TV and the 61org of Easter.

 

Her favorite professional Trio events include the Queen Mary Brunch for 2 years, a reception for Bob Hope on a ship in the Long Beach Port, Michael Eisner’s Birthday Party, and the opening of the Nixon Library with four presidents. The Trio continues to play weddings, concerts, and dinner parties. Cheryl has coached McAuliffe Middle School students for 2 years, and the El Monte High School Flutists for 9 years, besides her private music studio. Cheryl plays flute, piccolo, piano, clarinet, uke, and write original songs.

Rodney Browarny

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Rodney Browarny started out as a professional  musician at 20 years old and has made it his career for over 40 years. He specializes in  woodwind clarinet, saxophone, and flute. As a musician, Mr. Rod has worked with many great  performers such as Louie Bellison, Stix Hooper, Keith Grecko, and Sunny Stitt, to name a few.  He has also performed in his own band, as well as many other bands, at various hotels and  restaurant venues like the Hilton Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, and Hollywood Palladium, and in jazz  clubs like the Blue Parrot.  

Rod began teaching professionally in his late-20s at various music studios before  working for the Irvine Yamaha Music Center  in 2000. He has been with the  South Bay Yamaha schools since then. Mr. Rod has experience working both one-on-one with  students and in classroom settings. His unique quality is his old-school style as a professional  teacher, strongly pushing for the student’s No.1 sound. Many of his students have made it to  the Advanced Band at the local Irvine schools, and several have stayed with him for up to 7  years. He teaches all styles of music, from classical to jazz. Reliable and dedicated, Mr. Rod  takes pride in passing on his enthusiasm to his students, a quality that he hopes will last for  their lifetimes.  Mr. Browarny joined The Youth Center in 2022.

Kody Kuehnast

Kody Kuehnast is a wind player coming from the Long Beach area. Having learned clarinet with the Los Alamitos Youth Center’s program, he continued on with music and played in the Middle and High School Bands in the Los Alamitos Unified School District. Currently, Kody is pursuing a degree in Music Education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Kody loves working with students of all ages, and his supportive and encouraging teaching style is effective at keeping students engaged and excited about music. 

Maile Hutchinson

Maile Hutchinson is a string teacher and professional musician. She studied jazz and classical music at Long Beach City College, and received her bachelor of arts in music from Thomas Edison State University in 2020. For eight years she has had the satisfaction of teaching others and watching them develop their skills in music. The violin was the first of a handful of instruments she has learned to play and it continues to be a favored avenue of expression and music making for her. Aside from teaching, she enjoys gigging with various music groups, recording in the studio, and jamming with friends. She believes that anyone can learn to play an instrument if they put in the effort, and that it should be used for personal expression and enjoyment as much as possible.

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MUSIC PROGRAM FAQs

My child is not sure which instrument they would like to study this year. Will they be studying one instrument the entire year and how do we choose?

Students study one instrument the entire year.

 

Do I need to rent an instrument and if so, how is that arranged and what is the cost?

All classes require your child to bring an instrument to class. Rental instruments can be obtained by contacting Applied Music Studio at (562) 596-1287, appliedmusicstore@gmail.com or any other music store or studio. You can also purchase your instrument.

 

Do you offer make-up lessons?

We do not provide makeups or refunds for missed classes. Please speak with your child’s music teacher in advance to make arrangements.

 

Why should children learn music?

Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds. Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond. Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study. Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music. Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement. Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures. They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety. Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

 

 

A CHILD’S BRAIN DEVELOPS FASTER WITH EXPOSURE TO MUSIC EDUCATION

From: https://musiceducationworks.wordpress.com

A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

The study of 6-7-year-old children began in 2012, when neuroscientists started monitoring a group of 37 children from an underprivileged neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Thirteen of them received music instruction through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Program where they practiced up to seven hours each week.

Eleven children were enrolled in a community-based soccer programme, and another 13 children were not involved in any training programme at all.

The researchers compared the three groups by tracking the electrical activity in the brains, conducting behavioural testing and monitored changes using brain scans.

The results showed that the auditory systems of the children in the music programme had accelerated faster than the other children not engaged in music. Dr. Assal Habibi, the lead author of the study and a senior research associate at the BCI, explained that the auditory system is stimulated by music and the system is also engaged in general sound processing. This is essential to reading skills, language development and successful communication.