2021 -2022 Class Schedule

Quarter 1:  August 21 – October 16 – Sold Out

August 21, 28 | September 11, 18, 25 | October 2, 16

Quarter 2:  October 23 – December 18 

October 23, 30 | November 6, 20 | December 4, 11, 18

Quarter 3:  January 22 – March 19 

January 22, 29 | February 5, 12 | March 5, 12, 19

Quarter 4:  March 26 – May 21

March 26 | April 2, 9, 30 | May 7, 14, 21

TUITION: $125/quarter 
Pay for all 4 quarters & Save $50
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.  

Available After School Classes & Times

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

Beginning Band (Drums, Xylophone, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar & Guitar Masterclass)

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.

 

Available Saturday Classes & Times

Adagio
Grades: 1-5 | Class time: 10:00 a.m.
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.

Allegro (Orchestra/Advance Strings)
Grades: 3-5 | Class time: 9:00 a.m.
(Grades 1 & 2 by auditions only)

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.

Beginning Guitar

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 9:00 a.m.

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.

Guitar Ensemble 

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 8:00 a.m.

A class for more advanced students who will learn to play together as an ensemble. This course will be too challenging for beginning guitar students. This class will expand the student’s musical knowledge of notes, rhythm, vocabulary, scales and repertoire.

Rock Band Ensemble 

Grades: 2-5 | Class time: 10:00 a.m.

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.

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 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.

Jacob Anaya

Jacob Anaya is a drummer from Southern California who began playing in 2005 and has been gigging in the Los Angeles area for the last 11 years. He grew up playing in his family’s church and eventually began playing at professional venues, private events, and for Downtown Disney and Disney’s California Adventure. Some notable artists he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with include Josh Heinrichs (Reggae) and Ashanti (R&B). He also teaches private music lessons and has experience teaching group classes with various music programs. His priority as an instructor is to help his students foster a love for the drums by listening, exploring rhythms and sounds, and discovering what it is that makes the drums so appealing. He loves incorporating percussion games for younger students and also loves getting technical with intermediate/advanced students. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Jazz and Commercial Music at Cal State University, Fullerton.

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.

Instruments in Videos

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.