Music Classes for Students Grades K-5




Class Schedule

TUITION: $160/semester

Semester 1: 

October 3, 10, 17, 24 | November 7, 14, 21 | December 5, 12, 19

Semester 2:
January 9, 16, 23, 30 | February 6, 20, 27 | March 6, 13, 20

Available Classes & Times

Grades K
Beginning Guitar –  Instructor Mr. Andrew Maldonado Saturdays 10 am – 11 am

Grades 1-2:

Beginning Strings
(Violin | Viola | Cello) Instructor Mrs. Angela Craton – Saturdays 10 am – 11 am

2nd Year Strings

(2nd grade only) (Violin | Viola | Cello) Instructor Mrs. Angela Craton – Saturdays 9 am – 10 am

Beginning Guitar –  Instructor Mr. Andrew Maldonado Saturdays 10 am – 11 am

Grades 3-5:

Beginning Strings
(Violin | Viola | Cello) Instructor Mrs. Angela Craton – Saturdays 8 am – 9 am

2nd and 3rd year Strings
 (Violin | Viola | Cello)  Instructor Mrs. Angela Craton
– Saturdays 9 am – 10 am

Beginning Band (no woodwind instruments allowed per CDC guidance)
(Trumpet | Clarinet | Sax | Flute | Trombone)
– Saturdays 10 am – 11 am

Beginning Band/Rhythm 
(Electric Bass | Electric Guitar | Drums) Instructor Mr. Andrew Maldonado (Sub on Oct 10)
– Saturdays 11 am – noon

Garage Band / 2nd and 3rd year Band (all band  instruments)

(no woodwind instruments allowed per CDC guidance)

 (Guitar, drums, piano, electric guitar) Saturdays noon–1 p.m.

(pending CDC approval – Trumpet, Clarinet, Sax, Flute, )  

Mr. Andrew Maldonado
He is a Musicians Institute Graduate and a professional recording musician and teacher. He has over a decade of music production, teaching and touring experience. He is looking forward to sharing his experience and knowledge with students!
Mrs. Angela Craton
Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Angela has a passion for teaching music to children. She has over 15 years of experience of teaching string instruments.

In-person classes start October 3, 2020

Students will be required to wear a mask and have a hand sanitizer (that contains at least 60% alcohol). Temperature will be checked before class. Students will be asked to wash hands and keep physical distance from other students at least 6 ft apart. No sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, musical instruments, and books. 


The current guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) does not allow us to have students sing or play wind instruments. 

Click below for the link on the FAQ from CDPH:

Instruments in Videos

Strings & Band Classes Info

Band instrument options include: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Electric Bass Guitar and Percussion. (Percussion can be either a percussion kit or an electronic drum kit.)

  • Beginning Band – Students with little or no experience. Your child will learn the basic fundamentals of music, performance, and rhythm on the instrument of their choice. This will also have an introduction to music theory, identifying music symbols, and note reading.
  • 2nd Year Band – Continuation of Beginning Band. Students with one/more years of experience. Together, kids will play a variety of music genres and styles.

Strings instrument options include: Violin, Viola, Cello

  • Beginning Strings – This class is designed for kids with little or no experience. They will learn the basic fundamentals of playing the violin, which includes performance and rhythm. This will also have an introduction to music theory, identifying music symbols, and note reading.
  • 2nd Year Strings – Continuation of Beginning Strings. Students with one/more year of experience. They will learn to play as a group using two or more part melody and harmony.


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, 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 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.