St. Paul's Lutheran School

Music Overview

St. Paul's Lutheran School has a fine tradition of bringing music education to its students.  Students from kindergarten through the 8th grade are exposed to the world of music with many different opportunities. 
Our goal in general music is to build a strong musical awareness, aid in developing their academic success, and allow them to explore music in the future. 
 
Kindergarten - 2nd Grades
Students have a general music class once a week, where they will learn about basic music, music history, and performance through singing. This early introduction of music in the student’s life will begin to help develop spatial and creative intelligence's.
 
3rd - 4th Grades
Students meet twice a week, where they have an added element to their music curriculum. The addition of recorders adds an instrumental level to their education which helps develop their hand-eye coordination, their motor-rhythmic skills, and helps to strengthen their artistic as well as mathematical development. Students perform in is a Recorders Concert in May.
 
5th Grade
Students attend once a week where they learn about music theory, composition, and history.
 
6th - 8th Grades
In middle school, students have the opportunity to choose guitar or violin for one of their exploratory classes. Students may also participate in choral classes focusing on the Spring Musical and Advent.
 
Beyond the general music program, we offer the best in music education and an assortment of ensembles and opportunities to our students. We highly encourage our students to participate in ensembles such as Glee and the Band program.
 
BANDS
St. Paul's has always had a wonderful tradition of instrumental music.  There are 3 bands which make up the band program. The following instruments are available: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, & Percussion
 
Beginning Band is for students with absolutely no or little musical experience in grades 3rd - 8th.  After one year of Beginning band, students are promoted up to Intermediate or Advanced Band. 
Meets Wednesday & Thursday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 
Intermediate Band is where students can develop skills without being overburdened with advanced methods and techniques.
Meets Monday, Tuesday & Friday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 
Advanced Band performs a wide variety of music at a high standard. Performing in many locations, they will gain experience of performing under pressure while enjoying music.  
Meets Monday - Friday before school at 7:00am
 

2016-17 Performances:

Christmas Concert: December 2nd at 7:00pm. This applies to all 3 bands.

Spring Concert: May 11th at 7:00pm. Applies to all 3 bands.
 
Advanced Band only:
Perform at church: January 22nd at 8am Service
Music in the Parks Festival: April 22nd. Times TBD
 

Band fees:

3rd and 4th Grades: $200

5th thru 8th Grades: $300

Instrument rental (if applicable): $180 (Fee must be paid in full before student can take the instrument home.)

We are also offer a $50 Sibling Discount for those families that wish to have more than one child involved in band! 

VIOLIN

For beginning violinists in 3rd - 5th grade
Meets Tuesday & Thursday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 
SUMMER BAND CAMP
Every summer the St. Paul's Lutheran Youth Band Camp is held for students from 3rd grade to high school.  The camp is three weeks long from 8:00am - 3:00pm M-F, ending on July 4th.  During this camp, students learn how to march and play music.  They compete in 2 parades: Lompoc Flower Festival Parade and Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade.  The camp overall aids in the development of musicians.  The only requirement is that band students have one year of band.  There is also a Colorguard portion(1/2 day 8:00am-1:00pm for non band students.
 
MR. LARA, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Jack Lara holds a B.A. in Music from Cal State University, Fullerton.  He worked a number of years as a stage manager, ensemble manager, as well as an instructor at various high schools in Southern California.  He is a member and was chapter president of the Omicron Pi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity.