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Music Program

Any Palms student may take music classes as electives, including beginners who have never played an instrument before, those with some experience, and those who take outside lessons.

Parents and students are treated to many musical concerts during the school year, from the Pops Concert in October to the Instrumental Spring Concert in May.

For the schedule of performances see the School Calendar and the Concerts page.

Audition Information

Do you know how to play an Orchestra or a Band instrument? Do you know how to read music? If you answered yes, then you are encouraged to audition to be part of the Palms Music program. Email Ms. Jones to schedule your audition.

If you would like to learn how to play an instrument and how to read music, sign up for Winds/Percussion or Strings. No audition is required.

For more information, see Music Auditions, the Instrumental Music Classes Summary, and/or email Ms. Jones.

Instrumental Music

Playing music can be challenging, enjoyable, and exciting for students, as they learn to read music, use proper hand positions and embouchures (mouth positions), be part of an ensemble, and express themselves through music.

Palms is proud of its many musical success stories, including Palms graduates who have been accepted at Julliard and given a Best New L.A. Jazz Musician award!

Palms has four instrumental music classes: Winds & Percussion, Band, Strings, and Orchestra. Some students bring their own instruments, and some borrow school instruments that are shared between class periods. Wind players always get individual mouthpieces,

All Instrumental music are taught by Ms. Jones. During the pandemic, instruction is in Zoom sessions.

See also: Jazz Band (an after-school group)

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Choir is the vocal music program at Palms, but choir is not offered for the 2020-2021 school year.

When Choir is offered, there are four Choir classes:

Choir Classes
Da Capo Choir Beginning Choir 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for students who are new to choir at Palms
Con Brio Chorus Beginning Choir 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for students who are new to choir at Palms
Dolce Voices Beginning Choir 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for students who are new to choir at Palms
Vivoce Singers Advanced Choir 7th and 8th grade for students who have already taken Beginning Choir at Palms


All Choir students gain experience in unison and in two-part singing. The Advanced Choir also does 3-part or 4-part singing. Every Choir student gets the experience of singing harmony, as well as melody, during the school year.

For more information about the program, see the Choir elective page.