2024/2025 School Year

TUITION: $275/semester (14 classes in each semester. Every class is 1 hour)


Save $125 by registering for the entire school year for $425


After school classes are at Hopkinson, Lee, LAE, Rossmoor, McGaugh and Weaver Elementary Schools. Classes at all campuses start right after school.

All Saturday morning classes and weekday evening classes are at The Youth Center 10761 Los Alamitos Blvd.

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. Click here to reserve.

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.

Jon Lundgren

Jon received his bachelors in Music Education from Cal State Fullerton. Jon played professionally at Carden hall for 7 years, and taught elementary and middle school students in the Fountain Valley Unified School District for 18 years. He has performed with many esteemed artists such as Peter Frampton, The Champs, Sammy Davis Jr, and John Denver. Jon has a love for music and is excited to share it with the kids at The Youth Center.

Instruments in Videos


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.


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.