Group playing provides a rich, collaborative experience

Group playing provides a rich, collaborative experience

our mission

The mission of Elemental Music is to inspire, train, and nurture young musicians on the Westside of Los Angeles through collaborative ensemble and educational programs. We envision a community where youth are inspired and empowered through quality music education. 

OUR VALUES

Community; Diversity; Equity; Excellence; Engagement.

OUR HISTORY

Elemental Strings began in 2004 as a program of the Maestro Foundation to help motivated young musicians in the Santa Monica community build on the beginning strings instruction they were receiving in elementary school. Owing to the quality of instruction and high demand, the program quickly grew, and with the Maestro Foundation’s encouragement and support, we acquired our own 501c3 status in 2010.

 Elemental Strings students gain experience not only playing in orchestra, but also work in small group and chamber music settings throughout the year.

Elemental Strings students gain experience not only playing in orchestra, but also work in small group and chamber music settings throughout the year.

Since then, we have served over 1,200 youth, growing from just 25 elementary school students, to a total enrollment of over 300 across 7 programs during the 2017‐2018 season. With ensembles for band, choir, guitar, and strings, we adopted the more inclusive name of Elemental Music to better reflect our growth. From our very first day, our goal has been to ignite a passion for music in young musicians. We are committed to continuing that work for many years to come!

 In Elemental Choir, students learn songs in a variety of styles and languages.

In Elemental Choir, students learn songs in a variety of styles and languages.