Hillcrest Drive Elementary School

Community, Music Magnet and Dual Language School

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Music Magnet

Music Magnet – Where Musical Intelligence, Cognitive Development, and Performance Converge


The approximately 100 scholar musicians of Hillcrest Drive Music Magnet are musically intelligent, responsibly disciplined, and intellectually inspired! And almost all of them have discovered a passion for music early in their lives, which has inherent academic benefit but also, the research shows, supports children making good choices and staying out of trouble. 


Hillcrest Music Magnet, the only elementary program of its type in the Los Angeles Unified School District, establishes students' musical foundations while developing instrumental proficiency, all the while engaging them in the same rigorous core instruction that the community school offers. Students begin as early as first grade studying general music and, possibly, beginning choral music instruction. By the time students enter 3rd grade they choose an instrument and commit to disciplined study and practice on that instrument for the remainder of their tenure at Hillcrest.  


Among instruments students can choose to study are the piano, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Additionally, students have the option of choral instruction. Beginning and advanced classes are offered for all instruments.


A hugely positive aspect of the Music Magnet are the performance opportunities that students have as musicians. Showcase performances include Latino Heritage Month in October, a winter holiday performance in December, Black History Month in February, and a spring concert in April. 


Our Music Magnet also has a great relationship with the Colburn Community School for the Performing Arts that brings their music teachers and musicians to our school twice a year as well as a field trip to Colburn for students once a year. Colburn offers summer school scholarships to our music magnet students each year too! 

School Parent Compact - Music Magnet 2019/2020