Frequently Asked Questions

The ALF Instrumental Music program begins the week of September 9, 2019 and continues through the week of April 27 to May 2, 2020

Students attend classes once a week before or after school with opportunities for additional sectionals outside of class.

Students entering grades 4-6 and attending a La Cañada Unified elementary school are welcomed to participate in the ALF Instrumental Music program.  Students new to the area who wish to join the program after registration closes in September, must obtain special permission from the Music Instructor and/or ALF Music Chairman.

Instruments & Ensembles
Beginning Band and String students must register by their individual instrument. The classes at each school are comprised of these instruments in groups: brass (baritone, French horn, trumpet, trombone); woodwinds (clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone); percussion (drums, mallets, rhythm instruments); and strings (violin, viola, cello.)  For rehearsals and concerts, all the schools are combined into 4 ensemble groups: Beginning Band, Beginning Strings, Concert Band and String Orchestra.

Which Class is the Right One?
Beginning classes are intended for students with little or no music experience with a particular instrument or who have taken classes/lessons but whose skills are limited.  Advanced classes are for students who have taken classes through ALF Instrumental Music for a minimum of one year.  New students who have taken lessons privately or classes outside of ALF should know how to “sight-read” and will need to have approval from the instructor before registering for the advanced classes, Concert Band and String Orchestra.  If you are in doubt about where to place your student, sign them up for a beginning class and the instructor will evaluate their ability and move them up, if appropriate. PLEASE NOTE – It is recommended that all students who take beginning classes in ALF Summer School and wish to continue, should enroll in a beginning class in the fall.


  • La Cañada Elementary, 4540 Encinas Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – All Classes Meet in Room 21
  • Palm Crest Elementary, 5025 Palm Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – All Classes Meet in Room 25
  • Paradise Canyon Elementary, 471 Knight Way, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – All Classes Meet in Room 35
  • Assistance League of Flintridge, 4607 Oakwood Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – Percussion Class, Sectionals & Special Practices Meet in the CMR & also Location of ALF Offices for Late Instrument Return
  • Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – Petting Zoo, Rental Day, Rehearsals, Concerts

The Instrumental Music program is administered by Assistance League of Flintridge.  There are 4 Instructors and 4 Assistant Instructors, all with extensive and varied backgrounds in music.

$150 Program Fee – Includes ALF T-shirt
$200 Rental Fee

Program and Rental Fees are paid once during registration and are for the entire session, September to May.

All registration for ALF Instrumental Music is done through the ALF website.  Registration will open on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM and will close on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM.  Please do not send your student to class without registering them first.

After Registration
After the registration process is completed, you will receive an email confirming the classes for each student and how much was paid.  If you have trouble registering or do not receive this email, please contact the Programs Office at or 818-790-2211.  After registering, you will have access to your online registration account.  The link to your login is on your confirmation email but it is also duplicated here: .  Use the same login and password used for registration.  You may go to this account any time to review or correct your family information, print a statement, or change your password.  However, you cannot transfer a student to a different class from your account.  You must contact the Programs Office for any class transfers or instrument changes.

Late Registration
It is important that all students be registered prior to the first week of classes for the full benefit of all the students.  Students who come late can disrupt the whole class while Instructors attempt to bring them up to speed.  Therefore, late registrants will only be added as an exception and with special permission from the Instructor and/or Music Chairman.  A Late Fee may be assessed for students who sign-up after the closing date of September 4, 2019.

Full or Cancelled Classes
Full or cancelled classes will be shown in red during the registration process. Simply enter the student’s school and grade level and a full list of open and closed classes will be displayed.  ALF reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet minimum student enrollment.  Early registration is highly encouraged.

We realize that mistakes are made and sometimes students simply change their minds. We will transfer a student to a different class, provided the class is still available at the time of the request. You may email to or call 818-790-2211 to make this request. After the first day of Music classes, transfers will only be made as an exception and with the consent of the Instructor and/or Music Chairman.

No Refunds
Assistance League of Flintridge has a NO REFUND policy for philanthropic program enrollment. We do not offer credits or refunds for partial attendance. In the event that a class is cancelled by ALF and there is no other class available for that student, a refund will be issued.  Refunds for Instrument Rental may also be offered in the event that an instrument is not available for a student to rent.

A limited number of scholarships are available to La Cañada Unified School District students based on need. For more information and/or application forms, please contact the principal of the LCUSD school your student is presently attending. All information will be held strictly confidential.

Instrument Rental
Instruments are available to rent from Assistance League of Flintridge for $200.  Rental fees are paid during the registration process and instruments are picked up on Rental Day, this year on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Lanterman Auditorium.  Summer Rentals are also available for $50.  Unsure you are ready to rent?  No problem.  Go ahead and sign your student up for a class.  You can add instrument rental later by contacting the Programs Office at or 818-790-2211 but you MUST do it before Wednesday, September 4 at 5:00 PM.

Music Stores
Local music stores offer instrument rentals and accessories.

Demonstration Concerts
ALF holds Demonstration Concerts at each school site at the beginning of the year to introduce students to the different instrument families. ALF Instructors play each instrument alone and in an ensemble, which often helps the older students decide what instrument they are most interested in and if they want to participate in ALF’s Instrumental Music program.  This year, the Demo Concerts will be held on August 19 at PCR, August 20 at LCE, and August 21 at PCY.

Instrument “Petting Zoo”
Students have the opportunity to try different instruments and receive guidance from music professionals at the Instrument Petting Zoo.  Be sure to join us on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Lanterman Auditorium for this special event.

Informational Parent Meeting
Please plan to attend the Informational Parent Meeting scheduled for Monday, August 26 at 7:00 PM at ALF.  Parents of both new and returning music students will benefit from attending this important meeting about the Instrumental Music program.   Topics include the Student Handbook, Parent Communication, Instrument Rentals, Sectionals, Concerts, and much more.  The Parent Meeting is a great opportunity to meet the Music Instructors and to get your questions answered. 

Parent Communication
ALF Instrumental Music regularly sends communications and updates to parents via email. Be sure to indicate the best email address for your family during registration and check your spam filter for emails from Thriva/Activenetwork, and/or the individual instructors. Do not “unsubscribe” or you may not receive important notifications from ALF. Missed an email?  Throughout the year, we also post the same communications on the individual class pages.

Student Handbook 2019 – 2020
The ALF Instrumental Music Student Handbook is a guide for families that is updated each year. Topics covered include, “Is the Program Right for Me?”, “What to Bring to Class” and “Practice Tips for Students.”  Be sure to check out this great resource.

For the full benefit of the program, students are expected to attend class each week as well as participate in all rehearsals and performances.  They should arrive on time with their instrument, music, and supplies and MUST be picked up promptly after each class or event.  If your student is absent, be sure to contact the Music Instructor by email.

Behavior Standards
During the registration process, all families must agree to comply with the Instrumental Music Behavior Standards.

All students participate in concerts held at Lanterman Auditorium in December and May.  Advanced students in Concert Band and String Orchestra play in concerts at the their home school twice a year.  They also play with the 7/8 musicians in the 7/8 Side-by-Side Concert in December in the LCHS Auditorium.  Look for specific concert instructions including dress on the Concert page as the concerts approach. This information will also be emailed to parents.

Concert Dress for Lanterman Performances
Black Pants, Dress or Skirt – NO LEGGINGS
Black Shoes, Black Socks – NO ATHLETIC SHOES

Clothing Guidelines for In-School Concert Performances
ALF T-Shirt
Black Pants or Skirt

Clothing for Sectionals & Rehearsals
School Clothes

Summer Music Classes
The ALF Instrumental Music program is held during the school year from September to May.  For those students who are interested in starting music instruction during the summer or taking a class to keep their skills strong,  ALF Summer School offers music at the elementary school for grades 4-6.  PLEASE NOTE – It is recommended that students who take beginning classes in ALF Summer School and wish to continue, should enroll in a beginning class in the fall. During the year, Instructors evaluate the students’ abilities and move them to the advanced classes, if appropriate.

ALF Instrumental Music