Frequently Asked Questions 2020-2021

The ALF Instrumental Music program begins the week of November 9, 2020 and continues through the week of May 8, 2021.

Students entering grades 4-6 and attending a La Cañada Unified elementary school are welcome to participate in the ALF Instrumental Music program.

All classes will be held online through Zoom. Beginning students will start the year with a weekly 20-minute private lesson. In 2021, they will move into a half-hour class with a maximum of three students.  Advanced students who would be in Concert Band or String Orchestra, will receive weekly half-hour instruction with a maximum of three students with the same instrument, allowing for more individualized attention. 

NOTE ABOUT ZOOM: Before the scheduled class day/time, a Zoom access link will be sent via email. Zoom classes will be recorded for internal purposes only and will not be used for public viewing.  Students may have the opportunity to perform collaboratively online.  These performances may be shown on ALF’s private Instrumental Music channel on YouTube available only through links provided to parents.  Permission for such participation is included during the registration process.  If you have trouble logging into the Zoom link provided, email the instructor right away.  Their contact info is listed on the Music Staff and Contact pages.

Class instruction is offered in the following instrument groups:

  • Brass – baritone, French horn, trumpet, trombone
  • Woodwinds – clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone
  • Percussion – drums, rhythm instruments, bells, use of mallets
  • Strings – cello, viola, violin

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 need to contact the instructor for an online “audition” before registration begins on October 26, to assure they sign up for the correct class. 


  • All classes are online via Zoom
  • Lanterman Auditorium, 4491 Cornishon Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – Rental Day
  • Assistance League of Flintridge, 4607 Oakwood Avenue, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 – ALF Offices

Music Staff
The Instrumental Music program is administered by Assistance League of Flintridge.  There are 8 Music Instructors, all with extensive and varied backgrounds in music.

$150 Program Fee
$200 Rental Fee

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

All registration for ALF Instrumental Music is done through the ALF website.  Registration will open on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM and will close on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  Please note: This is a short registration period and classes are very limited, so you are encouraged to register early.   Also, ALF has a new registration system this year.  If you have registered for an ALF class before, you will not be able to retrieve your past information in the new system.

After Registration
After the registration process is completed, you will receive an email confirming the class 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 account.  The link to your account is on your confirmation email.  Use the same login and password as used during registration.  You may go to this account any time to review or correct your family information, print a statement, or change your password.

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 and to avoid disruption.  Late registrants will only be added as an exception, assuming there is space in the class and you have received permission from the Music Instructor and/or the Music Chairman.  A Late Fee may be assessed for students who sign-up after the closing date.   

Full or Cancelled Classes, Wait List
A list of open and closed classes will be displayed during the registration process.  If your student wasn’t able to register for their preferred class, you may contact the Programs Office at to be placed on a waiting list.  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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, changing an instrument or class may be difficult.  Transfers will only be made as an exception based on availability and with the consent of the Music Instructor and/or Chairman. Contact us at or call 818-790-2211, if you have questions about your registration.

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 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 your child’s LCUSD school. 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, November 7, 2020 in the Lanterman Auditorium parking lot.  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 us at or 818-790-2211 but you MUST do it before Wednesday, November 4 at 5:00 PM.

Music Stores
Local music stores offer instrument rentals and accessories.  A list of music stores is included here and in the Student Handbook.

Instrument Petting Zoo
Be sure to view our virtual Instrument “Petting Zoo” available through the ALF website.  Students will have the opportunity to see and hear our instructors playing the instruments they will be teaching.

Informational Parent Meeting
Please plan to attend the Informational Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom.  Parents of both new and returning music students will benefit from attending this important meeting about the Instrumental Music program and how it has changed from previous years.  Topics include the new class structure, the Student Handbook, Parent Communication, Instrument Rentals, and much more.  This meeting is a great opportunity for parents to meet the Music Instructors and to get questions answered. 
MISSED THE MEETING?  Here’s the video. (52 minutes) Here’s the Info Sheet.

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 2020 – 2021
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.  Students should be prepared with their instrument, stand, music, and supplies, at their scheduled class time.  If your student is absent, be sure to contact the Music Instructor by email so he/she doesn’t wait for your child to show up on Zoom.

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

It is very unlikely that students will be able to gather for in-person concerts this year.  However, there could be opportunities for online ensemble groups to perform together.

Summer Music Classes
The ALF Instrumental Music program is held during the school season, this year from November 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 for grades 4-6.

ALF Instrumental Music