Music Program

  • Grecia Serrano-Navarro, Elementary Music Teacher|

    Jackson's music program has grown tremendously in the past few years. As of the 2017-2018 school year, through the support of the Jackson Annual Fund, the music program has expanded to serve Kindergarten - 5th grade. The most established part of the music program, the 4th/5th grade instrumental pullout program, allows the students to select an instrument of their choice to learn for up to 2 years. The program serves about 90% of the 4th and 5th graders which has only become possible through multiple grants from the Tournament of Roses Foundation and the support of the Jackson PTA. The students are also fortunate enough to receive additional instruction from the Oakwood Brass Ensemble and through the PYSO All-City Orchestra. 

    music noted Kinder-2nd Grade General Music: The new general music program will give music lessons to every student in kinder, 1st and 2nd grade. Each class will have 30 min. music lessons once a week in the auditorium. The students will be singing, reading music, moving to music, playing musical games, and playing small percussion instrument. They will learn the fundamentals of music through lessons that incorporate STEAM, history, and geography, and they will learn about musical cultures from around the world. Additionally, the DLIP classes will be taught in Spanish. The students will give small performances at the end of each semester.

    3rd Grade Instrumental Music: The third grade music curriculum is in its third year. It allows every third grader in the school to experience a semester of violin lessons and a semester of recorder lessons. The third grade music classes meet once a week for 30 minutes and they will perform at the end of each semester.

    4th/5th Grade Instrumental Music: Students in the 4th and 5th grade are allowed the choose their instrument. They get the option of playing violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone. These classes meet twice a week for 30 minutes. The students are pulled out from their classes at different times based on whether they chose an orchestra instrument or a band instrument. The groups will perform multiple times during the year for a variety of events.

    Jackson offers a "STEM in Music” after school club to K-1 students, designed to provide music instruction through the lens of STEM. Students build instruments, explore the connection between math and music, learn songs that focus on science, and learn about the process of making sound and sound waves. 

    2017-2018 Introduction to the Music Program Letter


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    The PYSO All City Orchestra (PYSO ACO) is the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade string orchestra ensemble of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO). The PYSO operates under the auspices of the Pasadena Symphony Association (PSA) ( The PYSO ACO meets weekly after school and is open to elementary school students in the Pasadena Unified School District who are recommended by their school music teachers. This year, the ACO will be rehearsing at two locations- students may choose to attend either one. Bringing together elementary students from all around Pasadena, the PYSO ACO will perform at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena in May at the PYSO Spring Concert.

     The ACO meets at Jackson on Mondays, from 1:00PM-2:00PM

    Any questions or concerns may be directed to:

    • Alex Chu, Education and Community Engagement Manager, Pasadena Symphony Association (2 N. Lake Ave, Suite 1080. Pasadena, CA 91101)

    Phone: (626) 793-7172, ext.18