Saturday Conservatory of Music
a project of Community Partners


The Conservatory will NOT be in session
SATURDAY, 2/18/2017
in observance of Presidents' Day.
Classes will resume on SATURDAY, 2/25/2017!

Dates for Spring Quarter 2017 is Finalized!
Click the "SCHEDULE" tab for more information.

MISSION - The Saturday Conservatory of Music (SCM) was established to provide affordable, quality music instruction to children in the greater Los Angeles area, targeting children from low income families and the school trained musician.

MUSICIANSHIP - Almost any one can learn to play an instrument but to become a musician, you must not only be able to play an instrument, you must also be able to take direction from the conductor while playing with a group of other musicians.

The Saturday Conservatory of Music is centrally located in San Gabriel, CA and provides children an opportunity to become musicians. SCM offers young musicians the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument, learn music theory and then apply those skills to the art of musicianship by participating in a real orchestra. Each SCM student learns the skills to play beautiful music in concert with other young musicians.

SCM has nurtured and inspired many children to realize successful careers in the music profession and entertainment industry. Many students take to the foundation of musicianship learned at SCM and their training at local arts high schools such as The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts or Orange County High School of the Arts.

Many students have gone on to universities such as University of Southern California, University of California, Berkeley and Juilliard. The dedicated staff of SCM will provide the foundation and inspiration necessary for any young musician who wants to reach for the stars or simply wants to learn to play an instrument.

HISTORY - In 1966, music coordinator of the East Los Angeles region of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Carl Bruce with his music teacher wife, Ellen, and Robert Runge, Professor of Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles, organized the Cal State L.A. Saturday Conservatory of Music. The purpose of the Conservatory was, and still is, to provide a low cost, more individualized musical experience than is offered in public school music programs. Instrumental and vocal classes are taught in small groups by specialists who are trained music educators.

ELIGIBILITY - Students between the ages of four and twenty may attend this exciting program. SCM strongly supports school music and Conservatory students are required to participate in their respective school music programs, if available.

SINCEREST THANKS - The Saturday Conservatory of Music expresses its gratitude to the San Gabriel Unified School District, its board members, the superintendent, Dr. John Pappalardo, and the principal of Jefferson Middle School, Mr. Matt Arnold for the use of their wonderful facilities. We appreciate their overwhelming support.

Special thanks to Community Partners for their help, enabling us to continue providing high quality, low cost music instruction to young people in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information about our fiscal sponsor, please visit

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