El Sereno Middle School Music Department

El Sereno Middle School Music Department Our goal is to offer the highest quality music instruction and performance opportunities to the students of El Sereno M.S., as well as create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

This is a Music program that offers a wide variety of music classes ranging from foundations of music, woodwinds and brass, strings, music tech, all the way to Band, Jazz, Orchestra, and Mariachi.

Operating as usual

Fully funded!From the bottom of our little hearts:Thank you!-Mrs. Austin
08/11/2021
New Year, New Vibes, a project from Mrs. Austin

Fully funded!

From the bottom of our little hearts:

Thank you!

-Mrs. Austin

Help me give my students new folders/writing tools to kick off the new year! In our music classes, we strive to be well-rounded IB students who like learning about our musical history and preservin...

We only need $283 to get these students their supplies! Help by:1. Donating2. Reposting3. Both!The music department than...
08/09/2021
New Year, New Vibes, a project from Mrs. Austin

We only need $283 to get these students their supplies! Help by:
1. Donating
2. Reposting
3. Both!

The music department thanks you!

Help me give my students new folders/writing tools to kick off the new year! In our music classes, we strive to be well-rounded IB students who like learning about our musical history, and preservi...

Woohoo! We have a match! If you help fund our project, Kleenex will match your donation which means twice the funding in...
08/06/2021
New Year, New Vibes, a project from Mrs. Austin

Woohoo! We have a match! If you help fund our project, Kleenex will match your donation which means twice the funding in less time! Let’s get it done for our Jaguars!

Help me give my students new folders/writing tools to kick off the new year! In our music classes, we strive to be well-rounded IB students who like learning about our musical history, and preservi...

Please spread the word about this new project. We will have so many new obstacles with Covid but we want all our music s...
08/04/2021
New Year, New Vibes, a project from Mrs. Austin

Please spread the word about this new project. We will have so many new obstacles with Covid but we want all our music students to succeed. If you can donate - great! If not, please just repost and help spread the word. Let's kick off a great school year!

-Mrs. Austin

Help me give my students new folders/writing tools to kick off the new year! In our music classes, we strive to be well-rounded IB students who like learning about our musical history, and preservi...

08/02/2021

It’s with a tinge of sadness but so much gratitude that I post on behalf of Mr. Legaspi. Thank you so much for all your help and wise words as I found my way at El Sereno MS. Thank you and Mr. Irinéo Yanez for bringing back pride and respect to our music department. You will be sorely missed.

xoxo,
Mrs. Austin

“Dear El Sereno Middle School (ESMS) Staff, Community, Music Department Alumni, Supporters, Friends and Family,

It is with great sadness that I announce my departure as Band Director at ESMS as I have accepted the EL/Title 1 Coordinator Position at Legacy VAPA High School. ESMS has been my home for 14 years now and the Music Department has grown so much since I started. I accepted the position in the summer of 2007 thanks to Art Duardo and Tony White (Beyond The Bell) and at the time they had only one goal in mind for me: “Build the music program so strong and they (the students) will come”.

In my first year I was alone in building a program that had been shut down for years prior to my arrival; my predecessor did not know the full potential of the music program. Within my first year at El Sereno we had our First Winter & Spring Concert, won our first LAUSD Drumline Championship, performed for LAUSD School Board Member Monica Garcia, attended Blast! The Musical, performed at the Local Healthy Start Fair, and finished the year by Marching in the Annual city of El Sereno 4th of July Parade. This was only the beginning to building the MECCA of Music in East LA known as The El Sereno Middle School Music Department. In my tenure at El Sereno Middle School we went on to perform public performances for local/state dignitaries, popular venues (Dodger Stadium, Cal State LA, PCC, etc.), receiving Superior/Excellent ratings at Music Festivals, 2x Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant Recipients, and qualifying for and winning American Drumline Association Championships (ADLA). In my 14 years we hired two great colleagues of mine, Mr. Irineo Yanez and later Mrs. Leticia Callela-Austin. Also, I must recognize the tireless efforts of my wonderful music TA’s and Drumline Staff Mr. Albert Rivera, Ms. Jazmin Lemus, Mr. Scott Martin, and Mr. Kevin Cisneros. They all had a part in building this MECCA of Music and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

I have learned so much from all of my students, colleagues, and friends here at El Sereno Middle School and I have so many great memories of my time here. I wanted to say thank you to Ms. Gomez (Principal) for allowing me to move on in my journey and I thank her for her leadership. Also, I wanted to thank Mrs. Austin for being a great colleague, friend, and sister (from another Mister). I leave the El Sereno MIddle School Music Department in GREAT HANDS and know that you will carry on the VISION I had for the Music Department. I move onto the next movement of my Life's Symphony and look forward to the journey ahead of me.

Desire! Drive! Destiny! (The 3D’s) is what I would tell the Band & Drumline Students as we prepared for competitions: “Your DESIRE to succeed will DRIVE you to your ultimate DESTINY!”
- Ariel Legaspi

This is not goodbye, this is a “see you later!”

Musically Yours,

Ariel Legaspi
Proud Former Music/Band Director (2007-2021)
El Sereno Middle School”

06/08/2021
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If you would like to see our live concert right now (11:30) on Zoom, here is the info:

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We will be recording this and posting/uploading the concert links later tonight!

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One last thing before we go.... we will announce the date this will be up for all to see!
06/07/2021

One last thing before we go.... we will announce the date this will be up for all to see!

One last thing before we go.... we will announce the date this will be up for all to see!

05/28/2021
AAC Donor Community

It has been an INTENSE YEAR. Mr. Legaspi and I (Mrs. Austin) have both been working extremely hard. So much so that we both slipped up and stopped promoting this page! We apologize, but with so many pages and things that we had to create, it was getting a bit much to keep this one updated as well. We hope to keep this one up to date as much as possible.

Only 11 days left of school but Mrs. Austin is already thinking about next year...

Please read my statement about our plans for the future and share the link with anyone you know. ESMS Music thanks you all!

https://adoptaclassroom.force.com/donors/s/designation/a1m0y000000fa9NAAQ/leticia-callelaaustin

Who will win Virtuoso? Who will be named Most Outstanding? What section will be dubbed BEST? And WHO will be named Espir...
06/10/2020

Who will win Virtuoso? Who will be named Most Outstanding? What section will be dubbed BEST? And WHO will be named Espirit de corps for their ensembles? FIND OUT TODAY AT 4! Please message us if you did not receive the Zoom info for today's virtual awards.

Hi everyone. It's been a hectic semester and we just want to say: thank you! This year, we will have to do our Music Awa...
06/09/2020

Hi everyone. It's been a hectic semester and we just want to say: thank you! This year, we will have to do our Music Awards VIRTUALLY.

Please check your student's Schoology/Remind for more information!

Please check Schoology or Remind for your teacher’s response. -Mrs. Austin
06/01/2020

Please check Schoology or Remind for your teacher’s response.

-Mrs. Austin

6th grade collection of books & instruments has been POSTPONED! ¡POSPONER! 6th grado, Colección de textos y instrumentos.

Culmination ceremony will be virtual! Check the school page for more info
05/15/2020

Culmination ceremony will be virtual! Check the school page for more info

8th grade Jaguar Families!!! Save the date! Virtual Culmination 👨‍🎓👩‍🎓🐆💜🤩 #esmsrocks

El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center
05/05/2020

El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center

Parents‼️Free ✅ Virtual parent workshops about technology 💻📱 May 8. ——- Taller para Padres: Tecnología 📱💻 en General 8 de mayo #esmsrocks @esmsjaguars

Proud of our ESMS alumni and former orchestra violinist and coach, Stellaluna! Congratulations!
04/24/2020

Proud of our ESMS alumni and former orchestra violinist and coach, Stellaluna! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez, sophmore at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School! Stellaluna is the recipient of the 2020 California Safe Schools Impact Award. Stellaluna is an honor roll student, a class representative, a junior varsity girls basketball player, a member of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and mentors elementary and middle school students in music and leadership. In college, she plans to double major in STEM and Humanity subjects.

"Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez was selected out of dozens of nominees for the 2020 California Safe Schools Impact Award for her exceptional academic and artistic aptitude, and ability to inspire others," Executive Director of California Safe Schools Robina Suwol said.

Good afternoon! We hope everyone is doing well. We saw this and HAD to repost. Please help support one of our own by don...
04/20/2020
Haziels saxophone organized by Haziel Gonzalez

Good afternoon! We hope everyone is doing well. We saw this and HAD to repost. Please help support one of our own by donating or sharing the link. We believe he can get it done!

-ESMS Music

https://www.gofundme.com/f/haziels-saxophone?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

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04/14/2020
El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center

Hola todos!
Mrs. Austin here with a message from our Principal.
'Please add/follow/Like the NEW ESMS page on FB!'

The official account of El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center. An IB World School and home of the Jaguars! #ESMSJags #ESMS #ESMSib #ESMSVILs

El Sereno Middle School Music Department
03/31/2020
El Sereno Middle School Music Department

El Sereno Middle School Music Department

Dear parents and students:
We know that this time is very difficult for all and we are here for you.

A couple of updates:
1. Keep up with Mr. Legaspi or Mrs. Austin on the ESMS webpage. They are posting everything for their classes on here!
https://elserenoms-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

2. Keep up with messages or updates on Schoology that your teachers are writing you. Some students are falling VERY behind on schoolwork and it's starting to overwhelm many of us because of the number of parents we are calling.

3. If you are having issues with the iPads, please email us ASAP so we can let the school technician know what is going on. We have been successful getting two students in touch with him.

4. Grab and go food centers are located for our El Sereno students at Wilson High School, 4500 Multnomah St., Los Angeles, CA 90032. Centers are open from 7AM-11AM.

5. We are trying our best to stay available with all of you as we are also balancing teaching and our home life. Please bear with us as we are still adjusting to this distance learning.

If you have any questions, we're here for you.

Best,
ESMS Music Department.

Dear parents and students:We know that this time is very difficult for all and we are here for you.A couple of updates:1...
03/31/2020
El Sereno Middle School

Dear parents and students:
We know that this time is very difficult for all and we are here for you.

A couple of updates:
1. Keep up with Mr. Legaspi or Mrs. Austin on the ESMS webpage. They are posting everything for their classes on here!
https://elserenoms-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

2. Keep up with messages or updates on Schoology that your teachers are writing you. Some students are falling VERY behind on schoolwork and it's starting to overwhelm many of us because of the number of parents we are calling.

3. If you are having issues with the iPads, please email us ASAP so we can let the school technician know what is going on. We have been successful getting two students in touch with him.

4. Grab and go food centers are located for our El Sereno students at Wilson High School, 4500 Multnomah St., Los Angeles, CA 90032. Centers are open from 7AM-11AM.

5. We are trying our best to stay available with all of you as we are also balancing teaching and our home life. Please bear with us as we are still adjusting to this distance learning.

If you have any questions, we're here for you.

Best,
ESMS Music Department.

03/23/2020

Dear parents and students:

Please check into your Schoology app/website courses for updates on the class, assignments, and messages from your teachers.

-Music Department

Hello everyone! By now, you are all well aware that our campus as well as ALL campuses across LAUSD and beyond in LA Cou...
03/14/2020

Hello everyone!

By now, you are all well aware that our campus as well as ALL campuses across LAUSD and beyond in LA County are closed for the next two weeks.

A few things to know:

1. Learning is STILL happening but will happen online exclusively.

2. For both Mr. Legaspi and Mrs. Austin, please make sure you have access to Schoology. If you have not signed up by now, the link to access this for parents is:

https://parentws.lausd.net/parentauthen/index.jsp

for our students the link is:

https://parentportalapp.lausd.net/parentaccess/studentLogin.jsp

3. We will BOTH be posting assignments under each course. Check daily for any updates to the class.

4. Please check also the school website at www.esms.org as we will be putting these notices on our individual class pages.

5. If you have any other questions, you can always email your child's teacher at [email protected] or [email protected]

We are hoping everyone stays safe and sound and of course, do not hesitate to reach out.

Best,
ESMS Music Department

Parents and students we are writing today to inform you about steps we are taking as a department to ensure that student...
03/12/2020

Parents and students we are writing today to inform you about steps we are taking as a department to ensure that students and staff are safe during this time.

1. Students will be using instruments in certain classes until we get further notice from the district. Other students like beginning band will be assigned individual mouthpieces to take home and use daily. Per the instrument contract, your student is responsible for the mouthpiece and care. Guitar will not be utilizing instruments in class as we are limited in number of instruments that can be one-to-one.

2. All instruments that will be used will be getting cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. We are asking students if they are sick, to not play the instruments.

3. All trips/performances have been canceled/postponed until further notice. This includes the Garfield Mariachi Festival, East Arts Summit at HP High School, and possibly Music in the Parks at Magic Mountain.

4. Please note that the following handouts were sent home today with your students.

In the event of a school closure, please refer to the following resources.

We are awaiting further instructions from our school leader and the district. If you have any further questions, feel free to msg us here or send us an email.

Thank you
-ESMS Music Department

03/10/2020

Dear friends/family/alumni/parents/community members:
Our Spring Concert for our advanced students has been postponed until further notice.

If you have any questions, you can email Mr. Legaspi or Mrs. Austin.

Thank you,
ESMS Music Department

We want to thank all the families, guardians, alumni, and community that have been so supportive of our little departmen...
12/26/2019

We want to thank all the families, guardians, alumni, and community that have been so supportive of our little department every year.

We also want to thank everyone for coming out to our annual Winter Concert. Any photos or videos you can send us of that day would be much appreciated.

Thank you! Without you, much of what we do would not be possible.

We hope everyone has a safe holiday break and we hope to see all our students in January 2020!

Are you ready?! Only 3 days until our Concert on Thursday night! Join us from 6-8PM in the auditorium!
12/16/2019

Are you ready?! Only 3 days until our Concert on Thursday night! Join us from 6-8PM in the auditorium!

11/22/2019

Dear parents:
First, thank you to all of you who showed up to our first Family Fun Day! It was so great to see many of you and your families to hear our amazing students perform. Please send us any photos/videos of the performances you may have so that we can share them on our page!

Many students will be taking instruments home this holiday break. Please be aware that students should be working on their technique and music skills that they have learned so far. They will also be going home with practice record logs where they can put down how many minutes they have practiced each day. Please make sure you sign these logs and verify that your child practiced during this time.

In the event that the student did not get an instrument, there is an alternative assignment they can take home to do. Please reach out to your child's teacher if they come home empty-handed.

Thank you and have a great holiday break!
-ESMS Music Department

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Our mission is to provide a rigorous and fun music and performing arts education to the community of El Sereno. El Sereno Middle School is proud to have a music program that offers a wide variety of music classes: Beginning Band, Beginning Strings, Beginning Guitar, Advanced Band, Percussion Ensemble, Advanced String Orchestra, Mariachi, Rock Band!

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