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Preparatory Arts Academy

Welcome to the OCCTAC Preparatory Arts Academy's Music Department, where the magic of music is nurtured, skills are honed, and artistic passion finds its voice. Our program is designed to provide a dynamic and comprehensive musical experience for students of all ages, fostering a lifelong appreciation for the art of sound.

Our Philosophy

At OCCTAC Preparatory Arts Academy, we believe that music is more than just notes and rhythms; it's a powerful means of self-expression, communication, and emotional connection. Our philosophy centers around nurturing not only technical skills but also creativity, critical thinking, and a profound connection to the art of making music. We aim to empower our students with a well-rounded musical education that enriches their lives both as musicians and as individuals.

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Program Highlights

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Musicianship 101
Establish a strong foundation in music theory, note recognition, rhythm, and more. This class is the gateway to all introductory music courses. 

Instrumental Introductions

Discover the joy of playing musical instruments, from ukulele and guitar to violin and brass. Gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced instructors. 


Ensemble Experiences

Join our diverse ensembles, such as Mariachi, Guitar Ensemble, Violin Ensemble, and World Percussion Ensemble, to collaborate with peers and explore the magic of ensemble playing. 


Composition Today Workshops

Unleash your creative potential through our Composition Today workshops. Learn to craft your musical narratives and develop your unique musical voice. 


Jazz Trax

Immerse yourself in the world of jazz and explore improvisation, rhythms, and jazz standards in a supportive ensemble setting. 


CM Theory Workshops/Performance

Deepen your musical understanding through theory workshops and take the stage to showcase your talent. 

Private Lessons

We offer one-on-one private lessons for a wide range of instruments, including Cello, Viola, Violin, String Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Saxophone, Bassoon, Piano, Classical Voice, Pop Voice, and Drums/ Drumset. Our experienced instructors tailor their teaching to your individual needs and goals. 

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Why Choose OCCTAC
Preparatory Arts Academy? 

Experienced Instructors

Our dedicated instructors are accomplished musicians who guide your musical growth with passion and expertise. 

Holistic Approach

We emphasize the development of technical proficiency, creativity, critical thinking, and emotional expression. 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our diverse offerings cater to all ages, skill levels, and musical interests.  

Ensemble Opportunities

Collaborate and create music with fellow students in our ensemble experiences.  

Performance Opportunities

Showcase your musical achievements through regular performances and workshops.

Personalized Attention

Small class sizes ensure individualized guidance and support.

Cultural Enrichment

Explore a wide range of musical genres, styles, and cultural traditions. 

Preparation for Future

Whether pursuing higher musical education or enjoying music as a lifelong passion, our program equips you for success. 

Get In Touch

Connect with our program coordinators to learn more about our classes and availability. 

Phoebe Stanciell
Music Department
Program Coordinator
T: 714-547-5468


Lucas Carneiro 
Music Department
Strings Coordinator
T: 714-547-5468


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