Arthur Edwin Wright

Music Department

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10/7 - 8th grade Football Game night @AHS Stadium(7th graders may attend)

10/21 - 8th grade Football Game night @CHS Stadium(7th graders may attend)

10/22 - Rhythm and Chews @AHS Quad (Jazz Ens. only)

11/1 - Open Rehearsal Concert @Music Room (Beg. Strings and Beg. Band)

11/17 - AHS Fall Concert @AHS PAEC (Wind Ens. only)

12/5 - Winter Choir and String Concert @CHSPAEC (All Strings and Choir)

12/6 - Winter Bands Concert @CHSPAEC (All Bands)

3/1 - CHS/ACStelle Band @CHSPAEC (Wind Ens. and Orchestra)

3/2 - CHS/ACStelle Choir/Elementary @CHSPAEC (Choir Only)

3/28 - AHS/LCMS/Elementary @AHSPAEC (Orchestra and Choir)

5/22 - Spring Choir and Strings Concert, @AHSPAEC (All Strings and Choir)

5/23 - Spring Bands Concert, @AHSPAEC (All Bands)

5/27 or 6/3 - Disneyland Recording Session (Wind Ens, String Orchestra, and Choir)

Welcome to the official website for the A.E. Wright Instrumental Music Department. Located in Calabasas, California, A.E.W. is one of three middle schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School district. Most students continue to Agoura High School or Calabasas High School after culmination.

Join us to learn more about the benefits of music education and find out what universities say about music.

Mr. Pracher

Instrumental and Choral Teacher

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Given all the fanfare students face when presented with choices on which courses to take in order to present themselves in the most favorable light for college admissions, music can be a pivotal contributor:

1. The College Board, the administrator of the SAT Test, identifies the arts (including music) as one of the 6 areas that students should study in order to succeed in college.

2. University admissions officers clearly state that students who participate in arts classes continually through high school have an advantage over students who do not when applying for high-end schools.

3. During the admissions process, colleges and universities look for students who “stand out” and who have something to offer to the campus. Music students who have played for at least 3 years in high school ensembles are automatically placed in this category (assuming they have met all other university entrance requirements).

4. Continuous enrollment in music is valued by colleges and universities much more highly than extra years of foreign language classes. Students having to choose between music and extra language classes at the Junior High level should ALWAYS choose music, according to admissions officers of several universities. Language requirements can be met in high school along with music classes.

5. Playing an instrument well can help a student get into a university if the student is willing to play in the university’s ensembles. The student does not have to be a music major to take advantage of this. All universities have to have enough musicians on each instrument to feature high-level performing groups. University band and orchestra directors will find a way for a talented student/musician to get into a school.

6. Having music on a student’s transcript all through high school shows that a student has developed skills in group work, multi-tasking, spatial reasoning, mathematics, leadership, community spirit, and many other areas. These types of skills cannot be found all together in any other class.

Sources: NAfME-National Association for Music Education “Why Music Education?” 2007 and School Music Matters

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“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.”

–John F. Kennedy

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

Gerald Ford

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

- Plato

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable."

-Leonard Bernstein

Music Department Classroom Rules

Respect your fellow musicians, your equipment, and our rehearsal space.

No eating or drinking in the Music Room, only water.

No Running.

If it doesn’t belong to you, you must ask permission.

Your instrument never stays in the music room overnight, we practice everyday.

If you use a music stand, return the music stand.

If you use a chair, return the chair.


Backpacks go under chairs.

Cases go in cubbies, not left on the floor. Tubas excepted.

Daily inexpensive Maintenance prevents COSTLY repairs.

If you hear music playing in the room, you are listening to it, not talking over it.