Community Music Center
Learn more about the Community Music Center, meet our dedicated bilingual staff, and register your student
We accept new students throughout the year.
If your child would like to learn how to play an instrument and is currently in the 4th grade or above, this is the perfect program for them. For more information, please contact LJMS’ Education and Community Programming Manager, Allison Boles: 858.459.3724 x221 or ABoles@LJMS.org.
When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Classes are currently offered via Zoom.
Aceptamos nuevos estudiantes durante todo el año.
Si estas en 4to grado; en adelante, y estas interesado en aprender a tocar un instrumento, este es el programa perfecto para ti. Para mas informacion contractar a director de programa: Sr. Serafin Paredes 619.507.8218.
Clases Que Ofrecemos:
Flauta, Clarinete, y Saxofón
Cuando: Lunes, Martes, Y Miercoles
Hora: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Lugar: Las clases se ofrecen actualmente a través de Zoom.
Our Staff / Nuestro personal
Community Music Center Director
Mr. Paredes earned his Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University in Music Education in 1998. After graduating from SDSU, he attended National University, where he earned his Master of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching and his B-CLAD Teaching Credential. Mr. Paredes has been a music educator in the San Diego Unified School District since 1999 when started his teaching career teaching band, orchestra, and guitar at an elementary school. Aside from being an elementary music teacher, he also started teaching string instruments at La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center, where he has been the director for the past eighteen years. Since 2012, Mr. Paredes has been the mariachi director at the University of San Diego. Currently, he is working at developing the music program at Logan Memorial Educational Campus.
Community Music Center Administrative Assistant
Xiomara Pastenes has been a part of the La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center for about six years as an Administrative Assistant. She also teaches the string section of our LJMS Ensemble. She is currently working to finish her degree in Marketing Communications.
Mr. Blocker earned his Bachelor in Music Education from San Diego State University, a Reading and Literacy Credential from the University of California San Diego, a Master’s degree in Best-Practices (Education) and Administrative Services Credential from National University. Mr. Blocker has taught in the San Diego Unified School District for many years teaching band, marching band, orchestra, and percussion ensembles. He is currently teaching in the Chula Vista Elementary School District as a music teacher (grades K-6). Mr. Blocker is a percussionist and has performed in various percussion ensembles. He is new to CMC and excited to work with our students.
Ms. Carrazana is of Cuban origin (musician and performer). She is a teacher and vocalist of Latin musical genres with African influences (Bolero, Chachacha, Salsa, Rumba, Afro, Latin Jazz, and jazz improvisation). As a music professional, she visited Germany, Martinique, Japan, San Martín, Brazil, and Mexico. She teaches courses and musical workshops for vocal improvisation. She is currently studying Music and Acting at Grossmont College San Diego to transfer to the University of San Diego.
Sra. Carrazana es de origen cubano (Música e Intérprete). Es profesora y vocalista de géneros musicales latinos con influencias africanas (Bolero, Chachachá, Salsa, Rumba, Afro, Latin Jazz e improvisación de jazz). Como profesional de la música, visitó Alemania, Martinica, Japón, San Martín, Brasil y México. Imparte cursos y talleres musicales de improvisación vocal. En diciembre de 2014; se mudó a San Diego. Actualmente estudia Música y Actuación en Grossmont College San Diego para transferirse a la Universidad de San Diego.
Armando Solo Hernandez
Armando Solo Hernandez
Self-taught in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and more since 1963. Mr. Hernandez performed in Germany and Vietnam while in the U.S. Army 1969-1971. He studied music at San Diego State University and graduated with a multicultural-bilingual teaching credential. He completed his Master of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University along with other certificates, including California Community College in Guitar 1 & 2, Music Appreciation, Gifted and Talented Education, Visual and Performing Arts. Lastly, Mr. Hernandez is very proud to state that he is the only CMC instructor that has been an active member since its very beginning. VIVA CMC!
Ms. Maynard has been playing saxophone throughout San Diego and the rest of the world for over 15 years. She is an endorsing artist for Bari Woodwinds and is passionate about helping young people achieve their goals through music. She currently plays and teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, bass, voice, and piano and looks forward to sharing her skills with others.
Eduardo Ruiz has been the brass instructor of La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center since 2015. Born and raised in San Diego, he has worked hard to bring music to San Diego and its surrounding areas for over 10 years and is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education. He plays trumpet and enjoys composing and arranging.
Rebeca Tamez has been working as the violin instructor with the La Jolla Music Society Community Music Center (CMC) since 2016. Ms. Tamez has a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in music theory from the University of San Diego. She is currently working on her Master of Science in educational counseling. Ms. Tamez enjoys working with and teaching the CMC string students.
About the Community Music Center
La Jolla Music Society has operated our award-winning afterschool music program, the Community Music Center (CMC), for over 20 years. Based in Logan Heights at the Logan Memorial Education Complex (formerly Memorial Preparatory), the CMC is designed to increase students’ self-confidence and resilience, while providing a safe and equitable environment for studying and creating music.
Research suggests music students outperform their non-music peers, and by offering free instruments and bilingual instruction, the CMC allows students—who may not normally be able to participate in music programs—to gain that advantage.
The CMC provides free instruments and free group lessons three days a week in seven different instrument families for students in grades 4-12. Students also participate in two recitals each year, which builds self-confidence and pride. In addition to providing free instruments and books for classroom use and at-home practice, LJMS awards students who meet attendance and musical proficiency requirements for two years with a new instrument they can keep for life. With the support of a dedicated and qualified nine-member teaching staff, students’ lives are changed forever building critical learning and life skills through music-making.
Acerca del Community Music Center
La Jolla Music Society ha operado nuestro galardonado programa de música extracurricular, el Community Music Center (CMC), durante más de 20 años. Con sede en Logan Heights en el Logan Memorial Education Complex (anteriormente Memorial Preparatory), el CMC está diseñado para aumentar la confianza en sí mismos y la autoestima de los estudiantes, al tiempo que proporciona un entorno seguro y equitativo para estudiar y crear música.
El CMC de La Jolla Music Society ofrece instrumentos y libros gratuitos para uso en el aula y práctica en casa. Los estudiantes de CMC (grados 4-12) participan en lecciones grupales gratuitas tres días a la semana en siete familias de instrumentos diferentes que culminan en dos recitales cada año, lo que genera confianza en sí mismos y orgullo. Después de dos años en el programa, LJMS premia a los estudiantes que cumplen con los requisitos de asistencia y competencia musical con un instrumento que pueden conservar de por vida.
Las investigaciones sugieren que los estudiantes de música superan a sus compañeros que no son músicos, y al ofrecer instrumentos gratuitos e instrucción bilingüe, el CMC les brinda a los estudiantes, que normalmente no pueden participar en programas de música, esa ventaja. Con el apoyo de un personal docente de nueve miembros dedicado y calificado, las vidas de los estudiantes cambian para siempre, desarrollando un aprendizaje crítico y habilidades para la vida a través de la creación musical.