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Class Requirement

Your Class Binder

You will need a 3-ringed notebook (1”size), with the following sections:

  1. Music Policies - Syllabus, Rubric
  2. Practice Sheet - Extra Credit Practice.  Scale Karate
  3. Worksheets/Tests
  4. Scales/Exercises
  5. Music

A pencil pouch with the following contents:

  • Two pencils
  • Two highlighters
  • Two extra erasers.
  • Suggested: pencil sharpener.

At least 50 sheets of paper



Mrs. Brusca

Welcome to the Christopher Columbus Middle School Music Department

Students who participate in a music class:

  • Get better grades

  • Do well on the SAT or ACT exams

  • Better memory

  • Gain time managment and organizational skills

  • Increase team skills

  • Develop patience and perseverance

  • More likely to stay in school

  • Improve reading and comprehension skills

…and they also have fun making music.


TIME magazine article How Music Can Change Your Brain

Psychology Today article  Does Playing a Musical Instrument Make You Smarter





Conservatory of Music Slide Presentation


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Meet Your Teacher

My name is Mrs. Brusca and I have been teaching at Columbus for 25 years.  As a graduate of UCLA, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance on the clarinet.  Music has always been a part of me.  It’s kind of hard not to follow in my family’s footsteps when I have 6 uncles that are musicians.  Starting with the piano at 4, I progressed to the clarinet at 10 and added the guitar to my repertoire at 14 years old.  I studied clarinet with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and with Gary Gray at UCLA.   In May of 2016, I was named one of LAUSD Teachers of the Year and selected as a semi-finalist for the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year.  In June of 2017, I was selected as one of ten music teachers in the nation to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.  “I am very passionate about music; it is a part of me.  Every day I get to do what I love most: teach music and help my students to develop patience, perseverance and an appreciation for music that will remain with them throughout their future endeavors.”UCLA Band.jpg

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