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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

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My name is Mrs. Brusca and been teaching at Columbus for 24 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 5, 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.  I LOVE MUSIC.  Any kind...well...almost any kind.

I hope to bring my love for music to your child’s musical career at Columbus.  They will develop the mental and physical skills necessary to play beginning to advanced level music accurately and with good tone quality.  They will learn to read music notation, perform simple rhythm patterns, play in ensembles, and learn music composition and history.

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