Playa Visa Elementary School

Visual Arts + Music

Visual Arts Program

Playa Vista Elementary incorporates Art in Action, a comprehensive, volunteer led visual arts curriculum. Through this program students learn about the art of great artists, how to look at art, and how to create their own unique masterpieces.

The Art in Action program gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques. The multifaceted lessons develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creativity, visual literacy, and self-esteem, as well as an appreciation of other cultures.


Music Program

Playa Vista Elementary School's music program is an integral part of our student's learning experience. We have three music teachers: Mrs. Ann Patillo, our general music teacher, Mrs. Krstina Sebez, our Kindergarten music teacher, and our Orchestra music teacher. We partner with Music Rhapsody to provide Orff instruction.

Our students work toward two all-school performances each school year, a Winter Program and Spring Program.

Kindergarten | Music and Movement

Each Kindergarten class receives 40 minutes of weekly music instruction by our Kindergarten music teacher. Ms. Krstina Sebez. Our program strongly emphasizes rhythm, instrumentation with classroom percussion instruments, and movement, utilizing music from around the world.

1st Grade | Orff

Each 1st grade class receives 40 minutes of Orff music instruction per week throughout the school year.

Orff Schulwerk is an exciting approach to teaching music to children. Children experience the joy of making music together in a group as they learn the fundamentals of music. Orff develops creativity and imagination through singing, chant rhymes, dance, and playing instruments. Our students utilize high quality Orff melody instruments including xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones, as well as recorder and percussion instruments. 

2nd Grade | Vocals

Each 2nd grade class receives vocals instruction throughout the school year from our music teacher Mrs. Ann Patillo.

3rd Grade | Recorders

Each 3rd grade student receives instruction on a recorder. Our students are able to read music, memorize music, and perform on their recorders.

4th and 5th Grade | Vocals

Each 4th and 5th grade class receives vocals instruction throughout the school year from our music teacher Mrs. Ann Patillo.


After School Orchestra Program

Playa Vista Elementary offers an after school orchestra program with classes for all levels from Grades 1 - 5. The program is directed by Larry Newman and classes are taught by Children's Music Workshop.

Choose from violin, cello, recorder, flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, pBone mini or baritone horn (please go online for details on grade restrictions as well as information on low-cost instrument rentals.)

Weekly thirty to forty minute classes are offered after school every Thursday from October 2nd through May 7. Enrollment is limited and priority is given to the earliest applicants. A limited number of scholarships are available to families that qualify.

To register or for more information, please visit