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Instrumental Music

The Instrumental Music program at Pueblo Academy of Arts offers students a rich variety of choices for their musical experience. Students may participate in the String Orchestra, the Concert Band, or the Guitar Ensemble. Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is available to students by audition.

The advanced ensembles from Pueblo Academy of Arts enjoy opportunities to travel to local and regional festivals. The Concert Band and the String Orchestra enjoy consistently excellent ratings at festival, and the Jazz Ensemble regularly performs around the community for charitable and municipal events.

Students who participate in the Instrumental Music program at Pueblo Academy of Arts are expected to rent or purchase their own instrument. We believe that this is a positive first step toward the commitment that playing an instrument requires. If you have any questions about instrument brands, please contact Mr. Bushkovski. He will gladly provide you with a list of trusted names in musical instruments. He can also refer you to our local businesses who rent or sell only these trusted brands.

Pueblo Academy of Arts has several instruments that may be loaned to students in need. We will find an instrument either "in house" or from our partners in Pueblo City Schools for the student to play as they learn about music. These instruments are "checked out" to the student (paperwork must be on file) and become the responsibility of the student, including maintenance (valve oil, slide/cork grease, keeping the instrument clean and safe) and repairs if necessary.

Join us as we learn about the world through the power of music.



Required Materials for Mr. Bushkovski's Classes:


Guitar: Acoustic Guitar, Christopher Parkening Guitar Method Book 1 and a composition book.


Orchestra: Rental or purchase of a violin, viola or cello (P.A.A. can provide basses), "All For Strings Book 2" and a composition book.


Concert Band: Rental or purchase of student instrument: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone including the appropriat cleaning kit: DIRTY INSTRUMENTS CAN MAKE YOUR CHILD SICK!!!! (P.A.A. can provide tuba, baritone, french horn, bassoon). Percussionists must purchase thier own sticks and mallets. Marck Time Music has a great deal on a package that includes sticks, 3 sets of mallets and a stick bag. "Essential Elements 2000 Book 2" and a composition book.


Beginning Strings: Purchase or rental of a violin, viola or cello (P.A.A. can provide basses.) "All for Strings Book 1" and a composition book. Violin and viola players must purchase a shoulder rest for their violin. LACK OF A SHOULDER REST CAUSES POOR POSTURE AND SORENESS IN THE NECK OF YOUR CHILD.


Jazz Band: Instrument, composition book and amazing attitude. (P.A.A. provides the Baritone Saxophone)


Beginning Band: Rental or purchase of student instrument: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone including the appropriat cleaning kit: DIRTY INSTRUMENTS CAN MAKE YOUR CHILD SICK!!!! (P.A.A. can provide tuba, baritone, french horn, bassoon). Percussionists must purchase thier own sticks and mallets. Marck Time Music has a great deal on a package that includes sticks, 3 sets of mallets and a stick bag. "Essential Elements 2000 Book 1" and a composition book.