Music Immersion Experience Instructional Staff

TK/Kinder Team

Brian Cannady

Victor Burguan

Robert Cartwright

Olivia Salas

1st Grade Team

Iwen Chuang

Jonathan Valdez

Paulina Nunez

2nd Grade Team

3rd Grade Team

Sara Jones

Victor Burguan

Olivia Salas

4th Grade Team

Albert Burrola Orchestra

Robert Cartwright


Nicole George



Angeline Tran, Lead

Anthony Burrola

Eileen Tran

5th Grade Team

David Tranchina Orchestra

Jason Chavez 


Monserrat Lujano 



Argenta Walther

SDC, Choral

Erika Salas



We are grateful to the following for their generous support of the MIE Program

D'Addario Foundation

The D'Addario Foundation has supported the MIE program since 2018 with a cash grant and music education products. We are so grateful to this phenomenal foundation and company!  WEBSITE

J. Brown Violin Maker

All stringed instruments used by the MIE program were carefully selected, and set up by J Brown Violin Maker in Claremont, CA. The instruments were then provided at a deep discount to the program. The company has a long history of supporting music education. For more information, please visit their WEBSITE.  

Instrument Donations

A Very Special Thank You to the following people for their generous support of our program through instrument donations. 

  • Dr. Gary Scott, President, San Gabriel Unified School District Board of Directors           Flute, and Trumpet for the Roosevelt Band

  • Dave and Anne Fruehling - Electric Guitar, Electric Bass,stands, and cables for the Roosevelt Rock Band

Fundamental Period

          The fundamental period begins at the end of the traditional school day and consists of the following: Transitional and traditional kindergarten students receive daily general music lessons. Students in grades 1-3 receive lessons in violin, and vocal/general music. 4th and 5th graders choose between woodwind, brass, or a string instruments to receive group lessons on, and also have choir and percussion classes. 

Fundamental Period Daily Schedule

TK/K Daily Schedule:

  • Every Day, General Music is provided by a Resident Artist from 1:50-2:20 (Wed 1:05-1:30)

1st-3rd Grade Fundamental Period 2:25-3:25 (1:30-2:30 W)

4th and 5th Grade Fundamental Period: 3:100-4:00 (1:30-2:30 W)

Electives Period

        After the fundamental period, students in 2nd-5th grade can choose up to 2 elective classes that meet 2 or 3 times weekly. Choices include: Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Percussion Ensemble, Camerata, Handbell Choir, Dance, Rock Band, Mariachi, Folklorico, and PreBand


Electives Period Daily Schedule

2nd and 3rd Grade M/W/F Electives

3:25-4:00 PM (2:20-3:00 PM W)

  • Percussion Ensemble

  • Handbell Choir

  • Dance

  • Pre Band

  • Guitar

  • Piano

2nd and 3rd Grade T/Th Electives

3:25-4:00 PM​​

  • Ukulele

  • Folklorico

  • Guitar

  • Piano

  • Camerata

4th and 5th Grade M/W/F Electives

4:00-4:45 PM (2:20-3:00 PM W)​​

  • Guitar

  • Mariachi Band

  • Piano

  • Dance

  • Handbell Choir

4th and 5th Grade T/Th Electives

4:00-4:45 PM ​​

  • Ukulele

  • Rock Band

  • Folklorico

  • Piano

  • Guitar

  • Camerata

About MIE

          The Music Immersion Experience Program at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel is a tuition free, comprehensive music program provided for every student, every day at Roosevelt Elementary School in San Gabriel, California. The models of El Sistema, Harmony Project, The Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, as well as traditional, local programs, were used in the careful development of this program. 


         The MIE program consists of a "fundamental period," which all students participate in automatically, and an "elective period," which students in the 2nd-5th grade can optionally participate in. The traditional school day has been extended to accommodate the MIE program. Currently the program serves 386 students in TK-5th Grade. 


         There are 18 part time Resident Artists and 3 Assistants currently on the MIE staff.  The MIE program is administered by the SGUSD Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Samantha Theisen, Roosevelt Elementary Principal, Cheryl Wilson, and Assistant Principal, Ann Anderson (See STAFF page for more info)

   The Music Immersion Program at Roosevelt Elementary is supported by the San Gabriel Unified School District, and is free to the students. SGUSD considers the subject of Music to be a vital part of our students' well rounded education, and it is greatly supported by the school district on all levels. Additional Support through a grant has been generously provided by the D'Addario Foundation. 

For more information:
San Gabriel Unified: 
Roosevelt Elementary:


San Gabriel Unified School District 

Visual and Performing Arts

408 Juniperro Serra Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91776