Ethel Dwyer Middle School

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The Music Department within the Academy of the Performing Arts Junior (APA Jr.) at Dwyer Middle School provides comprehensive offerings in instrumental and vocal development. Our music classes allow students to realize their fullest potential while interacting with peers who share their passion for the Arts. Involvement in music not only increases self-esteem, but often raises the level of academic achievement and instills a lifelong appreciation for music in our students.

Dwyer MS Music


APA Jr. Auditions

APA Jr. Application now available!


Dwyer's Music Department offers a variety of music classes ranging from beginning to advanced skill set, some of which do not require an audition. Our advanced classes are part of our school's APA Jr. program - a pathway to APA at Huntington Beach High School. All our offerings are yearlong classes.


Students currently in a Dwyer Music full-year elective will be evaluated within their class. Thus, it will not be necessary to schedule an audition appointment. However, an application should still be submitted.


Classes that DO NOT require auditions (open to beginners):

  • Beginning/Intermediate Band (Band 1-2)
  • Beginning/Intermediate Strings (Orchestra 1-2)
  • Choir (Choir 1)
  • Commercial Music: Guitar (Guitar 1-2)

APA Jr. Music Classes (Audition Required):

To initiate the audition process and schedule an audition appointment for our music classes, please complete the APA Jr. Application and submit it to the office or one of our music teachers.


*Click checklist to find required audition materials.

Details of audition requirements for each class can be found in the "checklist” page.

Required audition materials such as sheet music can be found in the corresponding locker folder in the right column.

Music Locker

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