Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion

The Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Department prepares students to achieve technical proficiency—tone production, intonation, articulation, and rhythm—on their instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, baritone, trombone, tuba, and percussion. Through PCM’s sequential curriculum, students learn to express themselves musically, develop musical responsibility, and acquire the skills necessary to participate in ensembles.

Our Programs

We offer private lessons as well as group and ensemble classes.

Clarinet Ensemble

Saturdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Coach: Heather Millette

Clarinet students who play at PCM level 3 and higher (intermediate to advanced) can participate in clarinet ensemble. Material covered includes: work on all 12 major scales, long tones, tuning, sight-reading, articulation drills, ensemble skills, and learning interesting and beautiful clarinet repertoire. This small-ensemble experience advances students’ abilities quickly, and compliments and reinforces their large-ensemble skills. Students are given the opportunity to play for each other as they prepare for auditions, tests, and masterclasses. The students perform together as a group regularly in recitals at PCM. Highly recommended.

*NEW SUMMER OFFERING* Clarinet Camp

June 19-23 | 3-6 p.m. | $350

Ages 13+

Instructors: Chris and Laura Stoutenborough

Master classes by:
Yehuda Gilad, Professor of Clarinet, USC and the Colburn School
Michele Zukovsky, former Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Don Foster, Principal Clarinet of Pasadena and Santa Barbara Symphonies

The camp will focus on guided work on fundamentals including breathing, embouchure, and articulation. There will be in-depth classes covering reedwork, picking a mouthpiece, practice tools, and intonation.

To register click here.

Flute Ensemble

Students will have the opportunity to sight-read, improve listening skills and rhythmic accuracy, practice rehearsal techniques, and learn performance ensemble repertoire.

Percussion Ensemble

This ensemble class explores the rich repertoire of contemporary percussion ensemble music, utilizing an eclectic range of percussion instruments from all over the world. Focusing primarily on percussion masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, the ensemble challenges the performers’ concepts of form, timbre, and notation, within a tonal world unavailable from any other instrumental category. Additionally, the ensemble explores percussion technique and performances from many musical traditions, and incorporates them regularly alongside more traditional percussion sensibilities.

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.