Young Musicians

At the start of its curriculum continuum, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (PCM) offers Young Musicians classes for children ages 4 months through 12 years old. During the school year, students are expected to enroll for the entire academic program (September through June); however we offer an eight-week program during the summer months to give new students a chance to try out our classes and to keep our current students engaged. Our program encourages and nurtures each child’s musicality with age-specific classes that are fun, creative, and developmentally appropriate. Children experience music in the classroom with parents or caregivers and a teacher through singing, rhyming, listening, moving, using props, and playing small percussion instruments; and are introduced to various styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, and world music.

Placement

Students are placed in a class based on their age or grade as of September 1st and are required to enroll for the entire school year. A parent or caregiver is required to attend with the child in the infants through YM level 6 classes. In these classes, parents learn how children develop musically and how to encourage musical experiences at home in ways that enhance and reinforce what is learned in class. For new families: before enrolling in any of the Young Musician’s classes, a free-of-charge observation class is required. To make an appointment, call 626.683.3355.

Determine your child’s level, age, or grade as of September 1 (of the current school year)

Class Age/Prerequisite
YM Infants Newborn to 1 year
YM 1 1 year
YM 2 2 years
YM 3 3 years
YM 4 4 years
YM 5 Entering kindergarten
YM 5/Piano Bridge 5 years
YM 6 Entering 1st grade
Intro to Ensemble Entering 2nd grade
Ensemble 1 Completed Intro to Ens.
Recorder Ensemble Completed Ens. 1
Exploring Instruments 4-6 years
YM Percussion 10-12 years
Strings/Guitar Musicianship 4 years and up

Our Programs

YM Infants

Together with a caregiver, infants enjoy songs, dances, and rhymes and will explore small percussion instruments appropriate for this age. Through these playful activities, babies absorb the content of musical language: melody, tonality, pulse, rhythm, meter and timbre. Music is a powerful force for emotional development as babies bond with their caregivers.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 1

In an engaging musical setting, toddlers naturally internalize the elements of music. As they listen, sing, dance, move, and play a variety of small percussion instruments, they demonstrate that they are absorbing musical content. Beat competence, singing, and rhythmic responses emerge. Puppets, stories, and colorful props stimulate the child’s musical imagination.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 2

Toddlers’ musicality develops as they begin singing parts of songs and demonstrating conscious responses to rhythms, timbres, and the expressive qualities of the music they hear. In this class, kids will sing, dance, and learn to play a variety of small percussion instruments in meaningful and musical ways.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 3

A longer class length complements the child’s growing attention span and ability to focus on musical activities. Singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, colorful props, stories and movement activities foster emerging independence and musical imagination as children develop concentration, coordination, and a positive sense of themselves as musicians.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 4

These classes engage children in activities that strengthen their emerging understanding of music as a language. Children learn to recognize melodic and rhythmic patterns through singing, chanting, dancing, and creating, and will have opportunities to play a wide variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 5

Singing, rhyming, creative movement and folk dancing complement the beginnings of rhythmic notation and identifying melodic patterns. Ensemble training and creative improvisation begins as children sing and play together using a wide variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. In this class, performing skills are introduced.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

YM 6

In the primary grades, the transition from experience-centered to knowledge-centered learning accelerates. Reading and writing musical notation continues and is reinforced through singing, rhyming, movement, and folk dancing. Ensemble training and creative improvisation builds on the previous level as children learn more rhythms and melodies that are incorporated into their ensemble playing. Students will perform several times a year.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2015-2016 schedule.

Intro to Ensemble

The recorder is introduced at this level, helping build stronger music reading and writing skills. Practice at home is required. Singing, rhyming, dancing, improvisation, and learning composed pieces for recorders and a wide variety of percussion instruments strengthen ensemble skills. This class is an excellent alternative or complement to private instrument study. Students will perform several times a year.

Ensemble 1

Prerequisite: Introduction to YM Ensemble

Children use their music reading, writing and notation skills as well as their improvisation skills to create their own music and to interpret composed pieces. This class is an excellent alternative or complement to private instrument study. Students will perform several times a year.

Recorder Ensemble

Prerequisite: Ensemble 1

Any student who has previously completed Ensemble 1 is welcome to enroll. Students will learn to play in consort (ensemble) and to perform on soprano, alto, and tenor recorders.

2017 Summer Offering: Exploring Instruments

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children will have the opportunity to meet the instruments of the orchestra, enjoy short performances and Q & A with PCM teachers, then try the instruments out for themselves!

Piano Bridge

Age 5: Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

In this 55-minute class, students will have the opportunity to experience making music through PCM’s fantastic YM5 curriculum and to learn the fundamentals of piano with Piano Department chair Stephen Cook. Children will “sing, say, move and play” and then use their musical knowledge in a new way as they learn about the piano keyboard, rhythm and melody reading, and playing along together. Students who take this course as 5-6 year olds will be well prepared to begin piano lessons the following school year.

YM Percussion

Ages 10-12: Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Students will learn traditional percussion techniques and rhythms from around the world, as well as improvisation and ensemble skills with PCM’s percussion specialist, Grammy-winning T.J. Troy.
Children can expect to play a variety of percussion instruments, such as congas, shekere, frame drums, xylophones, and claves. This class is designed for older beginners who are excited about playing drums together with others.

Guitar Musicianship

Ages 4-6: Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Musicianship classes are for our young Suzuki students who are “pre-Twinkle,” which is to say that they are not yet ready for group class on their instruments. In Musicianship class, the teacher will introduce the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and expression in a group class, where students actively make music with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and manipulate rhythmic patterns, begin ear training through singing and playing xylophones, play in an ensemble, move expressively to music, and create meaningful connections to both the music in the Suzuki repertoire and great examples of classical and folk music.

Strings Musicianship

Ages 4-7 : Mondays at 4 p.m.

Musicianship classes are for our young Suzuki students who are “pre-Twinkle,” which is to say that they are not yet ready for group class on their instruments. In Musicianship class, the teacher will introduce the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and expression in a group class, where students actively make music with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and manipulate rhythmic patterns, begin ear training through singing and playing xylophones, play in an ensemble, move expressively to music, and create meaningful connections to both the music in the Suzuki repertoire and great examples of classical and folk music.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for 2016-2016 schedule.

2017 Summer Offering: Ukulele Jam

Adults/ages 7+

Learn to play simple tunes and chords on the ukulele, together!

2017 Summer Offering: Music Storytime

For families! Ages 3-6

Listen to favorite stories paired with music, dance, sing and make a craft.

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