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Two adult women playing ukulele and laughing

Adult Studies

In addition to individual instruction on all instruments, PCM has a vibrant and growing slate of group classes, ensembles, and music history and appreciation offerings for adults.

  • Individual Instruction
  • Group Lessons & Ensembles
  • Music History & Appreciation

Click on individual departments below or call the PCM office at 626.683.3355 for more information.

Ensemble Offerings

PCM offers a number of opportunities to perform with other musicians. Please call 626.683.3355 for more information.

Chamber Music

November 30, 2023 – February 29, 2024
Thursdays: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $480

For adults new to string instruments, this class will focus on fundamentals: tone production, intonation, reading and playing in an ensemble setting.

November 30, 2023 – February 29, 2024
Thursdays: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $480

Students acquire ensemble chops while learning just enough about music theory, history, ear training, and healthy practice habits to support their development as a whole musician.

November 29, 2023 – February 28, 2024
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm
Instructor: Barbara Mullens Geier
Tuition: $336

Students in the adult flute ensemble will have the opportunity to sight read, develop better listening skills, improve rhythmic accuracy, and learn and perform ensemble repertoire.

August 30 – November 15, 2023
Wednesdays: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Bryan Fasola
Tuition: $480

This is a performance-oriented ensemble for adult amateurs. The ensemble studies and performs original and arranged works for guitar orchestra, with two to four instruments per part, and is led by a conductor. Admittance is by audition.


Please contact the office to enroll: or 626-683-3355.

Jazz Combos

September 2 – November 18, 2023
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
or 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $480

Students learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. Through guided listening, students learn about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation.


Please contact the office to enroll: or 626-683-3355.


August 31 – November 16, 2023
Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuition: $216

Students play soprano, alto, and tenor recorders in small consorts, with an emphasis on individual musicianship within the ensemble. Students explore music written and arranged for the recorder, from early music of the Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary arrangements of popular music.


August 31 – November 16, 2023
Thursdays: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Instructors: Dr. Joshua Tan
Tuition: $216

Glee Club members have fun while learning about proper vocal health, choir etiquette, and how to read music through the study of solfège and ear training.

The club ventures through various genres of choral repertoire including classical, contemporary, jazz, and musical theater.

World Music

August 29 – November 21, 2023
Tuesdays: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Bauzá
Tuition: $216

Mariachi Pasadena! students learn to play and sing mariachi standards in an ensemble setting. This includes learning songs and instrumental tunes from all over Mexico and Latin America. Adult and youth ages 12+.

Fall History Courses

September 14 – November 16, 2023
Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Instructor: Brian Lauritzen
Tuition: $320

Discover Earth Tones, an exploration into the sounds of nature in classical music. From peaceful sunsets to dramatic storms, experience the evocative power of classical compositions to transport you to breathtaking landscapes.

September 15 – November 17, 2023
Fridays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $320

American popular culture is frequently driven by a collective and selective nostalgia for the musical styles of decades past. Fondly, we reflect upon the 1950s as the age of rock and roll, the 1960s as the flowering of Hippie culture and psychedelic rock, and more recently, the 1980s as the dawn of digital music. The 1970s, however, are typically overlooked and viewed as a decade of decadence with bland, throwaway music. This course seeks to counter this sentiment by uncovering the significance of 70s music, which arguably became the foundation for much of the popular music in the 21st century. Particular emphasis will be placed upon classic rock, punk, funk, disco and the early years of Hip Hop.

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