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Two adult women playing ukulele and laughing

Adult Studies

Come be a part of the adult studies community at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

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.

PCM offers a number of opportunities to perform with other musicians, including Adult Guitar Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Music. Please call 626.683.3355 for more information.

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Thursdays | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Recorder or enrollment during the 2019–2020 school year.

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Mondays | 9:00 – 10:30 am

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Musicians will learn ukulele technique and skills while exploring the music of the classic American Songbook to songs of today. Every class includes playing and singing together while increasing musicianship skills and knowledge. No prior music reading or instrument playing skills are required.

Materials required: Soprano or Concert ukulele. Some instruments will be available for purchase from Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Students may decide to acquire their own instrument.

Not offered during summer session.

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras

Mondays | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
or
Tuesdays | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Students will continue their exploration of the American Songbook for ukulele. With classics from Broadway to our favorite jazz standards, they will learn the mechanics behind each of these timeless tunes and how to perform them live. Ukulele players will experiment with song arranging and learn the musical terminology needed to communicate with fellow musicians. From composers such as George and Ira Gershwin to Cole Porter to Rodgers and Hart, we will journey together through the decades of musical genius!

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Ukulele or enrollment during the 2019–2020 school year.

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Wednesdays | 10:00 – 11:30 am

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The Glee Club is the perfect opportunity for you to share your voice with others! Whether you are an experienced choir member or looking to begin singing for the first time, this is your chance to explore vocal technique and music theory through quality choral repertoire. Glee Club members will learn about proper vocal health, choir etiquette, and how to read music through the study of solfeggio and ear training. The club will venture through various genres of choral repertoire including classical, contemporary, jazz, and musical theater! Come one and all to experience the happiness one gets from singing in a choir!

Materials Required: Binder/repertoire/printed matter, as provided by the teacher, $15.00.

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuesdays | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

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Students will learn, create, and perform music in the Orff-Schulwerk style: a process that begins with simple songs, patterns, movement, and body percussion and evolves into feeling-ful, sophisticated music-making within the group. Students will sing, play xylophones and hand percussion, and move with rhythm. Most adults who experience making music using Orff-Schulwerk exclaim, “Why didn’t I learn it this way the first time?” No matter what level of musical experience a student brings to the class, from beginner to amateur to professional, a very satisfying artistic process is enjoyed by all. Students should dress for easy movement and wear comfortable shoes.

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Thursdays | 6:30 – 9:00 pm

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Join your peers in experiencing the world of musical theater through movement, singing, and acting. All levels of experience are welcome to join! Throughout the process, participants will prepare an original play with music to perform. Those participating can be as involved as they wish or they can choose to not participate in the performance. Either way, they will be utilized throughout the rehearsal process and be learning skills and applying them during rehearsal time. They will learn how to interpret music and lyrics and how to emote their findings through voice and physicality and will gain confidence in themselves as individuals and as an ensemble.

Not offered during summer session.

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Thursdays | 7:15 – 8:15 pm

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In the Adult Jazz Combo you will learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. This includes listening to tunes and learning about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to the group to create a collaborative environment.

Students are asked to bring their instruments and supplies (reeds, cords, strings, etc. with the exception of piano, drums, and amplifiers, which will be provided).

Register for the Beginner Jazz Combo here.

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Thursdays | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

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In the Adult Jazz Combo you will learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. This includes listening to tunes and learning about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to the group to create a collaborative environment.

Students are asked to bring their instruments and supplies (reeds, cords, strings, etc. with the exception of piano, drums, and amplifiers, which will be provided).

Register for the Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Combo here.

Instructor: Adam Pettit
Wednesdays | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

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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.

Instructor: Cindy Williams
Wednesdays | 12:00 – 2:00 pm

This class is designed for adult amateurs of intermediate to advanced levels. The ensemble will study and perform original and arranged works for piano duos, trios, and quartets. Fundamental ensemble skills such as collaboration, synchronization, and rehearsal techniques, as well as activities designed to develop piano technique, efficient practice habits, and sight reading skills will be addressed. Class priorities include making music with other pianists and having fun! Conducted by Dr. Cynthia Williams.

Not offered during summer session.

Director: Ernest Harrison
Tuesdays | 7:00 – 9:15 pm
Tuition: $360

Audition required. Call 626.683.3355 for more information.

Cantare Chamber Choir is an amateur choir for mixed voices (SATB) that aspires to the highest levels of musicianship and performance standards.

This audition-based choir welcomes broad participation from the community. The repertoire is varied with a core of serious choral works.

Ernest Harrison, tenor, is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he received his master’s degree in choral conducting. Presently, Mr. Harrison is a graduate student at the University of Southern California, pursuing a doctoral degree in choral music. He studies choral conducting under Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe.

Not offered during summer session.

Director: Jaime “Jimmy” Cuellar
Thursdays | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Come join PCM’s newest program! Led by three time Grammy Award-winning local Mariachi band leader, Jaime “Jimmy” Cuellar.

Ensemble instruments include the violin, guitar, trumpet, and guitarron.

Beginners welcome. Everyone sings!

Not offered during summer session.

Instructor: Nic Gerpe
Schedule: 9 weeks (Jun 18 – August 13)
Fridays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuition: $270

In this upcoming class, we will begin our discussion with the music of today and reflect on how we got here. We will explore the works of living composers since 1960, such as John Corigliano, George Crumb, and Kaija Saariaho, to gain an appreciation for today’s most modern music. We will also examine the lineage of today’s composers, and the earlier 20th century musical styles and aesthetics that influenced and shaped their compositions, with an emphasis on living American and local composers. We will examine the younger generation of composers like Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Timo Andres, and see how their work has been influenced by everything from John Cage and Steve Reich to Jazz and Pop idioms. We will look at the music of composers including Arvo Pärt and Morten Lauridsen, and trace influences from Shostakovich and Schoenberg to Renaissance Polyphony and Gregorian Chant.

Register here.

About Zoom and PCM Tech Support
Zoom is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that allows “face-to-face” meetings and classes from the comfort of your home. At PCM, we have dedicated staff members that can help you get set up for the class via phone or email. If you’d like tech support please reach out directly to Eugene Kim or Stephanie Purschell.

Instructor: Dimitris Dodoras
Schedule: 10 weeks (June 26 – August 28)
Fridays: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Tuition: $150

A class exploring well-known film composers from the late 20th century to the present, and the stylistic elements that distinguish them from one another. The course will cover composers such as Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, Rachel Portman, James Newton Howard, James Horner, and, this years Academy Award winner, Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Register here.

About Zoom and PCM Tech Support
Zoom is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that allows “face-to-face” meetings and classes from the comfort of your home. At PCM, we have dedicated staff members that can help you get set up for the class via phone or email. If you’d like tech support please reach out directly to Eugene Kim or Stephanie Purschell.

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