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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.

Adult Recorder Ensemble: Baroque to Folk

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Thursdays| January 9-March 12
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Tuition: $150

Register here.

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.

Introduction to Ukulele

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Mondays | January 6-March 9
9:00-10:30 am
Tuition: $150

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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.

Ukulele Songbook

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Mondays | January 6-March 9
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Tuesdays | January 7-March 10
6:30-8:00 pm
Tuition: $150

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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.

Glee Club

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Wednesdays | January 80-March 11
10—11:30 am
Tuition: $150

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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.

Adult Orff Ensemble

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuesdays | January 7-March 10
2:00-3:30 pm
Tuition: $150

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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.

Creative Movement

Instructor: Daphne Trager
Wednesdays | January 8-March 11
2:30-3:30 pm
Tuition: $150

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PCM welcomes you to a new Creative Movement class for Adults! Students will stretch and strengthen their bodies, minds, and creative spirits through an uplifting class that will include a careful warm up, improvisation using the elements of dance, folk dancing, movement combinations, and choreography. Music from classical, folk and percussion sources, storytelling, and a variety of props will awaken your expressive self. No dance experience necessary.

Students should dress for stretching movement and moderate exercise. Wear comfortable, soft-soled shoes or socks.

Musical Theater Workshop

Instructor
Thursdays | January 9-May 24 (two sessions required)
6:30-9:00 pm
Tuition: TBA

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.

Beginner Jazz Combo

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Wednesdays | December 4, 2019 – March 11, 2020
7:30—8:30 pm
Tuition: $300

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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.

Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Combo

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Wednesdays | December 4, 2019 – March 11, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm
Tuition: $300

Register here.

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.

Adult Guitar Orchestra

Instructor: Adam Pettit
Wednesdays | November 20, 2019 – February 26, 2020
7:00—8:30 pm
Tuition: $300

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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.

Adult Piano Ensemble

Instructor: Cindy Williams
Wednesdays | January 8 – March 11, 2020
12:00—2:00 pm
Tuition: $300

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.

Cantare Chamber Choir

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.

Register for music history courses here!

Sounds of Heaven: The Story of Gospel Music

Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Schedule: 10 Weeks
DATE CHANGE (Jan 10-Mar 13)
Fridays: 1 – 3 pm
Tuition: $300

African American religious expression is a rich cauldron of life experience, musical innovations, and aspirations for a better tomorrow. While the continuum of music associated with the black church goes back to colonial period, gospel is the most recent form to arise. This course will survey the development of gospel from its incipiency in the early 20th century to the contemporary era. Important aspects to be covered are significant composers, compositions and performers, as well as their connections to African American theology and social-political consciousness.

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Another Ten Great Pianists of the Past and Present

Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Schedule: 10 Weeks (Jan 7-Mar 10)
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 11:45 am
Tuition: $300

This class examines and explores performance styles and legacy of some of the greatest pianists of the past and present. The body of work of such pianists as Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin Fisher, Clara Haskil, Maria Yudina, Rudolf Serkin, György Cziffra, Samson Francois, Van Cliburn, John Ogdon and Vladimir Ashkenazy is studied through examination of representative recordings.

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Music in Film

Instructor: Dimitris Dodoras
Schedule: 10 weeks (Jan 10-Mar 13)
Fridays: 9:30 am-11:45 am
Tuition: $300

This class is a survey of great film scores from the silent film era to the present. The function of music in film is considered as well as the use of various genres including classical, jazz, and popular music.

Register here.

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