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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.

Ukulele

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $180

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All are welcome to join the introductory course to ukulele! With classics from Broadway to favorite jazz standards, students will learn the basics to be able to perform these timeless tunes.

Morning Jam: Mondays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Evening Jam: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $180

Summer (June 14 – August 2) *VIRTUAL*
Morning Jam: Mondays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Evening Jam: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Summer Tuition: $120

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Students continue their exploration of the American Songbook for ukulele. With classics from Broadway to jazz standards, students learn the mechanics behind these songs and how to perform them live. Ukulele players experiment with song arranging and learn the musical terminology needed to communicate with fellow musicians.

Vocal

Tuesdays: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ernest Harrison
Tuition: $120

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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.

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $180

Summer (June 15 – August 3) *VIRTUAL*
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $120

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Glee Club members will learn 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 joy of singing in a choir!

Recorder

Thursdays: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuition: $180

Summer (June 16 – August 4)
Thursdays: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuition: $120

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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 music written and arranged specifically for the recorder, from early music of the Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary arrangements of popular music.

Chamber Music

Thursdays: 4:00 – 5:30 pm or 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $450

Summer (July 5 – August 5)
Thursdays: TBD*
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $187.50

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

*Meeting times to be determined by the participants and instructor.

Instructor: Barbara Mullens-Geier
Day and time TBD*
Tuition: $300

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“Every ensemble needs a flute,” says instructor Barbara Mullens-Geier, “but all instruments are welcome.” This ensemble forms itself around students whose desire is to practice and perform music with others. Meeting times to be determined by the participants and instructor.

*Meeting times to be determined by the participants and instructor.

Jazz Combos

Saturdays: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $450

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In the Adult Jazz Combo students 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. Students are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to foster a collaborative environment.

Accordion

June 18 – August 6
Saturdays: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Instructor: Sharon Weed
Tuition: $200

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In this intergenerational class, students learn accordion basics, techniques, and simple tunes.

Age 12 to adult. Students must bring their own accordion.

Mariachi

Please check back for up-to-date information soon!

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 Stephanie Purschell.

Spring Theory & History Courses

Mondays: 1:00-2:30 pm (Mar 21 – Jun 6)
Instructor: Dimitris Dodoras
Tuition: $225

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Music in Film 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.

Music in Film is a reprise of a course previously offered in 2019.

Tuesdays: 9:00-11:00 am (Mar 22 – May 24)
Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Tuition: $300

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Keyboard Concertos explores piano concerto masterpieces from the Baroque Period through the 20th Century, while examining the philosophical, spiritual, and sociological factors that motivated the composers. Representative works include concertos by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, Gershwin, Shostakovich, and others.

Keyboard Concertos is a reprise of a course previously offered in 2017.

Spring Quarter: American Minimalists and a Survey of Young Composers

Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am (Mar 24 – Jun 2)
Instructor: Dr. Nic Gerpe
Tuition: $300

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In the last two sessions of Mavericks, Iconoclasts and Innovators, students studied the music of composers who pushed the envelope with new compositional techniques, incorporating folk music, new tonalities, invented and unconventional instruments, altered tuning systems, and new ways of playing old instruments. In the final session, students will study music by the American minimalists, and then listen to works by current American composers who weave together these different elements into the distinctive American voices of today.

Fridays: 1:00-3:00 pm (Mar 25 – Jun 3)
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $300

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Categorical headings in music are widespread and help to make sense of the tremendous amount of diverse genres. While these distinctions can be useful, they can also hinder our ability to truly appreciate artists who do not fit neatly into one stylistic space. The third installment of a three-part series, this course highlights the remarkable lives and artistry of Don Shirley and Nina Simone, two visionaries who defied simple categorization.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm (Mar 22 – May 31)
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Eames
Tuition: $150
Prerequisite: Must have enrolled in the Fall and Winter Quarters

Email music@pasadenaconservatory.org to inquire.

Using Royal Conservatory curriculum, students will refresh their knowledge and expand their horizons through sequenced instruction in music theory. This course is for beginners through intermediate singers and players. The Royal Conservatory Level 1 book is required ($17.95).

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