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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: Lindsay Dodoras
Mondays | 10:30 am–12:00 pm (June 14–August 2)
or Tuesdays | 6:30–8:00 pm (June 15–August 3)

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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!

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuesdays | 10:30–11:30 am (June 15–August 2)

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This course is for beginners, or those who want to refresh their knowledge. You will learn to read musical notation for rhythm and melody, bass and treble clef, musical symbols, and key signatures in a light-hearted, conversational class with lots of participation and engaging activities. Improve your knowledge of both the “how” and “why” of music!

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Wednesdays | 10:00–11:30 am (June 16–August 4)

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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!

Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Wednesdays | 10:00–11:30 am (June 16–August 4)
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Musicians learn ukulele technique and skills while exploring the music of the classic American Songbook to the 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.

Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Thursdays | 10:30–11:30 am (June 17–August 5)

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We will explore American music of many cultures and many decades: Native American music, Colonial and Revolutionary War songs, American composers, Jazz and Blues, and many more.

Join our discussion, enjoy listening and watching performances, and share in the exploration!

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Saturdays | 12:00–1:00 pm (July 10–July 31)

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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).

Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Saturdays | 1:00–2:00 pm (July 10–July 31)

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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).

Director: Ernest Harrison
6 week sessions
Tuesdays | 7:00–8:30 pm (not available for summer session)
Tuition: $60 per session

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PCM Chamber Singers 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.

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: Sarkis Baltaian
Tuesdays: 9:00–11:15 am (March 23–May 25)

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This class examines notable piano and violin sonata repertoire from the Classical period through 20th century. Representative works include sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Franck, Grieg, Faure, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Strauss, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Babadjanian.

Instructor: Dr. Nic Gerpe
Thursdays: 9:30–11:30 am (March 11–May 20)

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The spring session of Dr. Nic Gerpe’s Current Techniques & Composers focuses on composers from France, Italy, Spain, and Latin America, including works from Debussy, Ravel, Berio, Dallapiccola, Granados, Albeniz, Prado and others.

Instructor: Dimitris Dodoras
Fridays: 9:30–11:00 am (March 12–May 21)

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In this class, we will explore the work of well-known composers from the 20th century to present day, including Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Basil Poledouris, and Henry Mancini.

Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Fridays: 1:00–3:00 p.m. (March 26–June 4)

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This class explores the life and music of Miles Davis — one of the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

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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