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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.

August 30 - November 22 (12 weeks)

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

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Intermediate and advanced students will continue learning accompanying techniques and song arrangement and build upon their music skills through strumming and plucking patterns, advanced chords, and performance etiquette.

Vocal

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ernest Harrison
Tuition: $180

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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, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $180

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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 joy of singing in a choir!

Recorder

Thursdays, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuition: $180

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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, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $300

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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.

Fridays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Adam Pettit
Tuition: $300

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Open to students of all levels. In addition to practicing technical exercises and ensemble skills, students will explore a wide range of repertoire from the medieval period to the modern day. A nylon-string classical guitar is required and a basic understanding of notation and reading ability are recommended.

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 adult 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.

Jazz Combos

Saturdays, 12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $300

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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.

Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $300

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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.

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.

September 13 - November 19 (10 weeks)

Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras
Tuition: $150

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Explore 100 years of Broadway history from the early days of Broadway to the hit musicals of today. Students will discover how style and content evolved to reflect modern society, and discuss characters, plots, and musical themes of the most beloved musicals of all time.

Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 am
Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Tuition: $300

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This class explores the keyboard variation repertoire from the Baroque period through the 20th century. Representative works include variations by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Bernstein, and others.

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 am
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick
Tuition: $150

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The Smithsonian Folkways collection of recordings, videos, and ephemera is a stunning resource for the curious music listener. Students will listen, read, sing, play, and experience instruments and sounds of many cultures through many different types of media and hands-on practice with culture bearers.

Fall Quarter: Ives and Copland
Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 am
Instructor: Dr. Nic Gerpe
Tuition: $300

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This class will follow the development of American Contemporary music and the emergence of a distinct American sound from 1900 to today. Students will study how composers integrated elements as disparate as hymns, counterpoint, jazz, popular music, atonality, polytonality, technology, and experimental use of instruments to weave together the varied, colorful tapestry that is American Contemporary music.

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $300

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Known as the “The Voice,” “The Chairman of the Board,” “The Sultan of Swoon,” or simply “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) defied simple categorization. As an artist, he carved out a space somewhere between jazz and mainstream popular music. This course will explore the nuances of Sinatra the man and his music that spoke to millions of Americans in the mid-20th century.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Eames
Tuition: $150

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Using The Royal Conservatory curriculum and materials, adult students will refresh their knowledge and expand their horizons through sequenced instruction in music theory. This enlivening and enlightening course is for beginners through intermediate singers and players, and will include the opportunity to discuss the way that music theory “works” on one’s instrument of study. The Royal Conservatory Prep book is required ($17.95).

Mondays, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Dimitris Dodoras
Tuition: $150

In this course, we’ll examine how music sets the tone for some of the most iconic scenes in film history. Students will also analyze how composers techniques and instrumentation contribute to these powerful and memorable movie moments.

Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 am
Instructor: Dr. Sarkis Baltaian
Tuition: $300

This class examines and explores performance styles and characteristics of some of the greatest pianists of the past. The body of work of such pianists as Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Schnabel, Cortot, Rubinstein, Gould, Horowitz, Arrau, Richter and Sokolov is studied through analysis of recordings.

Winter Quarter: Antheil, Seeger, Nancarrow, Partch, Harrison, Johnston, and American Minimalists
Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 am
Instructor: Dr. Nic Gerpe
Tuition: $300

In our first Quarter, we studied two innovators who were largely responsible for the creation of an “American Sound” in Contemporary Music: Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. In the winter installment of the Mavericks series, we will study composers who took the idea of “innovation” to new extremes: Henry Cowell, John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, Lou Harrison, and Harry Partch. We will explore mind and ear-bending music which uses conventional instruments in highly unconventional ways, alternate tuning systems, home-made instruments, silence, gamelan, and questions the very definition of music as we know it.

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $300

Mel Tormé, nicknamed “The Velvet Fog”, was a musician, singer, composer, arranger, drummer, actor, and author, and a supreme vocal technician whose style encompassed everything from intimate pop crooning to jet-propelled scat improvisations. Johnny Mathis, is a pop singer whose popularity spans over 5 decades of music, and whose popularity is proved by his several dozen gold and platinum albums and a hit every decade of his recording career. His unique voice with “velvety vibrato” has been dubbed, “The Voice of Romance”. In this course, we will explore the long careers of two crooners whose voices are still the mainstays of American popular music.

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Kathryn Eames
Tuition: $150

Using The Royal Conservatory curriculum and materials, adult students will refresh their knowledge and expand their horizons through sequenced instruction in music theory. This enlivening and enlightening course is for beginners through intermediate singers and players, and will include the opportunity to discuss the way that music theory “works” on one’s instrument of study. The Royal Conservatory Prep book is required ($17.95).

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