Summer at the Conservatory

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Young children sitting playing drums with their parents

Young Musicians

June 22 – August 12, 2023 (8 weeks)
Tuition for YM classes: $208

YM 1
Thursday | 10:00-10:35 am | Weed
Saturday | 10:30-11:05 am | Weed

YM 2
Saturday | 11:15-11:50 am | Weed

YM 3
Friday | 10:00-10:45 am | Alonso
Saturday | 9:30-10:15 am | Weed

YM 4
Saturday | 10:00-10:45 am | Alonso

Learn more about our Young Musicians program.

Register for a YM class

June 24 – August 12
Saturdays: 10:00 – 10:45 am or 11:00 – 11:45 am
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $208

Jazz Kittens includes singing, movement, instruments, and storytelling with Sherry Luchette, author of The Flying Jazz Kittens. She introduces students to swing time, blues form, and great jazz music from all eras.

Age 5 – 8. No prior experience required.

Register for Jazz Kittens

July 10 – 14
Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Yuri Inoo
Tuition: $130

Join Dr. Yuri Inoo’s rhythmic jam! Wake up your inner desire to bang and groove with friends. Students learn to improve time, rhythm, and ensemble-playing skills while drumming on buckets of all sizes. No prior drum experience required. Age 5 – 10.

Register for Bucket Band

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Young jazz ensemble performs on stage

Camps & Workshops

June 11 – 18
Sunday – Sunday: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Director: Aimée Kreston
Tuition: $850

For advanced students, PCM’s Chamber Music Intensive is led by Chamber Music Department Chair, Aimée Kreston, and joined by other nationally recognized coaches and teachers. The week includes daily coachings, rehearsals, guest artist recitals, master classes, lectures, and more.

Age 11+. Please contact the PCM office at or 626.683.3355 for more information. Audition required.

June 12 – 23
Monday – Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Director: Dr. Ray Briggs
Tuition: $800

This two-week course develops foundations of jazz improvisation, theory, and history. Students enrolled in the workshop study with some of L.A.’s great jazz teachers, gain a comprehensive knowledge of jazz traditions, participate in daily master classes, learn to play pieces by jazz masters, and perform in an end-of-workshop concert.

Age 12+. All instruments welcome, no previous jazz experience required.

Register for Summer Jazz Workshop

July 24 – 28
Monday – Friday: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Natalie Brejcha, Brandon Encinas
Tuition: $240

String Ensemble is a chamber music experience under the PCM Suzuki department, aimed towards students whose intention is to build and develop the skills necessary to work in a high level string ensemble program.

Audition required.

Apply for an audition

July 31 – August 4
Monday – Friday: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Stoutenborough, Micah Wright
Tuition: $360

PCM’s Clarinet Camp focuses on fundamentals, including breathing, embouchure, and articulation. Led by PCM faculty Laura Stoutenborough and Micah Wright, the camp features a master class with guest artist Burt Hara from the L.A. Philharmonic and covers reed-work, practice tools, and intonation. All students will play in a clarinet choir. Ages 12+.

Register for Clarinet Camp

Youth Ensembles

Schedule TBD by ensemble and instructor
Director: Dr. Brian Barany
Tuition: $280

Students are placed in guitar duos, trios, or quartets based on skill level and preference. Groups receive 8, one-hour coaching sessions, a master class, and perform in a final concert.

Please contact the PCM office at or 626.683.3355 for more information. Audition required.


July 5 – 26
Schedule TBD by ensemble and instructor
Instructor: Danny Janklow
Tuition: $200

Students participate in jazz combos composed of rhythm sections (i.e. piano, guitar, drum set, and percussion) and various wind instruments. Students of all instruments may apply. Literature for each group may be an assortment of standard jazz repertoire as well as arrangements and original compositions.

Age 12+. At least two years of previous instrumental study required.

Register for Jazz Combo

Youth Theory Courses

June 13 – August 22
Tuesdays*: 5:00 – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Renee Gilormini
Tuition: $200

Music Theory Prep is for young students who are just starting lessons and not yet proficient at reading music. Topics include: treble and bass clefs, time signatures, rhythm, notation, and an introduction to famous composers. Age 9+.

*no class on July 4

Register for Music Theory Prep

June 13 – July 25
Tuesdays*: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Renee Gilormini
Tuition: $120

This course is designed for students who have taken theory at PCM. It reviews concepts learned in previous classes to prepare students for the fall. This class is for students who have completed Theory Prep through Level 2.

*no class on July 4

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Mariachi ensemble performs on stage

Intergenerational Classes

June 24 – August 12
Saturdays: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Crystal Jasso
Tuition: $200

Family Ukulele provides a multigenerational space to come together and learn the ukulele. Students learn basic chords and rhythms, 5 strumming patterns, simple songs and even some novice improvisational skills that can lead to your own jam sessions at home!

Adult and youth ages 7+. Students must bring their own Ukulele.

Register for Family Ukulele

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Adult jazz ensemble performs on stage

Adult Ensembles

June 10 – August 12
Saturdays: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Sherry Luchette
Tuition: $300

Students learn to play jazz and blues standards in an ensemble setting. Through guided listening, students learn about melody, arrangements, chords, scales, and jazz improvisation.

Please contact the PCM office at or 626.683.3355 for more information. 

June 21 – August 9
Wednesdays: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Bryan Fasola
Tuition: $300

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.

Please contact the PCM office at or 626.683.3355 for more information. 

June 22 – August 10
Thursdays: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $300

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

Register for the Adult String Ensemble

June 19 – August 12
Schedule TBD by ensemble and instructor
Upper Strings Instructor: Erika Walczak
Tuition: $300

For adults new to cello/bass (lower strings) or violin/viola (upper strings), this class focuses on fundamentals: tone production, intonation, reading and playing in an ensemble setting.

Register for Intro to String Ensemble: Upper Strings