Sing, dance, and play
at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Children with parachute
Woman playing tambourine
Young boy dancing
Young boy playing bongo drum
Mother and daughter playing xylophone
Young girl playing ukulele
Mother and daughter playing maracas

Classes for children ages 0–13.

Call 626.683.3355 to schedule a free trial class.

At the start of its curriculum continuum, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music offers Young Musicians classes for children ages 4 months through 12 years old. Our program encourages and nurtures each child’s musicality with age-specific classes that are fun, creative, and developmentally appropriate. Children experience music in the classroom with parents or caregivers and a teacher through singing, rhyming, listening, moving, using props, and playing small percussion instruments; and are introduced to various styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, and world music.

Email music@pasadenaconservatory.org for more information.

Research has shown that babies prefer the sound of their caregivers’ voices over any other kind of music. YM Infants class, for children ages 4-11 months, is a special opportunity for babies and caregivers to bond through musical experiences including musical massage, bouncing, swaying, playing instruments, and singing.

See above for current schedule.

In a playful and creative musical setting, toddlers naturally internalize the elements of music. As they listen, sing, dance, move and play a variety of small percussion instruments, they demonstrate that they are absorbing musical content. Beat competence, singing and rhythmic responses become visible. Puppets, stories, and colorful props stimulate the child’s musical imagination.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

Toddlers’ emerging musicality is evident as they begin singing parts of songs and as they demonstrate conscious responses to rhythms, timbres, and the expressive qualities of the music they are hearing. Toddlers sing, dance, and learn to play a variety of small percussion instruments in meaningful and musical ways.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

In YM 3, a longer class length is introduced and reflects the child’s growing attention span and ability to focus on musical activities. Singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, colorful props, stories, and movement activities foster the child’s emerging independence and musical imagination as children develop concentration, coordination, and a positive sense of themselves as musicians.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

YM 4 classes engage children in activities that strengthen their emerging understanding of music as a language. Children learn to recognize melodic and rhythmic patterns through singing, chanting, dancing, and creating. Students will have opportunities to play a wide variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

Singing, rhyming, creative movement, and folk dancing complement the beginnings of rhythmic notation and identifying melodic patterns. In YM 5, ensemble training and creative improvisation begins as children sing and play together using a wide variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. Performing for an audience is also introduced.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

In YM 6, students experience playful music making, with more independence and opportunities for creative expression. Students review and expand on the tonal and rhythmic literacy skills taught in previous YM classes. Students use their greater literacy skills to play in ensembles using a variety of classroom instruments, as well as to create their own accompaniments to songs.

Weekly classes are offered multiple times during the week. See above for the current schedule.

In Piano Bridge 1, students will have the opportunity to both experience making music through PCM’s YM 5 and 6 curriculum and to learn the fundamentals of piano. Students will sing, move, and play and use their musical knowledge as they learn about the piano keyboard, rhythm and melody reading, and playing along together. Students who take this course as 5-6 year olds will be better prepared to begin piano lessons in the piano department the following school year.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for the current schedule.

For students ages 6-8, Piano Bridge 2 follows the same curriculum as Piano Bridge 1, but allows for older children to proceed at a faster pace as their developmental skills allow. This class is an excellent first step to piano lessons in a less strenuous practice setting.

String Musicianship is for beginning Suzuki students and caregivers, ages 4-6 years, who are not yet ready for the Book 1 Suzuki group class. String Musicianship fosters development in essential musical foundational skills such as beat, rhythm, pitch awareness, group movement, and both fine and gross motor coordination. In String Musicianship, students have the opportunity to experience a group class environment and caregivers take a small group seminar with a Suzuki instructor where they can discuss practice, pedagogy, and partnering with their child(ren) to make lessons more enjoyable and effective. Students must be enrolled in private lessons with a Suzuki string teacher.

Weekly classes are offered multiple time during the week. See above for the current schedule.

*For students currently enrolled in private lessons at PCM

Our Programs

Students are placed in a class based on their age or grade as of September 1st and are required to enroll for the entire school year. A parent or caregiver is required to attend with the child in the infants through YM level 6 classes. In these classes, parents learn how children develop musically and how to encourage musical experiences at home in ways that enhance and reinforce what is learned in class.

For New Families: Before enrolling in any of the Young Musician’s classes, a free trial class is required. To make an appointment, call 626.683.3355 or e-mail music@pasadenaconservatory.org.

Determine your child’s level, age, or grade as of September 1 (of the current school year).

Visit the Fees page for more information about tuition and registration fees.