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.

Most classes are now available online using Zoom.

Email music@pasadenaconservatory.org for more information.

Together with a caregiver, infants enjoy songs, dances, and rhymes and will explore small percussion instruments appropriate for this age. Through these playful activities, babies absorb the content of musical language: melody, tonality, pulse, rhythm, meter and timbre. Music is a powerful force for emotional development as babies bond with their caregivers.

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

In an engaging 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 emerge. 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’ musicality develops as they begin singing parts of songs and demonstrating conscious responses to rhythms, timbres, and the expressive qualities of the music they hear. In this class, kids will 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.

A longer class length complements 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 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.

These 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, and 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. Ensemble training and creative improvisation begins as children sing and play together using a wide variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. In this class, performing skills are introduced.

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

In the primary grades, the transition from experience-centered to knowledge-centered learning accelerates. Reading and writing musical notation continues and is reinforced through singing, rhyming, movement, and folk dancing. Ensemble training and creative improvisation builds on the previous level as children learn more rhythms and melodies that are incorporated into their ensemble playing. Students will perform several times a year.

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

The recorder is introduced at this level, helping build stronger music reading and writing skills. Practice at home is required. Singing, rhyming, dancing, improvisation, and learning composed pieces for recorders and a wide variety of percussion instruments strengthen ensemble skills. This class is an excellent alternative or complement to private instrument study. Students will perform several times a year.

Prerequisite: Introduction to YM Ensemble

Children use their music reading, writing and notation skills as well as their improvisation skills to create their own music and to interpret composed pieces. This class is an excellent alternative or complement to private instrument study. Students will perform several times a year.

Prerequisite of YM 4 or Instructor Recommendation

In this 55-minute class, students will have the opportunity to experience making music through PCM’s fantastic YM5 curriculum and to learn the fundamentals of piano with Piano Department chair Stephen Cook. Children will “sing, say, move and play” and then use their musical knowledge in a new way 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 well prepared to begin piano lessons the following school year.

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

Tuesdays at 5 pm

Musicianship classes are for our young Suzuki students who are “pre-Twinkle,” which is to say that they are not yet ready for group class on their instruments. In Musicianship class, the teacher will introduce the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and expression in a group class, where students actively make music with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and manipulate rhythmic patterns, begin ear training through singing and playing xylophones, play in an ensemble, move expressively to music, and create meaningful connections to both the music in the Suzuki repertoire and great examples of classical and folk music.

*For students currently enrolled in private lessons at PCM

Mondays at 4 pm

Musicianship classes are for our young Suzuki students who are “pre-Twinkle,” which is to say that they are not yet ready for group class on their instruments. In Musicianship class, the teacher will introduce the elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and expression in a group class, where students actively make music with their peers. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with and manipulate rhythmic patterns, begin ear training through singing and playing xylophones, play in an ensemble, move expressively to music, and create meaningful connections to both the music in the Suzuki repertoire and great examples of classical and folk music.

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

*For students currently enrolled in private lessons at PCM

Bite Size Classes

Young Musician’s “Bite Size” classes are 6-week-long special topics courses for children and families.  The Bite Size classes will not start at the beginning of their quarters. Instead they will begin during the second half of the quarter.

Fall Bite-Size Classes
October 12 – November 20, 2020

Mondays 5:00 pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Zacharias

Families have a wide variety of bedtime routines and rituals ranging from pillow fights and dance parties to reading storybooks, dimming the lights, and singing lullabies in the rocking chair. In this class, we would celebrate different ways of transitioning from daytime life to dreamland while learning new musical ways, of being together. Because the class will be held in their own homes, everyone is welcome to wear their PJs.

Parents will increase their repertoire of ways to release the common rise in energy before bedtime. They will also learn new ways to make their little ones feel loved and nurtured through lullabies and stories at bedtime.  Not only are lullabies some of those most beautiful pieces of folk music, but they are also powerful in their ability to create lifelong bonds between parents and children, and increase a child’s sense of security and safety.

Ms. Elizabeth will share music and activities to use at home during the week via Google Classroom.

Wednesdays 5:00 pm
Instructor: Lindsay Dodoras

Sing-a-Long welcomes students looking to explore music through the most accessible instrument of all: the voice! Students will experience exciting repertoire from classic Disney to modern-day favorites. They will learn how to improvise and express themselves through the voice and how they can use their instrument to relate and communicate with others. Students will also learn vocal and breathing techniques while discovering fun ways to produce various vocal styles.

Ms. Lindsay will share music and activities to use at home during the week via Google Classroom.

Thursdays 5:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Alonso

STEAM, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Math. This class will promote process-based learning and problem-solving skills utilizing the arts. Lessons will involve two or more of the STEAM content areas taught simultaneously and will be driven by the essential question: How do musicians generate creative ideas? Students will use math processes (addition, repeated addition, and multiplication) to create ostinato patterns.

Ms. Mary will share music and activities to use at home during the week via Google Classroom.

 

Winter Bite-Size Classes
January 25- March 4, 2021

Tuesdays 5:00-5:45 pm
Instructor: Sharon Weed

In this class, we will be exploring Chinese culture while singing folk songs, dancing to traditional music, reading children’s stories, and making simple crafts. We will even learn about and celebrate Lunar New Year together.

Thursdays 5:00-5:45 pm
Instructor: Mary Alonso

Bring your music skills and join us on a trip to the land of make believe. During this 6 week class, we will play, sing, and dance our way through some traditional (as well as fractured) tales.

Mondays 5:00-5:45 pm
Instructor: Rachael Doudrick

Using common objects from around the house (bowls, bottles, boxes, books, etc.) we’ll have a fun and fast-paced drum along class each week! Students will drum, shake, dance, chant, and compose rhythm in both traditional and innovative ways.

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.