Young Musicians Programs

CMC’s Young Musicians Program has brought the many benefits of music—artistic, educational, personal, and social—to middle and high school students since it began in 1987. This tuition-free, award-winning program embraces diversity, partners with the San Francisco Unified School District, and offers a comprehensive culturally diverse curriculum. Group classes learn about theory, musicianship and composition. Ensemble classes may play Latin, classical, jazz and other music forms in orchestra, chamber groups, combos and bands.

Students who are nominated by their public school teacher will audition in Spring 2016 for the following academic year. If accepted, students are eligible for a full scholarship that provides students with weekly free private instrumental lessons theory/musicianship and ensemble classes for the academic year. The YMP program focuses on serving middle and high school students from low-income San Francisco households.

Students who are nominated by CMC private lesson teachers are eligible for a scholarship for group theory/musicianship and ensemble classes for the academic year.

Young Musicians Program
Mission District Young Musicians Program (MDYMP)

Young Musicians Program

Ages: 12-18

Instruments: All

Musical Styles: Classical, jazz, popular

Prerequisites: Minimum of two years playing an instrument. Students nominated by their public school teacher must remain in their school music programs during the program to qualify. Students nominated by their CMC teacher must stay in their private lessons at CMC to qualify. Admission is based on both need and merit.

Class size: 30 students working in smaller groups

Locations, Days and Times:
Private lessons: Mission District Branch or Richmond District Branch
Group classes: CMC’s Mission District Branch, Saturdays
Middle School Students: noon-2:00pm
High School Students: 10:00am-noon

Instructors: Christian Bonvin, Alex Keitel (coordinator), Evelyn Davis, Scott Foster, Eugenio Solinas, Michael Nicholas, Sarah StilesKatrina Wreede

Tuition: CMC private instrumental lesson fees only.

How to Apply: Admission is by recommendation from the student’s school music teacher or CMC private lesson teacher, and audition during the spring. For more information or to make a nomination, contact Program Director Sylvia Sherman at ssherman@sfcmc.org.

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Mission District Young Musicians Program (MDYMP)
The tuition-free Mission District Young Musicians Program (MDYMP) offers a comprehensive music education with a focus on Latin music. It primarily serves Latino youth from the Mission District who are nominated by their public school music teachers and community organizations. The curriculum focuses on music of Latin America and is taught by bilingual (Spanish/English) instructors. Group classes take place at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts each Saturday and private lessons can take place at either CMC branch. Students perform in December and June, and will have additional performance opportunities off-site.

Ages: 12-18

Instruments: All and voice

Musical Styles: Latin (classical and popular)

Prerequisites: Minimum two years playing an instrument or singing. Students nominated by their public school teacher must remain in their school music programs during the program to qualify. Students nominated by their CMC teacher must stay in their private lessons at CMC to qualify. Admission is based on both need and merit.

Class size: 25 students working in smaller groups

Location, Days and Times:

Private lessons: CMC’s Mission or Richmond District Branch
Group class: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Saturdays from 10am-Noon

Instructors:  Javier CabanillasTregar Otton, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar (Coordinator) and Jesse Wolff

Teacher Assistant: Lisa Larribeau

Tuition: No tuition or registration fee

How to apply: Admission is by recommendation from the student’s school music teacher or community organization, and audition during the spring. For more information or to make a nomination, contact Program Director Sylvia Sherman at ssherman@sfcmc.org.


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