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Immerse yourself in chamber music and develop your collaborative ensemble playing this summer! Participants will play in supportive small ensembles, coached by expert CMC faculty specializing in chamber music. The two-weekend workshop includes master classes, listening skills, ensemble skills, and rehearsal time for instrumentalists, culminating in a friendly salon concert where you can share your work with one another and invited guests. Pre-formed groups as well as individuals are encouraged to apply. Individuals will be placed in an ensemble based on skill level and instrumentation available. Groups will be finalized and music sent out one month prior to our start date. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instruments: Piano, strings, woodwinds, brass Styles of music studied: Classical Prerequisites: Minimum three years of private lessons on the instrument you plan to play. As part of the application, you will need to submit a pre-recorded audition in which you perform two contrasting pieces: one slow and one fast; and a two-octave scale in the key of your choice. Workshop size: A maximum of 20 students working in small ensembles Location, Day and Time: Mission District Branch; August 2–4 and August 9–11; Fridays from 6:30–9:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am–2:00pm Faculty: Erik Andersen, Director; additional faculty TBA Tuition: $495 early bird pricing before February 15, 2024; or $525 after February 15, 2024. Tuition includes both weekends and a $150 non-refundable deposit. Tuition Assistance is available. Additional Information:How to enroll: Fill out the Chamber Workshop Questionnaire to submit your registration information and follow the links to pay your deposit and schedule your audition. The Camp Director will contact you to confirm you've scheduled your in-person or zoom audition for acceptance and ensemble placement. Please schedule your audition quickly to ensure availability..Payment: A $150 non-refundable deposit is due with your application to hold your spot and request an audition. In the event that your child is not accepted into camp, a full refund including the deposit will be made. For students who are accepted to camp, this deposit is non-refundable If you do not pay for the entire camp tuition at registration, the remainder of your fee will be due by May 6, 2024. Outstanding balances will be automatically charged on May 6, 2024 to the stored account added during registration. If you wish to pay using a different payment method, please make the payment before the pay-in-full date. If you would like to change your payment method, please contact us. Registrations not paid in full by May 6, 2024 may be canceled and the spot opened to our waitlist. Registrations after May 6, 2024 must be paid in full at the time of registration and are nonrefundable. If you would like to inquire about tuition assistance, please make an appointment with a registrar or email registrars@sfcmc.org. The application deadline is May 6, 2024 for all CMC camps, but we recommend applying early to ensure placement. Because camp is designed around the exact number of campers attending, we are unable to issue refunds after May 6, 2024. Prior to the May 6 deadline, please send refund requests to ssherman@sfcmc.org.
Explore a standard jazz repertoire in a dynamic, participatory setting. The beginning level focuses on improvisation concepts, improving solos, and developing ensemble skills. The intermediate and advanced ensembles play the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, and others; with emphasis on communicating as an ensemble, improvising, phrasing, groove, and dynamics to make the music come alive. There will be a culminating performance at Community Music Center at the end of each quarter. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instruments: Brass, woodwinds, strings and rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) Musical Styles: Jazz standards, be-bop, blues, Latin jazz Prerequisites: Proficiency on an instrument, mastery of scales, and prior experience in improvisation. Admission with instructor's consent. New students will be asked to audition. Instructor: Charlie Gurke Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount on this class tuition.Online signup for this class is unavailable. Submit a Prerequisite Form to get started!
Beginning Vocal Ensemble Join this fun and supportive environment to learn basic vocal and breathing technique, how to support your tone, beginning note reading skills, simple harmonies, and rounds. This beginning singing class is designed for singers with little to no experience. It is focused on group singing, but also incorporates individual singing. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instrument: Voices of all ranges Musical Styles: Folk, popular, jazz Instructor: Ellen Robinson Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive 50% discount. Please read CMC's registration policies before enrolling.
Intermediate/Advanced Vocal Ensemble For vocalists who love to harmonize in a wide variety of musical styles such as jazz, Broadway, pop and R&B. Enjoy interacting with other singers in this lively chorus while continuing to develop your vocal technique, music reading skills, blending with other voices and your stage presence. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instrument: Voices of all ranges, especially baritone and tenor Musical Styles: Jazz, Broadway, a cappella, pop Prerequisites: Some music reading skills. The ability to sing in tune and hold your own while singing in three and four part harmony. Previous choral experience is a plus. Audition with the instructor is required. Instructor: Ellen Robinson Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount on this class tuition. Online signup for this class is unavailable. Submit a Prerequisite Form to get started!
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The Beginning Jazz Ensemble focuses on building standard repertoire, improvisation concepts, and developing ensemble skills. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instruments: Brass, woodwinds, strings and rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) Musical Styles: Jazz standards, be-bop, blues, Latin jazz Prerequisites: Proficiency on an instrument, knowledge of scales, and some experience in improvisation. Instructors: Erik Peralta, Charlie Gurke Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount on this class tuition. Online signup for this class is unavailable. Submit a Prerequisite Form to get started!
Learn beginning vocal technique and interpretive skills in a fun group setting. You'll gain experience learning to sing in healthy ways by focusing on body alignment, breath management, and vowel formation. This class will support a student's process in stylistically interpreting a piece of music through additional research and study. Topics and activities for classes include exploring the singing apparatus, vocalizing with exercises using scales and arpeggios, interpreting music and text, developing stage presence, and working with a collaborative pianist. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Musical Styles: All styles are welcome Prerequisites: Students must be prepared to learn and memorize music and text Instructor: Michael Mohammed Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount. Please read CMC's registration policies before enrolling.
This class covers American Music derived from the blues, starting with a deep understanding of the blues and its many variations. This class teaches musicians how to play together in a cohesive way that builds instinct, diplomacy, and a sense of community sharing: the true foundation of ensemble music. In this ensemble class students will learn the various roles of each instrument in the various styles covered and approaches to music arrangement. Students will learn music by region: New Orleans (The Meters), Memphis sound (Stax record artists), Chicago sound (Chess record artists), NY, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, West coast and the Detroit (Motown) sounds and their unique qualities that has made America the Music Mecca of the world. Ages: Adults, Older teens (high school students) Instrument: Piano, Bass, Drums, Winds, Brass, Strings Musical Styles: Blues, Funk, Soul, R&B & Gospel Prerequisites: Openness and teachable spirit. Knowledge of major, minor, and basic blues. Music readers are welcome, Instructors: Co-Directed and accompanied by Maestro Curtis and Nola Curtis Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount on this class tuition. Online signup for this class is unavailable. Submit a Prerequisite Form to get started!
Explore "Old Time" traditional American music, focusing on tunes from Appalachia: songs that crossed the pond from Ireland and Scotland that mixed with African American influences to become the American traditional music known as Old Time. We will also dive into how to play bluegrass interpretations, solos and backup. Singers, mandolin and bass are also welcome! We'll be working on tunes from Appalachia, Irish and Scottish folk tunes, and African American traditional music. We will be focusing on Old Time tunes that are also part of the Bluegrass repertory, from standards to rarely played tunes, versions, and regional interpretations. Printed music will be provided. Ages: Adults and older teens (high school students) Instruments: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, ukulele, voice, bass (upright preferred) Musical Styles: Old Time and Bluegrass Prerequisites: an intermediate level of playing (especially on the fiddle). Basic reading of chord charts and fiddle notation Instructors: Erik Pearson and Tregar Otton. Instructors will alternate weeks and sometimes teach together. Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount on this class tuition.Online signup for this class is unavailable. Submit a Prerequisite Form to get started!
This is a workshop class in which students learn songs written by Burt Bacharach and his lyric collaborators. The instructor will share vocal technique and include information on stage presence and appropriate song keys. Students are welcome to bring their favorite Bacharach songs (recordings, sheet music, lyrics) in addition to the songs suggested. Students will have the opportunity to sing solo and/or to do background vocals. This class typically performs at quarter end recitals. Ages: Adults, older teens (high school students) Instrument: Voices of all ranges Prerequisites: The ability to read music or play an instrument is not necessary, but students should have the ability to sing a melody and sing in an ensemble. Instructor: Clif Payne Students enrolled in private lessons at CMC receive a 50% discount. Please read Community Music Center's registration policies before enrolling. Sample of Resource Materials: Burt Bacharach: Never Be Afraid Of Something You Can Whistle Here I Am: Ronald Isley Meets Burt Bacharach (2003 album) The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest (1989 album - She is the greatest interpreter of his songs.) His numerous songs are classics and are easily found online. "Never, ever feel embarrassed or discomforted by a melody that people can remember or whistle." French composer Darius Milhaud to the young student Burt Bacharach at Music of the West, Santa Barbara, CA.
Make great music and new friends at Community Music Center this summer! Camp CMC offers young musicians the chance to play in small and large groups and explore many musical styles such as Latin, jazz, classical, blues, folk, rock, American song book, and klezmer. Students are grouped into ensembles by instrument and level and learn general musicianship skills with rhythm and pitch games, playing percussion instruments, singing and movement, culminating in a performance at the end of the week.Ages: 9–14 Instruments: All instruments, and voice Styles of music studied: Classical, Latin, jazz, other Prerequisites: Minimum two years of study on an instrument and concurrent enrollment in private lessons (not necessarily at CMC). Vocal students may fulfill the requirement by participating in chorus or glee club. Students will be asked to send a 2–3 minute video of a scale and favorite solo piece to the camp director as a placement audition. Camp size: A maximum of 15 students working in large and small ensembles Location, Day and Time: Mission District Branch; Monday–Friday, June 10–14, 2024, 9:00am–3:00pm Faculty: Katie Wreede, Director; Erik Andersen; additional faculty TBA Tuition: $495 early bird pricing before February 15, 2024; or $525 after February 15, 2024. Tuition includes a $150 non-refundable deposit. Tuition Assistance is available. Additional Information:How to enroll: Submit your registration information and make your depositby clicking the "Register Now" button.Then fill out the Camp CMC Questionnaire to submit details for our faculty.The Camp Director will contact you after you submit your application with information about how to prepare and send the 2–3 minute audition video. Campers are encouraged to attend one of the online orientation sessions prior to camp, on April 19 or May 28, from 7:00–7:30pm.Payment:A $150 non-refundable deposit is due with your application to hold your spot and request an audition. In the event that your child is not accepted into camp, a full refund including the deposit will be made. For students who are accepted to camp, this deposit is non-refundableIf you do not pay for the entire camp tuition at registration, the remainder of your fee will be due by May 6, 2024.Outstanding balances will be automatically charged on May 6, 2024 to the stored account added during registration. If you wish to pay using a different payment method, please make the payment before the pay-in-full date. If you would like to change your payment method, please contact us. Registrations not paid in full by May 6, 2024 may be canceled and the spot opened to our waitlist. Registrations after May 6, 2024 must be paid in full at the time of registration and are nonrefundable.If you would like to inquire about tuition assistance, please make an appointment with a registrar.How toThe application deadline is May 6, 2024 for all CMC camps, but we recommend applying early to ensure placement. Because camp is designed around the exact number of campers attending, we are unable to issue refunds after May 6, 2024. Prior to the May 6 deadline, please send refund requests to ssherman@sfcmc.org.
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Private Lessons

Reach your full potential with one-on-one lessons tailored to your individual needs with expert faculty. All ages.
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Group Classes & Ensembles

Discover the unique experience of learning, playing, and performing music with peers under the skillful coaching of CMC faculty.
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Beginning Youth Music Classes
Learn the fundamentals on your instrument and ensemble playing in a fun, supportive, and social environment. Ages 5–12.
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Tuition-Free Programs

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Black Music Studies Program

Find inspiration and empowerment in learning about emergence of Black Music from the African Diaspora. Teens and adults.
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Summer Camps

Make great music and new friends with CMC summer music camps. Ages 8–18
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Neighborhood Choir Program for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

Discover the many social, artistic, and quality of life benefits that this tuition-free program provides.

Ages 60+ and/or persons 18+ with disability.

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