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Private Lessons

Ages six and older
16 lessons per semester
Lessons scheduled by mutual arrangement
(within CCMC calendar)
Tuition varies:
30 min. = $624 per semester
45 min. = $928 per semester
60 min. = $1,232 per semester

Private Lessons at Crowden

Private lessons are the foundation of a musical education, providing the concentrated work and individual attention needed to develop a student’s skills and enthusiasm.

We offer private lessons for violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, and composition.

CCMC private lesson faculty members are selected from among the area’s finest musicians and music educators to provide a focused, supportive, and well- rounded musical education for every ability level. (See faculty roster.)

Students are matched with a teacher following a placement interview with the CCMC director, taking into account playing level, personality, and schedule.

Private lesson tuition includes weekly lessons and free opportunities to participate in CCMC student recitals and master classes. Private lesson students receive a 25% discount on tuition for CCMC chamber ensembles.

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Suzuki Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello

Göran Berg, director
Ages 3 & older, with parents
16 weeks
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by mutual arrangement (within CCMC calendar)
Tuition:
please see options below.

Crowden Suzuki Strings

The cornerstone of the Suzuki program at Crowden is the creation of a cooperative relationship between teacher, parent, and student. Parents take an active role in the educational process by attending all lessons and classes, and by practicing daily with their children at home.

To enroll in the Suzuki Strings program, families follow this three-step
process:

  1. Suzuki Strings at Crowden Attend a free Suzuki Seminar (for parents only) at the beginning of each semester. Fall seminar: September 6, 2014; Spring seminar: January 10, 2015.
  2. Enroll in the four-week Suzuki Music & Movement class, meeting each Saturday beginning the week after the parent-only seminar. Tuition: $245.
  3. Students and parents are now ready to begin Suzuki Strings classes, which occur twice weekly. In master class instruction, students share lessons, taking turns. The group class supports master classes by providing the benefits of playing in an ensemble with peers.

Tuition for Suzuki Strings varies depending on the length of lessons and masterclasses as follows:

Lesson length Class length Tuition
20 minutes 30 minutes $992
20 minutes 45 minutes $1,152
30 minutes 30 minutes $1,248
30 minutes 45 minutes $1,408
45 minutes 30 minutes $1,600
45 minutes 45 minutes $1,648
45 minutes 60 minutes $1,792
60 minutes 60 minutes $2,192

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General Music Classes

Program in Residence: Music Together®

Songs • Dance • Instrument Play • Rhythmic Chants
Ages 0–7 years

For class schedules and registration, please call 510-848-SING (7464) or visit www.eastbaymusictogether.com.

Both children and adults learn songs, movement activities, and dances that are fun in themselves and provide for family music making at home.

Music Fundamentals in the Orff Schulwerk Tradition

Hadley Louden, instructor
Ages 4–7
12 weeks
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am (ages 4 & 5)
Saturdays, 11:30–12:15pm
(ages 6 & 7)
Fall: September 13–December 6
(no class Nov. 29)
Spring: January 31–May 2
(no class Feb. 14, Apr. 11)
Tuition:
$250 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Orff Instrument at Crowden

The Orff approach weaves together musical concepts, creative movement,
instrument exploration, singing games, and dramatic storytelling to
build a foundation for a lifetime of joyful music making. Classes include
introductions to improvisation, conducting, and notation using a wide
repertoire of songs, games, and activities from around the world, as well
as our collection of xylophones and world music instruments.

Kodály for Kids

Liz Engan, instructor
Ages 3–7
12 weeks
Tuesdays, 3:45–4:30pm (ages 35)
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:15pm
(ages 6 & 7)
Fall: September 9–December 2 (no class Nov. 25)
Spring: January 27–April 28
(no class Feb. 17, Apr. 7)
Tuition: $250 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

The voice is every child’s first instrument. Grounded in the philosophy of composer Zoltán Kodály, this playful class uses traditional songs, chants, and singing games in a systematic way to teach children the basic building blocks of music: the ability to hear, to feel and reproduce rhythm and melody, to understand dynamics and tempo, to sing in tune, and to create music of their own. Younger children learn solfège; older children learn to read and write basic musical notation. Both age groups use games, songs, movement, percussion instruments, and puppets. Children may enroll for the first time in any session, but each session contains new repertoire, and continues to build upon material and concepts taught in the previous sessions.

Crowden Children's Chorus

Betsy Marvit, director
Ages 7–12
14 weeks
Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am
Fall: September 13–December 20
(no class Nov. 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9
(no class Feb. 14, Apr. 11)
Tuition:
$300 plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Crowden Childrens Chorus

Children learn to sing in a supportive, fun, positive learning environment. Musical self-confidence and basic vocal technique are taught using the kind of excellent repertoire kids deserve but rarely experience, including classical and folk music from all parts of the world. Each child discovers that his or her voice is an essential part of something bigger and more wonderful than they might have imagined. Choristers will be singing all the way home! Classes culminate in a casual recital at the end of the semester.

Crowden Chamber Singers

Betsy Marvit, director
Ages 10–12
14 weeks
Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:15am

Fall: September 13–December 20 (no class Nov. 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9 (no class Feb. 14, Apr. 11)
Tuition: $215 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee *

For those singers who have acquired vocal independence (can hold their
solo part against other moving parts), this a capella group explores music
from the Renaissance through modern day arrangements. Prerequisite: one year in the Crowden Children’s Chorus, or by audition after class on the first day. Classes culminate in a casual recital at the end of the semester.

* Students enrolled in Crowden Children’s Chorus will receive a 25% tuition discount for Crowden Chamber Singers!

Meet the Orchestra

Ages 5 & older
4 weeks
Saturdays, 11:30am–12:15pm
Fall: October 4–25
Spring: March 7–28
Tuition:
$85 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Meet the Orchestra at Crowden

A four-week introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Each week
members of our faculty introduce a different instrument family (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) in this fun, interactive class. Students
learn to produce sound on each instrument, observe live demos, and listen to recordings of great performers.

Music Mind Games: Building a music vocabulary

Pia Siegwart, instructor
Ages 6–8
14 weeks
Fridays, 5:30–6:15pm
Fall: September 12–December 19
(no class Nov. 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8
(no class Feb. 20, Apr. 10)
Tuition: $300 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

A unique and fun introduction to the basic aspects of music literacy, beginning
with the musical alphabet which leads to the notation on the staff, with
ear training, and the understanding and hearing of basic rhythmic patterns.
Music Mind Games not only teaches musical concepts, but also supports the development of children’s minds by asking questions rather than giving answers, encouraging the children to open up to exploration and discovery. The result is joyful confidence and the desire to learn more.

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Beginning Group Classes

Introduction to Strings: Violin and Cello

Dawn Madole, violin instructor
Vivan Wells, violin instructor
Shain Carrasco, cello instructor
Ages 6–10
14 weeks

Cello:
Tuesdays, 3:45–4:30pm
(beginning)
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:15pm
(elementary)
Fall: September 9–December 16 (no class Nov. 25)
Spring: January 20–May 5
(no class Feb. 17, Apr. 7)

Violin:
Thursdays, 3:45–4:30pm
(beginning)
Thursdays, 4:30–5:15pm (elementary)
Fall: September 11–December 18 (no class Nov. 27)
Spring: January 22–May 7 (no class Feb. 19, Apr. 9)

New day and time for violin!
Fridays,4:00–4:45pm
(elementary)
Fridays, 4:45–5:30 (beginning)
Fall: September 12–December 19 (no class Nov. 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8 (no class Feb. 20, Apr. 10)

This class is offered for two semesters only (material is repeated each year).

Tuition: $295 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee
Special offer for Intro to Strings: Apply for fall and spring semesters by August 1, 2014 and receive a 15% tuition reduction for the spring semester!

Introduction to Strings at Crowden

A great way to explore the violin or cello for the first time! At the beginning level, students learn the parts of the instrument and bow as well as proper positioning and form. They will be introduced to basic rhythms, note reading, and introductory pieces on each string of the instrument. The elementary level strengthens these foundations and introduces elements of ensemble playing. Students enroll in the elementary level after completing one semester of the beginning level, or equivalent based on teacher recommendation. This class is offered for two semesters only (material is repeated each year).

Beginning Piano

Pia Siegwart, Robert Yamasato, instructors
Ages 5–10
14 weeks
Tuition: $295 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Fridays, 3:45–4:30pm (ages 5 & 6)
Fridays, 4:30–5:15pm
(ages 7–10)
Fall: September 12–December 19 (no class November 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8 (no class February 20, April 10)

Saturdays, 9:00–9:45am (ages 5 & 6)
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am (ages 7–10)
Fall: September 13–December 20
(no class November 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9
(no class February 14, April 11)

In this fun group setting, students learn basic piano skills and are introduced to note reading and basic rhythms. This introductory class provides a solid foundation from which each student may develop a stronger sense and appreciation of music. This class is offered for one semester only (material is repeated each semester).

Beginning Guitar

Mori Achen, instructor
Ages 8 & older
14 weeks
Fridays, 4:45–5:30pm
(ages 8–12)
Fridays, 5:30–6:15pm
(ages 13 & up)
Fall: September 12–December 19
(no class November 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8 (no class February 20, April 10)
Tuition:
$295 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Beginning guitar teaches students to play both solo and ensemble music with an emphasis on left and right hand technique.  Music includes classical and folk styles.  Simple chords are introduced to use as accompaniment to songs.  As a goal for this course students will be able to play easy solo guitar pieces, perform music with other guitarists, and read music notation.

Beginning Flute

Laura Scarlata, instructor
Ages 5–9
14 weeks
New day and time:
Tue
sdays, 3:45–4:30pm
Fall: September 9–December 16
(no class November 25)
Spring: January 20–May 5 (no class February 17, April 7)
Tuition:
$295 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee
This class is offered for two semesters only (material is repeated each year).

Flute at Crowden

Students develop a solid foundation in basic flute technique and sound production through use of the fife (a small plastic flute in the key of C). Students learn to read music notation, and work toward developing musical expression, pitch awareness, and ensemble skills in a fun group class setting.

Beginning Recorder

Hadley Louden, instructor
Ages 5–7
12 weeks
Saturdays, 10:45–11:30am
Fall: September 13–December 6
(no class Nov. 29)
Spring: January 31–May 2(no class Feb. 14, Apr. 11)
Tuition: $250 per session plus a non-refundable registration fee

Students are introduced to note reading, basic rhythms, and early elements of ensemble playing through the study of the woodwind instrument beloved since the Renaissance period.

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John Adams Young Composers Program

Ryan Brown, Sivan Eldar (on leave), Arkadi Serper, Katrina Wreede, Robert Yamasato, instructors
Ages 7–18
16 weeks
Individual private composition lessons scheduled by mutual arrangement with instructor (within CCMC calendar)
JAYC Workshop: Wednesdays, 5:00–6:00pm
Fall: September 3–January 7
(no class Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Dec. 31)
Spring: January 21–May 20
(no class Feb. 18, Apr. 8)
Tuition:
$1,690 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

The Young Composers program was founded in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning
composer John Adams, who has a long association with Crowden, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The heart of our mission is to guide and mentor our students through the formative stages of their creative growth as composers.

Crowden's John Adams Young Composer Program: Guest Artists Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

With a diverse faculty of professional composers who are dedicated, gifted
teachers, and a rich network of professional musicians and ensembles,
the John Adams Young Composers Program is uniquely poised to offer a
launching pad for artistic expression that is grounded in disciplined work,
expert individual guidance and real-world experience.

Program features:

  • Each semester, students work with private instructors on pieces for a specific instrumental combination. A professional performing ensemble previews their rough drafts and offers written and recorded feedback on
    their pieces. Students revise and complete their works prior to
    attending final rehearsals with the ensemble. Each semester
    culminates in a public recital at Crowden. Additional performance
    opportunities are extended to student composers as they become ready to take them on.
  • Throughout the term, students participate in regular weekly group workshops with program faculty, and attend master classes with visiting artists. Topics include musicianship, ear training, score analysis, specific
    instrumental techniques, and student critiques.
  • Performing ensembles are selected to cycle through the families of orchestral instruments over time, and present the unique challenges of composing for each in different combinations.
  • Established local and internationally recognized artists and ensembles share their expertise in a collaborative atmosphere of lecture-demonstrations, rehearsals, and performance.

New prospective students who would like to enroll should submit an original
notated musical composition along with their registration forms. Acceptance into the program and faculty assignment will be based on a placement interview with the director of the John Adams Young Composers Program.

Download a John Adams Young Composers Program Scholarship Application Form here.

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CCMC Ensembles

Chamber Ensembles for Youth

Ages 12–18
16 weeks
Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am
Saturdays, 10:30–11:30am
Fall: September 6–January 10
(no class Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 3)
Spring: January 24–May 23 (no class Feb. 14, Apr. 11)
Tuition:
$315 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Youth Chamber Ensemble at Crowden

Chamber music requires each participant to concentrate and perform independently, while maintaining an awareness of and sensitivity to the other players in the ensemble. CCMC offers chamber music coaching for strings and mixed ensembles of students at intermediate and advanced levels.

To participate in the chamber music program, contact the CCMC office to schedule a placement interview. Based on the pool of participants, CCMC forms trios, quartets, or quintets of compatible instrumentation, age, and ability. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply.

Rehearsals are scheduled on Saturday mornings according to the availability of the members of each group. Each ensemble receives sixteen 60-minute coached rehearsals per semester, and the opportunity to perform in an informal end-of-semester recital.

25% tuition discount for CCMC private lesson students.

Chamber Music For Adults

10 weeks
Eight rehearsals scheduled by mutual arrangement (within CCMC calendar)
Fall: September 15–November 23
Winter: December 8–March 8

Spring: March 16–May 31
Tuition:
$315 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Chamber Music for Adults at Crowden

The Chamber Music for Adults program is designed for adult musicians who would like to play in a small group with others of comparable experience and ability. Over the course of ten weeks, each group meets for eight 90-minute coached rehearsals; the session culminates in an informal recital.

Intermediate- to advanced-level string, wind, and piano players are encouraged to participate in Chamber Music for Adults. Compatible participants are placed in chamber groups of three to five players according to instrumentation, playing level, musical interests, and schedule availability. Pre-formed groups are welcome. Prospective participants should contact the CCMC office to schedule a brief placement interview.

Mandatory recitals on November 23, March 8, and May 31, all 12:00pm.

25% tuition discount for CCMC private lesson students.

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Ready to enroll?

You can download a registration form by clicking this link! If you're applying for financial aid you can find our application (and also the registration form) on our Registration Forms page.

Need guidance or have questions? We can help!

Contact the friendly folks at Crowden with questions or advice on the best program for your child (or you) at ccmc@crowden.org or 510.559.2941.

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