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Private Lessons

Ages six and older
16 lessons per semester
Lessons scheduled by mutual arrangement
(within calendar)
Tuition varies:
30 min. = $632 per 16-week semester
45 min. = $948 per 16-week semester
60 min. = $1,264 per 16-week semester
Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

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.

Crowden’s 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 our faculty roster!)

Students are matched with a teacher following a placement interview with a Crowden staff member, taking into account playing level, personality, and schedule.

Private lesson tuition includes weekly lessons and free opportunities to participate in Crowden student recitals and master classes. Additionally, private lesson students are encouraged to participate in Crowden’s ensemble programs to reinforce and complement the skills learned in their private lessons.

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Suzuki Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello

Göran Berg, Program Director
Ages 3 & older, with parents
16 weeks
Tuition
for Suzuki lessons varies depending on the length of lessons. The cost for beginning students typically starts at $1,296 for a 16-week semester. Please contact Crowden for more information.

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.

Suzuki Strings at CrowdenTo enroll in Suzuki Strings, families follow this three-step process:

  1. Attend a free informational meeting for parents only. Fall meeting: September 12, 2015;Spring meeting: January 9, 2016
  2. Enroll in our Introduction to Suzuki class, a four-week course on Saturday afternoons that begins the week after each informational meeting. The course introduces the fundamentals of the Suzuki method through both a music and movement class for parents and children together, and a parents-only seminar. Tuition: $250.
  3. You are now ready to enroll in Suzuki Strings! The program includes a private lesson and a group class weekly. Lessons allow the teacher, parent, and student to focus on each student’s individual needs. The group class provides the benefits of playing in an ensemble with peers.

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Music Fundamentals

These classes introduce musical building blocks, and develop elements of collaborative music making in delightful interactive settings.

Music Fundamentals in the Orff Schulwerk Tradition

Ages 3–8
12 weeks
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am (ages 3 & 4)
Saturdays, 10:45–11:30am (ages 5 & 6)
Saturdays, 11:30–12:15pm (ages 7 & 8)
Fall: Sept. 12–Dec. 5 (no class Nov. 28)
Spring: Jan. 30–April 30 (no class Feb. 13, Apr. 2)
Tuition: $260 per session

Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

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

Ages 3–7
12 weeks
Tuesdays, 3:45–4:30pm (ages 3–5)
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:15pm (ages 5 ½–7)
fall: Sept. 8–Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24)
spring: Jan. 26–Apr. 26
(no class Feb. 16, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $260 per session

Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

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. Students may repeat the class, as each session uses new material to reinforce concepts taught in previous sessions.

Beginning Piano

Ages 5–10
14 weeks
Tuition: $305 per session
Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

Mondays, 3:45–4:30pm (ages 5 & 6)
Mondays, 4:30–5:15pm (ages 7–10)
Fall: Sept. 14–Dec. 14
Spring: Jan. 25–May 9 (no class Feb. 15, Apr.4)

Fridays, 4:30–5:15pm (ages 5 & 6)
Fridays, 5:30–6:15pm (ages 7–10)
Fall: Sept. 11–Dec. 18 (no class Nov. 27)
S
pring: Jan. 29–May 13 (no class Feb. 19, Apr. 8)

Saturdays, 9:00–9:45am (ages 5 & 6)
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am (ages 7–10)
Fall: Sept. 12–Dec. 19 (no class Nov. 28)
Spring: Jan. 30–May 14 (no class Feb. 13, Apr. 2)

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.

New! Music Skills: Reading, Writing, Listening

Ages 6–8
14 weeks
Fridays, 3:45–4:30pm
Fall: Sept. 11–Dec. 18 (no class Nov. 27)
Spring: Jan. 29–May 13 (no class Feb. 19, Apr. 8)
Saturdays, 10:30–11:15am, 11:30am–12:15pm
Fall: Sept. 12–Dec.19 (no class Nov. 28)
Spring: Jan. 30–May 14 (no class Feb. 13, Apr. 2)
Tuition: $305 per semester

Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

In this hands-on class, students are introduced to the fundamentals of music literacy, including the hearing, reading, and writing of basic notation, rhythms, time signatures, intervals, and scales.

Students are grouped according to experience level. Prospective students should contact Crowden at least two weeks in advance of the first class to take a placement test.

Chorus

Crowden Children's Chorus

Betsy Marvit, director
Ages 7–12
14 weeks
Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am
Fall: September 12–December 19 (no class November 28)
Spring: January 30–May 14 (no class February 13, April 2)
Tuition: $310 plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

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! Class culminate in a casual recital at the end of the semester.

Crowden Chamber Singers

Betsy Marvit, director
Ages 10 & up
14 weeks
Saturdays, 10:30–11:30am

Fall: September 12–December 19 (no class November 28)
Spring: January 30–May 14 (no class February 13, April 2)
Tuition: $310 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee
Registration deadline: September 1 (fall), January 19 (spring)

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. Youths with singing or instrumental experience will learn challenging music in a fun atmosphere.

Auditioners are asked to please attend BOTH Crowden Children's Chorus and Crowden Chamber Singers on the first day of the semester (arrive at 9:30), so as to learn the music with which you will be auditioning afterwards. Class culminate in a casual recital at the end of the semester.

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Ensembles

Ensemble playing is at the heart of a Crowden music education.

Youth Chamber Ensemble at Crowden

In our beginning and large ensemble classes, students develop their collaborative playing, artistic, technical, an general musicianship skills while experiencing the joy of making music with friends and our expert faculty coaches.

Our chamber music program provides older students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and passion for music through the study and performance of the world’s greatest chamber music repertoire.

New! Beginning Ensemble Skills: Violin or Cello

Ages 7–9
14 weeks
Tuesdays, 3:45–5:15pm
Fall: Sept. 8–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Spring: Jan. 26–May 10 (no class Feb. 16, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $450 per semester

Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

This class provides a comprehensive introduction to ensemble playing for beginning violin or cello students. Students learn the skills needed for ensemble playing, including listening and cooperation among fellow players. A portion of each class is devoted to the development of musicianship skills, including ear training, sight-singing, and general music literacy.

Intended for students with at least one year of study on their chosen instruments; students are required to study privately with a teacher of their choice in conjunction with the class. Session culminates in an informal class performance. Placement interview or teacher recommendation required.

New! Preparatory String Ensemble

Ages 9–12
14 weeks
Tuesdays, 3:45–5:15pm
Fall: Sept. 8–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Spring: Jan. 26–May 10 (no class Feb. 16, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $450 per semester

Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

In this ensemble for mixed strings, students work on following a conductor, playing as a group, and developing intonation, bowing, and phrasing skills. Repertoire includes beginning-level arrangements of standard string repertoire. A portion of each rehearsal is devoted to the development of musicianship skills, including ear training, sight-singing, and general music literacy.

Intended for violin, viola, cello, and bass students who demonstrate a solid sense of intonation, tone, and a command of basic bowing techniques. Students are required to study privately with a teacher of their choice. Semester culminates with an in-class recital on the last day of class. Placement interview required

New! Chamber Orchestra

Ages 12–14
14 weeks
Tuesdays, 4:30–6:00pm
Fall: Sept. 8–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Spring: Jan. 26–May 10 (no class Feb. 16, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $450 per semester

Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

Crowden’s Chamber Orchestra is intended for string players with advanced reading ability and instrumental technique. Participants develop and strengthen ensemble-playing skills through the study of standard string orchestra and chamber music literature. Semester culminates with a recital on the last day of class. Placement interview required.

Chamber Ensembles for Youth

Ages 12–18
14 weeks
Tuition: $450 per semester
Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

Tuesdays, 5:15–6:45pm, 6:45–8:15pm
Fall: Sept. 8–Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)
Spring: Jan. 26–May 10 (no class Feb. 16, Apr. 5)

Saturdays, 9:30–11:00am, 11:00–12:30pm
Fall: Sept. 12–Dec. 19 (no class Nov. 28)
Spring: Jan. 30–May 14
(no class Feb. 13, Apr. 2)


Designed for intermediate to advanced string players, advanced pianists, and advanced wind players.

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

Rehearsals are scheduled on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings. Each ensemble receives fourteen 90-minute coached rehearsals per semester, and additional performance and master class opportunities.

To participate in the program, contact Crowden to schedule a placement interview at least one month in advance. Based on the pool of participants, Crowden forms trios, quartets, or quintets of compatible instrumentation, age, and ability. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply.

Chamber Music For Adults

Phyllis Kamrin, Program Director
Ages 18 & older
10 weeks
Eight rehearsals scheduled by mutual arrangement (within Crowden calendar)
Fall: Sept. 14–Nov. 22
Winter: Dec. 7–Mar. 6
Spring: Mar. 21–June 5
Tuition: $325 per session

Registration deadline: August 14 (fall), November 7 (winter), February 21 (spring)

Chamber Music for Adults at Crowden

Designed for adult musicians who would like to play in a small group with others of comparable experience and ability.

Compatible participants are placed in chamber groups according to instrumentation, playing level, musical interests, and schedule availability.

Over the course of ten weeks, each group meets for eight 90-minute coached rehearsals. Each session culminates in an informal but mandatory recital (November 22, March 6, and June 5).

String, wind, and piano players are encouraged to participate. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply. Prospective participants should contact Crowden to schedule a placement interview at least one month before the start of each session.

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John Adams Young Composers Program

Matthew Cmiel, Program Director

New! Level 1: Ages 8–12
16 weeks
Individual private composition lessons scheduled weekly by mutual arrangement
Workshop: Wednesdays, 4:30–5:30pm
Fall: Sept. 9–Jan.13 (no class Nov. 25, Dec. 23, & Dec. 30)
Spring: Jan. 27–May 25 (no class Feb. 17, Apr. 6)
Tuition: $1,690 per semester

Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

Level 2: Ages 13–18
16 weeks
Individual private composition lessons scheduled weekly by mutual arrangement
Workshop: Wednesdays, 5:30–7:00pm
Fall: Sept.9–Jan. 13 (no class Nov. 25, Dec. 23, & Dec. 30), concert on Dec. 12
Spring: Jan. 27–May 25 (no class Feb. 17, Apr. 6), concert on May 14
Tuition: $1,745 per semester

Registration deadline: August 24 (fall), January 4 (spring)

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

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.

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.

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.

In addition to weekly private lessons, students participate in weekly group seminars with program faculty, and attend master classes with visiting artists. Topics include musicianship, ear training, score analysis, specific instrumental techniques, and student critiques.

Performing ensemblesare selected to cycle through the families of orchestral instruments over time, and present the unique challenges of composing for each in different combinations.

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.

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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 us at Crowden with questions or advice on the best program for your child (or you) at info@crowden.org or 510.559.2941.

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