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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. = $592 per semester
45 min. = $880 per semester
60 min. = $1,184 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.

Suzuki at Crowden

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 7, 2013, 3:00–5:00pm; Spring seminar: January 11, 2014, 3:00–5:00pm
  2. Enroll in the four-week Suzuki Music & Movement class, meeting each Saturday beginning the week after the parent-only seminar. Tuition: $235.
  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 $928
20 minutes 45 minutes $1,104
30 minutes 30 minutes $1,184
30 minutes 45 minutes $1,344
45 minutes 45 minutes $1,600
45 minutes 60 minutes $1,728
60 minutes 60 minutes $2, 096

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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, 10:45–11:30am (ages 4 & 5)
Saturdays, 11:30–12:15pm
(ages 6 & 7)
Fall: Sept. 21–Dec. 14
(no class Nov. 30)
Spring: Jan. 25–Apr. 26
(no class Feb. 15, Apr. 5)
Tuition:
$240 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

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 17–December 3
Spring: January 21–April 22
(no class February 18, April 1)
Tuition: $240 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.

Songbirds Chorus

Ondine Young, director
Ages 4–6
12 weeks
Saturdays, 9:15–10:00am
Fall: September 21–December 14
(no class November 30)
Spring: January 25–April 26
(no class February 15, April 5)
Tuition:
$240 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

Songbirds at Crowden

For the youngest singers, this chorus introduces group singing using songs
from around the world and throughout time—from chants and canons
to folk songs and spirituals. Parents may attend the chorus classes with
passive participation. Students learn age-appropriate vocal technique in a
fun atmosphere, with an emphasis on body movement, hand gestures, some
sign language, and drama. Sessions culminate in a casual recital.

Meet the Orchestra

Ages 5 & older
4 weeks
Saturdays, 11:30am–12:15pm
Fall: October 26–November 16
Spring: March 1–March 22
Tuition:
$80 per session plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

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.

Crowden Children's Chorus

Betsy Marvit, director
Ages 7–12
14 weeks
Saturdays, 9:30–10:30am
Fall: September 7–December 14
(no class November 30)
Spring: January 25–May 10
(no class February 15, April 5)
Tuition:
$290 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: Sept. 7–Dec. 14 (no class Nov. 30)
Spring: Jan. 25–May 10 (no class Feb. 15, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $160 per semester

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.

Music Mind Games: Building a music vocabulary

Pia Siegwart, instructor
Ages 6–8
14 weeks
Fridays, 5:30–6:15pm
Fall: September 6–December 13
(no class November 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9
(no class February 21, April 4)
Tuition: $290 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
Isaac Melamed, cello instructor
Ages 6–10
14 weeks
Cello:
Tuesdays, 3:45–4:30pm
(beginning)
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:15pm
(elementary)
Fall: September 3–December 3
Spring: January 21–May 8
(no class February 20, April 3)
Violin:
Thursdays, 3:45–4:30pm
(beginning)
Thursdays, 4:30–5:15pm (elementary)
Fall: September 5–December 12 (no class November 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8 (no class February 20, April 3)
Tuition:
$280 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee
Special offer! Apply for fall and spring semesters by August 19, 2013 and receive a 15% tuition reduction for spring!

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: $280 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 6–December 13 (no class November 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9 (no class February 21, April 4)

Saturdays, 9:00–9:45am (ages 5 & 6)
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am (ages 7–10)
Fall: September 7–December 14
(no class November 30)
Spring: January 25–May 10
(no class February 15, April 5)

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 6–December 13
(no class November 29)
Spring: January 24–May 9 (no class February 21, April 4)
Tuition:
$280 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 Recorder

Hadley Louden, instructor
Ages 4–7
12 weeks
Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am
Fall: September 21–December 14
(no class Nov. 30)
Spring: January 25–April 26 (no class Feb. 15, Apr. 5)
Tuition: $240 per session plus a non-refundable registration fee

In this new delightful class, 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.

Beginning Flute

Laura Scarlata, instructor
Ages 5–9
14 weeks
Thursdays, 3:45–4:30pm
Fall: September 5–December 12
(no class November 28)
Spring: January 23–May 8 (no class February 20, April 3)
Tuition:
$280 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee
Special offer! Apply for fall and spring semesters by August 19, 2013 and receive a 15% tuition reduction for spring!

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.

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John Adams Young Composers Program

Martha Stoddard, program director
Alexis Alrich, program consultant
Molly Axtmann, Allan Crossman, Sivan Eldar, Arkadi Serper, Clark Suprynowicz, 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, 5–5600pm
Fall: August 28–December 18 (no class Nov. 27)
Spring: January 15–May 14
(no class Feb. 19, Apr. 2)
Tuition:
$1,625 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

The Young Composers program was founded in honor of Pulitzer Prizewinning
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.

Young Composers Program at Crowden

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 realworld 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 or 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

Chamber music for youthAges 12–18
16 weeks
Scheduled by mutual arrangement (within CCMC calendar)
Tuition:
$300 per semester plus a non-refundable $15 registration fee

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 weekday afternoons 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

Jim Shallenberger, artistic coordinator
10 weeks
Eight rehearsals scheduled by mutual arrangement (within CCMC calendar)
Fall: September 16–November 24
Winter: December 9–March 9

Spring: March 17–June 2
Tuition:
$300 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 24, March 9, and June 2, 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.

Download a 2013-14 CCMC calendar here.

Need guidance or have questions? We can help!

Contact the friendly folks at CCMC 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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