As three legs make the foundation of a sturdy stool, our standard 3 class package forms the basis of comprehensive music education. Students learn to play an instrument, learn how to read and interpret the music, then play in a real orchestra with their peers. For those who learn nonorchestral instruments (guitar, piano, ukulele) or voice training, two choirs offer a challenging ensemble option. 

SCM offers classes in most orchestral instruments, as well as piano, guitar, and voice, and ukulele. Levels taught are primer (no experience), beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Music theory teaches scales, note values, rhythms, how to read and interpret sheet music. Learning music theory propels music learning (math, too!). Theory is taught at several levels, or may be fulfilled by two alt-theory classes: Jazz Improvisation or Composition. 

Participation in an orchestra, ensemble or choir lets young musicians put their skills and knowledge to work playing orchestral music with their peers. Students perform in a concert at the end of each quarter. There are different levels for all to participate in. 

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar ensemble is a course focused on group performance. Much like other ensembles, students will play an assigned part for each piece of music aimed at SCM concert performance. Students should be comfortable reading open position, as well as understand TABS and basic rhythms.  
 
The course will further develop student guitar skills while exploring new timbres, techniques and rhythmic motives. 

Learn Music With Us

The Saturday Conservatory of Music (SCM) was established to provide affordable, quality music instruction to children in the greater Los Angeles area, targeting children from low income families and the school trained musician.