Saturday Conservatory of Music
a project of Community Partners

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PROGRAM


GROUP LESSONS

We offer group lessons for the following:

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone
French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone
Percussion, Piano, Harp, Guitar, Voice

GROUPS

We have 4 orchestras at various levels. Evaluations are conducted to place students in the proper orchestra.

Beginning Orchestra - This orchestra is designated for musicians without any previous orchestra experience. Minimal music experience is required. Students should be able to read and play the first few notes on their instrument.

Intermediate Orchestra - This orchestra is designated for musicians with some previous orchestra experience or with higher musical skills. The literature performed is more challenging than music for Beginning Orchestra and requires more musical background and skills.

Advanced Orchestra - This orchestra is designated for musicians with higher musical skills and significant orchestra experience. The literature performed is challenging and requires an advance level of proficiency.

Youth Symphony West(YSW) - This is our most advanced orchestra. It is designated for advanced level musicians who have orchestra experience. The literature is drawn from standard orchestral literature, as would be played by major symphony orchestras. Youth Symphony West has many performance opportunities in addition to the Saturday Conservatory quarterly concerts.

We have two string ensembles, Intermediate and Advanced. Intermediate String Ensemble is made up of members of the Advanced Orchestra while Advanced String Ensemble is comprised of YSW members.

Music Jungle - A comprehensive class for music beginners in Kindergarden through 2nd Grade. Children learn the basics of music and theory, while introducing them to a range of instruments from percussion to strings to winds. Hands-on participation and fun crafts are a staple, making this class a memorable and enjoyable way for our youngest students to prepare for instrument lessons and our Theory I class the following year. Plan to enroll for all three quarters, as each quarter will cover different material and build on the last one.

Jazz Improvization - This is a lab for students who have reached at least intermediate level in their instrument and have mastered the Theory II class. This lab teaches jazz theory and techniques. It introduces students to the art of improvisation, and gives the students the tools needed to create melodies at a simple harmonic level. Students will participate in a small jazz ensemble. Other prerequisites and corequisites apply.

We also have two choirs, Children's Choir and SCM Choir. Young beginners who are not yet ready for orchestra are encouraged to join Children's Choir for its group experience. Members of SCM Choir are vocalists, instrumentalists, or both.

THEORY

We offer four levels of theory classes. Beginning students progress from Theory I to Theory IV. Our experienced students are tested and placed into the appropriate level class. These classes are designed to help students improve their ability to read and interpret musical symbols, play rhythmic patterns, sight sing, read and hear and remember melodies and chords. Each student is tested before they advance to the next class to ensure class material is understood. This is included for students who are enrolled in the full program.

BASIC CLASS SCHEDULE

• a lesson class
• a group class in orchestra or choir
• a theory class


EXPECTATIONS

• It is mandatory for each student to have an instrument(s) to practice on
• Each student must bring their instrument(s) to class
• Attendance is mandatory
• Missed classes will result in being dropped from the class
• Practice is mandatory – 20 to 30 minutes per day per instrument is the minimum
• Unruly or destructive behavior will result in removal from the program without refund

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