About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission at Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to facilitate a dynamic music education and to teach beginning and accomplished musicians of all skill levels. Our primary focus is on the youth of the community, but all are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Conservatory offers private music lessons on all orchestral and band instruments, as well as a variety of ensemble classes at a reasonable cost. We grant scholarships to children who qualify, providing free lessons and instruments. The performances and recitals put on by the Conservatory are a fulfilling experience for the students and a beautiful outreach to the community. Our goal is to keep our standard of teaching at the highest level while maintaining a friendly, fun and nurturing environment. The study of music enriches not only the lives of the student and teacher, but the community and society as well.

OUR HISTORY

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Silverlake Conservatory of Music a Brief History

In the later part of the previous century Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary paid a visit to his former school, Fairfax High. As he toured the campus he became aware that through fiscal cutbacks his beloved music program had been decimated. He often credited that very same program for the success he was now enjoying as a world famous musician. He wanted to do something to help alleviate this shortcoming.

His close friend and fellow Fairfax High alumnus, Keith Barry, had been teaching music for years and so an idea was born. To fill the gap in music education the idea was to create a music school and as soon as possible begin to offer scholarships to kids that might not have access to lessons or instruments. Enlisting the help of their friend Pete Weiss the school was built at Sunset Junction in Silverlake with the doors opening in 2001. Gaining full non-profit status in the year 2003 the school began achieving the goals central to its mission.

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In the interceding years new programs have been introduced, choirs, orchestras, summer school programs for kids, songwriting workshops and more. Each semester a recital is held to celebrate our love of music. A gala benefit concert is held each year with artists donating their efforts to help raise funding for our programs. Neil Young, Patti Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and many others too numerous to mention, though equally appreciated, have participated. After fifteen years SCM has outgrown our home in Sunset Junction.

Through our fundraising efforts and the dedicated hard work of our incredible staff and talented teachers we are now embarking on the next phase of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. A new permanent home has been found and in the early summer of 2016 we are humbled to announce that we will be opening doors at 4652 Hollywood Boulevard. The new facility is housed in a building built in 1931 and was remodeled to offer the best use to our students, community and friends. We are thrilled to know that our music school is set up to thrive and be of service well into the future and beyond.

OUR NEW SPACE

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SCM’s new home, designed by Bestor Architecture, is in the middle of a thriving block on the border of Los Feliz and Silverlake. Formerly a light-filled makeup factory on Hollywood Boulevard, the original brick walls and wood bowstring truss ceiling from 1930 have been lovingly restored and refreshed to bring warmth and light to the renovated interior.  The 13 lesson studios and large recital space in the rear of our new home compliment the beautiful student and parent lounge and music store at the front.  There is color and vibrancy throughout the space, making SCM an exciting hub of activity that reflects the creativity of our faculty and students.  SCM’s new home triples our capacity and allows us to double our scholarship program, offering more music education for the kids and kids at heart in our community.

RETAIL STORE

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Silverlake Conservatory of Music’s retail store offers essential supplies for the study of music. We also carry a fine selection of starter instruments, instruction books, musical gifts and accessories.

WHO WE ARE

Classes

PRIVATE Instruction

 We provide one-on-one lessons in all instruments and voice. 

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The curriculum employed at Silverlake Conservatory of Music includes instrumental technique, vocal technique, and music reading. As a student’s proficiency increases, examples of various musical idioms are used and music theory is introduced.

Please call 323.665.3363 to schedule lessons

Ensembles

BRING ON THE MUSIC SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM

  

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2nd – 7th grade
All instruments and voice
All skill levels
$450

This is a 2-week music immersion where kids who share a passion for music are brought together for a full day of all things music! Each day students rotate into 4 classes where they will be composing, arranging and rehearsing in various ensembles, listening, singing, playing instruments, and learning music literacy. Our teachers and staff are encouraging and supportive and we strive for an environment where kids feel they can indulge their creative spirits as well as gain the discipline that is required to be a music learner. All skill levels are welcome and will be challenged accordingly. New friendships are made and a ton of fun is had. Campers give a lively performance on the last day of camp and it’s always astonishing how much music they learn in 2 weeks!

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm

SESSION I:  July 8 – July 19
SESSION II:  July 22 – August 2
SESSION III:  August 5 – August 16

 

BRING ON THE MUSIC!  TEEN MUSIC INTENSIVE

6th – 12th grade
All instruments and voice
Audition or recommendation of SCM faculty
4+ years experience is recommended

$325 

This is a 6-day intensive program for young musicians who have studied their instrument for a number of years and would like to meet with other kids who also have a great passion for their craft and wish to take it to a new level. The faculty is made up of professional musicians and singers who will lead the kids in this challenging and rigorous program. This is a noncompetitive environment that focuses on process, not product. Students will rotate into 5 classes daily including instrumental and vocal technique, composition/arranging, small ensemble, large ensemble, improvisation, and music literacy. Camp will conclude with a recording session.

Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm (*Saturday camp ends at 1:00pm)

DATES: June 17 – June 22

To set up an audition or inquire about the Camp Intensive, please email [email protected]

 

 

BRING ON THE MUSIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

  

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9th-12th grade, Community Service Hours

SCM offers music students from 9th – 12th grade the opportunity to continue participating in our rigorous summer music program as mentors and teacher assistants. These young adults are all current music students who are motivated, inspirational, positive, confident and responsible – all things we like to model for our young musician campers. As most teachers know, it’s when we act as leaders that we really take our own craft to the next level. Tuition is waived for our mentors and community service hours can be accrued. If you would like to apply, please email [email protected] with Summer Camp Internship in the subject.

Workshops

CALENDAR 2019

January 13 – February 17
Sight Singing & Music Literacy Workshop
4:00pm - 6:00pm
January 16 – May 22
Peace Orchestra
5:30pm - 7:00pm
January 18 – March 22
Live Wire
Performance at the LA Marathon March 24th
January 18 – March 22
Master Youth Chorale
4:00pm - 6:00pm
January 19 – February 23
Bang! Zoom... Session I
10:00am - 10:50am
February 17 – June 9
Silverlake Singers
6:00pm - 8:30pm
February 18 – May 13
Youth Chorale
5:00pm - 6:15pm
February 18 – May 13
The Blooming Tunesmiths
6:30pm - 7:30pm
March 9 – April 13
Bang! Zoom... Session II
10:00am - 10:50am
April 27 – June 8
Bang! Zoom... Session III
10:00am - 10:50am
July 8 – July 19
Summer Camp Session I
9:00am - 2:00pm
July 22 – August 2
Summer Camp Session II
9:00am - 2:00pm
August 5 – August 16
Summer Camp Session III
9:00am - 2:00pm
April 21
SCM Closed for Easter Sunday
May 25 – May 27
SCM Closed for Memorial Day
July 1 – July 7
SCM Closed for Independence Day
August 31 – September 2
SCM Closed for Labor Day
November 27 – December 1
SCM Closed for Thanksgiving
February 10
3rd Annual Scholarship Brunch
10:30am
March 24
LA Marathon – Live Wire & Master Chorale Performance
March 31
4th Annual 5K & 10K Funk Run!
April 6
Solo Student Recital
6:30pm

Fees & Policies

CONSERVATORY REGISTRATION

There is a one-time $30 registration fee for each family at the time of registration.

CONSERVATORY TUITION

Tuition is $120 per month for weekly half hour lessons. Tuition is paid in advance for all Silverlake Conservatory of Music programs.  Your tuition reserves a weekly lesson time.  The time of your lesson has been reserved and is unavailable to any other student.  Tuition is neither reduced nor refunded due to missed lessons by the student. Tuition is paid monthly, it is not calculated by the weekly lesson. Your monthly tuition rate is the same each month even though some months will have five (5) lessons and others as few as three (3). Holiday and break closures have been calculated into the monthly tuition rate.

Registration and tuition fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

LATE FEES

If tuition payment is not received by the seventh day of the month it is considered late and $30 fee will be applied. There will be no exceptions. It is the responsibility the student/parent to ensure tuition is paid in a timely manner. Silverlake Conservatory of Music reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling his/her financial obligations at any time.

DISMISSAL

Silverlake Conservatory of Music reserves the right to dismiss any student due to frequent absences, disciplinary problems, overdue tuition payments and/or parental noncompliance with Silverlake Conservatory of Music policies.

STUDENT ABSENCE AND MAKE-UP LESSONS

Lessons canceled by the student will not be made up, nor will a refund/credit be given.  Exceptions in cases of unforeseen illness, accident or emergency may be considered and arranged at the discretion of the teacher and administration. In order for any exceptions to be considered the student/parent must call/email Silverlake Conservatory as soon as possible. If the student/parent does not call/email in advance, no exception will be offered.

STUDENT ILLNESS

No students should attend lessons when sick (i.e. fever, nausea, vomiting, etc.). Silverlake Conservatory of Music reserves the right to dismiss a student from a scheduled lesson if the student arrives exhibiting symptoms of illness.  In that case, a makeup lesson will not be offered.

DISCONTINUING LESSONS

There is no long-term contract. To discontinue lessons please notify the front desk in advance. If notice is not given at least one week prior to the first lesson of the month the student/parent will be responsible for the next month’s tuition.

INSTRUCTOR ABSENCES

In the event of an instructor absence, Silverlake Conservatory reserves the right to provide a qualified substitute or schedule a timely make-up session for lessons missed. Silverlake Conservatory reserves the right to replace current instructor with a new qualified instructor.

CHILD SAFETY

Make sure your child arrives at their lesson and that their teacher is present. Silverlake Conservatory and its teachers are not responsible for unattended students. Please do not drop off students more than 10 minutes prior to lesson time and pick them up promptly.  Silverlake Conservatory faculty and staff do not supervise children waiting in the reception area before or after lessons. Behavior that is in any way unruly or disruptive to our students is unacceptable.

RELEASE

Any photographs, audio or videos of students or families on Silverlake Conservatory facilities and/or events may be used in promotional publications, website or press releases. There will be no compensation for the release.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICIES

Silverlake Conservatory of Music complies with all laws prohibiting discrimination in the conduct of its operations and programs. Silverlake Conservatory of Music admits students of any religion, gender, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies or programs.

POLICY CHANGES

Silverlake Conservatory of Music reserves the right to change policies, fees, or waivers at any time.

Download Fees & Policies PDF

Scholarships

One of the primary missions of Silverlake Conservatory of Music is to provide scholarships to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford lessons. Through a variety of sources including: personal contributions, corporate contributions, musical instrument donation, and in-house fundraising activities – the Conservatory has maintained a strong roster of talented and committed future musicians. We strive to address the decrease in arts education in schools while providing cultural enrichment to our community at large.

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Contact Us

We are located ON HOLLYwood blvd. just east of vermont ave.

 

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address:
4652 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90027      

Phone: 323.665.3363      

e-mail: [email protected]     

Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm