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Private Lessons

Silverlake Conservatory of Music offers one-on-one lessons in all instruments and voice. Lessons are offered to students ages 5 and up. Lessons are held at the same time each week with the same instructor and scheduled by the month.

The curriculum employed at SCM 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.

Registration & Tuition

$150 per month for weekly half hour lessons
+
One–time $50 registration fee
valid for your entire family

*Senior, family and multi-lesson discounts available.

Lessons are held seven days a week
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm

To schedule one-on-one lessons, please call us at: 323.665.3363

Ensembles

SCM Jazz Club

Steven Gordon
9th grade – college
Photo by Gary Leonard

The SCM Jazz Club focuses on improvisation, collaboration, forms, ear training and groove/pocket. Jazz theory is discussed with the overall goal of learning to play in different musical settings: duo, trio, larger ensemble and different situations such as reading lead sheets/charts, playing only by ear, or combinations of both. Students learn to communicate “on the bandstand” with each other.

We use repertoire as the vehicle to grow and learn from each other. Students will learn jazz standards, as well as more contemporary music that is jazz influenced, including works by Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Radio Head, Thelonius Monk… to name just a few.

Intermediate – advanced students. Students must be enrolled in one-on-one lessons at SCM. Instructor approval required.

SATURDAYS
September 7 – November 16
Band A: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Band B: 12:45pm – 2:15pm

The Hollywood Highsteppers

Michael Bolger
Ages 10 – Adult
Photo by Gary Leonard

The Hollywood Highsteppers is SCM’s community band! An acoustic ensemble for all ages, The Highsteppers play 2nd line marching band music like the lively bands heard in New Orleans. This fun, eclectic group is open to all marching band instruments (winds/brass/percussion), as well as acoustic instruments that can be marched with (accordions, banjos, etc).

Students must be enrolled in one-on-one lessons at SCM and will need to have completed a minimum of 2 years of music study. Remedial instrument technique will not be covered in this class.

Summer Session:
MONDAYS
July 8 – August 12
7:00 – 8:30pm

Fall Session:
MONDAYS
September 9 – November 18
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Live Wire

Marc Rey & Michael McTaggart
Grades 7-12
Photo by Gary Leonard

Come on and play with the band!

Live Wire is a group class focused on developing the necessary skills involved in singing and playing in a band setting.  It is a great way for students to gain experience playing with and learning from other musicians.

Skills emphasized in the class include: ear training, song structure, dynamics, songwriting, group performance and leadership.  Points of emphasis are learning to be accountable, present and punctual to maximize the efficiency of our rehearsals.

All instruments welcome.  Students are required to bring their instruments, cables and a tuner (if applicable).

Students must be enrolled in one-on-one lessons at SCM. Minimum 3 years study of instrument; students must be able to play all basic major and minor chords and have some knowledge of scales.

MONDAYS
September 9 – November 18
4:45pm – 6:15pm & 6:30pm – 8:00pm

TUESDAYS
September 10 – November 19
4:45pm – 6:15pm & 6:30pm – 8:00pm

WEDNESDAYS
September 11 – November 20
4:45pm – 6:15pm & 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Beginning & Intermediate Strings

Pablo Mendez
All ages
Photo by Gary Leonard

A new offering for students taking one-on-one violin, viola, and cello lessons! One of the more common issues students face is knowing how to practice, and then of course sticking with a practice regimen. We are now offering a once a week led practice here at SCM, with the extra benefit of students gaining the experience and joy of ensemble playing. Instructors will be working out of the method books used here at the conservatory. During the “workout,” students will be led through warms ups and exercises, technique will be addressed, music notation will be will be read, and music will be made!

Highly recommended for all one-on-one students, as we believe the encouragement of the instructor and the camaraderie of playing with other students will have students practicing effectively and willingly.

Students must be enrolled in one-on-one lessons at SCM

THURSDAYS
September 5 – October 10
Beginning: 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Intermediate: 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Silverlake Youth Chorale

SJ Hasman
4th grade – 8th grade
Photo by Gary Leonard

The Silverlake Youth Chorale is a group of treble voice singers devoted to creativity, variety and excellence. Rehearsing together weekly, kids develop their sense of pitch, rhythm and phrasing. Concepts are taught through singing, movement, listening and reading. We strive to empower our young members – offering a space for personal and social growth, creativity and expression and a space to introduce students to the musical traditions from around the world.

Open to all current SCM students

WEDNESDAYS
September 11 – December 11
4:15pm – 5:45pm

Adult Solo Vocal Workshop

Alejandro Montoya
Adult
Gary Leonard

This is a 6-week course dedicated to adult vocalists who want to work on the art of song performance. All students prepare 2 songs to workshop every week and receive constructive critiques and feedback in preparation for their performance at the end of the 6 weeks. Each singer receives ample time on the microphone working with a professional accompanist, as well as voice teacher and guest clinician. This is an encouraging space, with a generous group of fellow singers from various backgrounds and levels of experience who root for each other.

Instructor approval required

THURSDAYS
September 5 – October 3
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Music Literacy & Sight Singing Workshop

SJ Hasman
Teens & Adults
All SCM students (both vocalists and instrumentalists alike) are encouraged to take this course in the study of sight singing. This class is designed to develop the aural skills necessary to recognize, write and reproduce what music students see and hear. Instrumentalists – don’t let “sight singing” discourage you! Learning to hear and anticipate music without the aid of your instrument is a highly valuable skill for all musicians and are likely to be valuable in your musical endeavors.

Beginning & intermediate students

WEDNESDAYS
October 23 – December 11
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Teen Vocal Performance Intensive

Elisa Gonzalez
9th to 12th grade

Singers meet daily for 5 full days to prepare to sing 2 songs for an evening performance.  Vocal warm ups and technique will be worked daily and various vocal performance concepts will be discussed and put into action – such as arrangement, melodic and lyrical interpretation, phrasing choices and mic technique. This is an encouraging and supportive environment, where students share appreciation for each other and teachers and accompanist offer constructive and positive feedback. The ultimate goal is for singers to leave feeling more confident, more free to express, more experienced and inspired!

Instructor approval required. Students must be currently enrolled in vocal private lessons.

MONDAY – FRIDAY
August 5 – August 9
10:00am – 2:00pm

PLAY Music Classes - Mixed Age

Veronika & Rubin
Mixed age, babies through preschool
Photo by Orit Harpaz

SCM is proud to be partnering with PLAY, a mixed-age music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.


For more information and to register for classes, please visit PLAY

WEDNESDAYS
9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am

THURSDAYS
9:30am, 10:30am

FRIDAYS
9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am

PLAY Music Classes – 4 & 5 Year Olds

Veronika
4 & 5 year olds
Photo by Orit Harpaz

We’re looking forward to working with your kindergarteners and older preschoolers as they gain musical confidence, discover fun, freedom and expression through movement and percussion, and learn a little music theory (in age-appropriate ways) to deepen their enjoyment of music or prepare for private instruction.


For more information and to register for classes, please visit PLAY

FRIDAYS
3:15 – 4:00pm

SATURDAYS
9:00 – 9:45am

Beginning Brass & Woodwinds

Michael Bolger
All ages
Photo by Gary Leonard

A new offering for students taking one-on-one trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, or French horn lessons! One of the more common issues students face is knowing how to practice, and then of course sticking with a practice regimen. We are now offering a once a week led practice here at SCM, with the extra benefit of students gaining experience and joy of ensemble playing. Instructors will be working out of the method books used here at the conservatory. During the “workout” students will be led through warms ups and exercises, technique will be addressed, reading notation will be will be practiced, and music will be made!

Highly recommended for all one-on-one students, as we believe the encouragement of the instructor and the camaraderie of playing with other students will have students practicing effectively and willingly.

Students must be enrolled in one-on-one lessons at SCM

SUNDAYS

Master Youth Chorale

SJ Hasman
Grades 9-12
Photo by Gary Leonard

This vocal ensemble for experienced High School vocalists performs a wide and interesting variety of choral selections reflecting various style periods.  Students work on more advanced harmony and sophisticated music and perform regularly for recitals and various community events.  An excellent training ground for studying vocalists that focuses on cultivating meaningful camaraderie and rich, artistic singing.

Instructor approval required

TUESDAYS
6:45 – 8:45pm
WINTER 2025 TBA

Silverlake Singers

SJ Hasman
Adults
Photo by Gary Leonard

Silverlake Singers is a mixed choir of experienced singers who study and perform a wide variety of choral selections, reflecting various genres and cultures. “The Choir,” which it has affectionally been nicknamed over the past 20+ years, has a strong reputation of choral excellence and regularly delights audiences in community performances. We are devoted to variety, excellence and expression – always focusing on cultivating community and rich, artistic singing.

Instructor approval required

Winter 2025 TBA

Summer Camp

Bring on the Music PLUS!
Summer Camp

Youth Camp

Join us for a summer of fun with SCM’s Bring on the Music PLUS! Summer Camp in partnership with Barnsdall Arts!  Campers will spend the day immersed in music and art – playing instruments, singing, collaborating in songwriting groups, creating visual art, making new friends and nurturing their love for all things music!

Youth Summer Camp 2024 is currently sold out! Please call 323.665.3363 to be added to the waitlist. 

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 2:30pm

SESSION I: July 8 – July 12   SOLD OUT

SESSION II: July 15 – July 19    SOLD OUT

SESSION III: July 22 – July 26   SOLD OUT

SESSION IV: July 29 – August 2   SOLD OUT

 

Teen Camp

Strong instruction and mentoring from our professional musician staff will keep campers busy all day long.  They will challenge their technique, ear training, improvisation abilities and collaboration skills.  Campers will learn about the rehearsal process in ensemble settings, collaborate on songwriting, learn to structure and arrange material and have fun along the way!

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 2:30pm

SESSION I: June 17  – June 21

SESSION II: June 24  – June 28