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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

The SCM Jazz Club will focus on improvisation, collaboration, forms, ear training and groove/pocket. Jazz theory will be 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 will learn to communicate “on the bandstand” with each other.

We will use repertoire as the vehicle to grow and learn from each other, learning 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.

SUNDAYS
3:00 – 5:00pm
February 4 – March 24

The Hollywood Highsteppers

Michael Bolger
Ages 10 – Adult
Photo by Gary Leonard

The Hollywood Highsteppers is a marching ensemble created to explore the infectious grooves of 2nd-line brass bands often heard in New Orleans, LA.  The class is open to any student who plays a marching instrument (brass/woodwinds/percussion) and is open to any student on an acoustic instrument that can be marched with (banjo/melodica/accordion/guitar/violin).  No electronic or amplified instruments please.

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

SUNDAYS
4:45pm – 6:15pm
January 28 – March 17

Live Wire

Marc Rey
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 playing in a group setting.  We work on 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). There will be 2 groups divided according to the ages of the student.

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

MONDAYS
4:45 – 6:15pm & 6:30 – 8:00pm
April 1 – May 13

TUESDAYS
4:45 – 6:15pm & 6:30 – 8:00pm
April 2 – May 14

Woodwinds & Brass Workout

Michael Bolger
All ages
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
3:15 – 4:30pm
January 7 – February 25

Strings Workout

Pablo Mendez
All ages
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
4:45 – 6:00pm & 6:15 – 7:30pm
January 11 – February 29

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
WINTER SESSION: January 10 – March 13

THURSDAYS
9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
WINTER SESSION: January 11 – March 14

FRIDAYS
9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am
WINTER SESSION: January 12 – March 15

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
WINTER SESSION: January 12 – March 15

SATURDAYS
9:00 – 9:45am
WINTER SESSION: January 13 – March 16

SCM Youth Chorale

SJ Hasman
4th grade – 12th grade
Photo by Gary Leonard

Our Youth Chorale students learn to read music, match pitch, harmonize, blend, care for posture, respect fellow singers and sing!  We explore many styles and genres including material in different languages. Singing with heart and confidence is this group’s specialty – they work hard and have a blast!

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

WEDNESDAYS
4:15pm – 5:45pm
March 6 – May 15
*no class March 27

Master Youth Chorale

SJ Hasman
Grade 9-12
Photo by Gary Leonard

This vocal ensemble for teens is the next level after Youth Chorale.  The students work on more advanced harmony and sophisticated music.  A diverse repertoire of music is selected and there are many opportunities for soloists to perform.

Instructor approval required

TUESDAYS
6:45 – 8:45pm
April 2 – May 14

Silverlake Singers

SJ Hasman
Adult / by audition only
Photo by Gary Leonard

Our adult community choir is made up of women and men of varying musical backgrounds and experiences who share the common love of singing.  Song choices are diverse, including traditional choral pieces, gospel, vocal jazz, world music and popular music.  

 

Instructor approval required

THURSDAYS
6:45pm – 8:45pm
February 22 – May 2
*no class March 28

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
10:00am – 2:00pm
August 5 – August 9

Adult Solo Vocal Workshop

Alejandro Montoya
Adult

This is a 6-week course dedicated to adults who want to learn the art of performance. All students bring 2 songs to workshop every week to sing for the group. Students will receive constructive critique and feedback in preparation for a performance at the end of the 6 weeks. Each singer will spend ample time on the microphone and work with a professional accompanist and voice teacher. This is an encouraging and generous group of people coming from various backgrounds and levels of experience who root for each other. It is a very supportive environment. (10 students)

Instructor approval required

SUNDAYS
5:30 – 8:30pm
January 7 – February 11

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!

Registration opens Monday, March 4, 2024

Monday – Friday

9:00am – 2:30pm

SESSION I: July 8 – July 12

SESSION II: July 15 – July 19

SESSION III: July 22 – July 26

SESSION IV: July 29 – August 2

 

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