1. Continuing Education

Classes & Ensembles

At SFCM, we encourage collaboration and conversation, sparking the artistic and intellectual engines that make learning worthwhile and engaging. Discover your talent and feed your mind through our Continuing Education classes!

All Continuing Education classes will take place online for the Fall 2020 semester.

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II - 2067

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm, November 21 to December 19, 2016
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $270
Pianists will work weekly on solo repertoire and ensemble pieces (4-hands or two-piano). Study may also include "practice techniques", sight-reading, piano technique etc, as needed.

Prerequisite: Piano II or instructor approval

AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session I and AE Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class Session II can be taken as one contiguous course. Session II is a continuation of Session I, though students may sign up for one or the other depending on his or her personal schedule.

If you have not previously taken AE Class Piano II and wish to enroll in this class, please contact the instructor, Jacqueline Chew at jchew@sfcm.edu to ask about evaluation.

Continuing Education

Classes and Ensembles

Music Theory & Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation: Elements of Music from Baroque through 20th Century

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30- 7 PM on Mondays from October 5 - December 14 (no class November 23) - 10 classes
Cost: $325

This course provides an overview of musical works spanning the Baroque era to the early 20th century. We will learn vocabulary, and put names to the musical elements that give us the powerful emotional responses we have as listeners. We will identify salient points from different time periods and styles, and explore fundamental aspects of music composition such as harmony, form, rhythm, and melody.

This class is equally appropriate for a music lover with no previous study experience, or a more seasoned student looking to step back and enjoy the amazing art of music!

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Introduction to Music Theory

Instructor: Harry Whitney

Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Tuesdays from October 6 - December 15 (no class November 24) - 10 classes

Cost: $325

Introduction to Music Theory will give students the tools to connect music theory concepts to the repertoire they love. This class will begin with a review of music notation; from there we will discuss scales, keys, harmonic tension and release, and short musical forms, with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

No prior music theory experience necessary!

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Polyphony: From Two to Forty Voices!

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5 - 6:30 PM on Wednesdays from October 7 - December 16 (no class November 25) - 10 classes
Cost: $325

This course offers a deep dive into the world of polyphony — music in two or more voices each having a melody of its own. Two-voice works by Renaissance masters will show the genesis of musical imitation, canons, and rounds. More expansive genres, such as madrigals, motets, and Masses, will lead us to impressive heights. We will witness the transformation in style from Renaissance to Baroque that begins with courtly dances and culminates in that most impressive form used by Bach, Bartók, and many in-between: the fugue.

Prior knowledge of music theory is recommended. The ability to read music, and a good working understanding of key signatures and harmonic analysis will enhance a student’s enjoyment of this course. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Harmony and Analysis Workshop

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 7 - 8:30 PM on Wednesdays from October 7 - December 16 (no class November 25) - 10 classes
Cost: $325

This workshop provides students an opportunity to apply analysis skills learned in class to a wide range of repertoire, either student- or instructor-selected. We will all get to appreciate excellent music together as a group. All students will see how composers through the ages use principles of dissonance and resolution of dissonance to create musical meaning. In addition to studying repertoire, there will also be a chance to discuss four-part writing following the classical rules of voice-leading. Students will have breakout sessions in small groups, and the opportunity to present a final project at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 or 2 of Musicianship and Music Theory, or contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

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Harp 

Harp Retreat

Instructor: Jennifer Ellis
Dates: 6:30 - 8:30 PM from September 21 - 25
Cost: $295

Enrich your harp learning and enjoy connecting with fellow harpists at the SFCM Fall Harp Retreat! Enjoy the time to nurture your harp playing and yourself. Over the course of five evenings, each harpist will have the opportunity for group workshops, private lessons, practice time, and a final night harp jam. All harp types and experience levels are more than welcome!  Have fun, get to know other harpists, and explore music-making all from the comfort of your own home. Come join us this fall for this joyful harp community!

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Guitar & Ukulele 

Community Guitar Ensemble

Instructor: Scott Cmiel
Dates: 7 - 8 PM on Wednesdays from September 16 - December 9 (no class on November 25th) - 12 classes
Cost: $250

Community Guitar Ensemble consists of guitarists interested in performing ensemble works in a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Under the direction of Scott Cmiel, the guitar ensemble will prepare for a virtual performance at the end of the semester.

Each member will be assigned one of four parts and play together in a section with others playing the same part. We want players of all levels to be able to participate so while some members will play difficult music others will have their parts adjusted so they can play beautifully and with an expressive interpretation. Everyone is asked to learn their part before each meeting so during rehearsal we can work on the interpretation of each piece.

There is no need to be a virtuoso - good tone, good memory, and enthusiastic attitude are all that’s required.

If you have any questions about the orchestra please contact Scott Cmiel at scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu

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Introduction to Ukulele

Instructor: Mark Simons

Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Tuesdays from September 29 - December 8 (no class on 11/24) - 10 classes

Cost: $325

Requirements: acoustic soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele, tuner, music manuscript notebook, and ability to print or visibly display PDFs while also being visible to everyone in Zoom sessions.

In recent years, the ukulele has become immensely popular and for good reason. It’s small size and the fact that it has only four nylon strings make it easy to learn, take anywhere, and pleasant to listen to. The ukulele makes a delightful accompaniment instrument but is also very capable on it’s own. We will learn several strumming and fingerpicking patterns, build a basic chord and single note vocabulary and apply these techniques to easy songs and enjoyable short pieces in a variety of styles.

No prior experience needed!

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Cello

Cello Seminar

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates:  7 - 8:30 PM every other Tuesday from September 8 through December 15 - 8 classes
Cost: $250

In this Cello Seminar, we will prepare a Bach Suite and other works mutually chosen. Each student will take a different movement and perform on a weekly basis in a supportive environment.

Students should be comfortable reading music in tenor and treble clefs and have some experience with thumb position.

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Piano

Class Piano I

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:30 - 9 PM on Wednesdays from September 30 - December 9, 2020 (no class November 25th) - 10 classes
Cost: $325

Learn to play the piano through understanding how chords and scales come together in music. Beginning with music notation (reading rhythm and intervals), Piano I progresses through major and minor chords, to major scales and their key signatures. Students will learn to play simple classical pieces, as well as melodies with added chords.

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes.

Class limited to 8 students.

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I, by Stecher and Horowitz. ISBN: 0–7935–5291-5

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Class Piano II

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 30 - December 9, 2020 (no class November 25th) - 10 classes
Cost: $325

A continuation of Class Piano I, this class further explores the interaction of chords and major scales (chord progressions, harmonization of melodies and chordal accompaniment), while adding minor scales and seventh chords.

Students will study solo repertoire of their choice, with an informal presentation at the final class.

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes.

Class limited to 8 students.  

Required Text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.I by Stecher and Horowitz. ISBN: 0–7935–5291–5

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Piano Solo Repertory 

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Thursdays from September 24 - November 19, 2020 (no class October 22nd) - 8 classes
Cost: $300

Pianists work on solo repertoire of their choice (all styles welcome!) Selection of solo should precede the first class.

Classes 1-5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis and practice techniques. Classes 6-7 will focus on performance preparation, with a final performance on November 19th.

Pianists should be familiar with major and minor keys, triads and seventh chords, and key signatures. Students must have access to a personal piano or keyboard during online classes.

Class limited to 6 students.

Repertoire level: Bach Two-part Invention, classical sonatinas, Chopin Waltz in A minor etc.

Prerequisite: Completion of Piano II or with instructor approval - jchew@sfcm.edu

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Piano Master Class: Music of the 20th Century

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:30 - 9pm on Thursdays from September 24 - November 19, 2020, (no class October 22nd) - 8 classes
Cost: $300

This master class will focus on the solo piano literature of the 20th century. Pianists are encouraged to try a new composer or style! Selection of solo should precede the first class.

Classes 1-5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis  and practice techniques. Classes 6-7 will focus on performance preparation, with a final performance on November 19th.

Students must have access to a personal piano or keyboard during online classes.

Class limited to 6 students.

Suggested composers: Bartok, Boulez, H.Cowell, Ginastera, N.Kapustin, Ligeti, Messiaen, Federico Mompou, Prokofieff, Ravel, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Takemitsu, Karen Tanaka, Villa-Lobos, Webern

Prerequisite: Completion of a prior Piano Repertory class or with instructor approval - jchew@sfcm.edu

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Voice

Vocal Performance

Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM OR 7 - 8:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 30 - December 9 (no class on November 25) - 10 classes
Cost: $450

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive, online master class setting. The primary focus is classical: from art song to opera, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, voice science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form. Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. An SFCM pianist will be available for two private sessions for accompaniment recordings and coachings. The series culminates in a recorded performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. Social distancing and safety measures for all rehearsals and performances will be carefully monitored.

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience: at least 3 years of private lessons are required.

Enrollment limited to 10 students per section.

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