1. Adult Extension

Classes & Ensembles

Music is a communal affair. 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 with Adult Extension courses in history and performance.

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.

Adult Extension

Classes and Ensembles

Music Theory

Music Theory & Ear Training

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 6:30 - 8 PM on Monday from September 24 to November 12, 2018
Location: Room 101
Cost: $300

This introductory music theory and ear training course will help students develop their inner sense of pitch, rhythm, and musicianship through written theory, dictation, and sight-singing practice. In a supportive classroom environment, students will perform singing and rhythm exercises as a group and individually, as well write down dictation exercises. We will discuss practice techniques and take-aways that can be used well after this 8-week course. Students must bring manuscript paper and pencils. All other course materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Guitar

Guitar Orchestra

Instructor: Scott Cmiel
Dates: Spring 2019 - TBD
Location: Room 323
Cost: $200

The SFCM Community Guitar Orchestra provides Bay Area guitarists an opportunity to become members of a community of musicians performing large 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 Orchestra prepares for a public performance at the end of each 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

Cello

Intermediate Cello Ensemble - 3388

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: Every other Sunday starting September 9, 2018
Location: Room 207
Cost: $300

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs.

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Advanced Cello Ensemble - 3384

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: Every other Tuesday starting September 4, 2018
Location: Room 323
Cost: $300

Student ensembles will perform works recorded by notable groups including the Berlin Philharmonic Cellos, the Yale Cellos and the London Cello Sound. Students should have good intonation and rhythm and be comfortable with thumb position as well as bass, tenor and treble clefs.

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Piano

Class Piano I - 3385

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:30 - 9 PM on Wednesdays from October 3 to December 12, 2018
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C07
Cost: $385

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Class Piano II - 3386

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from October 3 to December 12, 2018
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room C07
Cost: $385

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These classes approach playing the piano through an understanding of music theory, with emphasis on sight-reading, transposition and rhythm. Piano I begins with music notation (rhythm and intervals). In conjunction with playing simple classical pieces, students learn major scales, relative and parallel minor scales and chords (tonic, dominant and subdominant). Piano II explores these same subjects in greater depth while adding seventh chords, practice techniques, ensemble and analysis of student’s repertoire.

Piano Repertory and Ensemble Class - 3389

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 8 - 9:30 PM on Mondays from September 24 to November 5, 2018
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

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 an evaluation.

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Voice

Vocal Performance - 3390

Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Wednesdays from September 5 to December 5, 2018
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $660

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive 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 accompanied by an SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. The series culminates in a performance in the lovely SFCM Recital Hall. Singers from experienced beginners/novice to advanced/professional are welcome. Enrollment limited to 8 students.

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Vocal Performance: Advanced - 3391

Instructor: Heidi Moss Erickson
Dates: 7 to 8:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 5 to December 5, 2018
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Room 323
Cost: $660

This class is for advanced singers only. A minimum of 3 years of private voice lessons and some stage performance experience required. This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive 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 accompanied by an SFCM collaborative pianist. Students should be prepared to bring pieces to perform each class (memorization required) and can choose to work on one or more throughout the entire session. We may also create ensembles or scenes with 2 or more singers from opera, oratorio, or art song. The series culminates in a performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. Enrollment limited to 8 students.

Students must pass a preliminary audition in order to register for this class. If you cannot pass that audition, you are not guaranteed a spot. Please contact Heidi Moss at hmoss@sfcm.edu to arrange the audition.

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