PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR, DRUMS, VIOLIN, CELLO, FLUTE, RECORDER, SAX

Students have the opportunity to study a variety of musical styles including classical and popular genres in private lessons. With the individual student’s needs in mind, each lesson is customized helping them build a strong repertoire with good technique. Pacific Conservatory has talented faculty members who deliver a personalized curriculum for each student. Performing opportunities are available during Winter and Summer Recitals.

Private Lessons are available to students of all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced levels. With weekly Pacific Conservatory instruction, combined with commitment on the part of students and family support, progress can be rapid. Students experience the excitement and satisfaction that comes with full understanding and performance of great works of music. Our professional teaching staff is dedicated to making your child’s learning experience stimulating and fun. Teachers use a creative and nurturing approach that makes music enjoyable for your child. We offer private lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes in classical, jazz, popular, rock, folk and world music styles. Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month so there’s no need to wait to get started. After an initial consultation with our Admissions office, the private lesson student is assigned to a faculty member whose teaching style most closely complements the student’s learning style and personality.

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  • Orientation session and consultations with program staff and faculty to discuss individual goals and lesson schedule
  • Weekly lessons tailored to meet those goals
  • Distinguished faculty with extensive teaching experience. Also, our teachers strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style.
  • Professional accompaniment provided for rehearsals and performances
  • Spring and Winter Student recitals and other performance opportunities (festivals, competitions, workshops)
  • Regular evaluation through written reports. Communication between students, parents and instructors is ongoing and includes progress reports at the end of academic year.
  • Optional Certificate/Diploma Programs (Pacific Conservatory Curriculum, MTAC Certificate of Merit, and more)
  • Professional Environment: School atmosphere and facilities
  • All styles: Students are able to choose from pop, jazz, rock, folk, Suzuki or classical instruction
  • Ensembles: Students can participate in numerous chamber and ensemble music groups, jazz combos and rock bands
  • Comprehensive Musicianship Theory classes discounted to students taking private lessons at Pacific Conservatory
  • Extensive Teaching Hours and Flexible Scheduling: Pacific Conservatory has the ability to schedule family members at the same time to avoid hours of waiting and driving to different teachers each month
  • Superb Customer Service: Pacific Conservatory administration is available to assist you during all teaching hours.

PIANO

Piano is the most popular and perhaps the best beginning instrument for the young and young at heart musician. We recommend class lessons for beginning pianists, later moving to private lessons in the context of our Comprehensive Musicianship program. All styles from classical to jazz and pop are being offered to students of all ages and abilities, be they beginners or very advanced. We have wide range of students: students who want to play just for fun, students who excel with the Music Teachers’ Association Certificate of Merit preparations or students who are preparing for a career in music. Since we have many teachers on the faculty we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest.

Beginning with the natural hand/arm technique, students at Pacific Conservatory learn solid basic technique (correct position, finger dexterity, flexibility, and more).

Students also learn the rudiments of music: sight reading, rhythmic notation, meter, and harmony. Since the piano allows for highly diverse methodologies and repertoire, music can be carefully selected to match the needs and strengths of each student. Memorization, theory, practicing skills, musicality, and self-listening are taught from the first lesson. In older more advanced students, Pacific Conservatory teaches musical clarity and power, technical facility, development of a large tonal palate, and an understanding of musical structure. Students continue to expand their repertoire from Baroque to 20th century composers, while searching for their own voice through interpretation.

The goal of the piano program is to enhance students’ love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs. Students perform solo pieces for the annual winter and spring formal recitals. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized.

Pacific Conservatory offers Certificate of Merit testing each spring. This program is optional and allows students to participate and demonstrate their level of proficiency. Upon each level completed, students are awarded with diplomas and report cards. In addition, there are numerous performance opportunities, such as recitals, festivals, and competitions. Evaluations are completed for each student at the end of the year.

GUITAR

Our guitar program for class or private lessons include acoustic, electric and bass guitar. Our faculty are specialists in classical, jazz, rock, pop, and just about every other guitar style imaginable. Pacific Conservatory’s teachers bring our students the highest quality and diversity of instruction. The proper theory and technique is covered in the lesson. Guitar students develop listening skills, left and right hand independence, coordination, reading skills and improvisational creativity. All guitarists will learn to read tablature as well as standardized music notation, chords, finger picking, lead guitar, and rhythm technique. In classical guitar, students study scales, chords, and picking patterns in a five finger approach to the instrument. As students progress, the repertoire incorporates pieces that utilize higher positions on the guitar neck. This method ensures a firm grasp of fret board knowledge and flexibility. Jazz guitar method focuses on basic chord forms and their extensions, scales, modes, strumming (comping), and picking styles.

Students work on written music, the ability to read lead sheets, and improvisation. Rock Guitar Students wishing to work on folk, rock, or pop styles learn basic strumming and finger picking styles, while working on pentatonic scales, and rudimentary chord progressions. Guitarists are encouraged to play their favorite artists’ music and to begin song-writing themselves. Bass guitar is taught at Pacific Conservatory as well. Correct technique, finger strength, dexterity, arpeggios, ‘walking’, chord symbols, slap techniques, and fretting are especially emphasized.

Pacific Conservatory offers Certificate of Merit testing each spring. This program is optional and allows students to participate and demonstrate their level of proficiency. Upon each level completed, students are awarded with diplomas and report cards. In addition, there are numerous performance opportunities, such as recitals, festivals, and competitions. Yearly evaluations are completed for each student in order to monitor progress.

STRINGS

Our string program offers private and class instruction in violin, viola and cello. All styles from classical to jazz and pop are being offered to students of all ages and abilities, be they beginners or very advanced. We have wide range of students: students who want to play just for fun, students who excel with the Music Teachers’ Association Certificate of Merit preparations or students who are preparing for a career in music. Since we have many teachers on the faculty, we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest.

The String Program at Pacific Conservatory begins with music notation reading, proper technique, and attention to intonation in order to enable a smooth transition into solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. Suzuki and other method books are used in addition to recital repertoire to promote enjoyment, excellence and creativity. Students are taught various bowings, sound production, fingering, vibrato, position changes, dexterity, and musicianship. Lessons also incorporate music theory and ear training. The goal of the strings program is to give students a love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs. Students perform solo pieces with an accompanist for the annual winter and spring formal recitals. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized. The opportunity to participate in a small ensemble is available throughout the academic year.

Pacific Conservatory offers Certificate of Merit testing each spring. This program is optional and allows students to participate and demonstrate their level of proficiency. Upon each level completed, students are awarded with diplomas and report cards. In addition, there are numerous performance opportunities, such as recitals, festivals, and competitions. Yearly evaluations are completed for each student in order to monitor progress.

VOICE

Voice lessons at Pacific Conservatory introduce the fundamentals of breathing, diaphragm control, correct posture, good vocal support, tone production and diction in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. In addition, students receive training in pitch, tone, agility, projection, timing and phrasing.

Pacific Conservatory strives to give voice students the best training possible to prevent injury and to increase range, flexibility, and control. Students gain confidence as they learn to use their voices properly and expressively while reducing strain and physical tension.
Repertoire includes classical (opera/oratorio), folk, jazz, pop and Broadway selections. These lessons can also help students prepare for future auditions through vocal coaching, staging instruction and selecting appropriate repertoire. Students learn vocal and physical warm-ups and how to work with an accompanist.

Classical voice involves the study and application of vocal technique using repertoire from folk songs to French, German and Italian music in the original languages. Emphasis on voice production may include clarity of speech, economy of breath and proper articulation. The student should ultimately be able to sing with ease, confidence and enjoyment.

Classes for young singers focus on simple songs and pitch exercises to aid in developing a musically tuned ear in a fun, relaxed environment.

Pacific Conservatory offers performance opportunities for its vocal students, including formal recitals, yearly exams, festivals, and competitions. These performances allow students to showcase their work, giving them an opportunity to share their progress with family and friends. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized. In addition, the opportunity to participate in a small ensemble is available throughout the academic year. Evaluations are completed for each student at the end of the year.

DRUMS/PERCUSSIONS

In percussion lessons, students learn all of the traditional rhythm rudiments and coordination that are the basic building blocks of proper percussion technique. A method book is used in addition to recital repertoire to promote enjoyment, excellence, and creativity. Since percussion is one of the most utilized instruments around the world, all styles are available—from classical and jazz to pop, reggae, Latin rhythms, and hip-hop.

Music theory and an understanding of the role of harmony are an integral part of the lesson. The goal of the program is to give students a love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs. Yearly evaluations are completed for each student to monitor progress. Winter and spring recitals and a diploma program are available to interested students.

WOODWINDS

Recorder, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone

The Woodwind Program at Pacific Conservatory includes class and private instruction for all levels. The goal of the woodwind program is to enhance the students’ love of music within a comprehensive program that is flexible to individual needs. Pacific Conservatory’s experienced faculty can help students enhance their skills for their school band program, orchestra, for popular music groups or to develop advanced skills to become soloists.

All students learn note reading from the beginning, as well as proper technique and intonation. For beginners, basic concepts such as posture, air support, articulation, and hand position are taught to provide a firm foundation for future growth. Instructors supplement technical exercises with fun and appropriate repertoire. Students learn music theory as an integral part of lessons. Complete method books are used in addition to recital repertoire to promote enjoyment, excellence and creativity.

Advanced students are introduced to more challenging repertoire (sonatas, concerti) and begin using concert etudes for their technical development. Special techniques required to play more difficult pieces (flutter tongue, multiphonics, half-hole, doubletongue) are introduced as their skills develop in addition to alternate fingerings, advanced scales and arpeggios, and more complex rhythms. Students perform solo pieces with an accompanist for the annual winter and spring formal recitals. Proper performance etiquette is emphasized. Yearly evaluations are completed for each student in order to monitor progress.