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February 11, 2014 - May 22, 2014

The Preparatory Studies Program is available to students ages 7-17. This program offers group & private lessons (as requested), special workshops and master classes, piano, guitar, brass, woodwind, percussion, music theory, ensembles and performance opportunities. Benefits of the program include access to instruments, opportunities to meet diverse group of students from a variety of East Bay communities, and performance opportunities. 

OPC Preparatory Studies in Music Program for Aspiring Young Musicians for youth 7-17 who are passionate about playing an instrument and who will devote the time and effort required to excel in music performance.
PLEASE NOTE: Tuition is for one day per week.
Beginning Performance Ensemble 1b, Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble
Piano, Percussion, Marimbas, Guitar
Feb 11 - May 22

Explorations in Music 1a: Section 2
Instrumental Music
Mar 18 - Apr 18
Explorations in Music 1a: Section 3
Option 1: Exploring Musical Theater: The Whiz
Option 2: Instrumental Music
Apr 22 - May 22

Pay by phone.
(510) 836-4649

Prep Program Curriculum

The curriculum offers four levels of study from beginner to pre-professional. The curriculum combines  local/indigenous cultural perspectives and the National Standards for Music Education as articulated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). All students receive group instruction and semi-private instruction on saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, percussion or piano. Students participate in ensembles and are required to take music fundamentals and theory.  
Level 1a-Beginner, 0-6 months; 
Level 1b - Advanced Beginner, 7 -12 months of instruction
Level 2/2+ - 2 plus years of instruction
Explorations in Music-1a - A 5-week course that allows beginning students to explore an instrument of her/his choice. At the end of each 5-week cycle, students may continue on the instrument or choose a different one the 
next 5-week cycle.
Dates: Section 1: Feb 11-Mar 13;  Section 2: Mar 17-Apr 17; Section 3: Apr 22-May 22*
*Section 3: (Apr 22 - -May 22) Musical Theater: Broadway Bound contains all of the fun of a musical theater show. Your child will sing, dance, and act in scenes from The Wiz! Be amazed as your child performs some of the classic scenes and songs from this lively show!

 Beginning Performance Ensemble-1b 
A 15-week course that focuses on musicianship, ensemble & solo performance 
and beginning improvisation.

Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble
Level 1b: Introduction to small ensemble performance practice, improvisation, rhythmic groove, the Blues.
Level 2+: Pre-professional preparation, advanced improvisation, theory & harmony, arranging and composition, business of music. AUDITION REQUIRED
Fundamentals of Music 
Introduction to the elements of music, basic musicianship and piano. Students will be encouraged to participate in class exercises including: rhythmic and melodic performance, ear-training and dictation. Required of all students.

Piano Class
Introduction to the keyboard, beginning reading skills, rhythm, ear-training, solo/ensemble/accompanying performance.

Guitar Class
Introduction to the guitar designed to give students an understanding of basic guitar skills and technique, playing melodies and chords, accompaniment & strumming styles.

Marimba Ensemble 
A course that draws from the Zimbabwean style of marimba music. 
Also incorporates other styles of folkloric and popular music. 

Drumming and Percussion Ensemble
Introduction to pitched and unpitched percussion instruments including: conga drums, West African drums, Irish bodhran, drumset, orchestral percussion, xylophones, etc. 

Explorations in Music-1a
Piano/Guitar 1a
Fundamentals of Music-1b
Fundamentals of Music 1b
FDYE beg/adv 
Beg. Perf Ensemble 1b
Piano/Guitar 1b
Fundamentals of Music 1a
Fundamentals of Music 1a
 Works in Progress
Works in Progress

Attendance Requirement
Attendance is required. This is not a drop-in program. More than 2 absences in 5-week track may result in dismissal. More than 3 absences in 15-week track may result in dismissal
Cost of Attendance-1 day per week
Explorations in Music: 5-week course
Registration fee: $25 (non-refundable)
If student registers for consecutive sessions, reg. fee is waived.
Tuition: $100 per section. Discount: $275-All 3 sections if paid by Feb. 15.
Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble (FDYE) & Beginning Performance Ensemble, Piano, Guitar
Full semester (15 weeks)
Registration fee: $25 (non-refundable)
Tuition: $300 - Discount: $275 by Feb 15. 

Payment plans accepted. Sibling discount available.
Limited number of work-study Reciprocity available for reduced rate. 

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music - 1616 Franklin Street - Oakland, CA 94602 - (510) 836-4649 
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