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Class Instruction

  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • Songshop


This class is an excellent introduction for complete beginners as well as those students who are returning after a long gap in their studies. The course focuses on basic concepts of note and rhythmic reading, keyboard technique, repertoire study and basic concepts of music theory. Classes are held in the School of Music Digital Piano Lab, allowing each student to work at an individual keyboard while learning from other classmates in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Textbook required. Students must have access to an acoustic piano or digital keyboard for practicing.

  • Yumy Lee Kim, Instructor
  • 60-minute weekly sessions
  • Tuesday evenings
  • $195 | 10 sessions 

Music Theory

Music Theory instruction is available to adults from beginning to advanced levels in both small classes and individual instruction. Classes are designed to augment reading skills and clarify standard theoretical concepts through written work, ear training and sight-singing. Additional topics in analysis, counterpoint and twentieth century idioms are available. Students are grouped according to level of experience. Formation of classes is dependent upon student demand.
  • Jeff KowalkowskiNomi Epstein, Instructors
  • 60-minute weekly sessions
  • Meeting times to be arranged
  • $195 | 10 sessions
  • Individual instruction rates apply for individual lessons


This unique, hands-on workshop is an opportunity for singers to strengthen their interpretive abilities in song. Using a theatrical approach and cabaret techniques, the course will enhance a singer’s ability to communicate the emotion and story of their chosen song. Although this is not a vocal technique class, diction and physical problems are often resolved through the process of interpretation. The class is open to singers at various levels of performance experience. Songs presented in the class can be in any language and selected from any genre (opera, folk, art song, rock, jazz, musical theatre, rap). Call the CMD offce for specific dates.
  • Claudia Hommel, Songshop Instructor
  • 120-minute weekly sessions
  • Tuesdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • $40 | session
  • Auditors: $20 | session​​