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Classes for Adults

Most courses are offered twice during the academic year. 

Registration options:

Session 1: September 16th - December 2nd, 2017 (10 classes).
Session 2:
January 20th - April 14th, 2018 (10 classes).

CMC Adult Classes Calendar

Classes run on Saturdays during the academic year.
Each class is 85 minutes in length and meets 10 times (unless otherwise noted).

Applied Music

Registration fee $150 / class

Level 1 - recommended for those with little to no musical experience.

  • Beginning Guitar - 1:00-2:25pm | room 107
    Learn to play the guitar in a fun and engaging group class. Participants learn to read chord symbols, TAB, and standard music notation. *You must have your own guitar to participate in this class.
  • Beginning Piano & Music Basics - 2:30-3:55pm | room 209
    Learn to play the piano in a supportive group environment by applying fundamentals of music theory and notation acquired during class. Participants get hands-on experience with a digital piano workstation during class.
    *access to a piano or keyboard outside of class is recommended.

Level 2 - for those capable of reading music and applying basic principles of music theory.

  • Jazz Harmony & Improvisation - 1:00-2:25pm | room 206
    Explore new realms of harmony and learn the language of Jazz while studying the mechanics behind improvised music. Participate in active listening discussions and gain some first-hand experience improvising with the support of both instructor and classmates. *Participants are strongly encouraged to bring an instrument, but not required.
  • Music Theory I - 2:30-3:55pm | room 107
    (Session 1 only) Dive into the fundamentals of music theory while studying music of the 17th & 18th century (Renaissance & Baroque periods).
  • Music Theory II - 2:30-3:55pm | room 107
    (Session 2 only) Expand upon the topics covered in Music Theory I while studying music of the 19th & 20th century (Classical & Romantic periods).


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Music Technology & Multimedia

Registration fee $175 / class

Open to all skill levels

  • Digital Imaging & Graphic Design - 2:30-3:55pm | room 218
    (Session 2 only) Create your own graphic images and learn how to manipulate digital photos using the latest Adobe Photoshop software. Participants will learn the difference between preparing projects for print and designing graphics for the web while creating a portfolio of thier work in class.
  • Introduction to Music in Media - 2:30-3:55pm | room 218
    (Session 1 only) Explore the realm of producing music for a variety of digital mediums from start to finish.  Dive into topics such as sound for film, mixing and mastering, using plug-ins to shape sound, adding virtual instruments to a mix, and much more.
  • Introduction to Live Sound Engineering - 2:30-3:55pm | room 110
    Learn the principles behind setting up and operating a live sound system.  Learn how to navigate a mixing console, gain-stage microphones and instruments, route audio through external processors, and how to properly match power amps with speakers.
  • Sound Recording & Music Production - 1:00-2:25pm | room 109
    Work hands-on with cutting edge audio hardware and software in a recording studio setting. Learn how to use microphones, preamps, and digital interfaces to capture recordings in ProTools, Logic, Garageband and more.


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History & Survey

Registration fee $150 / class

  • Evolution of Sacred Music - 2:30-3:55pm | room 201
    Trace the path of sacred music through the centuries and explore the interactive relationship between sacred music and society.
  • Jazz in Pittsburgh - 1:00-2:25pm | room 206
    Survey the local landscape and get to know the iconic and influential figures of Jazz that originated right here in Pittsburgh. Participate in active listening discussions with the support and guidance of both instructor and classmates.
  • Music Appreciation - Rise of the Symphony - 2:30-3:55pm | room 206
    Learn what to listen for and how the "voices" of instruments interact with one another while examining the evolution of various musical instruments and how these developments helped composers give shape to the symphony orchestra.
    *Includes a trip to a Heinz Hall for a PSO performance - additional fee for tickets TBA.
  • World Music - 2:30-3:55pm | room 307
    Open the doors to music from across the globe.  Experience new instruments, musical textures, unique rhythms and harmonies that challenge the western ear.


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Ensemble Courses

Registration fee $425

  • Guitar Ensemble - 12:00pm | room 107
    Enjoy making music with other guitarists under the direction of an ensemble coach. This ensemble class focuses on technique and repertoire of various styles and genres.  Participants are encouraged to work with their coach to select music that interests them. Collaborate with both youth and adults in weekly rehearsals and work toward a formal performance at the end of the term (December 16th for session 1, May 5th session 2).  Participants must have their own guitar to participate in this ensemble.
    *This ensemble class meets 32 times for 55 minutes in conjunction with the City Music Center academic calendar (September 9, 2017 - May 19, 2017)


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