Introduction

California College of Music now offers four short-term programs: three for those with little to no experience (The Basics) and one for aspiring solo artists, songwriters, and producers preparing to start their music careers (the Emerging Artists Program).

Each program consists of two complementary courses taught by active music industry professionals in the evenings (7:00-8:30 PM, Pacific Time). Students gain valuable, real-time feedback on their work and finish their program with foundational skills and knowledge in their chosen area of study.

If you're looking for an encouraging, creative, hands-on way to learn music and achieve your artistic goals after work or school, try one or more of these programs!

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(Note: Due to the pandemic, these courses will temporarily be held online via video conferencing.)

Program Options

Click on one of the tabs below to learn more about each short-term program.

The Vocal Performance Basics program (7 weeks, evening sessions) is designed for students who wish to establish fundamental skills as singers, focusing on contemporary vocal techniques and styles as well as how to adapt their performance to different types of performance scenarios. Students who complete this program are equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and confidence to apply these techniques to their live and recorded performances.

Instructor: TBA

Courses:
  • Modern Vocal Technique & Style (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Performance Workshop (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Final Performance Presentations (Week 7, 90 minutes)

Required Gear:
  • a simple video recording device (cell phone camera or software like iMovie OK)
  • a webcam (built-in computer webcam OK)
  • an external or internal microphone
  • headphones or speakers
  • connection to the Internet
  • a Skype account

Program Purposes: The purposes of the Vocal Performance Basics program are:
  • to develop a basic understanding of the parts of the vocal anatomy and how they are used to produce sounds
  • to establish the ability to aurally identify and vocally produce sounds commonly used in popular music at a basic level
  • to introduce mental, physical, and stylistic techniques for students to use to enhance their performances
  • to address ways to manage performance anxiety
  • to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback on their live performances and/or recordings
The Songwriting and Production Basics program (7 weeks, evening sessions) is designed for students who wish to establish fundamental skills in songwriting and music production using a digital audio workstation (DAW). Students who complete this program are equipped with the basic knowledge, skills, and confidence to compose original songs and use a program such as GarageBand to produce them.

Instructor: David Bawiec

Courses:
  • Songwriting Fundamentals (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Intro to Music Production (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Final Song Workshop (Week 7, 90 minutes)

Required Gear:
  • an Apple computer (MacOS 10.13 High Sierra or later)
  • GarageBand (version 10.3.5)
  • a webcam (built-in computer webcam OK)
  • an external or internal microphone
  • headphones or speakers
  • connection to the internet
  • a Skype account

Program Purposes: The purposes of the Songwriting and Production Basics program are:
  • to develop a basic understanding of song structure and methods of composing and developing melodies, basic chord progressions, lyrics, and grooves
  • to establish fundamental music production skills in a digital audio workstation (DAW) such as GarageBand, both recording and editing audio files and programming software instruments using MIDI
  • to prepare students to aurally identify and verbally articulate how course concepts are applied to recorded music at a basic level
  • to equip students with the basic knowledge, skills, and confidence to compose, produce, and present for feedback at least one original song
The Musicianship Basics program (7 weeks, evening sessions) is designed for students who wish to establish a rudimentary understanding of music theory concepts and develop basic aural skills. Students who complete this program are able to read and notate music on a staff as well as transcribe and perform basic melodies and rhythms using their respective solfège systems.

Instructor: Chris Kapica

Courses:
  • Intro to Music Theory (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Aural Skills for Beginners (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Final Project Presentations (Week 7, 90 minutes)

Required Gear:
  • a simple video recording device (cell phone camera or software like iMovie OK)
  • a metronome (cell phone app OK)
  • a webcam (built-in computer webcam OK)
  • an external or internal microphone
  • headphones or speakers
  • connection to the Internet
  • a Skype account

Program Purposes: The purposes of the Musicianship Basics program are:
  • to develop an understanding of foundational music theory concepts such as music notation and the construction of intervals, major and minor scales, and triads
  • to transcribe, sing, and notate simple melodies using the moveable Do solfège system
  • to accurately perform, transcribe, and notate simple rhythms using rhythmic solfège
The Emerging Artists Program (7 weeks, evening sessions) is designed for students with a portfolio of recorded music who are poised to embark on the first stages of their careers as performing artists. Students who complete this program develop a basic understanding of the modern music industry, including music monetization and essential industry roles. They also improve their songwriting and production skills in weekly workshops with industry professionals. Finally, each student receives a one-on-one artist development consultation from a CCM faculty member to help guide their first steps towards becoming professional artists.

Instructor: Chris Kapica & Casey Sidwell

Courses:
  • Intro to Music Business (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Originals Workshop (Weeks 1-6, 90 minutes/week)
  • Artist Development Consultation (Week 7, 30 minutes)

Audition Requirements:
Submit an audio and/or video recording of an original work which showcases your unique musical style and artistic vision. Acceptable formats for your song sample include the following:

  • Audio: downloadable file (.mp3, .wav, or .aiff) or streaming link (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, etc.)
  • Video: downloadable file (.mp4, .mov, or .wmv) or streaming link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
Email your link to [email protected]

Required Gear:
  • a webcam (built-in computer webcam OK)
  • an external or internal microphone
  • headphones or speakers
  • connection to the Internet
  • a Skype account

Program Purposes: The purposes of the Emerging Artists Program are:
  • to familiarize students with aspects of the modern music industry landscape, including how music is monetized, the types of industry professionals who can best help them achieve their goals, and strategies to disseminate and promote their work
  • to provide expert feedback on students' recorded works and introduce songwriting and production concepts to improve their music
  • to prepare students to identify and succinctly articulate their skills and the iconic features of their sound and artistic vision
  • to provide each student a one-on-one artist development consultation

Fall 2020 Schedule

Vocal Performance Basics:
October 5 - November 18, 2020
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Songwriting & Production Basics:
October 6 - November 19, 2020
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Musicianship Basics:
October 5 - November 18, 2020
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Emerging Artists Program:
October 6 - November 19, 2020
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Winter 2021 Schedule

Vocal Performance Basics:
January 4 - February 17, 2021
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Songwriting & Production Basics:
January 5 - February 18, 2021
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Musicianship Basics:
January 4 - February 17, 2021
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Emerging Artists Program:
January 5 - February 18, 2021
Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Costs

The Basics ($449 each)
Vocal Performance Basics
Songwriting and Production Basics
Musicianship Basics

Emerging Artists Program ($499)

How Do I Sign Up?

You can sign up and pay your fees by visiting the CCM Online Store and selecting a short-term program. Once you purchase a program you will receive a confirmation email which will include your schedule!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How old do I have to be?
A. The minimum age requirement is 14.

Q. What's the difference between these short-term programs and CCM's other programs?
A. These short-term programs are considered non-collegiate, meaning you do not earn any credits.

Q. Are these programs available to international students?
A. At this time this is not available to international students.

Q. Do you offer payment plans?
A. At this time we do not offer payment plans. In order to begin you must pay for the program in full.

Q. What is your refund policy?
A. You can obtain a full refund if you cancel before attending classes on the first day.

Q. Can I join late?
A. Yes! However, the program fee will still remain the same.