Course Offerings and Descriptions
Below you will find our courses and their descriptions. Some classes require a minimum number of enrolled students in order to be offered.
Private Music Lessons:
We offer a wide-range of music lessons in voice, piano, harp, strings, winds, brass, and percussion. Our student teachers are endorsed by their master teacher. For details about our teaching staff please check our FACULTY PAGE.
La Sierra Youth Orchestra:
We are a new organization with large ambitions, and we welcome you to join us this February for our inaugural season. We rehearse in Hole Memorial Auditorium at La Sierra University. Come experience the power and joy of making music in one of the area’s finest music programs. Our affiliation with the University provides access to highly skilled professional conductors, coaches and mentors that will provide a unique opportunity for you, your child, or your student to grow and learn in a stimulating and rewarding environment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Youth Orchestra registration and audition process.
The handbell program provides an educational and rewarding experience for all involved. The program is designed to teach the art of handbell ringing as well as other aspects of music reading and interpretation. It also endeavors to build self esteem and strong character by teaching musical skills and synchronized teamwork to each of its members. Through this program we foster respect for individuals while cultivating poise, confidence and stage presence through performances while encouraging accountability and commitment to the group. Minimum enrollment of ten students required.
Guitar (Group Lessons):
Have fun learning to play the guitar in a small class environment. This 5-week course will get you started with the basic techniques you will need to begin playing songs for your own pleasure or for continued study for more advanced performance. The class covers note reading, strumming chords, basic rhythms, and proper hand positions while learning simple songs and melodies. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.
*The student needs to have a guitar to bring to class and to practice on at home.
*Students will need to plan daily practice time throughout the week to complete the assignments given in the class.
*Students will need to purchase the method book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Book 1 (second edition)
Ukulele (Group Lessons):
Even if you’ve never played an instrument before, you can learn to play the Ukulele. This is a fun 5-week course that will get you started playing the Ukulele, strumming along to your favorite songs. You will learn about basic rhythm for strumming different rhythmic patterns, while learning several chords to play songs that are covered in the class. Class limited to eight students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.
The student needs to have a ukulele to bring to class and to practice on at home. The different sizes Soprano, Concert, and Tenor are tuned the same so any of these will be fine.
The instructor will give handouts in class to cover the material.
Garage Band (Group Lessons):
Learn to work with one of the most popular and fun applications for creating music with a computer. Using the computers and piano keyboards in La Sierra University's Computer Music Lab, we'll go over basic audio and keyboard input and editing. We'll also explore some of GarageBand's hidden power user features and you can even try your hand at being a movie composer and by creating your own soundtrack for a short film. Class limited to ten students. Must have a minimum of three students for class to be offered.
Prerequisites: Basic music reading and basic piano skills.
Keyboard (Group Lessons):
Details will be made available soon!
Intro to Music Theory:
Details will be made available soon!
How to Listen to Classical Music:
Ever wonder what is going on beneath the surface of some of the world’s great works of music? Join Prof. John Carter on a journey as we explore icons of Western classical music, where you will develop the skills necessary to listen more actively and to understand more deeply. Previous musical experience is not necessary. Class limited to fifteen students. Must have a minimum of four students for class to be offered.
This course will provide students an introduction to the process and technique involved in wheel throwing. Students will explore clay as a structural and creative material. Creative design, glazing techniques, utilitarian function, form, and aesthetics will be explored, as well as ceramic history, tradition, and contemporary applications.
Photography 1: DSLR Projects: Taking Control of your Camera
A 5-week course for beginners, new owners of DSLRs or those who recently made the switch from film. Emphasis will be on how to get the best image possible out of your camera. Software recommendations for the Digital darkroom will also be covered.Through completing 3 specially selected projects, students will gain competency and confidence in their skills as they work hands-on with instructor Peter Phun guiding them. There will be at least 2 field trips.
Knobs, Buttons & Dials, Shooting versus Playback Menus, Exposure Modes
#2 Still life
#3 Night Scenic
Post production, asset management, software choice overviews
Photography 2: Digital Photography Workflow with Adobe Lightroom
Best practices in digital photography workflows using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Archiving, retrieval, separating your gems from the rocks and then editing or polishing to create masterpieces.
Sharing your work: Printing or resizing,
Lightroom interface. Types of digital files. Camera raw versus jpeg
.DNG versus .CRW or .NEF
Importing of images, key wording, collections
Retrieval with rating, creating smart collections using rules
Presets: importing presets and Develop presets
Fine-tuning with Localized adjustments
Editing in Photoshop
Students will need to download the 30-day fully functional free trial of Adobe Lightroom. Instructor will assume students will have access to a laptop capable of running the software. (Minimum system requirements that will run Lightroom 5 will be posted along with the class description)
Improv is an introduction to improvisational drama. Through exercises and performance students will learn to use spontaneous theater to communicate and explore themes, stories and ideas. In improv, people work together to create a scene from one word, idea, theme or suggestion. Improv has been made famous by shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway and is used by well known theaters, directors and writers to create material for shows, movies and plays. Improv is also used with businesses and corporations for team building, leadership and creativity retreats. This course will emphasize the value of improvisational theater as communication medium based on acceptance and inclusion. While having a hilariously good time students will grow in cooperation, confidence, spontaneity, and creativity to learn how to become more skilled and talented leaders, educators, writers, ministers, communicators, actors, directors, filmmakers and business professionals. The skills sharpened in this class will also empower students in their area of study and career.
Introduction to Drama:
Into to Acting is exactly what it sounds like – an introduction to acting. This is a highly experiential class where students will learn by doing instead of just reading or listening to a lecture. Through exercises, games, scene work and performance students will work on concentration, memory, multitasking and teamwork to learn how to prepare for and perform an acting role. Students will grow in cooperation, confidence, spontaneity, and creativity to learn how to become more skilled and talented leaders, educators, writers, ministers, communicators, actors, directors, filmmakers and business professionals. This class is perfect for students looking to break out of their shell, find a new hobby or even sharpen their acting abilities. While the students will specifically apply what they learn to performance, the skills sharpened in this class will also empower students in their area of study and career.