Summer Classes

(Choir returns September 2021)

Classes & Ensembles

We are thrilled to offer in-person and online classes and ensembles. Almost all classes and ensembles can be taken for credit. Students just need to make sure we are on their school’s “approved vendor list”.  If we are not, we can make the request to be added.

We currently offer classes and courses for credit at both the junior high and high school levels. We will post fall registration information in July.

This fall we are offering the following courses that can be taken for credit or just for fun:

  • Introduction to Piano
  • Essential Piano for Developing Musicians
  • Pop/Rock Band
  • Vocal Ensemble

Please contact Marti Harris at 310-920-5797 or email martivoice@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in our band program.

Coast Music Online Bands:

Coast Music Live Band Performances:

Introduction to Piano:

Prerequisites: None

Description: This class includes Coast Music’s Introduction to Piano online course with a weekly zoom meetings with the course instructor. We cover topics such as:

Getting to Know the Piano Keyboard

  • Establishing Familiarity with the Instrument
  • Establishing Fluency with Note Groups
  • Exploring Various Ranges and Octaves

Getting to Know the Musical Staff

  • Learning Basic Signs & Symbols
  • Getting to Know all the Elements of the Musical Staff
  • Learning How Music is Written

Learning the Notes on the Staff

  • Exploring the Musical Alphabet
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Finding the Notes on the Piano
  • Observing Note Direction
  • Stepwise Motion and Intervals
  • Establishing Fluency with Targeted Note Groups

Sight Reading

  • Note Reading on Treble and Bass Clef Staves
  • Sight Reading on the Grand Staff
  • Developing Fluency in Specific Note Groups

Improvisation & Composition

  • Improvising Using Specific Note Groups
  • Creating melodies and Composing Freely
  • Improvising with Background Tracks

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings and Flash Cards

Essential Piano For Developing Musicians:

Prerequisites: This is not a beginning piano class. We recommend 1-2 years of consistent piano or music study before taking this course. It is also recommended that students complete our Introduction to Piano course before enrolling in this class. Please contact us if you need help determining whether or not this class is for you.

Description: This class includes our Essential Piano for Developing Musicians online course with a weekly zoom meeting with the course instructor. This scales and chords course is essential for all musicians, not just pianists. We cover:

  • Essential Music Theory
  • Essential Piano Technique
  • Major and Minor 5-Finger Patterns
  • Major Scales and Fingerings
  • Triads and Inversions
  • Application to Repertoire
  • Sight Reading
  • Improvisation
  • Playing By Ear
  • Repertoire Selection
  • Various Applications in Composition and More!

Required Materials: Piano or Electronic Keyboard, Computer with Webcam for Online Courses and Class Meetings, Flash Cards, Julie McIntosh Johnson’s “Basics of Keyboard Theory” Book 1 and the Repertoire Book(s) if your choice.

More class details and registration can be found on our:

Music Classes Page