Gain inspiration and experience in courses designed for either those entering into the world of music or film, or those in pursuit of new opportunities and knowledge in their chosen field.

Electronic Music Production

Michael Quick
June 21-27, 2020
Five-day session

Explore the world of electronic music and the unique challenges that it presents. This workshop is Ideal for newcomers to electronic music, as well as those looking to expand their production arsenals. Learn how to create electronic works, from simple loops to fully realized songs. 

The curriculum will include electronic music appreciation, critical listening, arrangement, and working with virtual instruments.

You will learn to mix and master your own electronic compositions and share your work with the rest of the world. You will gain experience with the Ableton Live platform and gain confidence with taking your songs from ideation to ultimate completion and online distribution.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $625
Lab Fee: $25 – This workshop’s $20 lab fee includes sound support and use of equipment; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Enrollment limited to 10 students

What You Will Need

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device to the internet (smartphone, tablet, computer) 
  • Reliable charge for device, fully charged prior to sessions
  • Ableton Live software (90-day trial version available)
  • Over-ear, closed-back Headphones
  • USB microphone (necessary for vocals only)

Piano Performance Workshop for Adults

In partnership with the California Piano Performance Workshop for Adults

Doug Ashcraft, Antoinette Perry, William Wellborn
June 14 -20 
7-day session (Begins with orientation and faculty concert Sunday, June 14 at 3pm)

Designed for the serious adult student with the desire to improve or refresh knowledge and performance skills, this workshop will develop your piano performance skills at intermediate and advanced levels. You will work with professional piano instructors who are also performing artists. 

You will learn music theory and take private lessons and Master Classes, with plenty of time set aside for practice. Lectures, private lessons and masterclasses will take place in  Zoom sessions. Some lessons may be done via video upload that will be followed by a live session with critique by the faculty.. 

The workshop will begin with an online Faculty Recital followed by a Zoom social hour. Throughout the week, your social time will continue, allowing you to connect and develop relationships with your new colleagues and friends. On Friday,  you will record video performances to be uploaded for a virtual culmination performance on Saturday.

Skill level: Pianists age 25 or over at intermediate to advanced level (amateurs and professionals). You will submit a list of performance-ready repertoire.
Tuition: $985
Lab Fee: This workshop has no lab fee. You will be asked to bring all materials.

Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. He began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Graduate work with John Perry followed at USC. An active chamber musician, he has performed in recitals at the Concertgebeouw, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.

Antoinette K. Perry has appeared throughout the US, Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Distinguishing herself also as a pedagogue, she served for 12 years on the UCLA piano faculty before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996. She frequently gives master classes and serves as an adjudicator. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the US and Asia.


Dr. William Wellborn is the recipient of the CAPMT 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is also the 2019 MTNA Foundation Fellow. He has given concerts, lectures and masterclasses throughout the US and Europe, and has directed seventeen European musical tours, including this year’s Chopintour 2020. Bill is on the national board of the American Liszt Society, and founding president of the San Francisco Chapter.  A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, he teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in state, national, and international piano competitions. 


What You Will Need:

  • Good internet connection 
  • Device  to access the internet (phone, tablet, computer, iPad, etc.) 
  • Make sure your device is charged before class begins
  • Piano 
  • Recording device (camera, phone, iPad, etc.)

If you have never used Zoom, here is a quick tutorial: Zoom tutorial video link.

You will be required to bring additional materials to your workshop.


Songwriting for Adults – Compose & Perform

Don Reed & Kasaan Hammon
July 6-11, 2020
Five-day session

Learn how to develop your ideas into fully realized songs, including lyrics, melody, and music for popular music in all genres. You will work alongside professional mentors to strengthen your storytelling, concepts, hook and melody development, chording and arrangement skills. You will be challenged and gain insight into key refinement skills that take a song from idea to masterpiece.

Daily sessions will give you the foundation for successful songwriting and performance practice, including vocal exercises, writing prompts, multi-topic songwriting lectures with writing tips, applying fresh approaches and angles, refining existing songs, song critiques, one-on-one coaching on writing, vocals, instruments, performance and much more.

Enjoy a hands-on live experience that will make you a more productive, confident and better songwriteras you work with a faculty team led by Don Reed, an experienced performer and teacher. Expect fast-moving daily sessions, using leading-edge software, video conferencing, and breakout opportunities for collaborations, bringing the live intensive learning experience into your home.

Skill Level: All levels
Tuition: $625

Lab Fee: $20 – This workshop’s $20 lab fee includes sound support and use of equipment; you will be asked to bring additional materials.
Materials List: Coming Soon
Enrollment limited to 15 students

Don Reed, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has been performing, composing, teaching, and recording music for over 40 years. Don’s multi-instrumental work and compositions have been featured in hundreds of recording projects, television and film soundtracks, and more. 

Kasaan Hammon is former Executive Director of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. She writes and records under the artist name RIGSI and has managed artists and songwriters including Hall of Fame songwriter Albert Hammond.