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Have you always wanted to write music? InConcert Sierra is offering a brand new adult composition class starting October 20th.

In this 12-week Adult Composition Course students will develop the skills necessary to speak the language of music in their own creative voice.


This will be done through exercises, analysis of musical works, and sharing pieces-in-progress with classmates. Most of the work will be done at home between lessons, so allow for this time commitment, ideally a minimum of an hour a day. The original student compositions will be performed at the final concert.


The course consists of 9 bi-weekly group classes and 12 private lessons. The classes will be co-taught by composers Alexis Alrich and Mark Vance.

Applications are now being accepted!

Prerequisites: students should be able to read music notation at a basic level or better and have some facility on an instrument. Access to a keyboard is suggested. Bring original music or ideas to share at the first class meeting.

Curriculum includes: composing, motives, melodies, music theory, harmony, chords, solfege, sight singing, rhythm, time signatures, keys, modes, diatonic, chromatic, notation, form and analysis, musicianship, listening, music history, instrument families, mapping and planning your composition, developing a theme, extending a phrase and rehearsal opportunities/techniques.


Bi-weekly Wednesday group class dates:

October 20

November 3

November 17

December 1

December 15

January 5

January 19

February 2

February 16

Feb weekend 26/27 (rehearsal and performance)

Bi-weekly Wednesday group class schedule 6:00-7:30pm

6:00-6:30 Students present homework

6:30-7:00 Listening, analysis, composition tools and skills

7:00-7:15 Solfège and musicianship

7:15-7:30 Teachers present new homework assignment

12 Individual lessons to be scheduled


Rehearsals and final concert TBA

Price: Class, Lessons, Rehearsal, Performance $1400

Questions? Please contact Mark Vance, InConcert Sierra Education Director at (530) 273-3990

or email Mark at