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guitar voice piano ukulele
mandolin banjo bass drums
sax flute clarinet music
theory songwriting recording and more . . .
Want something tailored to your interests, schedule and pace of learning? Private lessons are the way to go! Blue Bear teachers are experienced professionals, and you have flexible payment and scheduling options. We have a two-day cancellation policy for private lessons.
P RI VATE H O U R L ESSO N S Most instruments
Voice, Offsite Drums
P RI VATE H A L F-H O U R O R SH A RED -W I TH-A-F RI EN D H O U RS (PER STUDENT) Most instruments
Voice, Offsite Drums
Students from ages 5 to 90 and up can start anytime. New students—try a teacher for just $40 for an hour or $20 for a half-hour (excluding Raz Kennedy, Libby Lavella and Shaun McGonegal). Speak with our Program Director to learn about the best teachers for your goals—415.673.3600 or bluebearmusic.org. BLUE BE ARMUS I C.O RG | 4 1 5.67 3.3 600
W IN T E R B A N D S
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T U I T I O N O PT I O NS 1. $415 for the Workshop and Performance. Students may also take one private lesson at a discounted rate of $40 to work on their material outside of class.
ADULT BAND WORKSHOPS Our band workshops are the heart and soul of Blue Bear— student bands that rehearse and then perform a 40-minute set of material at a San Francisco club. Workshop offerings include the following:
RO C K & BLUES
CL ASSIC ROC K
Wide open to style, material may range from oldies to blues, alternative to Top 40— you name it!
Draws mostly from the repertoire of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Students decide what “classic” means!
RO C K , S O UL AND R& B
ACOU STIC ROC K
Includes material from classic artists like James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
For acoustic players including guitar, bass, keys, singers, and percussion, who want to play unplugged versions of their favorite rock tunes or songs from the indie/folk movement.
B LU ES , S O UL & RO OT S Covers classic electric blues and its influences, including roots rock and roots country.
M O D ERN RO CK & CO N T E MPORARY BANDS You’ll perform material from a broad range of artists and bands with releases from the past ten to fifteen years. 2
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DE E P ROCK & I MPROV Tackle more complex material with an emphasis on soloing and arrangement vs. getting cover songs performance-perfect. In addition to challenging rock and funk material, simpler jazz tunes will also be introduced.
2. $615 for the Workshop and Performance plus four private lessons. (Private lessons will help you get the most out of your workshop experience!) To enroll, students must be current with their annual $35 Member Fee. Three-pay options available.
PR E R EQU I S I T E S Basic level bands do not require any previous band playing experience, though being able to learn parts by ear or with the help of a private instructor is best. Intermediate level bands require at least a year of previous band experience along with the ability to read chord charts and learn parts by ear. Guitar players should be able to move easily between open and barre chords. Drummers should be able to play steadily at fast and slow tempo, fill comfortably, and play both rock and blues grooves. Bass players should be able to play various grooves easily and lock with the drummer. Singers should be able to sing in tune and have a strong enough sense of time so that song entry points and phrasing can be consistently executed. Keyboard players should be able to form major and minor triads without notation.
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ADULT GUITAR CLASSES C L A S S ES FOR ACO U S T IC PL AYE RS FRO M S QUAR E- ONE TO S QUAR E 2 3 ! A great way for beginners to learn guitar and for everyone else to keep getting better. Our classes are small enough (3-7 students) to allow for personalized attention, and the social aspect of learning with others keeps you motivated and engaged. With many different levels, we probably have a class that’s right for you! And check out our new 5-week classes in Fingerstyle Guitar, Americana Songs and Country Guitar.
ACO U S T IC JAM C L A S S ES In a relaxed setting, learn tunes from folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and rock traditions, take solos and sing if you’d like, or just play rhythm with the group. Lots of instruction in how to improvise—open for players of acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and ukulele.
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E LECTRIC GUI TAR CL ASSE S For intermediate players, Electric Rhythm Guitar focuses on timing, muting and accenting techniques, and overall strengthening of your right hand chops. Electric Lead Guitar is for those who want to develop soloing abilities in rock and blues styles. More experienced players can check out Blues/Jazz Guitar.
M U SIC THEORY F OR GU ITARIS T S Blue Bear offers a class for guitarists who want to learn music theory. If you’ve been playing for a while, you probably know bits and pieces of theory—this class will fill in the holes and apply it all in a practical way to the guitar fretboard.
ADU LT BA S S C L A S S E S The bass is really fun to play, and you can be band-ready faster than with any other instrument. So what’s holding you back?! We offer a square-one beginner class and two others for those who have played anywhere from three to six months.
ADU LT U KU L E L E C L A S S ES Beginning Ukulele is for the square-one beginner—you’ll learn to play songs in rock and folk styles and build a basic vocabulary of chords and simple strums. For those with six months of playing experience, Rock Ukulele will tackle new songs and more complex strumming patterns. Singing is encouraged!
ADULT SONGWRITING CLASSES For beginning writers, Write Your First Song is a step-bystep intro to writing chords, melodies and lyrics that will include recording a demo of your work in our digital Studio Z. And new this quarter is Songwriters Circle, hosted by Program Director Dennis Criteser. This class is for active writers who want to share their work, get constructive feedback, open the doors to new approaches and new ideas, and be part of a community of songwriters at Blue Bear.
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ADULT VOICE CLASSES TECHNIQUE
ADULT VOICE CLASSES SINGING
For those with little or no singing experience, Blue Bear offers two very similar classes: Singing for People Who Can’t Sing and Learn to Sing: Group Singing for Beginners. You’ll learn the basics of how to produce a good tone, with lots of in-class exercises and songs, mostly singing as a group. Choose what best suits your schedule and location.
If you’re satisfied with your understanding of vocal technique, Blue Bear offers three classes where you can sing and get individualized coaching on your songs. Beginning Jazz Vocals with Lea Centauri introduces the art of singing lyrics: increase vocal range and confidence, learn vocal runs, build a repertoire and performance skills, find your soul note and color. In Jazz Vocal Performance, teacher Sharman Duran provides great piano accompaniment and the class culminates in a club performance with backing trio. In Janak Ramachandran’s Rock/Pop Vocal Performance you’ll receive technique and performance coaching in any style of music you’d like to sing, and perform at our Adult Rockcital at the end of the quarter.
Blue Bear also offers beginning voice classes for those with previous singing experience—choirs, bands, musical theater, etc.—but no formal voice instruction: Singing for People Who Can Sing, Singing I with Libby Lavella and Vocal Technique with Raz Kennedy. Classes include group singing and some individual work. Raz’s class introduces the Complete Vocal Technique, of which Raz is the only certified teacher on the West Coast. Most of our technique classes offer higher levels for students who finish the introductory class. Singers with previous technique instruction may be able to join a higher level class, although some private instruction with the teacher may be recommended.
NEW!! Check out our new Blue Bear Gospel Chorus on Thursday nights. You’ll learn soul-stirring classic gospel material and perform at our Adult Rockcital in April. And remember, there are singing spots available in all of our Band Workshops (pages 2 and 3). There are no voice class prerequisites if you can sing in tune and have a good sense of timing.
Seminars for Guitar, Voice, Harmonica and Songwriting During the week before each quarter, Blue Bear offers one-night classes in a variety of topics of interest to singers, guitarists and perhaps to others as well. As a benefit for your annual Member Fee, you can take one Short Seminar for free anytime during the year—you’ll need to call the school to enroll. January seminars include Beginning Harmonica, Stage Two Harmonica, Acoustic Slide Guitar, Voice!, Transcription Secrets for Guitar, Piano Secrets for Accompanying Singers, How to Sing and Play Guitar Together, and more.
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KIDS & TEENS GROUP CLASSES
ALL STAR BAND PROGRAM
In Singing and Performance, students will sing and perform songs from popular artists and also develop songwriting skills. Also included is work on routines and stage presence. Two different sections for grades 2-8.
Blue Bear’s All Star Band Program is a comprehensive 9-month performance and education curriculum for 6th-12th graders. Using rock music as a platform, students strengthen their instrumental technique, ensemble playing, performance, improvisation, music theory and songwriting. This unique program provides fantastic opportunities to play real shows in San Francisco venues. New students can join existing bands in January – call 415.673.3600 to set up a placement audition.
Young beginners can explore different instruments in Instrument Petting Zoo. Having experienced guitar, bass, drums and piano, they’ll learn to play a song as a band by the end of the quarter. For grades 2-4. Graduate to Petting Zoo II where more songs will be learned! We’re proud to announce a pre-holiday MAD CAMP, December 19-23, 10 am-3 pm—music, art and drama for children ages 6-9 years, in collaboration with Young Performers Theater and SF Children’s Art Center. See our website for more information. Our Saturday Songwriting Band is for older teens who want to expand their writing skills and play in a band doing all originals. We can coach your very own After-School Rock Band if you have a minimum group of four young musicians who are ready to go—call the school to explore times and teacher options. 8
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SUMMER CAMPS Very high teacher-to-student ratios and tailored instruction from instructors who know music and teens—it’s all about an intense week of learning, fun and rock ‘n’ roll. Camps will include Rock Band, Rocker Grrls, Recording Studio, Songwriting Band, Voice and more—for students entering grades 4-12 in the fall of 2017. Band camps run 10 am-3 pm Monday through Friday and include a special performance on Friday ending around 5:30 pm so campers can share what they’ve learned. Schedules will be posted online in January.
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WHO AND WHAT ARE LITTLE BEARS? !
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Simply put, Little Bears bobble, weave and dance to their own beat.
Little Bears instructors are working musicians who know how early childhood music education helps develop speech, hand-eye coordination and creativity. w
Little Bears offers classes to suit any kid and their accompanying parent or caregiver (we want to make this fun for everyone in the classroom). Music affects all people of all ages; that’s why we began teaching classes for children as young as four months.
WHY LITTLE BEARS? 1. Our teachers are actual musicians who love making music. 2. Singing helps children with vocal and speech development. 3. Dancing and instrument play help children develop motor skills. 4. Aural training helps children build listening and concentration skills. 5. Because kids and adults LOVE to rock. So let your little ones sing their hearts out, move to the music, and make some noise!
ENROLL ONLINE! bluebearmusic.org/littlebears San Francisco Locations: Fort Mason Center; Noe Valley Ministry; Children's Creativity Museum (SOMA) Mill Valley Location: Sweetwater Music Hall 12-week classes start Jan. 16 • drop-in classes start Jan. 23 see page 19 for schedule and tuition.
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GROUP CLASSES BA BY BE AR S ( 4 M ON T H S- 1 Y EA R )
This class will introduce your child to the wonderful world of music. Parents in this class learn to sing a variety of playful and soothing rhythms and melodies to bring home and use for bath time, dinner time, play time and sleepy time. Please bring a blanket.
BO U NC Y BE AR S ( 1 TO 2 Y EA R S )
Children in this class will create musical sounds and rhythms with their voices and bodies. Parents be warned: there will be lots of jumping, bouncing, moving, grooving and playing in this class!
NE W ! BO PPI N' BE AR S ( 2 TO 3 Y EA R S )
For the active and tubular two and three year olds that want to pump up the volume! SHOUT! and Rock, Rattle & Roll! This class is great for our
Bouncy Bear graduates and will help prepare your kiddo for pre-school and more instruction-based classes.
B O O G I E B EA RS (3 -5 YEARS)
These preschoolers are ready to rock and roll, raise the roof and jam out! Children will discover their own talking and singing voices, dance to the beat, and explore rhythm with real musical instruments. Let’s make some music and boogie down to it!
M I X ED B EA RS (6 MONT HS-5 YEARS)
This class is specially designed for parents with more than one child. Babies, toddlers, and big kids all join in the music making fun, watching and learning from one another. There will be plenty of music, movement and instrument play for children of all ages.
LI T TLE BE ARS FAQ What if it's not a good fit? If you decide to discontinue a class for any reason, please contact us at 415.673.3600 two days prior to the second class meeting for a full refund. After the second class, no refund shall be given. Can I do make-ups? Yes! We offer two make-ups for kids enrolled full-time, you will receive codes that can be used to book them starting the second week of class. Sliding Scale: Blue Bear wants to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in music education. We offer from 20%-85% off. For more information or to see if you qualify, please call 415.673.3600. Gotta question? Email the Little Bears Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org B LU E B E A R M U S IC.O RG | 4 1 5.67 3.3 600
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS The benefit of a music education runs far and wide. It is proven that learning to play music boosts brain function, improves academic comprehension, teaches discipline, increases coordination, and provides a positive outlet (among other wonderful benefits). Blue Bear has made it a priority to ensure communities citywide have access to those benefits. Through partnerships with public and private schools and community centers, and with generous contributions from our donors, we have been able to grow our outreach efforts while arts funding is being cut. You can now find Blue Bear programming in the YMCA, Glide Memorial Church and in the SF Public Library. We hope to expand our program into YOUR neighborhood because everyone deserves to play!
Help fund Blue Bear's community music programs at bluebearmusic.org/donate.
Blue Bear’s community programs are not limited to music instruction (including songwriting, theory, and instrument lessons), but also include Digital Audio Production, a vital tool in today's digital world. With something for everyone, regardless of ability, we have found that Blue Bear's outreach programs are changing lives for the better. Here are our current partner sites: • Bayview/Hunters Point YMCA
• The Mix at SF Public Library
• Tenderloin Recreation Center
• St. Vincent De Paul Society
• GLIDE Youth Ministries • Bayview Opera House
• Argonne Elementary School
• George Peabody Elementary School
• Alvarado Elementary School
• Rooftop Elementary School
• The Brandeis School of San Francisco
• Creative Arts Charter School
• Bel Aire Elementary School
• Miraloma Elementary School • Gateway Middle School
• St. Joseph’s Family Center
• Visitacion Valley Middle School • Presidio Knolls Elementary School
• The Ranch Community Center
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Blue Bear thanks the many individuals and organizations providing contributions received between October 1st, 2015 and September 30th, 2016. SCHOL ARSHIP SPONSORS
Anonymous Mike Kappus—The Rosebud Agency Bonnie Raitt Ted O’Connell Scholarship Fund Anonymous The Arch & Stella Rowan Foundation Sydney Rowan—in honor of my brother Ted O’Connell Keith Allen Scholarship Fund Patricia & Thomas Allen Charles Felsenthal Ned & Robin Selfe Bill Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund The Walther Foundation Steve Strauss Founders Fund Joan Barnes Richard Strauss
Anonymous The Bently Foundation Maria Cardamone & Paul Matthews Chauncey & Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation
( $ 50,0 0 0 + )
HEROES ( $ 1 0,0 0 0 + ) Anonymous The Bothin Foundation Walter & Elise Haas Fund The Libra Foundation
SUPER BENEFACTORS ( $ 5,0 0 0 -$ 9 9 9 9 ) Anonymous Robert Emery Ira & Leonore Gershwin Philanthropic Fund Elisabeth & Howard Jaffe Sam Mazza Foundation The Rex Foundation
BENEFACTORS ( $ 2 , 5 0 0 -$ 4,9 9 9 ) Graham Green Law Rocks
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Brett May The pH Fund Jeffrey Shaw—to Jim Peterson for all his hard work and dedication The Walther Foundation
SUPERSPONSORS ( $ 1 ,0 0 0 - $2 ,49 9 ) Block Communications, Inc. Mark Brueckman Paul Goldman & Monterey International The Grey Family Foundation Mr. Christopher Lord & Ms. Coltrane C. Lord Byron Mellberg The Arch & Stella Rowan Foundation Friends—in memory of Eric Schultz Ned & Robin Selfe SFT Endowment for Technology, Education & the Arts Kathy Taylor Strachan Jill Suttie & Don Arbitlit Union Bank Foundation Paul Winston
SPONSORS ($5 00- $9 9 9 ) Anonymous Mike and Pat Evans Susan & Gregg Lustig Mark Mayper Julie & Jonathan Meyer Josina Reddy Renee Richardson Jay Shah, CPA Pauline Ayako Uyeda
DONORS ($2 5 0- $49 9 ) Holland Bender Mark Gunther & Anne M. Krantz Dominic Haigh Adrienne Hirt & Jeff Rodman Michael Keys Susan & Gregg Lustig Pat & Lori Martinez Stephen N. Rosenfield Paul Saraceni Steve Savage & Tamara Bock Richard Strauss Tamyra Thomas Mark Williams
SUPPORTERS ($100- $249 ) Kit Anderton Susan Gracie Atherton Keysha Bailey Warren Bellows & Will Kent Wendy Bolker Jeffrey Briss Thomas E. Churchill II John Close Genevieve Conaty David Covell & Susie McMullan Joycelin Craig & Conrad Lopez
Susan & Ed Croft Gerry Ehrmann Catherine Federico in support of the work of Maria Cardamone Elizabeth Finlayson & Jim Nadel Anne & Mason Flemming Michael Fortunato Dustin Frazier Michael Gallagher Ermanno Gallegioni, Jr. Theresa Garcia Brian Gifford Kevin Gill Patricia Hammond Bonnie Hayes Brenda Hillman Judith Hill-Weld Robert S. Hodas Henry Hooker Sue Hubbard Amy Johnson Dan Kane & Katherine Emery Stephen Kaus Ruth Kirschner Elisabeth Lewis Boris Lieberman Gail J. & Robert B. Loveman Fund Tim Lynch The Mahon Family Henry E. Martens in memory of Harold Baxter Reade Susan McGarry Hilda Mendez & Bruce Ackley David G. & Sheree L. Meyer Lisa Nelson Rachel Packer Janis Reed Dianne Younger Rosse Matt Rozen Linda Schurer
Leigh Sealy Dimitri Serafimides The Singer’s Workshop Richard Sloan Miles V. Smith Charitable Fund Katherine & Andrew Stephens Bill Tepperman Bill Tiedeman, L.C.S.W. Ashley Valentine Hailey White Dr. Richard Wolitz Melvin Wong, Blackbird Music Albert Yee Matthew Zlatunich In honor of Max Zwerin
ASSOCIATES ( $60 -$99) Ian & Joanie Crombie Josh Norek
FRIENDS ( $1 -$59) Adrienne Justin Bass & Marisa Rolland Michael Drew in honor of Johnny Nitro David & Debra Hoiem Tim Hughes Leslie Ann Jones Michael Juster The Koenig Family David Lehr The LeMaitre Cunningham Family Peter Logan Julian Lopez Donald M. Maus Linda Muller Bernice Musante Jim Peterson Michael Rao, Monica McCrary & Family
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David Sampson Jim Semitekol In honor of Richard Smith Carol Snow & David Matchett Queenie Taylor Carol Wong
IN-KIND CORPORATE DONORS 1300 on Fillmore Absinthe Group Adventure Cat AEG Management Oakland, LLC Alycia Moore Photography Another Planet Entertainment Bare Escentuals Bay Aquarium Bay Area Producers Conference (BAPC) Cadence Cavalier CavalloPoint Chaya D’Addario Music Foundation Dress Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Focusrite Galileo Learning Center Geras Tousignant Gallery Glama-Rama Hair Salon Guitar Center JBL Jonathan Rachman Design Joshua Ets-Hokin Photography KFOG Kyser Musical Products, Inc.
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IN-KIND INDIVIDUAL DONORS Anonymous (3) Kirstin Ault Ariel Castro Andy Coblentz Christopher Day Brooks Frank Brian Gingerich Waleed Haddad Bethany Hellerich William Ho Ronald Light
Alexa Madrid Keith Manson Jay Margolis Ansaria Mohammed Cristophe Moskalonek Xuemei Ouyang Michael Rao Renee Richardson Hamilton Rowan III Julia Segrove James Seivert Tony & Marcie Stais Jim Stricker Adel Taslimi Joe Torrano Benjamin Tracy Todd Traini
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A D U LT C L A S S E S S TA R T J A N UA ADULT ACOUSTIC GUITAR Held at Fort Mason unleRssYoth16e rwis $275 for 11 weeks Guitar for the Square-One Beginner
Mon 7:30-8:30 pm @ Noe Valley w/Devin Lane Mon 8-9 pm J.T. Locke Tue 6-7 pm w/Mark Schuh Thu 9-10 pm w/Kent Brown
Acoustic Guitar II Mon 6:30-7:30 pm @ Noe Valley w/Devin Lane Mon 8:15-9:15 pm w/Janak Ramachandran Wed 7-8 pm w/Brian Gire
Acoustic Guitar III Mon 8-9 pm w/J.T. Locke Thu 6-7 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Acoustic Guitar IV Tue 7-8 pm @ Lennon (SOMA) w/Janak Ramachandran Wed 6-7 pm w/Janak Ramachandran Wed 8-9 pm w/Kent Brown
Acoustic Guitar V Mon 7-8 pm w/Brian Gire Wed 8-9 pm w/Mike Rao Thu 6-7 pm w/Kent Brown
Acoustic Guitar VII Wed 7-8 pm w/J.T. Locke
Acoustic Guitar VIII Mon 6-7 pm w/Kent Brown
Acoustic Guitar IX Mon 8-9 pm w/Kent Brown Wed 7-8 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Acoustic Guitar X-XIII See website for schedule
$125 for 5 weeks: Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Tue 8-9 pm w/Mark Schuh
ADULT ACOUSTIC JAM 11 weeks w/ Brian Gire
(guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle)
Acoustic Jam Basics Thu 8:30-9:45 pm ($340)
Intermediate Acoustic Jam I Tue 8:30-9:45 pm ($340)
Intermediate Acoustic Jam II Tue 7-8:30 pm ($400)
Intermediate Acoustic Jam III Mon 8-9:30 pm ($400)
Acoustic Jam Repertoire Thu 7-8:30 pm ($400)
ADULT ELECTRIC GUITAR $275 for 11 weeks Electric Rhythm Guitar
Thu 7-8 pm w/Kent Brown
Electric Rhythm Guitar XIV Tue 6-7 pm w/Randy Clark
Electric Lead Guitar Thu 6:30-7:30 pm w/J.T. Locke
Electric Lead Guitar III Mon 9-10 pm w/J.T. Locke
Electric Slide Guitar II Thu 7:30-8:30 pm w/J.T. Locke
Intermediate Blues/Jazz Guitar Wed 7-8 pm w/Mike Rao
ADULT MUSIC THEORY FOR GUITAR CLASSES
$275 for 11 weeks Music Theory for Guitar Wed 7-8 pm w/Kent Brown
Music Theory II for Guitar Wed 9-10 pm w/Kent Brown
Chord Magic for Guitarists Tue 9-10 pm w/Mark Schuh
Americana Guitar Thu TBA w/J.T. Locke
ADULT BASS CLASSES
$275 for 11 weeks w/Kai Chu Beginning Bass Sat 10-11 am Bass II Sat 11 am-Noon Bass III Sat Noon-1 pm
ADULT UKULELE CLASSES
$275 for 11 weeks w/Mark Schuh Beginning Ukulele Tue 7-8 pm Ukulele II Mon 7:30-8:30 pm Rock Ukulele Mon 8:30-9:30 pm
SONGWRITING CLASSES Write Your First Song Mon 8-9:15 pm w/Pamela Parker ($340)
Songwriters’ Circle Thu 8-9:15 pm w/Dennis Criteser ($200 for 11 weeks)
ADULT VOICE CLASSES $340 for 11 weeks Singing for People Who Can’t Sing
Tue 7-8:15 pm w/Joe Morgan Thu 7-8:15 pm @ Noe Valley w/Joe Morgan
Learn to Sing I: Group Singing Wed 8-9:15 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Learn to Sing II: Group & Solo Thu 7-8:15 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Learn to Sing III: Tone & Projection Mon 7-8:15 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Singing for People Who Can Sing Thu 8:15-9:30 pm @ Noe Valley w/Joe Morgan
Singing I w/Libby Lavella Wed 7:15-8:30 pm
Singing III w/Libby Lavella Wed 5:30-7 pm ($425)
Vocal Technique w/Raz Kennedy Tue 7-8 pm ($305 for 10 weeks)
Vocal Technique II w/Raz Tue 8-9 pm ($305 for 10 weeks)
Rock/Pop Vocal Performance Thu 8:15-9:30 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Beginning Jazz Vocals Wed 6-7:15 pm w/Lea Centauri
Jazz Vocal Performance Thu 8-9:30 pm w/Sharman Duran ($475 for 10 weeks + show)
Blue Bear Gospel Chorus Thu 6:45-8 pm w/Louis Hogan ($200 for 11 weeks)
$415 for 10 weeks plus show Fort Mason Center Basic Rock & Blues Mon 6-8:30 pm w/Jim Peterson Tue 8:30-11 pm w/J.T. Locke Thu 6-8:30 pm w/Amanda VanderMeer
Basic Rock, Soul and R&B Mon 8:30-11 pm w/Jim Peterson
Basic Acoustic Rock Thu 8:30-11 pm w/J.T. Locke
Intermediate Rock & Blues Tue 6-8:30 pm w/J.T. Locke Wed 8:30-11 pm w/Mark Schuh
Intermediate Contemporary Bands Wed 6-8:30 pm w/Mark Schuh
Lennon (SOMA) Basic Rock & Blues Mon 6-8:30 pm w/Sean Leahy Wed 8:30-11 pm w/Sean Leahy
Basic Modern Rock Tue 8-10:30 pm w/Janak Ramachandran
Intermediate Rock & Blues Mon 8:30-11 pm w/Sean Leahy
Intermediate Classic Rock Wed 6-8:30 pm w/Sean Leahy
Deep Rock & Improv Thu 8:30-11 pm w/Jim Peterson
Intermediate Blues, Soul and R&B Sun 4-6:30 pm w/Randy Clark Lennon (SOMA) is at 271 Dore St., SF.
Thu TBA w/J.T. Locke $35 annual Member Fee required except for Little Bears and All Star Band.
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7-9 pm, $25 each January 9 Triad Power January 10 Acoustic Slide Guitar Intro to Mandolin Piano Accompaniment Secrets January 11 Voice! Supercharge Your Guitar Practice January 12 Got Rhythm? Get It! Transcription Secrets for Guitar Sing & Play Guitar Together Check our website for new seminars.
12-WEEK CLASSES FOR KIDS & TEENS
STARTING JANUARY 9 Singing and Performance I Mon 4-5 pm w/Lauren Ona ($300)
Singing and Performance II Mon 5-6 pm w/Lauren Ona ($300)
Instrument Petting Zoo I ($290) Thu 5-5:45 pm w/Devin Lane Sun 1-1:45 am w/T. Lin Chase
Instrument Petting Zoo II Thu 4-4:45 pm w/Devin Lane ($290)
Songwriting Band Sat 3:15-4:45 pm w/Tennessee Mowrey ($425)
After-School Rock Band Private band coaching for minimum groups of four— call for details
WINTER MUSIC, ART & DRAMA CAMP
December 19-23, 10 am-3 pm Ages 6-9 ($450)
Starting January 16 12-Week Winter Session Tuition $275 • Drop-in $25/class starting January 23 Enroll at: bluebearmusic.org/littlebears Fort Mason Center (Marina District) Baby Bears (4 mos to 1 yr) Tue 11-11:45 am w/Rachel Thu 11-11:45 am w/Rachel Fri 11-11:45am w/Tara Jean Bouncy Bears (1 to 2 yrs) Mon 10-10:45 am w/Michael Tue 10-10:45 am w/Rachel Wed 10-10:45 am w/Tennessee Thu 10-10:45 am w/Rachel Thu 3:30-4:15 pm w/Michael Fri 10-10:45 am w/Tara Jean Boppin’ Bears (2 to 3 yrs) Mon 11-11:45am w/Michael Tue 10-10:45am w/Rachel Thu 3:30-4:15pm w/Michael Boogie Bears (3 to 5 yrs) Thu 4:30-5:15pm w/Michael Mixed Bears (6 mos to 5 yrs) Wed 11-11:45 am w/Tennessee NEW! Children’s Creativity Museum (SOMA) Bouncy Bears (1 to 2 yrs) Thu 10-10:45 am w/Tennessee Mixed Bears (6 mos to 5 yrs) Wed 11-11:45 am w/Tennessee Noe Valley Ministry (Noe Valley) Baby Bears (4 mos to 1 yr) Mon 11-11:45 am w/Rachel Bouncy Bears (1 to 2 yrs) Mon 3:30-4:15 pm w/Rachel Wed 10-10:45 am w/Rachel Sat 10-10:45 am w/Michael Boppin’ Bears (2 to 3 yrs) Mon 10-10:45 am w/Rachel Boogie Bears (3 to 5 yrs) Mon 4:30-5:15 pm w/Rachel Sat 11-11:45 am w/Michael Mixed Bears (6 mos to 5 yrs) Wed 11-11:45 am w/Rachel The Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley) Bouncy Bears (1 to 2 yrs) Tue 10-10:45 am w/Tennessee Mixed Bears (6 mos to 5 yrs) Tue 11-11:45 am w/Tennessee Use Code: Second when signing up more than one child for the same 19 class. Drop-in Classes start January 23, see website for details.