Arts & Language Programs

OYC West County Chorus

Ages: 9 - 15

From music of the world to Motown, rounds to rock and roll, OYC singers sing it all and share their voices in celebrating the East Bay! Oakland Youth Chorus is a professional, award winning multicultural music education program connecting singers from over 25 schools and 7 communities each year. Each week in class, OYC singers build vocal and musical skills including melody, rhythm, harmony and music theory in a creative and encouraging environment. Through performance opportunities at OYC concerts and throughout the East Bay at venues like the Oakland Zoo and Chabot Space and Science, OYC members make new friends, explore and celebrate different cultures and styles of music. Materials Fee of $25 due on the first day of class.

Instructor: Oakland Youth Chorus

Location: CC Garden Room - 7007 Moeser Lane

NEW! Introduction to Ukulele - Starting in February 2020

Ages: 14+

Learn the fundamentals of playing the ukulele in a fun and supportive environment! This class will take you through all the basics including strumming patterns, right and left-hand techniques, understanding chord diagrams, and reading tablature and musical notation. You will learn common chords that will enable you to play hundreds of songs. You’ll also learn melody fingerpicking, experience playing together to create harmony, and you’ll gain helpful practice tips and exercises. No musical knowledge or experience is required. Please bring your ukulele, a tuner, and a folding music stand. $3 material fee should be paid to the instructor on the first day of the session.

Instructor: Lara Markowitz

Location: Garden Room - 7007 Moeser Lane

NEW! Mandarin class: Beginners - STARTING IN January 2020

Ages: 15+

Classes are designed for high school students and adults. Students will learn Chinese through books, song, poems and games. Participants will learn and practice skills including speaking, listening, reading and writing in Chinese. The goal is to increase interest in learning and using Chinese in daily life.

Instructor: Li Zhong

Location: Teeter Tot Room - 7007 Moeser Lane