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Courses in the Laney College Music Department are designed to fulfill the needs of music majors, professional musicians, and those whose interest is vocational or recreational. Students are encouraged to contact the Music Department Chair for specific guidance when planning to transfer to a four-year institution in this major. A new AA-Transfer degree is now available, along with the revised local AA in Music. See Degree Requirements page for more details.

Learn to Read Music! New classes in Music Skills (Music 121-124) provide a foundation for reading music at sight, music dictation and ear-training. It is highly recommended that these classes be taken in order, as they are both challenging and progressive.

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Music Department Events: (Free Unless Marked Otherwise)

Music Department Faculty Recital. Thursday, April 19, 12 noon, G189.  Featuring Dale Tsang (piano), Ron Galen (guitar), Scott Pratt (piano), Lori Willis (voice), John Reager (composer and piano), and Charles Gurke (baritone sax). Free

Purple Bamboo Orchestra: Saturday April 21, 7 PM, Odell Johnson Theater (Laney College). General Admission $35

Music Department Student Recital. Thursday, April 26, 12 noon, G189.  Featuring some of our wonderful student performers. Free

Berkeley Youth Orchestra, Saturday May 12, 11 AM, featuring 100 members, performing works of Gliere, Albéniz, Verdi, Beriot, Strauss, and Vaughn Williams. Odell Johnson Theater (Laney College). For ticket information: BYO

Laney Jazz Orchestra, Join conductor Charlie Gurke for a Jazz filled evening! Monday, May 14, 7PM, Odell Johnson Theater (Laney College). Free

Laney’s Oakland City Chorus featuring the World premier of Spring Dawn by Aaron Mobley (sung in Mandarin)Kleine Orgelmesse  by Franz Joseph Haydn, and excerpts from Garden Songs by Fanny Mendelssohn. Wednesday, May 16, 7PM, Odell Johnson Theater (Laney College). General Admission $20, $10 Students/Seniors.

Lucy Kinchen Chorale, Sunday, May 20, 3 PM, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. “Sing ‘Till the Sprit Moves” Lori Willis, Director. Free (donations welcome)

Classes for General Students

Classes for Music Majors and Other Musicians