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Are you interested in writing music and jamming with your friends? Try this improvisation and songwriting class at SDYS!

Collective Composition

Led by SDYS percussion teaching artist Ruben Hernandez, students will find joy and comfort in taking risks and creatively expressing themselves by making music! Through the use of ostinato, groove, melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, form, and other musical elements, students learn how to intuitively create and compose music through experimentation and improvisation.

Improvisation & Songwriting is open to all current SDYS Inspiration, Showcase, and Ovation students and their friends who have had at least one year of experience in an orchestra or band instrument.

Elective Details

Instructor: Ruben Hernandez, SDYS Teaching Artist
Locations: Chula Vista and Balboa Park
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:45 pm (Chula Vista) & Thursdays, 6-7:15 pm (Balboa Park)
See Tuesday class calendar | See Thursday class calendar
Eligibility: SDYS Inspiration, Showcase, and Ovation students, and ages 10+ for all other students with one year of experience
Tuition Cost for SDYS students: $250 (11 weeks)
Tuition Cost for non-SDYS students: $300

*Limited tuition assistance available; please contact the Conservatory Team for more information.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Tuition Deadline: February 4, 2022

For any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Conservatory team at 619-233-3232 x 4 or email at

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