Emeritus Fall 2023 Schedule

Music – Performing Arts


HUMDEV E17, Senior Seminar – Luisa R.G. Kot Concert Series

This seminar provides a supportive atmosphere for discussions about a variety of topics of interest to older adults. Topics may include philosophy, music, laughter as good medicine, legislation that affects older adults, and others. For example, in a seminar focused on philosophy, older adults might explore philosophical sources and connections between ideas, values, and concepts that are relevant to older adults’ life experiences. In a seminar focused on musical performance, older adults might be exposed to different performers, composers, and musicians and engage in stimulating discussions about music, performers’ lives, the ways in which music and art can enrich one’s life, and so forth. Regardless of the specific topic, this seminar provides a space for older adults to socialize with their peers and validate their life experiences while gaining exposure to mentally stimulating content.

Course Number: 9799 Time: 3 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. ThLocation: EC 1227 107Instructor: Peterson J DThis section meets every week, which is a change over prior terms.

MUSIC E00, Concert Band

This course reinforces older adults’ love of performing music in public and provides a structure for them to express themselves and participate in a performance group during their later years. Older adults also experience the physical benefits of deep breathing and head, eye, and ear coordination that result from playing a musical instrument. The course mentally stimulates older adults to concentrate on a wide variety of musical score, memorize parts, and problem solve in front of an audience.

Course Number: 9809 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. ThLocation: PAC 110Instructor: Miyoshi YAbove section 9809 meets at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

MUSIC E02, Guitar for Older Adults

This course re-stimulates older adults’ interest in and knowledge of music played on the guitar and enhances their self-expression through music. Older adults learn basic and some advanced guitar chords, strumming patterns, and finger picks while playing songs from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, as well as traditional folk songs.

Course Number: 9810 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. MWLocation: ONLINEInstructor: Terry Jr P WStudents are expected to bring their own guitar and tuner with them each week to class. Music stands will be provided. Students will be expected to purchase their own “Guitar Methods” book. Specific guidelines on how to pick a guitar and which “Guitar Methods” book to purchase will be shared to all enrolled students by August 1.

Course Number: 9857 Time: 03:00 p.m. - 04:30 TThLocation: EC 1227 409Instructor: Schulman J


MUSIC E03, “The Merits” – Vocal Ensemble

This course provides older adults with an opportunity to express themselves musically, perform in community events, gain a sense of belonging to a creative peer group, and continue their life experiences in music. The course also helps older adults improve their vocal performance skills, rehearsal techniques, and general knowledge of music.

Course Number: 9811 Time: 10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. TLocation: FST PRESInstructor: Bryant WAbove section meets at First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St. (2nd & Wilshire).


MUSIC E04, Voice Training

This course provides a venue for older adults to discover or strengthen their musical creativity, personal vocal skill, performance standards, and self-confidence. Vocal exercises and solo singing. Advanced memorization is stressed.

Course Number: 9812 Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. ThLocation: EC 1227 107Instructor: Parnell D J

MUSIC E06, Gospel Community Chorus

This course introduces older adults to gospel music, literature, and singing techniques with the goal of performing throughout the community. The course provides a venue for older adult students to express themselves through gospel music, gain knowledge of the history of gospel music, build or rebuild their self-confidence as soloists or group performers, and interact with a group of creative peers.

Course Number: 9813 Time: 1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. WLocation: PAC 107Instructor: Bryant WAbove section meets at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

MUSIC E10, Spanish Folk Singing

This course provides older adults (primarily those with a working knowledge of the Spanish language) with an opportunity to practice and perform music in Spanish from around the world. Older adult students are introduced to Spanish music, literature, and singing techniques from their own and other cultures, and encouraged to express themselves through Spanish folk songs.

Course Number: 9814 Time: 12 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. TLocation: VP TERRYInstructor: Perez J ZAbove section meets at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave.

MUSIC E30, Opera Appreciation

This course helps older adults understand and appreciate opera as a music form and provides opportunities for socialization through shared interests. Older adults learn about the creative aspects, history, and development of opera. The course includes operatic experiences, live productions, and other opportunities for mental stimulation and peer group socialization.

Course Number: 9815 Time: 10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. TLocation: ONLINEInstructor: Jackson L R

MUSIC E32, Music Appreciation

This course helps older adults understand how music can enhance their life experiences by learning more about music styles, composition, performance, and historical periods. Older adults listen to and discuss musical selections and composers’ biographies; expand their musical knowledge and understanding of different types of music, including orchestral, jazz, indigenous, and film music; and explore different aspects of musical performance by comparing different performers’ recordings of the same piece.

Course Number: 9816 Time: 12 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. FLocation: ONLINEInstructor: Peterson J DFocus your appreciation through exciting listening experiences. Discuss musical periods and begin to understand performances in greater depth.

Course Number: 9817 Time: 1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. MLocation: EC 1227 107Instructor: Hetz M LExplore classical music and learn about music. For all levels. Discuss the interaction of culture, language and social events that shape the creativity of musicians. Enjoy performances by rising student performers. Above section meets at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

MUSIC E34, Lyric Chorus

This course provides older adults with a musical growth experience, opportunities to enhance their self-esteem and sense of belonging, and a way to express their creativity and interact with peers. Older adults rehearse and perform three-part arrangements of classics, Broadway hits, and ragtime music, and learn to be positive contributors to the sound, appearance, and artistic personality of a performing chorus while keeping their concentration and lung capacity at a peak.

Course Number: 9818 Time: 9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. ThLocation: EC 1227 107Instructor: Gerhold T

MUSIC E51, Piano and Theory

This course is intended to enhance the enjoyment of creating music among older adults and enhance their ability to express themselves through music. Older adults learn to play piano music at their own level and pace, and participate in group discussions with peers. Older adults also learn musical skills and concepts and develop their ability to play piano music.

Course Number: 9819 Time: 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. SLocation: PAC 206Instructor: Hetz M LThis section is for the intermediate and advanced students. Above section meets at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.

Course Number: 9820 Time: 12 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. TLocation: ONLINEInstructor: Hetz M LThis section will meet online only.

Course Number: 9865 Time: 12:00PM-01:50PM FLocation: PAC 206Instructor: Hetz M LThis section is for the beginner student. Above section meets at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street.