Designed to teach students how to interpret music and understand the creative process behind music composition. 


We currently offer two different community courses that celebrate the joy of music. Afternoon at the Opera allows students to have open discussion on the Metropolitan Opera and learn from an Operatic professional. The West Bay Community Band gives students the opportunity to participate in many different styles of music while collaborating in a group of diverse talents and instruments. Both courses are a great way to learn about and appreciate music.

Afternoon at the Opera

ONLINE: Prep for the Met is a great way to get the scoop on the Operas being broadcast by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. These unique screenings are being played all over the world and combine the world’s greatest singers with beautiful sets and dramatic cinematography. These talks are meant to enrich your viewing experience and serve as program notes to the broadcasts. We’ll also be taking an in depth look at some of the Opera titles being performed locally. Every class will feature the background of the composer and the history of the show peppered with clips from some of the great performers from days of yore and the instructor is an Operatic professional so you know you’ll get all that juicy insider info.

Section: 89201
Location: Hybrid (Online & In person at San Mateo Senior Center, Activity Room)
Dates: Every Tuesday 9/6-12/13
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Fee: $105
Instructor: Deborah Rosengaus

West Bay Community Band

If you’ve been itching to play again, come join the West Bay Community Band. NO audition required. Our band has over 40 fun-loving musicians who enjoy playing music of all styles and periods, performing, and appreciate being part of an ensemble. All instruments needed. Gain new musical knowledge and skill. For more information, contact Erinn Washburn at Only vaccinated people are permitted to join the band. Thank you for your understanding.
Section: 089701
Location: Mills High School
Dates: Every Monday 8/22-12/12 (No class 11/24)
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00 PM
Fee: $120
Instructor: Erinn Washburn
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