Maybeck Evening Classes for Adults

Maybeck Evening Classes for Adults

Winter 2019


Maybeck will once again be offering evening courses this winter.

Each course will meet on 4 consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm beginning January 30th and concluding February 20th.

The cost for each course is $100.

Please sign up by sending a check to Maybeck High School along with a note telling us what course you would like to take. (Maybeck High School, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley, 94705) Or you may pay by paypal on our website, and then email your preference to




Contemporary Composers in 2019

Taught by Mario Godoy


Who are our important composers today? What are they creating? Today’s composers didn’t just grow up surrounded by traditional classical music like their 18th and 19th century predecessors, composers today grew up listening to rock, pop, jazz, blues, hip-hop, r&b, and virtually every other kind of music you can imagine, and it has shaped the way that they create their music. We will be covering some of the most influential figures in modern classical music, and even a selection of lesser known “up and coming” composers. The class will feature a bit of music history, a bit of music theory, and a whole lot of music listening and discussion. Of course, we will not be able to cover every single important figure in contemporary music, but by the end of this class, you should have the tools you need to explore and discover new music on your own. Anyone is welcome to join regardless of your musical background.



The Art of the Short Story

Taught by Daniel Herman


Short stories would seem to be the perfect literary form for our times. Almost every other medium has grown continually shorter—we’ve gone from writing 100-word emails to 100-character texts; teenagers have gone watching 28-minute sitcoms on CBS to ten-second stories on Snapchat. But despite this narrowing of narrative breadth (and perhaps attention span), short stories have been in decline since the 1950s. So why doesn’t anyone read short stories (aside from the occasional one in The New Yorker)? One reason may be the intensity of a short story—deprived the breadth of a novel, a short story rarely allows one to come up for air. In this course, we will immerse ourselves in the intense density (indensity, perhaps?) of some of the greatest short stories of the past hundred years, including works by James Baldwin, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Walker, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, and others. There will be lots of discussion, some writing, and other fun things.





Citizen An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Taught by William Webb


Join us as we explore one of the most lauded and discussed books of recent years.  Citizen by Claudia Rankine is a frank and honest look at racism and the visible and invisible bodies today in America.  Read what the Adroit Journal has to say about Citizen. 


“It is a painful process to read Citizen, but the suffering involved in parsing story after story of ignorance, violence, disrespect, is what makes Rankine’s book required reading: we know that these stories are true, and by exerting us to live them, to be the “you” that embodies blackness in the US, Rankine forces them into the public consciousness they deserve.”


Together we will create a classroom space where we can discuss the book and the questions that Claudia Rankine brings to us. Exploring a challenging text in community is both rewarding and revealing. Come learn with us.




Charles Casey