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Welcome to Musically Minded

Musically Minded Academy is a California 501(c)3 non-profit organization’s mission is to build community through performance based music education. We are dedicated to fostering musicians by building a supportive and thriving community, a haven for musicians and music lovers alike. Music is a language and we believe that people must be immersed in an environment with other musicians in it to grow and thrive.

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Our Programs

Musically Minded offers unique music education programs in multiple genres on most instruments designed to help students develop a passion not only for individual instruments but for excellent musicianship. We aim to inspire our students to learn music as a language and communicate and connect with themselves and their communities through the enjoyment of this art form.

The Academy Program

Musically Minded Academy students in a photo collage

The Academy Program allows students to enroll in private or small group weekly lessons online with quarterly hybrid in-person/online performances. We target families and teach multiple genres and instruments. 

Live Ensemble Classes

A photo collage of youth instrumentalists playing in ensembles and composing

In-person instrumental ensembles for budding through highly skilled musicians. Rooted in practices/repertoire from specific music periods and styles and stemming out to student-selected repertoire from any era. 

Uplift Music

OUSD Students playing in orchestras and bands

With Uplift Music, Musically Minded supports Oakland Public School Music (OUSD) Programs.

This program aims to disrupt inequities in music instruction for underserved youth in OUSD.

Support Musically Minded

Musically Minded relies on community and foundation support to offer our services and programs. Our Uplift Music program has been historically funded by the California Arts Council, the Bank of Marin, The Bill Graham Foundation, as well as an anonymous family foundation. Pre-pandemic, over 60% of our summer camp students attend with financial aid. We fundraise to provide scholarships, and also provide workforce development in Salesforce for school administrators, many of whom have gone through our program and have found paying jobs in this sector. 

Best Music School in Berkeley

Musically Minded Academy was identified as one of the best music schools in Berkeley by Expertise.com. Their goal is to connect people with the best local experts. They scored Berkeley Music Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to hand-pick a list of the best. And we are proud to announce that Musically Minded Academy is among the top 14 music schools in Berkeley, CA out of 33 schools in the category!
This would not have been possible without your support.

2021 Bronze Seal of Transparency

Our organization earned a 2021 Bronze Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can learn more about the work our organization does.

2022 Best of Parents Press Award

Musically Minded Academy has been selected as a 2022 Parents Press “Best of” Reader’s Choice awards in the category Classes for Musical Instrument Instruction.

We heartily thank our supporters.