Collage of Musically Minded students and teachers.

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.

Join us for Fall Session!

Orchestra   •   Jazz Band   •   In-person or online private or semi-private lessons   •   In-person small group lessons. 


The Academy Program – In-person or online private or small group weekly lessons with quarterly in-person performances. Age 4 through adult with multiple genres and instruments. (For group classes, see the Live Ensembles “Newbie Notes” Classes.)


A collage of 6 photos of students participating in our Live Ensembles. A row of violinists and a flute player, Jazz student horn players, young children playing bells and guitars, a drummer and a bass player and teachers.

Live Ensembles Program – Orchestra, Jazz Band, plus group classes for beginners. Multiple levels and instruments for Ages 4-adult. All in-person. 

Support Musically Minded

Musically Minded relies on community and foundation support to offer our services and programs. Our Uplift Music and Live Ensembles programs have been historically funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, the Bank of Marin, The Bill Graham Foundation, as well as an anonymous family foundation. Uplift Program is provided at no cost to schools or students and the Live Ensembles has sliding scale tuition down to zero for participation.

College of students playing music in programs at the academy.

We Support OUSD

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.

OUSD Students playing in orchestras and bands

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.

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.