Our Violin Program is expanding!

We have three great violin teachers at Musically Minded Academy, Nicola Gruen, Sarah Wood and  Lauren Avery. We are expanding our string program and accepting 20 new students. We have  openings 7 days a week now. Musically Minded Academy’s unique program takes students through a carefully planned educational arc that  spans a school year. The […]

New Piano Teacher!

Our piano teachers are mostly full with the exception of our newest piano teacher, Peter Lopez! Musically Minded Academy started as Musically Minded Piano Studio many years ago. We have been offering piano lessons since 1993! We have a long standing tradition at a piano school. We have recently added a new piano instructor:   […]

Enroll in the Program

Private Program Lessons We offer private lessons for kids and adults. The youngest age child we will take is 4 years old, with a case-by-case exception for younger children. We teach beginners through pros and our staff has been selected for their diversity so that we may offer many genres of instruction. Needs for levels […]

Get ready for our first student event of the year!

Our first Academy event of the 2013-2014 year is on Sept. 8th! This event will get MMA students back in the saddle right away by having them perform pieces that they already know. Why so soon?  We are a performanced based program. We want playing in front of an audience to be ordinary, not extraordinary. […]

Still space in our Group Classes!

Group classes are starting this week and there is still space in: Group Piano, first level, Wednesdays at 5 pm or Fridays at 4:15 pm Group Drum Kit on Tuesdays at 4:15 Group Violin on Mondays at 4:30 or Tuesdays at 4. Enroll online, in person, or over the phone!

Practicing Tips

There are numerous factors that can help kids practice at home. Of course, ideally kids would just find their own motivation and structure their time to achieve their goals, yet let’s face it, even adults often lack that skill. The truth about practicing is that is a process that changes over time. Artistic kids are […]

Open House This Saturday Aug 24 at 1pm

We welcome the entire Oakland & East Bay community to Musically Minded Academy’s Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, ask questions and learn of the various musical offerings. 1:00 – 1:20 Intro by Director/Founder, Anna Orias.  Meet teachers & learn about programs. 1:20 – 1:30 General Q&A 1:30 – 2:00 […]

New term starts August 26th!

Wow! I cannot believe that I am entering my 23rd year of teaching and the 19th year of the Musically Minded Program! For many years, I ran it by myself as a sole proprietor in my living room, first in Berkeley and in Oakland. In 2005, Sarah Cappelli was the first instructor to join me […]

Re-enrollment deadline–Wednesday, July 17!

Hi all, Here at Musically Minded we’ve been working hard make sure that the Academy–and our students’ musical education–is even better for next year. Part of that process has been re-enrollment. If you are currently enrolled in the Program, or are a regular student who would like to upgrade to the Program, or even if […]