Uplift Music

OUSD Youth Musicians playing in orchestras


Disrupting Inequities in Music Instruction for Underserved Youth in Oakland, CA’s public schools.

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. We elevate established and burgeoning leaders in music education and performance by growing and deepening educational excellence.

Each annual school project strives to:

Build a sense of belonging, with a safe learning environment where music students feel connected and inspired.

Uplift OUSD music instructors
Ease the OUSD Music teachers’ stressors through active support, planning, strategizing, and networking. Also, empower their position as role models for their students.

CONNECT participants to the Oakland Arts Community through volunteers, foundation support, and organizational partnerships.

What’s in it for the Students

This program aims to increase opportunities for OUSD students to have equitable access to excellent music education in a safe space, with a community of peers, professional educators and community supporters.


The UPLIFT Music program anticipates five of the following outcomes with our standard monitoring and evaluation method through assessment and surveys.

  1. Increased confidence in music performance and countering impact from years of isolation as a result of distance learning.
  2. Increased attendance and community engagement.
  3. Improved access to instructors, mentors, and students’ experiences.
  4. Increased employment opportunities for high school students pursuing professional music careers.
  5. Improved academic performance.

Read below to learn about how we uplifted the music in the Claremont Middle School.