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Mountain View
California 94040
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Target demographics: CSMA reaches more than 40,000 people in Silicon Valley through a variety of high-quality music and arts education programs. CSMA’s acclaimed in-school instructional programs (Arts in Action, Music in Action) fill a critical gap in children’s education with weekly, sequential, standards-based art and music classes at 29 K-12 schools. Our Music School serves students of all skill levels and musical interests, offering private lessons on 27 instruments, group instruction, core curriculum classes in musicianship, theory, and ensemble performance, special workshops, and performance opportunities. The community also participates in a wide range of art classes from life drawing to landscape painting to 2-D design and clay whether their skill level is beginning or advanced. The Visual Arts Program also includes after-school “art clubs” at local elementary schools and creative vacation and summer camps for children in grades K-8. CSMA’s Digital Arts Program empowers students with high-level skills focused on developing creativity with technology. This creative energy is directed toward storytelling, networking, art and music production, and new media syndication. The expanding Pre-School Program prepares young children ages 18 months to 4 years old for a lifetime of learning with a developmentally based curriculum. The program includes on-site and off-site art and music classes, including bi-lingual (Spanish and English) instruction for Head Start and Even Start students at a local school. CSMA brings the community together through year-round concerts, lectures, and exhibitions, which are all free and open to the public. Through interactive performances, open receptions, and targeted lectures, our growing audiences enjoy the rare opportunity to directly interact with the artists, gaining insight into their creative process. CSMA is proud to employ an outstanding faculty of 100+ professional artist-educators, helping to support their creative lives and livelihood as contributors to the cultural and economic vitality of this region.

Programs: CSMA reaches more than 40,000 people in Silicon Valley through a variety of high-quality music and arts education programs. CSMA?s acclaimed in-school instructional programs (Arts in Action, Music in Action) fill a critical gap in children?s education with weekly, sequential, standards-based art and music classes at 27 K-12 schools. Our Music School serves students of all skill levels and musical interests, offering private lessons on 27 instruments, group instruction, core curriculum classes in musicianship, theory, and ensemble performance, special workshops, and performance opportunities. The community also participates in a wide range of art classes from life drawing to landscape painting to 2-D design and clay whether their skill level is beginning or advanced. The Visual Arts Program also includes after-school ?art clubs? at local elementary schools and creative vacation and summer camps for children in grades K-8. CSMA?s Digital Arts Program empowers students with high-level skills focused on developing creativity with technology. This creative energy is directed toward storytelling, networking, art and music production, and new media syndication. The expanding Pre-School Program prepares young children ages 18 months to 4 years old for a lifetime of learning with a developmentally based curriculum. The program includes on-site and off-site art and music classes, including bi-lingual (Spanish and English) instruction for Head Start and Even Start students at a local school. CSMA brings the community together through year-round concerts, lectures, and exhibitions, which are all free and open to the public. Through interactive performances, open receptions, and targeted lectures, our growing audiences enjoy the rare opportunity to directly interact with the artists, gaining insight into their creative process. CSMA is proud to employ an outstanding faculty of 100+ professional artist-educators, helping to support their creative lives and livelihood as contributors to the cultural and economic vitality of this region.

Mission:
The Community School of Music and Arts enhances the quality of life in our region by engaging our diverse community in high-quality arts education, performances and exhibitions. At the heart of CSMA?s mission is accessibility. Each year, we award $279,000+ in financial aid and program subsidies for youth and low-income families to have ongoing, meaningful access to arts education.
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CSMA has a 40-year history of excellence and is the largest non-profit provider of arts education services in Northern California. We have received recognition from the California Arts Council (Exemplary Arts Education, Artists-in-Residence Multi-Residency, YEA!, and AIS Grants); National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (Arts-in-the-Schools Programs named Mentor Programs); and the City of Mountain View (multiple Mayor’s Awards). We have also been profiled on KQED’s Spark program, as well as having our digital music program featured on network television on the weekly broadcast of "Tech Now." In 2004, CSMA was the only arts organization among six other non-profits to receive a prestigious Skoll Foundation Award for Innovation.



In January 2004, after 36 years and 6 “temporary” locations, CSMA opened its own first permanent home at Finn Center. Built with strong community support and $12 million raised, our 25,000 square-feet facility houses 17 music studios, 8 art and music classrooms, a digital arts lab, faculty resource room, public exhibition gallery, and one of the finest small concert halls in Northern California. The center has won excellence in design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Business Week, and Architectural Record.



Since the opening of Finn Center, CSMA has experienced unprecedented growth and has affirmed its place as a nationally recognized leader in community-building through arts education. We now reach over 40,000 people annually with a wide array of innovative programs. This includes 7,500 students off-site in K-12 schools and over 5,000 inter-generational students on-site, our highest enrollment ever. We are proud to employ an outstanding faculty of 110+ professional artist-educators, helping to support their creative lives and livelihood as contributors to the cultural and economic vitality of this region.

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10/12/08
l have taken both art and music classes for adults at CSMA over the last few years.I have enjoyed them all - the instructors are excellent and the scope of the courses is broad enough to cover all skill levels. I also participated in the World Harmony Chorus, which is a wonderful way to get the ... more »
08/28/08
My name is Taylor Eigsti, and I am a professional jazz pianist who grew up in the Bay Area, CA. I first became involved with CSMA when I was 6 years old, taking jazz piano lessons with Randy Masters, along with some art classes at the same facility. I continued to take lessons there for about 7 or ... more »
08/28/08
I have been a CSMA supporter, volunteer, and contributor for more than 20 years. It has grown into a very competent, professional and successful organization that still retains a zeal for its mission and all of the best characteristics of a small, fun, friendly place to learn and work. A few months ... more »
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