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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Music, Performing Arts Schools, Visual Arts

Mission: The Community School of Music and Arts inspires excellence through art and music education for people of all ages and abilities. CSMA is dedicated to making the arts and arts education accessible to all, regardless of age, skill level, background or financial means. We are proud that each and every one of our programs are designed to provide the opportunity for meaningful engagement in the arts to those who would otherwise have no access.

Results: CSMA has a 50-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). 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 20,000 people annually with a wide array of innovative programs. This includes over 16,000 students off-site in over 50 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and over 5,000 inter-generational students on-site. We are proud to employ an outstanding faculty of 160 professional artist-educators, helping to support their creative lives and livelihood as contributors to the cultural and economic vitality of this region.

Target demographics: CSMA reaches more than 40,000 people in Silicon Valley through a variety of high-quality music and arts education programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16,000+ students in our in-school programs, 50+ local schools, 5,000 community members at the Finn Center

Geographic areas served: Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and over 20 other Bay Area communities

Programs: CSMA's acclaimed in-school instructional programs (Art4Schools and Music4Schools) fill a critical gap in children's education with weekly, sequential, standards-based art and music classes in over 50 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. Our Art School offers a professional quality art studio environment for students of all skill levels and interests with classes ranging from life drawing to landscape painting to 2-D design and clay. 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.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jinlin W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We tried out CSMA based on a friend's referral a few years ago and have been loving it. Both of our kids take lessons from Mrs. Dobrish who is very excellent in teaching piano. CSMA staff members are supportive, encouraging, and caring. The facility is well organized and welcoming.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both of my children grew up with CSMA. My daughter is now 22, and my son 19. They attended music and me classes having fun with egg shakers and different instruments, group intro to piano classes with kind and interested teachers when they were toddlers. In elementary school years, they went to summer camps, made African masks, drew comic books, built bird houses, constructed pianos out of granite, painted self portraits, sang songs from Broadway and learned to play classical guitar and percussion. They were overjoyed when their art pieces were displayed in Mountain View City Hall, and even won an award. In middle school, their music education, theory classes allowed they to play with confidence and competence with their selected instrument.
As a Merit scholar in percussion and learning jazz combo really added to my son's confidence. I am glad to report that they have matured into interesting adults with healthy sense of curiosity and appreciation of the arts. As an adult, I have taken jewelry making classes with my daughter, digital photography, voice lessons, piano lessons and attended World Harmony Chorus. Music theory was challenging for me since i had no music background. Not only was I able to learn to read music, but develop long-term friendships along the way. We grew up with CSMA. It's a fabulous school that supports the community. We could be the school mascots!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My child starts her music lessons here. She builds her musicianship from her private lesson teachers and Merit scholar program. She feels honor to get the chance to play music for community. CSMA is not only a music school, it is also part of our community to cultivate members to enjoy and love music.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sent my kid to two of the summer camps CSMA offered and I was VERY impressed by the high quality of instruction. The Broadway Bound Camp really blew us away: 1. Kaye DeVries is the top voice teacher in this field; 2. They had a live piano accompanist throughout the camp, rehearsals, and performance; 3. Kids got to perform at the beautiful Tateuchi Hall. My kid was shy in the beginning but they really encouraged her--she ended up having a solo part and enjoyed the experience very much.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My kid is a real music lover. While we move back to Bay Area we were a little concern of how continuing of his music education, although we were accepted by the pre-college of SF conservatory of music, but choose to give a CSMA a try since it’s really very close to our home. It turns out being a very successful decision. Teachers in private lesson, composition and theory class are all super professional, it make a solid foundation and help to preparing for the exam and stage performance of my kid very well.
My kid and his friends also took some music camp during holidays, and they enjoyed a lot.
We also benefit a lot by their frequent listed concerts and events in Tateuchi Hall where artists from around the world!
CSMA is a great asset to the the whole community. We felt so lucky that we live so close to it.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our children have been attending CSMA for private music lessons for 17 years now. CSMA has grown a lot during those years but still provides consistent, high quality music education for our family(We learn a lot from sitting in children's lessons). The atmosphere of the school is great. We enjoy seeing and hearing other people engaged in learning music and arts. We feel very lucky to have access to such high quality music education nearby.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've taken a few different art classes at CSMA as an adult just for fun. Every class I took was really enjoyable and encouraged me to be more expressive. Meeting in person with other students and great teachers really makes a difference in my creative pursuits.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great faculty and versatile art programs. The location is great with easy access.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this school. I have a full time job but I love to explore my interest in drawing and music. I have been taking drawing class about a year. My level has improved tremendously thanks to great teachers. Their schedule is very flexible and cost is reasonable. I'm also taking my kid here to learn and he had a great fun. I highly recommend this school to everyone.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at CSMA and have had an amazing experience here. The range of activities is huge with very talented and passionate instructors and teachers. The administrative staff is very professional. The grounds are lovely and well kept. So grateful to have a space like this, fostering creativity in the community, and giving a platform to children and adults alike!

2 ChristinaStein

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a delight to teach music at CSMA! The school provides a creative and supportive environment for both faculty and students. CSMA is unique in providing quality music and art classes for all ages, from preschoolers to advanced students and adults. Growing up in the Bay Area, I only wish I had known about CSMA before going to study music in college (San Francisco Conservatory). I would have taken theory classes and studied privately with recital opportunities. Please avail yourself of this wonderful resource in our community!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

CSMA has provided wonderful experiences for everyone in my family--music lessons plus music and art classes for me; music lessons and art summer camps for my kids; volunteer leadership and employment opportunities for my kids; and free concerts and art exhibits that our family had experienced for years. My kids also both had the music and art curriculum in their elementary school provided by CSMA. It's good to know also that CSMA makes its services available to people of all ages and abilities, regardless of ability to pay. It's a valuable community resource.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a music major in college. she loves music but couldn't stay in the major unless she passed music theory classes, for which she was ill prepared. she was devasted that she might have to change majors. I called the CSMA and they put together a rigorous one on one program to teach my daughter the basics of music theory so she do well in the college courses. It worked and she is getting a B+ in music theory and can remain a music major.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Why aren't the most current financials posted? Information is dated.

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CSMA_ 06/02/2017

Hello, I apologize for the confusion with our financials and documents! GuideStar works with GreatNonprofits to provide the most up to date 990 financial statements available from the IRS, which currently is from 2014-2015. You should be able to view this and our most current Annual Report from this past fiscal year on Guidestar. We aim to be as transparent as possible with our financials and program information and encourage you to visit our website at arts4all.org to learn more!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 community singing, and have attended free concerts there as well. CSMA is a wonderful community asset and I look forward to taking additional classes there. I highly recommend it to everyone I know.

2 Taylor Eigsti

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 8 years, and I was always surrounded by a real community of people who care about the students, and access to the arts for people of all ages. Every year more and more funding is cut for arts programs across the country, and it is a relief that a place like CSMA is not only going strong, but is constantly expanding and growing, with inspiring leadership and new directions. I just know that during my experience with CSMA, I grew so much as a musician and learned about both music and also the process of effectively teaching music. I attribute a great deal of any growth and success I've had as a performing musician to having CSMA in my life, where I was truly encouraged to keep playing music and I was surrounded by positivity. The Community School of Music and Arts helps so many people continue to develop in the arts, or take a brand new interest in learning about the arts, or pass along information to young people about exploring their imagination artistically. I sincerely hope that their visibility as an organization continues to rise, and that they will continue to be the Bay Area's foremost source of music education for many years to come.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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 ago I helped "jury" art work produced by elementary school kids from CSMA's in-school arts program and, as always, was moved and hugely impressed by the quality and creativity CSMA is nurturing.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the unique perspective of being able to take lessons and classes as an "insider" during my four years of employment at CSMA. Over the years I found every teacher, every staff person, every Board member to be very kind-hearted and really dedicated to helping students learn about the arts. Also, if you've never been to the building, it's really unique and worth the trip. Even if your pocketbook is tight, it doesn't matter -- they have awesome financial aid and the one-on-one interaction with your teacher will make it worthwhile.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally been involved with this organization for almost 10 years. My husband was involved with it for 5 -10 years before me. It is an exceptional nonprofit in all facets: personnel, resource management, responsable and active board, well-respected in the community, and high-quality in the value of programs delivered. In my profession I have had the opportunity to be onsite and work closely with more than 100 volunteer organizations. I've been en employee of nonprofits; a board member; a recipeint of services; a general volunteer; and a consultant to them. For an organization that started out of someone's back porch - it has grown to be a community leader. One that provides arts and music education; free performances; and a wide range of multi-cultural productions that reflect and improve our community. I am proud to recommend CSMA as an Outstanding Nonprofit.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I taught for CSMA before I became a board member. I was so impressed with the Kodaly curriculum and felt that the children loved the program and learned how to read music as well as enjoying the singing and rhythm activities. I love children and love music so it was a natural for me. I really enjoy being a board member. I was on the Capital campaign and developed a real pride in the new building. The people on the board are truly outsanding in their love and committment to the school. What a joy it is to work with such a fine organization that brings music and art to all.