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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great faculty and versatile art programs. The location is great with easy access.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Why aren't the most current financials posted? Information is dated.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.