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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: 18,000+ 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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to have discovered CSMA! When my child started private lessons in elementary school, she was rather tentative about the idea. Through gentle and consistent teaching, her instructor helped her blossom as a musician, such that now she is a CSMA merit scholar. Beyond the fulfillment she gets from making beautiful music, the whole process has immensely helped her with nervousness in front of groups, and has developed her poise. When I began to learn more about CSMA I was amazed to find the extent of art and music instruction they provide in schools here in the bay area- thousands and thousands of children get instruction in arts and in music through them. In ancient times.... when Prop 13 first passed, I gathered over 800 signatures to (successfully) petition the Saratoga school board to keep school music programs alive- it's been an important issue for me throughout my whole life. I'm so grateful that CSMA is here to provide this important service!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with CSMA for almost four years now, and have worked as a teacher for both the in-school and on-site programs, as well as in an administrative capacity. Prior to working here, I had attended several concerts through CSMA's Community Concert Series, and my husband and his brother had even taken drum lessons there with Jim Kassis in their youth! It has been so rewarding to work at CSMA and be surrounded by passionate, driven coworkers, and to have the opportunity to bring music into our students' lives. Although I am now working full-time as an administrator, I will always cherish and value my time teaching in CSMA's programs. Getting to spend my time teaching music to kids who otherwise wouldn't be receiving music education in their elementary schools was incredibly special. It has been a delight to teach in CSMA's programs, and a privilege to work as an administrator as well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with CSMA since 2002. My children took music lessons and also did summer art camps at CSMA. We really liked that the school offered variety of music and art classes for all skill levels and age groups. The staff is very supportive and encouraging. I also appreciated that CSMA offered art and music lessons at local public schools where the funding for arts and music has been dwindling over the past decade or so. I am really glad to be associated with CSMA as a board member. The all volunteer board members are passionate about CSMA and it's goal to ensure that all children in the community have access to an arts/music program.

1 Ann M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started her piano studies at the Community School of Music and Arts a few years ago after we worked with a number of piano teachers around the peninsula. I found that the high standards as well as the countless opportunities to perform in lots of settings makes this an incredible space for learning and discovery. We have seen countless performances by students and by professionals in the Tateuchi Hall. My sons are now also taking piano and guitar at the school and each teacher is able to meet the needs and curiosity of my children. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a space to learn about and enjoy art and music!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CSMA is an amazing institution that provides wonderful opportunities for people of all ages to discover talents they didn't know they had!

1 Andrea M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The preschool art classes are wonderful. My timid daughter has come out of her shell through their process-oriented classes and gentle, patient teachers. She is able to get messy, have fun and show off her artwork. These classes create a great space for her to explore without making a mess at home. I have recommended preschool classes to lots of friends.  

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve been with CSMA for three years. I have worked in the Art4Schools program, summer camp, and corporate arts program. What keeps me coming back to work every day is knowing that this is a place where I belong. I am surrounded by a group of amazing artists, musicians, and staff that help create an environment where students as well as teachers feel they can express themselves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My boys are students of a Mountain View elementary school, where CSMA provides Music and Arts instruction during the school time. My younger boy has been enjoying the art lessons all the times. The artwork they brought home sometimes really impressed me--- kids learned certain concept/topic, used interesting lines/colors/tools, then created very unique art! My older boy has learned how to play recorder and now learning trumpet (his own choice from multiple orchestra instruments) at school thru CSMA's music class. I am very impressed with the patience and skills of the teachers. They keep the 25-30+ kids per class kids in order. I was also surprised with the year-end recorder performance-- the whole grade was really playing in harmony. My boy has been diligently practicing the trumpet and I can see he is having fun. I look forward to the orchestra performance year-end!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter started and continued her music education till now as her freshman year in High school. She loves music and enjoy playing on stage. CSMA not only provide lessons to students, it also host countless concerts to enrich and outreach our communities. It provides complete music lessons to educate future musicians. My daughter is so proud of being part of it. We feel grateful having this music school nearby our neighborhood, and will continue to recommend it to everyone we know.
Many parents always ask me where do you find such great music teacher for your daughter? I always recommend CSMA where is the best one in SF bay area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hello, I am a mother of CSMA student. My son is taking piano lesson for almost 10 years! The experience is amazing! He enjoys his piano lessons. He received an excellent music education. During those years my son took also all music theory classes( 8 levels) and music history class. We love student recitals, we enjoy how beautiful students are playing! I will recommend CSMA to every age through K till 12 grade & adults too.The experience with this music school is excellent!

1 Yaming Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

great school and music programs! My daughter started private lesson at CSMA 3 year ago, she had enjoyed her every class since then. Not only the technical skills she has improved , but she also developed performance skills from the recitals CSMA provides thought out the year. The summer camps at CSMA are kids' favorite! Both of my kids went to the verity activities offered at CSMA last summer, from drawing, singing, dancing, to digital photographer, etc... they are super fun!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My grand daughters have taken piano lessons at CSMA for several years. I appreciate the thorough and inspirational teaching at the school. Also I love the experience for them AND for us - of attending their recitals several times a year. ! Indeed CSMA teaches many instruments as well as art lessons at the Finn Center. In our local schools - from San Mateo down to Las Gatos, CSMA has a wonderful curricululm in both music and art that progresses through the grades in many of our elementary school districts. It was a treat for me to visit a Mountain View school last May to see an amazing display of their art work - from K to 6th grade!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about the CSMA when my daughter was asked to be in a free strings program in the summer before middle school. That was great as it really inspired all of the kids chosen (often needy children) to continue with music in middle school. My daughter's major in music in college was in jeopardy until the CSMA worked with her one on one during the summer so that she would be proficient in music theory. Our area is extremely fortunate to have the CSMA which provides to everyone (whether they can pay or not) a variety of music and art classes for both those wanting to excel in art or music or for those who just enjoy them

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my daughters had music and art education for over 10 years at CSMA. All of the teachers are highly qualified and wonderful. This is the best school of its kind in the Bay Area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe in the work of CSMA! It shows up in so many places in our community. Music and visual art education are underfunded in our schools and may not be offered at all in schools,. CSMA offers music and art docent programs in many of our local schools giving our children an outlet for creative expression. They also are know for offering high quality, sequential private lessons and guide many excellent junior musicians. These are only a couple of CSMA's programs. If you want to see for yourself please come to one of their frequent community concerns. Most are offered free to the public.
Experience it yourself. You too will be a believer!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CSMA is a great addition to our community. They have a great variety of classes for children and adults to learn skills in the arts. My niece has taken several art classes there, and she has thoroughly enjoyed each one.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I moved to Mountain View with my 7 year old daughter a little over a year ago from Los Angeles. I was so excited to find CSMA for her. My daughter has taken 3 art classes already and loves the teacher and projects. CSMA has really helped me support her love for creativity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last eight years, my children took a variety of music lessons (piano, violin, viola, music theories) from CSMA. Many teachers are very kind, nurturing and encouraging. For example, Mr. Anthony Doheny has been my son's viola teacher for years. He is extremely good at fostering a relaxing and fun atmosphere. No matter how challenging my son's academics and other extracurricular activities are, my son always loves learning from Mr. Doheny. Without Mr. Doheny, I doubt that my son would still play the viola during his busiest high school years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my children started taking art classes at CSMA during preschool. It was a wonderful experience. I liked that the instructors exposed them to different artists and styles. It's an experience I wish I had as a child, and I'm thankful my children had this opportunity at CSMA. I made my first donation years ago with the hope that an underprivileged child might have a similar opportunity, and I continue to give today knowing that CSMA's mission is to bring arts to all. What a valuable community resource!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with CSMA since 1997 and have taught onsite classes ranging from preschool music (then called Adventures in Music), Group singing classes, and summer camps. In addition, I taught in the Music4Schools program from 1997-2015 and again from 2017-18. During my tenure in the M4S program, I taught TK - 3rd grade general music, 4th grade recorder, and after-school chorus. I also taught in special day classes in K-5th grade. Currently, I teach the Special Needs music classes onsite at CSMA.
CSMA is a great place to teach both onsite and off. I have always felt supported and valued by my supervisors. CSMA has so much to offer for students of all ages. Whether you're interested in art or music in private lessons or groups, I highly recommend coming to CSMA. The building is clean and modern with friendly staff at the front desk who are willing to help anytime.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Long ago my mom took art classes and I took music lessons from CSMA. Over the years I heard about educational benefits from parents of children who receive art and/or music education provided by CSMA at 58 public schools from San Jose to San Francisco. CSMA also provides financial aid to those in need, and merit scholarships to those who excel. For these reasons and more I joined the board to help CSMA make a positive impact in our community.

2 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.

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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!

1 chordchi

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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!

4 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!

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

Comments ( 1 )

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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.

3 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.