“A good friend of mine (Paul Cummins) told me about Blue Bear and the incredible work they’ve been doing. I jumped at the chance to celebrate their 50th anniversary by jamming some Bowie with their teen all-star band. So fun. What an honor. They’ve been teaching kids to rock since 1971! I love Blue Bear…the original school of rock!!!”
Jack Black (actor, rocker, video game enthusiast)
Blue Bear School of Music is for all ages and skill levels. From rock, blues, jazz, folk, and pop, to DJ and electronic music classes, we have something for everyone:
As a nonprofit, Blue Bear also offers outreach programs that serve at-risk youth in a number of San Francisco neighborhoods.
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“Thank you so much for being so professional, patient and passionate about music and mentoring our kids.”
- Marianne, Little Bears parent
“Blue Bear is great all around. I've been doing band workshops there for years, and there is always more to learn.”
- Peter, Band Workshop student
“I cannot tell you how helpful it has been to help my kid grow not only as a musician, but as a person.”
- Irene, All Star Band parent
Our commitment to social equity through teaching popular music (rock, blues, urban, world) and making it accessible to a greater number of youth in our community, has been part of the Blue Bear culture for almost 50 years. We also offer significant savings and scholarships to assist students from families with financial need.
Your donation to Blue Bear School of Music is an investment in a vibrant, established and legacy non-profit organization that improves lives.
In just the last year, we have proudly served over 500 children and young adults through our Outreach Programs. We’ve seen our students gain confidence, find joy, and create greater community through their classes. We were thrilled to get this message recently from our wonderful Little Bears teacher Michael Chulada: “I thought you’d like to know, last Wednesday Hamilton Families Charity had a volunteer and partner appreciation event and they chose our program to acknowledge! They called me up and gave me a plaque and a tote bag decorated by the kids! It was a very touching experience! They are very grateful for the program, so we are doing some real good work there!” Thank you, Michael, and thank you Hamilton Familes!
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Our teachers have many years of experience in the music industry and can provide instruction across a wide variety of instruments and skill levels.Teachers
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