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The Original School of Rock 'n' Roll . . . since 1971

San Francisco’s Home for Music Lessons & Classes

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 organization, Blue Bear partners with schools, shelters, and community centers to bring the transformative power of playing music to underserved populations for FREE. Learn more about our Community Outreach programs.

Adult Music Programs

All Levels, Most InstrumentsFort Mason, SoMa, Online
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Making Music Changes Lives

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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What Students Say

“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

Jack Black celebrates Blue Bear’s 50th Anniversary!

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)


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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.


Got questions? Check out our FAQs to learn more about how classes are run, tuition, policies, and more.


Not sure where to get started? Our Program Director can help guide you. Schedule a phone call now!

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