Resources & Links - Blue Bear School of Music

Other Fort Mason Center Programs – In addition to Blue Bear, there are more than 40 nonprofit organizations at Fort Mason involved with the visual and performing arts, humanities, education, ecology and recreation.

Education Resources – Cool online ear training exercises – Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers is a nonprofit hearing information source for musicians and music lovers founded by Blue Bear alumnus Kathy Peck, formerly the bass player and singer for SF punk band The Contractions. – The Musicians’ Exchange has a wealth of information about being and becoming a musician, from legal resources to finding lyrics, from education to getting gigs. – Licensed digital sheet music. Over 280,000 titles in their catalog. 

Songwriters Resources – West Coast Songwriters is very active in the Bay Area nourishing, educating and promoting songwriters.

The Rhyme Desk is a nice tool for poets and songwriters. – An excellent singer/songwriter magazine.

Live Music – Going Out and Playing Out

Bay Area venues:
Boom Boom Room
Bottom of the Hill
Elbo Room
Hotel Utah
The Independent
Rickshaw Stop – An excellent guide to live music at local venues.

Listings of open mics in the San Francisco Bay Area: – Blue Bear partner Lennon Studios is a favorite location for Blue Bear bands to schedule extra rehearsals.

Pop Music History – You can find a lot of rock history on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website. – A good resource for early rock n’ roll history. – The All Music Guide’s on-line Allmusiczine has in-depth interviews, reviews and news. Check out the Music Maps and Music Styles section for some interesting history. – An encyclopedic, personal (Jan Geerinck) and very interesting history of just about every style you can think of as Popular Music: Blues, Soul, Disco, House, Reggae, Jazz, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Dub, Rap and Hip-Hop, Garage, Techno, Electro, Rare Groove, Acid Jazz, AfroBeat, Rock, Brazil, and R&B. – Visit the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for the latest news and to read artist bios, reviews and articles. – An excellent starting place to explore blues history.

Miscellaneous – Little Kids Rock is dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children. Their West Coast office is in San Francisco and can be reached at 415.674.1303. – An excellent grassroots music lobbying organization. – California Lawyers for the Arts provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs and publications to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations. – Making Music is a magazine for adult amateur musicians who play music to meet friends, stay healthy, and have fun – articles to inform and inspire the recreational musician, including product reviews, musician spotlights, and news about the latest research into the link between making music and lifelong health.

Other Bay Area Music Programs – San Francisco Community Music Center – The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts – San Francisco Conservatory of Music

jazzschool – The JazzSchool in Berkeley – The Stanford Jazz Workshop – Cazadero Performing Arts Camp – Jazz Camp West

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