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Welcome to CCMC

Crowden Center for Music in the Community (CCMC) offers after school, weekend, and summer lessons and classes that meet the needs of a growing number of children and adults. An incomparable and vital community resource, CCMC greatly enriches the cultural life of the East Bay. Classes are held under the auspices of The Crowden Music Center, at our centrally located campus in Berkeley, California. Tuition is moderate and some financial aid is available to qualified students.

A Musical Hub for the Bay Area

CCMC serves as a musical "hub" for the Bay Area by:

  • Providing the highest quality music education for all ages and levels of ability, while encouraging a life-long love of music
  • Reaching out to children for whom music education would otherwise be unavailable
  • Supporting musicians, music teachers, and music institutions with training, affiliate programs, and collaboration in performance
  • Building upon our tradition of excellence in developing the exceptional performer.

"Music goes beyond words in its power to express human emotion. It is both the form and the content of human experience, being both exquisitely precise and richly ambiguous. For children, it constitutes the ultimate education and preparation for life."

— John Adams, Composer

CCMC is a member of the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies and an associate member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. As a National Guild member school, Crowden Center for Music in the Community is committed to making high-quality arts education available to all.

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