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Welcome to Crowden Music Center

The Crowden Music Center (CMC), a nonprofit organization, serves as a vital musical hub for the Bay Area with over 11,500 individuals attending classes, workshops, rehearsals, concerts, and other events each year.

Music education is available to the entire community through our two divisions: Crowden Center for Music in the Community, offering lessons, classes, and camps for students of all ages, and The Crowden School, a unique day school for students in grades four through eight.

We believe that the enjoyment and understanding of music and the development of skills to create and perform music enrich the quality of life, nourish the human spirit, and foster the growth of intellect, creativity, and character.

"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