At A Glance
Founded in 1983 by violinist Anne Crowden.
Enrollment: 68 students in grades 4–8
Daily schedule: 8am–3:30pm. Every day begins with two hours of music instruction from 8am–10am prior to the start of the academic day.
Average class size: 13
Student to teacher ratio: 3 to 1
Tuition for 2017-2018 academic year:
- $23,250 for grades 4–5
- $25,425 for grades 6–8
Membership: The school is a member of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) and Chamber Music America.
Financial aid: Approximately 50% of the student body receives financial assistance.
School in session: August 31–June 15 Download the 16-17 calendar here
After-school child care: The school opens at 7:40am and Aftercare is available from 3:45–6:00pm.
Students commute from the following cities: Alameda, Albany, Benicia, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Mateo, Union City, and Vallejo.
- French (starting in 6th grade)
- Music History
- Physical Education
- Instrumental Technique (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano)
- Chamber Ensembles
- Musicianship and Composition
- Concert performances
- Guest artist visits and masterclasses (past examples include Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and Marcus Shelby)
- Special performance opportunities (past examples include Davies Symphony Hall and Yoshi’s Jazz Club)
The Crowden School has attracted the support of an impressive array of musicians of international and national renown, including the following:
John Adams ▪ Samuel Carl Adams ▪ The Alexander String Quartet ▪ Emanuel Ax ▪ Yuri Bashmet ▪ Ragnar Bohlin ▪ Baumer Quartet ▪ Roy Bogas ▪ Catalyst Quartet ▪ Cavani Quartet ▪ George Cleve ▪ Nora Chastain ▪ Jeremy Cohen ▪ The Delphi Trio ▪ Ensemble 7/4 (from the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela) ▪ The Francisco Trio ▪ The Fidelio Trio ▪ Philip Glass ▪ Bonnie Hampton ▪ Colin Hampton ▪ Lou Harrison ▪ Emanuel Hurwitz ▪ Sharon Isbin ▪ Gary Karr ▪ Kronos Quartet ▪ Yo-Yo Ma ▪ Sharon Mann ▪ David McCarroll ▪ Bobby McFerrin ▪ Yehudi Menuhin ▪ Midori ▪ Emil Miland ▪ Michael Morgan ▪ Johannes Moser ▪ Mark and Maggie O'Connor ▪ Simone Porter ▪ Sir Simon Rattle ▪ Kenneth Renshaw ▪ Lawrence Rosenthal ▪ Donald Runnicles ▪ Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg ▪ Gil Shaham ▪ Marcus Shelby ▪ St. Lawrence String Quartet ▪ Telegraph Quartet ▪ Michael Tilson Thomas ▪ Olivier Thouin ▪ Mads Tolling ▪ Laszlo Varga ▪ Frederica von Stade ▪ Zvi Zeitlin Trio