A Sense of Community
Chamber music brings us all together like one big family. The Crowden School has a strong tradition of building community through our many school events. Collectively we rally around students to enrich their experience, whether it is in a classroom, onstage, or off-campus. Students learn that the spirit of teamwork extends beyond their own peer groups and that everyone (including the audience) stands behind them and is invested in their growth and success.
Crowden students share a passion for learning and creating.
Under the supervision of a faculty member, the eighth grade class leads activities and raises funds to provide community service to the school. Activities have included organizing a pizza lunch program, Halloween Carnival, bake sales, holiday treats, designing and distributing a year book, dances, and other industrious endeavors. Eighth graders take leadership positions in school teams, and during school events. The class purchases a meaningful gift for the school, as a token of their appreciation and to leave a “legacy” for the Crowden community.
Educational experiences outside of the classroom enrich subject curricula. Our students take frequent adventures! Past field trip destinations have included: Berkeley Public Library, Marin Museum of the American Indian, Peralta Hacienda, Lawrence Hall of Science, Oakland Museum, Angel Island, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Asian Art Museum, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 826 Valencia, Phoebe Hearst Museum, Point Reyes, Mission Dolores, USS Hornet, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Ropes Course at Strawberry Canyon.
Thinking Globally | Acting Locally
Daily music practice causes an awareness of one’s own power to influence change, and leads to a greater empathy and curiosity about the world.
If every child in the world could go to a school like Crowden, there would be world peace in one generation! I know that sounds extreme, but that's not an exaggeration.
— Grandparent of a Crowden School student
Each year students, faculty, and staff participate in an Oxfam Hunger Banquet and reflect upon the reality of global food insecurity. Teachers create activities to focus on the causes and current statistics around the globe before the event, and lead discussions afterward to reflect upon our experience and develop action plans.
In the true spirit of teamwork, all of our school events are driven by a strong volunteer effort. In addition to our Volunteer Coordinator, each grade has a designated Room Parent. Families work closely with teachers and administration to facilitate field trips, concert receptions, and school celebrations.
Sharing Music with Others
We believe that encouraging the love of music is one of the best gifts we can give our children. In turn, Crowden School students share their passion for music with others in the greater Bay Area community and across the globe.
Here's our chance to show the greater community everything we love about Crowden! Our Traveling Instrument Petting Zoo features our own student ambassadors and offers curious passersby the chance to pick up and play a violin, cello, or bass—perhaps for the first time— inspiring others to discover the love of playing music.
We open our doors and invite people in to experience what music education can mean for a child. Every room is filled with instruments and students lead our guests through the experience of playing an instrument. Concerts, a food court and marketplace, face-painting, and instrument-making also highlight this truly remarkable yearly event.
Our student ensembles frequently provide music for civic events like the Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibit or the North Berkeley Branch Library grand opening, and our groups often play at local retirement homes and nursery schools. Sharing the gift of music with others enriches the educational experience.
Beyond the educational excursions during the academic year, the seventh and eighth graders go on a musical tour every two years. Students treasure the Tour as a highlight of their time at Crowden. Each tour is jam-packed with public performances, musical exchanges with local young musicians, and educational explorations of the visited region's history and cultural landmarks. Past tours have included: Canada, Denmark and Sweden, the Southwest, the East Coast, England and Scotland, Italy, and New Zealand.