Local Music Organizations 

    51Oakland  http://www.51Oakland.org

    51Oakland was established in 2011 by Yoshi Akiba, co-owner of the renowned musical venues Yoshi’s Jazz Club Oakland/San Francisco, and Jason Hofmann. 51Oakland acts as a funding conduit for inspirational music and arts programs developed by a synergistic partnership of Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) principals and teachers, professional musicians and artists and involved community members.
    CA Music Educators Association, Bay Section - www.cmeabaysection.org
    CMEA is our local chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  Find out about local and statewide festivals, competitions, and conferences.

    Cantare con Vivo   www.cantareconvivo.org

    Offers weekly choral music education to over 2000 children from kindergarten through high school.  Provides vocal  music instruction at Cleveland Elementary School, a MILE Project school.

    N. CA American Orff-Schulwerk Association  www.ncaosa.org
    NCAOSA was founded in 1973 to provide teachers, parents and students in Northern California with knowledge about the Orff-Schulwerk approach. We provide three workshops a year with national, local, and internationally-known presenters. Membership includes access to our an archive of workshops on DVD, as well as opportunity to borrow a set of Orff instruments. NCAOSA is a chapter of AOSA, the national Orff-Schulwerk organization.
    N. CA Association of Kodaly Educators   www.ncake.org
    NCAKE is affiliated with the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), with a mission to share the strength, skills and challenges of music teachers involved in developing the Kodály Philosophy of learning, teaching, and making music as a core of civilized human society. Kodály Educators use a method of music education that is based on principles developed by noted Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. NCAKE offers many local workshops, and is affiliated with the Kodaly programs at Holy Names University, Oakland. 

    Oakland East Bay Symphony - Musicians for Excellence (MUSE) Program   http://www.oebs.org
    Serves over 3,000 students in grades 3-12 at eighteen Oakland Public Schools.  The MUSE program complements the public school music curriculum, by taking professional musicians of the Symphony into these schools to work with music teachers and students in their instrumental music classes.    

    Oakland Youth Chorus  www.oaklandyouthchorus.org
    The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance. Founded in 1974, the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) is the longest running youth chorus in the East Bay. Our work focuses on creating and sustaining programs of high educational and artistic merit that are accessible to and supportive of children and youth from all backgrounds. OYC welcomes and serves all children and youth, celebrates their cultures and unique strengths, and connects them to each other in the East Bay to use their voices for change needed to bring harmony to our world. We accomplish this through joyful and affirming music education and performance programs that focus on musical excellence at all levels while nurturing the development of the whole child. Community performances connect singers across neighborhoods, foster greater community engagement, and engage in the arts as service learning experiences. 
    San Francisco International Orff Course www.sforff.org
    We offer Orff Levels Course, as well as a variety of multicultural master and introductory classes with a wide variety of material. We attract music specialists, dance teachers, classroom teachers and professional musicians from over 22 countries, eager to learn how to engage their students in joyful dance and music-making. Our esteemed faculty are all still working with children, most for over 25 years, and are much in demand in teacher-training workshops and courses nation and worldwide.

    California Music Organizations 

    California Arts Council   www.cac.ca.gov
    CAC is a state council of appointed members who run grants programs, advocate for the arts, and act as a clearinghouse for numerous arts and arts education initiatives in the state.

    California Music Educators Association www.calmusiced.com

    CMEA is the state chapter of  the National Association for Music Education.  

    Stand Up 4 Music is an advocacy facet of CMEA, providing many advocacy resources for music programs, and a non-profit portal for donations.


    National Music Organizations

    AEP – Arts Education Partnership -   www.aep-arts.org
    The mission of the Arts Education Partnership is to demonstrate and promote the essential role of the arts in enabling every student to succeed in school, life and work in the diverse and global economies and societies of the 21st century. The primary focus of the Partnership is on the student, in assisting every student to reach high levels of achievement and competence in the arts and in the other subjects and skills essential to their success in school, life and work.   
    AOSA - www.aosa.org
    The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.
    There are 96 local chapters of AOSA offering frequent opportunities to network and participate in professional development at an annual nationl conference. AOSA members receive a subscription to our publications,-the Orff Echo and online Reverberations-, are eligible for scholarships and grants, and have on-line access to classroom resources and other member benefits, such as borrowing workshop videos
    Music-In-Education National Consortium (MIENC)  www.music-in-education.org
    Formed in 2000 as a loose confederation of major schools of music, schools of education, arts organizations, and public school partnerships, the MIENC’s mission is to promote the evolution of music teaching and learning practices, advocacy, research, and policy, so that music can provide its essential contribution to promoting a culture of equity and excellence in every school. 
    NAfME - National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) https://nafme.org/

    Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC's activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA. 

    U.S. Dept. of Education Arts-In-Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program  www2.ed.gov/
    Supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that demonstrate effectiveness in:
    • Integrating into and strengthening arts in the core elementary and middle school curricula;
    • Strengthening arts instruction in those grades; and
    • Improving students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.


    Donors Choose - www.donorschoose.org   
    DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects public school teachers with donors that choose from lists of projects written up by teachers.
    Mr. Holland's Opus  www.mhopus.org  
    The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Apply for grants and/or direct instrument donations.
    Philanthropic Ventures Foundation www.venturesfoundation.org  
    Philanthropic Ventures Foundation is a local organization that brings together funders, as well as partnering with other foundations and funders, to focus on grassroots needs of the Bay area community. The areas of local funding are: teacher grants, resources for foster youth, and community initiatives.
    VH-1 Save the Music Foundation
    Awarded over $250,000 worth of musical instruments to the Oakland Public Schools in the past decade.
    Little Kids Rock
Last Modified on August 16, 2021