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Blue Bear School of Music's nonprofit mission
is to provide superior quality and affordable popular music education
to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive
and encouraging community.
Blue Bear School of Music does not discriminate according to race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admissions policies and in its programs.
Bear School of Music is San Francisco's leading destination for
aspiring musicians of all ages and all skill levels who want to enjoy
learning and playing rock, blues, jazz, folk or pop. Blue
Bear, a nonprofit organization founded in 1971, is a
place where learning and playing popular music is fun and affordable,
where people come together who love music, and where each student's
unique talents and goals are recognized and supported.
Blue Bear's professional staff and student music community have
helped more than 20,000 students achieve their musical goals for voice, acoustic
guitar, electric guitar, piano, bass, drums, horns, songwriting, bands
and ensembles. The School currently has more than 1,700 members annually
enrolled in small group classes and private or semi-private lessons
Monday through Saturday. Blue Bear provides annual
scholarships by audition to talented young musicians, and offers "sliding
scale" pricing to those with financial need.
Blue Bear's teachers are talented, successful professional musicians
who are also highly experienced and passionate educators. They
have played with, taught or written for numerous major acts including:
Bonnie Raitt, Metallica, Huey Lewis and the News, Third Eye Blind, Carlos
Santana, The Tubes, Billy Idol, Norah Jones, Counting Crows, Belinda
Carlyle, The Sons of Champlin, Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite,
Bobby McFerrin and countless other Bay Area-based recording artists
Blue Bear is a vibrant community, a place for making, learning
and sharing music.
Blue Bear School of Music: It's
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Hours and Map
Blue Bear Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday 1-8pm
Friday - closed
Saturday 10:30am - 3pm
Sunday - closed
Messages can be left outside of office hours at:
Blue Bear School of Music
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd. Bldg. D
San Francisco, CA 94123-1284
Fort Mason Center is located in the Marina District of San Francisco. Our cross streets are Marina and Buchanan.
• Directions to Fort Mason Center
• Map of entrance to Fort Mason Center
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Non-profit organization Blue Bear School of Music was founded
as "Blue Bear Waltzes School of Genuine Music" in the summer
of 1971 by a rock band called "Wolfgang & Strauss" - "Wolfgang" was
a dog, and "Strauss," two brothers in the band. Before moving
to San Francisco to make their fame and fortune (and
to found a music school), they lived in Northern California on the Bear
River. When naming the school, the brothers Strauss whimsically recalled
Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube Waltz," substituting the Bear River for the Danube, and
the rest is history. For a period in the mid-'70s, when
the founding members moved on, Blue Bear was run by a co-operative of
teachers and students. In 1978 operations moved from the original storefront
on Ocean Avenue to Fort Mason Center, where Blue Bear has thrived and
evolved to its current state of more than 600 music-loving students
per quarter. Blue Bear's current Board of Directors includes former "Wolfgang & Strauss" member Steve Savage, along with Electric Orchestra & Folk Chorus (and Blue Bear Association) member Bonnie Hayes. Day-to-day operations are under the direction of Carol Snow, also an Electric Orchestra & Folk Chorus and Association member, and Dennis Criteser, a former student who has been associated with the school since 1979.
Blue Bear teachers and Association members circa 1972,
including the Hayeses, Savage, Snow and the brothers Strauss.