Music and Performing Arts

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Arts and Music - Adults
Youth Activities – Activity and Community Guides

All About Theater
Offers children ages 5 and up opportunities to learn and perform in year-round classes and workshops. “We focus our energy and creativity on training our students in all the areas of performing arts; dance, acting and singing.”

Cabrillo Youth Chorus
The Cabrillo Youth Chorus provides a comprehensive vocal music program for children 8-18 years of age. Offers ensemble experience that incorporates beautiful singing tone and music-reading fluency. The Youth Chorus travels to regional choral festivals to sing and learn with other young vocal groups, as well as produces concerts each fall and spring.

Clarinet Studio with Charlotte McManus
(831) 295-0697
A music instructor for over 30 years, she teaches all ages and levels in private or partner lessons, as well as coaches chamber music students.

Clown Clubhouse with Roc Lerum and Sandi Rechenmacher
Offers clowning and circus arts parties, events, lessons, and ‘funshops’ for those in the Santa Cruz, Greater Monterey Bay, and Greater San Francisco Bay area, as well as a Circus Arts Summer camp through the Orchard School in Santa Cruz.

Community Music School
Offers Celtic Music Camps (Teen Camp, Kids’ Camp) Next Gen Gig Retreat, Concerts & Events, Recordings, Group Classes & Activities, Celebrating Senior Musicians, and music teacher finder for 39 instruments, including all strings, woodwinds and dulcimer, harp, flute, bagpipes, and much more.

Community Music Schools Guide to Group Classes and Activities
Variety of classes, workshops, camps, and activities for children, teens, and adults

Community Television
Offers classes for kids, (with parent, or summer kids camp without parent) teens, and adults in all aspects of video production – camera, editing, visual effects, uploading, lights, directing and producing.  Must be a member to take classes and to use the equipment but the fee is low and can be waived in certain circumstances.  You can event create your own show or turn in work you have done on your own to be shown on TV!

1550 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA
Dance for Ages 5- adult in ballet and pointe, hip-hop, tap, Latin, modern and productions. Offers class for teens and young adults with developmental or physical disabilities also.

Improv, with Joya Winwood (unofficial site)
831-426-2935  Contact: Joya
Offers Improvisational Theater classes and performances for children and teens at local schools and theater sites.

International Academy of Dance
Offers classes for all levels and ages, including Birthday Parties, Teen Dance ,Home School Children’s Program, Graded Ballet, and Adult Dance/Fitness in a ‘sprung floor’ studio

Kathleen Purcell Flute Studios
Accomplished performer and long-time flute teacher offers lessons for all ages and levels of flute players.

Kids on Broadway
Local theater program where children and teens can “learn about and participate in quality professional theatre in a supportive environment where they can acquire communication, performance and technical skills, develop character and self-esteem, experience the pride of accomplishment and the joy of working as a team.   (Also known for alumni James Durbin, American Idol contestant! )

(888) 553-5654
Monterey, CA
Music and Movement program introduces and reinforces basic preschool skills and concepts through kinesthetic and tactile learning modes, along with manipulatives, for children ages 1 to 5 years old.  (Parents and/or younger siblings are invited to join in.)

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Concerts and events, classes and performing groups for youth (Jazz Camp, Honor Band, Jazz Vocal Ensemble) and Master Class Series for adults.  When you get to the site, click on the ‘Education’ link for more information on these groups.

Mir and Company Arial Arts and Dance
Offers aerial dance, Axis Syllabus*, performance arts, Feldenkrais and others.  The aerial dance includes low-flying skills with rope and harness & cloth tube along with high flying skills with Spanish Web and Tissu.

Mothersong, with Joya Winwood (and others)
A Multicultural Singalong for Families with Babies (0 – 3 year olds)
See website for Santa Cruz and Felton Mothersong dates and locations.

Motion Pacific
Arts Center, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Offers ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes for all ages.

Music S’Cool
Located at More Music
512B Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Local professional musicians teach music to youth and adult students. Musicscool also produces the annual Guitarmy event.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Summer Junior Seminar
Students from around the country and the world apply for this intensive two-week workshop about all aspects of  theater, led by SF’s company of theatre professionals in such areas as theatre administration, fund raising, stage management, technical theatre, Renaissance dance, Shakespearean scansion, audition skills, stage combat, text analysis, movement and voice for the stage.They also see nine plays in the Festival’s repertory, work on projects about the theater industry, and make long-lasting friendships with others.

Santa Cruz County Branch of Music Teachers Association of California
Offers lessons, workshops, recitals, guest lecturers and workshops for all levels of students, as well as 3 types of scholarships for musicians.  Click on ‘membership’ to see list of performers/teachers.

Santa Cruz Parents
Music Classes List

Theater Arts Classes List

Santa Cruz Public Library
Search for topic – large database of arts, music, and performing arts activities.

Santa Cruz World Choir (& Orchestra)
Offers a multi-generational, (high school age and up) educational (all levels) vocal group and ensemble, who receive vocal (or instrumental) training for fun and local performances.

Scottish Country Dancing – main website
Paula Jacobsen, teacher
688-8295 or (408) 464-3514
Thurdays at 3:30pm for ages 8–12+ in the Branciforte Small Schools Campus Multi-Purpose Room.  This class is approved for PE credit for home schoolers. $5/class.

Sylvan Music
1521 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Store offers an extensive collection of stringed instruments for sale, along with a vintage room, brass and woodwinds, rentals for school music students and others, an instructor list for lessons at the store or in home, music books and other supplies, and repairs.

Vargas Academy of Gymnastic Arts and Dance
Offers classes in dance, All-Star Cheer, Tumbling & Trampoline, and the “ONLY Parkour gymnastics training facility” in Santa Cruz

WEST (West End Studio Theater)
402 Ingalls Street, Suite 3, Santa Cruz, CA
The Broadway Playhouse
526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA
Provides educational experiences in literature, performing, expressive and creative arts through classes and productions for youth.