School Based Instruction

East Bay Center’s programs in schools promote equitable access to the arts in West Contra Costa Unified School District by partnering with high need schools to provide foundational hands-on experiences for 3,500 students in culturally diverse art forms for children and youth. Through exposing students to world traditions in music, dance, theatre, and 21stcentury digital arts, we provide consistent, sequential instruction, working with school staff and faculty to reach the whole child’s development. 


In School Music Program

Every student in our participating schools receives standards aligned weekly music instruction throughout the school year, designed to facilitate long-term positive impact on student learning and school culture. All students perform twice a year at school gatherings, celebrating their accomplishments and developing confidence and pride in their work. These performances are especially designed to support whole families’ experiences, strengthen familiarity with school site resources and develop a sense of shared community.



After School and Summer School Classes

By arrangement, we offer a wide range of intensive, fun, and skill building classes during the school year and summer for some of the highest need schools and community centers in Richmond. Participating students receive weekly instruction in all the art forms of the Center’s DEEP ROOTS WIDE WORLD curriculum: from Afro-Brazilian Capoeira to beginning filmmaking, Mexican Son, hip hop dance and introduction to theater. East Bay Center also works in an afterschool capacity with the district’s Mafanikio program, aiming to address the achievement gap for African American youth, and build historical and cultural knowledge as well as provide social and artistic skill development. 


Intermediate Secondary and High-School Instrumental Support

We support existing band and orchestra programs at the middle and high school levels by sending Center music specialists to work with ensembles at local schools. For example, Teaching Artists conduct wind, brass, strings, and percussion sectionals as well as work with small groups or individual students on improving their instrumental technique. Center jazz faculty also visits schools to conduct workshops and master classes, as well as perform for students.


Pre-School Arts Program

East Bay Center’s Preschool Program supports young children and their families through a play-based, culturally relevant, curriculum. The program runs only during selected years. For more information, please contact Michelle Flynn:, (510) 323- 2493.