Blue 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. Take a class in rock, jazz, blues on the guitar, clarinet, voice, and more. See schedule for the latest classes.
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 and performers.