Music School Finds Way to Bring Music Into the Lives of Californians Amid Pandemic

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The Blue Bear School of Music has found a way to bring songs to their students amid the coronavirus pandemic and after being forced to close their doors.

The educational establishment quickly shifted 40 music instructors to online music lessons. “The most recent evolution and pivot with the pandemic was the most dramatic ever for the school. We have to be creative and figure out how we can provide programs in this environment,” Blue Bear School of Music Executive Director Steve Savage said.

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The Blue Bear School of Music is a nonprofit organization that gives music lessons to children and adults and provides outreach programs to underserved neighborhoods in the Bay Area.

“The greatest benefit to playing music is the joy of playing music and it is a wonderful thing to have in one’s life. Our goal is to make music education as accessible for as many people as possible. We provide all different kinds of lessons from private lessons and group lessons, and a huge variety of music education for all different age groups,” Savage said.

The Blue Bear School of Music is famous for being the first school of rock that provides music lessons to students, no matter their ages. A group of band members founded the school in 1971 because they wanted to teach music while working their way up in the music industry, ABC7 News reported.

“It has been a spectacular journey. I joined the band that started the school and our idea was to start this little music school to help us make a living until the band became famous. Couple years later, the band wasn’t going anywhere and the school was growing and we realized the school was a better idea than the band. That has been the story for 50 years,” Savage said.

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