Dandan Performing Arts Center's core music and arts curriculum is comprised of courses in performing, dance, arranging, conducting, ear training, tonal harmony, and music technology. These subjects are the foundation of Dandan's educational offerings in music and arts, and the entering student proficiency assessment are designed to assess every entering student's knowledge based in each of these core curriculum fields.

Exploring a wide variety of art musical experiences, we provide students unique opportunities for learning, innovation, expression and personal growth. As creative thinkers and active listeners of the world, Dandan Performing Arts Center's programs build discipline and confidence, effectively preparing creative youth to achieve their potential both in and outside of the arts.

The Programs gives you access to Dandan Performing Arts staff members and instructions including:

  • Music Theory and Musicianship courses;

  • Ensembles

  • Private Instruction

  • Music Production courses


The program is open to all grades in the Bay Area and takes place in San Lorenzo on weekdays after school. You can apply any time during the year and students are selected for the program based on their application, audition, and interview. 

What's Included?

Your classes will include:

  • Private instruction—A half-hour or an hour lesson each week on your principal instrument.

  • Instrumental labs—Three hours each week of instrument-specific courses to develop instrumental craft, style, and technique.

  • Ensembles—Two hours each week, including instrumental and vocal groups performing in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, fusion, R&B, musical theater, country, and other contemporary styles such as bluegrass, Afro-Cuban, salsa, and world music.

  • Musicianship—Four hours each week to develop your musical ear, performance, reading skills, and musicianship/

  • Arranging - Each of the courses in the arranging curriculum for entering students explores different arranging concepts and techniques, guides students in refining and enhancing arranging abilities, and provides opportunities for creating musical arrangements in various styles of contemporary popular music.

  • Ear Training - The goal of the ear training core curriculum is to help music students master the basic components of musical craft; to assist music readers in hearing the music they are seeing; to aid writers in notating music they have composed or arranged; to help performers develop their musical vocabulary; and to assist listeners in understanding the music they are hearing.

  • Music Technology - A demonstrated competency in music technology is integral to each student's Dandan education. The music technology core curriculum provides students with a strong technology foundation on which to build the necessary skills required by each major and field of interest.

Contact Dandan Performing Arts Center to learn more about our program


Dandan Performing Arts Center

Phone: 510-200-9360



676 Bockman Road,

San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Monday - Friday 10:00 am- 7:00 pm

Saturday 9:00 am- 1:00 pm


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