Community School of Music and Arts


The Community School of Music and Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit center for arts education, serving Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and over 20 other Bay Area communities. CSMA is Northern California’s largest nonprofit provider of arts education programs. With a $6 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, we are one of the ten largest community schools in the United States.

Founded in 1968, CSMA is dedicated to making the arts and arts education accessible to all, regardless of age, skill level, background or financial means. We are proud that each and every one of our programs are designed to provide the opportunity for meaningful engagement in the arts to those who would otherwise have no access.

Headquartered in Finn Center in Mountain View, CSMA directly serves over 24,000 people through on-site and off-site programs each year

If you or your child has any special needs, please contact the office. CSMA is committed to accommodating differences so that the arts are accessible to us all.

Financial aid is available for all CSMA classes, camps, and lessons. Tuition assistance is offered based on family size and income. Please contact us for more information.