BERKELEY, CA – NOVEMBER 13: A man walks through a store in Berkeley, California, on November 13, 2017.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The number of free music classes in Berkeley has exploded in the past few years, as students flock to the city to learn to make beats, learn how to sing, and learn to play instruments.
In 2017, the Berkeley Art Institute hosted a free class called “A Conversation with an Artist” and offered free lessons for the public.
Now, the program has expanded to include more classes for students, too.
“We were seeing students that had a little bit of a creative mindset that wanted to try something new and want to learn about the music scene and how that is represented in the city,” Berkeley Art School music instructor Jennifer Hensley told Business Insider.
“We started to think, ‘Why don’t we try something different and put in a little extra time and space to create something unique?’
And then it was like, ‘Wait, what if we made it free?'”
The Berkeley Art Studio is now offering a free classes, too, to encourage more people to try out their talents.
It’s been offering free classes to students since May 2017, but it’s only recently that the Berkeley Music Academy has expanded its offerings to include classes for other students, as well.
“It’s become more popular, and we’ve had students that have been interested in making beats and learning about a variety of things,” Hensly said.
“So we started the class in April, and since then, it’s really grown a lot.”
The Berkeley Art Academy is a nonprofit that aims to provide free music education to people of all ages in the Berkeley area.
It is also hosting free music lessons at its studios in Oakland, and is working to bring free classes in San Francisco.
“I think it’s very important for people to know that Berkeley is the only city in the Bay Area that offers a free art education,” Horsley said.
“It’s a really, really cool city, so I think it’d be really good for people of any age to come see it for themselves.”
Berkeley is not alone in offering free music courses.
New York City has also expanded its programs in recent years, and there are other cities that have become even more popular.
“Berkeley has become a really interesting, hip city in recent times,” Honsley said, “and the city itself has been making a lot of changes over the last year or so.
There’s a lot happening in Berkeley and other cities.
There are more opportunities to explore music and to get involved in it, and that’s definitely something we think is really cool for people.”
Hensley said the Berkeley art studio is working on other classes that will be offered at the Oakland studios.