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Castro Valley school of music

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We offer lessons for: Guitar, Voice, Singing, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukulele & more

Why Castro Valley School of Music is Castro Valley's #1 choice for music lessons

Castro Valley School of Music is Castro Valley's largest music school, teaching over 300 students from ages 4 years old to adult. Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, electric & acoustic Guitar, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Voice, Violin, Saxophone, Trumpet, all under one roof.

Are we the right music academy for you?


OUR PEOPLE
We believe the most important aspect of music education is the fit between student and teacher. We have over 20 instructors who offer a variety of styles of teaching any musical genre. We also believe that playing live music with other musicians is crucial to mastering self-expression through your instrument. We create ensemble opportunities for our students, pairing them with other students to explore the vast possibilities available with music. ​

OUR APPROACH
We are a music school designed to give our students a well-rounded music education. We include free theory classes for our students that involve ear training, rhythmic studies, sight reading and more. We've created a community center where students and their families can gather, connect and create. Music is in all of us, our goal is to bring it out.  

OUR RESULTS
With so many students under one roof (over 300 and growing), we are able to pair students with others for experimental projects and collaborations.  We encourage our students to explore what it’s like to play with other musicians.  This opens up a whole new world for students, teaching them to communicate with their instruments by working with others in a live setting.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to bring our community together through music. At CVSOM students learn discipline, confidence, focus, and problem solving through music. We are a community center where families and friends gather, explore, and celebrate the miracle of music within each of us.

We are dedicated to enhancing the human experience by facilitating connections through the language of music.

Instruments we teach:

Piano, Drums, Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Ukulele, Bass), Voice, Violin, Cello, Guzheng, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, and more!
Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Lessons
Piano Lessons
Voice & Singing Lessons
Drum Lessons
Woodwind Lessons
Brass Lessons
Violin & Cello Lessons
Guzheng Lessons
Benefits of becoming an CVSOM student:
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Free, all-inclusive student showcases with NO participation fees!

Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it is to have their child participate in a recital.

In June and December, many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. Our recital location has a grand piano, so piano students are not playing on just a keyboard. Our sound system ensures a quality experience for all! Unlike other schools, parents never have to pay admission or any related fees for these recitals.

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The widest range of online music lesson times available six days a week

We are the only music school in Castro Valley that offers online music lessons six days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule. If you are a homeschool parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our morning and lunch time lesson spots.

2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays

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Collaboration with other talented musicians

One of the fastest ways to learn, is to learn with others! Having opportunities to jam with other musicians is a big focus at the Castro Valley School of Music.

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Fun performances on local stages

We have an abundance of opportunities for students to perform for our community! Our students have performed at the Marshall Music Festival, as well as other various events at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

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A proven track record of excellence since 2013

Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. Castro Valley School of Music has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar, voice, singing and drum lessons in Castro Valley year-round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by thousands of families since 2013. Even families have taken advantage of our Buddy Lessons to learn how to play an instrument together! Visit our testimonial page to see what our parents and students are saying.

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The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in the area

We have 30 music teachers, all with either college training or over 10 years of professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

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Professional staff ready to serve you

Founder and CEO, Shane Sharkey, has 10 years of experience teaching elementary school music classes.

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Morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals

Since we are the largest school in Castro Valley, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 9a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  If you are a homeschool parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our morning and lunch time lesson spots.

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Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Singing, Bass, Ukulele, and more at ONE music school!

We are the only school in Castro Valley that offers all of these popular instruments: All acoustic Pianos, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Drum set, Voice, Singing, Bass, Woodwinds, Brass, and Ukulele in one location.

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Picture Day

We are the only music school in Castro Valley that offers a picture day for their students. We are the only music school that offers a picture day for their students! Every six months, we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. We want to celebrate your music and share that memory through pictures. Examples pictured on this page! Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

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Flexible lessons

Missed a lesson? Out of town? No problem. Just sign up for our make up classes. They never expire, and you can come when it's convenient for you.

Our desire is to inspire our students with the love of music. We do this through teachers and music that our students love. We have flexible options that include monthly lessons, three month package, and six-month package options for our students.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose. Contact us today for more info on our lessons!

Meet the Director

The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. The Castro Valley School of Music has made substantial investments in our three facilities and elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.

If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music professor, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help Castro Valley students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.

Shane Sharkey
Founder and President
Castro ValleySchool of Music

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Got lessons from Nate for my granddaughter... she enjoyed his teaching style! They have a very well run school with lots of space and fun things for youth. They also have many offices where the individual private lessons occur. Staff are professional and courteous!

-Kimberly D.

I have had the great pleasure of working at Castro Valley School of Music and I highly recommend it to anyone who is really serious about a musical education. The staff is friendly and passionate about its students needs.

-Simon R.
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