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The People’s Conservatory fosters high level arts creation, study and performance in an effort to promote cultural awareness and positive social change. As artist educators we help young artists reveal themselves by facilitating experiences that help focus on growth and expansion. TPC’s curriculum incorporates a wide range of teachings rooted in ethnic and cultural studies, using our students’ inherent artistic voices to make them the next generation of culture keepers.


TPC trains young artist explorers, with a dedicated focus on brown and black youth from marginalized and economically blighted communities, to envision and create a humane and just world through their art. Our faculty of working artistic professionals helps young people find their creative voices, re-imagine their communities’ most pressing social problems, and transform from cultural consumers to cultural producers. TPC will establish a central hub to house its artists and programming as well as provide a base for arts and culture to be supported and to thrive in Oakland. Students in our conservatory develop a lifelong commitment to learning as they are given the voice and agency to become the new leaders of tomorrow.

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Media Arts


Coding Music: This class offers an in-depth exploration of Computer Science, Audio Production, Digital Marketing, and 3d Printing. Students will learn coding and audio production techniques as well as how to market their projects.

Graphic Design : Graphic Design will cover how to identify and utilize the basic tools and functions primarily with Adobe Illustrator and a variety of other software that have similar platforms for digital arts and design. Students use online programs to learn graphic design tech to create their own original artistic design, logos, posters, flyers, etc.

Video Production/Filmmaking : Students are introduced to all elements of moviemaking including pre-production (scriptwriting, acting rehearsals, creating shot lists, location scouting), production (camera work, direction, costuming/make up, acting on set), and post production (editing, sound, creating movie theater for culminating event).   

Video Game Design: In this class students design computer games using basic coding through Twine and Scratch. We use critical thinking to analyze representation and meaning in games and media. We also play games together for recreation! By the end of the semester, students will be capable of creating a basic text based game,

and customizing popular game templates in Scratch.


Movement Arts

 Afro Cuban Dance:  An exploration of African derived dance and music from the Caribbean nation of Cuba. The purpose of this class is to introduce students of all ages to Afro Cuban traditional “folkloric” dance.

Ballet I: An open level class that includes barre, basic turns, jumps and traveling exercises. Clear instruction is presented with a focus on proper alignment, musicality and technique.

Ballet II: This ballet class is designed for students that are ready to level up to more intermediate skills, technique and choreography.

Breakdance: Breakers learn history and origins of the sacred art of breakdancing from NYC to Cali. Breakers will learn freezes, top rock, six step, routines, and battle etiquette ultimately creating crews and performing.


Capoeira: Progression of movements, songs and instruments of Capoeira along with deeper study of history, language & music along with building their own instruments.

Exploratory Arts: A hybrid class with free movement, flexibility stretching, improv, dance activities and art projects.  

Flamenco: The course’s purpose is to develop a solid foundation in both Flamenco’s cultural background and its various techniques: floreo (hand movements), braceo (arm movements), zapateado (footwork), marcajes (marking steps), compas y palmas (rhythms and hand-clapping), giros (turns) and proper placement of the body. Here, students will learn to improvise as well within flamenco’s structure, with the goal of choreographing their own dances.

Modern Jazz: An open level class using Simonson technique to help dancers focus on their individual strengths and develop their understanding of how their bodies move through space.


Gymnastics I & II: Students work on progressive tumbling skills, tricks for each gymnastic apparatus, and strength and stretching techniques built to improve agility and coordination.

Samba: Open level Brazilian dance art class


World Dance: This is a dance workout class that will cover the dance styles of Congolese, Afro-Brazilian, West African, Afro-Beats, Dancehall, and dances of the Caribbean and Latin America. There will be combinations and choreographies taught that are easy to learn and follow. 

Music Arts

Music Pruduction: This course is intended to help students learn beginner/intermediate level music production. Students will learn how to create, record, edit, and produce their own music of different genres by utilizing a Digital Audio Workstation(DAW). Students will learn basic level sampling and sound arrangment.

Guitar: The intent of this class will be about getting students excited about learning beginner-intermediate level guitar by teaching tablature, finger placement, basic chords progressions, scales, and participating in guitar recitals.

Piano: The intent of this class is to give students instant access into learning beginner/intermediate level piano by learning how to read notes , play chord progressions, piano scales, and participating in piano recitals.

Vocal Choir: The People’s Choir is a 14-unit course designed to introduce middle and high school students to the art of singing in an ensemble setting. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres of music ranging from jazz, soul, pop and world music. Additionally, students will strengthen their part-holding skills while learning about the essential musical components of singing in a choral setting. By the end of the course, students will have learned a total of 4 songs and be able to perform them with dynamic stage presence and delivery.

Song Writing: This course is intended to teach students the basics of songwritng and applying it to their favorite genres of music. They will learn how to apply different rhyme schemes, cadences, and the art of storytelling. Students will learn how to write an original song to an instrumental of their choice.

Jazz, Funk, and R&B Improv: This class will survey improvisational concepts, rooted and developed in jazz music, and then be applied to contemporary and popular musical styles. This class will be technique and theory focused. We will examine specific musical examples from Jazz theory, Jazz records, and specific solos, and how they can be used over more modern musical styles and why. Prior musical experience is suggested. All instruments invited!

Theater Arts

Spoken Word, Poetry & Theatre: Through games as well as theater and writing exercises, we’ll explore how young artists can use their voices & bodies to speak their truths, tell stories, and advocate for social & environmental justice.

Hip Hop Theater: Welcome to the world of HIP-HOP THEATRE where the powerful and exciting energy of HIP-HOP connects with the art of acting on stage and in movies! Students will immediately be empowered to explore all of the characters ,emotions, vocabulary, skills, dialogue, drama, comedy, and all of the art forms that can be created to bring their stories and imagination to life! We will teach them the classic lessons of becoming an actor or actress as well as the different elements of hip hop culture and work toward creating their own show or movie to present to the world! 

Acting: An all in one acting class. We will learn all of the skills professional actors should know: Theatre, voice-over and on-camera work. We will focus on scene study, audition technique, and the difference between stage and film. The actor's job is to make the imaginary seem like reality. This class will also build on self-confidence, public speaking skills, and feeling comfortable creating with an ensemble.

Visual Arts

3D Drawing: We will practice drawing using a horizon line to learn how to form 3-D shapes. We will then take that learning and draw a scene from a place we love/loved to visit.


Cardboard Engineering: This class will explore the art of engineering, using cardboard as a medium to study shape, form and structure. Students will learn and apply a variety of technical, mechanical and conceptual approaches in creating dynamic three dimensional sculpture.


Printmaking: Participants will learn conventional and experimental techniques in printmaking.

Graffiti: Enter the world of the classic colorful HIP HOP element Graffiti art and all of its infinite styles and techniques! Starting with big markers and paper where students will explore the beginning styles of writing thick lines to create bubble style letters and landscapes using multiple colors while bumping hip hop beats and being guided into finding their own original styles!  Students will also learn the history of graffiti starting from the Pyramids in Africa leading to its classic NYC origins.

Creative Design Elements: Join to explore the ways of making artworks! We will be using techniques as collage and a variety of materials to create art pieces. Expect to learn stylish fonts, compositions, color implication, line works, and thoughtful designing. Through creative activities, we will explore themes and showcase them around the school! 

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