SJSU Community Music Institute (CMI)

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Empowering the Community Through Music Education

The CMI is an El-Sistema inspired program that empowers youth throughout the Bay Area with access for an affordable music education. It encompasses of several pre-existing year-long programs, such as the Young Musicians' Project (YMP), and the California Music Project (CMP), as well as some other outreach traditions as our annual Summer in the City Music Camp.

But the CMI is more than a network of outreach initiatives! We are excited to launch our "Creative Commons," a place where students, parents, teachers, advocates, and intellectuals unite to share resources and aid in a single movement to foster youth access to music education.

Linus Karge Kerry Li
Linus Karge, YMP violinist (left)
Kerry Li, YMP violin instructor (right)


Whether you are the parent of a student looking for affordable music lessons, or an impassioned member of the community looking to make a difference, we want you to be a part of what we do.

Your contributions count! From our scholarship funds for youth and college mentors, to instruments and other classroom materials, we need your help to grown and sustain our efforts. Donations can be made on behalf of one of our specific programs (please visit the appropriate page for that information), or on behalf of our general fund.

Make check payable to:


Diana Hollinger

Mailing address:
Dr. Diana Hollinger
SJSU School of Music & Dance
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95112-0095

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