School Of The Getdown
Operating in the Bay Area since 2000, it is School of the Getdown's mission to celebrate and promote Black music and to share these cultural traditions with diverse Bay Area communities through performance and educational programs, with particular attention towards youth and the Black community.
School of the Getdown offers a vocal workshop series; private lessons in singing, instrumental music, and music history; lecture performances in schools and camps; masterclasses with visiting artists; and partnerships with other community organizations. We produce multicultural and intergenerational concert series, festivals, free community programming, commissioned artistic works, and thematic programming celebrating Black history and Black culture.
School of The Getdown is led by Founder and Executive Director Faye Carol and includes a committed Advisory Board, adjunct artists, and a strong event production team.
Black History Month Lecture Performances for Public Schools
Black Women's Roots Festival
Blues, Baroque, & Bars Free Community Concerts
Groovin' High Free Drum Masterclass Series
Black Music Month Festival
Oakland Black Generations Festival
Faye & The Folks Concert Series
Black Women's Blues Festival
Give The Drummer Some Concert Series
Bernard Purdie Masterclass
Faye Carol Vocal Intensives
Celebrating East Bay's Black Musical Heritage Free Community Concert
Laughs, Lyrics, and Rhymes for COVID Times full-length interdisciplinary film
Instrumental Music Masterclasses
Black History Month livestream musical programs reaching over 30,000 Bay Area youth.