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We expanded to 4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland Laurel in May 2023 and will miss it dearly, but we're in a new space now!
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About PALAKA Music & Arts Studio
PALAKA Music and Arts Studio offers group music classes for toddlers and preschoolers, group piano classes for preschoolers, and piano classes and lessons for youth, teens, and adults in Oakland and the East Bay Areas
We envision healing, restoring, and transforming the world
through music & arts, one child at a time
via public health prevention models
with youth and families in the East Bay Area and beyond
We strive to engage in, develop, and deliver programs
with a decolonial, anti-racist lens, to revolutionize music and arts education for our communities, this generation and beyond.
PALAKA Founder, Owner, and Educator Heidi Kelly-Tuason birthed the idea of the studio during the COVID-19 pandemic, integrating 15+ years of community health experiences with 20+ years of musical theater and church musician experiences, combining her education and training: BA Ethnic Studies + BS Biology (UCSD), MPH Maternal & Child Health (UC Berkeley), DrPH-PhD Community Health (UCLA), Postpartum Mental Health Peer Support Specialist Certificate (PSI), Pastoral Music & Liturgy Certificates (LMU), Early Childhood Education & Music (Santa Monica), Piano Teaching (Las Positas), and MA Music Education (San Jose State).