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PALAKA Center for Music, Arts, Culture, & Healing

Changing our world and cultivating community through music, arts, language, and culture

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Goodbye Laurel!

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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News as of Dec 2023 - We're moving!

We have a new space in 2024. We moved to the Oakland Rockridge Neighborhood on January 1!

Upcoming PALAKA Events

  • Studio Night - Musical Movie Singalong (Ages 5-12)
    Studio Night - Musical Movie Singalong (Ages 5-12)
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 24
    PALAKA Music and Arts, Oakland Rockridge
    May 24, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts, Oakland Rockridge, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    May 24, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts, Oakland Rockridge, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    We're so excited to host our first "Studio Nights" where Studio Students can mingle and mix, and parents can have a night out for a couple hours! Drop off your kid between 5:30-6p Movie & Dinner: 6-8p Pick up by 8:30p
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  • Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jan 12
    5332 College Ave
    Jan 12, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    5332 College Ave, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    Jan 12, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    5332 College Ave, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    Check out our new space on College in Oakland Rockridge
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  • Musicals Sing-alongs: A New Year Fun(d)-raiser
    Musicals Sing-alongs: A New Year Fun(d)-raiser
    Sat, Jan 06
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio
    Jan 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    Jan 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio, 5332 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
    Come and sing Disney and Broadway tunes with a live accompanist - Miss Heidi (the owner of PALAKA Music and Arts)! It's also a celebration of us moving into our own space, the new year 2024, and Miss Heidi's birthday, and a launch of our Kickstarter campaign.
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  • SILOGS BILOG
    SILOGS BILOG
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Dec 17
    PALAKA Music & Arts Studio
    Dec 17, 2023, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    PALAKA Music & Arts Studio, 4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Dec 17, 2023, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    PALAKA Music & Arts Studio, 4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
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  • PALAKA Music and Arts 1-YR Anniv Party
    PALAKA Music and Arts 1-YR Anniv Party
    Sat, Oct 28
    Oakland
    Oct 28, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Oakland, 4148 MacArthur Blvd Studio B, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Oct 28, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Oakland, 4148 MacArthur Blvd Studio B, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Dia de Los Muertos & Halloween Party celebrating PALAKA's 1 year as a business!
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  • PALAKA Music and Arts Studio Special Open House
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio Special Open House
    Sat, Jul 08
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio
    Jul 08, 2023, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio, 4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Jul 08, 2023, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio, 4148 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
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  • PALAKA Music and Arts Studio OPEN HOUSE Follow-Up Q&A
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio OPEN HOUSE Follow-Up Q&A
    Tue, Jun 27
    Wix Videoconference
    Jun 27, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Wix Videoconference
    Jun 27, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Wix Videoconference
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  • Open House and Free Trial Mini-Classes
    Open House and Free Trial Mini-Classes
    Sat, Jun 24
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio
    Jun 24, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio , 4148 MacArthur Blvd Studio B, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Jun 24, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    PALAKA Music and Arts Studio , 4148 MacArthur Blvd Studio B, Oakland, CA 94619, USA
    Come and visit PALAKA Music and Arts Studio's new location in Oakland's Laurel district! Instrument "Petting Zoo" ~ Free Trial Mini-Classes ~ Jam Sessions ~ Disney and Broadway Singalongs ~ Free $20 Gift Certificates for first 20 families
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Our Studio Instruments

Featured Group Classes

Detailed information can be found on our services page 

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Perfect for curious toddlers and pre-schoolers wanting to play pitched instruments!

More information here!

Does your little one already know their Left from their Right Hand and count to 5? They can start learning the piano! 

More information here!

Piano Practice

Has your child or teen been wanting to learn how to play the piano? Join our group beginner classes!

More information here!

Figuring out where your child would fit?

Check out this infographic below.

Or schedule a time to meet with Miss Heidi to discuss what you're looking for!

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Glimpses of Our Original Studio

Playing the Piano

Additional Offerings:
Piano Lessons & Camps

Detailed information can be found on our services page 

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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).

Contact Us

General Information: info@palakamusic.com

Group Classes: groups@palakamusic.com

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