Mid-City Community Music (MCCM) is dedicated to changing lives through the power of art and music in San Diego’s Mid-City neighborhoods
Started in 1974 as The New Expression Folk Music Study Center by three San Diego musicians, MCCM now offers performance workshops, group and private lessons, weekly jam sessions and quarterly community concerts in a wide array of musical and artistic styles.
Events are offered on a low-cost, sliding-scale basis in some of San Diego's most ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to community members who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, sing and play in a group, or perform on stage.
MCCM also trains San Diego Teaching Artists to work with students in the transitory student population of San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) to reduce the risk of criminal behavior, improve emotional well-being, and boost academic performance.
In addition to offering affordable private and group lessons, workshops, jam sessions, and community concerts MCCM offers the following programs focused on at-risk teens:
Arts and Music Workshops at the following JCCS Community Schools:
• Second Chance in Southeast San Diego
• Bayside Community School in Barrio Logan
• 37ECB Community School in City Heights
Youth Scholarships – One-on-one instruction with local teaching artists focused on social and musical skills. Students are encouraged to prepare a performance piece for quarterly community concerts.
Teen Performance Workshops – Opportunity for at-risk and foster youth to play together in a band. Students
rehearse three pieces to perform at a community concert.