Hello! My name is Nathan. I’m 9 years of age. I’ve been learning guitar for 13 months. I love it because all my favorite songs can be played on it! My teacher's name is Nick. He's so cool because we both like songs from videogames. My favorite part about Kalabash is that there are a lot of instruments. One day I hope to play the Zelda: Breath of the Wild song. I like the sound of birds chirping. I like the look of the ocean. I like the taste of spicy things. I like the feeling of knowing the song by heart. If I could teleport anywhere in the world it’d be Bora Bora because I’ve been wanting to go since I was 4. Advice to my fellow humans: I really like the guitar so I think you should play it too!


We are happy to announce Nathan as our Featured Student! This is what his teacher has to say about him:

“Nathan has been an amazing student since day one. He’s very attentive and enthusiastic about learning guitar, and always brings fun and interesting stories to share during class. Lately we’ve been learning a ton of video game music, which is also some of my favorite. I’m excited to see his skills and interests develop as a musician.”
  -Nick Montemarano


Hello! My name is Diego. I’m 9 years of age. I’ve been learning music production for six months. I love it because I can create my own songs! My teacher's name is Alex. He's so cool because he helps me compose music. My favorite part about Kalabash is creating songs. One day I hope to compose my own music. I like the sound of my songs. I like the look of the beach in New Caledonia. I like the taste of sushi. I like the feel of dogs’ fur. If I could teleport anywhere in the world it’d be New Caledonia because it is beautiful. Advice to my fellow humans is that you should go to Kalabash!

Check out Diego’s latest original song and music video below!

We are happy to announce Diego as our student of the month! This is what his teacher has to say about him:

I have really enjoyed getting to know Diego over the last few months because he is an intelligent, witty, and creative student. Diego suggests great ideas for his songs! His music-making skills have really improved and I look forward to continue working with him and hearing what he comes up with!   -Alex Arango

PLAYLIST: Songs in Winter

We know we have it lucky with our sunny holiday season here in San Diego. But just for fun, we put together a playlist filled with snow songs and white winters and cozy fires. From Dean Martin to Fairouz to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it’s sure to inspire snowy thoughts. Enjoy this white winter themed playlist, curl up with a hot chocolate enjoy the snowfall, either real or imaginary.


A Handmade Summer of Theatre + Magic!

Wow! What an incredible summer of camps! We had a blast creating the different magical worlds for each of our handmade theatre camps from The Secret Garden to A Wrinkle in Time and Fantastic Mr. Fox. There were so many meaningful moments and the creativity, love and passion that all our teachers, students and parents put into it was remarkable. Here are some moments captured! We can't wait till next time :)


Hello! My name is Fenton. I’m 12 years of age. I’ve been learning music production for two months. i love it because it's fun and there are so many possibilities. My teacher's name is Alex. He's so cool because he teaches me a lot and we have a lot of fun doing it My favorite part about Kalabash is this class. One day i hope to produce music. I like the sound of Hip Hop. I like the look of album cover art I like the taste of cake. I like the feel of a fader at my fingers If i could teleport anywhere in the world it’d be Hawaii because I love the Island spirit and the beautiful water Advice to my fellow humans is: Learn to appreciate music!

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We are happy to announce Fenton Daly as our student of the month! This is what his teacher has to say about him:

Fenton is an exceptionally motivated student who comes in each week eager to learn. I really appreciate the initiative he takes to learn. Fenton is a smart student and a cool person and i feel privileged to be able to teach him.  - Alex Arango

Where the Wild Things Are

Last December we presented our handmade theatre production of Where the Wild Things Are! It was a total success and joy to see all our young actors being this beautiful story to life under the wonderful guidance of our director Nancy Ross! A big thank you to Bianca Barreto for these wonderful pics! 


“A painting is not about an experience. It is an experience.”

In our Recycle + Repurpose class we talked about American painter Rothko and how we can use colors to say things or express emotions. We learned about luminosity, darkness and space and created these cardboard Rothko inspired sculpture.


Larry the Line

Is a friend of mine

He can make three

Straight lines for me!


Diagonal and horizontal!

Any curve, he can learn

With a twist and a turn.

When he's out of his tangle

he makes a great...angle.

Any line, he can make

After all, he's a snake!


In our Little Artists class we are learning all about … lines! Curve, angle, spiral, straight, we’ve learned them all!  We made this Jungle Snake collage inspired by our good snake friend Larry the Line who has taught us a great deal about lines!


Lebanon is packed with history, archaeology, natural beauty and a handsome population of fun-loving people whose hospitality and warmth extends the length and breadth of the country. Our very own Natasha Kozaily recently returned from a short trip to her father's homeland once known as the "Paris of the MiddleEast" and shares her thoughts and insights below. 


To articulate all the feelings I have for this country is difficult. The only way to truly understand it's beauty and magic is to visit, and I hope you do. The news today makes it easy to believe so many false narratives and stereotypes about Lebanon, but take it from me that this is the land of love and when it comes to loving I've never seen a nation do it better. If you ever visit, I promise that you feel embraced, cared for and romanced. Go and fall in love. 


I was eight years old when I first visited Lebanon, every trip back I learnt something new. This time was no different and the discoveries of this last visit have enriched my life with a new enthusiasm for poetry, food, music and gatherings. Here are some of my favorite finds, rediscoveries and hidden gems to explore.