Help Wanted: Admin

Music School and Shop Administrator

This job is a part-time, hourly position (approx 20 hours, growth potential) at our music store and school located on Piedmont Ave in Oakland, CA.


Scheduling lessons (spreadsheets, Google docs)

Invoicing students (Quickbooks)

Creating, organizing and maintaining office systems and operations

Managing instrument rental program

Some retail support

Marketing lesson program


Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, E-mail, Google docs, QuickBooks)

Strong writing skills

Ability to work independently

Ability to communicate with parents and teachers–especially through email

Ability to be firm but polite and professional about company policies with clients

Ability to multi-task

Flexible, can do attitude; enjoys finding solutions

Detail oriented

Contact: Annette Loveless (owner)  annette500watts at yahoo com

 Acme House of Music, 4444 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 510.655.2263


All Star Rhthym Clinic March 14

Music students and their parents, musicians, friends of ACME and those interested in the origins of rhythm in contemporary music:

PLEASE JOIN George Marsh, Jennifer Wilsey, Emily Marsh and Steve Moriarty in a rare in-store event! The clinic will include improvisation, polyrhythms, opportunities for audience participation, with forum to follow. We are honored to welcome such an unusually talented family of musicians.

March 14, 2015 2:00 PM-4:00pm
Hosted by ACME HOUSE of MUSIC, 4444 Piedmont Ave, Oakland and Drums a Go-Go.

Jennifer Wilsey, percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator—currently performs with several improvising ensembles including The Bloom, Timeless Pulse, Gestaltish, and Luna Ensemble. Jennifer also teaches percussion and directs the Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble at Sonoma State University. At Mills College she teaches Advanced Musicianship while serving as the Musicianship Program Supervisor. She offers workshops in Improvisation, Music Games, and Deep Listening®, and maintains a private studio in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California.

George Marsh, (married to Jennifer) is a San Francisco based jazz drummer, composer, and educator, currently with the David Grisman Sextet. His recordings include those with John Abercrombie, Terry Riley, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Pauline Oliveros, Denny Zeitlin, Maria Muldaur, and many others. George has taught drumming and rhythm theory at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Sonoma State University since 1982. He maintains a private studio in Santa Rosa, California.

Emily Marsh, (daughter of George) has toured and recorded with bands Faster Tiger, Vervein, Black Cat Orchestra, Mirah, Cyril Barrett and many more. She currently performs with The Ukemamas and Beshka & The Bolsheviks. Emily is also Director of school-based Clinical Mental Health Interventions for a local non-profit agency.

Steve Moriarty, (husband of Emily) teaches drums at ACME. Steve have played in bands since age 11. He co-founded Seattle band The GITS; has recorded and toured worldwide with Joan Jett, The Pinkos, Irish folk band Saint Bushmills Choir, Golpes Bajos, Toucans Steel Band, and Improvisational sect, HMS Spleen.

What the heck will FOUR family drummers do?
You must see for yourself! Join us, Saturday March 14.

Our Teacher Daniel Finnamore Concert Pianist in Concert 1/17/15


On Saturday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m., concert pianist Daniel Finnamore will play selections from Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie to showcase Oakland Tech’s “secret jewel,” our fully restored 1917 Steinway Grand Piano.

The piano was purchased by Oakland Tech in 1917, and moved into the new auditorium when it was built in the 1960s. Over the years, the auditorium fell into disrepair and by the turn of this century, was a leaky store-room where the piano sat, neglected. A highlight of the auditorium renovation campaign was the restoration of this jewel by the class of 1961. A fundraiser led by Camille Reed provided $25,000 to bring life back into the soundboard and strings, and to purchase a new “four-hand bench.” The Oak Tech Auditorium is now a central location for many schools and outside art groups to host concerts and events, providing a comfortable venue to the community and job training to the “Tech Techies.” The auditorium restoration project is kicking off its final fundraising cycle for additional seating and box office/lobby design.

Daniel Finnamore grew up in Oakland, and has taught hundreds of students to love the piano over the past 40 years. As a musician, he specializes in romantic expressions of the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert will also feature a ballet performance by senior Deon Oddone (of Nutcracker doll fame) and an original multimedia lyric poem by local writer Kristen Caven, who is currently the PTSA president.

As Oakland Tech is celebrates its 100th year, the PTSA is using this event to recognize all of the volunteer efforts that have gone into supporting this historic school, and to call in a vision for the next century, asking the muses to help all Oakland students shape a beautiful future.

Singer Songwriter Series

Songwriter Showcases

The Last Thursday of Each Month

Join us the last Thursday of each month 8:00pm-10:30pm at Acme House of Music to hear fellow Oaklanders perform original songs in an acoustic setting!

Each night will feature two artists, one at 8:30pm and one at 9:45 pm. Featured artists will perform 15-20 minutes of original material.

9pm-9:45pm will be open for musicians (individuals or groups) to get up and share an original acoustic song. ALL AGES, instruments and genres are welcome!

We will have a sign-up sheet for performers available beginning at 8pm and will rely on a first come first serve basis.

The events are FREE, and we will have wine available for a donation!

Oakland Magazine Best of the Bay 2014


We are honored to have been awarded Oakland Magazine’s 2014 Editors Choice for Best Independent Music Store!

Editors’ Choice


Acme House of Music

Called “a mom-and-pop shop since 1969,” Acme House of Music—long a gem in the Laurel District—recently moved to a new, larger space near the top of Piedmont Avenue. It’s a retail, repair, and artistic space that defies easy categorization. The staff and teachers offer lessons and workshops, and they fix, rent, and sell vintage and new instruments as well as electronic equipment. In myriad, mellifluous ways, this funky, home-grown business promotes harmony and creativity in the community. 4444 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-2263,

Best of the Bay 2013

Best of The Bay 2013 (East Bay Express)

In our 2013 Best of the East Bay (the new) Authentic, we focused on the people, products, and services that are considered “authentically” East Bay, perhaps in a new way. This means restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, and other businesses that define (or are redefining) the genuine or real East Bay experience: forward-thinking comfort food; bars that have the casualness of your living room, but with upscale cocktails; unpretentious boutiques that feature local designers who are reinventing East Bay style. It also means places or businesses that have been around for a while and are considered an indispensable part of the fabric of East Bay life.

Best Music Store / Music School

Acme House of Music (on MacArthur Blvd in Oakland)

“A great place to buy instruments & other things musical (new or used), or take lessons, or just to hang out & talk music. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, the atmosphere is relaxed & welcoming. Plus the owners really give back to the community.”


2013 Summer Solstice Music Festival

Thank you everyone for supporting the  “Summer Solstice Music Festival” free music in the Laurel on Sunday, June 23rd. Sorry the rain cut the outdoor performances short–but thank you to all the bands and performers who donated their time:

“World Ground Cafe”: Suzanna Smith, Clusterpluck, Ronzoni Calzone, and Far I.
“Cafe 3016”: Heddy Fur, Laura Sherman.
“Acme House of Music “(backyard):Fox’s Blues Band, The Grease Traps, Professor Paranormal (magic show), Loafers and Sneakers, TriValve.
“Acme House of Music” (front of store): DJ’s Mad Matt Leary, AJB, Poundcakes, Kevin O’Dea, G Smoove.
“Miliki” restaurant:  Rafael Langa and Ngoma band.

Special thanks to our neighbors Tim Sullivan, Jonathan Evans, Amy Stabler, Renais Winter and the Laurel Village Association; our interns Jenny Zelinka and Lehner; and our Sound Tech Dale Nabeta.

Click here for details and all the bands, performers and history of the event.

Here’s the follow up story:

Here’s the original story from the Examiner:

Here’s a story from last years event: