Base Academy of Music is non-profit music organization who makes starting to learn a musical instrument accessible and affordable for urban youth because we believe music education is a reason and means to succeed.

Our mission

We teach the foundations of music to urban youth to help them see their God given potential and succeed in school and beyond.

Our Story

Base Academy of Music began as a simple dream. Clint Velazquez, a private music instructor for over 10 years, began to imagine what it could look like to teach music closer to home in Kansas City, MO and impact the lives of youth living in the urban core. Availability and accessibly to music programs and affordable private lessons in the area were limited. For many wanting to learn, getting started was the hardest part. In 2011 Velazquez began volunteering at Gordon Parks Elementary, teaching an afterschool music program and getting to know local students and their parents. Through teaching he learned about their interest in music and the parents’ expressed desire to see a venue for their children to develop with skilled music teachers and use their talents in positive and creative ways.


BAM was officially formed in 2013 as a nonprofit organization in the state of Missouri. We believe music education is a vital part of a complete education and students who want to study music should be able to, regardless of the community they live in or their economic status. We know the lessons learned in music help to develop us into competent, contributing members of our communities. BAM works to lower the barriers urban youth face when wanting to begin to study music or take their study further. The organization will provide private and group lessons, in addition to after school programs and small ensembles to the students of the KCMO school district. We desire to see our schools, our communities, and our city transformed by a generation who knows and creates beauty through music.

The organization will continue to pursue collaboration with local schools and community centers to offer both afterschool groups programs and private lessons for individual development.


Who We Are


Get Involved

As we begin teaching private lessons this fall there are many ways to get involved.

Stay up to date with what is going on with BAM by signing up for our e-mail list.

Financial resources are needed to create a scholarship fund for students who cannot afford the full cost of lessons, as well as to cover the administrative costs to begin and run a music school.

*Donations are tax deductible.

If you have a location that you think could be well utilized by BAM for private lessons and small group ensembles, please contact us so we can talk about the space. We are interested in spaces near a school or place that youth congregate, accessible by public transit, and in a densely populated part of town.
Legal and accounting services are key to our young organization and its ongoing sustainability.
For some youth, obtaining an instrument is the first obstacle to overcome in learning music. If you have a instrument in your closet that hasn’t been played in years, we would love to put it to good use. Electric pianos, guitars and drums are in highest demand, but we are interested in all instruments.

“Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The ‘back-tobasics curricula,’ while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more ‘basic’ to our nation survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.”

– Paul Harvey – syndicated radio show host


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“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.”

– Jewel – singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist



Spring Recital Pictures and Video

BAM is very proud of all our students for all their hard work in preparation for the Spring Recital. All their hard work paid off and they performed wonderfully! Special thanks to Kevin Sieker and the Chipotle Family for provided dinner to all our performers and their families. Also, thank you to Jonny Hackett, No. […]

BAM at the Brick Recap

Base Academy of Music wants to say thank you to all of the great people and organizations who helped make BAM at the Brick a huge success. The music was fantastic, the service at the Brick was wonderful, many new faces joined us and it seemed almost everyone who came left with some sort of […]

‘Tis the Season for Making Music

‘Tis the Season for Making Music In this season of giving, we feel so fortunate to share the gift of music with so many youth in Kansas City this past year. With over 50 students participating in lessons, 8 teachers, 2 school partners, and 1 winter recital, the dream of helping urban youth start to […]

Winter Recital at AFIA

Students, parents, family and friends gathered at Academy for Integrated Arts on Tuesday, December 16th for BAM’s first ever Winter Recital. The students did wonderful, demonstrating their newly developed skills and making their teachers proud with all their hard work. Great Job!      We want to say that you to the teachers and staff […]

Give the gift of music #GivingTuesday

Your gift helps him develop his. During his second piano lesson, 3rd Grader Nieko decided to try a little improvisation. This #GivingTuesday consider giving the gift of music and helping us develop the potential of the students of Kansas City. Donate Today Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Clint Velazquez Founder / Executive Director

It’s Getting Real

BAM in October It’s Getting Real, Folks   Private lessons are a reality! BAM’s dream to invest in one-on-one relationships and teach the foundations of music tailored to individual needs has finally launched. Many students will continue to participate in small group lessons during school hours, but our doors are now open to students regardless of […]

BAM Happy Hour

Join us Friday, August 8th at The Buffalo Room from 5 – 7PM! Check out KC’s newest “listening” venue, located on the south side of the Westport Flea Market and learn what BAM has planned for Fall 2014. Musical guests Fredric Sims, Kenneth Davis and other local KC artists will serenade the scene with the sounds of soul, R&B and jazz. . […]

Mustache for Music Pictures and Recap

What a success! Together we where able to raise over $1300. Thank you so much to everyone who attended, all who gave donations, our hard working volunteers and the bands who played for making Mustache for Music a great night. If you haven’t already, please sign up for our e-mail list to keep up with […]

Mustache for Music

March 29th, 6:00 PM Czar Bar 1531 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108 We hope you will join us for a fun evening of music and mustaches as we raise money to help urban youth start to play an instrument. Here is more about the night. $10 at the Door Each ticket comes with one […]

Thoughts of a Teacher

We saw this on our instructor Kelsey Cook’s Facebook Page and had to share it with you “Because of the amazing teachers, influences and mentors in my life who have helped me become the best ‘me,’ I am inspired to give back and help young adults see their full potential to not only be great […]