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Lessons

3-4 Years Old

If a preschooler has a keen desire and wants to start music, a group preschool music class will give them a good foundation in music basics, which will be helpful in later private lessons. At this age, private lessons generally do not work as the child has not yet experienced the formal learning environment of kindergarten or school and learns more effectively though the game-oriented preschool environment. Babies and toddles can start learning music with our Music Martin classes.

Piano/Keyboard

At our school, 5 years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease

Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone

Due to lung capacity (and in the case of the saxophone, the size of the instrument), we recommend that most woodwind beginners are 8 years and older.

Violin

We accept violin students from the age of 5. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has show us the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 5 or older.

Drums

The average age of our youngest drum student is 6. This varies greatly depending on the size of the child. They have to be able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals. However, younger students can start on the snare drum and practice pad learning stick control and rudiments.

Voice

10 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords, and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique.

DJ Camp

Learn to DJ in afterschool and seasonal camps available for ages 7-17. All classes are currently online and designed for beginners. Need gear? Rent everything you need for the class or get a discounted purchase with lessons. Course culminates with a virtual showcase of kids’ work and/or performances.

Price List

Instrument & Voice Lessons

Download our full price list here. Available in-person or online at both our locations in Santa Monica and Culver City.

  • Single Lessons
  • $ 41.25-94.50
    PER CLASS
  • 30 minute and 60minute lessons available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, violin, cello, conga/percussion, music theory, private voice, and vocal coaching.

    See full price list here.

  • SETS OF FOUR
  • $ 145.00-380.00
    for 4-Pack
  • SAVE UP TO $40 WHEN YOU BUY A 4-PACK.

    30 minute and 60minute lessons available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, violin, cello, conga/percussion, music theory, private voice, and vocal coaching.

    See full price list here.

  • Home Lessons
  • $ 83.00-400.00
    monthly
  • Home lessons are in-person visits from our teachers. For online lessons, refer to our regular singular or 4-pack pricing.

    60 minute and 90 minute lessons available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, violin, cello, conga/percussion, music theory, private voice, vocal coaching, and digital audio software.

    See full price list here.

Music Experiences

  • Music Martin Classes
  • $ 30.00-100.00
    PER CLASS
  • Weekly 30 minute interactive music and learning for children 6 months to 5 years old.

    • $100 for a four-pack of lessons
    • Drop-ins $30
    • 6mo-2yrs Tuesdays 11:30 am
    • 3yrs-4yrs Thursdays 11:30 am

    See full price list here.

  • Afterschool DJ Program
  • $ 279.00-379.00
    4-Week Class
  • Great for ages 7 – 17

    • Includes 1x week 55 min INTERACTIVE ZOOM call to review material
    • Weekly rental of a DJ Controller Kit (available for an additional cost) OR DISCOUNTED purchase
    • Course culminates with a virtual showcase of kids work and/or performances
    • Minimum 5:1 student to kid-friendly staff ratio for maximum engagement
    • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – cancel after the 1st session and receive a FULL REFUND

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