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12 Kids’ Music Lessons in Los Angeles

Updated for 2024

Maybe your son or daughter wants to be the next Taylor Swift, or you’ve heard that music makes your child smarter. If you’re looking for music lessons for kids in Los Angeles, these LA-based instructors and schools just might be in perfect tune with your child’s needs.

child playing violin

12 Awesome Music Teachers and Music Schools in Los Angeles

School of Rock
Multiple Locations around SoCal, including:
1806 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach 90278
6727 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills 91307

With over 10 locations in SoCal, there’s probably a School of Rock near you, and their facilities are set up to rock! They offer individual lessons, group rehearsals and live performances, with the goal of creating the next generation of rock-and-rollers. Adults can take lessons, too.

Elemental Music
1906 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica 90404

Over 3,000 young musicians have participated in Elemental Music programs since 2004. The organization includes programs for strings, band, choir, guitar, full orchestra, and chamber music, and even private lesson programs for qualified students. Students of all ages – elementary, middle, and even high school – can find a home in their programs.

Ryoji Inatsugi
Ryoji Music

Ryoji specializes in creating joyful musical experiences for children. In his classes, held outdoors at local parks and recreation spaces, he introduces a fascinating array of musical instruments from around the world. From the rhythmic beats of the Djembe and the melodic tones of the Balafon to the charming strums of the Ukulele and the lively sounds of shakers, he brings together a diverse collection of unique, authentic, and beautiful instruments.

young girl playing guitar

Ladybug Music
Multiple locations around SoCal, including:
12215 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 91604
8580 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211

Exploring songs and rhythms from around the world, your kids will sing, dance and play instruments while finding their own musical voice along the way! With Ladybug Music’s award-winning curriculum, their goal is for your child to grow to love music and blossom into a confident, social, and creative girl or boy.

Angeles Academy of Music
11670 San Vicente Blvd. #C, Los Angeles 90049

Angeles Academy offers piano, guitar, voice, violin, ukulele, drum, bass, cello, and wind instrument lessons in two in-person locations on the Westside as well as online or hybrid. The physical locations are in the heart of Brentwood and Westwood. Their one-on-one music lessons are open to all ages and levels.

Richman Music School

Richman Music School provides the highest quality music training with free helpful advice, books, and private instruction. It is a referral network of highly qualified, independent instructors, offering music lessons since 1975. They are based in Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area.

little girl playing piano

Encore Music and Performing Arts
1143 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena 91030
2324 Huntington Drive, San Marino 91108

Encore Music offers lessons for piano, guitar, singing, violin, drums, acting and more. In addition to their teaching credentials, their teachers have warm personalities and are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching the style of music that your kid wants to learn in their music lessons.

Rhodes School of Music
215 N. Larchmont Blvd, Unit C, Los Angeles 90004
846 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge 91011

Based in the Los Angeles and La Canada Flintridge area, Rhodes loves helping students become great musicians by fostering skill, appreciation, and enjoyment of music. By providing a thorough and exceptional music education in a comfortable, resourceful environment, teachers can develop meaningful partnerships with students and families to promote a lifelong relationship with music and creativity.

Guitar Ninjas
3308 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank 91505
725 Broadway Suite 201, Glendale 91205

Guitar Ninjas began with a vision for how to teach guitar that incorporates learning fundamental principles while experiencing the joy of making music. Their focused guitar course satisfies the soul, expands the mind, and teaches excellence as a habit. Their personal instruction plans are for kids starting as early as 4 years old. Bonus – adults can become guitar ninjas, too!

young girl singing into a microphone

Music Together Rise N Shine
Classes offered at Parks and Recreation areas in Claremont and Diamond Bar

Since 1987, Music Together has introduced millions of children, parents, and teachers around the world to the joys of family music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in their lives. Offering classes for babies, toddlers, and school-age kids, Music Together nurtures each child’s natural musicality in a playful, rich learning environment.

Minibop Music
3326 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles 90065

Minibop Music offers lessons at their state-of-the-art music studio in Glassell Park, as well as in-home music lessons throughout the Los Angeles area. They believe that music lessons for kids are incredibly beneficial to develop important skills such as creativity, coordination, and discipline and provide kids with a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

kids in orchestra at Beckman YOLA Center opening

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA)
Multiple Locations in SoCal, including:
The Beckman YOLA Center, 101 South La Brea Ave., Inglewood 90301

YOLA?—the LA Philharmonic’s music education program?—currently serves close to 1,700 young musicians across five sites, providing them with free instruments, intensive music instruction (up to 18 hours per week), academic support, and leadership training. You must fill out an interest form at their website.

Jessica Koslow writes about the arts in LA for The Argonaut and Playa Vista Magazine. You can read more from her at Her daughter does love Taylor Swift and is a budding percussionist who has already performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall!

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