The Institute of Arts, Music & Science (IAMS) is a nonprofit organization that provides subsidized art, music and science lessons for children in grades K-12. Our mission is to provide a high quality education at an affordable price and to connect aspiring artists with educators who will help them grow and develop their craft. We believe music, art and science are essential for children to learn and we are dedicated to developing those passions.
I took violin lessons at this school for over 10 years and had an absolutely amazing experience. The teachers, especially Eunji, are highly qualified and excellent musicians as well as wonderful instructors. There are abundant opportunities for participation in performances, certificates, orchestras, and more. The teachers are incredibly flexible with time, and they want to help you grow and learn. The price is affordable and a huge bargain! Any problems that may happen in the bookkeeping are quickly addressed and taken care of. The school is beautiful and has been newly remodeled. It is welcoming, has good acoustics, and is a comfortable place. I highly recommend this school for the arts and music, and I am confident that anyone who takes lessons of any sort here will not be disappointed!
This is our 2nd year at this music school and we have been completely satisfied! Ms. Lee is professional and caring and goes out of her way to accommodate the students. They are very flexible with the hours of the classes and they go over and above to prepare the students for the Certificate of Merit testing. They even offer extra practices and reviews to prepare for the CM. They have a very family friendly atmosphere and when I'm waiting for lessons to be over, I'm in the waiting room with my other children, doing homework.
Happy Client Since 2004 to Present - Children Studied: Piano, Violin, and Drums This is a place like no other music studio in the area, because they attract Great talent. Most important, one can feel the energy and excitement because the teachers love music and to teach it. That enthusiasm and passion is transferred to the students. The teaching approach is about striving to give the students a solid music foundation by helping them master the precise skills so they can build and grow with ease and truly enjoy playing. My son started when he was nine and sadly had to stop when he went away to college this year. My second son has been studying since he was 7 and is now 16. Once they are both in college I will take lessons because I could not be away from this place. Ms. Eunji Lee, the founder and director and master violinist is the heart of IAMS. It is clear to see that her desire is to give the joy of music to all children in the community. She understands, what parents know who bring their kids to music, that music makes kids more confident in all other aspects of life and school. In a nutshell, The Institute of Arts Music and Science is really a community of Music Lovers. If you love music and you wish to learn from and among passionate music lovers, then this is the place for you. If you wish to gift your children the ability to play a musical instrument and the love and appreciation of music, then this is the place too.
In high school, I took clarinet lessons at IAMS from Dr. Wellwood. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and was impressed by the structured approach towards each lesson. My previous clarinet teacher was also very good, but with Dr. Wellwood I was able to not only learn musical pieces, but also improve my sight-reading because I practiced the scales, arpeggios, and other commonly occurring musical patterns necessary for this. I was able to effectively build up my musical repertoire to the point that when I sight-read music, I could recognize parts of it from my practicing, and could excel in my studies. I was in Symphonic Winds, an audition-only, competitive band at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and Dr. Wellwood's lessons were enormously helpful! I am sure that other instructors at IAMS are of a similar caliber to Dr. Wellwood, but since I can't speak much to that, I will just say that I definitely recommend trying out the Institute of Art Music and Science for yourself, whatever your musical interest!