Find a music lesson in Oakland, CA

Find music lessons in Oakland, CA

Find music lessons in Oakland, CA

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Find music lessons in Oakland, CA

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Top 10 music classes in Oakland, CA

Students agree: these Oakland music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Samuel Bai Music

Samuel Bai Music

5.0(4)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Jude says, "Great teacher. My son looks forward to his lessons." Read more
Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

5.0Exceptional(10)
2 hires on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Apple U. says, "Ali is an amazing drum instructor. He is very patient, professional and very kind. My daughter never wants to miss a class with him." Read more
Jon Swann Music Lessons

Jon Swann Music Lessons

5.0Exceptional(5)
Offers online services
4 hires on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Elizabeth M. says, "Knowledgeable, fun, and tailors each lesson to my needs and interests. Great teacher. " Read more
Sam Bai

Sam Bai

New on Lessons
Offers online services
7+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Hi , this is your future guitar/flute teacher Samuel Bai. I got systemic training of classical music. I am good at flute, Chinese bamboo flute and guitar. I also got training from church choir and being an active ccontemporary Christian rock bands member.(guitar vocal and drum) I am a very patient teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience and have experience in midi production and composing and have taught many students in middle school bands. Best of my students got enrolled in All-state band and usually become the 1st flute in their school band. I also teach music theory for beginners and help them how to sight-read musi
Marco Ghezzo Violin Lessons

Marco Ghezzo Violin Lessons

New on Lessons
2 hires on Lessons
15+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
I'm a italian violinist with 20 years of professional history specialized in Gypsy and Estern European music, Swing,European Folk. The past 10 i played with many bands (Taluna, Bristol,KELMO, Guajiro Valentano) touring in Europe,Usa, Mexico and Central America. Text the name of this band in Youtube or my name for check sound videos. My fb account a artist is M-Arcush Ghezzo.
Dandan Lessons

Dandan Lessons

5.0Exceptional(9)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Nicole Y. says, "Attention to my daughter's progress, to better structure her future lessons, has been a key to improving her piano skills. I recommend starting with Julietta to build a foundation, and then continue with someone like Franco to push ahead. Both are excellent music teachers." Read more
Monica Williams

Monica Williams

5.0(2)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Gina W. says, "My daughter has been taking flute lessons with Monica for four years, and we can't say enough wonderful things about our experience. After her lessons my daughter always says how much fun she had. Monica is very patient, and she understands how to motivate and foster a love for music in her students. Monica is a very talented teacher, and my daughter has won both national and international contests under Monica's guidance. We highly recommend her!" Read more
Yanowitz Tutoring Services

Yanowitz Tutoring Services

New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves Oakland, CA
I tailor lessons to students' unique learning styles and interests. Depending on student's interests I can teach a combination of sight reading, harmony, ear training, technique, and songwriting. I have taught popular, jazz, and contemporary piano styles to students of diverse ages ranging from 5 to 65. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Yale, a certificate in jazz piano and composition from the acclaimed Dick Grove School of Music, and an MS/MBA from Purdue. I enjoy watching my students's improve their performance skills and seeing it carry over to other parts of their life (i.e. school, work, confidence, and discipline.)...
Jwfigs

Jwfigs

New on Lessons
Offers online services
1 hire on Lessons
32+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
I've been teaching for 35+ years. Just moved back to the bay area. I know my craft and can help bring artistry forward from the ground up. I myself am actively competing and learning new things all the time so excited to share and grow. Many styles and methods, so lets begin!!!
Elliot Misage

Elliot Misage

New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves Oakland, CA
I am a drummer of 10 years and a student at the San Diego State School of Music and Dance. I am currently studying jazz drumming, and have backgrounds in classical percussion rock drumming. I focus on teaching the basic fundamentals of drum set playing. intermediate techniques, and basic understanding of music theory.

Your Music Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do music lessons cost?

Music lessons cost $40 to $90 per hour. Most teachers offer weekly lessons in order to provide regular feedback, keep students motivated, and provide enough opportunities to learn new techniques and pieces of music. More frequent lessons do not provide enough time to practice and master skills between lessons.

To save money on music lessons consider group lessons, which are often cheaper than private lessons and allow you to learn from other students. Another option is to take online lessons which tend to be more affordable than in-person lessons and can be a great way to learn from a qualified teacher that isn't local. Finally, look for scholarships or grants to help pay for music lessons.

At what age can you start music lessons?

The best age to start music lessons depends on the individual and their interests. Most experts agree that children can start learning music as early as 3 or 4 years old when they can communicate and follow instructions. There is no age that is too late to take music lessons – even seniors can benefit from learning or improving their musical skills.

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to music at an early age have better language skills, memory, and problem-solving skills. Music lessons help improve fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity which are important for other activities like writing and drawing. Learning to play an instrument can also build a child's self-confidence and help to develop a child's creativity.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

The amount of time it takes to learn an instrument depends on the instrument, the student's age, and the amount of time they practice. In general, it takes several months to a year to learn the basics of most instruments including how to read music and play basic scales and chords. With regular practice, students can expect to play simple songs within a few months.

Piano, guitar, and percussion instruments are some of the easier instruments to learn. Strings and horn instruments take a bit longer to learn. Becoming proficient at any instrument takes several years of lessons and regular practice.

Do I need an instrument at home to take music lessons?

No, you do not need an instrument at home to take music lessons, but it does make it easier to practice and improve your skills. Without an instrument at home, you will need to find an instrument to practice between lessons if you hope to improve.

Before investing in any musical instrument, you will want to talk with the music teacher to find the instrument that is right for you. Guitars are a popular instrument for beginners since they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The flute is another simple instrument to learn and is a good choice for students who want to learn to play an instrument quickly. Pianos are a more costly instrument but are a popular choice for families since everyone can enjoy playing the same instrument.

How do online music lessons work?

Online music lessons are similar to in-person lessons, only the teacher and student are not in the same physical location. Using video conferencing platforms such as Skype or Zoom, the teacher and students can communicate with each other from the privacy of their homes.

In order to take advantage of the affordable online lessons, you need a computer and internet connection with good audio and video quality to avoid frustration. The teacher and student join the video call and the lesson proceeds in the same way they would for an in-person lesson. Online music lessons require more focus and patience and are not suggested for very young students.

What questions should I ask a music teacher?

Here are some important questions you should ask a music teacher before you start taking lessons:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What is your experience teaching music?
  • What are your rates?
  • How long are your lessons?
  • What is your availability?
  • What are your expectations for students?
  • Can you provide references from your current and past students?

How do I choose a music teacher?

Choosing a qualified music teacher is important for those wanting to learn or develop their musical skills. Find a teacher that fits your schedule, budget, and learning style by following these recommendations:

  • Look for a teacher with a degree in music or years of experience teaching your preferred instrument.
  • Make sure the teacher with a teaching style that suits you. For example, if you learn better with a more formal teacher that focuses on technique, don't choose a teacher that is more relaxed and focuses on creative, free-style playing.
  • Find a teacher that is affordable for your budget and has availability for lessons that fit your schedule.
  • Confirm that the teacher will help you reach your goals whether it is to learn a new instrument, read music, learn music theory, or just have fun.How do I choose a music teacher?

Reviews for Oakland music classes

Recent success stories from people in the Oakland area.
Ricardo
Samuel is an awesome teacher and a friend. I have improved so much with my dizi and look forward yo lessons in the years to come. He is very talented, patient, and kind. Thank you teach!
Samuel Bai Music
Tony W.
Ali is a very friendly and knowledgeable teacher. He has a systematic way for teaching and has an emphasis on fundamentals, which I appreciate a lot. He also send summaries after each class, which help me know what to focus on before next class.
Ali Soliman Drum Lessons
David S.
I took private lessons with Jon for almost two years in high school. He was always very knowledgeable and helpful, and was a major factor in my success those years in making All State and other Honor Bands. I only stopped taking lessons when I moved away for college, or else I'd still be taking them now! He was always organized and easy to schedule with. Definitely my best experience with a Private Instructor to date!
Jon Swann Music Lessons
Lukki L.
Julieta is a very passionate, kind, and patient violin teacher. My sons love taking lessons from her. We highly recommend her as a violin teacher.
Dandan lessons
Linda R.
I am what I call an "adult re-entry" student, when it comes to the flute. Monica believes that once you know the flute, it never leaves you! I found Monica on the Internet-about 2 years ago. She has been extremely encouraging and professional, but most of all knowledgeable and fun! Monica has gotten into the technical part of playing the flute-which I love, and never learned in the past. It makes playing the flute so enjoyable, and helps me in recognizing how to improve my playing! I have every intention of continuing to learn from Monica and to enjoy the flute. I even bought a beautiful new instrument-which was super exciting! Monica had me come to her studio-(we have lessons via Muzie or Zoom) and we spent a couple of hours with various flutes to make a wonderful decision. I highly, highly recommend Monica as a flute instructor-her love of this instrument and her students-as well as her immense patience-shows each time we have a lesson-Oh..I have also performed a solo and with a group-what an accomplishment! Thank you, Monica!!
Monica Williams
Dayan
Mike is excellent with kids, he is patient and talented. My son has learned a lot in the last year. He makes the classes fun for him since he is learning to play songs from his favorite bands Queen, Nirvana, etc. Highly recommended.
Oakland Drum Lessons
N.S.
My two children have been taking lessons with Ms. Anna for a while now. Ms Anna took in my son, who was very young at the beginning, and adapted her teaching style to accommodate his learning level. She is very patient and provides lots of words of encouragement that helps my kids going. When the pandemic hit, Ms Anna quickly transitioned to online classes and it was the only lesson we continued and I am very glad we did! The kids love learning piano from her!
Anna’s acting and music academy
Saulo Q.
Jonathan is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the guitar. He takes his time explaining and breaking concepts down and has always worked with me to meet my specific needs. I have tried lessons with other people before, and by far Jonathan has been the best experience I have ever had with a guitar instructor. I have now been taking lessons for a year and a half and am grateful for every single moment.
Shanley Guitar Lessons
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