The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative

The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative

5.0 (6)
1 hire on
20 employees
7 years in business

About this pro

Our goal is to provide high quality lessons at an affordable cost while supporting a highly skilled network of professional artists and musicians. 

We stand out in a number of ways. We have a 4000 square foot facility with ten teaching rooms and a warehouse where we host gallery and recital events. We emphasize creativity and technical ability. Recitals are free. Student gallery events are free. All of the instructors perform and work in their craft in the community. 

I enjoy building. Whether it's building a composition, or a classical piece, or a studio, the act of building is very satisfying and rewarding.

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San Diego, CA 92126
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6 Reviews


  • Anna Zinova

    A wonderful place, with kind, devoted, skillful and knowledgeable instructors. Truly a treasure to local music and art, and to those seeking to develop their skills.

  • Julie Family


  • Max Fox

    Fantastic group of people and a great space to create and learn, this is truly a safe haven for artists.

  • Sid Marcos

    Phenomenal studio with attentive teachers. 10/10 would music here again.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

It depends on the student. We all have a variety of different backgrounds and it is important to have the capacity with which to treat students as individuals.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Every instructor at The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative has had a high level of training. We work with a range of instructors with a diverse set of backgrounds. 

We have 2 instructors with MFAs, 2 instructors with BAs working towards MFAs, 7 instructors with BAs, and a number of working musicians that have been signed to record labels, perform in the community, and gig regularly.  All of the instructors are engaged in continuing training with top musicians around town. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$27.50 - 30 minute private music lessons

$40.00 - 45 minute private music lessons

$52.50 - 60 minute private music lessons

(free recitals)

$27.50 - 60 minute group art lessons

$37.50 - 90 minute group art lessons

(most materials included)

How did you get started teaching?

Personally, I started teaching as a teenager to supplement the income I received performing.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with a wide range of students from beginner to advanced, and have taught a number of professional musicians, including other piano instructors. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I am proud of the partnerships that The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative has started having with local non profits in order to raise funds for their causes by throwing events and factilitating the music and art for those events. On a weekly basis, the instructors of this studio are out and about town putting on shows, throwing events, and participating in galleries. It's great to be engaged in such an active and creative community. There's really too much going on to single out any given event.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Try to receive training from someone who still practices and performs. There is a wide variety of skill range even among professionals, and it's important to find people who are dedicated to their own growth and improvement as individual artists. The divide between someone who practices 4-6 hours a day for decades versus someone who practiced only enough to receive a degree is enormous. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should ask if they have the right environment and materials at home to succeed. That's something that should be addressed before the first lesson.