The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative

The San Diego Music And Art Cooperative

5.0Exceptional(6 reviews)


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.


Hired 1 time
20 employees
9 years in business
Serves San Diego , CA

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Anna Z.

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.
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August 16, 2018


Julie F.

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August 16, 2018


Max F.

Fantastic group of people and a great space to create and learn, this is truly a safe haven for artists.
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August 16, 2018


Sid M.

Phenomenal studio with attentive teachers. 10/10 would music here again.
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August 16, 2018


Monica F.

Where to start? We were referred to Mr. Mat by another family several years ago and have since recommended him to several other families that all take lessons from him. My son has been playing for 3 years, and my daughter for 1 year. They are both getting an excellent foundation and progressing very nicely. He mixes in some some great classical pieces and some fun pop music, to keep the students interest. He takes his teaching seriously and wants the kids to get into good habits with proper technique.
Recitals enforce some discipline, but listening to all the other students play is really impressive. My kids enjoy hearing the songs they used to play, and look forward to playing some of the songs they have heard. They look forward to seeing some of their favorite kids, recital after recital. Mr. Mat and the other instructors have done an incredible job with the talented kids here in San Diego. Keep up the great work!
Mr. Mat has also been a great musical resource - from finding us an amazing piano, piano tuner, and even helping with Clarinet repair. His ability to reach out to all things musical is impressive.
We then tried out the art lessons from Jessica and were very pleased. It was amazing to see the quality of the kids art work, just after a couple of painting classes. Jessica was great with the kids (both age 7) and the one on one attention was really nice. The kids cant wait to go back!
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August 16, 2018


Taylor P.

im 13 and dont have any real big hobbies but i ask to go here everyday, the teachers are so great and my favorite are the art classes, you get to do hand on work and get to be more independent with guided instructions btw, anyways its great im working on my 3rd painting already and ive been going for 2 weeks!! �� thanks san diego music and art cooperative ��
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August 16, 2018

Frequently asked questions

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.

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. 

$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)

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Services offered

Music Theory