Find a music lesson in San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 music classes in San Francisco, CA

Students agree: these San Francisco music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Alice's Crescendo Piano Lesson

Alice's Crescendo Piano Lesson

5.0(3)
1 hire on Lessons
Serves San Francisco, CA
Nicco W. says, "Alice is an amazing teacher who is not only knowledgeable but also incredibly patient and supportive. Her passion for music is truly inspiring and she has a unique way of making even the most challenging concepts seem manageable. I've seen so much improvement in my playing since starting lessons with her and I always look forward to our sessions. I highly recommend Alice to anyone looking for a skilled and encouraging piano instructor." Read more
Piano Lessons In Person/online And In Group.

Piano Lessons In Person/online And In Group.

5.0(1)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Hanie G. says, "I take my son to piano lessons since he was 18 months. Teacher Margarita is very creative to keep him playing at the pianos. She is very patient and knows how to work with him. She really cares that he gets the most out of his class. Also very professional, detailed oriented and on time." Read more
Dan Lupo Music

Dan Lupo Music

5.0Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Gabriel H. says, "I’ve been working with Dan for a little over a month now & after taking a break from piano for over 6 years I’ve been able to get back into it and learn things I never learned in my previous 15 years of playing piano. Dan has been amazing at helping me work towards my goal of learning more music theory and composition. " Read more
Benjamin Barnes Violin And Viola Lessons

Benjamin Barnes Violin And Viola Lessons

New on Lessons
Offers online services
37+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Benjamin Barnes Music, founded in 1987, is a celebrated music institution based in San Francisco, California. The company offers violin, viola, and guitar lessons, covering genres from Classical to Rock. The owner, Ben, is a 2023 San Francisco Arts Commission grantee and a passionate teacher who assists students with performance, composition, and songwriting. With a rich foundation in music, Ben aims to cultivate knowledgeable, expressive fulfillment in his students, enlightening them that music is indeed food for the soul.
Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

5.0Exceptional(10)
2 hires on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, 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
Smart Hands And Minds

Smart Hands And Minds

4.9Exceptional(11)
Offers online services
8 hires on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Rameez S. says, "Marshal is a great teacher. My son is getting home lessons and I am quite happy with his progress. Marshal understands my child and tries new techniques at his level. Marshal listens to my child and talks to him which makes it easier for him to learn. Marshal is a decent man who talks less but makes sure he is working hard. Would definitely recommend him!" Read more
Amazing Accordion

Amazing Accordion

5.0Exceptional(9)
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
Serves San Francisco, CA
Michael C. says, "Aaron is quite excellent for piano accordion lessons. Patient and perceptive about where your current challenges/weaknesses lie and clever at proposing exercises/remedies for those weaknesses. Very low-key, easy-going, professional, and high quality teaching. Highly recommended with no reservations. " Read more
Dandan Lessons

Dandan Lessons

5.0Exceptional(9)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
11+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, 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
Sabina's Violin Studio

Sabina's Violin Studio

New on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Attended Rice University and the SF Conservatory of Music for Violin Performance for my Bachelors and Masters. Been teaching for close to 10 years in the Bay Area. I like interacting and teaching kids. They're fun to talk and be with. I like how fast they can pick up on things and progress when they're into what we're doing.
Dorisiya Yosifova Violin

Dorisiya Yosifova Violin

5.0(1)
8+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Pamela T. says, "Dorisiya is an excellent teacher! She has a lot of expertise and is very good at explaining it to her students in a manner tailored to their experience (in my case, an adult beginner with 12+ years background in piano and intermediate music theory). She helps make sure that I enjoy what I'm working on, but also pushes me to improve, which I really like. We are still doing lessons together remotely, where she remains quite effective and fun to work with." Read more

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 San Francisco music classes

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Nick M.
Alice is an amazing teacher who is not only knowledgeable but also incredibly patient and supportive. Her passion for music is truly inspiring and she has a unique way of making even the most challenging concepts seem manageable. I've seen so much improvement in my playing since starting lessons with her and I always look forward to our sessions. I highly recommend Alice to anyone looking for a skilled and encouraging piano instructor.
Alice's Crescendo Piano Lesson
Andrew Z.
I have been taking voice lessons with Dan for about two months now, and have noticed obvious improvements. Dan demonstrates and communicates concepts in a way that is easy to understand and he also gives clear and actionable feedback. Beyond this, he is friendly, accommodating, and responsive -- all amazing qualities to have as a teacher and person. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about music.
Dan Lupo 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
Nicole S.
Marshal is not only a gifted musician but also highly skilled at teaching. Marshal infuses music theory into his lessons, helping me understand the meaning behind the notes. He also uses personalized techniques to help with proper hand placement and reading sheet music. As an adult student, I was nervous about picking up an instrument but Marshal customized his curriculum to my learning style, characteristics and ability, making my journey with the piano an enjoyable yet challenging experience! I've been working with Marshal for only a few months and I've made great strides in my ability to both read sheet music and play the piano. He's also very patient and highly personable! I highly recommend working with Marshal. Very excited for my future lessons and continued piano skills growth!
Smart Hands and Minds
Clayton N.
Aaron has helped me a lot. Especially improving my left hand capabilities. He is familiar with many different styles of music. He is also very good at figuring out how to play pieces that were not written for accordion.
Amazing Accordion
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
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
Samaju G.
Theory of Music
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