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Top 10 music classes in Washington, DC

Students agree: these Washington music lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Ottley Music School, Inc.

Ottley Music School, Inc.

5.0Exceptional(7)
Offers online services
10 hires on Lessons
51+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Charlotte .. says, " I think Ann started around the holiday season, she’s had about one academic semester of once per week classes. She was still 2 years old when she started at Ottley’s Music School. Now she can find middle C, identify A, B or C anywhere on the keyboard, read notations like piano meaning play softly, fortissimo meaning play loudly, and quarter rest. She has been introduced to half and full notes and rests, but doesn’t yet consistently apply them. She can play simple 3-note sequences with either the left or right hand but sometimes prefers to play all notes with either her thumb or index finger rather than following the assigned fingers for each key. It’s really an extraordinary amount of progress for her age. I’ve been surprised" Read more
Guitar Train

Guitar Train

New on Lessons
Offers online services
23+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Guitar Train, located in Arlington, Virginia, is a premier destination for music enthusiasts. Serving the local community and surrounding areas, they provide a unique experience centered around the love of music. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner, Guitar Train offers something for everyone. Come and discover what makes them a local favorite.
Sikkelee Piano Studio

Sikkelee Piano Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
Serves Washington, DC
Carol has been Organist and Assistant Director since 2000. Carol has served as organist/choirmaster in churches in North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, with long tenures at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC. Carol has led efforts here at First Church to produce benefit concerts to aid New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Katrina; Haiti after the earthquake; and most recently, Japan and the USA after the earthquake, tsunami, tornadoes and floods. Many of the finest musicians in the metropolitan area have participated in these concerts. Carol studied with Harold Andre...
Seidenman's Guitar

Seidenman's Guitar

5.0Exceptional(8)
35 hires on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Connor M. says, "Steve has played a tremendous role in the progress I've made as a guitar player. Lessons with him are enjoyable, rewarding, and low stress. He is a good listener; he pays attention to my playing and my questions, and provides valuable feedback. The work he gives me between lessons is always challenging, but reasonable, keeping me motivated and keeping the momentum going on improving my technique and musicality. He plays beautifully and seems to genuinely enjoy discussing all things related to music and the guitar." Read more
Lessons With Ian Otto

Lessons With Ian Otto

5.0Exceptional(5)
Offers online services
4 hires on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Sam D. says, " Ian Otto is a very organized and disciplined teacher. I had been playing and taking lessons for years before working with him, and he was able to help me reframe my existing knowledge and learn new approaches to become a better guitar player. I would highly recommend working with Ian." Read more
John Kunu's Piano Studio

John Kunu's Piano Studio

5.0(1)
Offers online services
3 hires on Lessons
31+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
CASSANDRA J. says, "He is very skillful and Knowledgeable. He’s very patient and a beautiful personality. " Read more
Lezhnev Piano Studio

Lezhnev Piano Studio

New on Lessons
Offers online services
5+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Teaching piano is my passion. I teach all levels and age groups (4-85). I have a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from George Mason University and also studied privately at Peabody Institute and with renowned concert pianists in Washington DC, Austria, and Germany. I performed at the Kennedy Center, the French Embassy, and many local venues.
Pianolessonskyline.com

Pianolessonskyline.com

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
19+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Lola A. About Your Teacher Lola is a trained concert pianist and teacher. Born in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan, she started to play the piano at age 5. Attending a special school for gifted and talented kids for 11 years, Lola played in many regional competitions and ultimately with world-reknowned pianist Eugeniy Kissin. Lola now has been teaching piano for more then 15 years, using a special method developed after years of experience teaching children and teens. She is a member of the Music Teacher National Association. Lola takes a personal interest in each child or teen she teaches, working to help each one discover his or...
Ron Turner Guitar Lessons

Ron Turner Guitar Lessons

5.0(4)
Offers online services
7 hires on Lessons
17+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Rick A. says, "Extremely knowledgeable and very patient!" Read more
Michael Noble Piano Lessons

Michael Noble Piano Lessons

5.0(1)
Offers online services
14+ years in business
Serves Washington, DC
Emily says, "Michael has been an incredibly helpful and accommodating teacher. Patient and considerate, he has given me step by step instructions in our lessons. I began with a few lessons and ended up wanting to add another and another. As a teacher he has gone above and beyond to support and educate me in each and every session! " 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 Washington music classes

Recent success stories from people in the Washington area.
Laura M.
The Ottley Music School has been instrumental in helping my daughter learn to read music and perform appropriate but challenging pieces. The teachers encourage each child to reach their potential while providing top notch instruction. We are happy with the quality of instruction and performance opportunities our child has received at Ottley Music School.
Ottley Music School, Inc.
Lasha S.
Quick response time. Very professional, offered a lot of options
Seidenman's Guitar
Martin P.
Ian offers a personalized experience and is genuinely enthusiastic about getting to know his students and understanding what they hope to achieve. He allocates lesson time efficiently; Never dwindling too long on a simple concept, but more than willing to slow things down to ensure clear understanding and proper technique. Ian is knowledgeable, approachable, encouraging, and supportive. I have learned a great deal in a relatively short time.
Lessons with Ian Otto
Jim M.
I have been working with Ron for over 10 years. He is a great teacher and I have improved my skills in all areas. Ron is great to work with with vast knowledge and skills. He has the ability to help you understand even the most difficult skills and styles.
Ron Turner Guitar Lessons
Arina
Ideal instructor in so many way! Able to tailor lessons to my particular needs and tastes (mostly baroque) though he encourages me to push beyond my meager abilities. As an aging baby boomer myself, I am so happy to find someone who has allowed me to accomplish a lifelong dream: to play better than I did when I took lessons as a kid. Joe emphasizes good technique but still makes lessons fun. Definitely 5 stars!
Joseph Inman
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