Music Lessons Program
Focus on Teaching
If you're looking for music lessons near Avon, Fairview Park, Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River, and more, then you have come to the right place. Since being established in 2004, over 4,000 students from preschool through adult have taken music lessons with our endorsed faculty.
The School of Music offers private music lessons either in-person or virtual, and some small group lessons. We offer music lessons for piano, guitar, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, voice, flute, piccolo, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, drums, trumpet, trombone, other brass instruments, and harp. We have music lessons at a variety of times so that you can book lessons for different children at the same time to save you hours of driving and waiting time.
Private lessons have the benefit of the focus of one-on-one, whereas group provides the dynamic of peer interaction. We offer 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour lessons for private lessons and 45 minute group lessons. Children 4 years old can take 30-minute piano, guitar, or drum lessons with a parent. Our music teachers have university training in the instruments that they teach. We teach students from beginners to very advanced, with several faculty having post-graduate degrees in their instruments. With locations in Avon, Strongsville, Fairview Park, and Westlake we have a convenient location near you.
We also have regular low pressure recitals that students can perform in if they wish.
All we do is teaching. We do not sell or rent musical instruments. This leaves us free to specialize in one thing - providing the highest quality of musical instruction. The directors of the school are all professional performers and educators themselves. As a school of music, we offer our students advantages that they might not otherwise enjoy such as access to award-winning faculty and a stimulating learning environment.
To help our teachers and students, our management handles all administrative duties such as answering phone calls, scheduling, collecting fees, and arranging concerts, which can take precious time during a lesson. This allows our teachers to concentrate all their attention on their students.
We invite you to read what students and parents have to say here: testimonials.
Since 2004, our Music Foundation for instruction comes from some of the most prestigious universities and conservatories of music in the world along with our successful teaching system which no other school enjoys. Other local studios now try to copy or imitate our approach but it is not the same. Our approach involves several factors including catering lessons to the learning style and personality of each student. At The School of Music, each student receives our approach in a fun environment, learning at his or her own pace.
Our school offers in-person and online piano lessons for students of all ages and abilities from beginners to very advanced students. We offer every style of piano lessons from classical and jazz to pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who wish to pursue a career in music. As we have so many piano teachers on staff we are able to match students with a teacher that works best with their particular age, ability and interest. We start piano lessons at any age from age 4 onwards. Our private piano lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. For our advanced piano students we have teachers masters and other post-graduate degrees in piano who can prepare them for university entrance or other auditions.
Our guitar lessons include acoustic, electric and bass guitar. We have an excellent guitar teaching staff and teach guitar lessons in many styles including rock to jazz, classical, pop, and chording. Our guitar teachers have college or university music degrees so they know how to teach the proper theory and technique no matter if a student is interested in metal or in classical. No matter what type of guitar lessons you are interested in, we have the teachers to help you. Typically a student would be 7 years old before starting guitar lessons, due to their hand size, but our younger students start with a junior sized guitar. Our private guitar lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
Violin, Fiddle, Viola, Cello, and String Bass Lessons
Our strings program offers private instruction in violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Our violin lessons start as young as age 5. Due to the size of the instrument, most cello lessons start at 10 years of age or older. We have students of all ages from children to adults. Our program is fully developed providing the technical and musical foundation needed for enjoyment and pursuing a career if desired. Our private lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
We have many students who take voice lessons or singing lessons in person or even online. Students sing all kinds of music from their favorite artists to classical arias. Our voice teachers have university training in music specializing in voice and sing everything from pop and jazz to opera. Our teachers all have performance backgrounds as well. Just a sample of what a student will learn in singing lessons includes how to breathe properly and maintain good vocal health, how to increase their range, proper pitch, how to project and stage presence. Our schools offer optional performance opportunities each year with our recitals. We provide a professional accompanist who rehearses with the students and plays for them at the recitals. Our private, one-on-one voice lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.
Our private flute lessons generally start at age 7 and older, but sometimes younger students will start with a special curved-head flute. Our teachers have university or college degrees in woodwinds. Flute lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute or 1 hour lengths. Our flute students have the option to perform in our recitals with many also performing in school bands and orchestras. Full preparation for college auditions is available.
Saxophone and Clarinet Lessons
Our private saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons start from age 8 onwards. Earlier than age 8, a student typically does not have the lung capacity and strength to handle these instruments. Our saxophone and clarinet instructors actively perform in all types of bands and ensembles and as soloists. Saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour lengths.
Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, French Horn & Tuba Lessons
Our brass lessons include every kind of brass instrument including trumpet, trombone, baritone, french horn, and tuba. Students for these instruments usually are ages 9 or older as they need to have developed a greater lung capacity and in the case of the tuba need to be big enough to hold the instrument. Our brass teachers have university or college degrees in music and teach everything from salsa band music to orchestra.. We can help students enhance their skills for their school band program or develop advanced skills to become soloists. Lessons are offered in 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour lengths.
We offer a wide variety of drum lessons or percussion lessons. Most of our students learn on a drum kit. We have both male and female students and typically do not start drum lessons before the age 6 as students need to be able to reach both the pedal and the cymbals. We do have some younger students but suggest they come in for a trial drum lesson to see if they are big enough to get started. Drum lessons are taught on a drum kit in our studios but students are able to get started practicing at home on practice pads before purchasing or renting a drum kit. Our drums lessons stress proper technique so students become good drummers quickly. Our drum instructors have university or college training and are active performers. Private drum lessons are available in 30 minute, 45 minute and 1 hour lengths.
For students interested in writing music, these private lessons enable the student to learn the skills of composition whether in creating music for a song or music for different kinds of instruments.
These private lessons are designed for students needing further instruction in music theory or ear training not normally covered in private instrumental lessons. At this level, music theory is often supplemented with composition and is a great preparation for studying music in college. With a good music theory foundation, students have been able to exempt out of theory courses in college.
In a school environment, a student cannot be distracted by t.v., pets, ringing phones, siblings, "what's going on outside" the window, store congestion, or anything else. With only a half-hour to one-hour lesson per week, a professional school environment can produce better results with an atmosphere focused exclusively on learning. Students are also motivated by hearing peers and by being exposed to a variety of musical instruments. This helps translate into more practicing and commitment at home.
Guitar Club and Studio Classes
In addition to private lessons, students have fun playing in a group and for each other with a teacher's instruction. In some studio classes, students take a lesson while others observe. These are designed as an opportunity for interaction that would add to the learning experience as well as help keep up motivation for practicing (frequency of these classes depends upon participation).