The spring season brings new beginnings. With the birds chirping and flowers blooming, there is no better time to flourish in your own way. Whether you have always dreamed of being a musician but never picked up an instrument, or have been strumming along your entire life but need to hone your skills, Los Angeles offers many classes and workshops for every level of musician. No matter if you are looking for regular lessons or just a unique class to try out of the blue, LA’s got a little something for everyone.
Hollywood Academy Of Music
7469 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
With three locations, spanning West LA, North Hollywood and Melrose, the Hollywood Academy of Music offers private classes for children ages four all the way through adult. Group classes are also offered, for children ages two through adult. Lessons are taught for instruments including piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, cello, trumpet, saxophone and many others. The private and group schedules can both be found on the website. Although the school is closed Fridays and Sundays, afternoon and evening classes are offered throughout the rest of the week, as well as morning and afternoon sessions on Saturdays.
3630 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Another excellent option for young and old alike is Los Angeles County Art Commission’s LA MusArt. Open Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday, individual music lessons are offered on a weekly basis. Children ages seven through adults can sign up for lessons in piano, woodwinds, voice, drums and many other instruments. A very cool perk to LA MusArt is that select students (ages 12 and up) are able to participate in an orchestra, of which there is no cost to play in. LA MusArt also offers a no-cost choir (ages seven and up) which meets on Sundays. After some private instruction, students will have the confidence to interview and audition for these very exciting groups.
Silverlake Conservatory Of Music
3920 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Open seven days a week and boasting state-of-the-art soundproof studios, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music offers impressive one-on-one classes for almost any instrument. Lessons are $30 per half hour or $60 for one-hour classes. The Conservatory focuses on musical technique and music theory, teaching beginner students how to read music and offering ensembles for the more accomplished musicians. Silverlake truly believes in music education and its ability to enrich the community. It also offers a musical summer camp for kids.
1200D N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Machine Project is an art gallery/concert space/classroom and many other things. If you’re looking for a totally unique take on music workshops this spring, definitely check out Machine Project. While it does not host the formal lessons that others offer, Machine Project is home to a large variety of artists. It holds classes and workshops for a diverse range of creative activities, including sewing, pickling and also music. Many musicians perform in this abstract setting, so it’s a great place to watch other musicians and learn some very interesting lessons. The variety of workshops are posted on the website and continuously updated as they are planned.
Scratch DJ Academy
2324 Cotner Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
While DJing and music production does not immediately come to mind when considering music classes or workshops, it is becoming quite the popular musical art form. Scratch DJ Academy has locations across the country, in cities such as New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles, of course. It was started over a decade ago by Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay. The Academy offers instruction for those dreaming to DJ, as well as for those who have been spinning for years. Classes such as mixing, scratching, music production and workshops such as digital DJing 101 can all be found on the website. Music classes and workshops aren’t just for the tangible instruments anymore; it’s gone digital!
Nicole DiCicco enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Los Angeles has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.