Los Angeles, as the hub of entertainment for the world, has everything needed to insert music into your life or your children’s education. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to learn to play the guitar, here are some of the best places in Los Angeles to make those dreams reality.
Eagle Rock Music Studio
4870 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
The Eagle Rock Music Studio provides private music lessons and workshops for both children and adults, be it as beginners or at professional levels. Eagle Rock, located between Pasadena and Glendale, is easily accessible from downtown Los Angeles. Accomplished instructors like Dave Cipriani (who has traveled to India to master his 20-string Indian slide guitar craft) and Pat O’Brien (whose band has performed for 15 years and become an icon in Arcadia) are part of the group of instructors teaching the guitar and several other instruments to the students at this school.
Hollywood Academy of Music
7469 Melrose Ave., Suite 34
Hollywood, CA 90046
The Hollywood Academy of Music offers private guitar lessons as well as group classes arranged in summer and fall schedules for children as young as 2 years old and up as well as adults. Classes usually last from 30 minutes to an hour. Instructors here have a reputation for being serious about their business and expecting performance from the students. They schedule periodic recitals so students can show off their development in front of friends and family. The academy also has a second location in North Hollywood.
Los Angeles Guitar Academy
The Los Angeles Guitar Academy will put you in touch with a guitar instructor that lives close to your area. Rather than having all of its associates at one location, students are assigned to the studio of one of the teachers working with the academy. Depending on the circumstances, some of the instructors are also willing to travel to private homes. For anyone who simply cannot leave the house, the academy offers guitar lessons online. From the curriculum, choose from classical, flamenco, Latin, rock and gipsy jazz guitar lessons, plus music theory, songwriting and pedagogy courses.
Los Angeles Music Academy
370 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
At the LAMA College for Music Professionals, earn an associate’s degree in music performance with emphasis in guitar. Hailed as a school created by music professionals for music professionals, you could learn anything from funk to jazz guitar to rock to freestyle. This school gives its students the added excitement of performing with professional musicians and big names in the music industry. Visit the school, and step into some of its classes prior to your registration to get a feel for what the school offers.
Vreny Van Elslande
1776 N. Sycamore Ave., Suite 319
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Elslande is 42-year-old guitar instructor from Belgium with nearly 25 years experience playing this instrument. He has lived in Los Angeles for a decade and worked as a guitar coach for 15 and older crowd, including the son of Nicholas Cage. He teaches one-hour classes every day (except Fridays) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The lessons can be individualized, or you can gather two or three friends for group classes to save money.
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