Best Places For Adult Music Classes In Los Angeles

November 6, 2014 4:00 AM

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Music classes and studies geared towards adults often inspire deep-seeded passions. With a multitude of music schools in Los Angeles that offer private and group lessons for adults, it can be tough to choose a specific one. Many are often seperated by age and experience, so if you’re a beginner and have been longing to play the flute, strum the uke or sing your favorite song, check out these five music schools in L.A.
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(credit: Hollywood Academy Of Music)


Hollywood Academy of Music
11367 Riverside Drive
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 760-7740
www.hollywoodacademyofmusic.com

Hollywood Academy of Music offers both private and group lessons for adults covering a range of instruments – voice, drums, strings, reeds as well as song writing and recording engineering lessons. University-trained music teachers work with adults as well as children as young as two years old. To ensure that the students are equipped to learn in the best environment, students have the option of choosing from pop or rock to jazz or classical instruction. Also, there is no pressure to perform; at Hollywood Academy of Music students have the option to participate in “low pressure recitals” twice a year at no charge.

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Culver City Music Center
10862 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-6874
www.santamonicamusic.com

Culver City Music Center works with all levels of students from beginner to professional music talent. And, if potential students are on the fence about diving into a new instrument or wanting to just check out a class, Culver City Music Center welcomes students to observe a class at any time. With private and group instruction, students benefit from working with top-rated and multi-talented professional musicians with degrees in music from exclusive schools like UCLA, Berklee College of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Wesleyan University. Instructors have television, film and stage experience in scoring, sound design and music editing, as well as performing artists in philharmonics, symphonies and orchestras in the U.S. and internationally.

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The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 621-2200
www.colburnschool.edu

The Colburn School features a diverse range of adult studies focusing on exploration of music and the performing arts with highlights of L.A. culture. What happens at Colburn is an experience like no other schools in the area, creating a safe environment for both singers and musicians to explore abilities, interests and styles of all ranges. Instructors here are passionate about music which is inspirational to students at any level. Vocalists and singers enjoy The Colburn School for training under the guidance of Dr. Mikhail Shtangrud. Musicians from beginner to advanced can seek out lessons on orchestral instruments, piano, saxophone, guitar and music theory, too. Classes are offered at a variety of times, making it beneficial for adults with busy work and/or family schedules.

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McCabe’s Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 828-4497
www.mccabes.com

Since 1958, some of the best musicians have played the intimate concert theatre at McCabe’s, making it a world-class stop for artists to hang out and jam (classic country jam, bluegrass and acoustic blues are just a few examples of jam classes). For a wide selection, you’ll want to check out the store’s offering of stringed instruments which will help improve technique, and enhance your musical talents. Specializing in selling and instructing students on acoustic and folk instruments (think guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, sitars and more), McCabe’s also features a group harmony singing class led by Lawrence Lebo and culminating in a holiday concert in the winter months. All ages and levels are encouraged to participate.

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Motherland Music
601 N. Eucalyptus Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 673-8000
www.motherlandmusic.com

With its prime focus on African drumming and percussions, Motherland Music offers beginning djembe drumming, all levels of Senegalese djembe and djun-djun drumming, West African chants and rhythms and more for their music classes. Lessons with master drummers such as Malik Sow and Doussou Koulibaly inspire and create beautiful music as a community, which is what appeals to students of all ages. Students not only enjoy the music and educators, but flourish and smile with the beat of the drums. Every Saturday, students are invited to join in Motherland’s free community drumming circle and workshop.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.