Huntington Beach Music Lessons
Huntington Beach is a great place to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. And what better way to pass the time with your toes in the sand than with a guitar, harmonica, or some other instrument of your choice? Isn’t it time you learn the instrument you’ve always wanted to play?
Why Choose Music Lessons in Huntington Beach with California Music Studios?
California Music Studios is where you can find the answer. We work with qualified music teachers who offer studio or in-home music lessons in Huntington Beach for people of all ages and skill levels. Each of the music teachers we work with must go through a rigorous personal and professional evaluation and screening process, ensuring trust and quality for our clients.
We match teachers and students based on the instrument and style you want to learn and personal goals. We have a 97% or better success rate with student-teacher matches, but if you are unsatisfied in any way, we have no problem swapping your teacher for another. Considering each individual term lasts eight to nine months on average, we want to make sure you work with someone you like. We recommend weekly lessons, but you can choose to do more or fewer. Plus, students get a chance to participate in our 65 yearly recitals to show friends and family their newfound skills!
What Instrument Do You Want to Play?
The teachers we work with offer a wide range of music lessons in Huntington Beach in various styles and instruments, including:
- Keys – Keyboard instruments have a long, varied history. The earliest key instruments were the pipe organ, clavichord, and harpsichord. The piano, which is now ubiquitous and the foundation of music, didn’t actually come into existence until the year 1700. Keyboard instruments are a lot of fun and have a highly versatile sound. The piano is particularly important as it is the best instrument from which to learn music theory. A few years of serious piano lessons in Huntington Beach will garner a ton of basic and advanced music theory, allowing you to easily pick up other musical instruments.
- Strings – Plucking, picking, or bowing, strings can be played in all kinds of ways. Some can even be struck with mallets. Strings offer a ton of complexity. Unlike the piano, most strings are designed for portable play, which means you can pick up and play wherever you go. The guitar tends to be everyone’s go-to first instrument, and for good reason. Guitar lessons in Huntington Beach through CMS offer a great introduction to scales, chord structure, and picking patterns, but you can have just as much fun with less-explored string instruments.
- Violin family
- Upright bass
- Woodwinds – The term “woodwind” can be a bit confusing considering most modern woodwinds aren’t made from wood. This family of instruments consists of all flutes and reed instruments. Woodwinds feature openings along the body that you can cover or close using keys to change the pitch. They are an important part of any classical orchestra, while some, like the clarinet and sax, have played an active role in the development of jazz and blues.
- Brass – Brass instruments rely entirely on your embouchure—the shape of your mouth—and the vibrating of your lips to create a sound. No reeds here. Unlike woodwinds, brass instruments also form notes via valves, with the exception of the trombone, which uses a slide to change pitch and form notes. The French horn, which is actually German in origin, also uses your fist in its bell to change pitch.
- French horn
- Drums – There’s much more to playing the drums than banging stick to membrane. With improper technique, drumming can actually be painful to the arms and wrists. Learn to play them right and you’ll have more fluid play that also looks really cool.
- Voice/singing – Singing is as natural as it gets. What you might not realize is that your voice uses a series of muscles all along the vocal cords. Like going for a run or lifting weights, exercising these muscles allows you to develop your voice and turn it into the beautiful instrument that it is.
Did You Know…
- Archaeologists recently found flutes made of mammoth ivory and bird bones in caves in southwestern Germany. Based on carbon dating, the flutes were found to be 42,000 to 43,000 years old, making them the oldest—and first—known musical instruments.
- The world’s largest instrument is the Great Stalacpipe Organ located in the Luray Caverns in Virgina. A series of wires—five miles in length—connects mallets to a four-keyboard console. When one of the keys is hit, the corresponding mallet strikes a stalagmite or stalactite, creating a haunting tone. In essence, the entire cave acts as one giant organ spanning more than 3.5 acres. Imagine piano lessons in Huntington Beach with an instrument that massive!
- The world’s smallest instrument—the micronium—measures mere micrometers and uses strings that are a tenth the thickness of a human hair plucked by an equally microscopic comb. As small as the micronium is, it is surprisingly audible to the human ear.