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Learn Music in Irvine

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Irvine Music Lessons

Have you always wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Maybe you’re a high school senior looking to apply to UC Irvine’s excellent music program. Maybe you’re a parent with a child who loves to bang on pots and pans. No matter your reason, signing up for Irvine music lessons is something that will help you earn a new skill, fuel a passion, and grow as a person.

Why Choose Irvine Music Lessons with California Music Studios?

California Music Studios finds highly qualified, professional music teachers that provide in-home or studio music lessons. Each teacher undergoes rigorous personal and professional evaluations and screenings. For over a quarter century, our students have reported a 97% or better satisfaction rate with both California Music Studios and their instructor. But if the instructor we match you with doesn’t work out, no sweat—we’ll find a new one.

All Irvine music lessons are private. We recommend taking weekly lessons, but you can choose to take more or fewer depending on your unique circumstances. Teachers create personalized lesson plans that work with the student’s learning style, pace, and personal goals. Students can choose to show off their new skills at any of our 65 yearly recitals to boot.


What Instrument Do You Want to Play?

The teachers we work with offer an array of music lessons in various disciplines and instruments, including:

  • Strings:

    • Violin/fiddle – The mainstay of many classic ensembles that has made its way into country, folk, and chamber rock.
    • Viola – The bigger brother of the violin, the viola offers a deeper sound in a slightly larger frame.
    • Cello – Tuned an octave below the viola, the cello gets you into the deeper registers for orchestras, popular music, and solo performances.
    • Bass – The double bass is the largest in the violin family, providing a deep sound that can be brought out with the bow or a plucky pizzicato.
    • Guitar – An international symbol for cool, the ole six-string fits in with any style or genre. Take advantage of acoustic, electric, or bass guitar lessons in Irvine for that extra boost in confidence.
    • Ukulele – It’s most closely associated with luaus and lounging by the beach, but the ukulele is a super versatile instrument with a range that can take you from twee tunes to folk ballads.
    • Harp – Harps offer amazing range, dexterous technique, and potentially the most pleasant sound in the world.
    • Mandolin – The mandolin is actually the youngest member of the family, much like the violin. It has four courses of double strings to create a bright, harmonized sound that is oh-so pleasing to the ears.
    • Banjo – The banjo is an incredibly complex instrument with a ton of folk tradition to back it up.


  • Voice/Singing:
    • Your voice is completely unique because it’s entirely yours. Mold it into a beautiful instrument that you can bust out at parties, performances, or in the car.


  • Drums:
    • Hit the bongos, kick the bass drum, roll the snare, and end it all with a cymbal crash. The drums keep the rhythm and beat of any song moving along.
  • Brass: 
    • Trumpet – Mariachi, jazz, classical—the trumpet can do it all with its bright sound and dynamic range.
    • French horn – Lower in pitch than the trumpet, the French horn is unique for its smaller mouthpiece and the fact that you play with your fist in the bell.
    • Trombone – Its slide mechanism and volume give the trombone plenty of character for a wide range of play styles.
    • Tuba – Think “trumpet” but larger in size, deeper in sound, and played in the bass clef. Don’t underestimate it for its large size. It can accomplish a lot.
  • Keys:
    • Piano – Irvine piano lessons are perhaps the best choice because piano builds the foundation for music theory. If you consistently practice piano for a few years, you should be able to pick up other instruments quite easily.
    • Organ – It offers the same general play style as a piano but with an airy, ethereal sound.
    • Accordion – Its sound tends to be associated with polka and busking, but the accordion actually has deep roots in European and South American folk music. It has since been deftly incorporated into all kinds of music and styles.
  • Woodwinds: 
    • Flute – Unlike other woodwinds, flutes don’t require reeds, putting them in a category all their own. If you love making sounds by blowing into bottles, you’re already halfway there.
    • Oboe – Possessing a slightly lower pitch than the flute, the oboe is a majestic instrument with a unique sound.
    • Clarinet – Most often associated with classical music, clarinet has played an important role in jazz, most famously portrayed by Woody Allen.
    • Saxophone – Alto, baritone, or soprano, saxophones are a symbol of smooth, rich sound.
    • Bassoon – While large in size, the bassoon is surprisingly spry in sound, presenting a deep timbre and amazing range.
    • Harmonica – The harmonica is symbolic of the blues since the genre’s beginnings but has gradually made its way to various contemporary styles.



  • Frequently Asked Questions About Music

  • What should I learn first?

    It’s really up to you. The process of learning an instrument is so much more enjoyable when you actually want to pick that instrument up every day and play it. If you’re not picky, you should start with the piano. It not only exercises your ears and your fingers, but also creates an extensive music theory foundation. Music theory applies to all instruments, so even if you don’t stick with the piano, what you learn from your Irvine piano lessons will still apply to whatever instrument you end up pursuing.

    However, don’t be afraid to learn what your heart desires. Guitar, piano, and violin tend to be the most popular instruments, but instruments like the banjo, ukulele, oboe, and accordion offer just as much depth and complexity.

  • Are recitals mandatory?

    Not at all, but recitals are incredibly helpful to your musical development. They force you to practice even harder than usual, show your overall progress, and enhance your musical comprehension and retention. It’s also a great way to show off and look cool in front of your friends and family.

  • Do I have to practice?

    Yes. Even with hour-long weekly lessons, practice is a necessity. It helps you figure things out on your own and retain information. This is partly why it’s so important to learn what you want to learn, not what someone else has chosen for you. Check our practice tips if you need extra encouragement. Just try half an hour a day.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Music

  • Please contact us if you’re interested in piano, drums, voice, or guitar lessons in Irvine with California Music Studios.

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