California Music Studios

Learn Music in National City

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National City Music Lessons

Do you look up to those with musical talent? Do you think that true musicianship is something you’ll never attain? Think again! Anyone can learn to sing or play a musical instrument, and with a little time, hard work, and some help from a music teacher, you’ll be playing with the best of them.

Why Choose California Music Studios for Music Lessons in National City?

For over 25 years, California Music Studios has helped kids achieve their greatest musical dreams. Our mission is to help hopeful music students find the best teachers for in-home or studio music lessons in National City. We have high standards for every teacher we work with to ensure your trust and satisfaction. Every teacher we work with must submit themselves to rigorous personal and professional evaluations that include in-person screenings and background checks.

We work with teachers who specialize in individual music lessons, meaning one-on-one instruction and lesson plans that are tailored to your personal learning speed and style. You don’t have to worry about rushing ahead or lagging behind. The lessons are designed to match your pace, allowing you to steadily reach your musical goals. We recommend hour-long lessons once or twice a week, but you may decide on fewer, more, or longer lessons depending on your progress.

Our students report a 97% or better satisfaction rate, but if you are ever unsatisfied, we are more than happy to switch out your teacher.


What Instrument Do You Want to Learn?

At California Music Studios, we work with over 350 private music teachers in National City, giving way to a wide range of instruments in varying styles and disciplines.

  • Voice – This is your most personal instrument. You were born with it and it’s wholly unique to you. Voice lessons can help you fine-tune your singing abilities, forming the muscles to improve tone, range, volume, and more.
  • Strings – Strings are a lot of fun to play, offering satisfying sounds in unique shapes and structures. In National City, guitar lessons are popular thanks to the instrument’s versatility, sound, and status as an international symbol of cool. The six-string is just the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be afraid to dip into many of the other strings out there.
    • Guitar (acoustic, electric, bass)
    • Violin (viola, cello, upright bass)
    • Ukulele
    • Mandolin
    • Banjo
    • Harp
  • Keys – Keyed instruments have had an important role in the history and development of music as composers and songwriters focused entirely on keyed instruments. If you’re not sure what instrument to begin with, we recommend the piano. In National City piano lessons offer an in-depth look at technique and lay a sturdy foundation for musical theory, which carries over all styles, genres, and instruments.
    • Piano
    • Keyboard
    • Organ
    • Accordion
  • Woodwinds – Light, pleasant, and uplifting, woodwinds offer a superb sound and impressive range to provide the main crux of an ensemble sound. Woodwinds have played an important role in nearly all genres of music, including classical and jazz.
    • Flute
    • Piccolo
    • Oboe
    • Clarinet
    • Saxophone
    • Bassoon
    • Harmonica
  • Brass – While they don’t have the range of woodwinds, brass instruments make up for it with incredible volume and surprising agility. They produce an inimitable sound that requires greater control of your embouchure and breathing than a woodwind.
    • Trumpet/cornet
    • French horn
    • Trombone
    • Tuba
  • Drums – You can’t have a band or ensemble without a drum section. The drums keep the beat and provide accompanying rhythms while offering a flashy playing style.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Let’s look at some frequently asked questions that could give you a leg up on your piano and guitar lessons in National City.

  • How can music benefit me?

    Research has found that music education benefits nearly all facets of development. It boosts confidence and social skills and has shown improved performance in reading, language, and arithmetic. Learning music exercises the brain.

    Most importantly, music education gives you the tools to express yourself in new, creative ways. It gives you the opportunity to turn your emotions into something constructive and meaningful.

  • Is there an age limit?

    There is no upper age limit. You’re never too old to learn. However, kids should wait until they’re at least 5 years old before learning an instrument. Certain instruments, like the guitar, bass, and tuba, have a hefty size that may put younger students at a disadvantage. For these larger instruments, students should be at least 8 years old.

  • National City Notables: Tom Waits

    Tom Waits remains one of the most distinctive, influential artists in contemporary music. With his trademark growl and dark lyrics, it’s hard to really place Tom Waits in any genre. He mixes jazz, blues, and industrial music with ballads and many of the performance aspects of vaudeville for something that is uniquely Tom Waits.

    Tom Waits spent a greater part of his formative years in National City. While Waits currently resides with his family farther north in Sonoma, there’s no denying the influence of his National City upbringing, which has since immortalized the city in such songs as “The Ghost of Saturday Night (After Hours at Napoleone’s Pizza House)” and “I Can’t Wait to Get Off Work (and See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue)”.


Want to learn more benefits of taking National City music lessons? Contact California Music Studios today!

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