Santee Music Lessons
William Faulkner once said that “music is the easiest means in which to express.” That means a lot coming from Faulkner, a Nobel Prize laureate and one of America’s greatest writers, whose sole talent involved expressing himself. Music is a language unto itself. It provides a means of saying things that aren’t easily put into words, and maybe that’s why so many people feel the urge to learn music.
Music is much easier than you think, as long as you have the time, gumption, and proper instruction. That’s where California Music Studios comes in.
Why Choose Music Lessons in Santee with California Music Studios?
We have been providing our unique service for over a quarter century. Our job is to connect students of all ages—children, teens, and adults—with professional music teachers who give in-home or studio music lessons in Santee and many other communities across Southern California. We have high standards. Each of the music teachers we work with undergoes a strict evaluation process that includes a thorough background check and an in-person screening interview. From there, the teachers we work with hold one-on-one lessons with their students. We recommend lessons that are one hour long once or twice a week, although you can choose more or fewer depending on your circumstances.
One-on-one lessons allow teachers to create personalized lesson plans and positive personal rapport between teacher and student. In fact, according to a third-party survey, we have a 97 percent or better success rate when it comes to matching students and teachers. But if, for any reason, you aren’t happy with your instructor, we’ll gladly find a replacement. Developing that personal connection not only gives you a musical mentor, but also makes taking violin or guitar lessons in Santee much more enjoyable—and therefore successful. You’ll have a much easier time learning an instrument when you actually have fun doing it.
Instruments to Learn
We work with over 350 qualified private music teachers, offering a wide range of potential instruments you can learn. Some popular instrument families include:
- Brass: While many brass instruments are commonly made of brass, that’s not the defining characteristic of the brass family. With any brass instrument, you produce the sound with your lips. It’s no wonder that brass instruments are also known as “labrosones,” which means “lip-vibrated instruments.” Instruments in the brass family require a strong embouchure and a great deal of breathing control, but with some good chops and plenty of air, these instruments pack plenty of power and character whether you’re in a jazz band or a wind ensemble. The brass family includes:
- French horn
- Woodwind: Unlike the instruments of the brass family, the vibrations that produce sounds in woodwinds come either from a reed or the mouthpiece. Woodwinds are an integral part of any orchestra, carrying delicate melodies while also having enough strength for harmonies and accompaniments. Woodwinds, particularly the saxophone and clarinet, have also had an important role in the development of jazz. Woodwinds you can learn with California Music Studios include:
- Strings: Strum, pluck, and bow your way through a multitude of amazing string instruments. Strings are a ton of fun to play with a lot of subtle intricacies. The guitar is the most well-known string instrument and has been crucial to the growth of nearly all musical genres, modern and classical. Along with some in-depth musical theory, guitar opens up a whole new world of strings. Because strings all have a generally similar instrumentation, learning acoustic, electric, or bass guitar makes for an easy transition to other strings, including:
- Violin family (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
- Keys: The most popular keyed instrument is the piano, which is our recommendation for beginner musicians. Piano presents the most robust combination of instrumentation and music theory. Taking piano lessons in Santee for just a few years prepares you for an easy transition to other instruments later on. The keyed instruments you can learn include:
- Drums/Percussion: Drums look deceptively simple. Drums provide rhythm, tempo, and a distinct sense of flair. They are one of the few instruments that are visually cool to play. With a few lessons, you’ll learn quickly that there’s more to percussion instruments than banging things together.
- Singing: Your voice is the most natural instrument you have, and with some simple training and exercises, you can mold it into something versatile that goes with every musical style and genre.
Frequently Asked Questions About Music
Can anyone learn music?
Yes! Despite what you think about “natural talent,” everyone can learn to sing or play an instrument. All it takes is work, time, and someone to push you in the right direction. Those who feel unable to learn music simply have to understand that a lot of it involves working the right muscles, including your ear. As you practice, you develop the muscles and train your hearing. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’re not making progress in your piano lessons in Santee. Everyone learns at different speeds and through different methods, so stick with it and don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for extra help.
Do I have to learn theory? Do I have to learn to read music?
Theory and sheet music do the seemingly impossible task of turning sounds into something readable on a page. Music theory breaks things down into something logical. Put simply, music theory comprises the “rules of music,” and while you can always go against theory, you should at least know the rules before you break them.
Understanding note values, triplets, arpeggios, and time signatures will help your creativity and give you a solid foundation for understanding music as a whole. Best of all, music theory crosses over all genres, styles, and instruments. If you learn it once, you know it forever.
Want to learn all the benefits of music lessons first hand? Contact California Music Studios for kid, teen, or adult music lessons today.