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Adult Music Lessons: What to Expect


Maybe you took piano lessons as a kid and wish you'd stuck with it. Or maybe you moved out to LA to pursue an acting career and want to boost your singing skills. Or maybe you got a ukulele for your birthday and want to learn how to play it! We get many requests for adult music lessons. Here's what you can expect:

Most students prefer to travel to their teacher's home for lessons, though our teachers can also come to you. We have teachers in many locations, from Echo Park to the Westside. When you submit a lesson request, our director personally matches you to the teacher closest to you who can best help you reach your musical goals. That teacher will call and email to schedule your first lesson.

All of our teachers are selectively screened by the director through an in-person interview, so you can be sure you will be studying with a friendly and knowledgable teacher. All instructors who work with us have a Bachelor or Master of Music degree from a prestigious university like USC or UCLA, and often have active performing careers in Los Angeles. Our teachers also perform with groups like the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Opera Project, and have also worked for organizations like the Classical KUSC Radio Station, the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, and the Orange County School of Arts.

Depending on your goals, your teacher will likely pick out a book for you. If you're taking piano lessons, you might work out of the Alfred All-In-One Adult Piano Course or the Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One Course. Lessons are generally 45-minutes or one-hour long for adults.

Many students ask about what kind of piano to get. While nothing can replicate the sound of a grand piano, a digital keyboard will work just fine for your lessons. Just make sure to get an 88-key, weighted-key keyboard. If you want more info on keyboards, check out this blog post. If you need help getting another instrument, just let us know.

When you start taking lessons, your teacher will talk to you about practicing. Everyone has a different schedule, so your teacher will guide you on how to practice and for how long. Even just ten minutes a day of practice can show improvement. The key is to be consistent!

We occasionally host meet-ups for adult students to play for each other and mingle, and hold annual recitals.

If you still have more questions about lessons, please feel free to reach out to us using the contact page, or email

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