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We start online as young 18 months in early childhood music (Music FunTime)
as well as online lessons in piano, voice, choir, violin, guitar, drums, saxophone, flute, clarinet, songwriting, and composition!
Join from anywhere and check out why our current families love their easy to set up, fun, and effective Zoom lessons!
We cover technique, music you want to learn, theory, even basic composition in our Zoom lessons!
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Our school has offered world class lessons since 2004, including online zoom lessons since 2015. We were voted the 2019 best of Music Schools in Irvine, and deliver the best music lessons throughout orange county and southern california! Our online lessons since 2015 have been offered to students throughout orange county and as far as china and japan.
Our Teachers are University Trained, and many have their master’s or doctorate’s from top US and Europe conservatories. Our Teachers receive ongoing training in the most innovative and dynamic teaching techniques to keep our students engaged, but most of all our teachers love teaching students of all ages and levels, and deliver the best lesson experience for all of their students.
Our Core Curriculum and Enrichment Programs are designed to provide a comprehensive musical foundation. This includes our unique practice plan and our 24 level medal program, in which students develop theory, ear training, and composition skills, and parents receive album recordings that document each student’s progress in lessons.
Our students have a choice of private or group lessons to ensure students learn in the manner that is best suited for them. Private vs. Teams. Our larger classes (including our choirs) give our students a dynamic medium to large group learning experience!
Students are able to choose any style of music, including pop, jazz, classical, rock, and even blues.
No worries if your first teacher is not the best fit! Our extensive list of faculty allows students to choose from more than 1 teacher for each instrument to fit the students individual personality and learning style, to help find the best fit for you!
Instruction available for ages 18 months through adults.
Observation windows in every studio for your child’s safety and security. We also have most current sanitation procedures in place for in-person lessons to ensure the health and well-being of all of our students while at the school! We have an HVAC Ionizer, Air Purifiers, and Plexiglass installed to ensure all of our students’ safety!
Ability to schedule private lessons for 2 or more family members at the same time, or back-to-back programs to avoid hours of waiting and driving to different lesson providers each month.
We also prepare interested students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, an internationally recognized system of examinations in which our students consistently receive the highest scores, which helps to keep our students motivated and help them with college admissions.
Numerous optional performance opportunities including low pressure open-mic nights, workshops in the form of our weekly masterclasses, recitals! We’ve also had the pleasure of holding free monthly virtual recitals that feature our students at the end of each month, which is included with your registration!
Our Front Desk Staff is available to assist you during all teaching hours, every day.
Students or parents are never required to fund raise for studio events.
Our students have the opportunity to perform at World-Class Venues, including our Carnegie Hall Debut in 2017, Kennedy Center in 2018, and Segerstrom in 2019. Students from beginner to advanced have performed at these events to give them a dynamic and exciting experience of the international language and relevance of music.
Since 2004, the Irvine School of music has been dedicated to providing the finest and most comprehensive music lessons in Orange County. Our mission means empowering students with the tools so their musical voices can shine. In doing so, we help our students reach new heights in their musical goals and build all the problem-solving skills that stem from a love of music. While music-making is always at the heart of the lessons here at Irvine, it is always the individual needs of each student – whether a five-year old beginner, an adult returning to the instrument, or budding artist – that become the focal point of our instruction.
“It is obvious that the Irvine School of Music is providing its students with a first-rate musical education and unique performing opportunities. I look forward to hearing your kids again.”
– Sukhee Kang, Mayor of Irvine (2008-2012)
“I wanted to introduce my 3 daughters to music the right way. I visited several different local music schools and decided that Irvine School of Music was the right choice. One daughter is in vocal lessons with Ginger, the other 2 are in piano lessons with Ms. Shirley.”
We love helping you set those long (or short) term goals and reach them lesson-by-lesson.
Many of our teachers are credentialed by California’s top school districts. It means they not only know music, but they know how to teach it.
“It is just a great place! Both of my children love learning piano here. At the same time they are challenged, they also have fun. The instructors are very qualified and skilled.”
“My 3 year old looks forward to seeing Ms. Hallie every week for his “pre-piano” lessons, and is learning the fundamentals of music, such as rhythm and note recognition (i.e. the difference between a quarter note and half note). The way Ms. Hallie teaches these concepts to someone so young is really fascinating.”
We empower students with tools so their musical voices can shine, and in doing so, help them develop problem-solving skills for life.
We know the challenges that parents and adult students face when searching for the perfect fit, as getting your child to the lesson can sometimes be half the battle. Finding the teacher and program that motivates you or your child is essential to your long-term musical success. Our teachers are memorable and engaging, our programs are personalized to your goals, and we have carefully sequenced performance and enrichment opportunities designed to take your playing or singing to the next level – you or your child will look forward to each and every class… and making each and every note sing!
Some findings and research that support our mission here at the Irvine School of Music
Of music majors who applied to med school were accepted (the highest of any group) in a Lewis Thomas Study
Improvements were shown in a 10 year study by UCLA. Musicians scored higher consistently, regardless of the standardized test.
Increase in scholastic performance, attitude and behavior in first graders when they had musical involvement.
Higher mathematics proficiency scored by elementary school piano students, than their non musical peers.
Higher SAT scores for students involved in music and the arts, in a 1996 SAT study.
Love your lessons, or we’ll find you a better fit!
We want you to feel confident knowing that we value your happiness. With Irvine’s unique Happiness Guarantee, you’ll never have to worry about not finding the right fit, the right instructor or the right instrument at our studio. Once you register for lessons, if after the first lesson you are unhappy with lessons in any way, we will refund you the remaining tuition you had paid minus the first lesson. This means it is essentially a single trial lesson, and the overall advantage of our happiness guarantee program is to save your ongoing lesson time. With over 26 teachers on staff, and a broad selection of private and group classes, supported carefully sequenced enrichment and performance opportunities, our goal is to ensure you are placed with the ideal teacher and program for your needs. At any time during your enrollment with us, if you feel your teacher is not the right fit for you or you want more out of your lessons, we will find you a better fit. We will have a personalized discussion to assess your unique needs and wants and find YOU the right teacher or class every time. We want to make sure that your love of music is always number one, so we make your happiness our guarantee.
Of course! The qualifications of our teachers are our first priority at Irvine School of Music. Each teacher has multiple degrees in their field, or are professional musicians (some have performed on the Grammy’s stage with Alicia Keys, while others have been featured on Glee). Our teachers are also not selected only for their qualifications, but for their love of teaching – one of the biggest metrics in selecting the right instructors to inspire and accelerate your child’s learning.
student’s love of music is what we foster here at Irvine. Whether your child has “begged” to start music lessons on an instrument, or you’ve simply started them for your child, we believe that dedication (one of our 12 Unique Benefits of Music at Irvine) is the key to success. This is why, we suggest a student sticks with the instrument for 2 months before switching. This way, we can see if the instrument just isn’t the right fit, or if it’s just the learning a new instrument jitters many students experience. In every instance, every staff member works with you to help make the right choice and change or help any problems you experience.
We always ensure our students and teachers work well together from the very first lesson, and in the rare case they don’t… we simply make the switch to another teacher that’s more aligned with their personality and goals. If you think you may get more out of lessons from a teacher with a different teaching style, we have the flexibility to change you from one private instructor to another private instructor.
While in-home lessons offer a geographical convenience, students who study at our state-of-the-art facility make substantially greater progress compared to studying at home, where there can be lots of unavoidable distractions and students fall into a much too casual attitude towards music study without the presence of a professional and motivating music school setting.
Our state-of-the-art facility, first-rate musical instruments, and classroom learning tools (music library, music theory games, recording equipment, classroom ipads, and more!) make for an ideal learning environment for music students. Additionally, students feel motivated by seeing their peers progress at the facility, and benefit from participation in our enrichment programs geared towards long-term student success, which are best experienced in a professional musical school setting – these include our 24 medal level curriculum, recording program, workshop performance opportunities, ensemble performance opportunities (Rock band, chamber music, choir, and more!), practice incentive programs, songwriting and composition programs, and opportunities to participate in formal concerts and certification programs.
Our teaching staff also receive ongoing training and professional development at our facility in the most effective musical teaching techniques, which makes for dynamic and engaging music teaching for you!
At our school, we notice that students make progress from being in a focused, spacious and musical environment. If you want to see what makes our studio different, step in for a complimentary tour!