Aptos Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Aptos teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Aptos?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 4 7 1 , 9 7 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Aptos

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Aptos including Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Watsonville, Scotts Valley and Ben Lomond.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Jesse M.

Close
Profile_93715_pi_TakeLessons
Sunnyvale, CA

View Full Profile
About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
https://takelessons.com/profile/tyler-j8

Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed
with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
Silhouette-80
Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
He is very talented...
Silhouette-80
Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
View Details
View Profile
Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(90)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Kim V.

Close
Profile_116942_pi_Kim%20Vachon
Santa Cruz, CA

View Full Profile
About Kim
I love teaching music and helping students to find a passion for learning an instrument. I have experience as a music teacher in K-12 classrooms and also teaching private lessons to people of all ages. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and have been singing long before that. I attended college for piano performance and then switched my major to Choral/General Music Education. Since graduating, I have consistently taught private lessons to students of all ages. In addition to being a music teacher, I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Child Development and feel equipped to work with students with special needs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a piano or a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Piano and Voice, Orff Schulwerk, Waldorf Education, Developmental Psychology
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Frances R. June 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kim was extremely knowledgeable; I expected this, but she was also extremely patient, as I know nothing about playing the piano. Just playing a line from "Ode To Joy" was pretty exciting for me! I cannot compare her to other teachers because this is my first time! That said, if I had a chance to begin with someone else, I would NOT. 5 stars+:0)
Silhouette-80
Fiona Hammer December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kim is fun, friendly and highly skilled! She is great with children and adults alike. She caters to the student’s needs and makes learning to play piano a positive experience. We loved having her in our house, and it was easy to change-up the schedule as we needed it! Kim is a wonderful teacher and mentor for any student!
View Details
View Profile
Kim V.

Kim V.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Nicholas M.

Close
330704_5gtmfztv26f5hqszyhp2
San Jose, CA
View Full Profile
About Nicholas
Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.

What to expect in a voice lesson:

Vocal warm-ups
Technique and style development
Selected songs to practice
A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

Nicholas' Choral Experience:

Past Conductors:
Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jeffrey Benson.

Past Choir Concert Tours:
Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist.
"Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose)
"€œAndrea Bocelli in Concert"€ November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)

Other Productions:
Eric Whitacre€™s "Virtual Choir"€ (Beta, 1, 2, 3)

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Piano Lessons

+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Piano and Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Tammy March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Nicholas is an excellent vocal coach who meets you where you are and helps you improve to meet your goals. Thanks so much to Nicholas for helping me prepare for an important event.
Thumb_104822_pi_IMG_3886
Kris May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Patient !
Skillful !
Great !
Thumb_104822_pi_IMG_3886
Kris May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Patient!
Skillful!
Awesome!
View Details
View Profile
Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Todd S.

Close
Profile_105462_pi_TSandigoPhoto
Campbell, CA
View Full Profile
About Todd
I have been playing and studying music for 30 years and performing for 20 years. I teach a variety of styles including rock/pop, jazz, country, and classical, as well as how to compose and improvise in a variety of settings. I can show you the in's and out's of the equipment used with electric guitars including amplifiers and effects, as well as teaching instrument maintenance and modifications. My teaching approach revolves around getting new students to make music as soon as possible, even with the most basic skills, to build confidence and ensure a continued interest in learning. I emphasize the internalization of the physical aspects of playing through repetition and progressive exercises customized to the individual.

Practicing very slowly, learning to use a metronome, shorter but more frequent practice sessions, and plenty time f
or free play, are some of the concepts at the core of my teaching style. My strong communication skills are used to dispel any mystery in the instrument, how it works, and making music with it. No matter the skill level of the student, there is always something new to learn or a new way to approach the instrument. I have extensive experience with music production technology including equipment, DAW software, and recording techniques, incorporating these into your lessons if you're interested. I am also versed in synthesizers and sound design.

My lessons are always customized towards the individual, but stress the ability to make music even with very little technique. Building on simple riffs, easy chord changes, and practicing slowly to instill confidence and keep students interested. I often incorporate popular Beatles or Taylor Swift songs to teach chord changes and song form. Working on reading music for piano students and tablature for guitar as well as lead sheets for both. I can also show you how to interpret "cheat sheets," those lyrics with the chords above them that you get from the internet, that are always a little bit wrong.

Having finally reached a place where technique is no longer a hurdle to making music is a reward equal to the amount of time and effort that was required to reach this level of proficiency. I find great joy in showing people of all ages that music can be life-enriching, expanding one’s appreciation of the arts, providing opportunities for new friendships, and creating a sense of accomplishment with every new song learned or skill acquired on a musical instrument.
...
View Details
View Profile
Todd S.

Todd S.

Campbell, CA 95008
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Natalie E.

Close
Profile_111987_pi_Moreapproachable
Aptos, CA
View Full Profile
About Natalie
My name's Natalie, and I'm a voice and flute teacher! I studied Vocal Performance and Flute Performance at the University of California Santa Cruz, and got my Masters of Music in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

I specialize in classical voice and opera, though I believe a good vocal technical foundation is applicable to all musical styles. I also teach music theory, for those just getting into music, and for those who would appreciate a refresher. Since I studied both flute and voice, I am especially well trained in breath management and alignment. The breath is the most important thing in both flute and voice. It's what sends our sound out into the world!
...
View Details
View Profile
Natalie E.

Natalie E.

Aptos, CA 95003
starting at
$25 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Brandan S.

Close
Profile_110819_pi_Headshot%20-%20Brandan%20Sanchez
Santa Clara, CA

View Full Profile
About Brandan
A baritone with over 10 years of performing as a soloist and in numerous ensembles, Brandan has had experience with a wide variety of genres including musical theater, classical voice, opera, jazz, and pop.

He has performed roles with the SJSU Opera Theater and solo works, including the Fauré and Brahms Requiem, both with San Jose Staté University. In the summer of 2015, he appeared with the Symphony Silicon Valley in R.V. William’s Serenade to Music and in 2016 he performed Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Ireland Chamber Orchestra. Most recently he joined Peninsula Cantare as a soloist in the Carmina Burana and Mozart Vespers.

In addition to classical and opera, Brandan has performed roles in a number of musical theater productions including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Bye Bye Birdie, and Lil' Abner. In addition, he p
erformed with the award winning vocal jazz ensemble Syncronicity from West Valley College. While at San Jose State University, Brandan founded and music directed the co-ed pop a cappella ensemble, The Spartones.
...
View Details
View Profile
Brandan S.

Brandan S.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
starting at
$31 / 30-min

About Josh M.

Close
Profile_115194_pi_qrtzlkpsl35
Santa Clara, CA
View Full Profile
About Josh
I'm a prize winning pianist and a music enthusiast. I started piano at age 5 and started winning competitions at age 10. I've won prizes at the local and national level. Ultimately though, I'm just passionate about all-things piano and would love to share my passion with you.

My background is in the Taubman technique, having spent 12 years working with one of Dorothy Taubman's personal students. However, whatever your technical background, I'm excited to help you find more freedom, power, and passion in your playing!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Maegan B. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
I've had a great experience with Josh. He's an incredibly skilled player and fantastic teacher. He's helped me improve my technique in a very short amount of time and has done a great job pushing me to challenge myself. Highly recommend him!
View Details
View Profile
Josh M.

Josh M.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Selim G.

Close
Profile_118014_pi_sgoncu2
Mountain View, CA
View Full Profile
About Selim
Selim has been actively involved in the training of young pianists and composers in California and abroad. He currently maintains a private piano and composition studio in Mountain View, and serves as a music theory instructor at UC Berkeley. Selim previously held the position as instructor at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

Selim’s students have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Many of Selims students have received top scores in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) and others have been accepted into top universities in the country.

An accomplished composer as well as pianist, Selim Göncü has won numerous awards and prizes including the Firenze Suona Contemporanea, the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Composition, a special honor in Risuonanze 2013, and was a Kun
stuniversität Graz Jahresstipendium fellow. His works have been performed and recorded in festivals and concerts in Austria, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Turkey and USA including ensembles Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, Alarm Will Sound at the Missouri International Composers Festival.

Selim Göncü is a graduate of the University Mozarteum of Salzburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at University of California, Berkeley.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Gray &. May 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Teaching piano to 6 year old twins is a tough challenge, but Selim did fantastic! The kids weren't originally thrilled with the idea of starting up piano again, but ended up really enjoying their lessons with Selim. They are already excited for next week!
Silhouette-80
Simon December 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
My son studied with Selim over the course of 3 years. He studied piano, music theory and composition. Selim brings an incredible amount of knowledge and passion to each lesson and is a very engaging teacher. I would highly recommend Selim to anyone who wants to study piano or music theory!
Silhouette-80
Remi December 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Selim is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. He has knowledge of many different styles of music and can explain the theory behind them in a way that makes sense.
View Details
View Profile
Selim G.

Selim G.

Mountain View, CA 94043
(4)
starting at
$75 / 45-min

About Jose M.

Close
Profile_127820_pi_89D7A489-1DE3-48B3-8466-A87D982E0A05
Pacific Grove, CA
View Full Profile
About Jose
Professional guitarist for over 8 years, and assistant music director for a well known hospitality corporation for 3 years. Studied jazz at San Antonio College and received an associate’s in music.

Students can expect to have a much easier time understanding musical concepts and a quicker road to playing the instrument with ease! Playing the guitar is easier than most people realize and it will become apparent in our lessons in a short amount of time!
...
View Details
View Profile
Jose M.

Jose M.

Pacific Grove, CA 93950
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Dr. Elizabeth M.

Close
Profile_130563_pi_violin
Mountain View, CA
View Full Profile
About Dr. Elizabeth
A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Dr. MacCorquodale has been actively involved in the training of young violinists and pianists in NYC and abroad. She currently maintains a private violin/piano studio in Mountain View.
Through her work as an instructor, Elizabeth has built up a studio of very talented musicians, some who have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Citi Field. Many of Dr. MacCorquodale’s students have received top scores in New York State School Music Association Exams (NYSSMA), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) and others have been accepted into top universities in the country such as NYU, Bard University, Juilliard Pre-College and Rutgers University.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Paul July 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My main instrument is piano/violin, and I have taken a year of violin lessons during my composition studies in Austria. I wanted to focus on my string instrument writing and also develop my violin playing skills (at the age of 33!).

Dr. Elizabeth proved herself to be a great teacher, who didn't only make my lessons fun (believe me, it's not that easy when you are at a certain age), but also made made things very interesting to me by relating the techniques I learned to string instrument writing (which is an amazing experience for a composer!).

Sometimes when I arrived early for my lessons, I observed Dr. Elizabeth with children and talked to some of the students' parents. They all speak highly of her and are very happy with their children's musical development.

I am (also) a music teacher at UC Berkeley, and have seen all kinds of teachers throughout my career and I can confidently say that you can't go wrong with Dr. Elizabeth. I still continue my weekly lessons and am amazed how much I've developed as a violinist since we started working together.

Thank you Dr. Elizabeth, see you next week!
View Details
View Profile
Dr. Elizabeth M.

Dr. Elizabeth M.

Mountain View, CA 94041
(1)
starting at
$75 / 45-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]

A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]

When you're learning guitar it's important to learn a little bit about the instrument's origins. From the early designs to amplification and the story of rock "n" roll, here's a look back at guitar history from Denver, CO instructor Kirk R... Guitar History: The First Guitar The old origins of the guitar are rarely talked about. Many people believe that it’s a newly-invented instrument for folk and pop music, however, there were guitars and similar instruments long before familiar in … Read More

A Look Back: 6 Major Milestones in Guitar History [Infographic]
When you're learning guitar it's important to learn a little bit about the instrument's origins. From the early designs to amplification and the story of rock "n" roll, here's a look back at guitar history from Denver, CO instructor Kirk R... Guitar History: The First Guitar The old origins of the guitar are rarely talked about. Many people believe that it’s a newly-invented instrument for folk and pop music, however, there were guitars and similar instruments long before familiar in
9 Outside-of-the-Box Vocal Warm Ups to Try
Properly preparing your voice is a crucial step to having a successful performance; however, it's not always about scales and arpeggios! As a singer, your entire body is your instrument - so you'll want to make sure you're fully warmed up, from head to toe, as well as mentally. Consider adding these outside-the-box vocal warm-ups to get the full effect: 1.  Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks Try to consume as little caffeine as possible before doing your vocal warm ups, and avoid ice cold drinks
Infographic: How to Practice Piano for Your Best Results
What's the best way to practice piano? If you really want to become a better piano player, you'll need to have a plan in place when you sit down at the keys. Here, online piano teacher Crystal B. shares her recommendation for breaking down a 30-minute practice session...   Whenever you sit down to practice piano, it's important to make the absolute best use of your time. For beginners, 30-minute practice sessions are a great place to start! Here are some tips to ensure that your pract
5 Easy Pop Songs to Play On Piano
Looking for some fun and easy pop songs to play on the piano? Take a look at these suggestions from Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. Playing your favorite songs on the piano doesn't have to be difficult. Start out with songs you enjoy and build from there. Here are five easy pop songs to play on piano for beginners! When you're ready to advance, try taking private piano lessons. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor This is a fun, chart-topping song. The chords to this are A - Bmin - E - A.
5 Easy Songs for Kids to Play On Guitar
Are your kids looking for easy songs to play on guitar? Get them started with these great suggestions from guitar teacher Willy M.... That first guitar lesson is critical for establishing a love of playing in our students, but most of the time teachers approach the instrument as though we need to prepare the student for the worst. "It will be difficult... You have to put in a lot of practice... Your fingers will hurt, etc." These things only serve to discourage the student and the parent, who

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More