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Average Cost of Music Lessons in San Francisco, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in San Francisco is $74. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $134 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$43 average
$80
45-min $25
 
$59 average
$100
60-min $30
 
$74 average
$134

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 21% less expensive at $59, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $43.

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Music Lessons in San Francisco, CA

Welcome to San Francisco, the mecca of performing arts. While San Francisco may not have the musical history of other cities like New York or Nashville, what it does have is passion, and music groups ranging from classical to punk rock call the city home.

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That’s where we come in. If you’re looking to give your music career the boost that it needs, our San Francisco music lessons can help. Whether you’re looking to learn to play guitar, drums, violin, piano, or even fine-tune your voice, our certified and pre-screened music instructors will cater lessons to your individual goals and interests, ensuring an excellent experience.

We offer music classes ranging from beginner to advanced, and all ages are welcome. For our advanced students, we even offer courses in songwriting, music theory, music recording, voice training and music performance. If you can’t go to one of the many studio locations here in San Francisco or the surrounding area, don’t worry about it. We can come to you! Several of our dedicated music instructors are available for in-home lessons. Give us a call and we’ll help you set up the schedule that best fits your needs.

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About Amber S.

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Vallejo, CA
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About Amber
I have been a performing singer-songwriter/graphic artist for 15+ years have written roughly 200 original songs, released several CDs and performed hundreds of shows. Music has been an important part of my life and has given me enormous amounts of joy and growth as an individual. Both of my parents are musicians and I was fortunate to have their support and guidance in addition to formal and informal training from various musicians over the years but mostly, I developed my style of playing from many hours of playing and experimenting. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach others the tools needed to start their own journey in music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am both easy going and goal oriented. I want my students to get the most out of their lessons and enjoy every minute.

I provide the syllabus & handouts needed initially
but will may assign a book after the first few lessons. Students should have an empty three-ring binder handy or iPad in addition to owning their own guitar or piano/keyboard. I recommend supporting local music stores before going to the big chains. I can help with choosing an instrument if needed.

Within 6 months*, the student should know and be able to play major and minor chords (instruments only), understand basic music notation, time signatures, and be able to follow basic sheet music. Students are encouraged to name songs that they wish to learn to keep them excited and interested in learning.

Emphasis will be on accuracy, performance techniques and having fun!

* results will vary with each student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student needs a guitar or piano/keyboard and a 3 ring binder.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Piano, Songwriting: Folk, Rock, Blues & Country.
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keith February 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
my daughter loves her!
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JannessaB April 25, 2012
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Great Teacher

Amber was great with my son. She was very pleasant, professional and on time. Very good teacher!
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Amber S.

Amber S.

Vallejo, CA 94589
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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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$40 / 30-min

About Paul R.

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Oakland, CA
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About Paul
I've been teaching piano and voice and performing professionally for over 25 years. Above all, I feel music lessons should be fun and not just another subject with more homework. I teach students of all ages; kids to adults. I'm friendly and easy going. Regardless of your level of experience you will be playing or singing familiar songs of your choice within just a few weeks.

I'm also available for private tutoring in the following subjects: English, English as a second language, French, (through High School Level) and Reading.

There's no time like the present to learn how to play or sing and no reason with the right tutoring why you can't learn another language or become more proficient in reading.

Let's go!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson begins with a warm up and a review in a no-pressure atmosphere. Students are encou
raged to move along at a pace that is comfortable yet challenging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vocal Sound System and Microphones.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Pro Digital Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Creating a unique plan for each student based on their level and ability.
Teaching beginner to advanced level piano and voice.
Helping emerging performers to construct a repertoire and learn material which showcases their talents to their best advantage.
Developing a unique style.
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Paul R.

Paul R.

Oakland, CA 94610
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$40 / 30-min

About Billie C.

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San Francisco, CA
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I can't wait to work with you!
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Billie C.

Billie C.

San Francisco, CA 94123
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$43 / 30-min

About Margaret G.

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Palo Alto, CA

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About Margaret
I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College. I offer weekly lessons or lessons on a schedule as you go basis only, not biweekly or other schedules.
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Della O. June 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
The instruction is clear, and pleasant. And the suggestion was very helpful. Enjoyed!
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Vince W. January 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 57 years old, have never played before. Margaret made me feel relaxed and confident.
Excellent teacher, very attentive, very patient and good communication skills. I look forward to my coming lessons.
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Gabriel S. July 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Margaret is very good
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Josh M.

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Santa Clara, CA
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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!
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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!
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Josh M.

Josh M.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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$30 / 30-min

About Andy L.

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About Andy
Hi my name is Andy Lewis I've played for over 35+. Years. To be honest it's been so long I've lost track. In that time I've won Awards and been respected by many. Yes drum lessons from me will learn basics like rudiments, rhythms that are used in a number styles of songs out there, and much more.
Most importantly how to feel the music, have fun playing during the ups and downs of a musician career. Will learn from some of the best and there techniques but more importantly help you become the drummer that makes you stands from the rest. The style that they hear you they will say that's (put your name here.) And finally play by thinking outside of the box not just stay inside of the lines.
Most importantly have fun will have fun playing together.
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Andy L.

Andy L.

Novato, CA 94947
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$42 / 30-min

About Liv W.

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Dublin, CA
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About Liv
Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ms. Liv earned her M.M. (Masters of Music) in music performance, and her undergraduate degree on Music performance. A member of Music teachers' association of California (MTAC) and a faculty member of U.S Beacon artist association.

Liv is an energetic, fun love teacher who is very much loved by her students. Liv teaches private lessons for students of all ages and abilities and with a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students to build the technical skills of their instrument, giving them a solid foundation for which musical expressions can be projected.

For Piano lessons: Ms. Liv is passionate about teaching and sharing musical ideas of piano playing. In her lessons, she like to create musical games to help students learning the music fundamentals. She teaches dynami
c balances, phrasing, musical forms, and incorporates melodic singing in piano playing. She also helps students preparing for the exam for the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

*YOU CAN LEARN ALL KINDS OF MUSIC:
CLASSCICAL, JAZZ, CHURCH MUSIC, POP, CONTEMPOARY AND MORE…

*We give lessons to all ages from preschool (4 years-old) to adults!
*Student Recitals, Music Festivals, and Standardized Music Exams including ABRSM and CM.

MY ZIP #: 94568
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Liv W.

Liv W.

Dublin, CA 94568
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$38 / 30-min

About Garry N.

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Concord, CA

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About Garry
My approach to music education can be summed up in this favorite quote by composer Robert Schumann - "It is music's lofty mission to shed light on the depths of the human heart".

I offer all aspects of music education including guitar, bass, ukulele, arrangers piano and recording technology and I promise accelerated results.

I am a an honor graduate of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Boston. During my studies there, I was awarded, for three consecutive years, high achievement scholarships.

At Berklee, I started my career in music education with being offered the position of Ear Training Laboratory Manager. Later, I put together an ensemble class for four guitars and rhythm section called 'The Baroque Jazz Quartet' which was added to the advanced electives offered by Berklee.

I'm also known for leading a workshop c
alled the "Music Of Life Seminar". This work originated out of my collaboration with cellist and Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership, Ronald A. Heifetz who is the co-founder of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

I've studied privately with world-class musicians, the likes of; Tuck Andress on guitar, Kit Walker on piano. Herb Pomeroy for arranging, Mike Gibbs for composition, Mick Goodrick on guitar (ECM recording artist), the legendary Lenny Breau on guitar, Kai Eckhardt on bass, and in my formative years, Jazz great Charlie Byrd, among others.

I have played key roles in public performances with such notables as; acclaimed actress and singer Jill Eikenberry, keyboardist Raphael of the ‘Music To Disappear in’ fame, Grammy Award winning pianist Laura Sullivan, new age singer Sophia, among others. I have also performed in notable venues on both the East and West coast such as the Angelico Hall and the Berklee Performance Center.

I have co-produced, with producer Wayne Wallace of Bon Vivant Productions (Machete' Ensemble and Pete Escovedo Orchestra), my own album of instrumental music through the label Delvian Records called “Motion” were I was joined by some top players from the music community.

“When my students experience a greater and more inclusive sense of humanity and of their own and others beauty, I am filled up with joy. Imparting the energy and feeling of music creation is a shared experience of freedom unlike anything else. This is why I have a passion for music and music education”.
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Christina June 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have been involved in music all my life. I hold an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts which was drama, art, and music. I have taken classical guitar lessons, voice lessons and music theory as part of that degree. As an adult, I have taken voice and piano and guitar lessons. Thus, I have had many, many music instructors over the years. I can say with complete assurance and confidence that Garry Norman is the best guitar teacher I have ever had, but not only that, he is the best music teacher I have ever had. He simplifies complex theoretical points and conveys his love and passion for music in a way that is clear, concise, and completely understandable. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to study with Garry. He's just great, that's all I can say!!
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Balaji June 12, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have been a student with Garry learning guitar. I would say he is one of the best guitar teacher. He is very calm, patient and understand where we struggle and make mistakes, help us with the tips and tricks in guitar very easily. Due to personal reasons, i was not able to continue with Garry much long but he will be remembered by me ever for bringing the happiness of music in my life. I always feel very greatful to this wonderful guitar teacher that anyone could ever get.
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Garry N.

Garry N.

Concord, CA 94521
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$17 / 15-min

About Dr. Claire C.

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Santa Clara, CA

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About Dr. Claire
--Please message me before singing up.
--Teaching in Mandarin in available.

Born in Taiwan, Claire Ting-Tzu Chiu has performed frequently in the United States and Taiwan. In 2014, Ms. Chiu performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto at Maryville College in Tennessee as a winner of the Maryville Orchestra Concerto Competition. Claire received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Soochow University in Taipei, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville under the tutelage of Dr. Kevin Class, and her Doctor of Musical Arts in the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of Anne Epperson and Colette Valentine.

In addition to performing, Dr. Chiu is a frequent participant in music festivals, competiti
ons and masterclass. In the summers of 2010 and 2013, Claire attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in southwestern New York, in 2014 she worked as a collaborative pianist at Oberlin in Italy, a competitive annual summer training program for singers, pianists, and instrumentalists held in Arezzo, Italy, and in 2016 Ms. Chiu attended the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.
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Dr. Claire C.

Dr. Claire C.

Santa Clara, CA 95051
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$59 / 30-min

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