San Jose Music Lessons for Adults

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons for Adults? Our San Jose 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.

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Lesson Reviews from Students

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

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 9 8 , 5 0 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near San Jose for Adults

Check out some of our most popular teachers near San Jose including Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara and Los Altos.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Sven O.

Close
Profile_108899_pi_sven%20business%20card
San Francisco, CA

View Full Profile
About Sven
Hi, I'm Sven and I love helping people learn to sing!

I'm a singer and choral conductor with 20 years experience as a full-time performing musician. I have taught class voice and individual singing lessons at the New England Conservatory of Music and have been a Teaching Artist with San Francisco Opera for nine years. As artistic director of Lacuna Arts (SF), I conduct the 24 voice a cappella Chorale and present workshops in ear training, sight singing, and music theory for choral singers. My students have gone on to major in voice performance at the college level and to perform as soloists with local choruses.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach classical singing technique based on a scientific knowledge of vocal anatomy and the physics of sound—and not on flashy gimmicks.

Through guided practice, you will learn to:

-take a long
, slow breath that expands the ribcage before starting to sing
-initiate the vocal tone with an onset that is neither breathy nor pressed
-manage breath efficiently so you never feel like you "run out" of air in the middle of a phrase
-connect from pitch to pitch and vowel to vowel for a seamless legato
-sing any dynamic from piano to forte
-increase your vocal range from top to bottom with balanced resonance and smooth register transitions

If you study with me, you will learn why common expressions like "breathe from the diaphragm" are essentially meaningless (we can only breathe from the diaphragm). And you will come to understand why things like trying to "bring the sound forward" or "send the voice to the back of the room" are physically impossible (sound doesn't move like that).

Whether you are interested in singing opera, choral music, or musical theater, you will learn a foundational classical singing technique that will allow you to make the artistic choices you want with confidence, poise, and finesse. Students must be serious about improving their singing and commit to a minimum of 60 minutes of at-home practice between lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, upright Kawai piano, sitting area, mirror, music stand, Edirol/Roland digital recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano

*** Specialties ***
classical, opera, and "legit" musical theater
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Lawrence November 8, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Very good!
Thumb_116303_pi_tlnow_5a13affd2fa19
Daniela R. January 9, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
I don't usually write reviews cause I am always afraid they'll sound fake (because my complements always sounds super corny), but after reading this disclaimer, please know that this is as sincere review from a very very pleased student, who decided to write this because It's is the best way to repay someone that completely went out of his normal lessons activities to help me out with my very specific requirements.

I rate Sven 5 stars because aside from being a very educated (musically and socially speaking) person, he also welcomes you into his class with a mix of kindness and funny personality super willing to teach you but at the same time wanting to push you and get the best out of you.

I was very impressed by how much knowledge he always has in his hands, with his wonderful credentials but mostly with how motivating it was to be learning from someone you feel knows what he is doing, and because of that, earns your respect and makes you want to work harder and make the best out of the lesson.

As I mentioned before, I went to Sven with the very specific goal of preparing my portfolio to apply to my dream music school, and not only he gave me the confidence to arrange my existing material, he motivated me to create new material.

Not only I completed my task but I gathered months of knowledge in a matter of 2 weeks.

Very happy and thankful to have had the opportunity to study and work with him.
Super recommended as a teacher, and very cool person :).
Thumb_114366_pi_headshot
Rachel October 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Sven has a wonderful gift in being able to break down concepts and offer concrete guidance which I so appreciate as a beginner.

He is very organized and has a deep knowledge and passion for his work.

He is without a doubt, a top-notch instructor.
View Details
View Profile
Sven O.

Sven O.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(10)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

About Rhonda S.

Close
224901_430583_43828
Hayward, CA

View Full Profile
About Rhonda
I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

I have been playing guitar for 32 years. I have played professionally in the San Franc
isco Bay Area in various rock, country, and blues bands as well as playing solo acoustic performances at local coffee houses and Farmer's Markets.

I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 25 years and piano for 15. I like to keep learning fun! I am a very patient, compassionate teacher who will come up with creative ways to explain/demonstrate something new.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is the most fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. And learning how to play music should be fun too! When students inquire about taking lessons from me I always ask, "What do you want to learn?" I try to keep students interested by showing them things they want to learn. I also believe in teaching the basics. Whether you want to take piano or guitar lessons I believe you should learn basic musicianship which includes learning to read simple notes and where those notes are on your instrument, rhythm concepts, and tempo. It's easier than you think! The more you know the more you can teach yourself later on, and the more you can collaborate with other musicians.

After 3 or 6 months of taking lessons with me, students will be able to read basic music notation. They will be able to play songs either by their choosing or mine, they will have self-confidence to play songs in front of an audience/friends, and they will have the knowledge to figure out how to play songs on their own.

*** Specialties ***
I studied classical guitar at Cal State Hayward and have taught different finger picking styles as well as genres such as pop and country.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Desiree April 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Doing great
Silhouette-80
Promila V. October 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rhonda’s teaching style is very easy to follow. She is very organized in teaching step by step which was very helpful for me. She really made me feel at ease and made me believe that I can learn this.
Thank you,
Promila
Silhouette-80
Kathleen June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have great experience w/ Rhonda on my first day to be with her. She's attentive to her students needs & concerns. Thanks Rhonda!
View Details
View Profile
Rhonda S.

Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA 94541
(40)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Samuel C.

Close
Profile_29873_pi_391452_10151133895873875_306022681_n-1
Santa Cruz, CA

View Full Profile
About Samuel
I play and teach drums and percussion in numerous styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and pop to Indian classical tabla and Balinese gamelan. I'm passionate about many kinds of music and I enjoy working with students of all ages. In addition to drums and percussion, I teach music theory and beginning piano. I'm currently working towards a PhD in Cross-Cultural Musicology at UC Santa Cruz, and I'm accepting students throughout the Bay Area.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
Silhouette-80
Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
Silhouette-80
Jose and Deborah Vasquez July 23, 2015
· Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
View Details
View Profile
Samuel C.

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Olga C.

Close
Profile_45514_pi_image
San Mateo, CA

View Full Profile
About Olga
Latest news:
You can see me performing with Opera San Jose in Classical Series in the Park in Redwood City on July 22/2018

Three of my students passed Certificate of Merit with honors this spring , one of them was chosen to sing at convention in LA this Summer.

*****
Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it also has a wealth of color...
Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Tejashree June 6, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
Olga is very passionate, patient and persistent voice teacher who strives to bring the best in her students. My daughters 10 and 12 started taking lessons with Olga an year ago. We saw phenomenal difference in both of their singing abilities in just few classes. Moreover my 10 year old daughter passed with flying colors ‘The certificate of merit -level 3’ exam and got selected to sing at the MTAC convention. Thank you Olga for your persistence and hats off to your patience. If there is tiny bit of constructive feedback it would be to seek help on organization skills, but being a mom myself I totally can discount that for your caliber of music.
Thumb_112286_pi_tlnow_59bf437cd264d
Yachen August 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
The lesson was very helpful! I look forward to more!
Silhouette-80
Jim F. May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Too early to tell how it will go.
View Details
View Profile
Olga C.

Olga C.

San Mateo, CA 94401
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Judy E.

Close
Profile_59245_pi_IMG_0556
Los Gatos, CA
View Full Profile
About Judy
I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jaclyn B. March 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson, really excited to continue learning from Judy!
Silhouette-80
Tracey Q. December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Judy had my son up and playing in no time. She was great about setting a pace that will keep him challenged and confident simultaneously. He loves his lessons and looks forward to learning more. My youngest, after observing a class, has decided he would like to play too!
Silhouette-80
Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
View Details
View Profile
Judy E.

Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About DeAnna H.

Close
Profile_80741_pi_image
Sunnyvale, CA

View Full Profile
About DeAnna
Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students excel in competitive and non-competitive events. Many go on to successful careers in music.
...
Reviews
Thumb_117764_pi_018
Ian December 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Deanna was great! Nice, patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I learned basic technique which already has me feeling more comfortable. I'm looking forward to progressing and confident I've made the right choice.
Silhouette-80
Carlo July 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good experience. DeHanna took her time to reach a comfortable start . Very good first lesson. Looking forward to more lessons
Silhouette-80
Remi Adam A. H. March 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Remi my grandson enjoy his piano class very much. Especially when Remi got home he practice or continue the song he did with his teacher...like he appreciate himself because it sounds beautiful. We grandparents are very proud to here a lovely melody he played.
The instructor is very good and patient with Remi, she makes sure she gets through him in her own special way.
Very grateful,
Remi's grandparents.
View Details
View Profile
DeAnna H.

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(12)
starting at
$75 / 45-min

About Drew P.

Close
Profile_116085_pi_A29B78F0-BDAE-46FA-AFF8-784CE40A854F
Pleasanton, CA

View Full Profile
About Drew
As a recent recipient of a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Drew Powell is a promising young flutist and highly sought after flute teacher. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 30 students (and counting!) in just the past 3 years.

Drew won the 2017 Myrna Brown Artist Competition (an international competition with no age limit) hosted by the Texas Flute Society. He was recently invited to be a guest artist at the 2018 Texas Flute Society Annual Convention, where he taught several masterclasses and gave solo performances.

*
**My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a teacher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ananya S. November 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent first impression. Drew came across as friendly, motivated and in control enough to manage my younger one. With the elder one he was great too.
Look forward to the lessons. Will post am update after a couple of weeks.
Silhouette-80
Kathy August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Drew was very knowledgable patient & helping me understand everything. Looking forward to my next lesson.
Thumb_123831_pi_cockatiel-at-nest-entrance
keiko M. February 5, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I take flute lessons from Drew. He is a real flutist with musical talent and technique. Not only that but he has such good eyes and ears to tell me what I am missing. He corrected me things that none of my past teachers mentioned to me. I really enjoy playing so I keep practicing till I can play like him!
View Details
View Profile
Drew P.

Drew P.

Pleasanton, CA 94566
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Julian S.

Close
Profile_121085_pi_received_1666768526714890
San Jose, CA

View Full Profile
About Julian
Based in San Jose, California, Julian is a classical saxophonist who devotes himself to making, performing, and teaching music. Being originally from Arizona, he placed in competitive groups from the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) at the regional and state levels from 2011-2014. From 2013-2014 he was the principal alto saxophonist in the Phoenix Youth Symphony and he was awarded the Great Performer’s 1st place certificate from the music academy, Rosie’s House. Since then, Julian has taken his talents to the National Music Festival (2012-2016) held in Chestertown, Maryland and Mana Saxophone Institute (2017) held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he played the soprano saxophone in the Mana Saxophone Orchestra. This past summer, he participated as the soprano saxophonist of the Cabrillo Music Festival held in Santa Cruz, Califor
nia and he played at the Center for New Music where he premiered two new works written for saxophone trio by composer, Danny Clay.

Currently, Julian holds the soprano chair in the award-winning Zēlos Saxophone Quartet. Being one of the founding members, this group was found in 2016 and in 2017 the group took 1st place in the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) Competition for the state of California and also 1st place in the MTNA Southwest Region Competition. Outside of competitions, Zēlos actively performs around the San Francisco Bay Area through organizations such as Groupmuse, as well as churches, and they also do educational outreach.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
aditya April 16, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
Julian was on time and he was very patient with Aditya.
He even brought his spare saxophone to help out Aditya in his first class. Julian spent over an hour and half with Aditya and helped us pick out the saxophone to buy for Aditya.
Silhouette-80
Kelly March 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
My daughter started lessons just a couple weeks ago and she has learned so much already! Julian is patient, consistent, and makes us feel comfortable. Very good teacher.
Silhouette-80
Gabriel February 28, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I study with Mr.Salazar outside of takelessons.com, but I thoroughly enjoy lessons with him and he is so insightful. He has helped me a lot with my technique which was definitely not my strong suit when we started lessons. He always pushes me to do better in a positive way!
View Details
View Profile
Julian S.

Julian S.

San Jose, CA 95112
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Brian A.

Close
Profile_126373_pi_FullSizeRender
San Mateo, CA
View Full Profile
About Brian
I've been performing and teaching professionally since 1990. I teach private lessons, after-school programs, clinics and lectures. I am a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine with my Afro-Caribbean Practice Pad articles and create corresponding videos for their on-line presence. I have also contributed a Master Class article for Downbeat Magazine. I'm currently an endorser for the Bosphorus Cymbal Company and a Regional Artist Endorser for the Sakae Drum Company.
...
View Details
View Profile
Brian A.

Brian A.

San Mateo, CA 94401
starting at
$59 / 30-min

About Kenta S.

Close
Profile_142966_pi_IMG_0412
Palo Alto, CA
View Full Profile
About Kenta
I’ll keep it short but a little bit about myself!
I’m a professional musician and audio engineer. I’m mostly involved with jazz and improvised music and have a lot of experience in performance and composition of such music. I recently graduated the New School of Jazz in NYC with a BFA in Jazz performance. I’ve performed extensively with all sorts of bands ranging from jazz, indie rock, to metal, and have had the chance to share the stage with some amazing musicians such as Omar Hakim and Nir Felder.
I blend all sorts of genres and sounds in my own weird music, so I’m welcoming of all genres and styles.
I have quite a bit of experience teaching both privately and for institutions, for a whole range of skill levels and ages. I’ve taught complete beginners just picking up the guitar as well as college level students studying more advanced
concepts.

You can find my work online with my band (TinderGodz) or under my name.
Feel free to give me a shout if you’re interested or want to ask me any questions!

All the best,
Kenta Shimakawa
...
View Details
View Profile
Kenta S.

Kenta S.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
starting at
$42 / 30-min

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More