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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Santa Cruz is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $210 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$38 average
$110
45-min $40
 
$51 average
$160
60-min $50
 
$64 average
$210

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 $51, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $38.

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Santa Cruz Music Lessons

Santa Cruz is regionally dubbed as California’s surf city. It’s the place where young people travel to find sun, waves and a rush of adrenaline. In fact, the place is so well know for good times that it’s already considered as one of America’s best resort communities. So, if you’re a fun-loving, adrenaline-pumping resident from Santa Cruz, we have a treat for you. We’re inviting you to join our Santa Cruz music lessons with one of our local Santa Cruz music teachers.

So check out our Santa Cruz music lessons and find an instrument that’s right for you. Here, you can learn how to play an amazing guitar riff, awesome drum adlib or funky bass line that you’ve always dreamed of. Not only that, we’ll ensure you develop the fundamentals and proper technique. This way you’ll not only be able to play your favorite riff, but you’ll also be able take what you’ve learned to the stage if you choose to do so. Now, if you want to build a career on music, then our Santa Cruz music lessons also feature fantastic lessons on songwriting, music performance, theory as well as music recording. No matter what your interest in music we’re sure to have music lessons that can help you achieve your musical goals.

So, if you want to have some fun and learn something new at the same time, then be sure to enroll in our Santa Cruz music lessons. Give us a call and let our student counselors help you with booking your first sessions with us. It’s quick, easy and your lessons are 100% guaranteed. So hurry! Sign up and let the TakeLessons team help unleash the musician in you!

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Campbell, CA

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About Linda
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

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I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have lear
ned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
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Dale B. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I didn't know what to expect. Linda was fantastic. I'm a beginner sax player and she worked with me to get my sounds correct. She has the right attitude for a teacher and I felt good after my lesson. I'm looking forward to my next lessons
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Anthony N. August 4, 2016
· Flute · In home
I and my son come to the studio in the morning. It has lightened with ceiling skylight and the teacher already prepares for the lesson with music instrument and book stand, etc. Her personality is nice and joyful, and as she instructs my son first lesson for flute beginner fast but thoroughly, I found her the best teacher.
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Sonia July 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
It was a great first-lesson experience!
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Linda C.

Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Piano and Ukulele
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 Are
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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 the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students 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:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*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

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, 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
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Brian August 29, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
This was my son's first lesson, and he is looking forward to playing his trumpet and coming back for more lessons. I was hoping to spark his interest in music and so far so good.
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$40 / 30-min

About Nicholas M.

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San Jose, CA
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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.
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Kris May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Patient !
Skillful !
Great !
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Kris May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Patient!
Skillful!
Awesome!
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Jeanne H. March 22, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · In studio
Very patient very kind
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Marwan S.

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Mountain View, CA

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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano when I was 3, and began writing music when I was 6. I've taught music and piano for over 12 years.
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Cherie June 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We had a great first lesson. Very relaxed and unassuming. Looking forward to upcoming lessons.
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Ava March 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Terrific with our small kids. Extremely patient and easy to laugh
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA 94043
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starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Victor S.

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About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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Victor S.

Victor S.

San Jose, CA 95130
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About Victoria W.

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About Victoria
Victoria came to the Bay Area in 2015 from Atlanta, Georgia where she received her music degree from Georgia State University. She has been playing the flute for 15 years and is knowledgeable in music theory and aural skills. Her teachers have included Allison Gillon and Sarah Ambrose, and has participated in masterclasses with professionals such as: Julien Beaudiment (former principal at LA Philharmonic), Christina Smith (principal at Atlanta Symphony), and Viviana Guzman (international touring artist) to name a few.

She has participated in many ensembles ranging from chamber groups, wind ensembles and orchestras, and performed a solo recital in her senior year at GSU. She also performed with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet in 2011 and 2012. She has taught several high school marching bands since 2011 and currently w
orks with the Homestead High School Marching Band while maintaining a private studio. She believes in teaching strong fundamentals.
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Tera N. July 1, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter needed lessons before a college audition. Victoria helped her with er site reading and tone & technique for 2 months before her audition. My daughter got a scholarship and into the group she wanted because of Victoria's help! She was flexible with my daughter's crazy schedule and helped her feel confident in her abilities. Thanks Victoria!
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Macy April 13, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Victoria.
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Claire C. March 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
On time, polite, knowledgable, and talented! What more do you need?
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Victoria W.

Victoria W.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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$35 / 30-min

About Dennis W.

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I have been playing drums since I was 9 and have been teaching for 4 years. I currently play in a professional band in the bay area. I specialize in many genres and odd signatures. I make sure that every one of my students understand and play with proper technique and dynamics to perform like the professionals. I teach how to read music, play various types of rhythms, play to a metronome, and play along to any of your favorite songs. I will often times play another instrument with my students to give them an understanding of what it is like to play in a band setting. I also offer group lessons where multiple students learn to play different instruments together to make music.
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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$30 / 30-min

About D'Ana L.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About D'Ana
I am a professional opera singer and have been trained and performed in some of the most prestigious opera houses in the country. I do love performing but once I found teaching I realized how much joy I got from helping my students achieve their goals no matter how grand or how small. My honest opinion is that anyone can sing and that all should be given the opportunity to try!

As a vocal student, we will discuss what your goals are for our lessons together and what you hope to achieve in the long run. Students can expect improvements every week as you build upon the techniques and exercises I give you. I teach students to improve their breathing and tone production using the classical vocal technique and from there we will work on style and phrasing and overall performance of your piece. One common goal is to create a repertoire of song
s that the student can call upon at any time to sing with ease.

As I am still a working singer and will travel every few months to perform in a different concert or show. All of which is an attribute to my students as the more I learn in a professional setting, the more I can pass along to those I teach. Don't hesitate to ask if you would like to see my professional bio to get a better grasp of where I have worked in the country and the world.

My passions are Disney music, Broadway both classic and new, Opera, and really anything that can get your heart racing when you sing it. So let us get started on our musical journey! Looking forward to meeting you and to helping you unlock the singer you always had inside you.
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D'Ana L.

D'Ana L.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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$50 / 30-min

About David C.

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San Jose, CA

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I am third year student at San Jose State studying music performance. I have held first chair alto saxophone in the SJSU Wind Ensemble and Saxophone Ensemble. I am dedicated to advancing my own ability as a musician and enjoy classical music from all periods from Baroque to Contemporary.

I love chamber music as I play in a saxophone quartet, saxophone ensemble, with piano and even look to host other musicians for concerts at my own home. I have been coached in solo and chamber music by Michael Hernandez of the prize winning Mana Quartet and renowned pianist Gwendolyn Mok.

Overall, I am caring and look to help students enjoy themselves while playing saxophone!
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David C.

David C.

San Jose, CA 95192
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$25 / 30-min

About olivia C.

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San Jose, CA

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Hello, everyone! I started to play the piano when I was 4 years old.
I have 8 years experience of teaching young piano beginners. My lessons have lots of fun and my goal is letting all my students love the music and play the piano.

I am a bilingual piano teacher with English and Mandarin, very well-trained with age of 4~12 years old children. I do private or semi-private lessons, twice a year recital, and an optional piano exam! Looking forward to hear from you!!
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Nancy K. September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have worked together with Olivia several times for our students' combined events. Olivia is a very patient and loving teacher, I really enjoyed working with her and listening to her students' piano playing.
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olivia C.

olivia C.

San Jose, CA 95128
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