Tucson Music Lessons

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

Use your current location

Popular Music Lessons in Tucson, AZ

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.

GetStarted
BrowseListings

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 Tucson?

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.

 
Online

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
1 , 2 2 4 , 6 6 3
lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers Near Tucson

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Tucson including Sahuarita, Cortaro, Mount Lemmon, Rillito and Catalina.

Showing 5 of 20 results View More

Tucson Music Lessons

Tucson’s music scene is as hot and blazing as its climate. With a strong, independent music community, the Old Pueblo’s nightlife is filled with Mariachi musicians, singers, rock bands and a whole lot more. Though the temperature might get hot, Tucson’s musical talents sizzling in comparison. So if you want to become your city’s next big musical talent, we suggest you enroll in our Tucson music lessons with one of our certified TakeLessons music teachers.

Whether you want to learn how to do a wicked guitar solo, an amazing drum comp, or a romantic violin concerto our Tucson music lessons are just for you. Here you’ll get to learn proper technique and develop a strong background with your preferred musical instrument. Speaking of musical instruments we offer music lessons with a wide variety of instruments such as the violin, drums, guitar, bass and piano. On top of that, we also offer music courses on singing, songwriting, music performance as well as music recording. No matter what type of music lessons you are interested in we are sure we’re sure we have what you are looking for. And with our talented and passionate music instructors teaching and guiding you along the way, we believe that your experience with us will be fun, educational and inspiring.

So, if you want to become one of Tucson’s prime music talents, be sure to let the TakeLessons team help bring out the gifted musician in you. Give us a call at 877-231-8505 and let our student counselors book your first session with us. It’s quick, easy and we guarantee that you’ll be satisfied. So what are you waiting for? Sign up and enroll in one of our Tucson music lessons today!

218814_359421_36175

Adam T.

Tucson, AZ

About Adam

I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most inte
rested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical composition. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher with a diverse and serious knowledge of music. I truly love music and inspiring new or continuing musicians. I can adapt my lessons to the student so that if you have professional goals I will do my best to challenge and help you to reach them, or if you are a child who is just beginning I will do my best to teach you in a fun and relaxed manner that keeps you excited to come back and learn more the next week. No matter what the age or skill level I take my job very seriously, and try to make the process seriously fun.
If the students is interested in reading standard music notation I teach from the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, which are the books of choice for countless music instructors. After 3 to 6 months most students have finished at least the first book in the series and can read and play simple songs easily.
If you are interested in reading tablature or chord charts, I have many lesson plans from years of experience that can quickly teach you how to play everything from simple folk songs and popular music to complex Jimi Hendrix solos.
If you are interested in classical guitar, or vocals I start with books of simple spanish guitar etudes and can work with you all the way up to complex advanced works from Segovia and the other masters. In a few months, even beginning students can play beautiful pieces that will impress family and friends.
If you are a banjo student I teach from the Hal Leonard Banjo Method series. I can work with simple clawhammer techniques, or more complex bluegrass methods. In a few months most students can play many simple country and folk songs.
If you are a vocal student I can teach anything from rock/country styles, to showtunes and classical techniques. In a few months I can show how to sing and breath correctly, and help learn how to read music and train your ears to sing in tune.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the necessary equipment, guitars, banjos, amps, etc. I expect the student to have their own instrument, but I can provide something for the lesson like an amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any genre or method. I base the lessons on the students desires and abilities, not on any predetermined plan I may have. I can teach in standard notation, tablature, chord charts, or improvisational methods. I can also teach songwriting, performance/recording techniques, and classical composition.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Susan M. March 29, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 14 year old son enjoys taking guitar lessons with Adam.
Silhouette-80
Coleman B. July 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Adam for about six months now, and his lessons have helped me out tremendously. I'd taken lessons before elsewhere for about a year and a half, but I felt that my progress and improvement had stagnated and that I needed to go in another direction. Adam has helped me view music in a different light when it comes to both technique and composition, aiding me to grow both musically and in skill. Thanks Adam!
Silhouette-80
April R. May 15, 2014
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
My husband and I started our not-quite four and a half year old son with harmonica lessons with Adam in February of this year. Our motivation was not to create a prodigy musician, just to give our son a unique and fun experience with an instrument we enjoy the sound of. We, Adam included, were a bit skeptical as to how far we could take the harmonica with a four year old. Adam however, rose to the challenge, creating a lesson plan that matched our son's ability, motivation and attention span. He started off with simple tasks, such as making sure the numbers on the harmonica were facing up before playing (i.e. getting our son to hold his instrument properly). Such a simple task but perfect for pumping up a four year old's confidence and psyche before starting each lesson. As the lessons got more and more involved, Adam consistently stuck to one very important element: keeping it fun. And now 3 months later, thanks to Adam's outstanding teaching ability and unmatched creativity, I'm ecstatic to report that my son can play a real no-kidding blues shuffle. He's not just blowing sounds out of his instrument, he's making actual music; music that makes one want to tap a foot to. My husband and I couldn't be happier with our experience with Adam. He has far exceeded our expectations. We (and especially our son) are looking forward to continued learning on the harmonica with Adam.
View More
View Profile
Adam T.

Adam T.

Tucson, AZ 85715
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
200186_178635_1249677464

Scott K.

Tucson, AZ

About Scott

As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on t
o the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.

I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back and playful in my approach. I like to gear lessons toward the interests of the student, and if I am doing my job correctly, all traditional technique will be painless. I also like to delve into music theory to give one a deeper appreciation as well as an understanding and steady grasp of the tools of composition if their heart is so inclined. When it comes to music I am rather eclectic and I feel every style has something to add to the techniques of a solid performer, so I tend to draw from many disparate places to offer a fuller experience. In no time at all, you should be playing pieces you love, understanding how they work, and perhaps embellishing them or writing your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Provide: My guitar, music stand, and amp if necessary.
Student Provides: Their instrument (Piano/guitar etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
...

Reviews

Thumb_50526_pi_5-19-2013
Andres R. December 23, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Learning to play the piano as been pleasant and engaging!

When I first starting taking lessons with Scott I had never taken piano lessons or even knew how to play. Scott knows classical piano music very well and introduced me to great piano pieces for beginners to get started on learning how to play. The lessons will move at your pace and the challenge will never be no more than you can handle. Now I will most likely make it a long term goal to get better and better thanks to his help.
Silhouette-80
MaryKayK June 27, 2012
Older Student

Have had three lessons so far and very encouraged by his patience and knowlege of music. I come away encouraged knowing I can do it. I really do like Scott.
Silhouette-80
DaveM2 June 15, 2012
I wish I had much more time with Scott

I have only had two lessons, and now find that I have to take a hiatus because of my partner's health. We will be going to California for 3 months of proton radiation therapy for his cancer.Scott has been really terrific with me. He is patient, kind, and has opened new avenues in my understanding of music. I will continue to work on the things he as taught me. I expect that when I get back into the lessons, I will need to start over because there isn't a piano in California for me to practice on. I know that Scott will take this into consideration when this happens. I think Scott is terrific. If you are considering piano lessons, then check him out.
View More
View Profile
Scott K.

Scott K.

Tucson, AZ 85746
(8)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
247715_xd7m4nyv9vsvnwr4rc5x

Ian Z.

Tucson, AZ

About Ian

Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my teacher profile. Here's a little bit about me and how I can help you become the musician you want to be.

I started playing the guitar at age 17. I was being paid to play guitar and hand drums for dance classes at his college by the age of 19, and was hired on to the guitar faculty of the Fairmount School of Music at the age of 24. I realized that I'd gotten good only partially through short bursts of discipline lasting up to 6 weeks or so before I had to relax and just have fun for a while, and that for most people, year-round discipline was impossibl
e due to temperament or other demands on people's time. These observations led me to boil down a teaching approach I summarize like this: "The more you have your guitar in your lap, the better player you're going to become. The best way to keep the guitar in your lap is to be playing things that are fun. For you. While it is essential to have a certain amount of technique in order to have fun playing guitar, it's a mistake to always consider it a matter of primary importance. There are things to be learned through hours of enjoying the guitar that cannot be taught." I try to find what makes people have fun on the guitar and from there it's much easier to tackle weaknesses and maintain strengths.

Right around the same time as I started working at FSM, I embarked on a 4-year-long course of classical guitar study with Jason Vieaux, who shortly became (and remains) one of the top classical performing artists in the world. Mr. Vieaux provided me with loads of problem-solving tools that he uses to this day to help people of all levels get better and have more fun on the guitar.

In 2004, as a guitarist in a band with a pianist but no bass player I found it sometimes more desirable to the music to have a bass than a guitar, so I bought a bass and started performing on it right away, using techniques already learned from classical, acoustic, and electric guitar, with necessary adjustments and application of music theory. The bass proved to be much more fun than I had imagined and I have incorporated regular practice of the instrument into my musical regimens, as well as playing dozens of studio dates on the bass and performing in multiple bands.

My teaching techniques are effective--many of the teens I taught in the 90's and 2000's are pro's now themselves, some with record contracts, others with conservatory degrees, some with a large student rosters of their own. My students have opened for or otherwise shared the stage with Santana, Jethro Tull, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Maroon 5, The String Cheese Incident, and more. You can see a few of my former students performing in my profile pictures. The first one you see is Brian C., who studied with me from about age 12 to age 16. This is a picture of him with his band "The Bottom Dollars" playing in Brooklyn June 26, 2012. The next one you see is a pic of Craig B. playing with his band "Turkuaz" , and the next one has a picture of two of my students in it, Loren S. and Max S. who are in a signed band called "Signals Midwest."

Not that you have to have aspirations of being a pro like these guys! Most people just want to have fun and get better at the instrument, but do know that I can help you make it if you want to take it all the way. Thanks for reading this far; I look forward to working with you! --Ian Z.

*** Lesson Details ***
Regardless of instrument, students are asked to have a spiral-bound, 8.5"x11" college ruled notebook, a USB flash drive, and a tuner/metronome. Ian recommends the Korg TM-40. Books are decided upon depending on the student's instrument, goals, age and sometimes other factors. Plan on learning the songs you want to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home professional studio has a full Pro Tools set up w/ 7 guitars, 2 basses, 5 amps, mics w/ seating for parents.
Ramsey's pianos has a windowed studio with an electric guitar amp. Parents are welcome to wait in the piano showroom or sit in on the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, Acoustic Steel String fingerstyle (esp. British Isles Folk), Acoustic Steel String pickstyle, Electric and Acoustic Rock.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Laura A. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great variety of songs

Great training and variety of songs. Positive feedback for students and appropriate "homework" for practice.
View More
View Profile
Ian Z.

Ian Z.

Tucson, AZ 85716
(1)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
Profile_289484_59w6hwpbh6pcrbvxch9j

Julia G.

Tucson, AZ

About Julia

I began my study of music as a child with the study of piano. I also played and performed clarinet in the school band and marching band (highlight of my youth!), played and performed duet piano works, and also the organ. I was initiated by my native Swiss grandparents into dance and yodel music, which then interested me in ethnic music, in conjunction with my classical music studies. In addition to my music studies, I played intercollegiate sports and studied zoology. The schools I studied at were Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Buffalo State College, and then onto U
niversity of New Mexico to begin a Master’s Program.

Upon moving to Manhattan, I studied with a well-known voice coach in the opera world, Tom LaMonaco. I also studied voice with Nancy Ribakov and piano with Sy Ribakov from the Juilliard School of Music. I studied piano with Monique le Duc from the Paris Conservatoire, Mary Gunning from the New Mexico Symphony. In conjunction, studied voice with Ms. Jean Kraft from the Metropolitan Opera (7 years), and Regina Rickless (1 year) from the European stage.

Notably, Julia was chosen to perform a piano concert for the Spanish Ambassador to the US in Albuquerque, NM. (1999).

I performed a solo voice program in Natal, Brazil which included, Lieder, Italian arias and American songs, and received the honor of teaching a master class to the opera students at Federal American University, Natal, Brazil.

I have performed numerous several opera roles and produced and performed for artist’s series in the US.

I have served at the University of New Mexico as a faculty pianist – (2001-5) in the Ballet Department at UNM for several years. In conjunction with performing, teaching and continuing my education, Julia prepared the children’ Chorus for Opera Southwest and was the director of the Edgewood Opera Group, which introduced the community to the opera stage. Many of my students were in the SWO opera productions and are presently at major universities throughout the US.

I have accompanied and prepared many students for many levels of recitals and competitions, auditions, college university music entrance exams, opera, and Broadway productions while also producing and performing myself.

I continue to perform, teach, and record Lieder and Chanson in Arvada, CO. and hosts shin dings regularly at my home with my brilliant scientist husband, Joda.

*** Lesson Details ***
Dear Future Students,
I look forward to meeting you very much and exploring your music life with you.
Each music mind is different from the next, so bring your own uniqueness to the music and I assure you, you will find fulfillment and the evolution of your musical self.
I will give you 110% and I would like you to do the same. That means, you will need to practice! I practice every day and remember, there are many ways to practice. We can talk about this and I will give you many ideas.
There is no judgement in my studio. Learning music and continuing to improve is a process. Each person is different and contributes to their own becoming. Please don't worry about being like someone else. This is your turn. Your first lesson will BE A LESSON, and we will discuss the specific materials needed for you to study music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a very nice studio in my home, with high ceilings, which offer very natural acoustics. I use my home for my professional recordings. I have a 5'9" Boston, which is made my Steinway. I love my piano and chose it for its rich dark sound.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will travel to you depending on the project. 

*** Specialties ***
I teach using a variety of the educational piano books, i.e. Alfred
but I like to also use materials that fit the personality of the student. This means I will spend thoughtful time picking out these materials for the student. I also use a memorization technique for piano students for part of their work program. I enjoy the Alfred Theory books. With regard to voice, I have in the past required my voice students to at least read the treble clef so that they may play their vocal line however, this is an option. I use college materials for explaining the vocal apparatus, but my training from master teachers has evolved into a technique that brings the voice to stabilized sound whilst protecting the vocal chords. I use the 24 Italian arias for beginners.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Josephine Tsao June 9, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Julia is amazing!!! During my two-week trip in Tucson, AZ, I needed a voice teacher to help me get ready for a performance at a recital three weeks later in another state. I was so lucky and so blessed to have found Julia! Julia is an expert in classical and opera voice. She helped me with an Italian art song and a Chinese art song. She is always very encouraging, kind and patient. She knew my strengths and weaknesses right away, and taught me a variety of singing and breathing techniques to improve my voice. Julia is a treasure, and the best voice teacher I've ever met! I live in another state, but would like to go back to take lessons with her again in the future! Julia has years of experience in both performing and teaching. I highly recommend that students in the Tucson area have Julia for the voice lessons! Thank you Julia!
Silhouette-80
Halley K. December 11, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, and fun as well!

Julia has been a wonderful piano teacher. I went to her to learn a song I was attempting by myself, not really thinking about continuing lessons. Julia has made piano lessons fun and interesting, and is really good at figuring out how others learn. I've been really enjoying my lessons and plan on coming back for as long as possible!
267704_5z7hp5xl3f2zqn2ssdn2
Monet P. September 11, 2013
Piano
Wonderful Teacher

Julia was a wonderful teacher for my 8-yr old! She is so patient with children, whose attention may be wandering. In our 6 months of lessons, my daughter learned to identify all of the notes on the musical staff, timing, could play two-handed scales, and several songs. I couldn't believe how fast she learned, all because of Julia's guidance and skill at knowing what was right for her at her level (beginner)!
View More
View Profile
Julia G.

Julia G.

Tucson, AZ 85716
(3)
starting at
$37 / 30-min
413787_dwmn7jt9fhmj7bj3ql5q

Lourdes T.

Tucson, AZ

About Lourdes

I have been tutoring and teaching for twenty years for private students as well as at academic institutions (University of Arizona, Southern Mississippi, Phoenix, Capella, and Pima and Gulf Coast Community Colleges. In sessions, I find out what the student really needs and help them achieve realistic goals through thorough evaluation, pacing and persistent challenge. No matter what level of achievement is desired, I customize a lesson plan and learning regimen and guide the student to cross transformational thresholds. I look for and draw out the potential in students and help them achieve the
competency they need to be independent learners and succeed in their endeavors professionally and personally. I also utilize recording devices so that lessons can be reviewed later and I employ Skype, Google hangouts and an online Whiteboard, so screen-sharing is enabled.

*** Lesson Details ***
First 90 minutes is evaluation and introduction to principles
Subsequent sessions are training in skills with assignments
After six weeks, there is a performance evaluation for performing arts (recital or scheduled performance)

*** Specialties ***
Gutar and voice (bel canto)
Linguistics
Field Research, Logic and Critical Thinking
Literary and Film Criticism
French and German
Anthropology
Film, Sound and Stage Production
Songwriting
Research writing, critical analysis
...

Reviews

Thumb_75702_pi_IMG_4931
Kimberly C. July 6, 2015
Psychology · Online
Verified Student
Had a great experience with Lourdes as my tutor! She is fantastic! Defiantly a person who knows experimental psychology and learned so much from her on so many research aspects. She taught in a way that I could understand and when I did not understand right a way she was so patient to explain it a different way along with great examples for me to understand and know how to apply it myself. Thank you Thank you Lourdes! If I ever need help again I contact you again.
Silhouette-80
Juliette B. February 2, 2015
Method Acting · Online
Verified Student
I've had a wonderful time learning from Lourdes. She draws from a vast array of knowledge to help her student achieve their goals and tailors each lesson accordingly. Lourdes also offers her students exercises as well as supplementary readings to further your education. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher!
Silhouette-80
Juliette B. February 2, 2015
Method Acting · Online
Verified Student
I've had a wonderful time learning from Lourdes. She draws from a vast array of knowledge to help her student achieve their goals and tailors each lesson accordingly. Lourdes also offers her students exercises as well as supplementary readings to further your education. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher!
View More
View Profile
Lourdes T.

Lourdes T.

Tucson, AZ 85719
(5)
starting at
$65 / 60-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.

How to Practice Singing: Practical Tips for Memorizing Lyrics

Need to memorize lyrics--quickly? Take a look at these helpful tips from Ann Arbor, MI voice teacher Elaina R...   For many people, memorizing words is easier if the words are set to music–that is why songs are often used in education (there is even a song that lists all 50 states!). That being said, trying to memorize a song on a deadline is not fun. Not many people know how to practice singing lyrics effectively, and singers often need to learn multiple songs on short notice. … Read More
How to Practice Singing: Practical Tips for Memorizing Lyrics
Need to memorize lyrics--quickly? Take a look at these helpful tips from Ann Arbor, MI voice teacher Elaina R...   For many people, memorizing words is easier if the words are set to music–that is why songs are often used in education (there is even a song that lists all 50 states!). That being said, trying to memorize a song on a deadline is not fun. Not many people know how to practice singing lyrics effectively, and singers often need to learn multiple songs on short notice.
How Do Online Guitar Lessons Work?
Thinking about taking online guitar lessons? Read on as online teacher Justine D. explains what type of student excels best with online lessons, what to expect, and more:   If you live in a rural area, play a difficult-to-find instrument, or are interested in playing a specific musical style, it may be hard to find a teacher in your area that fits your goals. Fortunately, the advent of the Internet and video-chatting technology have brought new ways for teachers and students to co
So You Want to Become a Singer? Here's How to Get There
Private lessons? Check. Big dreams? Check! But there's one more part of the equation that's integral to become a singer and reach your career goals. Find out as Monclova, OH teacher Carrie A. explains... I can't tell you how many students over the years have come to me saying they wanted to be on TV or Broadway. While those are great aspirations to go after, it really isn't the place to start to become a singer. What I have found is a great way to get started is to look for opportunities
5 Guitarists You Should Be Listening To Right Now
When you think about famous guitarists with distinctive styles, do you find yourself time-traveling back to the 1970s? With so many great guitarists writing and performing original music right now, it's almost a crime to neglect the new stuff. Here are a few great contemporary guitarists whose distinctive style of playing sets them apart from the pack. Of course, if there's anybody we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments! Jack White With his bands The White Stripes, The Dea
Pianist Spotlight: Billy Joel, The Modern-Day Piano Man
Sing us a song, you’re the piano man. Sing us a song tonight Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody And you’ve got us feelin’ alright If you’ve ever visited a piano bar, you may understand what Billy Joel is singing about in his legendary song, “Piano Man”. For a piano man, sheet music is not always part of the equation. Lounge patrons often call out the names of songs they would like to hear, and the pianist is expected to quickly comply and keep the patrons happy and in a celebratory

Get Started With Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Featured on

Featured_logos

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More