Ventura Music Lessons

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

Use your current location
Featured On

Popular Music Lessons in Ventura, CA

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 Ventura?

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 , 4 1 5 , 4 7 3
lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers Near Ventura

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Ventura including Oxnard, Ojai, Santa Paula, Carpinteria and Oak View.

Showing 5 of 15 results View More

Ventura Music Lessons

Ventura, in Portuguese, means happiness or a high point in life. If you’re from Ventura, California you know that’s exactly what it has to offer. This town is home to some of the best surfing beaches in the state. On top of that, it also has laid-back beach community atmosphere that most visitors love and find comforting. Yet, despite its popularity and fame as a surf destination, Ventura has yet to be known in the field of music. Do you think you have what it takes to change that? If you have a passion for music and the drive to succeed than we think we can help you put your town on the map.

Although before you hit the stage, we believe that it’s beneficial for all musicians to develop a strong foundation in music. With that said, we suggest you enroll in one of our Ventura music lessons with one of our certified TakeLessons music teachers. Whether you want to learn how to pull off an amazing guitar solo, funky bass riff or wild drum solo our music lessons are your best choice. Here, you’ll get to develop a strong background in music and learn how to play with proper technique on your chosen instrument. In addition, you’ll get to study, practice and apply what you learn. Our Ventura music lessons also feature fantastic courses in singing, songwriting, performance, music theory as well as recording. Perhaps best of all our lessons are taught by friendly and inspiring music teachers that will guide you through the learning process and ensure you have an exceptional experience.

Another great part about our Ventura music lessons is that they are all customizable. Here, you can choose who your teacher will be, how long each session will last as well as where you’d like to have your lessons. So, if you think you’re ready to become Ventura’s next idol, sign up and join the TakeLessons team today!

Profile_83659_pi_IMG_3662

Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA

About Melissa

Melissa has been singing all of her life. She began her vocal training at a very cute age, learning every song she heard, and passionately performing them for friends and family. She later went on to pursue a formal education in Classical Vocal Performance and Jazz technique from California State University, Los Angeles. While completing her Bachelors degree, Melissa was fortunate to have worked with many established artists, bands and producers of various styles, including jazz, blues, rock, pop, soul and funk. These collaborations have allowed her to hone her own voice and successfully pu
rsue professional work.

Melissa has enjoyed the opportunity of lead local elementary school music programs, and has most recently expanded her private vocal studio Sing Your BEST Self to include skills training in piano, music theory and ear training.

Melissa specializes in LIVE improvisational performance, and can be seen performing under a stage name around the Ventura County and Los Angeles areas. Additionally, She is an accomplished songwriter, and has lent her voice to many recording projects, art collaborations, as well as, T.V. and Film.

*** Lesson Details ***
I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned about music. In my voice studio, students will master the fundamentals of the voice to ensure natural, healthy singing. In my teaching approach, I seek to provide a complete experience, in which, standard vocal technique is taught with the whole singer in mind, with specific attention to the individual students needs and goals.

Singing should be enjoyable for the singer as well as the listener. Helping students to experience that joy is my intention. Music lessons are fun, energetic, and productive. You will become an empowered musician and learn to Sing Your BEST Self!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio/performance space: students of all ages, keyboard, mirror, stools, dry erase board

*** Travel Equipment ***
Onsight lessons are at teacher's discretion and are reserved for advanced students, and pre-arranged coaching sessions related to student learning goals.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained singer and teach from that method. I perform Jazz/ blues, soul/ funk and can teach these styles with applied pedagogy. I perform often and would also enjoy coaching in more modern styles of music that require microphone and stage technique. Additionally, hands on vocal recording technique would be of interest to me.
...

Reviews

Thumb_79316_pi_DaveYacovBobbyA
Yacov N. September 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I just had my first lesson with Melissa, she is very nice and mostly teaches beginners. I'll take other lessons with her if she could teach in Ventura. Camarillo is too far for me to travel to.
Silhouette-80
Amber B. July 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa is a wonderful singing teacher. She is kind and patient and really tries to bring out the best in my daughter. We are super happy!
190984_412395_43134
Rosalind R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
Melissa J is patient, warm, and intelligent

I can easily recommend Melissa J. She is bright, warm, patient and enthusiastic about teaching music. Our son instantly connected with her, and he has remembered every single thing she has taught him. If he had his way, he would take a lesson with her everyday! Big thanks !
View More
View Profile
Melissa J.

Melissa J.

Camarillo, CA 93010
(6)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
282217_wgwhth3tlyj73svt8tbw

Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA

About Jena

Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD from a life coach The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your
song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Tucker W. December 4, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
Silhouette-80
Lisa G. January 29, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
282216_z2rflvdwmbmnsxwc7n7y
Jena D. July 31, 2013
Guitar
The Whole Musician Way...

I love her style of teaching. Nothing is bad as long as it comes from the heart. Music is about passion and sharing. Now I can go on to share what I've learned with others. She taught me guitar, voice and songwriting. Thanks Jena
View More
View Profile
Jena D.

Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
Profile_84476_pi_DSC_0005

Steven S.

Ventura, CA

About Steven

Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the
head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

*** Studio Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Travel Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
...

Reviews

Thumb_5672092f63bf7_review_Photo%20on%2011-21-15%20at%201.40%20PM
Bob December 16, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Steve is a terrific instructor and guitarist. I’m an adult beginner - playing one year, now - on classical guitar; I have been grateful that Steve's been so supportive, positive, and knowledgable. His university-level guitar education and post-degree guitar experience have served him very well. I enjoy the guitar and Steve's instruction.
Silhouette-80
Tobi December 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio
My two sons and I have taken lessons from Steve for over 5 years. He is an amazing teacher! Very kind and patient with a great sense of humor. Whether beginner or advanced Steve puts the same effort into teaching everyone. It has been fantastic to see the progress that both of my sons have made throughout the years. I simply can't recommend him highly enough.
Silhouette-80
Andrew December 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I have taken lessons from Steve for many years. He is an excellent teacher in every way - he has a music degree, is very down-to-earth, has a great sense of humor and is patient, and very skilled at teaching all aspects of guitar. I play acoustic blues and finger style, classical, electric, you name it. He has been very versatile. I highly, highly recommend him - you won't find a better teacher!
View More
View Profile
Steven S.

Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
(7)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
417977_xyhpw6z3l2bdt6qwr5pr

Jarold D.

Oxnard, CA

About Jarold

I've been teaching privately for more than 20 years, along with extensive touring on the national and regional levels.

National tours have been with many R&B, Soul, and Funk artists, such as Malo, Bloodstone, GQ, Deniece Williams, Dazz Band, and many more. I've played on several albums, some of them being Bloodstone's Ultimate Collection, GQ's Tribute to Billy Steward and Marvin Gaye, as well as Troy Dixon's debut album.

Training has included private study with known standouts in the music industry, such as Carlos Gonzales and Jeff Berlin.

My students run the gamut - from beginner
s wanting to learn how to play some of their favorite songs, to high school students preparing for a university music degree, to pros who want to take their skills to another level.

Lessons are tailored to each individual's needs. There are certain elements that each student needs to know, which will be covered. There are also things that students want to learn, such as favorite songs, and those will be covered as well.

With over 20 years of real world experience and training, I believe I can bring a fresh approach to learning guitar and bass for the potential student.

*** Lesson Details ***
We start with what the student needs. For beginners, we cover the basics, such as learning to play some melodies and chords. We also go over how to read music, as well as tablature, a system noted for it's ease of use in guitar.

For the intermediate, we determine what the student knows about guitar and what they would like to learn, and proceed from there. Usually it's more in depth study of scales, modes, and techniques, along with more difficult songs on the agenda.

For the advanced, the next level of scales, modes, chord voicing, and applicable music theory is explored. Learning is a never-ending pursuit.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Amps and cabinets - RedPlate BlackDuo 50, Marshall JTM45, Barber Echelon 50, numerous speakers cabinets with a variety of Celestion speakers.

Guitars - Les Pauls, Strats, Telecasters.

Bass Guitar - Custom Michael Dolan 5-string, Ibanez 905 5-string, Fender P-Bass, Warwick Fretless 5-string bass.

Complete compliment of studio microphones, from vocal condenser mics to drum and guitar mics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amps - RedPlate BlackDuo 50, Marshall JTM45, Barber Echelon 50, numerous speakers cabinets with a variety of Celestion speakers.

Guitars - Les Pauls, Strats, Telecasters.

Bass Guitar - Custom Michael Dolan 5-string, Ibanez 905 5-string, Fender P-Bass, Warwick Fretless 5-string bass.

Bass Amps - Warwick and MarkBass amps, Warwick cabinets.

*** Specialties ***
Funk, R&B, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Country.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Dorothy B. August 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jarold was a great teacher! I really enjoyed how accommodating Jordan was in the sense that he would let me son learn whatever songs he wanted and worked through all of them until the end. Jarold's positive attitude is a breath of fresh air at every lesson and I would highly recommend him to others.
View More
View Profile
Jarold D.

Jarold D.

Oxnard, CA 93036
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
Profile_44089_pi_head%20shot%208%3A13

Jaclyn U.

Ventura, CA

About Jaclyn

Jaclyn U., Voice Instructor

Jaclyn will guide you to explore your singing voice and full artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on healthy vocal technique through successful breath support, effective vowel modification, and increased self-awareness and freedom in the body. Come sing the songs you love in a healthy and empowered way and find your creativity and musicianship expressed. Various lesson packages are available, and all include a monthly group performance workshop.
Jaclyn is a lyric soprano, accomplished vocalist of modern and traditional musical theater, jazz and classical r
epertoire. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Vocal Performance at California State University at Northridge. She studies voice with Diane Ketchie (lyric coloratura), coaches with Heather Lyle (author of Vocal Yoga), and studies independently with Dr. Karen Kochis-Jennings (CCM vocal styles, Vocal Pedagogy/Science), Janet Shulman (Alexander Technique). Jaclyn received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Nazareth College, and is a certified yoga instructor (YA200hrRYT, 50hr YogaWorks).
Jaclyn teaches private and group voice, piano, and yoga lessons in Sherman Oaks, Brentwood/Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Yelena December 25, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoy lessons with Jaclyn, she is very professional and fun to work with. She knows a lot about the theoretical part of singing as well practical. Her lessons are interesting and helpful.
Silhouette-80
Vijay M. April 3, 2015
Yoga · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher learning from Basics.
View More
View Profile
Jaclyn U.

Jaclyn U.

Ventura, CA 93003
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-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 Tune a Ukulele

Thanks to its refreshing island sound, the ukulele is becoming an increasingly popular instrument. However, if you don't know how to tune a ukulele properly, its sweet tropical notes can start to go sour fast! Luckily there are several easy methods of tuning that you can use to ensure your ukulele always sounds top notch! In standard tuning, a ukulele's strings are tuned to the following notes: G on the fourth string from the bottom, C on the third, E on the second, and A on the first or … Read More
How to Tune a Ukulele
Thanks to its refreshing island sound, the ukulele is becoming an increasingly popular instrument. However, if you don't know how to tune a ukulele properly, its sweet tropical notes can start to go sour fast! Luckily there are several easy methods of tuning that you can use to ensure your ukulele always sounds top notch! In standard tuning, a ukulele's strings are tuned to the following notes: G on the fourth string from the bottom, C on the third, E on the second, and A on the first or
4 Duets to Sing for Beginners (Plus Tips to Shine!)
What are the best duets to sing for beginners? Check out these suggestions from Brooklyn, NY voice teacher Liz T...   From Sonny and Cher to the Carpenters, duets can be very fun -- and challenging! Selecting the right duets to sing with a partner can make the song sound more colorful, and add an even stronger vocal sound. If you are interested in learning some duets, here are some male and female songs I recommend, and also tips for becoming a successful duo! 1. "I Got You Babe" b
50 Easy Violin Songs for Beginners [Video Tutorials]
When you're taking violin lessons, it's important to find some easy violin songs to help you practice, boost your confidence, and improve your skills. With this list from San Francisco, CA violin teacher Carol Beth L., you will never run out of songs to play!  Whether you're playing violin for yourself or for your family and friends, it's helpful to have some relatively simple, familiar songs on hand. Perhaps those around you will even want to sing along. Whatever the occasion, here
9 Confidence-Boosting Singing Quotes & Affirmations
No matter how much you love singing, it isn't always easy to perform in front of a live audience. Instead of doubting your talents or fearing failure, learn from the anxious artists and thinkers who came before you. Check out the following singing quotes to keep your vocal goals in focus and your musical passion flowing. "If I cannot fly, let me sing." - Stephen Sondheim If you're nervous about a performance or frustrated by your progress, remember that singing should be freeing. Embrace t
14 Common Musical Terms All Piano Players Need to Know
As you're learning how to read music on the piano, you'll come across a lot of different words and terms that will seem like a foreign language. And that's because... they are! Most sheet music terms you'll see are Italian, or have Italian roots, while others are taken from French, German, Latin, or Spanish. But don't worry -- you don't need to learn how to speak Italian fluently to be a good piano player. There are many piano terms and symbols, but the 14 listed in the infographic below are

Get Started With Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More