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Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
My daughter has been taking various dance lessons here since they opened. She loves the instructors who are all awesome and great with the kids. Every summer, they have dance recitals that are wonderfully organized and coordinated. Santa Monica School of Dance and Music rocks!
My daughter has taken lessons for 2 years. It is a wonderful studio with wonderful teachers! We also love the summer camps, especially the all-in-one camp. The studio is well kept and the staff are always friendly. The annual recital is amazing!
The dance instructors are really amazing with children! They have so much positive energy! Additionally, they have a ton of classes throughout the week and are extremely flexible with make ups. Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and accommodating. Overall it's been a really great experience!
The classes are smaller than other dance studios, so there is more opportunity for one-on-one instruction. I have recommended this studio to many of my friends with kids and would recommend it anyone who is looking for a dance studio. This studio is definitely the best dance and music school in Santa Monica!
Santa Monica School of Dance and Music has been such a wonderful dance studio. The staff is friendly and kind. Easy to get to. Parking right in front. It's not your play around and do a few dance moves. It's serious but applicable to their age. We love this dance studio!
Brand new to dance classes or music lessons? Find out what you need to know!
Q: What instrument should I learn & How Young Is Too Young?
A: Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing they are to commit to practicing. For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. The following is a list of instruments & their minimum ages: Piano and Violin (4½ yrs. – Adult), Voice and Drums (7yrs. – Adult), Guitar & Bass (8yrs. – Adult).
Q: Can my child start taking Voice lessons earlier than 7 years old?
A: Yes, if you split up your lessons time with Piano along with Voice. This option is great if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two for your younger musician. Taking Piano and Voice together provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged.
Q: How long should my private music lesson be?
A: Beginning music students should take a 30 minute private lesson once a week and may add more time depending on how much they can devote to practice each week. As the student progresses throughout the years to intermediate and advance levels, their lesson time should increase based on their teacher’s recommendations.
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular-sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
Q: Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
A: No you do not need a full drum set to start durm lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a smaller dinner plate sized pad costing $20 - $30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer on how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
Q: I don't have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally observe their child's music lesson from the viewing window to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.