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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

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Testimonials

  • 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!

    Kristine D.

  • 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!

    Sharon D.

  • 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!

    M.P.

  • 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!

    Krista P.

  • 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!

    Ybarra F.

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Starting Lessons Off Right

  1. How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age
  2. Insist on Private Lessons When Learning a Specific Instrument
  3. Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
  4. Make Practicing Easier
  5. Use Recognized Teaching Materials

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Common Q&A

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take a piano lessons?

A: It is ideal if you have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most our students rent or buy...

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Music Recital

February & June 2015-2016 Music Recital General Info
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Piano & Keyboard Lessons

Piano & Keyboard Lessons


The Santa Monica School of Dance and Music offers piano lessons for students ages 4½ years to adult, of all abilities from beginners to very advanced students. Our private piano lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. We offer instruction in various styles from classical and jazz to pop. We have students who want to play just for fun and students who are practicing for a specific event or live performance.

At our school, 4½ years old is the youngest age that we start children in private piano lessons. At this age they start to develop longer attention spans, have better physical hand abilities, and can retain material with ease.  

You can also split your lesson time between both Piano AND Voice if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two.  This option is great for musicians as young as 4½ years old because it provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged. 

 

Piano Lessons

Why play piano?

From classical to jazz, pianos can be found almost anywhere. Learning piano is also one of the best musical foundations you can have; most professional musicians have some background in piano. For anyone interested in composing, songwriting, or music theory, piano is nearly essential. John Williams, composer for classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and E.T. began his career as a pianist. But even if you don’t care about playing professionally, piano is a great way to learn to read music, train your ear, and have fun playing your favorite songs!

Piano is unique, in part, for the way it fully engages all parts of the mind and body. Although it’s easy for young children and other beginners to learn how to play simple melodies, advanced pianists are capable of some truly awe-inspiring performances. Pianists are required to read more music than most other instrumentalists (both bass and treble clef, often simultaneously), play independently with both hands, and make use of both feet. This means that not only does learning piano promote coordination and musicality, but it fully engages the brain. An MIT study revealed that the cerebral cortex, a portion of the brain which is important in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness, was significantly more developed in subjects who had studied piano as opposed to similar subjects who had no musical training. 

For both kids and adults, learning to play the piano can be an incredibly rewarding experience, whether your goal is to become a concert pianist or just to play songs at family gatherings for the holidays. 

Isn’t four kind of young to start?

Not at all! Kids as young as four can certainly begin learning how to read music and play with proper technique. Kids need encouragement, but learning the piano can be a great way for a child to learn patience and discipline while still seeing plenty of results to stay excited about learning.


Santa Monica School of Dance & Music provides dance classes and music lessons to the greater West LA area for all ages in a professional and friendly environment.

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