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  • 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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  • 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!


  • 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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Violin Lessons



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

We accept violin students from the age of 4½. Some teachers will start children as young as 3, but experience has shown that the most productive learning occurs when the beginner is 4½ or older.

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Why learn violin?

Why choose the violin over another instrument? “Because the violin is so versatile!” says Nathan Cole, the First Associate Concertmaster at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“You can play alone, choosing from hundreds of years’ worth of solo repertoire from composers as diverse as Bach, Paganini, Bartok and John Adams. You can play with one friend who has a piano, or with three in a string quartet. You can play in a string orchestra or a full orchestra. And there are many more community orchestras than professional ones, so that anybody who wants to play in a group has a chance. And who says that you have to play only classical violin? Cultures all over the world use the violin because of its versatility. That’s why we have so many styles of fiddling in America and Europe, why the Roma people have a “gypsy” style all their own, and why the violin is so important in Indian music.”

Cole began learning to play the violin when he was four years old. He loved his lessons, and it wasn’t long before he began directing his own study of the instrument. Not every student will have Cole’s lifelong passion, but there’s no reason students young and old can’t enjoy learning to play the violin. Besides the fun to be had from it, countless studies and testimonials sing the developmental praises of learning a musical instrument, with benefits (eighteen of which can be found here) as wide ranging as better memory and improved math skills.

Isn’t four kind of young to start?

Not at all! Younger students whose hands and bodies aren’t large enough to handle a full-size violin may begin on smaller, student versions of the instrument, but kids as young as four can certainly begin learning how to play. Musical instruments like the violin are exciting new things to explore. Kids need encouragement, but the violin can be a great way for a kid 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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