Kids Music Lessons in San Francisco

Published Feb 23, 2015 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Discover some of the best music lessons and kids’ music lessons in San Francisco Bay Area!

It’s no secret that kids love music- whether they’re tapping their foot to a catchy song, singing along, playing some killer air guitar, or full on just grooving to the beat. But did you know that music education can play a very important role in early childhood? Music lessons are excellent for young brains. Learning to play an instrument at an early age helps to boost brain power, improves memory, helps to develop social skills, builds confidence, and teaches patience. No matter the age or skill, ChatterBlock has found some excellent kids’ music lessons in San Francisco and the Bay Area for you.

San Francisco

WackoWorld Music – San Francisco

WackoWorld Music is a music teaching and recording studio, owned and operated by Erik Ian Walker. He is classically  trained with an extensive background in rock, blues and jazz, Mr. Walker has a unique style that brings together creative music theory, improvisation, and keyboard technique in a way that, quite frankly, almost nobody else does.

Blue Bear School of Music – San Francisco

Blue Bear School of Music’s nonprofit mission is to provide superior quality and affordable popular music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community. Blue Bear offers private lessons and group classes for children and adults, as well as Little Bears music classes for ages 6 months to 5 years.

JAMaROO Kids – San Francisco

JAMaROO KIDs has been growing throughout the Bay Area as educators and parents realize the importance of providing their children with quality enrichment programs and entertainment. They specialize in developmentally appropriate dance, music, yoga, storytime, & art classes for young children at over 80 preschools & daycares. And offers weekly classes in their San Francisco studio.

Bird School of Music – San Francisco

Bird School of Music provides instrumental instruction and band supervision to children, young adults and old adults. Bird is a school of music, an art space, a performance venue, a recording facility and even a yoga studio, where music and technology come together in a positive and safe environment. Students are encouraged to use what’s current to enhance their creative musical ideas.

The Peninsula

El Camino Youth Symphony Association – Palo Alto

A vibrant repertoire challenges the young musicians to excel as ensemble and solo players. Annual performance series and tours meet critical acclaim and inspire local, national and international audiences. El Camino Youth Symphony (ECYS) is a nonprofit organization with programs accessible to a diverse community of underserved youth, families and seniors.

Community School of Music and Arts – Mountain View

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. CSMA is dedicated to instilling, training, and nurturing creativity for all stages of life, regardless of skills, background or financial means. CSMA also presents dozens of concerts, lectures and exhibitions that are free of charge to the community.

South Bay

Pat Miller Music School and Talent Academy – Los Gatos

Pat Miller Music School offers both Vocal and Instrumental Lessons from Quality Professional Musicians and Teachers to students of ALL AGES.  Some instruments offered are: Piano,Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Drums, Percussion, Harmonica and more!  Our Mission is to “Make it Fun” for  our students to learn and develop the skills needed for a  Lifetime of Making Music!

FireBird Youth Chinese Orchestra – San Jose

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (FYCO) is an outstanding artistic and educational Chinese-American organization in the Bay Area. Holding its weekly activities at San Jose City College Music Department, FYCO provides Chinese music classes for students aged 6-17. The students can learn the Erhu (two-stringed violin), Dizi (bamboo flute), Pipa (four-stringed lute) and many other Chinese instruments. Currently, it has over a hundred students spread across 5 proficiency level-groups.

Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose

The mission of CMT San Jose is to train and educate today’s youth through musical theater to set and achieve high artistic and personal goals, and to inspire them to become exemplary artists, patrons and citizens of tomorrow. From summer camps to workshops to year-round training, CMT offers something for every performer of every age. CMT remains dedicated to providing the highest possible caliber of musical and theatrical training, spanning all abilities.

First Movement Music Academy – Sunnyvale

Music is a gift and we want to share that gift with best way we know how, through teaching. First Movement Music Academy’s focus is teaching music of different styles from classical to pop through individual lessons and group classes to a wide range of ability levels, as well as, providing live performances at events. Lessons are offered for piano, violin, keyboard, and theory.

Willow Music School – San Jose

Willow Music School is the largest music school in the downtown Willow Glen area of San Jose. Students have come as far north as the Bay Area Peninsula and as far south as Gilroy to take lessons here. While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a Willow Music School student and find out why we are San Jose’s Willow Glen number one choice for music lessons.

Veksler Academy of Music and Dance – Sunnyvale

The Veksler Academy of Music & Dance is one of the largest music and dance schools in South Bay Area with an active enrollment of over 730 students. Veksler Academy strives to provide students of all ages with the skills they need to enjoy music and dance for a lifetime. The music school offers piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, flute lessons, saxophone lessons, clarinet lessons and drums lessons.

East Bay

East Bay Music Together – Berkeley

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Asghari Guitar Lessons – Berkeley

Asghari Guitar fosters a comfortable learning environment by allowing the student to set his/her own pace, while motivating them to continually challenge themselves wherever their skill level may be. Lesson plans are tailored to the individual to allow them to truly convey emotions and ideas through music.Guitar is especially fun for children and teenagers because it is so prevalent in the music styles they enjoy!

Len’s Music Lessons – Oakland

With an extensive background in music and teaching experience since 1980, Len’s Music Lessons are a great option. Private music lessons for guitar, bass, or drums. Also, rock band and blues/improvising group classes. Taught over 1000 students. All ages. All levels. Experience with students with learning disabilities.

Oakland Youth Chorus – Oakland

Founded in 1974, the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) provides a multicultural music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent, confidence and community. Their mission focuses on creating and sustaining programs of high artistic merit that are accessible to and supportive of children and youth who might otherwise not be able to experience the joy of making music with others. OYC youth develop self-confidence, a knowledge of the music of several cultures, and a lifelong love of music.

Golden Key Piano School – Berkeley

Are you looking for a professional piano school in the Bay Area that feels like home? A school with high quality piano lessons tailored to meet you or your child’s specific personality and interest? You have found such a place! Golden Key Piano School has been chosen as the best of Berkeley in music lessons for the last 5 consecutive years. Their highly trained piano teachers teach based on Anna Artobolevskaya’s teaching philosophy which is the crème de la crème of Russian methods.

Bay Area Academy of Music – Pleasanton

Bay Area Academy of Music was founded in 2003. It provides private music instruction in voice, guitar, violin, piano, viola and trumpet. All ages and performance levels are welcome. They specialize in private music instruction with lessons customized to meet the individual needs of each student, from beginning to advanced. The instructors are highly qualified and many have extensive performance experience.

Better World School of Music – Hayward

Better World School of Music students and their families are treated with respect and loved like family. They believe in creating a sense of achievement and accomplishment in order to increase students’ self-confidence and self-esteem. BWSM’s objective is to share this passion for music with students of all ages and offers private lessons, children’s chorus, and children’s musical theatre (as well as some great dance classes!).

North Bay

Sonoma County Children’s Music

Sonoma County Children’s Music offers Music and Movement Arts Education for children infant – 13 years of age. National Award winning Maestro Kindermusik program with 6 developmentally based class levels for infants – 7 years of age. Also offering: American Sign Language, Family Music, Special Needs Program, Piano, Voice, Guitar, & Musical Summer Camps.

Additional kids music lessons in San Francisco and the Bay Area:

Check out ChatterBlock for more great music studios and music instructors, like:

  • ABC Music – Livermore
  • Berkeley Academy of Music – Berkeley
  • Freelove School of Music – Oakland
  • Music Together Tri-Valley – Dublin
  • Mini Music – Santa Rosa
  • True Harmony Music – San Francisco

More Great Things To Do

Clearly San Francisco offers a ton of fantastic kids’ music classes, but maybe your kids want something different?  Did you know that ChatterBlock lists all the best events in San Francisco for Kids and Families?  Check out the most popular events!


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