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Discover a wide range of music classes to help unleash your inner musician. Whether you're interested in learning to play an instrument, improve your singing skills, or compose your own music, these classes will provide you with the knowledge and techniques to excel in music.

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Grateful Dead Guitar Ensemble

New York City Guitar School @ 251 W 30th St, New York, NY

Explore the iconic music of Jerry Garcia and his bandmates with hands-on instruction. Dive into classic songs like “Truckin’” and “Ripple” while learning the guitar parts played by Garcia, Weir, and Lesh. Ideal for those familiar with basic chords and tablature. Whether you prefer strumming or soloing, join us for a fun ensemble experience.

(60) Intermediate 18 and older
$357

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The Art of Musical Performance (12 Weeks)

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of musical theatre. In these dynamic, short-term workshops at The NYPAA, you'll learn how to seamlessly integrate rock and pop music into your performances. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting, these intensive sessions will help you hone your vocal skills, express emotions authentically, and excel in auditions. Discover the unique opportunity to learn from a master in a personalized setting, tailored for immediate skill enhancement.

(8) All levels 17 and older
$870

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The Art of Musical Performance (8 Weeks)

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Dive into the essence of musical theatre and performance in dynamic short-term workshops at The NYPAA. With a focus on vocal skills, expressive performance, and audition preparation, these intensive sessions offer personalized attention, flexible learning, and immediate impact for performers at any stage. Join the journey to elevate your craft, express your authentic voice, and shine on stage.

(8) All levels 17 and older
$585

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Beginners 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

New York City Guitar School @ 251 W 30th St, New York, NY

Unlock your musical potential with a guitar course designed for absolute beginners. Students will learn basic chords, practice with real songs, and connect with classmates at the New York City Guitar School. Guitars are provided, so all you need to bring is your desire to rock!

(60) Beginner 18 and older
$357

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Acting Lessons: Audition Technique (Private - 30 minutes)

Grace Music Studio NY @ 5th Ave & Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY

Refine your audition skills and boost your confidence with personalized coaching from industry professionals. Master the art of selection, preparation, and presentation to shine in auditions for Film, TV, Stage, and Musical Theatre. Elevate your craft with expert guidance and tailored feedback.

(3) All levels 5 and older
$65
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Group Piano: Level I (Ages 6+)

East Los Angeles College @ 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the joy of playing piano in a supportive environment at East Los Angeles College. Join our group piano class and learn at your own pace while practicing and performing a wide variety of music. No prior experience is necessary – all ages are welcome!

(253) Beginner 6 and older
$92

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Intro to DJing (DJ 101)

Scratch DJ Academy @ 2324 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the basic and intermediate DJ techniques in this comprehensive course at Scratch DJ Academy. Develop your mixing and blending skills, and showcase your talent with a live performance at the end. Take the first step towards becoming a professional DJ.

(11) Beginner 18 and older
$1,050

12 sessions

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Piano/Keyboarding for Adults (Intermediate)

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Take your piano skills to the next level with Intermediate Piano at Los Angeles City College. Build upon your basic music note-reading knowledge and choose music that suits your level. Bring your own keyboard and get ready to enhance your musical abilities.

(793) Intermediate 18 and older
$65

5 sessions

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Guitar for Young People (Ages 9-17)

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the joy of playing the guitar with this engaging course designed for young musicians. Learn finger coordination, tuning techniques, and how to read basic music notes. Unleash your creativity and have fun while mastering this wonderful instrument!

(793) All levels 9 - 17 years old
$65

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Group Piano: Level II

East Los Angeles College @ 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Los Angeles, CA

Take your piano playing skills to the next level with Group Piano: Level II at East Los Angeles College. Join a positive and motivating environment where you can progress at your own pace and learn to practice, play, and perform a wide variety of piano music. Enhance your playing experience and excel in a supportive group setting.

(253) Intermediate 6 and older
$92

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Art Seminar: Amplifying Your Artistic Voice

Evanston Art Center

Our artistic voices set an underlying tone that inspires our practice and resonates with others. Invigorate and refine your voice as an artist though simple writing exercises, art-making activities and work presentations. Perfect if you need to develop your artist statements, or hone your voice on social media and in-person. Notes: This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to your first class. You will...

(84) All levels 18 and older
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Make Music Chicago 2023 in Washington Square Park

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Make Music Chicago 2023 Join us for another slate of outdoor performances as part of Make Music Chicago! Please note: This is an outdoor, in-person event taking place in Washington Square Park, across from the Newberry. Free and open to the public; tickets are not required, but you can register in advance to receive event updates. Celebrate the summer solstice with us! Featuring the Blues by Shawn Holt and the Teardrops and the Reggae stylings...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Youth Orchestra

DePaul Community Music Division @ 804 W Belden Ave, Chicago, IL

For intermediate and advanced players, the Youth Orchestra performs quality string literature from a variety of eras and styles. Emphasis is placed on refining ensemble techniques and developing a student’s musicality through orchestral performance.

Intermediate 6 - 17 years old
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$98

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Sing and Sling: Broadway Burlesque

Vaudezilla Studios

Razzle-dazzle 'em in this weekly 90-minute Broadway Burlesque intensive where we'll sing and dance and strip to a Broadway-style group number. Over the course of eight weeks, students will learn a complete show-stopping number and will have the opportunity to perform as a group at the end of the course. Expand your vocal abilities with Maîtresse de chant, Colette Coquette, and hone your character and stage presence with the expert eye of Vanna...

(14) All levels 18 and older
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Podcasting Production & Promotion Bootcamp

General Assembly @ Online Class Livestream, Chicago, IL

Want to start your own podcast, but not sure how? This five hour bootcamp (plus a break for lunch) will take you through the process of podcast production, promotion, and more! First, the Podcast Production workshop brings you through the process of recording, editing, producing, and publishing your podcast. The workshop also covers hardware, software, apps, and web services for podcast recording, editing, publishing, and more. No prior podcasting...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Music Classes Coming Up Online

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One Song - Intermediate Elective (Online)

New York City Guitar School @ Virtual Classroom

In "One Song" class, we focus on mastering just that – one song per week. It's a fun way to expand your repertoire while honing your guitar skills. Each session covers a surprise song, ranging from David Bowie to Kacey Musgraves.

(60) Intermediate 18 and older
$357

12 sessions

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Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

NYC Beat Making

Learn music production from a professional NYU graduate composer, music producer, and pianist in this exclusive online one-on-one tutoring. Whether you're a beginner or advanced musician, you'll receive personalized instruction tailored to your skill level and interests. Discover the world of beat making and music production from the comfort of your own home.

(66) All levels All ages
$135
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Beginners 3: Guitar For Near Beginners (Online)

New York City Guitar School @ Virtual Classroom

Unlock your musical potential with a guitar course designed for absolute beginners. Students will learn basic chords, practice with real songs, and connect with classmates at the New York City Guitar School. Guitars are provided, so all you need to bring is your desire to rock!

(60) Beginner 18 and older
$357

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$357

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Beginners 2: Strums for Absolute Beginners (Online)

New York City Guitar School @ Virtual Classroom

Elevate your guitar skills with mixed strumming patterns and confidence in chord changes. Unlock the secrets to playing full songs by renowned artists, mastering the "basic" and "best" strums. Join a supportive environment where progress is celebrated, and personalized feedback ensures steady improvement.

(60) Beginner 18 and older
$357

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Music Classes Coming Up in Boston

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How to Launch a Podcast

General Assembly

For thought leaders, companies, and brands with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience. In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of creating, launching, and marketing your new podcast. Registered participants will be notified 24 hours in advance of this program with information...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Friday Night African Djembe Drumming

DrumConnection

Drumming for All. You will have a great time drumming and learning rhythms and solos in a series of classes with exciting African rhythms! DrumConnection takes the deeply rooted, 'genetic connection' humans have with music and combine it with the time-honored traditions of drumming and dance of many cultures. For the past 40 years, our main focus has focussed on African drumming of the 5-7 djembe/dunun specific countries, rhythms, people's lives,...

All levels 14 and older
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Music Classes Coming Up in Houston

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How to Launch a Podcast

General Assembly

For thought leaders, companies, and brands with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience.  In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of creating, launching, and marketing your new podcast. Takeaways Identify Your Audience Clarify Your Message The Secret to Success...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Art & Musikgarten (Ages 22 mos-2 years)

St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy @ 5501 Main St, Houston, TX

In these art and Musikgarten classes, students begin with a Musikgarten class, and then explore art with the Musikgarten lesson theme as a way to encourage your child's creativity, imagination and self-expression. Additional fees: $35 Musikgarten materials fee for semester (includes booklet and CD used for both sessions). Materials can be used at home and in multiple Musikgarten series classes. $10 instrument pack (new students only) Students...

All levels 1 - 2 years old
No upcoming schedules
$120

6 sessions

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Musikgarten: Beginning (Infants – 21 months)

St. Paul's Fine Arts Academy @ 5501 Main St, Houston, TX

This acclaimed program of music and creative movement is an ideal start to a lifelong love of music and learning. The specially designed curriculum follows the natural learning curve of children, acknowledging their growth in different areas and utilizing many different learning styles. As a result, all children, across the complete range of abilities can participate and enjoy their Musikgarten experience. For younger children, parents participate...

Beginner Up to 2 years old
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$60

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Music Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Kamyar Arsani + Huda Asfour Live

IA&A at Hillyer @ 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC

Join the Aftab Committee and Hillyer for a night of Contemporary Middle Eastern Traditional music with Kamyar Arsani. Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar’s musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Middle Eastern folk music.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Adult Piano

National Conservatory of Arts @ 1810 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

Our Adult Piano Class covers all of the basics necessary to move forward on the right foot in music study. National Conservatory of Arts offers a program of piano study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning at age 3.5 or older. The inclusive philosophy of various pedagogical approaches, informs an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on building...

(2) Beginner 18 and older
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$120

4 sessions

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Beginner Piano (Ages 7-8)

National Conservatory of Arts @ 4606 16th Street NW, Washington, DC

National Conservatory of Arts offers a program of piano study for the early beginner through the advanced high school student, beginning at age 3.5 or older. The inclusive philosophy of various pedagogical approaches, informs an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on building confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble participation. A typical program...

(2) Beginner 7 - 8 years old
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Music Classes Coming Up in Seattle

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Podcasting Production + Promotion Bootcamp

General Assembly @ 1218 Third Ave, Seattle, WA

Want to start your own podcast, but not sure how? This five hour bootcamp (plus a break for lunch) will take you through the process of podcast production, promotion, and more! First, the Podcast Production workshop brings you through the process of recording, editing, producing, and publishing your podcast. The workshop also covers hardware, software, apps, and web services for podcast recording, editing, publishing, and more. No prior podcasting...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Podcast Bootcamp

General Assembly @ Online Class, Seattle, WA

For thought leaders with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience. In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of launching your podcast.  You'll learn the importance of well-planned launch, as well as the keys to recording a professional sounding episode. Additionally,...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Music Classes Coming Up in Atlanta

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How to Launch a Podcast

General Assembly @ 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

For thought leaders, companies, and brands with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience.  In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of creating, launching, and marketing your new podcast. Takeaways Identify Your Audience Clarify Your Message The Secret to Success...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Podcast Bootcamp

General Assembly

For thought leaders with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience. In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of launching your podcast. You'll learn the importance of well-planned launch, as well as the keys to recording a professional sounding episode. Additionally, we'll...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Music Classes Coming Up in Denver

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Making Music with GarageBand

Open Media Foundation @ 700 Kalamath St , Denver, CO

Making Music with GarageBand introduces students to the world of making your own music tracks! GarageBand comes free with most Apple computers, so it's easier than you think to get started!  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to create audio for your film or videos, edit existing audio tracks, record podcasts and even create a personalized ringtone!

(5) Beginner 18 and older
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Advanced Studio Production - Live Music

Open Media Foundation

This workshop focuses on advanced techniques of studio TV production specifically needed for recording live musical performances. The class will offer an in-depth look at technical direction, advanced camera work, audio and audio set-up. It is required that students of this class have studio certification with Denver Open Media. DOM studio certification can be obtained by taking the Intro to Studio Production class.

(5) Advanced 18 and older
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Podcast Bootcamp

General Assembly @ Remote Online , Denver, CO

For thought leaders with a need to amplify their authority and expand their reach, podcasting is quickly becoming one of the best ways to communicate your ideas, your passion, and your unique insights to an engaged audience. In this interactive workshop, we will review all the aspects of launching your podcast. You'll learn the importance of well-planned launch, as well as the keys to recording a professional sounding episode. Additionally, we'll...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Reviews for Music Classes

Music Classes are rated 4.3 stars based on 3,944 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Anonymous review on 5/27/2024
    I recently attended a class at NYC Beat Making, and it was a game-changer for my music production journey. From the start, the welcoming and energetic atmosphere set the perfect tone for creativity. My instructor was phenomanal, breaking down complex concepts into engaging lessons that were easy to grasp. I learned key beat making techniques in ableton and it flowed seamlessly, covering everything from basic music theory to advanced music layering. The 1:1 format was especially beneficial with instant feedback. already booked another class and can't wait for it! Highly recommended!
  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Reviewed by Hae K. on 7/17/2023
    I truly had an impactful experience learning how to make beats and navigating the platform that Yoav showed me to produce music. Yoav was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and beyond patient. I had SO much fun taking his class!
  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Reviewed by Emma W. on 2/22/2023
    Great class! covered a lot of my (many) questions in music theory and production. I'm a total beginner, but Yoav the instructor was super helpful and gave me personalized guidance, and made the class a lot of fun. Overall, I was surprised by how much I learned in just one session so I feel more confident now using Ableton and start a ‘beat’
  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Reviewed by Michelle P. on 4/19/2021
    My teen son and I booked a class to learn how to make beats with the Maschine MK3. Great fun! The instructor explained things well and my son was very engaged in the lesson. We will do this again.
  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Reviewed by Michelle P. on 3/10/2021
    This class was great! In about 90 minutes I went from never having touched Ableton Live to learning how to load drums and virtual instruments, insert and manipulate a .wav sample, use an Akai MPD218 as a controller, and force a melody to play in a particular scale. I was very pleased with the results of my first beat. I would recommend this class to all. A+++
  • Podcast Bootcamp

    Reviewed by Joey G. on 12/9/2020
    Really enjoyed it and thought Jamie was a great teacher.
  • Podcast Bootcamp

    Anonymous review on 8/23/2020
    Excellent. Would like I structor’s email address — Was participating by phone and missed it. Jen Glantz was instructor. TY!
  • Beginners 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

    Anonymous review on 5/25/2020
    Friendliest staff in town!
  • Beginners 1: Guitar for Absolute Beginners

    Anonymous review on 5/15/2020
    It was super fun! Learned so much and glad I did it.
  • Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson

    Anonymous review on 5/10/2020
    Really amazing online class, first time and wasn't sure what to expect, needed to do something different to clear my mind and this was great, creative, lots of fun and professional, I couldn't believe how good it went (or maybe that was just my impression), Yoav was super and I will be back online soon!

Discover the Best Music Classes Near Me

Most attempts to define music begin with a notion of music as “organized sound.” By pushing that notion towards a greater degree of specificity, we might say that music is an artform that combines rhythm, melody, harmony, and otherwise expressive sounds into an aesthetic arrangement.

Engaging with music generally involves both conceptual knowledge of these aesthetic principles and practical skill with a particular instrument. While music classes typically attempt to blend theory and practice, they will naturally emphasize one specific component through course content; while a guitar class, for instance, will cover theoretical components like scales and modes, the primary focus will be on techniques for playing the instrument.

Why You Should Learn Music

Music is, as is the case with any form of art, rewarding primarily for reasons of personal satisfaction. Engaging in music offers a great outlet for creative self-expression and stress relief, and can also provide the sense of gratification that comes from the mastery of a particular skill.

However, the benefits of music extend beyond just personal development. Major research universities like Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania suggest that music, and especially playing an instrument, has a strong positive impact on cognitive health and development by engaging multiple areas of the brain simultaneously.

The truly ambitious may also attempt to spin their musical talent into a career. With enough talent, persistence, and, quite frankly, luck, it is possible to secure lucrative musical gigs. Be it an impromptu performance at an open mic night, a small-scale gig at a local bar or coffee shop, a DJing set at a wedding or in a nightclub, or even a stage concert at a local festival, fledgling musicians have many options for launching a career in music at a small scale.

5 Ways to Learn Music

Despite the prevalent myth of the “self-taught” musician, that label is somewhat disingenuous; a self-taught musician is a musician who learned without formal instruction. Even the most independent self-taught musicians learn with some form of guidance, even if it is as simple as watching and listening to other musicians perform. 

Fortunately, it has never been easier to find the necessary guidance to pick up musical skills. Whether through formal instruction or through more self-guided methods, there are many modes of instruction for any skill level and time commitment. Consider one of the following tried-and-true methods for guidance on your musical journey.

  1. The standard method for learning music is through formal instruction in the form of an in-person class, either in a one-on-one lesson or as part of group instruction. Because music is a skill, formal lessons encourage meaningful practice under the guidance of an experienced musician. The combination of purposeful practice with the direct, real-time feedback from an instructor makes formal lessons one of the fastest, most efficient ways to learn music.
  2. A live online class seeks to reproduce the benefits of an in-person class in a more accessible manner. While there may be some discrepancies in acoustic quality when comparing an in-studio lesson to one shared over computer speakers, they still provide the main benefits of real-time interaction with an expert. 
  3. A more self-directed option is to follow on-demand video classes. YouTube hosts a wide assortment of free music videos, and many instructors also produce online on-demand masterclasses, though these videos are typically paywalled. While these videos lack the real-time, interactive component of a formal class, they can be a great way to explore theoretical concepts or instrumental techniques.
  4. It would be a huge mistake to think that music books are simply collections of sheet music to follow along with. On the contrary, most music books are designed as instructional guides, offering sequential lessons to build competencies in both music theory and specific instrumental techniques. The Hal Leonard Guitar Method, for example, is a popular choice for guitarists to learn how to play guitar, and similar books are available for most instruments. These books are often used in conjunction with lessons with an instructor, but they can be used independently. You can find instructional music books for your instrument of choice in national chains like Sam Ash Music or Guitar Center, and also at smaller local establishments like a King Toot’s Music Store.
  5. The fad of Guitar Hero and Rock Band may have died out, but its spirit lives on in the form of interactive apps designed to teach instrumental techniques and music theory in a fun, accessible manner. With apps dedicated to specific instruments, like Flowkey for piano or the JustinGuitar app for guitar, as well as generalist apps like Yousician, interactive lessons for virtually any instrument are right at your fingertips. While some apps are free or begin with a free trial, expect to pay for the higher-quality apps.

In-Person Music Classes

Whether you’re looking for training with a particular instrument or for instruction in aspects of music theory, CourseHorse offers a range of music classes nationwide. No matter what instrument you play, there are sure to be a wide range of local course offerings that provide training in even the most niche of instruments.

While some organizations devote themselves entirely to a single instrument like guitar or piano, a popular approach is to offer music classes covering as many instruments as possible, making it easier to find appropriate classes. In New York City, for example, City Music Schools, located in Hell’s Kitchen, was founded in 1921 with a single goal: to make quality music education accessible to everyone. Today, City Music Schools offers affordable private instruction in practically any instrument. By offering short-term enrollment options, City Music Schools provides flexible access to quality instruction without needing to commit to an expensive long-term tuition. Course offerings from City Music Schools include private lessons devoted to Voice techniques, to orchestral instruments like Piano, Viola, Cello, Oboe, and Flute, to popular instruments like Guitar and Drums, and even to zanier instruments like Accordion and Banjo. Because each class is with a private instructor, you can be sure that class content will be tailored to your needs and skill level. Private lessons also provide a great deal of flexibility in coordinating a preferred time slot, with slots offered from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. City Music Schools requests that you please bring your own musical instrument with you for all lessons.

Another option is to locate a more specialized organization that offers classes devoted to a single style or a single instrument. A popular focus these days is on DJing, where organizations like Scratch DJ Academy focus on the burgeoning art form. Originally established in New York by Jam Master Jay, the DJ of legendary East Coast hip hop group Run DMC, Scratch DJ Academy was founded with the mission of lowering the barrier of entry into the arts of DJing and music production. While initially a New York organization, Scratch has since grown into a national organization with sites in Los Angeles to spread DJ skills beyond just the East Coast.

The Intro to DJing (DJ 101) course is the perfect option for a beginner DJ who wants to hit the ground running. By covering basic DJ techniques as well as some core skills for mixing and blending live, this crash course is an effective way to build competence in live performances. To emphasize the importance of live performance, the course is capped with each student performing a 15-minute set in front of classmates, showcasing in real time their newly developed skills. They also offer an Accelerated Intro to DJ Course, which combines the introductory material covered in the DJ 101 course with additional intermediate mixing techniques. Both of these introductory courses operate over the course of six weeks, meeting two times a week.

is home to The National Conservatory of Arts, a community music school In partnership with the nonprofit Royal Conservatory of Music. Operating with a belief that music is a fundamental part of human life and following scientific research into music that suggests that music education can have a profound positive impact on development, The National Conservatory of Arts offers individual and group instruction to students of all levels and ages. The National Conservatory of Arts offers group piano classes, with introductory classes both for children with Beginner Piano for Ages 7-8 and for adults with Late Beginner Group Piano for Adults and Adult Piano

Virtual Music Classes 

In addition to a vast selection of local music classes, CourseHorse offers an impressive range of online music classes available to anybody with an internet connection. Whether the offerings in your local community don’t match your exact interests or you need additional flexibility in scheduling, these virtual classes are a great way to get hands-on experience with a professional instructor without the need to commute to the studio.

By opting for an online class, you are securing all of the core benefits of in-person instruction. An instructor will be working with you in real time, demonstrating techniques for you to follow, responding to your own technique as you play, and providing feedback and technical advice as you go. Moreover, online classes provide you with more access to niche subjects that may not be available in your local scene, and instructors are typically willing to provide flexible scheduling to find a time that best accommodates your busy schedule.

Be advised that an online class does require some extra attention to your personal equipment and playing space. While high-quality speakers and microphones are not essential - even basic equipment is functional - the sound quality of a session will depend on your equipment, and cannot hope to match the acoustics of being in the same room as your instructor. While the notes will still be recognizable, the discrepancy in quality may prove frustrating to those particularly sensitive to such matters.

Online classes are often a great way to learn more about music theory, because they focus on areas where discrepancies in sound quality are not as critical as in instrumental classes. Songwriting resources are available on the West Coast, where thriving entertainment industries rely on talented writers, actors, and musicians flocking to hubs like Los Angeles. This community has given rise to institutions like the Songwriting School of Los Angeles, a prestigious institution whose instructors include Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriters, ASCAP and BMI Song of the Year Award winners, and composers for films and television programs. 

The offerings from The Songwriting School of Los Angeles rotate throughout the year, and are typically devoted to very specific genres and purposes. The current listing channels the East Coast spirit of Broadway in a workshop on How to Write for Musical Theater. This class covers everything needed to write music for a theatrical production, including strategies for developing and expressing character through song, advancing the plot through song, placing a song within the overall structure of the performance, and also techniques for revision and rewriting.

On the East Coast, New York organizations channel their robust local communities to provide strong songwriting options through online instruction. For instance, the Irish Arts Center, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America, offers many classes devoted to music theory. The Introduction to Music Theory requires no prior experience in theory or in reading music, and can offer complete novices a sound foundation in the basics of music theory by analyzing the modes, scales, and rhythmic patterns commonly found in traditional Irish music. With equal emphasis on learning concepts by ear and by consulting notation, this is a comprehensive course to develop practical listening skills as well as the written representation of theoretical concepts. Those less interested in formal notation may be drawn instead to Learning Tunes by Ear, which is designed to encourage active listening to recognize and latch onto patterns commonly found in Irish melodies. Both of these classes rely on traditional Irish music to supply examples and patterns, so they’re a great option for anyone who would like to approach theory through a distinctly Celtic lens.

Private Group Music Classes

Popularized by The Blues Brothers back in the 80s, the phrase “we’re getting the band back together” has become a ubiquitous phrase, a trope for getting a group of friends back together after a long absence. The phrase works because there’s just something special about the kind of bond music creates between people, either as a band or in an informal jam session. 

When people talk about “rock star” employees, they don’t usually mean it literally. Nevertheless, a virtual jam session can be a great way for a team to unwind and collaborate, strengthening inter-group bonds through shared music creation. To get the band back together for some group bonding, CourseHorse offers music classes for private groups.

While CourseHorse doesn’t currently have any public listings for virtual jam sessions, they can work with you on an individual basis to organize a customized musical event. You can reach out to CourseHorse to learn about the options they can provide, and they’ll get to work scheduling the perfect event for your group.

If you’ve got a team of music lovers who don’t necessarily all play instruments, music can still be the centerpiece of a team social event. Let your team flex their music knowledge with a Music Trivia night, or have a bit of Christmas in July with Holiday Music Karaoke Trivia.

Whether you’re scheduling a custom course or pursuing public listings, CourseHorse makes it easy to book an online group course with a streamlined checkout process and options to tailor your event to your specific needs. It’s also easy to change your booking details after the fact; CourseHorse will hold your date as soon as your event is confirmed, and allows you to change your group size if anything changes leading up to the class. You can be flexible and add or remove people from your group, and CourseHorse won’t finalize payment details until you have a truly definitive headcount.

What Will I Need to Learn Music?

Learning music requires just a couple of essential elements, though there are many tools that, while optional, can make the process much easier.

The most important thing to learn music is an instrument. Be it a guitar, a piano, a violin, a flute, drums, or even your voice, you will need something to actively create the musical sounds. If you are serious about music, it is a worthwhile investment to buy your own instrument and take care of it; many instruments are temperamental and can be affected by the temperature and moisture in the air, so a case or cover is also a prudent purchase. If your dream instrument is too expensive, even a budget option is a good idea until you can save to afford the premium model. If even a cheaper instrument carries too prohibitive a cost, many music stores offer options for rentals, especially when paired with music lessons.

With your instrument in hand, your best bet is to secure some sheet music and a music stand to make the sheet easy to read. Sheet music contains the written notation for a piece of music, and most music practice involves playing along with the sheet music. Other variants for notation exist, like guitar tabs, which indicate finger placements rather than the played notes, but they are still a form of writing that you will need to read and follow. A music stand is not truly necessary, but makes the sheet music more easily accessible, and can help promote good playing posture.

A tuner can ensure that your instrument is in tune and playing the correct notes. This is absolutely essential for an instrument like a guitar or violin, which needs constant tuning in a way that an instrument like a piano does not. 

Because rhythm is an essential part of music, a metronome can be a useful tool for playing at a specific tempo. A metronome is a device that produces a steady noise at regular intervals, which can help your ear develop a sense of rhythm and timing.

It goes without saying that playing music requires an adequate practice space. This could be any comfortable environment, be it a living room, a bedroom, or what have you, but the best practice spaces are specifically set up with acoustics in mind. If you’re a singer, you may find that the shower is a great place to practice because of the natural acoustics. Some instruments, like the drums, will require a room equipped with some form of noise-dampening materials, out of respect for housemates and neighbors.

While not a real device or material, most musicians will tell you that persistence is one of the most important things to have to learn music. Music has so many components to absorb, and, like any skill, takes a great degree of time and practice to become proficient. Absorbing all of the information being thrown at you can be quite demanding, and it takes patience to overcome many of the difficulties of learning music. 

Is it Difficult to Learn Music?

Most musicians devote their entire lives to the craft, constantly picking up new techniques and experimenting with conventions and theories. The attempt to jump into such a field can be a daunting task, and any musician is bound to run into quite a few difficulties, especially at the beginning.

Many beginners can be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of techniques and theories to absorb. The combination of technical proficiency and theoretical knowledge can create a high barrier to entry; as if it weren’t hard enough to learn where to put your fingers on the guitar or piano to make certain notes, the theory behind combining notes into chords and scales adds an extra layer of complexity. It can even take quite a bit of time to get comfortable reading the notations of sheet music; remembering the placement of notes on the staves takes some practice, some memorization, and some mnemonic devices like FACE and “Every Good Boy Does Fine.”

In the face of difficulties, the key is persistence. Or, as legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix phrases it, stubbornness. In the autobiographical Starting at Zero, Hendrix advises“If you stick with it you’re going to be rewarded. If you’re very stubborn you can make it.” Beginners who stick with it are rewarded with an unmatched outlet for creative expression.

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