BEGINNER / CHILDREN / ADULTS
We opened the Academy of the Stars to meet all the artistic desires of our clients. We offer private, one-on-one lessons (usually weekly) tailored to suit your unique needs.
You can sing! You can play piano, guitar, saxophone, bass, or recorder! You can write your own songs! You can dance! It's fun! It's easy! It's healthy!
American Idol training! Theater audition/performance preparation! Overcome stage fright! Record your CD! Launch your career!
All ages/levels/styles. From $55/hour, $30/half hour. Central locations at the 805 & Balboa in Clairemont, 805 & University in North Park, and Mira Mesa. Fully equipped studios. We also do some in-home lessons.
Learn to read music and/or play by ear! Learn to play or sing your favorite tunes! Learn the basics of music theory so that you will be able to play or sing any song with anyone!
Here's an introductory video of one of our studios: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8920641642651602794
We would be happy to help you with your music and dance! Our focus is on popular styles: jazz, blues, R&B;, boogie, rock, pop, country, folk, Broadway, Disney (for the kids), and popular classical pieces. We teach all ages, all levels from beginner to very advanced.
Our studios are the most wonderful and fun places in the area! We have a beautiful Yamaha piano and a keyboard, microphones, sound system that makes you sound good and mirrors that make you look good!
Our instructors are the best in the field, they are truly consummate pros with many years of experience as performers, artists and instructors.
Our guitar teacher has been an instructor of guitar, bass and electric guitar for over 20 years. Howard has his own band and has hosted a T.V. show on Cox cable featuring live original music for over 20 years.
Our dance instructor Loretta was originally from Eastern Germany, where she coached the Olympic figure skaters. She is dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor with over 30 years of experience. She is exceptionally gifted and we are pleased to have her here.
Celeste is our singing/piano teacher she is an internationally acclaimed recording artist and songwriter and has toured all over the world with over 30 years of experience. In addition to piano and singing Celeste also teaches songwriting and music theory. She can also help to launch your career, prepare you for American Idol, or theater auditions, performances, or recording sessions. She has helped many performers overcome stage fright!
John is our piano and saxophone instructor that makes house calls. He is a professional musician that has played many San Diego venues as well as performing at Carnegie Hall. He has been performing as well for over 20 years.
Natalia is our authentic Russian-trained classical piano instructor. She has over 20 years experience teaching and performing live concerts.
We have exceptionally gifted instructors that have a lifetime of experience to offer our clients. All of our instructors have at least 20 years of experience and that makes such a difference in being able to teach students properly and effectively.
Real music for real people! You get to choose your repertoire. We suggest exercises and technical training, but we tailor the session to suit your needs.
Audition/performance preparation (American Idol, Old Globe Theater, CYT, JCC, school productions, community theater, etc.) We can work on acting, movement and choreography for your audition as well as sound.
Record a CD of your music!
Celeste is an accomplished pianist at the academy who can accompany a singer in any key. We can also record your piano accompaniment for auditions or performances.
We can show you how to accompany yourself on piano and guitar!
Pianists! Guitarists! We would like to show you how to play popular music by ear or lead sheets. It's quick and easy! And you get to play exactly what you want. Play with other musicians, guitarists, singers, saxophonists etc. Sound like a pro, not stiff like a beginner!
Learn to read music. Learn important technical skills. But don't be chained to the notation! Sound better than what's written! We can play a lot more notes than we can read or write -- a lot faster!
At the Academy we produce music, teach voice lessons, music theory, song writing, piano, guitar, bass, and dance, all through private, one-on-one lessons. We can help you with all of these things. Music theory; arranging for piano and voice, small combos or recording sessions; songwriting and music composition are topics we can work on if you choose.
We love working with children. They are so cute! They benefit from working with a real pro musician who is accomplished, yet loves working with kids!
We enjoy working with adults, too. We are able to help them with their music careers or just play/sing music they love for their own enjoyment.
We are extremely selective of our student/client base. We only work with quality people who are respectful of others. We will not allow just anyone in our studio! For your protection, as well as ours!
We do, however, work with beginners up to very advanced. It would be our privilege to work with you through all stages of your artistic development!
Our focus is on popular styles: jazz, blues, R&B;, boogie, rock, pop, country, folk, Broadway, Disney (for the kids), and popular classical music. We teach all ages, all levels from beginner to very advanced.
PRICING AND BUSINESS TERMS
$55 per hour, $30 per half hour, payable in advance at time of booking. This is for students who pay for the month (4 sessions) up front -- $220 or $120. Single lessons (or trial lessons) are $60 per hour or $35 per half hour.
24 hour notice cancellation policy.
Non-smoking only. No perfumes or synthetic fragrances. This applies to parents and all guests entering the studio. Over-the-phone voice therapy available for smokers who wish to quit before they begin music training.
$25 fee for returned checks.
VOICE, PIANO, GUITAR, BASS, SAXOPHONE, DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY, SONGWRITING, MUSIC THEORY
San Diego, CA, 92116
"Everyone told me I was tone-deaf, but you taught me to hear the pitch. It's really fun to come in and sing my favorite songs every week." --- Bob, adult student for 2 years
"Bradley won't admit it, but I think he really likes to sing! Thanks for suggesting some sports songs like the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." He will be playing "Yellow Submarine" on piano for our upcoming music camp in Santa Barbara." --- Bradley's parents, 9-year-old student for almost 4 years
"Kane is excelling at playing piano, thanks to your instruction. He entertains the whole family with his large repertoire of 7 songs. He plays Happy Birthday at all the family events to help us celebrate. Thanks for letting him sing a song at the end of his piano lesson." --- Kane's grandfather, 7-year-old student for 1 year
"You were the only vocal coach willing to teach Isabella at 3 years old. Thanks for your patience through her initial shyness. I am so happy she is getting a head start." --- Isabella's mom, former student
"My hands don't work like they used to with this arthritis. My piano lesson helps." --- Stan, 85-year-old former student