What Parents are Saying

“Jacob has been teaching my son guitar lesson for 10 years now. It has been a pleasure. Jacob is an outstanding teacher and has instilled a love of playing into my son. I have recommend him to many and never been disappointed. He is an outstanding person and we look forward to knowing him for many years to come.”  Gwenn Abrams, student mom

“Jacob has been teaching my son music now for over five years. He teaches Donovan piano and guitar. Jacob has a soft and mellow nature which help the lessons flow in a positive way. He teaches the core fundamentals that help make the knowledge on how to read and play music, a success, while also letting Donovan bring in the songs he wants to play. Jacob has also taught Donovan how to restring his guitar as well as minor repairs. Donovan also enjoys the workshops that Jacob has a few times a year with all the kids. Donovan is now a teenager and still looks forward to his weekly lessons. Thanks to Jacob, Donovan has a bright future for the art, worth every dime!”  Nicole Quant, student mom

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My music teaching philosophy

I strongly believe in working on a case by case basis with each student to achieve his or her goals on their chosen instrument or music in general. I don’t have an agenda and want to help you enrich your life through music. I want you to be able to pick a piece of music and either read it or play it by ear as well as work through it intelligently and eventually on your own.


I come from a long line of musicians and entertainers. My grandfather and his brothers and sisters all played/performed as well as composed music professionally. My aunt and uncle were singers and dancers as well as directors on broadway so I grew up with music as a big part of my childhood. From an early age I taught myself piano and guitar and then studied music and received a scholarship from Orange Coast College in what was at that time their studio guitar program. After graduating from OCC I started playing music professionally with a singer/songwriter named Matt Costa. We toured all through the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, NewZealand and were lucky to share the stage with such acts as Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Black Keys, as well as many others. I have always taught music since I was 18 and it came very natural to me. Now with over 20 years experience as a teacher I am very confident I can help you or your child achieve the goals you dream of.

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General Info

When enrolling in lessons or classes for the school year, students are automatically enrolled through the end of the year in August.  If you need to stop before August you can do so at anytime with 30 days notice.  Please see “Cancellation Policies” below for more details.


12-Month Session (September-August)

Tuition covers weekly lesson- except holidays- from the time you enroll through the end of the school year in August.  Students enrolled for the full-12 month session are scheduled for 42 classes.

For students who enroll after the start of the session tuition will be prorated to reflect the number of scheduled lessons or classes remaining in the school year.

Group Classes

Piano Express

Twelve monthly installments of $150

Piano Books for class $25 for each level

Rockshop/Intro to Rockshop

Included in tuition.

Private Lessons

30-minute lesson 

Twelve monthly installments of $220

45-minute lesson

Twelve monthly installments of $295

60-minute lesson

Twelve monthly installments of $375

Absence and Makeup Policy

Students enrolled in private lessons before February 1st are entitled to two make up lessons per year.  Students enrolled in private lessons after February 1st are entitled to one make up lesson for the remaining enrollment year.  Make up lessons are held at the same day and time as your regular lesson during the designated make up weeks which are in February and August

Cancelation Policy

30 days advance notice of cancellation is required for group and private lesson enrollment, which allows adequate time to fill the spot.  Once notice is given the remaining tuition is prorated accordingly.  For example:  John Q.  Rockstar’s invoice is paid on the 1st of every month.  He cancels on October 15.  He then recieves 4 more weeks of lessons and his November invoice is prorated accordingly.


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Important Dates to Remember

Lessons & Classes Cancelled

Monday, September 4th (Labor Day)

Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween)

Wednesday, November 22nd- Sunday, November 26th (Thanksgiving)

Friday, November 10th (Veterans Day)

Monday, December 25th- January 7th (Winter Break)

Monday, January 15th (Martin Luther King Day)

Monday, February 5th- Friday, February 9th (Make up Week 1)

Monday, February 19th- Sunday February 25th (Ski Week)

Monday, April 8th- Sunday, April 14th (Spring Break)

Monday, May 27th (Memorial Day)

Thursday, July 4th (Independence Day)

Monday, July 8th- Sunday July 14th (Off)

Monday, August 26th- Friday, August 30th (Make up Week 2)

Rockshop/Intro to Rockshop

A monthly workshop with enrolled students focussing on collaboration, improvisation, song writing and much more..

Open to – guitar/bass/drums/piano/vocals – all others inquire below
Place – The “Rockshop” private studio.

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