Guitar Lessons

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Guitar Lessons

The guitar is the most played musical instrument in the world. It is a very adaptable musical form and can be used to play all types of music including blues, country, jazz and pop and rock.

Children and adolescents who begin to take guitar lessons at a fairly early age learn to appreciate music in all its forms, and learn that they enjoy listening to different genres in music.

Guitar lessons at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts are tailored specifically to each student’s needs and expectations.

start with the basics

When it comes to learning to play the guitar, or just about learning anything else for that matter, learning the basics right is essential.  you’ll learn about things such as how to hold the guitar, fretting and strumming, guitar theory, riffs, notes, etc. in an efficient manner.

technique

We will work on aspects like speed, rhythm, chords and scales, and of course, your overall playing ability. Guitar lessons will also allow you to enhance techniques such as playing solos, intricate scales, alternate picking, finger picking, hammer-ons and pull-offs, etc..

accelerated progress

Yes, many guitar players can teach themselves how to play, but usually the process is slow. With guitar lessons, you will be able to accomplish and learn the same amount of material in a week, for instance, that might take you more than a month to do so yourself.

learn from a professional

You’ll be able to pick certain things up when you learn the guitar under the apprenticeship of a good guitar teacher. Having an actual person there to show you exactly how everything is done – from the advanced stuff right down to the basics – produces the best results.

Individual Guitar Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

Guitar Ensemble

Our Guitar Ensemble program provides an excellent opportunity to have fun exploring a variety of musical styles with fellow guitar enthusiasts.

  • Participants will learn how to provide support with a bass line, play the lead part with a melody, or provide harmony with chordal support.
  • Each guitar ensemble student learns to develop their ability to execute dynamics, play unison, harmony or counterpoint.
  • The ensembles are open to advanced beginners through advanced players and cover styles as diverse as classical, popular and world music.

All Academy of Music and Fine Arts music students participate in our choir and music theory classes free of charge.

Years of teaching guitar Lessons

Students

YEARS AVERAGE INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE

concerts and recitals

Great place for children to learn and appreciate the arts. The music I have heard from the students is wonderful.

—Megan V. | Burbank, CA

Violin Lessons

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Violin Lessons

The violin is one of the most widely recognized musical instruments among children and adults of all ages. It’s a beautiful instrument, both to look at and to listen to. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways! The benefits of playing violin go far beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument.

violin lessons for young children and beginners

Our instructors are experts at teaching beginning violin students. Students begin by learning simple melodies and single string technique. Students then progress to note reading and more advanced techniques such as vibrato and shifting. Our violin instructors are comfortable with the most popular beginner violin methods.

We can teach students as young as age 5.  Our instructors will focus on materials that are appropriate for young, small hands and bodies such as easy melodies, etudes, and songs that the student wants to learn.

violin lessons adults

We are happy to teach adults who are beginners as well as those who have prior experience.  We will tailor our lesson program to meet your needs.  We can teach you to read music notation,  and learn just about any style you would like.

Individual Violin Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

Classical violin

Learn to read music notation and the proper techniques for playing in the classical style.

Rock and Pop Violin

Not a classical violinist? We can teach you all the Rock and Pop songs you are interested in learning.

Blues and Jazz violin

You’ll learn how to play the pentatonic scale and solo over the most common blues progressions. You’ll also learn how to improvise and accompany others.

Folk Violin

We can teach you fiddle tunes, bluegrass, as well as Spanish and mariachi folk violin styles.

All Academy of Music and Fine Arts music students participate in our choir and music theory classes free of charge.

Years of teaching violin Lessons

Students

YEARS AVERAGE INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE

concerts and recitals

I am so pleased with AMFA!  I cannot even begin to express what an excellent academy this is. My son has been going there for violin since he was 6 yrs old and is well known as one of the best violinists in all of Los Angeles. He has taken first place in numerous competitions. This is the best school for the arts. Everyone from the director to all the instructors are amazing and care so much for their students and always give their best to bring out the full potential in each child. This is the best school, I would recommend the AMFA to any parent.

—Elle E. | North Hollywood, CA

Piano Lessons

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Piano Lessons

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts employs a method for teaching piano that is different from music lessons given at other schools.  Similar to the methods used in Europe where the traditions of classical music were established, piano lessons at the Academy are rooted in tradition and established on a solid foundation of proven methods.

Our patient and considerate instructors truly honor the unique characteristics of each student, formulating individual lesson plans tailored to each student’s personal style, skill level and aptitude.

We offer a broad selection of musical styles including classical, pop, jazz, blues. R&B, folk and country. As necessary, the technical performance of each musical composition can be specially simplified giving a beginning student the ability to perform any classical piece or modern song that he or she wishes.

Individual Piano Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

All Academy of Music and Fine Arts music students participate in our choir and music theory classes free of charge.

Years of teaching Piano Lessons

Students

YEARS AVERAGE INSTRUCTOR EXPERIENCE

concerts and recitals

“This is a true academy, where children learn classical music and treasure it for a lifetime. Mrs. Laura Sokhikian not only knows how to connect children to the world of music, she is well-versed in keeping them motivated. Furthermore, her professionalism and passion in music is unparalleled. My children’s progress in learning music has become their passion. If your child has an interest in music, this is the school you should consider.

—Diana S. | Burbank, CA

*Chess

*Chess

Did you know?

Chess is the world’s most popular game and is quickly expanding into every aspect of our everyday life. Many schools in the U.S. and across the globe have chess clubs and several countries have integrated chess into their curriculum. Although there are dozens of reasons to play chess, some of the most important are learning to solve problems, abstract reasoning, remaining calm under pressure, patience, sportsmanship, pattern recognition, strategic and creative thinking. In this hyper-competitive world, learning and mastering these skills puts chess players at a definite advantage.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts is proud to offer the following:

Group Lessons
Fun, interactive sessions designed for chess players of various ages and skill levels

Private Lessons
Focused, one-one one learning experiences with International Master Levon Altounian or other  professional chess coaches.

Online Lessons
Interactive online chess lessons available for individuals as well as groups.

Chess in Schools
Work with us to set up a chess program at your school or organization.

Chess Camps
Summer, winter, full day and mini chess camps.

Chess Tournaments
Unrated tournaments open to all ages and skill levels.

Drawing Classes for Adults

Drawing Classes for Adults

Drawing classes for adults at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts are comprised of lively discussion sessions and studio time to complete drawing and painting projects. Classes emphasize drawing as a way to learn about composition, color, technique and personal expression.

Saxophone and Recorder Lessons

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Saxophone & Recorder Lessons

Saxophone

Taking Saxophone Lessons has been scientifically proven to reward the player with stress relief, improved lung function and a sharper mind. Therapists now incorporate music therapy in the treatment of memory loss in older adults, and for mood stabilization with individuals struggling with depression.

While the many keys of a saxophone may intimidate an individual, the instrument is actually designed to allow a player to change notes almost effortlessly compared to other instruments. The construction of a saxophone is made for easy playing, and it is often one of the easier instruments to learn despite its complex design.

Recoder (Shvi)

It’s difficult for a child to pick up an instrument and make music. To produce a basic sound on most wind instruments, for example, children have to learn the correct embouchure (the shape of the mouth’s muscles) and rudimentary technique. But it’s easy to play a recorder because all that’s needed is your own ability to breathe.

Te recorder was the perfect instrument to hand to children, which is somewhat ironic considering the instrument’s history. It was a fundamental to renaissance and baroque ensembles, and eventually became a favorite instrument of the Italian, English and Armenian aristocracy. 

wind instrument lesson topics

  • Techniques: fingering, sound, embouchure, and posture.
  • How to read and write melodies and harmonies
  • Improvise in New Orleans, BeBop, and Modal jazz styles.
  • Develop a strong sense of rhythm
  • Learn songs according to your interest
  • Additional musical styles: classical, pop, and more
Individual Saxophone Lessons

Weekly 45 minute individual lesson

Individual recorder Lessons

Weekly 45 minute individual lesson