Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts


Arts and Crafts

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts offers arts and crafts classes for children aged 4-11. 
The main objective of this class is to introduce children to a variety of art media and techniques. In this class, students will learn the elements of art, unique fine art techniques, fundamental drawing skills, sculpting with clay and creative crafts. Class size is limited to a small group of students.

Art Studio Schedule


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The art classes at the AMFA are really fun. The environment is very nurturing and my daughter is encouraged to draw and paint things that truly interest her while getting great instruction and constructive feedback. She has participated in two art shows so far and is looking forward to the Holiday Exhibit this winter.

—Angela S. | North Hollywood, CA

Online and In-Person Classes Available at the AMFA

Online and In-Person Classes Available at the AMFA


In-Person and Online Classes Offered at the AMFA

In-person classes

As we navigate through this challenging time as responsibly as we can, we at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts have taken enhanced measures to protect the health and safety of our team, students and guests based on guidance from the CDC and other government agencies. The standards below are currently in effect and must be observed by all visitors to ensure a responsible and enjoyable environment for everyone. 



Instructors with a fever or cold and flu-like symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, or body aches are required to stay at home. Students with a fever or cold and flu-like symptoms will not be admitted.


Masks are required for instructors and students choosing to partake in in-person classes.


Social distancing reminders, including the use of distancing markers and extra spaces between seating, are posted throughout the Academy.


Common areas, particularly busy locations such as restrooms, desks, instruments and  waiting areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected.


Signage reminding students and instructors of safety precautions recommended by the CDC is posted throughout the Academy.


Learn more about our virtual/online classes

ALL AMFA classes are available virtually through Skype, Facetime, Zoom and Instagram.

Language Lessons

Language Lessons


Language Lessons

Language classes at the Academy of Music and fine arts are a lively mix of immersive studies in conversation, reading and writing. We work only with fully trained and professional instructors with at least 3 years of practical teaching experience. Please contact our office at (818) 760-3185 for more information about signing up for language lessons. 

Individual or Group Language Lessons

Based on the student’s needs and schedule..






Armenian language lessons at the AMFA are a lively mix of immersive studies in reading and writing in Armenian paired with skit and poetry recitals.



Tutoring Sessions

Students and parents both want academic success – high grades and the pride that comes with achievement. The tutors at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts believe any student, regardless of ability, can become a high achiever. Our tutors know from years of experience that students underperform because they have not learned the right approach or pathway to success.

Our tutors help students become stronger independent learners by developing a customized approach to organization, cognition and retention. Students can spend hours working very hard but working inefficiently to the point their effort fails to translate into results. Our tutors create personalized organizational plans so that students learn how to maximize time, work efficiently and retain key information not just for the short term but for the long term.

Success requires more than good organization; students must understand often complicated subject matter. Our tutoring approach helps students master concepts in all core areas by providing instruction tailored to their individual learning styles. Subjects covered include English, U.S. and World History, American and Comparative Government, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and mathematics through Calculus. Our tutors work with students in remedial work as well as AP track courses. 

Individual tutoring

Personalized individual sessions in a wide range of subjects. No long term commitments — book an individual session or a series.


For all ages and grade levels


For all ages and grade levels


For all ages and grade levels

test preparation

For all ages and grade levels

AMFA offers individual tutoring sessions for all subjects and grade levels. 

“We reach out to the tutors at AMFA whenever my daughters need a boost with their homework. It’s very convenient to have tutoring in the same building where they take their art classes, we book a session as needed before or after their class.

—marina S. | valley village, CA

Drum Lessons


Drum Lessons

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts invites you to discover and explore the rhythms and traditions of world cultures in a supportive learning environment that engages you in self-discovery and learning through experience. Our drum instructors take care to impart the language, lifestyle, and learning modes associated with their instrument and repertoire. Learn the fundmentals of drumming through:

reading music

Knowing how to read traditional music notation greatly increases your understanding of how rhythm works whether you are reading sheet music or playing by ear.

proper technique

Proper technique is extremely important as it not only enables you to play the music more easily or without struggling, but it also helps prevent repetitive motion injuries such as tendonitis or carpel tunnel syndrome.

hand/foor corrdination

Independence of all 4 limbs is an essential skill for drum set players to be able to play their parts smoothly and effectively, especially if the music has more complex rhythms. You will learn many effective warm up and exercise routines to develop these skills. 

keeping a steady rythm

Mastering the ability to play rhythms and transitions in music without speeding up or slowing down is one of the most important jobs that a drummer has. 

learning to play by ear

Learning a drum part by ear is just as important as reading music notation. By learning all the other drumming fundamentals, you will develop the skills necessary to hear a piece of music, pick out the drum parts and learn them without reading music. This includes creating your own drum parts for original music as well. 

Individual drum Lessons

Weekly 45-minute individual lessons.

Discover and explore rythms from around the world with drum lessons at the AMFA.

My son has been attending the Academy since last April and I have to say the teachers are very knowledgeable and the staff is amazing, always there to help you and explain everything on point. My son loves his drum lessons with Angelo and looks forward to them all week. I would definitely recommend this school, it’s our second family.

—Amanda A. | Glendale, CA

Chess Lessons

Chess Lessons


Chess Lessons

Chess is one of the most popular and complex games played in the U.S.. Millions of games are played each day across every platform—from casual games in parks and coffee shops to professional competitions and online tournaments.

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts Chess Club helps students of all ages and levels accomplish their dreams of becoming better chess players and delving deeper into the wonderful world of chess by providing group and individual lessons, organizing competitions, setting up after school chess clubs and even writing chess apps for Mac and Android platforms. Founded in 2016 by International Master Levon Altounian, the mission of the AMFA Chess Club is to provide chess education of the highest caliber in the greater Los Angeles area. It shares many qualities and core beliefs with its sibling— Arizona Chess for Schools, one of the largest chess organizations in Arizona. 

To accomplish our goal of chess excellence at the AMFA Chess Club, we create individually tailored lesson plans and hire only professional chess players and instructors who have great people skills and are devoted to their mission as chess ambassadors. 

Our students have won more than 100 State and National Championships with more than 20 students earning the prestigious title of “Chess Master”. Castlehill Country Day School was the National Champion in 2004 and Foothills High School won the National Championship 8 times between years of 2005 and 2018.

Group Chess Lesons

Weekly 1-hour group lessons offered several times a week.


Employees are the heart of a company. Whether your team is made up of two people or twenty, the benefits of happy employees are invaluable. 

Team building allows you to establish a deeper level of communication with your employees. It is crucial to provide an environment where everyone feels comfortable. Treat your team to a chess simul, strategy session or free play for a truly fun and memorable exoperience. Contact us at (520) 891-3632 for more information about our offerings.

private chess lessons

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

chess in schools

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

International master Levon Altounian

The AMFA Chess Club is headed by International Master Levon Altounian. Altounian is a 7-time California State Champion and the reigning Arizona State Champion for the past 12 consecutive years. He is among the top 50 highest ranked chess players in the U.S. and is extremely passionate about his profession. Altounian has worked with thousands of chess students all across the country and organized and taught chess clubs in more than 50 schools.

Chess Club Schedule


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(in person)

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
(in person)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(in person)


4:00 pm  – 5:00 pm
(in person)

It is very difficult to find a great chess player and a great coach in one person. Coach Levon has both. Coach Levon has a personal approach and great sense of humor which appeals to my son, and makes it more fun to learn chess. Coach Levon easily explains concepts in chess the way my 11 years old understands and in just a few months my son’s rating jumped from low 1,000 to 1,500. But the most important thing is that my son got interested in chess more than before we met coach Levon

—Alex G. | Santa Monica, CA