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

Art Lessons


Art Lessons

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts offers classes that explore the fundamentals of life drawings in a variety of mediums including watercolor, pastels, and acrylics.

All skill levels are welcome. Our small class sizes enable our top-notch faculty to give each student individual instruction. Beginners are never  left behind, and our instructors tailor programs for students with more advanced skill.

Group Art Lessons

Weekly 2-hour, 1 hour 30 min., or 1 hour group lessons. 


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. Typical team building activities are often times competitive in nature (like bowling or sports) and can add to employee stress levels—which is the exact opposite result you are hoping to achieve. Let the Academy of Music and Fine Arts provide a relaxed environment of painting and expressing their creativity and not focusing on competing, but rather having fun.

Contact us at (520) 331-9398 for more information about our offerings.


Are you looking for a unique experience for your party? Any event you can imagine can be custom tailored to create an unforgettable paint party! Contact us at (520) 331-9398 for more information about our offerings.

Art Studio Schedule


3:30 – 4:30 Online Art


3:30–4:30 Anime

4:30–5:30 Classic Art

5:30–7:00 Classic Art


5:00–6:00 Arts & Crafts

6:00–7:00 Arts & Crafts


10:30–11:30 Classic Art

11:30–2:30 Classic Art

12:30–1:30 Classic Art

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

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Schedule an Appointment to Tour the Academy


Academy of Music and Fine Arts

6240 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606



Mon. — Fri. 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sat. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun. Closed

Voice Lessons


Voice Lessons

The Academy of Music and Fine Arts specializes in Voice Lessons and vocal technique training for singers of all levels and all ages. We offer singing lessons for Pop, Rock, R&B, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Classical singers. Our students include beginners and aspiring artists, as well as professionals who want to perfect their skills.

Voice lessons at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts are tailor-made to each individual singer and their needs and goals. Voice Lessons help vocalists to increase vocal range, build vocal strength, blend smoothly between head voice and chest voice, achieve mixed voice and belt coordinations, master multiple musical and vocal styles, sing high notes with ease, gain confidence for live performance, and eventually achieve technical and artistic mastery.


Individual Voice 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 voice Lessons



concerts and recitals

I am so thankful to have found AMFA years ago. It’s an exceptional school. The music instructors are highly educated, kind and encouraging. My kids LOVE attending the school. I highly recommend AMFA to anyone who is interested. We plan on being part of this great establishment for many years to come. Thank you for creating such a special place for our kids to enjoy.

—Lian E. | Studio City, CA

Guitar Lessons


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.


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.

In-person guitar lessons available at the Academy at reduced capacity. Online guitar lessons avaialble at full capacity .

Years of teaching guitar Lessons



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


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.

In-person violin lessons available at the Academy in limited capacity. Online violin lessons available at full capacity.

Years of teaching violin Lessons



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


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.

In-person lessons available at the Academy at limited capacity. ALL AMFA classes available online at full capacity.

Years of teaching Piano Lessons



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