AskTracy here. I have been involved with music for my kids for the past 9 years and have been asked constantly about music lessons/schools, bands, orchestras, where they are, who's who and who's good...here is a list of music options from how to find a teacher to what recording studios we've worked with in the Orange County area. I have worked with most of these people at one time or another or have spoken to them about their programs. If you contact any of these resources, please let them know that you found them through AskTracy.
Please feel free to add to this list. : )
Getting Started- Finding a Teacher
~Word of mouth. Yes, ask around. Find out from other families who they use and make sure you ask if they like their teacher. You'd be surprised at how many families will keep the same music teacher and not even like them. You are allowed to switch teachers. There are a million music teachers (okay, slight exaggeration), there IS a teacher that will match your families needs and personalities.
~Contact Nancy Lau with MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California). She is the referral person for the Orange Coast Cities area for the MTAC and she is VERY helpful. Nancy tries to match you and your child with the right teacher. Her phone number is (949) 858-5306. Let her know that you got her number from me. Why MTAC? The MTAC offers The Certificate of Merit Program and they have a schedule of Music Festivals and events throughout the school year.
Instrument Rentals/Music Stores
Unless you have an instrument already, I highly recommend renting. Renting ranges from about $22-$30 a month.
I have rented a violin from the very start with Stephen Davy in Laguna Beach. Not only is he very knowledgeable in string instruments, he can fix just about anything. Yes, I have heard the sound of someone stepping on a violin...yikes!
Stephen R. Davy Violins
Greg at Coast Band Music in Mission Viejo is always there and is always friendly. The store not only has rentals/purchase, but a ton of sheet music as well. If he doesn't have it, he'll order it for you.
Coast Band Music
24002 Via Fabricante #308
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
This next shop has been highly recommended to me for the needs of families who live in the very south of Orange County.
Da Capo Music
32158 Camino Capistrano #102
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
This is my kids favorite music store. I can't get them out of there in less than 30 minutes. Their customer service is outstanding and they are very knowledgeable about their products. There are no rentals here, but they can outfit a full rock concert, from the lights, to the drums, amps... You name it, they've got it!
Guitar Center El Toro
(This is the one we go to)
23811 El Toro Rd. #A
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Guitar Center Fountain Valley
18361 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Orchestras, Bands, Ensembles, and Schools
Ms.K at Phoenix Feather Academy of Music was the very first music teacher that both of my children had (still have for my youngest). This progam offers a variety of piano lessons (group), different age groups (Mommy & Me), and a VERY energetic teacher. Kirsten Weymar teaches the children how to read music and sing solfege (do, re, mi, fa, sol... good thing you can't hear my singing voice! : )) with such a fun delivery, that the kids don't even realize that they are learning. The school also offers private lessons (guitar, piano, ect.) with other teachers as well.
Phoenix Feather Academy of Music
25432 Trabuco Rd. #204
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Mari Haig is a rare gem when it comes to string teachers in Orange County. She has been in the music industry for over 30 years, playing with some of the world's best musicians. She now produces award winning music students. Private lessons are hard to come by for this extremely busy musician/teacher, BUT, I know for a fact that she is starting an ALL HOMESCHOOL ENSEMBLE
in Laguna Beach that is in the works as I write this. Please contact Mari through her website for more information.
Mari Haig Studio and Ensembles
If you live in the RSM area, this is another good store to go to. Not only are they a store, but they offer lessons as well. One of the teachers is very Russian, with an "Old School" personality to match. They say Alex is one of the best and should be teaching at a conservatory because that's really his level of expertise. You'll find him at Rancho Canyon Music.
Rancho Canyon Music
Rancho Santa margarita, CA
Owner: Craig Ferguson
-- Lessons in piano, violin, cello, voice, drums, electric & acoustic guitar and bass guitar, flute & piccolo, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and mandolin.
, Violin Instructor
Conservatory trained in Russia, master level teacher
Through Rancho Canyon Music: 949-589-7688
Guitars, guitars, and more guitars! Yes, they offer other instrument lessons as well with a huge staff to go with.
Danman's Music School
24699 Del Prado & 34193 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, Ca. 92629
The next two band/orchestras is usually the names I hear the most when it comes to "as close as you can get" to an all homeschool band/orchestras.
Orange Coast Musical Arts
Donn Hallman, Executive Director
Annette Brower, Executive Director
If you're closer to the Long Beach area, Barry Cogert is the person you want to talk to.
The Jazz Angels
Barry Cogert, Executive Director
If you're near Yorba Linda, Rhys Buchele is your contact person.
Rhys Buchele, Executive Director
We have only recorded with two places. But trust me, this is something that you do only if your kids are serious. Costs are expensive, but the learning experience is priceless.
770 South Brea Blvd, # 218
Brea, CA 92821
Shantih Haast, Producer, and nicest person to work with. Okay, very professional as well.
Snider Sound Studio
David Snider, Producer, Musician, Songwriter, you name it, he does it.
This is not a "school" but an idea to preserve music for our children. For more information, Phil will be happy to answer your questions.
Philip J. Battaglia, Chairman