When my daughter was not quite a year old, she and I took a Kindermusik class together, and last year, we took Music Together. In both classes, we sang, we danced, we played a variety of instruments like shakers, drums, bells, and tambourines, (even kazoos), and we had a blast. My husband and I still sing to our daughter every night. She has her favorite songs (You are My Sunshine, Sleep Like a Baby Tonight, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Feeling Groovy, Yesterday) and is known to make requests. We have a basket of instruments in our living room and concert-parades throughout the house are a regular occurrence, as are dance parties in the kitchen. There is music playing at our house almost all the time, and we play everything from the Beatles to Beethoven to U2 to Taylor Swift. If you need some ideas, PBS Parents has some great tips on how to create a musical home environment for your little one. Recently, Talia has expressed interest in learning to play an instrument, perhaps piano or violin. With that in mind, we put together this list of music lessons for kids in Napa Valley. Information is varied, because in some cases, it’s a full-fledged music school/program and in others, it’s an individual teaching out of his home studio. It is by no means inclusive; in fact, we had a few who weren’t taking new students and requested not to be included, and there are others we just haven’t found yet. As usual, let us know if we’ve missed someone who should be added to the list!
Kindermusik (ages 0-4 accompanied by parent/caregiver)
415 561- 9754
Weekly 45-minute programs
Napa Senior Center, Napa
Kindermusik is a trusted music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young children. Bringing the power of music to children and their families, each lesson is designed to boost school readiness. Music and movement activities are carefully designed to enhance children’s cognitive, language, creative, and emotional development, and include live guitar, singing, dancing, baby signs, and instrument exploration. Join the musical fun and meet other parents and children. Classes are offered for 0-18 months and 18 months-4 years (babies 12 months and under may attend free with enrolled older sibling). Kindermusik classes are taught by Dee Dee Lawton, who also teaches private piano lessons.
In Harmony Music/Music Together (0-8)
Weekly 45-minute programs
Napa School of Music, Napa
In Harmony offers Music Together family music and movement classes for children and the grownups who love them. Since 1987, Music Together has introduced millions of babies, children, parents, and teachers to the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of music. These group music classes, designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, are part of an internationally recognized, research-driven curriculum that will nurture your child’s inner musician. The emphasis is on fun, however! You and your children will grow a strong bond through singing, dancing, clapping, bouncing, instrument playing and other activities! Headquartered in Benicia, In Harmony offers a number of Music Together classes at the Napa School of Music.
Music Together Babies (infants under 12 months w/ parent/caregiver)
Music Together (mixed ages 0-5 w/ parent/caregiver)
Rhythm Kids (ages 6-8)
Studio G School of Music and Theatre (ages 4 and up)
Studio G, Napa
Studio G offers concentrated, one-on-one piano, guitar and voice classes in half-hour and hour increments. In a personalized process focused on students’ individual needs, Studio G instructors consult with new students to make sure they’re matched with the teacher best suited to their skill level, goals and schedule. Instructors are local and Bay Area artists and educators who work to encourage and hone each student’s unique talents. All instructors hold a minimum of a B.M. or B.A. in their field.
Latreille Piano Studio (ages 4 and up)
Inger Latreille has been teaching piano for more than 12 years. She offers beginner to advanced classes Tuesdays through Fridays and exposes students to many music genres including classical, blues, jazz, and pop. Inger’s students have the opportunity to perform throughout the year at retirement communities, including Aegis, The Meadows and the Vets Home in Yountville.
Phil’s Impromptu Piano School (ages 4 and up)
Calvary Baptist Church, American Canyon
Phillip Goltiao, the music director and platform pianist at Calvary Baptist Church, teaches both private lessons and group lessons. He started taking lessons when he was seven and continued until he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education at the age of 22. Phil’s students learn how to sight read, play by ear, technique, chording, music theory, composition, and improvisation. He also offers the opportunity to participate in recitals throughout the year.
Vyelin Studio (ages 4 and up)
Home studio in Yountville and Napa Christian in Napa
Beth Vye teaches weekly private lessons with two group lessons every month. Ask about the Pre-Twinklers group class especially for preschool and kindergarten ages. Beth teaches Suzuki method violin and viola and her approach draws from a Suzuki base using creative and imaginative activities, playing musical games, and teaching rhythm and movement. Her goal is for the students and the parents to enjoy musical study.
Steve Trovao Drums (ages 4 and up)
Steve offers private DRUM lessons Monday-Thursday in 30, 45 and 60-minute increments. Students will need to have their own drum sets at home so they can practice, and full drum set, snare drum only or Cajon lessons may be requested. A limited number of student rental sets are available. Steve’s studio in Napa is soundproofed and acoustically treated to provide a wonderful home for the two professional drum sets that are always set up and ready to play. Students are taught according to their needs and their level of skill: proper grip technique, reading, 4-way coordination, rock/Latin/jazz beats, rudiments, metronome training, song arrangement, drum set tuning and ergonomic set-up are just some of the categories involved in the drumming curriculum. Bi-annually, the students have the opportunity to perform the songs they have learned with a live band – these band clinics are the highlight of the season. Steve is active in several bands including Guitarzilla, a wild and crazy surfband, SoulKat, a 60s/70s R&B group, and J.D. Bauman and the Bootband, a country music band.
Napa School of Music (ages 5 and up/ages 0 and up through In Harmony/Music Together)
Napa School of Music, Napa
Napa School of Music offers private music lessons in 30-minute and hour-long increments for a variety of instruments including bass (electric and upright), cello, clarinet, drums and percussion, flute, guitar (acoustic and electric), harmonica, keyboards, mandolin, piano, saxophone, steel guitar, trombone, trumpet, tuba, ukulele, viola, violin and voice. Additionally, group lessons are offered for guitar, ukulele, piano, violin, voila, cello, sax, flute, and hand drums. Friends of a Feather Music Lessons are music lessons on your choice of instrument for a group of your friends or family only. All your friends in the “ﬂock” will be learning the same instrument – e.g. all guitar, all piano, all voice etc. Each lesson is 60-minutes, once a week. Great for a Friends Night Out once a week, or for family members to have a family bonding experience and have a lot of fun too. Music Together preschool music lessons take place at Napa School of Music (see In Harmony Music above).
Napa Valley Music Associates (ages 5 and up)
Napa Valley Music Associations and Private studio in Napa
Napa Valley Music Associates provides year-round, weekly, individual training for children at all levels of ability including beginning. Taught by top professional performing artists and experienced teachers, lessons include piano (ages 5 and up), violin/viola (ages 6 and up), guitar (ages 7 and up), cello (ages 8 and up), clarinet/saxophone (ages 8 and up), and drums (ages 8 and up).
Sing with Savannah (ages 5 and up)
In home private lessons in Napa
Savannah offers private piano and guitar (as well as voice) lessons for early learners, and makes it a fun learning experience for young children. She can come to your home or you can join her in her small home studio in Napa.
Piano with Dee Dee (ages 5 and up)
Students’ Homes throughout Napa
A warm and patient teacher, who believes piano study should be fun, Dee Dee teaches piano at students’ home in Napa County. Also a Kindermusik teacher, Dee Dee specializes in young beginners, teaching children to read music and learn music theory. Singing is also incorporated into her piano lessons. Once a year, students participate in a recital performance.
Alison’s Voice and Piano Studio
Private studio in Napa
Alison Gustafson Gruber is a performing Soprano (opera, art song, jazz) as well as a private and group teacher of voice and piano for students of all ages. Holding herself to a high standard, Alison aims to inspire curiosity for self-discovery as the intrinsic motivator for practice. With an emphasis on fun and enjoyment, she uses a variety of methodologies (Kodaly, Suzuki, etc.) while her students develop a musical foundation that can easily be transferred to other instruments and subjects. Most importantly, her students develop a trust in the process. Lessons include all that one might expect: music theory/harmony, note reading/writing, technique, ear-training, etc. There are 1-4 performance opportunities each year. Alison teaches year-round from her private studio and teaches at two local schools: Stone Bridge School and Napa Montessori Children’s House. She has a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) Degree from California State University, Northridge, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Music Teachers’ Association of Music (MTAC) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Eric Rinehart (ages 6 and up)
Home studio in Napa and students’ homes
Eric teaches all levels, both classical and modern, piano, music theory, and beginning/intermediate saxophone. He encourages creative expression through encouraging composition and by learning favorite songs. Eric’s multimedia studio provides a new music lesson experience and his students get regular performance opportunities and exposure to other growing young pianists. Music runs deep in his blood: Eric’s great-great-great grandfather started the tradition of musicians and his mother was a piano teacher.
Anthony Osgood (ages 6 and up)
Students’ homes in Napa and Yountville
Anthony teaches cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trombone, French horn, and piano. He is a student at Napa Valley College, where he is a music education major working to become a professional music teacher. He currently works at Napa High and River Middle School helping out with the music programs there.
Judith Cochran (ages 6 and up)
Not currently accepting new students
Judy teaches all levels of piano at her home studio in Napa. Judy has been teaching piano since the 1970s and is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California and the National Guild. She attended the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco with Piano Pedagogy as her major.
Terry Bradford (ages 10 and up)
707-681-5068, ext. 9
Studio in Napa
Well known as a voice teacher, Terry also teaches beginning level piano (and can take each student up to intermediate level piano). His music instruction is built on a solid technical foundation, inspires creativity, and matches each individual’s goals. Mention Napa Valley Kid and new students will receive a 15% discount off of the first month of lessons.
Micheal Belair (ages 11 and up)
Home Studio in Napa
Michael teaches electric and acoustic guitar, basic chords and strumming, note reading, how to practice scales and tablature, and ultimately how to put it all together by playing songs.