About Us

The Napa School of Music is a private music school founded in 2005. We welcome beginners and adults as well as more advanced students. The Napa School of Music is a high quality, one-stop solution for busy parents who can save time by scheduling side-by-side lessons for family members. We offer private lessons on a variety of instruments including voice lessons and several group classes and camps for all ages.

Now, in its 16th year of operation, the Napa School of Music has provided thousands of lessons to families in the Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. Since its’ opening, the school has also conducted over 50 Garage Band 101 sessions. It is the North Bay’s premier private music school with approximately 400 students taking lessons every week from 16 highly qualified teachers.

​Students will experience high-quality lessons and programs from Napa School of Music.

​Music Lessons Could Be Just What You Need

The arts have always been important to the development of people young and old, and music is no different. It is one thing to listen to your favorite band but playing like your favorite musician is another. If you have ever seen your favorite musician play, there is a passion there that is undeniable. That musician may not have started off with that level of passion, but it is something that has helped fuel them to learn how to play their instrument. You too can learn how to play any musical instrument you are interested in. You may not sound like your favorite musician (at first), but with a little time, patience, and practice you can be well on your way. 

How You Benefit

There are so many benefits to learning how to play an instrument. It has been proven that people who learn how to play a musical instrument in their youth experience positive long-term cognitive benefits. Some studies have shown that learning how to play a musical instrument can be more beneficial to your abstract reasoning skills than gaining computer skills. Music is a well-known stress reliever for adults and children. It has been known to boost productivity in other places in one’s life, increase creativity levels, and, of course, elevate your confidence. These attributes can enhance anyone’s life and it is all due to introducing music into your life.

​High-Quality Music Lessons 

We have found that private one-on-one instruction allows students to progress at their own pace and gain the best understanding of musical techniques. Students can start private lessons as young as 5 years old at any time of the year or month so there is no need to wait to get started. We teach all styles of music including, rock, pop, folk, county, classical, jazz, flamenco, metal, and more. We offer instruction on most instruments including Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussions, Violin, Viola, Cello, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Tuba, and Trombone.

Our lessons are based around 3 elements:

  1. improving students’ ability at an instrument for further opportunities in school bands or orchestras by working one on one,

  2. keeping students motivated throughout their musical journey with talented instructors, and 

  3. maximizing student fun and constantly improving the students' confidence. Studies even show that music lessons have helped children perform better on standardized tests.

Learning to Read

Learning to read music is the next level of becoming proficient at playing your instrument. You are now familiar enough with the notes, sounds, and cords on the actual instrument that you will be able to look away from what your fingers are doing and begin to understand the music you are playing.

About Our Instructors

Excellent teaching faculty and office staff at the Napa School of Music!

In addition to their teaching credentials and extensive performance experience, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

We offer full time professional customer service for our students and families. 

We have two friendly office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally. Our technical setup is state to the art with sophisticated software support.

How and When Should Your Child be Introduced to Music? 

There are many scientifically proven benefits to introducing children to music early. It improves cognitive ability, boosts creativity, and enhances problem-solving skills. But can you start them too early? Before you can take your child to a music school consider the following factors.

1. Gauging Your Child’s Interest

The child needs to be interested in taking music lessons. You will, first need to gauge their interest. Find out what kind of music they enjoy listening to and whether they would want to try out a musical instrument. Once you understand the kind of music they enjoy playing, you will be in a better position to encourage and motivate them.

2. Appropriate Programs 

The next step is to find a music school that can help the young one learns more about music. Some schools like the Napa School of Music use folk songs and group participation to motivate children to learn through a program called “Music Together”. Such groups are informal and are only designed to spur interest. 

It is suggested that the right age to teach music is around the ages of 3 or 4. Before age 3, the child may be exposed to instruments to allow them to get accustomed to music. At age 3, children are often ready for formal but simple lessons in music. They learn things like tones and beats. At this stage, they can play the piano as they slowly start to understand music concepts. At 5 they may have built a foundation to help them play a guitar or violin.

Children that are 10 or older will respond better if they feel they made the decision by themselves to learn music. Ideally, these skills should start early with simple, informal sessions and then followed by more formal lessons at around age 3. However, playing a tune has positive mental and emotional benefits to children of all ages. Encourage and guide them should they show interest in music or playing instruments.

Why is it Important to Let Your Child Learn to Play a Musical Instrument? 

Learning to play an instrument, to the point of fluency, can be immensely beneficial and rewarding. However, it requires patience, focus, and discipline. If you are wondering whether to make the investment and take your child to a music school, here are some of the benefits to help you decide.

Teach Persistence and Patience 

Learning to play a musical instrument to the point of mastery requires patience and persistence. Your child will learn the importance of taking time to understand and learn. The experience is definitely rewarding. A teacher from Napa School of Music can help create benchmarks. Setting short term and long-term goals helps students appreciate perseverance, as they get motivation from the fruits of their efforts.

Teach Culture and History 

Music is an exciting way that children can learn about culture and history. At Napa School of Music, they will be exposed to a wide range of melodies from different times and spanning many cultures. Teachers can take full advantage, by taking the time to explain the origin and nature of the different types of compositions.

Self-Expression 

In music class, students learn to play and compose pieces. They may also be required to work with their peers and play together as in a group or band. Learning to play instruments with peers can enhance social skills and encourage young students to embrace positive self-expression. The students can gain much more if they are taught these values in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Improves Other Aspects of Life

Learning to play an instrument can improve math skills and enhance the cognitive abilities of your child. Research suggests that test scores can improve when children are exposed to music for a significant period of time. Additionally, brain imaging studies suggest that playing an instrument reinforces audio-motor connections in the brain. At Napa School of Music, the classes are tailored to suit your child’s needs, so that they can derive all the benefits of learning to play pieces.

Area locations we service:

Sonoma, California

St. Helena, California

Vallejo, California

Yountville, California

Fairfield, California