Why Santee Music Academy is East County's #1 choice for music lessons.
The Santee Music Academy is East County's largest music school in San Diego, teaching over 500 students from ages 4 to adult. Whatever instrument you or your child wish to play, odds are we teach it: Piano, Electric & Acoustic Guitar , Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Voice and Singing, & Violin, and more all taught under one roof
We are an Official Family Safety Plan Music School!
In order to keep our students, staff, and teachers safe, we have implemented the Family Safety Plan in our schools! This includes glass windows on lesson rooms to foster transparency between teachers and parents, full-time office staff so that students and teachers are never left unsupervised, requiring extensive background checks of all of our teachers and staff, security cameras in all rooms, and an open-door policy for parents, which means that they’re always invited to sit in on their child’s lessons. Learn more at FamilySafetyPlan.org.
We teach Guitar, Piano, Singing, Voice, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, Brass, Woddwind & Violin Lessons
Nationally recognized as a Top 10 music school in the Nation for 2022
Guitar Lessons >
Piano Lessons >
Voice & Singing Lessons >
Drum Lessons >
Bass Lessons >
Ukulele Lessons >
Orchestra Lessons >
Band Lessons >
14 Benefits of becoming a Santee Music Academy student:
1. The most qualified teaching faculty throughout East County
We have the most music teachers in Santee, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With multiple music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, 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.
2. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!
We are the only music school in Santee that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sundays
3. Private and Group lessons
We are the only music school the teaches Private, Group, and After School programs in San Diego.
Our students have the most options when choosing how to get started or continue with their music education and experience. We offer one on one, semi-private, small group, and after school programs in local communities throughout San Diego.
4. A proven track record of excellence since 2007.
Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. SoCal Music Studio and it's division of Santee Music Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music, piano, guitar, voice, singing and drum lessons in San Diego year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1,100 families for over 11 years.
We are one of the only music school in Santee that offers free recitals with a grand Steinway piano in a first class professional recital hall and student recitals.
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.
In the Spring and Winter many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. We hold these at prestigious auditoriums with high end pianos and world class acoustics. All of our recitals are low pressure and aim to provide each student with a fun a positive performance experience!
5. Free music recitals in world class music halls and our annual student showcases with NO participation fees!
We are the only music school in Santee that offers FREE loaner instruments to get started on and long term rentals which makes trying a new instrument for the first time easy and affordable for our students.
Once students have a better idea if an instrument is the right fit for them or not, we then provide options for continuing with renting or discounted purchases
6. Rental Instruments to make getting started easy
7. The latest technologically advanced equipment and gear used for lessons with custom recommendations
Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Santee Music Academy which allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, and more. Feel free to "use Your Own Device" in lessons! No other school in San Diego offers this technology.
One of the things that has really set up apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging. There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to include new tech into our lessons. By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons. It's a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we're providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the San Diego area.
8. Student Discount Cards.
We are the only music school in Santee that offers student discount cards for their students which saves them money all throughout the year.
The Studio also sells music books, instruments and accessories. All of our current students receive a student discount that saves them money on all of their music supply needs.
9. Early morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.
Since we are are a large studio with many qualified instructors in Santee we are able to offer lessons as early as 10 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.
10. Picture Day
We are the only music school in Santee that offers a picture day for their students. Every Spring and Fall we host a free picture day with professional photographers. This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.
11. Convenient locations, providing Studio and Virtual lessons
Our School is centrally located and convenient to all areas of Santee. Close to our school you will find great shopping, dining and convenient access points to the school from Highway 52 and 125. If you need to run some quick errands, do some shopping or grab a quick bite there are numerous shops and restaurants close by. Our location is also convenient to Lakeside, Bostonia, El Cajon and Grossmont.
12. The Musical Ladder System
We are the only music school in San Diego that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder®” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder® is our unique method of music education that you can only get here, and is included in your lesson price already!
More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder® here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.
13. Professional and friendly office staff seven days a week to serve you.
We are the only music school in San Diego that offers full time professional customer service for their students seven days a week.
Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have three office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally.
14. Month to Month lessons.
The Studio does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.
If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.
Meet the Director
The ability to play an instrument or sing beautifully offers a lifetime of benefits. Music lessons also foster a student’s personal, social, and academic development. Santee Music Academy has made substantial investments in our elite faculty to provide an uplifting environment designed to foster creativity, confidence and joy.
If you’ve been told you are tone deaf or uncoordinated, I’m here to inform you that everyone can improve their musical skills. As a musician, songwriter and music Instructor, I've witnessed thousands of students transform their lives in ways they never imagined possible. We make it our mission to help Santee and East County students explore and develop their talents, wherever their curiosity and interests lead them.
Founder and President
Santee Music Academy
Our instructor from Santee Music Academy is simply the best! Both our son and daughter have taken lessons in our home for just under a year now and we can't believe how good they sound already!
Makes me wish I had a different music teacher when I was taking lessons as a child.
Lilly S. - Santee, CA
Sign up is easy and parent-friendly, with helpful staff available seven days a week to serve you. Because we only offer lessons on a month-to-month basis, there are no large upfront payments, no complicated contracts, no annual material or performance fees, and no semester minimums.
Ready to start? You have nothing to lose.
Lessons are available seven days a week, and scheduled once a week
A one-time registration fee is $45 (due only at time of registration).
$39 / 30 minutes - Private
Lessons are first come, first serve, so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!