Welcome to the Altadena Academy of Music

Offering private music lessons for piano, voice, voice, violin, drums, ukulele, bass, cello, songwriting, and composition for students of all ages and levels.


Award-Winning Lessons from World-Class Instructors

The Altadena Academy of Music a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner and an Expertise Magazine recognized top music school serving Pasadena, Altadena, La Cañada and surrounding areas.

Proudly Serving Pasadena, Altadena, and La Cañada Since 2003

Our world-class faculty is here to make your musical journey rigorous, fulfilling, and most of all - exciting.

Instrument Lessons We Offer




Music Composition

Are We the Right Music Academy for You?

While you are here researching the best academy for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a student at the Altadena Academy of Music.

7 Benefits of Becoming an Academy Student:

  • 1 Guitar, Singing/Voice, Piano, Drums, Violin, Cello, Ukulele, Bass, and More Instruments All Offered at One Location on the Border of Pasadena and Altadena!
  • 2 Qualified Teaching Faculty
    Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. In addition to their teaching qualifications, our teachers have warm personalities and are dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your lesson.
  • 3 A comfortable Parent's Lounge for Our Clients and Complimentary Parking
    Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge with Wi‑Fi, magazines, and kids’ books. If parents prefer they can sit in on their child's lesson anytime they like.
  • 4 Magical Music Recitals

    Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and how 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.

    Recitals feature speacial guests, cetificates, trophies, and opportunities to share the joy of music with friends and family!

  • 5 Month‑to‑Month Lessons
    The academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student is here on a month‑to‑month basis.
  • 6 Optional Exam and Audition Preparation
    The academy has been preparing students for auditions and exams (including ABRSM and MTAC Certificate of Merit) since 2003. We boast a 100% pass rate, along with a 97% average on the MTAC Certificate of Merit Exams!
  • 7 We are a Steinway & Sons Educational and Teaching Partner
    The Altadena Academy of Music is a Steinway-Certified Academy, and we have a deep relationship with Steinway Galleries in Pasadena, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Through our partnership and relationship, we often offer complimentary access to workshops, masterclasses, and special events held by Steinway Artists. Furthermore, we are the only Academy in Pasadena and Altadena that offers our students access to a Steinway Model A Grand Piano - right at the Academy - for lessons, recordings, and practice time!

It's easy to take the next step:

Lesson times are first come, first serve, so contact us today to get started!

New students receive a complimentary welcome package and tote bag! For more information please call us at (626) 296-0799. You can also register for lessons right on our website by visiting the Registration page.

What Parents and Students Are Saying

Lana M.

We are having a wonderful experience at Altadena Academy of Music. My son started playing the piano last summer with Drew and has learned very quickly and easily. He happily plays at home daily. We couldn’t be more pleased!

R. V. Alvarado

Our piano instructor, Ms. Valerie, was able to bring our children back into a positive music learning mind set after a long break due to COVID-19. She is patient, but exacting in a positive way that helps to build their confidence.

JC Pence

Great teachers and just a wonderful environment. My son takes piano lessons here and loves it. Their recitals are also a perfect way for music students to learn to enjoy of performing live.

Sheila L.

I love this school. I take piano lessons with Tyson and he is incredible. He is professional and has an impressive patience and ability to get through my lack of musical knowledge and still help me to learn and have fun while doing it.

Nathalie C.

Altadena Academy of Music is a great music school in the Altadena/Pasadena area! Nice space, family run, with many highly qualified teachers. We found the school looking for piano lessons and are so happy with our daughter’s piano teacher.

Camila L.

They teach all instruments and all the instructors are really positive and patient. It’s a great environment to introduce kids to music and for adults to feel comfortable taking up an instrument later in life. Highly recommend to all!

Our Award-Winning Academy is Located at the Convenient Intersection of Pasadena, California and Altadena, California

Altadena Academy of Music and Arts is Altadena's and Pasadena's premier music academy serving our communities in Pasadena, Altadena, La Cañada and others since 2003. With over 4,500 students of all ages that have attended music lessons at our music school, we pride ourselves on providing fun, engaging, and rigorous music lessons for children, teenagers, and adults of all experience levels. Our highly-qualified teachers, all with Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees from the world's top conservatories provide training in voice, piano, guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, recorder, songwriting, composition, music theory, and a variety of other instruments.

Altadena Academy of Music has a state-of-the-art location located at the intersection of Altadena and Pasadena, CA. Our facility features top-of-the-line Yamaha U3 and Steinway Grand Pianos, a music library stocked with every lesson, theory, and technique book (and a wealth of other educational resources) that a student may ever need. We offer multiple instruments within the Academy, saving you time, as all of your children (or the parent and child) could take lessons at the same time.

We are in close proximity to Aldi, as well as various other stores, allowing parents to take care of errands while the kids are busy with their awesome lessons. Additionally, we provide in-home lessons to students in Altadena, Pasadena, La Cañada, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, La Crescenta, and the greater Los Angeles area.