Bass Guitar Lessons in Altadena, CA

Further your Bass Guitar Skills at  Altadena and Pasadena Award-Winning Music Academy

About Bass Guitar Lessons

Bass guitar lessons at the Altadena Academy of Music are offered to students as young as 4.5 years old as well as adult students, who make up close to one-third of the Academy's students. We specialize in bass guitar instruction instruction for students at all levels, including beginners, advanced students, as well as undergraduate and graduate level students looking to further hone their skills.

Of course, although your learning progress is the most important aspect of lessons, your overall experience and engagement during lessons is equally as important. That is the primary reason why all of our instructors not only work on developing your technique and musicianship skills, but also keep your classes engaging and fun and tailored to the music that you enjoy.


Beginners and students aged 7 through 9 typically start with a 30-minute lesson once a week with one of our world-class bass guitar teachers. As part of all bass guitar lessons, students will learn to read music, build an understanding of rhythm, as well as enjoy creative exploration through composition, improvisation, and performance opportunities.

New students enrolling in bass guitar lessons receive a welcome package as well as an Altadena Academy of Music Practice tote bag. For more information regarding bass guitar lessons at the Altadena Academy of Music, please contact our office by calling us at (626) 296-0799 or registering for lessons by clicking the button below. The Academy proudly offers bass guitar lessons to students in Altadena, Pasadena, La Cañada, Glendale, Burbank, Monrovia, San Gabriel, Alhambra, San Marino and surrounding areas.

Bass Guitar Lessons Tuition

The prices listed here are for private bass guitar lessons taking place at the Academy once a week, as well as virtual and online bass guitar lessons.

30 Minutes


Per Month

45 Minutes


Per Month

60 Minutes


Per Month

Levels of Bass Guitar Lessons

No matter the level at which you currently are - whether a complete beginner or an advanced student who has been taking bass guitar lessons for a decade - the Altadena Academy of Music is here to help you get the most out of bass guitar lessons. Since we specialize in private lessons which we have been delivering since 2003, we ensure that your experience with bass guitar lessons is tailored to your current level, the pace at which you are comfortable to work at, as well as your goals and ambitions within music.


Our beginner bass guitar lessons are designed for students of all ages with little to no bass experience. If you are brand new to bass lessons, you can expect a wonderful experience that covers all of the important fundamentals, including basic chord structure, basics of music theory and sight reading, musical notations, and other important elements.


Intermediate bass guitar lessons are ideal for students who have been playing for over two and a half years and want to continue improving their skills, including technique, sight reading, and musicianship. Aspects of band and collaborative playing are developed.


Advanced lessons are generally the path for students who have been playing for a minimum of seven years who wish to either hone their existing skills, learn a new piece, or prepare for a rigorous audition to professional-level competitions, exams (MTAC/MTNA/Royal), and auditions to music schools and conservatories.

Why Choose Our Academy for Bass Guitar Lessons in Altadena, CA

Our Bass Teachers

Our teachers are truly the core of our institution. As mentioned previously, we receive hundreds of teaching applications every year, and every bass teacher on our team is a proven professional with a great personality (and their educational, performance, and teaching background speaks for themselves too!).

Our Facility

We pride ourselves on teaching students on the finest upright and grand pianos, including a large array of Yamaha U-1s and U-3s, as well as Steinway & Sons Grand Pianos. We feature a comfortable lounge for parents with high-speed WiFi, an area for little kids to play and check out Lego magazines and coloring books, as well as plenty of free parking. The Academy, located on the border of Pasadena and Altadena, is central to grocery stores, even allowing you to make a quick grocery run while your child is in class.

Our Experience

We have been part of the Pasadena, Altadena, and La Cañada communities since 2003. Delivering bass guitar lessons to thousands of students (both children and adults) over the years has allowed us to foster the best possible environment for learning music.

Our Policies

We provide students with month-to-month lessons with no long-term commitments. Switching gears away from music? Simply give us a 30-day heads up and you are good to go! Need to change your lesson time? Let us know and we'll be glad to look at other options. And of course - need to miss a lesson? Let us know in advance and you can always receive a private make up credit, rather than lose your lesson or do a group make up.

Our Accolades

We genuinely hate to brag - but we have been chosen as the Best Music School by Expertise Magazine for several years in a row. We are also a Pasadena Weekly Reader Recommended Music School (every year since 2015). Lastly, we are a Steinway & Sons Teaching and Educational Partner, an extremely rare designation for private music schools, as well as members of the Music Teachers' Association of California. The list of the Academy's accolades, including students' competition wins, goes on, and we really hope it speaks for itself!

Meet Some of Our Bass Guitar Teachers in Altadena

As Pasadena and Altadena's top-rated music school and academy for bass lessons, we generally attract over fifty top bass teachers' resumes for a single bass teacher opening at our school located on the border of Altadena and Pasadena. As you can imagine, the selection process to teach bass at the Altadena Academy of Music is extremely rigorous and includes not only technical and behavioral interviews, but also sample lessons and feedback collection from students.

Due to this rigorous interview process for bass guitar teachers, we pride ourselves in having the most dedicated and prestigious faculty of any school in the Altadena and Pasadena area. Teachers on our team have received degrees from the world's best music programs, including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, USC Thornton School of Music, Juilliard, Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Columbia University, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Our Piano Teachers

All of our private bass guitar teachers possess not only excellent teaching ability, but also hands-on performance experience which allows them to share unparalleled real-world expertise during each and every bass lesson.

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Mr. Sam

Master's Degree, Columbia University

Mr. Mike

Master's Degree, California Institute of the Arts

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bass Guitar Lessons

If you would like an instrument to practice on at home, there are several options in terms of bass guitars. The most popular options are to purchase or rent a bass guitar (don't forget the amp). If you decide to purchase one, we are happy to recommend certain bass models that fit your level and budget. Another option is to rent a bass (you can even rent the amp). Rentals are recommended if you are unsure of your level of interest in lessons. The Altadena Academy of Music can recommend reputable music stores in Pasadena, La Cañada, Altadena, San Marino, and Los Angeles for all of your bass needs. Additionally, if you decide to rent, the Academy is happy to set up a bass rental for you from our extensive rental fleet!

Generally, children ages 7 and up are old enough to begin bass lessons. Students younger than 5 are able to enroll in General Music Private lessons, which will cover many of the fundamentals needed to successfully transition to bass lessons once a student is at the right age. Students between the ages of 5 and 7 can enroll in either piano or ukulele, and prepare for a transition around when they are 7.

Starting early is encouraged as there are a multitude of benefits of taking music lessons as a child. These include better cognitive development, enhanced memory, as well as the social benefits of being in a music school setting. Additionally, taking music lessons has been proven to improve students' results in math, as well as shown improvement in mental health and self-esteem. Of course, aside from the scientific benefits, music lessons are fun and enjoyable, and give children a unique hobby to be passionate about.

As the old saying goes (pun intended), you are never too old to pursue a new hobby. Adults make up about one-third of the Academy's students, and adult bass lessons specifically are a very popular choice. Adults choosing to pick up music usually do so to engage in a new hobby, meet friends , and hone their musical abilities.

Additionally, students looking into improving their memory, as well as controlling certain conditions, such as Parkinson's tremors, are actually encouraged to begin music lessons, as playing music is scientifically proven to stimulate the brain and allow you to strengthen and improve your hand coordination.

All of our bass lessons here at the Altadena Academy of Music include a certain level of sight reading and music theory.

Learning music and taking lessons without learning how to sight read is akin to learning a foreign language without learning the alphabet. You may be able to recite a few phrases extremely well, but once faced with a phrase that may not be exactly what you have learned, you will not be able to make any progress. The same goes for music, hence the need for all students taking music lessons to learn how to sight read, as well as understand basic music theory.

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