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Teaching Kids
Ages 5-12

Our teachers are trained in teaching even the youngest children. Start their musical journey early and set them up for a lifetime of success!

What to Expect


The First Lesson

Our teachers make it a priority to get acquainted with your child's abilities, interests, and goals in music while teaching proper technique on their instrument. They will sit down with you and your child, to find out what they hope to achieve from learning music. They have the experience to help them reach their goals no matter their ability level. 

Lessons are held in a very relaxed environment. Parents are welcome to join their child’s lesson, but it is not required. 


Music Styles We Teach

At the Arts Academy we make it a priority to teach all styles of music! We believe that it is important to expose your child to different genres, so that they learn about different cultures and music. 

We aim to tap into each student’s natural abilities so that they have fun learning while achieving success and learn life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and discipline. Your child will be playing their favorite piece of music before you know it! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is not only to educate students in music, but also to help them become well-rounded individuals with proper ethics and values while stimulating creativity at all levels.  Music teaches responsibility, patience, determination and perseverance. 

When is my child old enough to learn a musical instrument?

We accept students as young as 5 yrs old. If your child is showing interest and always trying to play the instruments you have at home or constantly singing that is a great sign that they are ready for music lessons.

What is a good instrument to start with at 5-7 yrs old?

First, ask THEM what they want to learn. 

If they truly have no preference, we would suggest Piano or Ukulele - These instruments are generally easier for younger students to learn and give a great foundation for learning other musical instruments in the future. They are the easiest instruments to learn at the beginning. 

The key for any of us when learning something new is to get results as quickly as possible. This gives us confidence, which leads to motivation, which leads to more learning.

Are music lessons for my child worth it?

Music lessons can do a lot for your child. Learning music can improve their skills in math, memorization, and listening. When a child is learning a musical instrument it engages the whole brain helping your child’s brain to develop and learning an instrument also improves motor skills and coordination. Music can also help kids have better social and communication skills.

Are parents allowed to sit in on the lessons?

Yes! We encourage parents to sit in on at least the 1st lesson their child has at the academy so they can meet their child’s teacher and be able to help them remember what to practice throughout the week. We especially recommend this for students 7 and under as it helps to have the parent aware of what goes on in the lesson for practice at home. Also, for students who may be shy it sometimes helps to have the parent in the first couple of lessons while the student is getting to know their new teacher.

Can my child choose their own songs to learn?

Yes! Your child will have the opportunity to choose their favorite songs or even compose their own music. Parents are encouraged to attend student recitals (which are held twice a year) so that you can see how far your child has come in their musical journey, and to get an up close view of his/her progress.

Do you have teachers that will be able to connect with my child and make lessons fun?

Yes! All the teachers at Arts Academy are excited to connect with your student and cater the lesson to their individual needs. We believe that each student learns differently so our teachers adapt each lesson to work for the individual student. Our teachers build a relationship with each one of their students so the students are encouraged and excited to come back to their music lessons each week.

What's the best age to start guitar/ukulele lessons?

The youngest age we recommend starting to learn guitar is 7 years old. 

We have found that students younger than that can get discouraged with the large instrument and your fingers can get sore having to strum and press down the strings. 

Starting guitar lessons at a young age can be very beneficial — children have a natural ability to learn languages and musical notes. Beginning guitar lessons at a young age helps to nurture this ability and can lead to rapid progress in learning how to play the guitar.

In addition, young children are very enthusiastic and motivated learners – they want to learn new things and they enjoy practicing. This enthusiasm often continues as they get older, and so starting guitar lessons at a young age can help to establish a lifelong love of music.

For a student younger than 7 that is interested in guitar, we recommend starting with ukulele. The strings are nylon so they are gentler for small children and the ukulele is in general just a smaller instrument.

What's the best age to start singing lessons?

We recommend that students start at age 5, but it is important they be able to maintain attention throughout 30 minutes of instruction time so as not to lose focus on what is being taught.

Singing is a great way to improve communication, develop coordination, and increase self-confidence. It's never too late to start singing lessons!

What’s the best age to start piano lessons?

We teach students as young as 5 years old. Starting piano lessons at a young age has many benefits. For one, children have an incredible ability to learn new things and develop new skills quickly. In addition, early music education helps children develop important cognitive skills that can help them excel in other areas of life.

Students who start piano lessons at a young age also tend to stick with it for the long haul. This is because they have not yet developed bad habits, and they enjoy the process of learning and playing music. Plus, they have plenty of time to hone their skills and become truly skilled pianists!

It is never too late to start learning to play the piano, and we have students of all ages in our studio. However, younger students tend to learn more quickly and have an easier time developing good habits.

What's the best age to start drum lessons?

We offer drum lessons to students as young as 5 years old. The main thing that is important when starting drum lessons is finding the right fit for the student. Not every student is ready to start taking drum lessons at a young age, and younger students require a teacher that specializes in teaching drums to young kids.

The best way to find the right fit for your child is to come in for a trial lesson. During this lesson, you and your child can meet the teacher and see if it's a good fit. You can also ask any questions you have about learning drums at a young age.

What's the best age to start violin lessons?

We recommend starting violin as young as 7 years old. However, the best age to start violin lessons really depends on the individual child.

Violin can be a difficult instrument to learn so students younger than 7 sometimes aren’t ready for the dedication it takes to learn this instrument. However, if your child is 6 yrs old and excited about the violin, our teachers are always happy to give it a try as some kids are ready to start at a younger age.

The most important thing is that the child is interested in learning violin and is willing to put in the practice time necessary to improve their skills.

Are your teachers qualified?

Our teachers are highly qualified professionals who have many years of experience teaching children to play the various instruments at all levels. We pride ourselves on having the most devoted teachers with an unwavering commitment to our students' success in music. All our teachers know how to get the best out of their students. Our teachers use innovative teaching methods that will help your child achieve their musical goals at whatever level is required - whether it's playing by ear, learning basic technique on piano, guitar, violin or other instruments or simply getting introduced to music & its various facets using MIDI keyboards & other computerized musical instruments.

Any other important information I should know?

Discipline, routine, and regular practice are required for success in playing an instrument. We encourage parents to take part in this, too!

What are lesson rates?

$45.00 per 30-minute private lesson held once a week. There is a one-time registration fee of $50.00.

Our Locations

All of our locations have convenient hours throughout the week.

Happy Valley

14654 SE Sunnyside Road

Happy Valley, OR 97015


15605 SW 116th Avenue

King City, OR 97224


8261 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070


Start learning music today!

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