Neighborhood Music School Inc. provides music lessons and summer music camps with recitals and performance opportunities for all ages in the Arcadia CA area. It boasts of some of the highest quality music performers, each with a passion for teaching. With a staff that holds doctorate and masters degrees in education, performance awards, and high rated recordings with rave music reviews providing a wealth of playing experience and excellent instruction. In addition to mandatory English, the language proficiency among teachers include Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Tagalog.

Located in the heart of downtown Arcadia, our music school and music store is accessible to Monrovia, Duarte, Sierra Madre, Pasadena, Temple City, Rosemead, San Gabriel. Just south of restaurant row, our brand new music studio facilities provide a comfortable environment in a quaint but trendy neighborhood. Lots of free parking is available as well as refreshments and free Wi-Fi while you wait for your lesson. Multiple family members enjoy the convenience of taking lessons at the same location with different teachers.

Our Arcadia Kindermusik program provides basic music fundamentals for ages 0-5 from teachers schooled in Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kindermusik methods. Group classes and individual lessons are provided for beginner through advanced levels of piano, voice, guitar, drums, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and ukulele. Jazz improvisation and composition classes also are offered for beginners through college level.

Visit Our Music Store

Bach, Becker, Conn-Selmer, D'Addario, Gretsch, Ibanez, Offline Percussion, Peak, Sabian, Takamine, Tama, Thomastik, Vandoren, Yamaha, and more!

Our store font offers a full line of musical instruments for rent or sale, sheet music, band and orchestra books, supplies, and instrument repairs. Our inventory includes Bach trumpets and accessories, Becker, Conn-Selmer, D'Addario strings, Gretsch drums, Ibanez guitars, Offline Percussion Invader drum pad, Peak stands, Sabian cymbals, Thomastik Dominant strings, Vandoren reeds and accessories, Yamaha accessories, and more.

Check out our music rental instrument program. Instruments include flute, clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, snare drum, bell kit.

Individual Lessons

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Neighborhood Music School, Inc.
25 S. First Ave
Arcadia, 91006

Music Rental Instruments

Rental Instrument Program
Working with NEMC to make the most worthwhile music instrument rental rent to own program. read more

Band and orchestra instruments offered in our rent to own musical instrument program.

Bach, Blessing, Conn, Gemeinhardt, International Strings, Jupiter, Holton, Olds, Selmer, Yamaha, and more.

New and Like New instruments for unbeatbly low costs.

Reserve your rental instrument from your home and pick it up at our store.
Free Introduction to Music Technology & Composition class
Thursday May 19; 6:30-7:30pm; The class contains an overview of music technology and how it is used to write and record music. Topics include: how to get started writing music with your computer, free & professional tools available, and a brief overview of writing music for films and video games. All ages welcome; no formal musical training necessary. Question and answer section at the end. Instructor David Orr is an award-winning composer for film and video games with credits including Call of Duty: Heroes (Activision), Limani (HBO), Castle Crashers (The Behemoth), and Gemcraft: Chasing Shadows (ArmorGames).
Music Tech and Composition
Coming this Summer 2016! Video Game Composition for beginners. Sign up for our free introduction class on Thursday May 19 at 6:30pm.
Mobile Group Lessons
We can arrange for group lessons at your school. Minimum 16 students, 8-12 week courses.

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me Classes
Come try our Mommy & Me children's music program for Toddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten Music Fundamentals Classes try it now
Hiring Now
Neighborhood Music School is taking applications for teaching positions for certain instruments. read more
Applicants for these positions need a minimum of a Bachelors of Arts degree with a major in music and should be competent on at least one musical instrument. They should be nurturing, relational, able to keep a steady weekly schedule, and passionate about teaching. NMS also offers internships to students who are in the process of getting an undergraduate degree. Applicants for teacher or intern positions, please fill out the application and mail along with resume to:

Neighborhood Music School Inc.
Attn: Employment
25 S. 1st Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

NMS Inc. will notify applicant when materials are received. If positions for that instrument are open for hiring, applicant may be called for an interview which should include a music theory test, performance on instrument, and asked to present a lesson plan. If positions are not open for those particular instruments, applications will be kept on file for 3 years.

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Scholarship Program
On behalf of Richard and Reiko Iga, Neighborhood Music School would like to announce the availability of the annual Richard and Reiko Iga Music Scholarship. read more

To all students of NMS who have acquired 120 or more hours of music lessons at NMS on one or more instruments, who will be applying to college and who have the intention of majoring in music.

1. Applicant must be a junior or senior in high school and must not have previously received the same scholarship.
2. Applicant must have acquired 120 or more hours of music lessons at NMS on one or more instruments.
3. Applicant must have been an upstanding customer of NMS with all outstanding balances paid.
4. Applicant must perform at the scholarship audition on an April or May date, TBD. They must play an advanced level solo piece that is between 5-10 minutes long.
5. Application fee is $30.

$1000 grand prize for one winner
$30 participation awards for multiple runner up winners.

Scholarship check will be awarded to the applicants upon their acceptance into a college or university and verification with NMS.

Trial Lesson
Pay a refundable fee of $15 in order to reserve your free trial lesson. You will receive it back when you show up. read more

All you can take classes for just $120/month. Prepay now for additional discount! Join Now!

Summer Music Camp

Summer Music Camps
Week long music summer camps provide a intensive yet fun way to quickly learn a music skill or to make vast improvements on an already acquired skill. read more

Music 101 - music fundamentals
Guitar Camp - learn to rock with an electric guitar
Voice Camp - develop your vocal and ear training skils
Brass Camp - develop your chops, breathing, range
Jazz Ensemble - improvise, play tightly in a group
Violin & Viola Camp - ages 7+ improve your skills and musicality

$350 for 1 Camp
$700 for 2 Camps ($50 saving)
$950 for 3 Camps ($100 saving)
$1200 for 4 Camps ($200 saving)
$1500 for 5 Camps ($250 saving)
$1700 for 6 Camps ($400 saving)

Early Bird savings $100 off per camp if prepaid by 6/12/15
Current NMS students get an additional $50 off per camp

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