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

Our store front 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,Takamine, Tama, Thomastik Dominant strings, Vandoren reeds and accessories, Yamaha accessories, and more!

Check out our online store where Instruments for sale with free shipping in the US. Instruments include flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, snare drum, bell kit.

Individual Lessons

Contact Us!

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

Music Tech & Composition

Music Tech & Composition
Coming this Winter 2017! Video Game Composition for beginners.

Score by David Orr (course instructor)
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

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