GR’s Best Places for Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Singing Lessons + More

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Grand Rapids is Brimming with Amazing Musicians Ready to Teach Your Child

This summer alone my hobby-crazed daughter has been madly playing music on our piano and guitar. She’s been YouTubing piano lessons and guitar lessons in an attempt to teach herself.

She’s been doing pretty good, but I’ve told her that once fall hits, it’ll be time to sign up for lessons from a real instructor. I’m excited to see how well she does once she takes live lessons.

Given her wide interests (she’s also played violin!) I love that there are local studios that can offer lessons in multiple instruments. This gives kids like my daughter a chance to sample different instruments on her musical journey.

There are also schools that specialize in one instrument, giving top of the line instruction to students.

And before you think that your voice is not an instrument, it IS! So we are also sharing where to find singing lessons in this directory.

Read on to find the best music lessons around Grand Rapids, as well as a list of instrument rentals/stores.

How Music Lessons for Kids Works

What Age Do Music Lessons Start?

Group music lessons can start at 6 months old through “mommy & me” style programs for caregivers and their children.

Private lessons usually begin around age 4 or 5, but some kids may not be ready until 6 or 7. If you’re unsure whether your child is ready, ask for a trial lesson to test the waters. Sometimes it’s easiest if a child knows how to read before starting lessons in earnest.

Also, consider instrument choice: a child who doesn’t take to the piano may thrive with guitar lessons instead. Music teachers are fantastic partners in assisting with instrument choice.

How Much Do Music Lessons Cost?

Costs vary depending upon the skill level of the instructor and additional activities offered. For beginners, music lessons can range from around $20- $35 per 30 minute lesson and up.

  • Least Expensive: In-Home Teachers. They are typically less experienced musicians. They may not offer recitals or other development activities for their students, but can have a more flexible schedule.
  • Mid-Range: Community Music Schools. These schools offer recitals or other performance opportunities, along with consistency, in a professional setting. Some offer travel opportunities, extracurricular musical events, and other achievement reward systems with a wide range of teachers.
  • Most Expensive: Private Study. Instruction with a high-level performing artist or university faculty member is typically reserved for advanced students only and can range up to $75 per half hour. 

Do I Have to Purchase an Instrument for Piano or Guitar Lessons?

You do not have to purchase an instrument to learn one, but you should have daily access to an instrument for practice.

Most experts recommend trying before buying. Rentals are available through local companies or online instrument rental companies. Some public schools also have instruments available to borrow. Renting is also highly encouraged for small children, where the fit can be more challenging.

Ready to purchase? Get advice from a professional. A music teacher’s guidance can ensure your choice is the right one for your child.

Featured Music Lessons in Grand Rapids

These schools are some of the best in the business, with many years of instructing children in music.

*This is a sponsored section of GRKIDS.com.

Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

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Academy of Music Grand Rapids

6159 28th St SE, Suite 24, Grand Rapids MI 49546


"Teachers are great! Office staff is so friendly, knowledgeable and well organized! Physical environment is clean and bright. All of this makes going every week a pleasant experience."


Voted #1 for music lessons for the 4th time, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids and our newest location, the Jenison Academy of Music, are honored to be considered for your private lessons in piano, guitar, singing, drums, strings, and more.

Since 2003, we have developed a reputation in the community for fostering confidence and creativity in students with an exceptional music lesson experience for children, teens, and adults in a warm and friendly environment.

Our music schools offer the best value in the Grand Rapids and Jenison communities with top notch instructors, lessons 7 days/week, two free annual recitals, full-time customer service, family safety plan, month-to-month enrollment, and achievement awards that motivate our students.

There are no hidden fees, just a $30 one-time-only registration fee and $30 for a 30-minute lesson.

Give us a call at any time as we have rolling admission year round!

Ada Piano Academy in ADA

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Ada Piano Academy

6249 ADACROFT DR SE, ADA MI 49301-7801


Play ♪ Create ♪ Inspire ♪ Grow ♪

Our hope for your child is that he/she feels a sense of success and accomplishment after their first lesson.

Our music program will provide your child pleasure, joy and an outlet for creative expression through playing one or more instruments. In return, you will watch your child grow as they gain self-confidence, creativity, boundless enthusiasm, and eagerness to learn new skills.

Ages 3-18. Beginners welcomed. Enroll today.

Ada Conservatory of Music in Ada

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Ada Conservatory of Music

8100 Fulton Street, Ada MI 49301


Ada Conservatory of Music offers private lessons in piano, voice, flute, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, cello, violin, viola, drums and percussion with the best faculty in West Michigan!

We offer several performance opportunities throughout the year, an outdoor summer concert series, monthly group classes and summer day camps for students.

Girls Choral Academy in Grand Rapids

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Girls Choral Academy

2920 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 104, Grand Rapids MI 49505


The GCA offers choirs for girls 1st - 12th grade.

Girls sing in various genres developing strong musical skills. We teach confidence and show that every girls’ voice matters by building friendships and community in our program. Girls receive opportunities to attend choir camp, travel, and perform across West Michigan.

Allegro School of Music in Kentwood

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The allegro school of music

1934 52nd St SE, Kentwood MI 49508


Allegro School of Music provides private lessons and classes on a variety of instruments to students of all ages.

We offer piano, guitar, violin, percussion, and most brass and woodwind instruments. We have locations in Kentwood and the Northview area of Grand Rapids.

Best Music Lessons in Grand Rapids

Following are the area’s top voted music lessons, including piano lessons, as voted on in our annual Grandtastic Awards.

1 2Winner: Academy of Music

TOP 10 Music Studios / Lessons

1. Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

2. Joyful Sounds Music Studio

3. Grand Rapids Symphony

4. St. Cecilia Music Center

5. Caledonia Dance & Music Center

6. Franciscan Life Process Center (Lowell)

7. RIT Music Central

8. Ada Conservatory of Music

8. The Piano Cottage Studios, Grand Rapids

10. Firehouse Guitars

Winning Music Studio/Lessons - Grand Rapids

6159 28th St SE, Ste 24, Grand Rapids MI, 49546

7647 Riverview Dr, Jenison MI, 49428


Voted #1 for music lessons for the 4th time, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids and Jenison Academy of Music offer private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, drums, and strings.

Since 2003, we have provided an exceptional music lesson experience for all ages and levels in a professional environment.


Great service, instructors, and staff. ~ Matthew Jones

We have had a wonderful experience and love our daughter’s teacher. Thank you! ~ Kathleen Anderson

Excellent place for music lessons! ~ Stephanie Northway

academy of music grandtastic 2022

Winning Music Studio/Lessons - Grand Rapids

24 Ransom Avenue NE, Grand Rapids MI, 49503


St. Cecilia Music Center’s youth ensembles offer the opportunity for students in Grades 3-12 to practice, perform and perfect their instrument of choice.

An inspiring place for aspiring musicians, the School of Music offers weekly rehearsals during the school year with each semester culminating in a performance in Royce Auditorium.


My daughters consider their SCMC orchestra rehearsals the highlight of the week. They have improved tremendously, gained so much confidence, and love playing with other passionate and talented young musicians.

St Cecilia Grandtastic 2022

Directory of Music Lessons in GR

Want more? Here are all the places we found in Grand Rapids offering guitar, singing, piano lessons and more.

Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

6159 28th St SE, Suite 24, Grand Rapids MI 49546
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons
• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Ada Conservatory of Music in Ada

8100 Fulton Street, Ada MI 49301
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Ada Piano Academy in ADA

6249 ADACROFT DR SE, ADA MI 49301-7801
• Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Allegro School of Music in Kentwood

1934 52nd St SE, Kentwood MI 49508
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Fliehman School of Music in Rockford

, Rockford MI 49341
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Girls Choral Academy in Grand Rapids

2920 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 104, Grand Rapids MI 49505
• Choir
• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Grand Rapids Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra in Grand Rapids - Downtown

57 Courtland Street Box #481, Rockford MI 49341
• Drum/Percussion Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons
• Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Joyful Sounds Music Studio in Grand Rapids - SE

959 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
• Group Music Lessons, Mommy & Me
• Preschool, Grades K-2

K Voice Studio in Grand Rapids - NE

829 Oaklawn St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
• Singing Lessons
• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Luc James Music Studio in Ada

7493 30th Ave SE, Ada MI 49301
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

St Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids - Downtown

24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
• Drum/Percussion Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons
• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

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