GR’s Best Places for Kids 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 in all the classes for kids she can find, 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 their musical journey.

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

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

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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen

Music Lessons

4000 J Maddy PKWY, Interlochen MI 49643


"My daughter had a great experience with Interlochen Online. I've noticed a huge difference in her confidence and self-esteem after taking the program."


Interlochen Online is an interactive virtual platform that brings the globally renowned Interlochen experience into the homes of young artists.

Emerging as the premier online hub of creative energy, Interlochen Online evokes joy and intensity, inspiring creative students and connecting them to the world's leading arts educators and professionals who teach, perform, and lead at some of the world's preeminent cultural institutions.

We offer a diverse selection of online arts programming in multiple settings, including group classes and private lessons with live, real-time instruction.

Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

Music Lessons

academy of music

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


"I like that there is a receptionist all the time for questions. Teachers do a great job and customize lessons. I also like the options to make up lessons!""My daughter seems to really enjoy her lesson, and they understand how to help parents entice kids to practice. Always a pleasant, welcoming, fun atmosphere."


Voted the #1 music studio by Grand Rapids Kids for the 4th year, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids and Jenison offer private lessons on the most popular instruments - piano, guitar, voice, drums, and strings.

Our top-notch instructors are carefully selected and undergo background checks. With 45 teachers and two locations, you can be assured that your child will have the best personality and teaching style that works for them. Our two annual recitals and Musical Ladder System help keep them motivated.

New this year are an online registration option and lesson management system that includes parent-teacher communication!

Please contact us at one of our two locations:

Academy of Music in Grand Rapids
616-965-1655
[email protected]
https://www.academyofmusicgr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/grmusicacademy

Jenison Academy of Music
616-265-5887
[email protected]
https://www.jenisonmusiclessons.com
https://www.facebook.com/jenisonmusicacademy

St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids

Music Lessons

st cecilia music center

24 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503


"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 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.

Joyful Sounds Music Studio in Grand Rapids

Music Lessons

joyful sounds music studio

959 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506


Joyful Sounds is the place for your family! Starting with music classes for newborns, we'll support your children's musical growth from infancy on.

You'll love our classes/lessons with our fun, experienced, talented and loving instructors who are passionate about music.

Experience the Joy of Family Music™ with us!

Music and Piano Lessons FAQs

At what age do music lessons start?

When your child starts music lessons depends on several variables, but all children between 6 months and 5 years old can benefit from having some sort of early childhood group music class, like the Kindermusik or Music Together programs. These toddler classes are typically a “mommy & me” style class for caregivers and their children. They help develop a sense of rhythm and melody, as well as reinforce cognitive connections and social skills.

If your child is older than 5, simply wait until they display interest or ask about music lessons on their own. If your child appears to gravitate towards music, then it’s worth giving tutoring a solid try. For best outcomes, interest is always more important than age.

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?

The going rate for music and guitar lessons varies with the skill level of the instructor, the lesson location (home or professional studio), and the additional activities offered.

For beginners, music lessons typically range from $20- $35 for a 30-minute lesson.

  • 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. 

How do I choose a music teacher?

Today it is easy to come across a source for music or singing lessons, especially if you ask a friend or conduct a simple internet search. Some things to be aware of when searching on the internet:

• Check public reviews online
• Avoid group classes for children older than 5 or 6, especially for piano or guitar lessons.
• One-on-one lessons are the best investment when it comes to time, money, and results.

Do I have to purchase an instrument for guitar or piano lessons?

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

Most experts recommend trying before buying. Rentals are available through local companies like Meyer Music 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.

When you are ready to purchase, get advice from a professional. A music teacher’s guidance can ensure your choice is the right one for your child.

Like with most things, you really do get what you pay for when it comes to musical instruments. Purchase the best instrument you can within your budget. If an instrument stays in tune, sounds good, and feels good, the student is more likely to stick with it, as they internalize good output as, “I sound good!” Luckily, you can rent to own student-level instruments at some music stores. Also, don’t forget a solid music stand! Children practice for longer periods if they have one.

Top-Voted 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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen

4000 J Maddy PKWY, Interlochen MI 49643
• 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
• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Academy of Music in Grand Rapids

6159 28th St SE, Ste 24, Grand Rapids MI 49546
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Private Music 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, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, String Instrument 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, 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, Bass Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons, Choir
• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Caledonia Dance and Music Center in Caledonia

131 E. Main Street, Suite E, Caledonia MI 49316
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar 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, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell

11650 Downes Street, Lowell MI 49331-9489
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Girls Choral Academy in Grand Rapids - Downtown

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 Northview

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

Hastings Community Music Center in South of Grand Rapids

200 S Boltwood, Hastings MI 49058
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Joyful Sounds Music Studio in Grand Rapids

959 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
• Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Music Together®, Rhythm Kids®
• Infants & Toddlers, Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

K Voice Studio in Grand Rapids - NE

829 Oaklawn St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
• Singing Lessons, Private Music 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

MTM Piano in Kentwood

871 Springwood Dr SE, Kentwood MI 49508
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Olive Tree Music Academy in Grand Rapids - NE

450 Hopson St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
• Piano Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Riverside Guitar School in Grand Rapids - SE

1533 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
• Guitar Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

School of Rock Grand Rapids in East Grand Rapids

2505 Burton ST SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546
• Singing Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Bass Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids

24 Ransom Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
• Group Music Lessons
• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Swank Music Studio in Wyoming

1582 44th St, Wyoming MI 49509
• Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Brass Instrument Lessons, Woodwind Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Group Music Lessons
• Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Triumph Music Academy in Grand Rapids - SE

949 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
• Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Drum/Percussion Lessons, Ukulele Lessons, Bass Lessons, String Instrument Lessons, Private Music Lessons
• Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

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