The Neighborhood Music School

The Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights (photo by Leslie Velez)

The Neighborhood Music School’s long tradition of providing music instruction and performance opportunities to Boyle Heights and its surrounding communities began in 1914 in a building appropriately located on Mozart Street.  East Los Angeles evolved around it into a culturally diverse district, and the Neighborhood Music School changed with it, moving in the 1940s into its historic two-story Victorian.

Beloved for its homey atmosphere and dedicated staff, the Neighborhood Music School has grown to reach over 250 students of all ages, with over two dozen instructors teaching orchestral string, woodwind, guitar, and voice lessons; select group classes are also available.  The school makes an effort to increase the accessibility to music by charging only $4.00 per 30-minute lesson for most students, and offering scholarships to students who need tuition assistance.

Twice yearly recitals and regular “showtimes” before an audience introduce students to solo performance in the friendly space of the school, and community concerts are offered regularly during the summertime, often taking place on the Victorian house’s lawn among flower beds and shade trees.

Click here to read about Bernard Leon, who began his music education at the school at four years old learning violin and piano, and is now Neighborhood Music School’s office manager.