More Than Just A Factory Of Music Lessons

Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock for lessons in rock, pop, blues, jazz and live performance. We’re not just a music factory for instrument lessons on how to regurgitate popular songs, our staff combines music theory, rhythm, technique and performance into each and every lesson. Put simply, we are the best private music lesson program in Orange County.


Since 2004, VTMA has operated with a belief that music lessons and workshops deserve more than just a one size fits all, factory style of teaching. Even though we’ve taught over 5,000 students in group classes, private lessons, summer camps and our innovative workshops, we’ve taken the time to invest in every single one of our students. Our more advanced students participate in our one-of-a-kind Live Band Workshops and all of our students have the opportunity to perform for their family and friends in one of our professionally produced, VTMA Concerts. VTMA has some of the most talented instructors in the area and most up-to-date facilities and technology for helping people of all ages learn how to play and perform.


We’ve done so much more than just crank out thousands of lessons each week! Graduates of VTMA programs have gone on to tour internationally with major acts in the music industry, names such as Eddie Money, Selena Gomez, Stevie Wonder, Halsey, Earth, Wind & Fire, Demi Lovato and more!

Private Lessons


Private lessons are the heart and soul of what we do at VTMA. Each one of our instructors has years of experience in performing and teaching and is committed to their student’s success. Click on the specific instrument below to learn more… or send us an email for a free lesson!


Guitar Lessons


Piano Lessons


Voice Lessons


Drum Lessons


Bass Lessons


DJ Lessons


Adult Lessons


Private Lessons for adults is one of our specialties at Van Tuyl Music Academy. While many schools and teachers are content to just teach the notes of a new song each week, our instructors go beyond, teaching you the rhythm, theory and musical secrets behind what makes your favorite song, your favorite song. Email our team today to begin gaining an understanding of music like you’ve never had before.


Live Band Workshops


Live Band Workshops are yet another service that sets VTMA apart from all the rest. As our students progress on their instruments, it is vital that they gain experience playing in a live band setting. In addition to being an absolute blast, these workshops are where our students really hone in on their skills and understanding of music. Nothing can teach you more about yourself and your abilities than learning to lock in with a group of musicians and play as one.


VTMA Concerts


The VTMA Concerts, above all else, are what place us high above every other music school. All VTMA students are included in our bi-annual Soloist Concerts at absolutely NO COST. That’s right, no tickets, no fees. From our Soloist Concerts to our Performance Academy Concert Series, VTMA Concerts are not the recitals of yesterday. Soloist students perform exciting renditions of their favorite songs, accompanied by live musicians or professionally mixed and edited accompaniment tracks. Our Performance Academy concerts are simply something that have to be experienced. Past concerts have included tributes to Queen and David Bowie, The Beatles, 80’s Glam Rock, Modern Rock, and reviews of some of the best periods in music history.


Orange County’s Original School of Rock


Van Tuyl Music Academy is the original school of rock in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County, to this day we go far beyond teaching a few chords and hosting a jam session. Click here to read more about why VTMA is such a unique school of rock, pop, blues and more.

Taking lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Our facilities have clean rooms, the latest technology and a large music library. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is the original school of rock, musical theater, pop, blues, jazz and live performance in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County.

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The Original School of Rock

Van Tuyl Music Academy is the original school of rock, pop, blues, jazz, EDM, musical theater, metal, funk and modern music in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County. Founded in 2004 by Huntington Beach native, Ryan Van Tuyl, there are many reasons why our music lessons, group classes and performance programs are the best in Huntington Beach. Here are just a few…

We're Huntington Beach Locals

We’re a local business in every way possible. After its initial founding, VTMA got its big break in Huntington Beach by pioneering low-cost, yet fun and innovative group classes for voice, piano, drums and guitar with the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department. Not long after, RockStars was able to open its first location on Beach Boulevard with the help of several Huntington Beach residents and education leaders who saw our passion for performance based arts and music education in Huntington Beach. We’re not franchisees, but a team of professional musicians with a true passion for teaching others about music. That School of Rock movie may not be about us, but our instructors are true Rock Stars who’ve toured the world with major label music acts. We didn’t pay a multi-national education firm hundreds of thousands of dollars so we could get a one-size fits all formula for lesson success. Our successful teaching philosophies and methods of music education come from years of experience in performing, touring, study, higher music education, knowing what to teach and how to teach it from thousands of lessons taught since 2004.

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You're Never Too Old Or Too Young (mostly) To Start

While there’s an age minimum at VTMA (generally 5 years old), there’s no age limit. We’re always going to have more youth here, but we love adults and you’re absolutely never too old to start! Our goal from day one has been to create a community of teachers, kids, parents, teens and adults who love music and want to better themselves through its study. We think we’ve done a pretty good job for a while now, why don’t you come and experience all we have to offer? Be a part of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, Van Tuyl Music Academy.

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Real World Music Education

Learning can and should be fun! And who says you can’t immediately learn songs you love? We hold high regard for the classical virtuosos of today and yesterday, but at VTMA we are always seeking to be on the cutting edge of the music industry. We’ve seen first hand that students and musicians without an education based on the music of the last sixty years will not succeed or even be able to enjoy the benefits of musicianship in today’s world. We appreciate the classics for their history, technique and theory, but have found that any student can attain just as good, if not a superior quality of music education and understanding through performing the most popular songs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Like many things, the music industry is very different now from what it was thirty or even twenty years ago, which makes it so important to receive a real world music education. While we respect and borrow some aspects of a classical music education, we are determined to equip each student with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the modern music world.

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Voice | Guitar | Piano | Bass | Drums |DJ

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Not Only Professional Musicians, Professional Music Instructors

Our Instructors have a lot of experience. VTMA has searched exhaustively for instructors who not only share a passion for teaching their craft, but also understand that the best way to keep a student interested is to teach them music they are familiar with and enjoy playing. As you’ll find, each instructor at VTMA has an extensive, real world education, many years of teaching experience, and the performance knowledge to help each student succeed. Our Instructors have the depth to work with everyone, from the absolute beginner to even the most advanced students with specific goals in mind. VTMA knows that not every good performer makes a good teacher. Any talented musician has lots of performance experience to show and tell, but the secret to becoming a talented music Instructor lies in the passion, patience and perseverance required to impart that knowledge onto an eager student. We understand this concept because our business was founded and is owned and managed by actual music educators. At VTMA, our instructors teach, not because they need a job, but because they love teaching music!

Meet Our Team Of Instructors:

Voice | Guitar | Piano | Bass | Drums | DJ

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Orange County's Best Live Performance Academy

Our performance programs are a labor of love and are the true essence of what Performance Based Music Education means. Our workshops are more than just a jam session; students learn theory, rhythm dynamics and the true secrets of music and life success. Watching a student develop skills and apply them in a performance is truly a rewarding experience, it makes us want to be better teachers, drives us to challenge our students and encourages them to reach their full potential. We believe this is evident in our Performance Academy and Soloist Concerts. We’ve always taken a performance based approach to our teaching and we believe that playing an instrument with your friends is the most enjoyable way to experience music and life in general.

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The Best Venues For The Best Musicians

Our Performance Academy concerts are held in the community every year in prominent HB locations such as Bella Terra Amphitheater and, of course, our annual 4th of July celebration concert at the Huntington Beach Pier! We never charge extra for concerts or make you buy tickets, and we certainly don’t make your kids perform in a dingy, seedy bar. Your reward for getting them to and from lessons and rehearsals should be to relax and sit in a beautiful venue and enjoy it along with as many friends and family that you can bring (and they won’t be paying either).

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Better Scheduling Than Your Doctor's Office

What’s worse than rushing to arrive at an appointment on time, but then sitting in the waiting room because they’re running behind? We’re focused and committed to being on time with our lessons and rehearsals so you can plan accordingly. At VTMA we know, through our experience, the demands on both the student and the parent. Kids are busier now than they’ve ever been and many parents have to balance work with getting their children to those commitments. Rest assured, our waiting room is not a holding area to prolong your day, but a clean and comfy drop off and pick up zone.

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Taking lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Our facilities have clean rooms, the latest technology and a large music library. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is the original school of rock, musical theater, pop, blues, jazz and live performance in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County.

Call (714) 594-9853 or Email Us Now For a Free Trial Lesson!