Our Story

The History of Huntington Beach's Original School of Rock


My name is Ryan Van Tuyl and I’d like to thank you for checking out Van Tuyl Music Academy. We started in Huntington Beach in 2004 with one teacher, one student and a dream. That dream was to create something that had been never before experienced: A music school that taught the exciting genres of Rock, Pop, Blues, Metal and Jazz, combined with the education, technique, and dedication of traditional music lessons. We called ourselves RockStars Music Studios and set off on our mission.

We started offering in-home lessons, group classes with the HB Recreation Department, and private lessons inside my mom’s spare bedroom! When we outgrew all of that, we opened our first official school location in September of 2006. We began producing exciting concerts for our students to perform in, at venues such as the HB Library Theater, Bella Terra and HB Pier Plaza. Our students performed in real rock band tributes to Queen, Michael Jackson, Journey and The Beatles. We were Huntington Beach’s first and original school of rock.


Over the years, our younger students found they could actually love going to music lessons, our high school students were getting accepted into music degree programs at USC, UCI, Chapman, Berklee School of Music and Musicians Institute, our adult students found a new hobby they could really love while learning at their own pace, and we found that we loved doing so much more than being just a school of rock. Whether it’s teaching a student how to really understand the music they’re performing, filming and producing a live music video, or rehearsing a song in a band workshop, our music school is constantly striving to be more.

Just like we outgrew lessons in a spare bedroom, we outgrew the name of RockStars. We wanted a name that would unify our community together as something more than a school, we wanted it to be a family. In 2017, we re-named our school Van Tuyl Music Academy.

We’re so glad you came to check us out! Let me invite you to…

Meet The VTMA Family of Music Instructors

The Van Tuyl Music Academy Family of Music Instructors are the heart and soul of our music school. When we started our Huntington Beach music academy in 2004, our staff consisted of just one instructor, Ryan Van Tuyl, teaching guitar and bass guitar. Soon after, Ryan began adding instructors to his team to teach voice, piano, guitar and drums. Our DJ Lessons program was launched in 2015…

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The reason we call ourselves a family of music instructors is because most of our music teachers stay on staff for so many years! Some of our current instructors have been teaching with us since as early as 2007, some are newer to the team, and some even started in our school taking lessons as young music students, who went on to earn music degrees, and then came back to teach at our school…

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The music teachers working at our music school have the opportunity to work part time in a field they love, earn a great income and also have the flexibility in their schedules and lives to take on major growth opportunities such as, going on world tours with major artists, writing and recording full length albums, earning degrees, and developing their careers as professional musicians who work full time in the music industry. Some of our instructors have even gone on to start their own successful music schools in their own communities…

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We are positive that you will love each and every instructor you will meet at VTMA. Click on an instrument to meet our Family of Music Instructors for each instrument we teach!

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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, Newport Beach and Orange County.

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