Piano, Keyboard & Synth Lessons

Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, classical pop, blues, jazz and live performance for piano. Whether you have a child that wants to learn the piano or you’re looking for yourself, Van Tuyl Music Academy is the place for you. Our seasoned, professional piano instructors have experience with students of all ages and ability levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.


VTMA is more than a music factory for piano lessons, we’re an immersive, one-of-a-kind school that teaches you how to truly understand and connect with the piano in a way you’ve never thought possible. Our instructors go beyond the notes on the page, focusing on understanding music theory, rhythm, sight reading, chord knowledge and technique. Modern piano and keyboard isn’t just learning how to play favorite songs on the piano, it’s understanding what makes the song and the part something a listener will never forget.

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Piano Lesson F.A.Q.’s

At what age do you take students for piano lessons?

At RockStars we take students as young as 5 for private piano lessons.

Do I need a piano to take piano lessons?

It’s important to have an instrument for practice in between lessons. You do not necessarily need a piano. Many students can learn for a quite a while on an electric keyboard, once they’re committed to their piano lessons, a full-size, 88-key piano or keyboard is recommended.

Are private piano lessons the only thing you offer at Van Tuyl Music Academy?

Not at all! We also have Band Workshops for of any age and ability level through our Performance Academy. For more advanced players that have taken piano lessons before or currently have a piano instructor, we have the ultimate performance experience for young players! 

About our program:

Our piano, keyboard and synth program is revolutionizing the way people learn piano. All of our state of the art piano rooms feature an acoustic piano and a digital keyboard. We are the first and only school in Orange County to offer piano lessons where students don’t start by suffering through Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, but by enjoying to play music by Queen, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, and even Cartoon Theme Songs. At Van Tuyl Music Academy, we appreciate what classical music does for someone wanting to master the piano by spending hours and hours every day practicing some of the most complex pieces of music ever written. We can even teach those pieces if students really want to dedicate themselves to learning them, but we don’t feel it is the best way for a new student to enjoy playing the piano. Our students begin by learning We Will Rock You, the 12 Bar Blues, and the Blues Scale, which teaches the five finger pattern, two hand playing, and improvisation. They can then advance to choosing their favorite songs and learning to perform them on the piano. Along the way students learn soloing, string arrangement, and organ accompaniment, all with an emphasis on eventually becoming an accomplished Jazz, Rock, and Blues pianist.

Taking piano 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 Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, classical, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for piano. We’re so much more than just a music factory of piano lessons in OC.