Easy and Flexible

We are open 7 days a week, offer a wide variety of complimentary services and let you book, manage, reschedule and cancel your lessons anytime from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also choose how and when you’d like to pay, adjust your appointment frequency as you go and interact with us in multiple ways.

Kick Ass Studios

Our teaching and recording studios have all been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

Pro Teachers

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

Live Support

Practicing is where most students struggle the most. A small misunderstanding can sometimes lead to a week’s worth of frustrating practicing sessions. Luckily, we are here to help! Call, text, IM or email us with your question, and we promise to get back to you that same day.

360° Education

  • Tailored curriculum to meet your goals
  • Access to multiple expert instructors
  • Repairs, maintenance and instrument care
  • Gear advice: pedals, cymbals, strings, etc.
  • Help with forming bands and booking gigs

Secret Ingredient

While each of us first got into teaching for various reasons, we all kept doing it for the same one: we absolutely love it! Sharing the gift of music with others is immensely rewarding and honestly feels great. It’s a labor of love, and it shows in the way we teach.

Instructors

All of us here at ModernTone are professional musicians and producers who have been teaching for years and have helped hundreds of students be the best music creators they can be. Click on an instructor to learn more about them.

Will Griffin

A Performing and Recording Pianist, Keyboardist and Producer who worked with Grammy winning musicians

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Charles Pariente

Session guitarist, producer and songwriter with over two decades of experience and a BA from Berklee College of Music

Luca Brown

Guitarist, music producer, songwriter and session musician with a passion for rock, country, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more

Lesson Info

We offer music production and recording lessons for all levels, ages 10 and up. Whether you are a complete beginner, an intermediate producer or an advanced home studio owner looking to go pro, we can help you take your recording and production skills to the next level.

Our instructors are professional musicians, producers and recording engineers who work with bands, singer-songwriters and instrumentalists all over the Bay Area. Our lessons are tailored to your unique goals, musical taste and the amount of time you have to practice every week. We are fluent in music theory and have tons of experience in creating a personalized music production curriculum that will take you where you want to go.

Music production lessons take place at our newly renovated studios in Lafayette, CA right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot, and street parking is plentiful. We are less than a mile away from Lafayette BART, and the way over is perfect for walking or cycling.

Prefer remote video lessons? We do those too! Just check the “Online Lesson” option when scheduling and you will receive login instructions via email. Video lessons are conducted over a virtual classroom, where both you and your instructor can display your screens and explore a variety of production tools and methods.

If you are new to recording and producing music, this is the perfect place to start. Here is where music and technology meet, ideas turn into reality, and stories come to life. We will start by going over your recoding setup and getting familiar with your DAW. We will make sure that your equipment is plugged in correctly, walk you through the settings and features of your gear and software and discuss some basic production concepts and methods. By the end of your first lesson you will be ready to record some tracks and producing music!

A great production starts with great music. Learn how to arrange, as well as structure a song in a variety of genres. We will layer parts and instruments, discuss how to make better musical choices and harness your existing musical knowledge to craft a tighter musical composition. More personalized production lessons are also available, with the option of using a personal song or project to learn professional production methods.

Get to know the ins and outs of the DAW of your choice. We teach Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and GarageBand. We are also fluent in Universal Audio’s Apollo environment and can help recommend third party plug-ins, synths, samples, loops, etc. If you feel strongly about using another DAW, that’s cool too. We can still help take your productions to the next level.

Learn the timeless recording and production techniques that were used to make your favorite albums. We will discuss microphone choice and placements, polar patterns, phasing, EQ and dynamics, using distortion and saturation, comping, doubling and more. We will discuss how to capture the sound different instruments and how to arrange the recorded tracks in your DAW.

Master modern production techniques such as beat-making, synthesis, sound design and sampling. We will learn to work out of templates, chop up drum breaks, find samples that support your track, use the groove pool, sample and warp audio and create your own original beats and sounds. We will discuss how to use equalization, compression, and basic mixing tools to take your productions to the next level.

Schedule Lessons

STEP 1

BOOK

Choose type of lesson you’d like from the list and pick a good day and time. You can even schedule recurring or multiple lessons and sync lesson times with your Google, iOS or Outlook calendar. Want to get some lessons for a friend or loved one? Private music lesson gift certificates are available here.


STEP 2

PAY

We accept all major credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. You can choose to pay as you go, buy multiple lessons in advance or set up autopay – whichever works best.


STEP 3

PLAY

We will text you a couple of days before your lesson to remind you that it’s almost music time. On lesson day you arrive at our newly renovated studios. Please help yourself to some coffee, green tea, and cold water.

Your instructor will meet you in one of our lesson rooms which are all equipped with hi-quality instruments and amps that were individually handpicked. Before our time together is up, we ensure that you fully understand your practicing assignments and double-check that we provided you with all the music charts you need.

Have questions during practice? We’re here to help! Hit us up and we’ll figure it out together.

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Learn From Home: Video Lessons Now Available

Video lessons are a fun and effective way to work on your music without ever leaving the house. Join over 120 students taking one-on-one video music lessons with ModernTone instructors. It’s super easy to use and works on your phone, tablet and computer. Just check the “Online Video Lesson” option when scheduling your lesson and we will take care of the rest.

Virtual Classroom

We use Google’s HD video platform to provide high-quality video and sound for the best possible virtual lesson experience.

Cloud Folder

Your sheet music, templates, and backing tracks are stored on the cloud to access any time and share with your instructor.

Screen Share

Presenting our screens during lessons lets us use visual aids, share music software screens and discuss lyric sheets and charts.

Music Production Lessons Gift Certificate

Looking for a unique music gift that the aspiring musician in your life will love? Get them lessons with a professional music producer! Gift certificates are good for in-studio as well as online video lessons and are great for both current players and first timers.

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More Info

Our studios are located in the heart of downtown Lafayette, right off the freeway. We have a private parking lot and street parking is easy and plentiful. The address is 1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Lessons are $80 for a full hour and $50 for half-hour sessions. We recommend weekly lessons, but you are free to set the lesson frequency as you wish. We also offer monthly lesson plans designed for committed students who take lessons regularly. We respectfully request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. No-shows and lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full.

Music is our love, our passion, and our trade. We have spent decades studying, practicing, and mastering this craft, eventually turning it into our livelihood. We rehearse regularly to stay on top of our game, follow industry trends and fashions, exchange ideas with other musicians constantly and strive to get better every single day.

  • We believe in pushing our students to their full potential, but doing so in a positive, nurturing and encouraging way
  • We believe that matching students with the right instructors help to form a better human connection between them and leads to better, happier students
  • We believe that music should be learned in a soulful, inspiring, and comfortable environment
  • We believe in using high-quality musical instruments and equipment

Our teaching and recording studios have been built from the ground up with acoustics and soundproofing in mind. We designed the spaces to be ideal for music teaching and recording. We handpick all of our amps, instruments, and accessories, and pride ourselves with using high-quality equipment that is made in the USA.

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FAQ

While the studios are open every day of the week, we can’t all be there all the time. However, most of us are available for lessons on multiple days throughout the week. Our quick online booking process matches your schedule with your instructor’s availability and helps you find the best day and time for your lesson. Want to reserve that day and time every week? Click the “recurring” tab after choosing a day and time. Prefer to book a different date every time? Be our guest. You can even book multiple lessons in advance, each at a different day and time.

Your instrument, a notebook, and a will to rock and roll! A list of songs you like is also a great idea.

We sure can! Introducing you to new ideas, techniques, methods, scales and musical concepts, will help you break out of your rut and regain your long lost enthusiasm. In addition to that, we will make sure you improve gradually from week to week and help you establish a proper practicing regimen. We’ll teach you how to be meticulous about your playing and maybe even show you a secret trick or two ;)

You can definitely borrow, just make sure that you are free to keep it for a while because you will need it to practice at home between lessons. However, in the long run, it’s probably best to own your instrument.

Monthly Lesson Plans

Our monthly lesson plans are designed for committed students who take lessons regularly and would like to reserve the same day and time with their favorite instructor. Missed a lesson? Couldn’t make it this month? No worries! Your unused lessons roll-over from month to month so you will never be charged for lessons that you did not attend (just don’t forget to let us know 48 hours in advance).

2 lessons

60 min. each, every other week
$160 per month

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4 lessons

60 min. each, once a week
$320 per month

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8 lessons

60 min. each, twice a week
$640 per month

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Lesson Plans for Kids

While we strongly recommend 1-hour lessons for aspiring musicians of any age, we appreciate that some kids have a hard time focusing for a full hour, especially the younger ones. To help, we offer 30-min lessons for children under the age of 12.

2 lessons

30 min. each, every other week
$100 per month

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4 lessons

30 min. each, once a week
$200 per month

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8 lessons

30 min. each, twice a week
$400 per month

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Have any questions?

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ModernTone Studios
1018-B Almanor Ln.
Lafayette, CA 94549

7 days a week, 10am-8pm