Modern Music School
(626) 578-9242
2982 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

We specialize in performance based music lessons.

Here at MMS we're super passionate about band and performance-based music lessons. We believe they're the most effective – and the most fun – way to learn an instrument.

Our experience shows that students who play in a band naturally want to learn as much as they can, including technical skills and music theory, because they want to keep up with their peers and contribute to the rich sound their band produces. This camaraderie helps students make progress faster than they would in one-on-one lessons.

Being among friends makes learning a lot more fun, and whenever learning becomes fun, it becomes easy!

And let’s face it, there just isn’t a lot of glamour in playing by yourself. The greatest amount of fun comes from playing with others.

Here's a list of 7 added benefits of performance based music lessons, they: increase motivation, boost creativity, create team spirit, help overcome inhibitions, promote healthy competition, enhance social development and boost self confidence!


You want to learn how to play an instrument, but you’re a complete novice?

Then the Superstar(t) Program is for you! We’ll teach you all the fundamentals of playing an instrument in just one year.

Similar to our Band Program, students in the Superstar(t) Program learn in small groups. The group promotes an atmosphere of learning from one another. It takes the pressure off of individual students and provides an atmosphere of reassurance and support - all of which contribute to students relaxing and enjoying music more.

By being part of a group, students make progress faster than they would in one-on-one lesson. It's also a lot more fun, and whenever learning becomes fun, it becomes easy!

Along with other beginners, students thoroughly practice all the basics of technique and will be able to play their first real songs after only one lesson. Then, step by step, they’ll add to their knowledge and skill.

After only one year of classes, students have the skills to play in a band and to focus completely on their very favorite music. This is what makes the Superstar(t) Program the perfect preparation for our other programs.


Modern Music School teaches beginners, intermediates and professionals of all ages.

Our lessons include: drums, keys, guitar, bass, and vocals, ranging from the Personal Program for individual and particular interests, to the Band Program, aimed at making progress as a group.


After Work Music

If you have a full time job with a busy schedule and have always dreamed of learning a musical instrument then this program is perfect for you! After Work Music allows you the opportunity to have a creative outlet after a long day of work

Golden Age

The Golden Age program is for any student who is over the age of 50 and has a passion for music! Research shows that learning an instrument is better than any hobby at helping to keep your mind and body young and healthy.

Personal Program

This class is our Premium Package: You get your own individual syllabus, designed by your teacher especially for you and your personal goals. Our Personal Program is the right choice for you if you want to learn more about particular subjects, if you want to get started on a professional career, or if you simply get the most out of having one-on-one classes.

Team Program

Many studies have proven: The best learning environment is within a small group of similarly minded members – which is precisely what our Team Program offers.


But Modern Music School is so much more than just classes. We get our students to perform live and on stage, we present their bands on our website, and we present awards for success. Ultimately, we open up the door to the MMS Community – a network of music fans where everyone is welcome. From the occasional guitar player to the professional vocalist.


From our blog

How band lessons can help anyone form genuine friendships and become a better musician
 by Hans-Peter Becker  August 9, 2016

In times where real connections are oftentimes replaced by social media and ‘online friendships’, and homework keeps children locked to their desks, they often lack the time (and ability) to form deep friendships. Modern Music School can provide children with an opportunity to connect with like-minded kids by letting them play in a band and grow together.

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Deliberate (music) practice is the road to excellence – but not without a teacher
 by Hans-Peter Becker  July 3, 2016

“You wish to climb a mountain. You’re not sure how high you want to go — that peak looks an awfully long way off — but you know you want to get higher than you currently are. You could simply take off on whichever path looks promising and hope for the best, but you’re probably not going to get very far. Or you could rely on a guide who has been to the peak and knows the best way there. That will guarantee that no matter how high you decide to climb, you are doing it in the most efficient, effective way. The best way is deliberate practice…”

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