JLA Music is a comprehensive music services company that provides guitar & piano lessons, live special occasion music, music theory, ear training, composition & arranging lessons, music engraving, music transcription, recording, and other services. JLA Music has been in business for more than 35 years. JLA Music has given hundreds of music performances, taught more than 24,000 individual lessons and 160 sections of classes, and provided many other services.

Jeff Anvinson, the owner of JLA Music, has broad experience in music as an educator, performer, arranger, composer, conductor, music engraver, music transcriber, writer and music critic, audio and video recording engineer and producer, and more. He studied orchestration with Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Dominic Argento and performed in a master class led by multi-Grammy-Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin.

He has taught at universities, public schools, community education programs, commercial music stores, private practice, and the internet. His recordings can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. He creates and publishes instructional videos on two YouTube channels: jlamusic and musicmannd1. He has created hundreds of arrangements and many compositions for a wide range of instrumental combinations, including chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, duos, trios, solos, and others.

After study at three universities, he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He has published more than twenty articles in several periodicals and performed numerous times in the US, China, and Canada. He distributes and promotes the guitar compositions of Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle.

Serviced Areas

  • Grand Forks, Fargo, East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls

Payment Options

  • MasterCard, Money Orders, Personal Checks, VISA

Contact Details

  Person Jeff Anvinson
  City Grand Forks, ND
  Zip Code 58201
  Address 12 1/2 3rd St S Suite 201
  Phone Number (701) 215-8095

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Jeff Anvinson


Jeff Anvinson, owner/operator of JLA Music, has over thirty-five years of very broad experience in the music field, including performing, arranging, composing, conducting, music engraving, music transcribing, recording, teaching, writing, music criticism, producing audio and video recordings, and more. He creates high quality music editions of Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle's guitar compositions, and promotes and distributes them.

  • I would recommend this business

Jeff has been wonderful with my children. He is great at teaching and my children have progressed so much with him! I can't recommend him enough!

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Customer Testimonials

Jeff is an amazing guitar instructor. He is always so enthusiastic, patient and excited. You can tell he truly loves what he does. He is a gifted musician, and an even more gifted teacher. My daughter (12) has been taking guitar lessons from him for over 2 years, and has grown so much as a guitar player in that time.

Highly skilled musician who loves music of many genres. Jeff loves sharing his musical skills with every student! Want to learn a blues song, Jeff will give you patient and fun instruction. Same goes if you want to learn a classical piece by Fernando Sor! Or a jazz classic from the many great songs of the last 100 years. He can also rock out! But if just want to write your own compositions, Jeff will show you step by step how to create written music... and engineer and record your creations! A great guy and fabulous musician and teacher!

Jeff had the task of trying to teach me when I was in my young teenage years and when doing anything my mom wanted me to do was pure torture. Even with his best efforts and my moms nagging encouragement, I didn't practice nearly as much as I should have. That doesn't mean Jeff didn't teach me a great deal. I give Jeff credit for my appreciation of great musicians and love for classical music. He is one of the most accepting and encouraging people I've ever had the pleasure of having in my life. Overall, Jeff is a fantastic teacher and amazing person.

Jeff taught me good technique with a kind sense of humor - thirty years later I still use the exercises he taught me as warm-ups, and the good form I learned from him has been the basis for everything I've done since as a jazz guitarist. He has equally big ears, brain and heart, and his playing is an inspiration for all who play, from beginner to veteran musician.

Social Activity

Playing the introduction to my newest song, hopefully recorded and posted on iTunes and Amazon https://t.co/5kbPZ7djIP
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"It's a Creepy Keyboard Thing", original composition by @jeffanvinson. Email jla@jlamusic.com for free sheet music. https://t.co/HBRgH8bH3X
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Seventh Chord Type and Pop Chord Symbols https://t.co/eyCt6aiI72 https://t.co/b4gMLHwnGC
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Hear and follow Jeff on #SoundCloud https://t.co/WLfumD9NeM
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Web article on the CAGED system for #guitar, authored by @jeffanvinson Free pdf download. http://t.co/DidnCWfslG http://t.co/F3IWTjEC8q
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New #guitar exercise article authored by @jeffanvinson, includes audio clips for practice. http://t.co/OoqBkqLtL9 http://t.co/ju1Assci2L
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The Circle of Fifths, good dogs and bad dogs - a web article authored by @jeffanvinson http://t.co/udp8iJgONQ http://t.co/015YCgkUNs
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@Pamela__Gomess Violin and guitar music by Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle. Free Download. http://t.co/rE3PaStl8L http://t.co/8ewacynXT1
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From Our Website

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose JLA Music for online private lessons, group lessons, and classes. If you're looking for a music teacher, look at their qualifications. Have they had formal education in music? Have they taken lessons themselves? What kind of experience do they have in the music field? How long have they been teaching music lessons? Don't accept that they are qualified just because they put up a sign that says they are a music teacher. Anyone can do that. Although there are some terrific teachers who have little formal training in music (or none at all), in general it's a better bet to hire a teacher who is experienced and formally trained in music.