Benefits of joining a Music School

Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune his/her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.

Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid's schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you're on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won't be the next Beethoven, but she may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.

1. IT IMPROVES ACADEMIC SKILLS.

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns. It seems that music wires a child's brain to help him better understand other areas of math, says Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA. As kids get older, they'll start reciting songs, calling on their short-term memory and eventually their long-term memory. Using a mnemonic device to do this is a method that can later be applied to other memory skills, says Mary Larew, Suzuki violin teacher at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. Musical instrument classes also introduce young children to basic physics. For instance, plucking the strings on a guitar or violin teaches children about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as drums and the vibraphone, give big kids the opportunity to explore these scientific principles.

2. IT DEVELOPS PHYSICAL SKILLS.

Certain instruments, such as percussion, help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids, says Kristen Regester, Early Childhood Program Manager at Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago. String and keyboard instruments, like the violin and piano, demand different actions from your right and left hands simultaneously. "It's like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time," Regester says. Instruments not only help develop ambidexterity, but they can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, like dance and sports.

3. IT REFINES DISCIPLINE AND PATIENCE.

Learning an instrument teaches children about delayed gratification. The violin, for example, has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet, Larew says. Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. "Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time," Larew says. Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.

4. IT BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM.

Lessons offer a forum where children can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence, Regester says. Group lessons, in particular, may help children understand that nobody, including themselves or their peers, is perfect, and that everyone has room for improvement. "Presenting yourself in public is an important skill whether you become a professional musician or not," Larew says. This skill is easily transferrable to public speaking, she adds. And, of course, once a child is advanced enough, she'll possess musical skills that will help her stand out.

5. IT INTRODUCES CHILDREN TO OTHER CULTURES.

By learning about and playing a variety of instruments, kids can discover how music plays a critical role in other cultures. For instance, bongos and timbales may introduce children to African and Cuban styles of music. Although the modern-day violin has roots in Italy, learning to play it exposes children to classical music popularized by German and Austrian musicians. Versatile instruments, such as the violin and piano, can accompany a wide repertoire of styles, including classical and jazz (which originated in the American South). It's important to familiarize children with other cultures at a young age because this fosters open-mindedness about worlds and traditions beyond the ones they know.

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  Person Robbie & Ben Knauer
  City Agoura Hills , CA
  Zip Code 91301
  Address 28501 Canwood St Suite 3E
  Phone Number (818) 206-3412

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Robbie & Ben Knauer

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Hi, I'm Robbie Knauer and my husband and I run the Knauer Music School. We have a strong desire to provide a fulfilling and inspiring experience to all our students by giving meaningful support to the many different musical interest and goals each one has. My husband Ben is a master piano technician who has provided quality pianos for decades to musicians all over the world. Ben has been a passionate piano player, song writer and singer since he was a child and his talents in this area have created hit records for his songwriting, singing and arranging. Ben and I have raised three children and for twenty consecutive years I was involved in our children's musical education. I researched extensively to learn about music lesson pedagogy, wanting to have an understanding for the teaching methods of the best classical teachers in Los Angeles area, as well as the creative techniques to expand into composition, improvisation and song writing. Ben and I see the joy constantly that music brings into our children's everyday lives from having provided a strong music foundation. Our home is often filled with music from a daughter or two singing and playing piano, a son on drums and a friend or relative on the guitar, saxophone or stand up bass. At these moments I'm always thinking to myself "I love my life"

As far as our music teachers are concerned, Ben and I are in awe of the amazing instructors we have on our team. Their level of musicianship, enthusiastic devotion to their students and the warm caring individuals that they are, truly touches us and we feel so grateful that these are the teachers that represent our school. We truly love our entire team at The Knauer Piano Music School and hope you will too.

Products & Services

Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons

Our voice teachers cover many styles of music from pop, rock, gospel, jazz, musical theater, R&B, country, soul, opera and much more. Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, learn how to perfect their voice, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, and enunciation. Our voice teachers are extremely professional and passionate about singing and love to share their knowledge and experience with you.


Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons

Our drum instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues, and more. Our instructors want to get to know each student and learn about their music preferences and aspirations. The teacher paces the lessons material appropriately for each student. Technique is emphasized so that the drummer can have the control to be a dynamic, creative player. Drummers are invited to bring in their favorite drum parts to learn in the lessons. Your instructor will be there to help you prepare for auditions and band commitments. You do not have to purchase a drum set initially to take lessons. Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks for only $25. 00.


Violin, Cello, Viola, Bass Lessons

Violin, Cello, Viola, Bass Lessons

We offer lessons in classical, pop, country, folk, rock and many more genres of music. The teacher’s warmth and appreciation for the learning process will be part of what will make playing these beautiful string instruments so rewarding. We provide a broad and deep foundation in sight reading, technique and music theory to the extent that the student finds meaningful. We strive to have our students progress to be gratifying to their fullest potential.


Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

Students take their lessons on a high quality acoustic pianos with teachers who are warm and patience and care deeply about helping guide each student to learn the music they desire to play. We offer instruction in Classical, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Cultural and more. We provide a broad foundation in sight reading, technique, music theory, improvisation, and composition to the extent that the student finds meaningful. We strive to have our students progress to be gratifying to their fullest potential. MTAC Certificate of Merit and Royal Conservatory curriculum is offered


Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele and Mandolin Lessons

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele and Mandolin Lessons

Our guitar teachers teach all genres of music from rock, blues, metal, folk, country, pop and classical guitar lessons on acoustic and electric guitars. We teach bass guitar as well. Our teachers will take the time to get to know your interest and goals and personalize a program to have you playing the music you want to play. The teacher will emphasis the technique needed to make each piece a dynamic performance. You are encouraged to bring music to your teachers attention that you want to learn to play.

  • I would recommend this business

I'm so glad to have found this place! Jared has been giving my tween daughter singing lessons/ audition prep advice for a few weeks and he's absolutely terrific! He's very enthusiastic, great with kids, and instilled her with so much confidence for her upcoming audition. Her singing has improved, too.

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A fantastic music school - both of my daughters have had lessons here for more than two years. The teachers and the administration are very good. They both want to go on to study music at College. Knauer have the teachers to support, challenge, and help them achieve their aspirations.

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Knauer Music School is an amazing place to take lessons! They have amazing instructors and I felt very comfortable learning here! If you are interested in taking music lessons I highly recommend Knauer!

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My whole family takes music lessons here! We take both piano and guitar lessons. Great family run business with amazing teachers. I highly recommend.

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This is the best piano school. My son goes here, he is five years old and not only is he learning piano it's becoming a joy and a passion. Rarely do you find that when you give your kids music lessons. Knauer Music School Is a place I recommend all the time to my friends for their kids. Writing this yelp review is a pleasure.

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This is a great music school. All of the people are very kind and friendly and provide an atmosphere that is very conducive to learning. Teachers are very well trained and educated and knowledgeable.

John Michael has been a wonderful fit with my son. He has been patient and also made piano fun and interesting. I highly recommend him and this school. (They also have a beautiful selection of pianos!)

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Both of my boys (ages 5 and 8) just started piano and drum lessons, respectively at the Agoura Hills location with Alex. They both loved their lessons. This morning my 5 year old asked "how many days until his next piano lesson." I'd say that was a success! Alex kept both boys engaged for the entire lesson and made sure to provide tailored instruction for each of them. Looking forward to watching their musical ability grow.

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My daughter just started both flute and piano at the Agoura site. Robbie spent time matching us to instructors and times that work within our hectic life. This studio offers both in home and studio sessions which are great options to have along with instructors who matched well. Thanks for taking the time to ensure success!

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Customer Testimonials

My son (6 years old) start voice lessons at Knauer with Mrs Anna and he loved it! Mrs. Anna was super fun and playful with him and at the same time strict and professional. She made sure that my son even they laugh and have fun he will follow her direction not just about the voice coaching but for him as being on stage. After the class he remembered everything and even start telling his sister how to stand up. Can’t wait for the next week!! Thank you Knauer music school for having high quality teachers.