We help students reach their goals in music and in life by teaching them healthy techniques and attitudes to have towards their training. Many of the things learned here can enrich other areas of a student's life. We want our students to be happy, and to rock! Many times have our students applied our methods to their academic life, making vast improvements in their performance (much to their parent's delight).

Our methods are not just for the young though! We have students ranging from three years old, to folks who are well into their life. Music is for everyone to enjoy!

Currently we are giving lessons for:

- Guitar
- Bass
- Drums
- Piano/Keyboards
- Mandolin
- Banjo
- Violin
- Recording and production
- Composition
- Voice

A free introductory lesson is available to all first time students!

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Available Monday through Sunday
  • One on one lessons
  • Duet lessons
  • Personalized lesson plans

Payment Options

  • Cash Only, PayPal, Personal Checks

Contact Details

  Website
  Person John Whitehead
  City Torrance, CA
  Zip Code 90505
  Address 23706 Crenshaw Blvd #105A
  Phone Number (310) 650-4021
  Mobile (310) 782-5496

Business Representative

John Whitehead

Private Instructor

I've been teaching with Peaceland Music for 8 1/2 years (as of 7/2014). I started out as a student here, and was so amazed by what I'd learned that I just had to share it with other people.

When I can to James Musser for lessons at Peaceland Music, I was about to quite playing guitar altogether! I learned new habits and attitudes that helped take me to the next level of playing and enjoyment. After about six months of practice, I mentioned to James that I would like to teach as well. He helped me get started, and here I am today, doing something I never thought possible.

Taking lessons was a life changer for me, who knows where music will take you!

Promotions & Discounts

We will subtract the cost of a lesson during your birthday month! This never expires, and is offered to ALL of our students!


Your first lesson is on us! You will be able to meet the teacher, and get a feel for how the lessons will flow. You'll be able to review our policy information and ask any questions that you may have, and it won't cost you a penny!

  • I would recommend this business

John is awesome! Every since my daughter started taking guitar lessons with John, she has improved soooo much! He is very patient, crazy good at playing guitar, and most important a great instructor. He makes it easy for a young child to understand all the basics, doesn't jump from song to song every lesson, he makes sure student is comfortable and understands each lesson before moving onto next. I would strongly recommend John for anyone who is seriously considering playing a guitar, he is excellent!

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  • I would recommend this business

John was my teacher, he was so patient with my learning style. He was able to provide more than adequate lessons. He even helped me learn my favorite songs on piano! I highly recommend him if you are interested in a teaching service that will go according to your personal learning pace!

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Mr. James Musser great!!! I'm very happy my daughter is taking vocal classes and next week she's going to take violin classes with him as well.

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  • I would recommend this business

Until I left SoCal for Seattle, for about 3 years I studied guitar with James Musser, master musician and teacher and founder of Peaceland Music. He gave me keys to guitaring development that still keep opening doors to new skills and keener musicianship. It's hard to tone down the superlatives in describing how helpful James can be, but most important, he tunes in to where you are in your development and what approaches suit your learning style best. His engaging temperament makes him incredibly easy to work with and his perceptivity ensures that he gives his students work that challenges without overwhelming. He listens to you so that you learn new ways to listen to yourself and grow as a musician. I've had several guitar teachers over the years, and none has surpassed James, who has earned my highest rating.

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I have an instructor who caters the lesson in a way that helps me learn and keeps it fun and engaging. couldn't really ask for anything more

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James is amazing. He really teaches you how to appreciate your talent and be patient with yourself. I had him for guitar and voice lessons. Really great place to grow musically .

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  • I would recommend this business

My son has been taking guitar lessons from John (Whitehead) for about a year now. We couldn't be happier. John is professional, patient and very competent. My son has mild autism, so it's sometimes challenging to find an instructor who can get the best out of him. John has a relaxed attitude but he also stresses proper technique, so I feel like we've really struck gold. I would recommend Peaceland Music to anybody.

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  • I would recommend this business

As an industry professional, I went to Peaceland to make sure that I didn't slip on my guitar skills and knowledge. Working with John Whitehead, I was able to actually grow my repertoire, keeping me sharp for whatever I was doing! He is very good at tailoring his teaching style to the student, making sure to impart his vast skills in a way that the learner gets and keeps it fun, so students of all ages enjoy their lessons and want to keep learning and practicing! Great place to learn a great hobby, if you're thinking of going somewhere else, don't!

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  • I would recommend this business

Reposting my children's reviews as they absolutely love having John as their teacher: I want to give John 6 stars. He is a very good teacher and he is nice to me. He gives me good music to play and has helped me to write my own song. - Kathryn (age 6) John is a very cool musician. He is a great teacher and gives me good advice. He chooses great music for me to play, like Star Wars. - Alex age 9

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  • I would recommend this business

James is a kind, gentle, humble soul who's got the guitar chops like nobody's business. While you can spend years hitting your head against the wall trying to learn on your own or through YouTube "lessons," James quietly, effectively zeroes in your weaknesses (many you didn't know you had) and strengthens the foundation of your playing rather than shallow fixes. Great guy, loves guitar and loves teaching to all ages, including middle-aged adults like myself. Go see him!

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Customer Testimonials

I just had my first bass lesson yesterday. My teacher, Dennis, seems very knowledgeable. He's also pretty friendly.


Excellent lessons, from passionate and skilled teachers.

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