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California Music Studios

Encinitas, CA 92024 (map)


Lessons Offered

Banjo, Bass, Cello, Composition, Drums, Fiddle, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harpsichord, Keyboard, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

Online via Webcam


About Me

Devoted since 1987 to correctly matching children or adults of any age with the right music teacher, CMS serves thousands of people just like you. Your musically enriched learning experience, will be crafted just for you!

Serving students throughout Southern California, California Music Studios, guided by founder Jennifer Paterson, has grown from a handful of independently established teachers in one county to currently over 300 teachers in five counties (San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino).

This growth was primarily achieved through positive word-of-mouth and referrals from our happy, satisfied students, their parents, and our wonderful teachers.

Our unique, personalized service has been designed to simplify your search for qualified and available independently established teachers in your area. The most popular music lessons are piano, voice & singing, violin, and guitar, but teachers are available for almost any musical instrument. Independently established teachers continue to meet all types of musical needs – from traditional instruction to the latest in the use of electronic and computer equipment.

My Musical Education Background

Jennifer Paterson, A.R.C.T., Master’s of Music (voice, piano), has degrees from Boston University, The Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. She was a recipient of The Canada Council Award to study at the well-known Royal Opera House in London, and was the principal soprano for the Boston Lyric Opera Company.

She has thrilled audiences with her exceptional performances of popular and classical music throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has released two albums, “Childhood Cameos” and “Le Devin Du Village.”

She also crafted “Joy of Singing,” a two-CD set of vocal training techniques. Her dedication to the legitimate training of the voice and piano has made her a definite asset to the musical community of Southern California.

Genres and Subjects Taught

We have teachers for all instruments and all styles of music, and lessons can take place in your home or in a teacher's studio.

Lesson Rates

Our rates start at $29 per lessons and vary depending on your length of lesson, whether is is in your home or at a studio and the instrument you choose. Contact us, and we will find out what you are looking for!

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

We offer lessons to students of all ages, both children and adults. Private music instruction usually starts as young age four of five. It's never too late to start, or too early to ask!

My Certifications and Awards

A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto
Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia
Masters of Music from Boston University
Member of the Music Teachers Assocition of California MTAC
Member of the NAtional ASsociation of Singing Teachers, NATS
Past Treasurer of NATS
Member of the excusive Pi Kappa Lamda for selected Musicians
Winner of numerous Canadian Music Awards and Scholarships

My Musical Influences

Mozart, Mendelsohn, Mangione, Mahler, Mancini, Manhattan Transfer, Muldaur, McLaughlan, Morisette, Marx ( the musician!)


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Orange County, CA

"We LOVE our teacher! She is a wonderful teacher. She challenges Carolina and is a great fit for her. We are very happy with her progress and look forward to continued success with her lessons with California Music Studios." Laura, Orange




Encinitas, CA

I really like Jennifer. Her passion for singing and music is evident and inspires me. She makes me want to strive to be as talented as her.


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