Lafitte Music Center offers both private music lessons and affordable group music classes in an environment that encourages fun and inspires a love of music. More than just instructors, our teachers are mentors who will work closely with you (or your child) to help articulate your musical goals, discover how you learn most naturally and design a program that is suited to you.
When you’re ready we encourage you to attend a free trial lesson for yourself or your child, meet our teachers and tour our school! The Lafitte Music Center is conveniently located in the Almond Orchard shopping center in Citrus Heights, CA.
Why choose Lafitte Music Center?
Individual & Group Music Instruction
Our music students are surrounded and inspired by other musicians, instead of practicing all alone at home. We are the ONLY music school in the Citrus Heights / Fair Oaks area that offers instruction in all of these instruments in one location: Piano, Vocal Training, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Congas & Cajon, Ukulele, Clarinet, Saxophone, Harp, Double Bass and Trumpet.
Training for All Age Groups
We know the value in learning music early, which is why we have a CURRICULUM FOR KIDS as young as 3-years old — we’re the only music school in the greater Sacramento area that provides this. Learn more about our Yamaha programs for young musicians.
Experienced Compassionate Teachers
We have the best teachers! Our teachers have their own love of learning — are masters of their subject matter and set high expectations for all students, with compassionate guidance.
Every student’s path is different!
We believe that every individual has a unique creative potential
and that each student’s musical and artistic journey will take a
form that reflects their uniqueness.
Our music students not only learn their instruments but have the opportunity to perform monthly at our Performance Club which provides a rich environment that helps budding artists express themselves with confidence. We have our own beautiful and intimate recital hall with stage where we host our Performance Club and concerts.
Vocal student Mahita, accompanied by piano
Vocal and acoustic guitar student, Dat Pham
Piano student, Gabriel
Recent News: Group Class Registration
Our most recent group classes are shown following. Contact us to today to ensure your place in our next group class!
Please go to our Online Registration page to enroll, or attend a Free Preview Meeting for yourself or your child, meet our teachers and tour our school. If you have questions please feel free to Contact Us. We look forward to meeting you.
The guitar classes all start on the week of may 20th.
- Ages 5-7 — Wednesday, 4:30-5:15pm
- Ages 8-12 — Monday, 4:15-5:00pm
- Ages 12-16 — Wednesday, 6:30-7:15pm
Learn basic principles of guitar playing, Includes musical notation and theory.
Explore different genres of music from folk to rock.
End of session performance.
- Ages 9-15 — Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm
- Ages 9-15 — Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm
Learn basic principles and techniques specific to Electric Guitar.
Explore music of guitar artists like Hendrix, Clapton, and groups like the Beatles to Rolling Stones.
End of session performance.
- Ages 15-Adults — Monday, 5:30-6:30pm
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t know what instrument to choose from. How do I figure out?
You can schedule one or more of the following:
- You can schedule either a FREE tour with Mr. Andrew who is going to make you try every possible instrument that we teach here.
- If you only hesitate with a couple instruments, you can schedule FREE preview lessons with the teachers.
- You can come assist to one of our monthly recitals given by the teachers and students and hopefully be inspired by one instrument or another.
When are your recitals? Are they free?
Every month!! Yes they are free for anyone to attend + family and friends, neighbors, etc! They usually take place the last Thursday OR Friday of every month at 6:45pm. They usually last an hour and the students are participating on their own will.
On top of monthly recitals that we call “Performance Club”, we host 2 large concerts. The END OF THE YEAR CONCERTS, and THE SUMMER CONCERTS.
Do I need to have an instrument at home?
Unless your instrument is voice, yes it is highly recommended in order to give yourself or your child the best chance to succeed.
Practice is very important in making progress! If you are not sure about spending money right away into an instrument, we can definitely rent you one of ours. They go from $25 to $50 a month depending of the instrument.
What age is recommended to start?
We have a piano program within the Yamaha Music Education system that starts at 3 years old. For other instruments than piano, 6 is the recommended age but we can take them younger if they are very motivated.
How much are the lessons?
Pricing for group lessons: Group lessons are $25/hour. sold in sessions of 10 weeks each. The groups meet 1 hour per week. Because our group lessons are carefully planned and organized, they are not on a drop in basis. After each session of 10 weeks, students are eligible to enroll to the next level, or change group depending on their pace and desires.
Pricing for private lessons: We meet once a week, for either 30 min, 45 min and 60 min. For beginners and young children, we recommend 30 min.
- Private lesson 30 min : $140 / month, (4 times 30 min lessons)
- Private lesson 45 min : $180/ month, (4 times 45 min lessons)
- Private lesson 60 min : $240 / month, (4 times 60 min lessons)
Pricing for semi private lessons: If you want to learn with your friend, child, or parent, you can request a semi-private lesson: Semi – Private lesson 60 min : $120/month per student, (4 times 60 min lessons)
Am I too old to start an instrument?
Not at all! Our oldest student started at 92 years old. During the monthly performance club and annual concerts, you’ll get the opportunity to see many adults performing.
What is the difference between group and private?
Here are some advantages for group learning:
- fun learning environment
- opportunity to play duets, trios and small ensemble pieces
- inspired by our peer’s performances
- much cheaper
And some advantages for private lessons:
- one on one attention from the teacher
- being able to learn, or request to play the song we like
- we learn at our own pace
- The lesson is customized to the student’s need
Do I need to practice?
The short answer is yes. The misconception that some students have is: “I don’t need to practice because I already know”
The purpose of practicing and instrument is to reinforce the muscle memory, as well as refining the coordination and sound delivery.
Professional musicians, and concertists practice hours a day, even if they “already know”.
There is never a perfect way to play, as every time we play, it is different. Playing is communicating, and practicing is training our body and mind to communicate through music.
For young children, we encourage parents to practice with their children at their beginning stage of their musical journey, until they develop an independency.
What our parents and students say…
Lindsay C. ∗∗∗∗∗ This place is awesome. My daughter is in one of the group piano classes and we’ve been to a few of the events and open mic nights. The owner is very open and imaginative and the space has a creative ambiance. It makes for a really great experience overall.
Jaime M. ∗∗∗∗∗ Love this place. It is a place I get me time and paint. The instruction is fabulous and everyone there is super friendly. You never feel new to the place and that is one of the best parts, like coming home and spending time with family and friends. Tuesdays are now one of my favorite days of the week.
Diana N. ∗∗∗∗∗ My 5-year-old son has made significant growth since starting piano at Lafitte Music Center only six months ago; he is already playing chords and playing with both hands simultaneously. He is learning to hear notes and read music so naturally and easily. He has so much fun learning new songs and even composing his own. What’s more, I’m finally having my own ah-ha moments all these years after traditional piano lessons frustrated me.