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Camille Hastings, owner of Leading Note Studios
Camille Hastings, owner of Leading Note Studios in Encinitas. Courtesy photo
Faces of North County 2022

Face of Learning Music: Camille Hastings, Leading Note Studios

The Best Place To Learn Music

Leading Note Studios, or LNS, is North County’s number one choice for learning and recording music. They are winners of the National Music Studio of the Year and, in addition, have been awarded “Best of Encinitas” for the past three years. LNS serves over 840 clients weekly, from toddlers to adults at all experience levels.

LNS was founded in 2009 by Camille Hastings, a graduate of Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Camille has taught and performed in Nashville and sang with Barry Manilow, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant. She has also appeared singing on national television as a child.

“Our Mission is to bring everyone the joy, peace, and love that music has to offer to all ages,” said Hastings. “You will never regret learning music; in my 40+ years of teaching, I had not met someone glad that they quit lessons when they were young. Music is a lifelong skill you can cherish and enjoy, and we want to bring that to our community.”

Now with two locations in Encinitas and San Marcos, they offer lessons in all instruments, including but not limited to; piano, guitar, drums, voice, bass, mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, sax, flute, cello, violin, and more. They also teach theory, songwriting, and audio engineering lessons.

“We are a joyful, happy, healthy, positive, and safe place for you to be,” Hastings said. “Music heals, and we can help you with that. We have students who have had years of lessons, go off to college and then come back and work with us in the summer. One student is now a full-time teacher for the studio!”

LNS’s services include free recitals and music workshops, professional music photos, college application recording sessions, audition preparation and training, headshots, resume editing, complete CD recordings, sound mixing and design, and sometimes even music-related homework assistance.

LNS also has a Recording Studio and offers engineering lessons with Pro Tools, Logic & GarageBand, and Ableton. In addition, they offer full recording and mixing sessions for large rock bands, vocal choirs, voice-overs, and college audition recordings with video.

“Our goal is to share our love of music with you,” Hastings said. “With our experienced professionals, high-quality audio and video technology, and warm environment, Leading Note Studios is the finest place to learn music.”

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