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North County’s Finest Place to Learn Music In-Studio or Online!

Leading Note Studio owner Camille Hastings sits by a piano in her music school

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Leading Notes Studio


Leading Note Studios is North County’s number one choice when it comes to learning music. Nominated for the nation’s best music studio of the year, LNS serves almost 500 clients weekly, from toddlers to adults at all experience levels.

Their two locations, Encinitas and San Marcos, offer lessons in piano, guitar, drums, voice, bass, mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, sax, flute, cello, violin, and more. They also teach theory and songwriting lessons.

“Our Mission is to bring everyone the joy, peace, and love that music has to offer to all ages,” said Owner Camille Hastings. “You will never regret learning music; actually, I have never in my 40+ years of teaching met someone happy that they quit lessons when they were young… Music is a lifelong skill you can cherish, and we want to show people that.”

LNS is committed to helping students reach their goals by offering a unique Musical Ladder system to reward students with achievements allowing students to become engaged and excited about lessons. Every few months, students have achievement tests with their teachers and are awarded prizes, wristbands, and trophies upon reaching their goals.

The largest music school in North County has more than 30 music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience. Their teachers are devoted to learning about their student’s personal musical goals to help them succeed. With several music teachers for every instrument, LNS has the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs.

“You should choose us because 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 that start lessons, go to college, come back and work with us for the summer. One student is now a full-time teacher for the studio!”

They are also committed to putting you and your family first. Last summer, they gave over $3000 worth of scholarship money to students and families to continue lessons while parents were going through economic changes.

And they offer lessons through Zoom, Facetime, and in-studio in a safe and COVID-conscious environment.

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

LNS also has a Recording Studio and offers engineering lessons with Pro Tools, Logic & GarageBand, and Sibelius. They offer full recording and mixing sessions for large rock bands, vocal choirs, voice-overs, and college audition recordings with video. Each month, one well-deserving student receives a “Student of the Month” award and records in the studio for free.

The school doesn’t require contracts or a minimum number of lessons. Every client is on a 4-week basis, which means no long-term contracts. They specialize in music lessons for adults and even offer flex passes to help with your busy work schedule.

LNS also offers instrument rentals for all instruments. You can order online and have it delivered directly to your home or come pick it up at either location. You don’t even have to be a student to enjoy this convenience.

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

To learn more, visit For pricing and scheduling, call 760-753-7002 or email [email protected].