Music has a long history, predating written records. The oldest known instrument is a Flute made from a Vulture Bone found in a German Cave in 2008. The Flute is thought to be 40,000 years old. When a replica of the fragile artifact was played they found it possible to play the Star Spangled banner and many other popular tunes.

Early humans had already discovered the Pentatonic scale. 

Music is tied to human history. Music defines many eras. 

Fine Tune Academy students learn the story behind the songs. The culture and context associated with a song can be a great way to bring history alive.

There are two main types of Guitar, Electric or Acoustic.

The word “Guitar” comes from an old Persian word “Chartar” that means four strings.

Modern Guitars have 6 or even 8 Strings.

The largest playable guitar in the world was made by the

Academy of Science & Technology in Texas. The Gibson “Flying V” 

is as long as a school bus!

Vulture Bone Flute


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Many people consider Piano to be the King of instruments

Early examples of a Piano date to 1700

Piano Keys were made from Elephant Tusks up until the 1950’s.

Today, instead of “Tickling the Ivory’s” we mostly tickle plastic


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Yamaha 360 Drum Kit

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Schimmel Grand Piano

Discipline and Patience
Piano Lessons, Guitar Lessons teach the concept of delayed gratification. The Guitar, for example, has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single note, you must first learn how to hold the Guitar, how to hold the Pick, and where to place your Fingers. Playing an instrument teaches students to persevere through hours, and even months of practice before they reach specific goals, such as memorizing a solo piece or performing with a band.

The Fine Tune Academy instructional worksheets are intuitively laid out and color coded to accelerate comprehension.

Stress Management
Practicing an instrument is often compared to meditation. Many people feel refreshed and relaxed after a 30 minute practice session.
Performing well for an eager crowd is a great feeling. Managing stress and performing under pressure are valuable skills that students carry with them for life.

The Fine Tune Academy offer over 20 performance opportunities per year for students of all ages & Experience levels.

Time Management
Practice is the Key to a Musicians success. Making time to practice and spending your time practicing efficiently are skills that can be applied to all aspects of work and play. New students receive our Fine Tune Academy eBook "How to Practice" to get the ball rolling.

In a Rock Concert a Drummers Heart rate and energy use can equal an

Athlete running a 10k.

The longest drum roll by an individual is 8 hours 1 min 17 seconds and was

achieved by Christopher Anthony (USA) at a shopping centre in San Carlos,

California, USA, in 2012.

In studies on the effects of rhythm on brains, researchers showed that

experiencing a steady rhythm actually improves cognitive function.

 Heil Sound "Fin" Microphone.

Music Lessons

The Fine Tune Academy is the only Music School to have won or placed in every

North County Battle of the Bands competition.

Fine Tune Students have had their Music featured on Radio, TV, iTunes, Pandora and Major Motion Pictures.

The Fine Tune Academy has been providing Music Lessons and Musicians Services in North County San Diego since 2003. We set ourselves apart with a multimedia curriculum taught by a dedicated faculty of experienced working musicians.


Our Course allows students to advance quickly on their path to becoming a confident musician with a detailed understanding of Music Theory, Music History, Recording Arts, Stage Craft and Songwriting. We offer over 20 events annually including Shows, Field Trips and Workshops.​

What are the benefits of  Music Lessons?

Playing an instrument is an excellent source of pleasure and fulfillment. Solo practice and playing with others can provide a deep sense of satisfaction. 

Better BRAINS!

A recent study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than students who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.

 "We, as parents, we're lucky enough to be introduced to the Fine Tune Academy. Our son learned not only how to play guitar, but how to perform. I truely believe our son would not be achieving the his current level of success in college if it wasn't for the lessons learned making music. Besides the dedication to practice and study skills our son aquired, he gained the confidence to perform and speak in front of large groups of people" E. Deane (Carlsbad, CA)



There is no human culture, no matter how remote or isolated, that does not sing

Popular music is dominated by Songs with Singers,  less then 5% of Americans

purchase instrumental music.

Singing releases endorphins, which make you feel instantly happier!

Less then 2% of the human population is actually tone deaf. If you cringe when a performer sings a horribly flat or sharp note, then you are not tone deaf. 

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Self Confidence
Private Music lessons offer a forum where young Musicians can learn to accept and give constructive criticism. Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence.  

Team Work
Rehearsing and performing with a band requires Team work.

Punctuality, Setting Goals, Communicating concepts and being accountable to the group are all skills valued in education and the workplace. 

Voice . Guitar
Piano . Bass
Drums . DJ

1964 Montgomery Ward "Airline"

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