North County's
Finest Place to Learn Music

Thank you for our first 10 years!
For pricing and scheduling please give us a call, text or email.

All ages and all experience levels welcome!

13 Benefits of becoming a Leading Note student:

1. We offer music lessons on all instruments

Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, Trumpet, Sax, Flute, Cello, Violin and more!  We also teach theory and songwriting lessons.

2.  Only music school with an in-house recording studio.

LNS has it’s own Recording Studio and offers engineering lessons with Pro Tools, Sibelius, Logic &  GarageBand. We also offer full recording and mixing sessions for large rock bands, vocal choirs, voice overs and college audition recordings with video.  Each month there is a winner from our students who get to record in the studio FOR FREE!

3. Our services are top notch.

We offer free recitals, professional music photos, college application recording sessions, audition preparation and training, head shots, resume editing, full CD recordings, mixing and designing, and sometimes even music-related homework assistance. 

4. Leading Note Studios has the largest and most qualified teaching faculty in North San Diego County: 

We have 20+ music teachers, all with either college training or professional performance experience.  Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With several music teachers for every instrument, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson. Our staff will speak with you about your student's goals, musical interests, and learning styles to make sure it’s a wonderful experience. All LNS teachers have passed thorough background checks. 

5. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week! From early in the morning to late at night, LNS can accommodate your busy schedule.

We love a good Keytar!

We love a good Keytar!

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.            (Office hours 9:30-6:00).

                          Fridays: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.                            (Office hours 10:00-5:30).

                        Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                (Office hours 9:00-2:00).

Sundays per appointment (Office closed)

6. Early morning and lunch time lessons for home schoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.

Since we are the largest school in North County San Diego, we are able to be a 'full service' music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 8 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a home school parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.

7. A proven track record of excellence since 2009.

Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed.  Leading Note Studios has a proven track record of offering quality music in Encinitas, CA  year-round. Our full time mission is to teach music in a fun, safe and educational environment to begin and enhance a student's love for music.  We have been trusted by over 700 families over the last 10 years.

8. A comfortable parent's lounge for our clients.

With over 2,700 square feet, we have the most spacious and parent-friendly waiting area in Encinitas.  Instead of waiting in a music retail store showroom, our clients enjoy a spacious, professional parent's lounge with comfortable chairs, kids toys, free Wi-Fi, magazines and filtered water service.  We also provide observation windows on every door so that you can watch your child's lesson while you wait. Or, if you prefer, you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.

9. Professional office staff six days a week to serve you. 

In Encinitas, our school offers full time professional customer service for their students six days a week. Many music studio desks are staffed by the teacher/owner or more commonly an answering machine. We have several office team members who are available at the front desk to assist our clients quickly and professionally.

10.  Great location - Encinitas near Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe.

Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Encinitas. Close to our school, you will find great shopping, dining and grocery specialty stores like Trader Joe's and Sprouts. Our location is convenient and we have many students from Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff, and  San Marcos.

Bridget learns piano with a smile!

Bridget learns piano with a smile!

11. FREE Picture Days offered several times a year.

We are the only music school in Encinitas that offers a free picture day for their students. Every Summer and Winter we host a free picture day during recitals with professional photographer Chris Tillman.  This is a service that our student's parents love as they all want quality photos of their children. Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.

12. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
We are the only music school in North County that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends. The Musical Ladder is our unique method of music education that you can only get here.

More importantly when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults.

13. We offer month to month lessons.

The studio does not require semester minimums for lessons.  Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.

If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.


It's easy to take the next step:

Lessons are first come, first serve
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!
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All lessons are taught in-studio (no in-home lessons) at:

2146 Encinitas Blvd, 105,  Encinitas, CA  92024
(Just North of Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas and Manchester Intersection)

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Offering quality guitar, voice, ukulele, mandolin, electric bass, trumpet, trombone, cello, harmonica, saxophone, violin, flute, clarinet, drum and piano lessons and more!  

Serving students of all ages in Leucadia, Fairbanks Ranch, La Costa, La Costa Valley, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach, San Elijo Hills, San Marcos, Bressi Ranch, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley and more.

Riley tries out the violin.

Riley tries out the violin.