Beat Making 101 (Ages 8+)

This 10-week course is a perfect starting point for DJs and producers! Learn the basics of beat making and music production in BandLab for Education.

Beginner DJ Lessons in Santa Monica

Beat Making 101 is a perfect starting point for new DJs and aspiring music producers. These beginner DJ lessons teach students how to produce songs and make their own music — even if they’ve never played an instrument or used turntables before!

In Beat Making 101, we introduce students to BandLab for Education, an award-winning online program for student musicians. BandLab for Education’s beginner-friendly features make it easy to use, while giving students hands-on experience with music production software!

Our beginner DJ lessons are taught by expert instructors with experience as DJs and producers. Students will need a computer (Mac or PC) with Google Chrome installed to access BandLab for Education. Classes are offered in-person or online.

By the end of this 10-week class, students will have produced their first song! More importantly, students will have the basic tools they need to craft their own beats, create original music, and step into the producer’s booth! Class duration is 45 minutes.

DJ Lessons for Beginners

Beat Making 101 is a small, group class for beginner DJs and producers. Taught by pros from the local music industry, these classes are an ideal starting point for future hitmakers.

Our Beat Making 101 class is available in-person or online, so that students have the option of learning from home. We also adjust the curriculum for students with existing musical skills. This way, experienced students can build on their existing talents!

Learn to Craft Your Own Beats

Our beginner DJ lessons teach up-and-coming artists how to craft their own beats, mixes, and remixes. Today’s DJs rely on music production software to unleash their creativity and find their voice as artists. Beat Making 101 offers a fun and easy way to build experience with the BandLab suite and make beats for the first time!

Step Into the Producer’s Booth

Beat Making 101 offers more than the chance to simply make your own beats and remixes. By mastering the basics of BandLab, students learn the fundamental skills they need as music producers. This gives students the chance to become accomplished songwriters or prepare for a career in music production.

After Beat Making 101, aspiring producers can enroll in our songwriting classes. In Songwriting 101, students learn the basics of song structure and music theory, allowing them to become accomplished artists in their own right.

Sign Up for Beginner DJ Lessons

Ready to sign up for Beat Making 101? Our beginner DJ lessons fill up quickly due to our small class sizes, so we encourage students to reserve a space as soon as possible! Simply enroll through our website or call Bach to Rock to register for our next class.

Get started with beginner DJ lessons today! Sign up online or contact Bach to Rock for details on schedules and pricing.

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Why Choose Us

The Bach to Rock Method

At Bach to Rock, we know that students learn music more quickly when they’re having fun! Our step-by-step curriculum keeps students engaged and rewards achievement at each level. Students get to choose which songs they play, learn from music pros, and perform with peers at live events!

Music Made Fun!

At Bach to Rock, students choose which songs and genres they want to play, making lessons more fun!

Band & Glee Programs

Through our Band and Glee Club programs, students get to play music with peers, a key skill for growing musicians!

Live Performances

Bach to Rock gives students the chance to perform live at local music venues, helping students build confidence on stage!

One-on-One Lessons

In private music lessons, our students learn one-on-one from some of the most talented music educators in the area.

Early Childhood Classes

Music is valuable for early childhood development! We offer programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary students.

Music Lessons, Camps & Parties

At Bach to Rock, we offer music lessons and group classes for kids and adults, plus camps and birthday parties! With our fun and beginner-friendly approach, it's never too early or too late to get started with music!


Bach to Rock offers music lessons for all ages and skill levels. Our private lessons include piano, guitar, drums, voice, and a wide range of other instruments. We also offer beginner classes and ensemble programs like Band and Glee Club. Anyone can learn to play music with Bach to Rock — even if you've never played an instrument before!


Our camps are a perfect choice for students who love music! We offer full-day and half-day summer camps, spring camps, and winter camps for kids, plus camps on school holidays. Our camps are great for students who want to start learning music and see what it's like to perform!


Birthday parties at Bach to Rock give kids a chance to be rock stars for a day! With themes like Karaoke Birthday and Rock Birthday, partygoers get to perform and record songs by their favorite artists. We also offer birthday party packages for younger children and corporate teams!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about music lessons at Bach to Rock®? Below, we’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions about our programs, including which types of lessons we offer, how much our programs cost, and how to get started!

Bach to Rock offers a wide range of music programs, including lessons for all ages and skill levels!

Our private lessons include programs for piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, and voice, as well as brass, string, and woodwind instruments.

We also offer group classes — including beginner classes like Piano 101, Guitar 101, and Voice 101 — plus ensemble programs like Band and Glee Club.

Pricing for Bach to Rock music lessons depends on the type and duration of lesson. You can find up-to-date pricing and schedules for all of our programs through our online sign up system. Pricing may vary by location.

All Bach to Rock students must have access to their own instruments for at-home practice.

Bach to Rock is more than happy to advise parents and students on instrument purchases. We can recommend local stores that sell high-quality instruments for a reasonable price.

We also have wholesale contracts with instrument manufacturers and suppliers. This allows us to provide instruments at a discount to parents and students who purchase them from us.

A list of recommended instruments and accessories is available for all parents and students.

While students must have their own instruments for at-home practice, Bach to Rock will generally provide students with instruments for in-school lessons.

Drums, guitars, keyboards, and support equipment (such as amplifiers) will always be supplied by the school. This way, students don’t have to transport bulky equipment to and from lessons.

As students advance, they may feel more comfortable using their own instruments for lessons at Bach to Rock. Students are encouraged to bring their own instruments to school for lessons when possible.

Note that we do not provide wind or orchestral instruments such as clarinets, flutes, saxophones, or violins.

It's never too early to get kids started with music! At Bach to Rock, we encourage parents to start music classes early in childhood, so that kids can enjoy the developmental benefits of music education.

Our programs include Rock n Roll (ages 1-3), Rock City® (ages 3-5), Kids n Keys (ages 5-7), and Fun with Music (ages 6-7). Our early childhood classes help prepare students for private music lessons as they grow older.

We recommend starting private lessons at age 7. This is the age when most students are able to read sheet music — an important skill for private lessons.

Music education offers a wealth of benefits in early childhood. At Bach to Rock, we offer a range of fun and exciting programs to introduce your child to music!

These programs include Rock n Roll (ages 1-3), Rock City® (ages 3-5), Kids n Keys (ages 5-7), and Fun with Music (ages 6-7).

At Bach to Rock, we welcome students of all ages — including adults! Our adult music lessons are open to students regardless of their skill level or experience.

Whether you’re playing an instrument for the first time, want to brush up on existing skills, or feel like learning a new instrument, we’ve got you covered!

In addition to in-person lessons, our music programs are available online.

Bach to Rock’s online programs include private music lessons, group classes for beginners, early childhood programs, and online workshops!

Parents and students can sign up for Bach to Rock music lessons, camps, and parties at the click of a button! Our online sign up system makes it easy to enroll, and includes up-to-date information for pricing, availability, and scheduling. We also accept registrations over the phone or in-person!

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Standout Students & Future Stars

Discover talented students at Bach to Rock! Our Wall of Fame includes featured students and bands, as well as winners from events like Battle of the Bands.

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