Has Guitar Hero inspired you to try and play a real guitar? Time to put down the plastic one and learn how to play a real musical instrument. The Las Vegas entertainment industry has created a great network of music stores and schools in the valley. Professionals and amateurs can pick up everything they need from instruments to supplies to sheet music. The experienced teachers at these local music centers can take you from novice to maven in no time at all.
Family Music Centers
2714 N. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 435-4080

Family Music Centers are the perfect places to both rent an instrument and take classes. This local company has three locations in Las Vegas, all offering both lessons and rentals. Family Music Centers have teachers available evenings and weekends, and students get discounts on books and instruments. The studios are private, sound-insulated and have equipment for making live recordings. Visit the website and download this flyer for a free class coupon. 

Las Vegas School of Dance & Music
8665 W. Flamingo Rd., Suite 112
Las Vegas, NV 89147
(702) 489-2300

The Las Vegas School of Dance & Music offers a variety of private music lessons including piano, voice, drums, guitar, wind and string instruments. Classes are offered in increments of 30, 45 and 60 minutes, private or in a group setting. Private lessons start at $130 and are available Monday through Saturday. Teachers at the Las Vegas School of Dance & Music are trained at the university level and have the ability to teach students of any age.

Las Vegas Music Academy
9353 Spellman Court
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 301-4288

Las Vegas Music Academy specializes in piano lessons and music composition for kids and adults. Group and individual classes are available starting at $66 per class. Monthly classes are available for advanced students priced from $130 to $260, with no long-term contracts. For just $10 more, you can have take lessons in the comfort of your home. Las Vegas Music Academy also organizes workshops, seminars and ensemble festivals.

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Kessler & Sons 
2350 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 8
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 242-2263

Kessler & Sons is a family-owned music store in Las Vegas specializing in band and orchestra instruments. The company has three locations in the valley, each offering an array of music lessons for all ages. Kessler & Sons teachers are all professional musicians and proficient at teaching to all skill levels. In addition to music lessons, Kessler & Sons carries inexpensive instruments designed for beginners.

Las Vegas Piano School
4155 Flamingo Crest Drive, Suite 5 
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 809-7576

Las Vegas Piano School is run by Masha Pisarenko, a Russian-American concert pianist who has played to audiences all over the world. In 2006, she opened the Las Vegas Piano School to share her talents in teaching piano to the children and adults of Las Vegas. Las Vegas Piano School has both group and private lessons for all skill levels. New students can try it our with a free introductory class. Purchase 10 or more lessons and get five percent off and refer a friend to get a free 60-minute class.

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