Photo of Brent Canter Trio at their CD Release Party at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City - Brent Canter is a South Bay School of Music Guitar School alumni

Redondo Beach, CA


(310) 540-6767

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Here's what students, parents, teachers and staff have to say about South Bay School of Music:

"I learned more in one lesson with Mark Fitchett than I did in three years with my previous guitar teacher [at another music school]." - Frank Palminteri

"Let's hear it for the teachers!" - Ethan Kolsky's dad at the end of our student rock concert at diPiazza's, October 5, 2008.

"I really enjoy my lessons each week and my instructor always knows how to adapt to my interests and keeps me motivated to playing! I'd highly recommend the school to anyone that wants to learn to play guitar." - Rob Sherman, Velocity Interactive (

"It's very difficult to find a piano teacher who teaches both standard classical repertoire and jazz. That's why we were interested in (piano teacher Lisa Michiko Kato). . .Jacob has made huge progress in a very short amount of time. . ." - Jordan Clay

"Jenny Oetzell really likes her guitar teacher and taking lessons at the Guitar School. Everyone is very friendly, patient and interested in MUSIC! Jenny doesn't feel pressured. She wants to enjoy taking lessons and she does. It's relaxed and fun. Thank you for your great school!" - Jenny's mom

"So far I have enjoyed my lessons and have gained a lot of experience from my teacher. The environment is friendly, and I am learning new things every lesson." - Andrew Ratley

"I started intermediate lessons with Mark (Fitchett). Now, two years later, I am writing and arranging my own music. Mark's talent and enthusiasm has both broadened my musical interests and helped me to become a better musician." - Chuck Wilson, South Bay Real Estate Broker for ReMax ( (

Check out the totally unsolicited review that Andrya Hammond, our administrative assistant, decided to post on Yelp a while back:

"I've worked here for almost a year and a half now. My high rating should not be considered one to be of biased opinion, however.

Our instructors have excellent professional and educational backgrounds. They are a hip, knowledgeable staff with an extreme passion for teaching. They are also my favorite part about coming in here everyday.

I will admit that I'm pretty lucky being surrounded by amazing musicians all day and I get paid to boss them around. Whenever I get sassy with them, I quickly explain that it's only because I dont have a "real" boyfriend, and all of my nagging girl vices have to be let out somehow.

The lessons are private (verses group), taught at our school. The teaching method is set to the tone of the students needs.  The emphasis is on learning solid music fundamentals while simultaneously focusing on the music that keeps a student motivated and interested.

I've signed up dozens upon dozens of students who have come here, unhappy with lessons they were taking somewhere else, and have got only the highest praise based on the results.

The owner is a passionate guitar god work-a-holic. He really knows his stuff. He is a great person, and really strives on providing quality music lessons for people of all ages. 

We also have tri-monthly recitals that you can participate in if you choose....School of Rock style."

...Whoa! Thanks, Andrya!


South Bay School of Music, 1710 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 | (310) 540-6767 |

Peninsula School of Music, 31244 Palos Verdes Drive West, Suite 205, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA in the Golden Cove Center |

Long Beach School of Music, 3840 Woodruff Avenue, Suite 109, Long Beach, CA 90808 | (562) 627-0464 |

South Bay School of Music serves students from Redondo Beach, Torrance, Hollywood Riviera, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and surrounding areas.

Peninsula School of Music serves students from Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes Estates, and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Long Beach School of Music serves students from Long Beach, Bixby Knolls neighborhood, El Dorado Estates neighborhood, Los Alamitos, Rosmoor, Cerritos, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Bellflower, Compton, Whittier, Lynwood, South Gate, Pico Rivera and surrounding areas.

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