About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission at Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to facilitate a dynamic music education and to teach beginning and accomplished musicians of all skill levels. Our primary focus is on the youth of the community, but all are welcome and encouraged to participate. The Conservatory offers private music lessons on all orchestral and band instruments, as well as a variety of ensemble classes at a reasonable cost. We grant scholarships to children who qualify, providing free lessons and instruments. The performances and recitals put on by the Conservatory are a fulfilling experience for the students and a beautiful outreach to the community. Our goal is to keep our standard of teaching at the highest level while maintaining a friendly, fun and nurturing environment. The study of music enriches not only the lives of the student and teacher, but the community and society as well.



Silverlake Conservatory of Music a Brief History

In the later part of the previous century Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary paid a visit to his former school, Fairfax High. As he toured the campus he became aware that through fiscal cutbacks his beloved music program had been decimated. He often credited that very same program for the success he was now enjoying as a world famous musician. He wanted to do something to help alleviate this shortcoming.

His close friend and fellow Fairfax High alumnus, Keith Barry, had been teaching music for years and so an idea was born. To fill the gap in music education the idea was to create a music school and as soon as possible begin to offer scholarships to kids that might not have access to lessons or instruments. Enlisting the help of their friend Pete Weiss the school was built at Sunset Junction in Silverlake with the doors opening in 2001. Gaining full non-profit status in the year 2003 the school began achieving the goals central to its mission.


In the interceding years new programs have been introduced, choirs, orchestras, summer school programs for kids, songwriting workshops and more. Each semester a recital is held to celebrate our love of music. A gala benefit concert is held each year with artists donating their efforts to help raise funding for our programs. Neil Young, Patti Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and many others too numerous to mention, though equally appreciated, have participated. After fifteen years SCM has outgrown our home in Sunset Junction.

Through our fundraising efforts and the dedicated hard work of our incredible staff and talented teachers we are now embarking on the next phase of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. A new permanent home has been found and in the early summer of 2016 we are humbled to announce that we will be opening doors at 4652 Hollywood Boulevard. The new facility is housed in a building built in 1931 and was remodeled to offer the best use to our students, community and friends. We are thrilled to know that our music school is set up to thrive and be of service well into the future and beyond.



SCM’s new home, designed by Bestor Architecture, is in the middle of a thriving block on the border of Los Feliz and Silverlake. Formerly a light-filled makeup factory on Hollywood Boulevard, the original brick walls and wood bowstring truss ceiling from 1930 have been lovingly restored and refreshed to bring warmth and light to the renovated interior.  The 13 lesson studios and large recital space in the rear of our new home compliment the beautiful student and parent lounge and music store at the front.  There is color and vibrancy throughout the space, making SCM an exciting hub of activity that reflects the creativity of our faculty and students.  SCM’s new home triples our capacity and allows us to double our scholarship program, offering more music education for the kids and kids at heart in our community.



Silverlake Conservatory of Music’s retail store offers essential supplies for the study of music. We also carry a fine selection of starter instruments, instruction books, musical gifts and accessories.



PRIVATE Instruction

 We provide one-on-one lessons in all instruments and voice. 


The curriculum employed at Silverlake Conservatory of Music includes instrumental technique, vocal technique, and music reading. As a student’s proficiency increases, examples of various musical idioms are used and music theory is introduced.

Please call 323.665.3363 to schedule lessons





2nd – 8th grade

This is our popular 2-week intensive music camp, where kids gather to explore their musical beings! Camp is held 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday thru Friday. Campers learn music theory, play in ensembles, compose original material and leave camp inspired and excited! The teachers and teacher assistants (many times alumni campers) are supportive, encouraging and model good musicianship. Campers give a lively performance at the end of camp and long lasting friendships are forged. We are not surprised to see returning campers year after year.





9th-12th grade, Community Service Hours

SCM offers music students from 9th – 12th grade the opportunity to continue participating in our rigorous summer music program as mentors and teacher assistants. These young adults are all current music students who are motivated, inspirational, positive, confident and responsible – all things we like to model for our young musician campers. As most teachers know, it’s when we act as leaders that we really take our own craft to the next level. Tuition is waived for our mentors and community service hours can be accrued. If you would like to apply, please email [email protected] with Summer Camp Internship in the subject.



January 2
Private lessons resume
January 4
Peace Orchestra Session I Begins
January 22
Sight Singing Workshop Begins
January 29
Live Wire Session I Begins
January 30
Songwriting Workshop Session I Begins
March 12
Silverlake Singers Begins
March 13
Youth Chorale & Masters Chorale Begin
March 29
Peace Orchestra Session II Begins
April 2
Live Wire Session II Begins
April 3
Songwriting Workshop Session II Begins
April 5
Community Yoga With Nina Snow
Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am, Donation based
April 18
PLAY Music Classes Begin
June 19 – June 30
Summer Camp Session I
June 28
Peace Orchestra Session III Begins
July 10 – July 21
Summer Camp Session II
July 24 – August 4
Summer Camp Session III
August 13 – September 24
Adult Solo Performance Workshop
August 14 – September 25
Sight Singing Workshop
September 16 – October 21
Bang...Zoom! Fall Session 1
10:00 - 10:50am
September 22 – November 17
Live Wire Session III Begins
September 25 – December 11
The Blooming Tunesmiths Fall Session
6:30 - 7:30pm
October 8 – December 10
Silverlake Singers
6:00 - 8:30pm
October 9 – December 11
Youth & Master Youth Chorale Begin
October 11 – December 13
Peace Orchestra Fall Session
November 4 – December 16
Bang...Zoom! Fall Session 2
10:00 - 10:50am
April 16
SCM Closed for Easter Sunday
May 27 – May 29
SCM Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
July 1 – July 4
SCM Closed for Independence Day Weekend
September 2 – September 4
SCM Closed for Labor Day Weekend
November 23 – November 26
SCM Closed for Thanksgiving Break
December 18 – January 2
SCM Closed for Winter Break
February 4
SCM First Annual Scholarship Brunch *for scholarship students & families only
April 5
Community Yoga With Nina Snow
Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00am, Donation based
April 23
SCM 5k Funk Run
April 29
SCM Rummage Sale
9am - 2pm – SCM's Burkle Hall
May 21
SCM Spring Choir Program
June 7
Peace Orchestra Final Class & Gathering
June 10
The Blooming Tunesmiths Recital
June 11
Live Wire Final Class & Performance
December 10
December 16
SCM Winter Solstice Recital
December 17
SCM Winter Choir Program

Fees & Policies

private lessons:

Private lessons are $30 per half hour on a month-to-month basis. Lessons are the same time every week, same place, with the same instructor. There is a one time $20 registration fee for new students to the school.

Cancellation policy:

We ask that students give us at least 24 hours notice when they cannot make a class; they will receive a credit for this class that will carry over to the following month.  Classes cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will not receive a credit, and makeup lessons are not guaranteed. Only one credit will be offered per month.  There are NO refunds available.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As to Student

Silverlake Conservatory of Music admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program, and athletic and other school administered programs.

Late Fee Policy

Late payments for private lessons are subject to a $15 late fee. Late registrations for ensemble classes are subject to a $15 late fee.


One of the primary missions of Silverlake Conservatory of Music is to provide scholarships to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford lessons. Through a variety of sources including: personal contributions, corporate contributions, musical instrument donation, and in-house fundraising activities – the Conservatory has maintained a strong roster of talented and committed future musicians. We strive to address the decrease in arts education in schools while providing cultural enrichment to our community at large.

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Contact Us

We are located ON HOLLYwood blvd. just east of vermont ave.



4652 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90027      

Phone: 323.665.3363      

e-mail: [email protected]     

Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm