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 – 7th grade
All instruments and voice
All skill levels

This is a 2-week music immersion where kids who share a passion for music are brought together for a full day of all things music! Each day students rotate into 4 classes where they will be composing, arranging and rehearsing in various ensembles, listening, singing, playing instruments, and learning music literacy. Our teachers and staff are encouraging and supportive and we strive for an environment where kids feel they can indulge their creative spirits as well as gain the discipline that is required to be a music learner. All skill levels are welcome and will be challenged accordingly. New friendships are made and a ton of fun is had. Campers give a lively performance on the last day of camp and it’s always astonishing how much music they learn in 2 weeks!

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm

SESSION I:  July 8 – July 19
SESSION II:  July 22 – August 2
SESSION III:  August 5 – August 10



6th – 12th grade
All instruments and voice
Audition or recommendation of SCM faculty
4+ years experience is recommended


This is a 6-day intensive program for young musicians who have studied their instrument for a number of years and would like to meet with other kids who also have a great passion for their craft and wish to take it to a new level. The faculty is made up of professional musicians and singers who will lead the kids in this challenging and rigorous program. This is a noncompetitive environment that focuses on process, not product. Students will rotate into 5 classes daily including instrumental and vocal technique, composition/arranging, small ensemble, large ensemble, improvisation, and music literacy. Camp will conclude with a recording session.

Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm (*Saturday camp ends at 1:00pm)

DATES: June 17 – June 28

To set up an audition or inquire about the Camp Intensive, please email [email protected]






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 3 – March 21
Peace Orchestra Session I
January 7 – February 11
Sight Singing & Music Literacy Workshop
January 12 – March 16
Live Wire Session I
February 3 – March 10
Bang! Zoom... Session I
February 5 – May 14
The Blooming Tunesmiths Session I
February 25 – June 10
Silverlake Singers
February 26 – June 10
Youth Chorale
February 26 – June 10
Master Chorale
March 31 – May 5
Bang! Zoom... Session II
April 4 – June 6
Peace Orchestra Session II
April 6 – June 8
Live Wire Session II
June 9 – July 21
Bang! Zoom...Session III
June 18 – June 29
Summer Camp Session I
June 20 – August 29
Peace Orchestra Session III
July 9 – July 20
Summer Camp Session II
July 23 – July 28
Summer Camp Music Intensive
10am - 4pm
July 30 – August 10
Summer Camp Session III
August 12 – September 23
Solo Vocal Workshop
August 19 – September 30
Sight Singing & Music Literacy Workshop
September 8 – October 20
Bang! Zoom...Session IV
*off 09/29/18
September 10 – December 10
The Blooming Tunesmiths Session II
*off 11/19/18
October 5 – December 14
Live Wire Session III
*off 11/23/18
October 7 – December 16
Silverlake Singers Session II
*off 11/25/18
October 8 – December 10
Youth Chorale Session II
*off 11/19/18
October 8 – December 10
Master Chorale Session II
*off 11/19/18
October 10 – December 12
Peace Orchestra Session IV
*off 11/21/18
November 3 – December 15
Bang! Zoom...Session V
*off 11/24/18
April 1
Closed for Easter Sunday
May 26 – May 28
Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
July 2 – July 8
Closed for Independence Day
September 1 – September 3
Closed for Labor Day Weekend
September 28 – September 30
SCM Closed For Private Benefit Evening
Friday - Sunday
November 21 – November 25
Closed for Thanksgiving Break
December 17 – January 1
Closed for Winter Break
February 11
SCM Scholarship Brunch
11am *For Scholarship Families Only*
April 22
3rd Annual 5K Funk Run
July 21
SCM Movie Night
Doors 6:30pm * Movie 8:00pm
December 12
Peace Orchestra Recital
December 14
Live Wire Recital
December 16
Winter Choir Program
6:00pm & 7:30pm


February 10
3rd Annual Scholarship Brunch
March 24
LA Marathon – Live Wire & Master Chorale Performance
March 31
4th Annual 5K & 10K Funk Run!
April 6
Solo Student Recital

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