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Sound Studios Olympia is a nonprofit organization and we offer private music lessons to students of all ages and abilities on many musical instruments, styles, and genres. 

Let's Get Started Today!

Beginners and more advanced students are all welcome. Adults, as well as kids.

1211 4th Ave. E. Suite 100

Olympia, WA 98506


In the Capital Mall

625 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

(360) 706-2625


Why take lessons?

Private music lessons are a vital part of a musician's development and continued progress. This is accomplished through exercises, explanation, and a critical eye looking over tendencies and habit development. Music students of all ages and abilities benefit from a teacher who will help guide their progress. 

Why music?

Studies have shown that music is beneficial to developing minds, as well as the minds of adults who want to keep sharp. It's not magical, but it is clear that studying and engaging with music stimulates and exercises the brain in ways that are not met by other practices. That being said, we still view our music as our art and our passion more than anything else. Music moves us, and it brings people together. One of the reasons why at Sound Studios Olympia we want to create performance opportunities for all of our students is because we believe that we learn music with the sole purpose of sharing it. Our concert events are almost all open to the public, and we invite the community in for events and classes throughout the year. 

We offer:

Piano lessons

Violin lessons

Cello lessons

Bass lessons

Drum lessons

Oboe lessons

Clarinet lessons

Saxophone lessons

Flute lessons

Classical Guitar lessons

Guitar lessons

Electric Guitar lessons

Ukulele lessons

Theory and Composition

Kids below age 5: These kids can learn about music and experience the communal aspects in music through classes on Fridays with Pat Kilmer. These small groups are designed to let kids explore sound, rhythm, and song. MORE INFO

Ages 5-7: This is a great age group to start piano lessons, although some students can start younger. Students at this age can learn from a variety of resources the teachers offer. These students can start guitar or ukulele as well as sing. In fact, learning to sing is a vital part of understanding music overall. MORE INFO

Ages 8-12: Kids in this age range can continue with piano but can also start picking up wind instruments like the clarinet or trumpet, as well as strings like the violin. Larger brass instruments for bigger kids closer to age 12 would be an option as well. This is also a great age to start learning to play the drums. Not a full kit necessarily, but there are plenty of different percussion instruments to learn on. These musicians can also continue to grow with the guitar and to sing, learning to understand their own voices, tone production, breathing, and musical phrasing. MORE INFO

Ages 13-17: This age range can continue with piano and start switching to complicated instruments like the French Horn and Oboe. It is a good time to find out what the ensemble needs and to offer to switch to fill that need. MORE INFO

How does it work?

Generally the student comes in once per week for their lessons, one on one with their teacher. The lesson length might be 30 minutes or up to one hour. At each lesson your teacher will work with you on technique and musicianship as well as music theory and note reading, then during the week at home you try to practice everyday for the amount of time your teacher recommends. Daily practice is ideal for progress.

At different times of the year we offer classes and special programs. Always check back for more information on those! You may also write us at if you have a class or program you'd like to see us offer!

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Music Starts at Home.

Now you can help SSO help music students in the Olympia area. As a nonprofit organization part of our goal is to provide music lessons to students who could not otherwise afford them. By contributing to this fundraising effort, you will help us provide lessons and classes for more students. 

Do you have a musical kid?

Music in our childhood is such a great gift. At SSO we recommend every musician to take lessons in order to get the most out of their journey. Below are some recommendations. Each child is unique and so we are really only trying to open the door to talk with you about what will work best for you. So don't hesitate, reach out today. Click on the more info link to reach out to us directly. 


SOUND STUDIOS OLYMPIA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, admission of students, selection of instructors, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, instructors, staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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Sound Studios Olympia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations will be used for the general costs associated with launching this project.