About The Music School
Our mission is to provide students with the tools they need to learn and create in a way that will lead to lifelong enjoyment of music.
The school first opened its doors in 1990 and has been serving the Coachella Valley faithfully since then. In 2009, our director, Nicole Radford, had the opportunity to take ownership of the school where she took lessons as a child. She took the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of sharing her love for music through the development of The Music School.
The Music School works in cooperation with Coachella Valley schools and organizations and has provided classes in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, the Demuth Community Center, Palm Springs Unified School District, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Our faculty is made up of qualified, caring music educators. All of our instructors are university-trained and share a passion for music, children and adult learners. We are proud that we get to share in the successes of our students each day.
Our emphasis on one-on-one instruction helps our students build confidence and achieve their personal goals. Many of our students participate in their school ensembles, church bands and compose their own music. Some alumni receive scholarships, go on to study at the university level or participate in local and national competitions.
A Note from the Owner/Director/Dreamer
Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to teach music when I grew up. Music never came easily to me, but I loved the way it challenged me and I loved the feeling of learning something beautiful and complicated, something fun and rewarding. Although I was always a good student all-around and I did well in my music lessons and classes, I realized that I was not fully prepared to study music at the college level. In pursuit of my music degree, there were many days that I questioned my abilities and didn’t know if I could excel at music. The thing that got me through the difficult times and propelled me forward was my love for the music I was learning and the tough-yet-caring approach of the teachers who mentored me. These learning relationships were life-changing; it was during this time I realized that teaching music is the very best job in the world. There is nothing better than helping someone in their journey to connect, express and create.
Growing up in the Coachella Valley with a love for music and taking lessons at this very school as a child gave me insight into what is important and valuable in the pursuit of music education in the desert. Palm Springs has a long-standing connection with the entertainment industry, but even with a rich musical pedigree, I believe there can be a disconnect between loving music and learning music. It is my sincere hope that all of our students connect with music, whether their goals are to become a classical musician, a pop music superstar or just to learn how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”