Baby & Toddler Music Class

Suzuki Early Childhood Education

OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY 10/4 (closed), free trials still available 10/11

Suzuki Early Childhood Education is a Parent & Me class that believes every child can, ability develops early, and environment nurtures growth. It is meant for children from birth through 4 years to develop early music skills and build good character. Students taking SECE are best prepared to study an instrument at an early age. Learn more about SECE at the Suzuki Association of America’s website.

Classes meet at the Westside Music Conservatory on Tuesday and Friday mornings. 2515 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403.

Suzuki Violin Program

Violin Lessons & PRE/K Masterclass



Suzuki Method begins with the philosophy that every child can learn to play an instrument. While lessons are the cornerstone of learning an instrument, our Pre/K masterclass is an effective way to begin the violin with the added benefit of learning with other children. Students and parents work together as a team–supporting and learning from each other. It is a perfect way to explore if music lessons are right for you and your child. Students should have no prior experience and be between the ages of 4-6. Masterclasses only run if there are 3-4 students available at the same time, otherwise students are recommended to take private lessons and Sunday afternoon Group Class.

Morgan is a fantastic teacher in that she is very understanding and communicates technique with my daughter in a way that keeps her motivated and it’s exciting to watch!
— Ilana
We love Morgan!!! We love her honesty, her commitment, her high level of standards, and her love of teaching.
— Danielle

What is Suzuki method?

Suzuki method is a philosophy on how to teach music that started with violin. Students start at a young age, usually between four to seven years old. Lessons focus on building violin skills first with the guidance of the parent. While muscle memory is developing, students listen to their future repertoire. Note reading is introduced alongside actual reading. Review is also important, so once a week, in addition to private lessons, students meet for Group Class to play together. 

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James Klopfleisch, bassist from the Rolling Stone acclaimed band Dustbowl Revival, is accepting students in the Santa Monica and West Los Angeles area. He has experience playing a variety of styles ranging from classical, jazz, bluegrass and rock. James is a great choice for students preparing to audition for orchestra placement in Middle and High Schools at SMMUSD and surrounding schools. Adult students are welcome, too!

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Photo by Becca Murray

Photo by Becca Murray

VIOLIN & Viola Lessons

Morgan’s approach combines her skills as a string player with her background in Neuroscience, providing a deep understanding of how we learn the violin both physically and musically. For her older, perhaps experienced students, Morgan may use a more traditional approach to teaching infused with strong foundation in technique. In addition to classical repertoire, toward the end of the school year Morgan encourages her students to learn American and international folk music inspired for the fiddle.

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Who are J&M Strings, LLC.? James Edward Klopfleisch and Morgan Lee Gerstmar are the duo that make up J&M Strings. They met in Los Angeles through their shared love for experimental music and were married in March, 2018 in Pioneertown, CA near Joshua Tree National Park. They founded J&M Strings, LLC. to pursue their passion as performers, composers and teachers, and to share music with the next generation. You can read more about their individual journeys at their bios.

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Located in the Heart of Santa Monica


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