Conservatory trained Founder and Director Dr. Astara Marcia has 35 years of international and national professional experience working with various symphonies and Hollywood orchestras.
Dr. Astara Marcia has also been music director of public and private schools in the Bay Area and worked as a Stanford University instructor.
The Director has worked and/or studied with such well known musicians as Dave Brubeck, Nelson Riddle, The Carpenters, Pete Seeger (family friend) and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, L. Shankar and L. Subramaniam are Dr. Marcia's World Music teachers. She was in the Lake Tahoe orchestra which accompanied Elvis Presley as well.
The studio alternative methodology approach includes Suzuki, Kodaly and Orff Methods where conventional method students are also welcome. Dr. Marcia calls this her "holistic music approach."
Western Classical and Folk music instrumentals and voice are offered year round with East Indian music as a World Music specialty for international students.
A wide variety of instruments and voice are available for your convenience in one location. These include: violin, viola, beginning cello, piano, keyboard, guitar, baritone and soprano ukelele, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, recorder, autoharp and harmonium.
The studio is open to all ages from 2 1/2 onwards with limited openings for scholarship students.
Mountain View studio location and limited home lessons are still offered with annual spring and fall concerts.
We offer one-stop studio shopping with lessons, instrument repair, rental and/or purchase available in just one location.
Dr. Marcia's credentials are from University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (B.A.) and California Institute of the Arts (M.F.A.), the Walt Disney School for the Performing Arts. Suzuki certifications are from Singapore, Japan and USA. Dr. Marcia also holds two doctorates in holistic medicine with an emphasis in music therapy.
A portion of all student fees go to aid Indian orphanage students through our nonprofit associations. We also promote the building of new schools in Nepal.