about us

A Musical History

our story

We started La Costa Music Academy for two reasons:
1. To help people develop their God given musical talents to their fullest extent.
2. To make North County San Diego a more musical place.


We believe that playing music is as natural as eating and breathing. Everyone loves music and everyone is born with the ability to participate in it. Whether you want to learn for your own enjoyment or you want to be a prodigious, professional musician, we're here to help you reach your goals! Founder, John Paul, earned his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano Performance from UCI in 2011 and his wife, Nathalie, earned her Master's Degree in Teaching from the same university in 2015! They've combined their talents to create a one of a kind music school that helps people master music in an accelerated fashion.

John Paul started playing piano when he was six years old and had his first paying student when he was 11 years old - no joke! At 18 he was invited to attend Grammy Camp on scholarship and at 23 was accepted into UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he studied with Kei Akagi of the Miles Davis Band. During the same time period, he was a pupil of famed Croatian opera singer, Dubravka Zubovic. After developing his skills as both a pianist and singer, he moved to Hollywood to cut his teeth in the music business. His music has been featured on both radio and national television and he has performed in some of Southern California's most prestigious venues.

John Paul is proud of his accomplishments, but he's even more proud of the accomplishments of his students. As a music teacher, it is his greatest satisfaction to see his students reach their full potential. Some of his pupils have gone on to study at prestigious conservatories/universities and have later worked as professional studio musicians.

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What We Stand For

our values

BRILLIANCE;  intense brightness of light - exceptional talent or intelligence.

Intelligence + Charimsa = Brilliance. It is our goal to awaken the inner genius in each student, both intellectually and emotionally. Music is important for its own sake but their are many additional benefits that come with studying it. These benefits include increased self confidence, emotional intelligence, and freedom of self expression which all lead to greater success later in life.

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google
ACHIEVEMENT;  a result gained by effort.

"A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital found a correlation between musical training and improved executive function in both children and adults." Psychology Today

According to the above linked study, children who take music lessons earn higher test scores on average than children who don't, and have improved executive functioning later in life.

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google
CREATIVITY;  the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

Unlike the majority of modern music conservatories, we encourage and celebrate creativity. We appreciate the music of Beethoven and Bach but we also appreciate the songs that reside in our students' hearts. We nurture our students' creativity, letting them explore new genres, write their own songs, and ask exciting questions. With a proper balance of structure and creativity, students are able to reach greater musical heights.

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google
FUN;  enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.

Music is supposed to be fun! We want our lessons to be the highlight of our student's week, not just another homework assignment. We have strict expectations for achievement but we don't overload our students with busy work. We believe that music is inherently attractive - students will be self motivated to practice if playing is fun.

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google
SAFETY;  the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.

As an in-home service provider, we take safety concerns very seriously. All future teachers must undergo mandatory background checks and be active members of our local community. Our founders, John Paul and Nathalie, are residents of La Costa, CA .

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

Material Design is a new Design language Invented by google & its going to rules design industry for few next years. So I think Every Designer Should have some or at least a little bit of knowledge.

with : Sophia taylor
Designer at Google

What We Stand For

our values

01

Brilliance

Intelligence + Charimsa = Brilliance. It is our goal to awaken the inner genius in each student, both intellectually and emotionally. Music is important for its own sake but their are many additional benefits that come with studying it. These benefits include increased self confidence, emotional intelligence, and freedom of self expression which all lead to greater success later in life.

Achievement

"A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital found a correlation between musical training and improved executive function in both children and adults." Psychology Today

According to the above linked study, children who take music lessons earn higher test scores on average than children who don't, and have improved executive functioning.

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03

Creativity

Unlike the majority of modern conservatories, we encourage and celebrate creativity. We appreciate the music of Beethoven and Bach but we also appreciate the songs that reside in our students' hearts. We nurture our students' creativity, letting them explore new genres, write their own songs, and ask exciting questions. With a proper balance of structure and creativity, students are able to reach greater musical heights.

Fun

Music is supposed to be fun! We want our lessons to be the highlight of our student's week, not just another homework assignment. We have strict expectations for achievement but we don't overload our students with busy work. We believe that music is inherently attractive - students will be self motivated to practice if playing is fun.

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05

Safety

As an in-home service provider, we take safety concerns very seriously. All future teachers must undergo mandatory background checks and be active members of our local community. Our founders, John Paul and Nathalie, are residents of La Costa, CA .

Teach Understanding

Our Method

1

foundation

we start by introducing foundational principles one at a time. Starting with these 'big picture' ideas, the student has a better footing to build their musical understanding upon.

2

exploration

The student and teacher explore each principle in depth together. This allows the student to develop connections and retain the information in a unique and personal way.

3

integration

As more and more of these foundation principles are presented and fully explored, the student begins to combine the various ideas together to understand the full picture of music.