Music is a language that transcends culture, gender, class, and color. It unites, empowers, dignifies, uplifts, and stirs us to live better lives.
At Mountain Music School, our goal is not to just give music lessons, but to inspire our students and our community through this rich and diverse language.
Our mission is to sharpen minds through music. Time and time again, music has been proven to improve the lives of those who engage with it. Be it fine motor skills, personal discipline, improved concentration, or even working well with others, music is so much more than just a hobby. It is an expression of life well lived.
Our philosophy is that the best music comes from people that are passionate about learning and playing music. Every single one of our teachers are world-class performers who have a love for teaching students and helping them reach their highest potential. More than that, we seek to be role models to our students, hoping to inspire a love for music and for the community in which we live in. We want our students to become as passionate about music as we are because we know how music can improve the world.
At Mountain Music School, our approach is two-fold:
Make Music Available to Everyone
It doesn’t matter your age or ability — if you want to become a better musician, we want to help. We’re conveniently located in Scotts Valley, so you won’t have to search all over town for a private studio. And we keep our rates affordable, making this an investment that’s both financially savvy and personally fulfilling for you and your family.
Build a Culture of Music
Though we are located very close to larger cities, we believe that there is music scene waiting to break out right here in our own community. All of our teachers are engaged with performance opportunities where students and their families can be involved. We also offer plenty of performance opportunities for our students, giving students ample opportunity to grow as musicians and performers.
We're not just another music studio.
We're a family.
Director and Owner
Sydney Frizzell Gorham, soprano, earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, under the tutelage of Dr. Lynelle Wiens. She grew up in sunny Santa Cruz, studying voice at Cabrillo College where she obtained her AA in Music in 2013. Sydney is a two-time recipient of the Stockton Opera Guild Scholarship and was twice chosen to represent the University of the Pacific at the National Opera Center in NYC.