851 Music Studio

Now Open for In-Person Lessons!

Unleash Your Musical Potential at 851 Music Studio

851 Music Studio is Open Monday – Saturday by Appointment

Personalized instruction is available for Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Bass, Saxophone, Drums, Banjo, Mandolin, and Harp Patient, Professional, Courteous, Experienced Teachers Spacious, Well-Equipped Studio

Private & Group Classes • Children to Adults • Beginners to Advanced…Now is the time to get started, as classes are forming and scheduling is limited.


James Shelby
Musician, owner, and teacher

Playing a musical instrument teaches perseverance, discipline, and responsibility: important skills for accomplishing anything in life. Music feeds the soul and fuels our minds and our creativity…it is a universal language that can be shared with people around the world. Researchers have found that music is a vital part of a complete education, as musical training helps children develop language and reasoning, a mastery of memorization and coordination, a sense of achievement, and keeps them engaged in school.

Much of this comes from mindset, and can be taught. Dr. Carol Dweck, professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has been studying people’s mindsets towards learning for decades. She has found that most people adhere to one of two mindsets: fixed or growth. Fixed mindsets mistakenly believe that people are either smart or not, that intelligence is fixed by genes. People with growth mindsets correctly believe that capability in intelligence can be grown through effort, struggle and failure. Dr. Dweck found that those with a fixed mindset tend to focus their efforts on tasks where they had a high likelihood of success and avoided tasks where they may have had to struggle, which limited their learning. People with a growth mindset, however, embraced challenges, and understood that tenacity and effort could change their learning outcomes.

At 851 Music Studio, you not only learn to play an instrument: you learn how to perform, how to interact with an audience, how to put words to melody, making your song’s journey more alluring and beguiling, and how to experience the pure joy of music. The process may be difficult for some in the beginning, but with resolve, success will follow.

Stop by and take advantage of a free lesson – everyone is welcome. Find out why 851 Music Studio is the most innovative and well-established music school in the North Bay Area.

– Joye Ogrodowski

851 Music Studio

1043 Grant Street, Benicia