Private Music Lessons:
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Voice Lessons
All Styles
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Teaching / Exercises
Ear Training / Theory
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Creativity / Improvisation
Beginner to Advanced

All music lessons are available in our Santa Monica Studio

Violin, Guitar & mandolin lessons with Chris Murphy in our Santa Monica studio

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The Black Tree School is a music, creativity and arts educational experience founded in 2004 by New England Conservatory of Music Graduate and professional musician/teacher Chris Murphy. Our approach combines classical, jazz, folk, ethnic and Zen teaching styles into an effective, powerful and inspired journey into the world of music, designed to promote and inspire the creative spirit.

“The most amazing education experience I’ve ever had.” — Liz Thompson

“Chris’ approach to teaching music is inspiring, infectious and effective!” — Craig Thomas


Whoever you are: in the evening step out
of your room, where you know everything;
yours is the last house before the far-off:
whoever you are.
With your eyes, which in their weariness
barely free themselves from the worn-out threshold,
you lift very slowly one black tree
and place it against the sky: slender, alone.
And you have made the world. And it is huge
and like a word which grows ripe in silence.
And as your will seizes on it meaning,
tenderly your eyes let it go…
                                                               ~Rainer Maria Rilke