About Westminster Arts Academy

Orange County's Favorite Place to Learn The Arts!

Our Story

Westminster Arts Academy is the latest generation of one of California's longest-running privately owned music schools. Our music education history dates way back to the mid-1960s when our founder began teaching piano to the local community. Located in the City of Westminster since 1991, at Westminster Arts Academy, you will be able to learn almost any instrument at almost any age! Music instruction is available to as young as 18-months-old, children of all ages, and adults. We don't just teach music, however. Dance classes and Arts classes are also available seven days a week! Read on to get to know a bit about our story and how we got here!
Voice student picks up the morning paper while at Sunday brunch and sees her music school on the front page.

The Move to Orange County

    Westminster Arts Academy or “GSM” is the 2nd location of our nationally recognized school. The 1st location is located in Westminster, California, and goes by the name Westminster Arts Academy. In 2019, it was awarded the National Music School of the Year Award. The school has made the cover of such publications as the Los Angeles Times and has been featured on major television networks NBC and Univision.

    Nationally Recognized Music School in Orange County

      In 2019, Westminster Arts Academy was awarded the National Music School of the Year Award. Our school made the front page of both the Los Angeles Times and the Nguoi Viet, and was featured on major television networks NBC and Univision. Since then, we have reached an active enrollment of over 1,200, and in 2021, we began our exciting expansion to the State of Arizona.
      Westminster Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police, Chamber of Commerce, and more, gather in celebration of the national award.
      Founder, Robert Rios, teaches a group piano class to the community. 
      Los Angeles, 1976

      Be a part of Music Education History

        Westminster Arts Academy is the latest chapter of a long history of music education at its finest. We have been in the music teaching business for over 50 years. Our founder started teaching at the age of 16 and spent decades instructing thousands of children and adults, instilling his love of music and the arts onto his students. We have always been a family business that is heavily active in the community. Since the passing of founder Dr. Robert Rios in 2013, the schools are now run by his son Francis and daughters Teresa and Augustina all of who have been involved in the business since the very beginning. This is what they do, what they have always done, and what they truly love!
        When taking lessons at Westminster Arts Academy, you are part of a long lineage of music instruction and performance. Thousands have learned at our schools and for good reason. We truly care about your experience. We want learning music to be fun and exciting! Your experience is everything to us. Combined with professional and caring instructors, students have the best chance of success when learning in such an environment. Come join the fun, dream big, and let’s make some music!
        Directors of Gilbert School of Music and Westminster Arts Academy, Augustina, Francis, and Teresa.
        Orange County's Premier Choice for
        Learning The Arts!

        California

        Westminster Arts Academy
        14441 Beach Blvd #100
        Westminster, CA 92683 USA
        714-899-4823
        mail@westminsterartsacademy.com

        Arizona

        Gilbert School of Music
        709 W Ray Rd #3
        Gilbert, AZ 85233 USA
        480-805-8605
        info@gilbertschoolofmusic.com
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