About Us

Who We Are

Founder/owner, Joy Pappas, is a graduate of San Diego State University where she studied music and performed as a soloist and with ensembles. She has taught, directed and performed music throughout San Diego—for school districts, churches, choirs and private performances. At Joyful Keys Music Studio, we have taught students from all walks of life—from children to seniors, from beginners to advanced, and preparing students for audition and performing—locally and nationally.

How We Are Different

We provide higher quality instruction than is normally available at affordable rates. We tailor the lessons to the individual and work at a pace appropriate for each student. We teach mechanics, technique, principles and theory of music. Anyone can teach how to play an instrument or sing notes—our methods enable students to progress as far as their abilities and desires will take them.

By teaching proper methods, our students do not learn bad habits. For students that have been trained poorly elsewhere, we correct bad habits and focus on learning proper techniques to improve their skills and maximize their potential.

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Joy Pappas, Piano Teacher, Founder/Owner of Joyful Keys Music Studio, San Diego

What Parents and Students Say

Piano Lessons San Diego

Angie B


Joy is great with students of all ages and levels. My son has been taking piano lessons with Joy for 15 years, as a beginner at age 5, and continues his advanced training while attending college. Joy does a wonderful job of incorporating music theory within her lessons, which helps to develop well-rounded musicians.
We highly recommend Joy and Joyful Keys Music Studio.

Voice Lessons San Diego

Parker M.


Thank you for kindling a desire and passion for music that will forever shape my life.
Through voice lessons with you, I have not only learned to sing, but also to laugh and enjoy the process.

Your kindness, talent and effortless joy have inspired me to persevere and never give up.

Guitar Lessons San Diego

Veronica H.


“Tom makes learning to play the guitar fun for my daughter. His relaxed teaching style makes her lessons enjoyable, which motivates her to practice.
He is patient and knowledgeable, and they work on a wide range of styles—from country to jazz to classical.
We are very happy with the high quality of instruction at Joyful Keys Music Studio.


Why Joyful Keys?

We teach:

  • All ages — child, teen, adult, senior.
  • All levels — beginner to advanced . . . and preparation for audition and performing.
  • All musical styles — classical, popular, rock, jazz and more.
  • Not just the basics — proper mechanics, methods and principles of music.

We provide:

  • Individual lessons — tailored to each student’s specific goals.
  • Progression at a pace comfortable for each student.
  • Recitals for students to showcase their progress.
  • Lessons on a monthly basis — no long-term contracts.

We are located:

  • In a popular, convenient business center right off 125 Freeway.
Contact Us
Joyful Keys Music Studio in San Diego

Music Studio located in San Diego

Our students live in San Carlos, Del Cerro, Fletcher Hills, Lake Murray, Allied Gardens, La Mesa, Santee, El Cajon and in the SDSU & Grossmont College areas.