Excel Music - Serving Tampa, New Tampa & Wesley Chapel


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All lessons are taught in our
New Tampa Music Studio.
Serving Tampa, New Tampa &
Wesley Chapel since 2006.
What's the right age to start?

Generally speaking, students can start violin at age four, piano at age five, guitar and drums at age eight, and most other instruments between the ages of 8-10. Voice can be started around age six; however, at that young age, teachers will mix up singing with piano and other musical activities. If you feel your child is ready before the ages listed above, just call us to set up a free evaluation with one of our university-trained instructors. For more information on the best age to get started in music lessons, check out our free report
"5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Music Lessons."

How are the lessons taught?

All of our lessons (except for our special group classes) are private, one-on-one lessons, taught in our New Tampa music school, with a teacher that has been carefully selected and screened. Because there is a 1-to-1 student to teacher ratio, each lesson is structured to fit the needs of the individual student - without the rigidity of a fixed lesson plan. Any problems or mistakes can be addressed immediately because the teacher is focusing solely on one student. Each room has plenty of space and a dedicated closed-circuit camera with the activity monitored in real-time, as well as being archived for spot reviews.

How soon will I be able to play a song?

The speed at which every student learns varies greatly depending on many factors, including the student's age, attention span, coordination and, most importantly, how much time is spent practicing. Our teachers work hard to motivate and inspire their students to learn as quickly as possible, while still making sure that all of the fundamentals are well understood - including reading and writing music, along with theory and a little history to appreciate the great legacy of music.

What if I don't like it?

It takes about 2-3 months for any student to get in the groove (no pun intended) of lessons, regardless of their age. Establishing a practice routine, learning to communicate their interests to their teacher, and getting past the early hurdles that challenge coordination and thought processes, are just a few of the steps in the journey of learning anything new. If after a few months the student really doesn't like the instrument they're playing, they can always try a different one with one of our other great instructors.

Do I have to play in the recitals?

No. Forcing a student to perform if they really don't want to does not teach a love of music. We do encourage our students to get past their fears, however, and experience the exhilaration of performing. Everybody - even your teacher, from time-to-time - gets nervous when they have to get in front of an audience and speak, act, sing, or play an instrument. It's all part of the road to becoming a confident, strong person. And learning to perform in front of a crowd can have benefits far beyond the arena of music.

Do I need an instrument to start?

Yes. You'll need a good-quality student-level instrument to practice on at home and to play during the lessons. It's not necessary to buy a name-brand, top-of-the-line instrument, and piano students don't need an expensive acoustic piano - a weighted action, touch-sensitive electronic keyboard will work just fine. Just make sure it has full size keys, and a minimum of 61 of them. Guitar students can choose either electric or acoustic guitars. Don't forget, you'll need an amplifier, too, if you choose an electric guitar. For band and orchestra instruments, drums, as well as many other instruments, click now on the link below to find and rent and/or buy the instrument you need.

Music & Arts

How long does it take
to learn an instrument?

The rest of your life. Seriously. The world's greatest players and singers still practice every day, constantly striving for perfection, knowing full well that there is no such thing as perfect. Now, how long does it take to be "good"? Most students - depending on how much they practice - start to show and feel the ability to play pretty well in about six months to one year. This is VERY general, however. We've seen some students start to play amazingly well in just a few short weeks! That is definitely the exception, though, and not the rule.

How much does it cost?

For private lessons, one lesson per week: $104 per month for each 30-minute lesson. Click here to see our full Terms & Conditions.

When can I start? RIGHT AWAY!


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- Tune Yourself Up - by Robert Yaniz - New Tampa News, September 2006
- Excel Music Owners Share The Joy Of Music With New Tampa - by Melissa O'Brian - New Tampa Neighborhood News, May 2007
- Excel Music: The Art of Teaching Students One Note at a Time - by Alicia Pack - New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News, September/October 2011
- Tony Coleman, Drummer for Blues' Great BB King at Excel Music - by Sheri Thrasher - The Advisor, February 2012