While you are here researching the best music school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming our student and find out why we are downtown Dallas’ number one choice for music lessons.
We are the only professional music school in downtown Dallas offering lessons for children, adults and seniors. We have a special program to suit everyone’s needs and are committed to making it possible for everyone to take music lessons. Find out more!
The Downtown Music School for Everyone!
High School Students
DMA offers Coaching Sessions for High School Students preparing to enter college as music majors and Lessons for Music Majors needing to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam in order to graduate.
We offer lessons for busy adults who want to make music as a creative outlet and as a way to relieve stress.
10 Benefits of Being a DMA Student
1. Piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello and singing lessons at one location!
This saves our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day.
2. A highly-qualified teaching faculty.
Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. They all possess extensive teaching and performing experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely patient, friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson. Many of our teachers have Music Therapy degrees or are working on their degrees at TWU (Texas Woman’s University) or SMU (Southern Methodist University).
3. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!
We are the only music school in downtown Dallas that offers music lessons seven days a week, from early in the morning to late at night, to accommodate your busy schedule.
4. A proven track record of excellence since 2008.
Our students consistently receive high markings on festivals, contests, auditions and the State Music Theory Test. Plus they have the opportunity to participate in recitals at least twice a year (not mandatory for adult students). We are listed in the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, Austin, Texas.
5. We are a music school with a mission!
Dallas Music Academy’s Founder and Director, Dr. Gustavo Tolosa, holds a Doctorate in Music from the renowned Eastman School of Music, the #1 music school in the country (many call the Eastman School of Music, “The Harvard of Music”). Dr. Tolosa started the Dallas Music Academy with the mission to provide the highest music education accessible to everyone. Dr. Tolosa is also the Founder and Director of Musical Angels, Inc., a non-profit organization that brings music lessons to hospitalized children every week. Dr. Tolosa is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Teachers Association and Dallas Music Teachers Association. He prepares high school students and college students for a successful music career and he also manages and teaches for the Gifted and Talented Program at the Dallas Music Academy.
6. A comfortable parent’s lounge for our clients.
Our clients enjoy a lounge with comfortable chairs and couches, FREE Wi-Fi, complimentary bottled water and magazines. If you prefer, you can sit in on your child’s lesson any time you like.
7. Month-to-month lessons.
We do not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis. We only want students who want to be here!
8. FUN location with tons of things to see and do!
Dallas Music Academy is located inside the vibrant and historic building South Side on Lamar (former Sears Warehouse) in downtown Dallas. Close to our school and inside our building, you will find great shopping, dining and the some of the best entertainment with free concerts, art exhibits, fashion shows and much more. Our location is convenient to get to and with free parking for students.
9. FREE recitals two-times a year.
Every May and December, our students have the opportunity to perform in our recitals so that family and friends can hear your child (or you) perform without paying admission fee. Our recitals are held at the beautiful recital hall of Collora Piano with a beautiful reception following each recital.
10. FREE lessons and discounts.
We have a unique Referral Program that gives you free lessons and/or discounts when you refer students to us. We also offer discount and scholarships to students who qualify.
Meet Our Teachers
Dr. Gustavo Tolosa, Founder and Director
Dr. Gustavo Tolosa, Piano, Founder and Director of Dallas Music Academy, is an active concert pianist, teacher and adjudicator of national stature. Dr. Tolosa is originally from Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 1987 to continue his music career. He holds a Doctorate in Music from the renowned Eastman School of Music in New York. Read More About Dr. Tolosa
Ben Heffley, Guitar
Mr. Heffley has been playing guitar for twenty years, made two demo CDs, one full length album, another demo specifically for Metal Blade Records and was in a big cover band. He recently decided to further his education at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he was taught by the best guitar players in the world. Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Tommy Emmanuel and Johnny Hiland were just a few of the great players who gave clinics that Mr. Heffley attended. Read More About Mr. Heffley
Mindy Knight, Voice
Mindy Michelle Knight has been singing since she could speak. From the age of eight, she sang in choirs and ensembles of every different style. At the University of North Texas, Mindy studied music education and anthropology in addition to receiving her BA in Voice. Her favorite styles to perform range from Sam Cooke to Debussy, and believes a well-rounded musician is the best kind.
Carlo Pezzimenti, Guitar
Internationally recognized classical guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti began refining his passion for music at the age of 13 after his family moved to Florence, Italy. He has since studied with such guitar masters as Sergio Notaro, Jose Tomas, Oscar Ghghlia, Federico Moreno-Torroba, and the legendary Andres Segovia, with whom he became lifelong friends. Mr. Pezzimenti premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1982 and has performed throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and China. Read More About Mr. Pezzimenti
Ms. Raquel Rigotti, Piano
Allyson Rogers, Voice, Guitar and Piano
Read More About Ms. Rogers
Cody Walton, Guitar and Piano
Read More About Mr. Walton
Additional faculty members for piano, guitar, voice, violin, cello will be announced soon!
What Our Clients Are Saying
I began as adult student having never had any musical training. Dr. Tolosa spent time to understand my objectives and even gave me one trial lesson. From then I was hooked. I don’t believe there could be a more patient teacher. Music to me is like learning a new language and Dr. Tolosa has a great ability to translate it to something meaningful and understandable. He celebrates my successes with me and builds me back up when I struggle.Rich D. (student)
I’ve learned so much with Dr. Tolosa. He doesn’t simply observe, correcting wrong notes and pointing out things written on the page the way many other teachers do. The suggestions he makes always have broader implications; he often explains how a particular articulation, or the way a certain passage should be played, can be applied to other pieces in general. It’s true education, not just tutoring. However, note my use of the word ‘suggestions’: naturally, being a professional musician, Dr. Tolosa is an expert on musical interpretation, but at times he makes it clear that we’re trying out different things to see what sounds best, and he’s always open to input and questions.
I’m getting ready to audition for a few music schools, and while I battle my own mental blocks, I could not imagine a better professor.Effrain E. (student)
My son has been taken music lessons with Gustavo since he was six . He is now almost fourteen and we are more than pleased with the outcome. I honestly say that we would definitely recommend Gustavo Tolosa.Carlos V. (parent)
My daughter began taking piano lessons from Dallas Music Academy 2 years ago when she was 6 1/2 years old. Her ability to read music, play the piano, and understand the theory part since beginning the lessons are incredible. Her teachers, Dr. Tolosa and Raquel Rigotti, are extremely talented and gifted teachers who show patience and encouragement to their students. They have high expectations of their students which is a great advantage. We are very pleased with our daughter’s progress and look forward to her future musical accomplishments as a result of her ongoing training at Dallas Music Academy.Lisa C. (parent)
As a student here, I had enjoyed every lesson with Dr. Tolosa and with his help, learning music was easy and fun. I was inspired to make music my career & I believe it is a dream I could accomplish attending this academy.Alexis M (student)
I recommend, without reservation, Dr. Tolosa and the Dallas Music Academy for adult music instruction. I am a current piano student and have been playing for roughly 2 years. All I can say is that it is NEVER too late to learn. I’ve always had the desire to play but was intimidated by the idea that I had no previous experience and could only read music if I did “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.” I was referred to Dr. Tolosa by a colleague whose daughter was one his students. I tried the free lesson and knew that this is what I wanted to do. Fast forward two years and I am able to play intermediate level piano with my weekly lessons. Dr. Tolosa is an outstanding teacher, but what I appreciate the most is his patience and emphasis on technique. It’s amazing how subtle hand gestures can make a world a difference in the performance of a piece. Overall, Dallas Music Academy has made my dream a reality to learn to play piano and I highly recommend them.Erika B. (student)
I took my son, age 5, and daughter, age 3, to Dallas Music Academy recently for piano lessons. The environment was so fun and welcoming, my kids automatically felt comfortable. Raquel was their teacher, and she was so patient with them, and so good at teaching them. They both felt at home with her, and they are excited to go back again!Joshika K. (parent)
We Offer a Lesson Rate Plan for Every Budget
Rate may be higher for special music programs.
Call or email to inquire about tuition options.
There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00.
All fees must be paid by pre-authorized debit, pre-authorized credit cards or auto draft.
Comments or questions are welcome.