About Our Programs
Pre-K, Elementary and Middle School Students
Music lessons are a great way to stimulate creativity, coordination, discipline and abstract thinking. Making music engages more areas in the brain than any other activity known to neuroscience today.
For Pre-K students, we ask you to bring your child for a 30-minute Assessment Session with a qualified Early Childhood Instructor. The Assessment Session consists of a 15- to 20-minute lesson with the child and a 10- to 15-minute conference with the parent or care taker. After the Assessment Session is complete, the instructor may recommend to either start with lessons right away or to wait a few months for further cognitive development.
For School Age children, taking music lessons will not only be a source for self expression and creativity but also for development of good self esteem and fine motor skills. Abstract thinking and problem solving skills are part of every lesson, skills that will be very useful throughout life.
Recitals, festivals, master classes and competitions are part of our training, providing incentives for daily practice. Having a piano (or electronic keyboard) or guitar is essential since daily practice is required to maintain constant progress.
High School and College Students
High School Students
Students interested in a career in music can be coached and guided by Dr. Tolosa who has extensive experience in college teaching, requirements for auditions and successful career development. Please call or email to find out how to be accepted into the High School Program.
College music majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. This feared exam is one of the main roadblocks that college students find in order to complete all requirements for graduation. Dr. Tolosa has taught at colleges and universities for 18 years and has prepared hundreds of students for the Piano Proficiency Exam. Dr. Tolosa has created a system that takes the stress out of this exam and he personally coaches students to succeed in this last step of their college career. Dr. Tolosa coaches in person or through online systems.
Adult students who have taken music lessons earlier in life or adult students who want to fulfill their dream of playing an instrument or sing, need a special type of teacher who will tailor lessons to their unique needs and goals. They need a patient and caring teacher who has experience in teaching adults. Most adult students take music lessons for their own personal enjoyment and our teachers strive to make lessons fun and upbeat. Most adult students report a decrease in tension and stress when taking music lessons. Some even report better mental capacity and better sleeping patterns.
At the DMA
In today’s age of modern medicine, many people are living well beyond 70-years-old. It can be a challenge finding a fulfilling activity that exercises the physical body, sparks the mind, and provides an emotional outlet.
Learning to play a musical instrument is not only therapeutic for the body, mind and spirit, but is fun and provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Our special teachers are caring, patient and fun to work with. They also have extensive experience teaching older students. Imagine playing your favorite songs daily with your own two hands! Call or email us for more information.
At Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Communities
Research suggests that music not only helps us cope with stress, but also benefits our physical and mental health while providing an emotional outlet.
Dallas Music Academy offers the perfect activity for an Assisted Living facility or a Nursing Home: A DRUM CIRCLE.
These sessions are led by a professional musician with vast experience in the field of drumming and senior life, Matt Bennett. Matt is a fun, dynamic and caring teacher who knows how to make everyone feel special.
The Drum Therapy session at our senior independent living community was a huge hit. Doing this type of therapy is so great for seniors. It works them mentally and physically by using their coordination and memory skills, and arm strength to keep drumming and shaking. The Dallas Music Academy brought in Matt Bennett who was very professional and had a large variety of drums and shakers. He really engaged all of our residents by keeping it challenging and fun with different types of rhythmic beats. While participating myself, I could see the joy and excitement the residents were having throughout the entire session. Matt made the session so much fun for all ability levels to participate. I would highly recommend this program to any group that is looking to have fun, bond with their peers, relieve stress, and express their inner musician. Thank you so much Dallas Music Academy for this great experience. We will definitely look to having you come back soon!Kimmy Engen
DRUM CIRCLES can be as small as 4-6 people and as large as 15-20 people. The teacher brings his own drums from all over the world so that everyone has a drum to play! Sessions are 50-minutes long with a 10-minute set up time for a total of 60-minutes. For more information about Mr. Bennett, please visit his Bio Page. To schedule a session or for questions, please call us or email us.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you learn in your music lessons?
That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals. We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach. A seven-year-old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a fifty-seven-year-old taking up piano for the second time after having had lessons as a child. The main reason to choose Dallas Music Academy as your music lesson provider is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual. If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.
What styles of music do you teach?
We teach all styles from classical, worship, rock, pop, jazz and blues.
Are your instructors qualified?
Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parents on a personal level.
(for ages 5 and up)
Our piano teachers teach a variety of styles from classical to popular music. Whether you want to learn Bach or Alicia Keys, our teachers are happy to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our piano faculty will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, but they will also incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. You do not have to have a piano at home to take lessons. A simple full-size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first six months. Our piano teachers have warm personalities and enjoy sharing their love for the piano with you.
(for ages 7 and up)
Our guitar teachers teach classical, rock and blues lessons on electric and acoustic guitars. Beginner students can expect to work on chords, simple songs and melodies, sight reading and theory. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite riff or song. We use a variety of guitar method books to accomplish this and encourage students to bring CDs or their iPod to their lesson to learn their favorite tunes.
Violin and Viola Lessons
(for ages 5 and up)
Our violin/viola lessons are taught by a professional teacher with many years of experience. Beginner students can expect to work on basics such as intonation, bowing, simple songs, melodies and rhythms. Intermediate and advanced students will work on technique and style as well as repertoire and sight reading. We balance musicianship and fun by making sure that each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always end with something fun such as your favorite song. It is important that you own or rent a violin and we can help with that!
(for ages 9 and up)
Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. All voice students set goals with their teacher to work on sounding like their favorite recording artists, or if they prefer, to develop their own unique voice.
$135 per month for 4 private lessons of 30 minutes each, held once a week.
$200 per month for 4 private lessons of 45 minutes each, held once a week.
$270 per month for 4 private lessons of 60 minutes each, held once a week.
New Rates Starting June 1, 2018
$140 per month for 4 private lessons of 30 minutes each, held once a week.
$210 per month for 4 private lessons of 45 minutes each, held once a week.
$280 per month for 4 private lessons of 60 minutes each, held once a week.
The rates above are for staff teachers; Sessions with Dr. Tolosa will be at a higher rate. Please contact us for more information.
There is a one-time registration fee of $35.00.
All fees must be paid by pre-authorized debit or pre-authorized credit cards.
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays
We have implemented MAKE-UP lessons at NO EXTRA COST to you. Make-Up lessons are not obligatory, but they are a value-added service that has been available to you since January 2018.
We Are Now a Year-Round School!
We are now operating all 12 months of the year. Dr. Tolosa, the Dallas Music Academy Founder and Director, believes that a skill like learning music is an ongoing process, much like during the times of Mozart and Beethoven. These great musicians and many others never ceased practicing and learning! To stop lessons for holidays is to set back progress, which costs both students and parents time, effort, and money.
We have designed a convenient plan that allows everyone to continue with private lessons all year long and get the most out of the outstanding music education that we offer at the Dallas Music Academy (lessons, music theory, ear training, exams, recitals).