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What are the teachers’ credentials?

Forbes Music Company sets the highest standards for music education, whether in private lessons or live, online classes. Our music teachers are graduates of the most prestigious institutions and have earned outstanding recognition for their accomplishments both in the classroom and on stage. Our rigorously screened network of teachers are qualified to teach the genres and styles of music you want to learn – and they make music education exciting, fun, and inspiring.

As graduates of some of the most prominent programs the world has to offer, you can expect every teacher to have a deep background in music studies from universities such as Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, NYU, Boston Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Mannes College of Music, Oberlin, University of Washington, Hartt School of Music (Univ. of Hartford), Royal Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, UCLA, USC, University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, University of Miami, Cleveland Institute, Curtiss Institute, Ithaca College, Shenandoah University, University of Rochester, and many others.

Many of our teaching partners are recipients of prestigious music awards and other distinguished recognitions, including Teachers at the “Top 100 Schools in Music Education” as ranked by the NAMM Organization, Teachers at the National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Music Instruction, 1st prize in National Association of Teachers of Singing, Live Music Spotlight Featured Artists, Boston Music Awards Recipients, Schulich Scholar Award Recipients, Arts Leadership Certificate recipients from the Eastman School of Music, Distinguished Performers Certificate recipients from Eastman ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, MTNA Award Recipients, Numerous grants from Meet the Composer and various Arts Councils, Worldwide Performance Awards and Prize Placements at Globally Recognized Competitions, and many others!

Many of the teacher with whom we work have pursued post graduate degrees, certifications, and teaching appointments that include Masters, PhD, Masters of Music Ed., D.M., Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Kappa Lambda, faculty appointments to Berklee College of Music, NYU, Juilliard, Florida State University, University of Miami, Jazz at Lincoln Center & more.

Beyond the incredible academic achievements, many teachers are privileged to have such noteworthy performance experience with luminaries such as Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Alicia Keys, Harry Connick Jr., Tony Bennett, John Mayer, K.D. Lang, Josh Groban, Whitney Houston, Adele, Joss Stone, Reba McIntyre, Deborah Cox, Ashford & Simpson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gloria Estefan, Dave Holland, Cecil Mcbee, Steven Sondhiem, Lou Donaldson Quartet, The Drifters, Pat Martino, Eric Alexander, Frank Wess, Victor Goines, George Mraz, Richie Beirach, and so many more!