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The Music Studio is now accepting applications and resumes from
qualified, enthusiastic music teachers.
Call (813) 782-4258 for details

Please be sure to read the Music Studio Policy

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We Offer Lessons For:

Guitar
(acoustic, electric, bass)
Violin

Piano
Voice
Drums

Lessons are available Monday through Saturday, depending on the instrument. Call for information.

Guitar Lessons are given in half-hour time blocks at a rate of $20 or 22.50 per half hour. One hour lessons can be scheduled upon request for $40 or $45 per lesson.

Voilin and Piano Lessons are priced at $20 per half hour and $40 per hour. Economy Piano lessons are also available for $17.50 per half hour.

Voice and Percussion Lessons(Masters Degree Teachers) are priced at $22.50 per half hour and $45 per hour.

Lesson fees are collected in advance, on the last lesson of the expiring month for the upcoming month. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check or credit/debit card (Payment made by credit or debit cards are subject to a 2% handling fee).

Instrument Rentals are available. Rates vary depending on the instrument.





Dean Johnson
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Beginner Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro
(See full bio with music selection below)


Chris Romeo
Vocals
(See full bio with video below)


Luke Grode
Piano
(See full bio with video below)


Charlotte Lynn
Violin
(See full bio below)


Shane French
Guitar
(See full bio with video below)


Cameron Schmitz
Guitar
(See full bio with video below)


Beran Harp
Drums, Percussion
(See full bio below)


Jenna Moore
Piano
(See full bio below)



Click a song to hear Dean play!
Rumores de la Caleta
Canarios(Canary Jig)
Amazing Grace

Dean Johnson
Guitar, Bass Guitar,
Beginner Banjo, Mandolin,
Dobro

Performer/Instructor Dean Johnson has over 30 years of guitar playing experience and has performed with groups and as a soloist for the majority of that time. He is the founder and owner of Dean Johnson Music Studio and continues to do private guitar instruction at the studio and in Tampa. He received his B.M. in Classical Guitar performance from the University of South Florida under the tutelage of Prof. John Parris and Dr. Mark Switzer and in 1994 and 1996 was accepted as a performer/student to the Master Class of Christopher Parkening, America’s foremost classical guitarist. He has also studied with David Brandon, John Sutherland, Jose Luis Merlin, and Ricardo Cobo.

Dean has performed at the Tampa Convention Center and has appeared as a guest soloist for the Florida Orchestra Guild, WUSF Radio functions and Habitats for Humanity. His wonderful playing is in demand at corporate parties, dinners and weddings. Recently, he was honored to perform at the Presidential residence at USF for an event held in honor of Nobel prize winner and former President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias.

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Chris Romeo

Vocals

Chris Romeo, tenor, has been studying voice for over 4 years; but has been making music ever since the sixth grade. He has received his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Studies, and is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Florida. He has been performing in lead roles such as Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, Mr. Angel in Mozart’s Die Schauspieldirektor, and Eddie in Richard O’Brian’s The Rocky Horror Show. Other Performances include La Rondine, HAIR The Musical, Freedom Found the Opera; and multiple performances with the USF Chamber singers, Master Choral of Tampa Bay, and The Florida Orchestra Pop Singers. He has received multiple awards for his outstanding singing such as a nomination for the KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship for his role as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, and the Jameson Kelly Memorial Scholarship for outstanding tenor. His voice teachers include: Dr. Brad Diamond (current), and Jerry Reynolds.

Luke Grode

Piano, French Horn

Originally from Rutherford, New Jersey, Luke Grode moved to the Tampa Bay area at the age of 9 where he began taking piano lessons. As a young boy, he was interested in learning themes from his favorite movie soundtracks which quickly set a course for him to eventually explore the various forms of classical music. In addition to the piano, Luke took up the French horn in junior high school and studied both instruments through college. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Tampa with a concentration in performance.Grode has over 12 years of teaching experience to students from ages 5 to 75 and, as a keyboardist, he has shared the stage with colleagues in diverse local bands specializing in rhythm & blues, rock n' roll, pop, and country.


Charlotte Lynn

Violin

Charlotte Lynn is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the University of South Florida. In the last eight years, Charlotte has performed with the USF Symphony Orchestra, the USF Honors Orchestra, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Dade City Symphony and the New River Youth Symphony; she has attended music festivals such as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and CODA Mountain Academy and has participated in workshops with The Florida Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with the Dade City Symphony, the Thursday Musicale, and the CODA Mountain Academy ambassadors. Charlotte is an active performer and has premiered several new works for both chamber ensemble and solo violin in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to violin, Charlotte enjoys learning unique instruments such as the viola da gamba and the didgeridoo.

 

Shane French

Guitar

Shane French is a native Floridian who picked up the guitar well before the age of ten. After spending his youth deciphering classic rock songs by ear, he studied music theory with Berklee educated musician Ted Monroe.

Shane began performing in bands in the Tampa Bay area after high school and eventually co-founded the internationally acclaimed band Teer. During the 1990’s and 2000’s he gained the reputation of being a solid rock guitarist and was sought out to fill guitar positions in several touring bands. Highlighting his career as a touring musician was a stint in Jon Oliva’s Pain, the solo project of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s mastermind. The band performed at many large European metal festivals, some of which were attended by crowds of over 50,000. Shane was endorsed by Dean Guitars in 2007.

Shane currently lives in Zephyrhills and is currently working on material for several recording projects. He specializes in teaching rock and metal guitar with an emphasis on technique (speed and sweep picking) and theory.

Cameron Schmitz

Guitar

Cameron was born in Chicago, Illinois and his musical journey began to take shape at age 10 by playing violin for three years. Cameron switched over to the guitar after watching a soundstage broadcast of Roy Buchanon. At age 14, he formed a trio playing Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Aerosmith and won the Elgin Battle of the Bands contest. This was the beginning of a dedicated path involving music as a career and lifelong pursuit. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Cameron went on to play in various bands and performed studio work by reputable producers like Greg Hawkes of The Cars, Bob St. John (Extreme) and Anthony Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran and Collective Soul). Teaching has always been a major source of enjoyment and after being a guitar instructor at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts for 7 years, a move to Florida has allowed him to teach at Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep for 8 years. He has also taught at Canterbury School and Players School in the Tampa Bay area. Cameron has been active in the local music scene, playing a steady solo gig at The Grape, International Mall and showcasing his own band, The Serious Casuals by playing weddings and special events. He is enthusiastic about theater and has played in numerous theatrical performances in Massachusetts and at Tampa Prep with Broadway performers such as Caroline Daly (Annie), Darius DeHaas (Kiss of the Spiderwoman), Cary Shields (Rent), Andrea Burns (In the Heights) and many others. Two highlights in the past few years have included performing in a jazz clinic with John Lamb and Buster Cooper (Duke Ellington Orchestra) and playing at Tampa Tribune's Friday Concert Series at Curtis Hixon Park.

Beran Harp

Drums, Percussion

Beran Harp holds a Master of Music degree in music performance from the University of South Florida where he studied under Robert McCormick. His Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance was earned at Auburn University under the instruction of Dr. Douglas Rosener.

Beran has appeared on several occasions as an extra with The Florida Orchestra and has also played percussion behind a variety of soloists and groups, including The Alan Parsons Project, Bernadette Peters, Celtic Women, Clay Aiken, Dennis DeYoung, Electric Light Orchestra, Indigo Girls, The Irish Tenors, Kansas, Johnny Mathis, Michael Amante and Natalie Merchant. He has also appeared with or for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy, Mary Poppins Broadway musical, The New York Tenors, Victor Vanacore, Video Games Live, Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, Florida All-State Band and Florida All-State Orchestra, and has also performed on drum set with Bob Newhart, Deana Martin, Jackie Evancho, Auburn Knights Jazz Orchestra, Auburn Pops and Tampa Bay Pops.

As a seasoned private percussion tutor, Beran has taught students ranging from age 4 to 65. Private Lessons focus on fundamentals and realistic playing situations such as music reading, drum tuning, microphone/recording techniques, equipment advice, and music theory.

 

Jenna

Piano

Jenna Moore began her musical studies on piano in 2004 at age 13 and has continued with private lessons at Dean Johnson’s Music since 2005. Her former instructors include Mr. Bill Chamberlin Nadezhda Christova, Agnieszka Zick, and Elizabeth Hsieh (Wan). She currently studies piano under the tutelage of Mr. Kevin Wu. Jenna is currently an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida where she is majoring in English Literature. Jenna has been teaching piano at Dean Johnson’s Music since October of 2012.

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