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We are now offering online music lessons via Skype and Zoom.
Due to the current virus situation, we are inviting current and new students who are opting for isolation to connect for online lessons. This is a great time to take up a new hobby!
Give us a call at 813-782-4258
Be safe and healthy!!

Lessons and Teachers

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

New students may print and fill out our Student Information Sheet, or it will be provided in the studio.

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We Offer Lessons For:

Guitar Lessons
(acoustic, electric, bass)
Violin Lessons
Viola Lessons
Ukulele Lessons
Banjo Lessons
Fiddle Lessons
Mandolin Lessons
Voice Lessons
Piano Lessons

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 per half hour. Dean's lesson rate is $25 per half hour. One hour lessons can be scheduled upon request for $40 or $50 per lesson.

Violin and Piano Lessons are priced at $25 per half hour and $50 per hour.

Vocal Lessons (Masters Degree Teacher) 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).

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

Chris Romeo
(See full bio with video below)

Jenna Moore
(See full bio below)

Ingrid Richter
(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,

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.

click here for Dean's Performance Schedule


Chris Romeo


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.

Jenna Moore


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.

Ingrid Richter


Ingrid Richter started playing the violin at Dean Johnson's Music Studio at the young age of 7 under the tutelage of instructors Aniela Pienkos-Vitale, Catherine Simmons, and Amanda Raber. Ingrid has continued with a passionate pursuit of learning new instruments ever since. She followed up her time at the Music Studio with a year of instruction (2016-2017) with University of South Florida violin professor Carolyn Stuart. Ingrid is currently pursuing a degree in Viola Performance at USF where she studies under Professor J. T. Posada. Ingrid has played in both the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the USF symphony orchestra as, both, a violinist and a violist. She has also participated in the Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble as a Violinist and a Percussionist. She has attended the Trio de Minaret Chamber Music camp, and has attended various old time music festivals where she has played Mandolin, Clawhammer Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, and Ukulele. Ingrid is also skilled to teach beginning piano.


Karina Hernandez


Karina Hernandez is a seasoned musician who has spent the last twenty years performing throughout the United States and Mexico. Her extraordinary musicality is matched only by her versatility. Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Hernandez is an accomplished violinist, pianist, guitarist and vocalist who continues to captivate crowds with her musical prowess and affable stage presence. Hernandez's musical journey began at the age of eight when she entered into intense musical studies that included musical theory, appreciation and history. During this time Karina also began violin lessons, quickly earning her a positions in local orchestras. Over the next 10 years Hernandez would continue to hone her musical craft. In 2000 Karina moved to the United States where she quickly garnered the attention of bandleaders. After moving to the States she began performing all over the East Coast with a multitude of musical groups ranging in styles from Classical to Salsa. She has worked with Goza, Fiesta del Norte, Rick Reyes and Mariachi las Americas, a group that has had the distinction of performing for President Clinton. In addition to performing, Karina continued her musical studies, enrolling in the Music Education program at Central Connecticut State University where she studied violin under notable violinist Karin Fagerburgk, formerly of the Hartford Symphony. Karina later relocated to Tampa Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida. Karina Hernandez is a welcomed and appreciated addition to the teaching staff at Dean Johnson's Music.

George Moran

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Band, and more (see below)

George Moran received his BM in Music Education from Rutgers. Other studies were pursued at the State University of New Jersey (Mason Gross School of the Arts). His graduate studies were undertaken at Ohio State University and University of Hawaii. He is a 30+ year veteran instrumental music teacher. During that time he has directed band groups, orchestra, choir, group guitar class, fiddle ensemble, and jazz band. George plays and teaches a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar (electric and upright), piano, drum set, and cello. He has also worked as a band and choral instructor and teaches lower to intermediate levels on trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, violin/fiddle, mandolin. His performance skills are remarkable and his repertoire is broad, including songs that span from the 50's to the 80's. He performs with a duet partner on piano and has experience in worship leading.

Debra Sailer

Drum set and percussion

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