Inspire your child with private music lessons from the world’s best musicians.
From GRAMMY®-winning hitmakers to the world’s best classical musicians, find the right teacher for online lessons that will unleash your child’s musical potential. All levels welcome.
Meet some Forte teachers.
Learn from members of the prestigious Recording Academy, including GRAMMY® nominees and winners.
Claudia was named Latina Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP in 2012 and 2015. Her song, “No Me Doy Por Vencido”, written with Luis Fonsi, was named a Song of the Decade by Billboard Magazine, as it held the #1 position in the Latin charts for 19 consecutive weeks. Claudia was also inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
Her songs have been recorded by dozens of major artists, including Camila Cabello, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, John Legend, and Tim McGraw. Claudia specializes in teaching Latin songwriting to Spanish speaking students.
Piano and songwriting lessons
Makeba has co-written and co-produced songs for some of the biggest artists in the world, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.
About teaching, she says: “I enjoy offering guidance and direction to young artists that aspire to greatness. I was once that person. Offering my knowledge and expertise is what fuels my creativity.”
Recording Academy member
Mike teaches at universities including Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He was nominated for 2019’s David Payne-Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching and taught the 2022 GRAMMY® Museum’s inaugural Summer Sessions in New York City.
About teaching, he says, “I've always tried to connect deeply with students and draw them out with a combination of laughter and vulnerability."
Teachers from the Royal College of Music, the top-rated conservatory in the world.
Esther King Smith
RCM Junior Department teacher
Esther is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal College of Music in London. She currently teaches in the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department, where she works with some of the country’s most talented young musicians. Her students have been successful in auditioning for places at UK music conservatoires and gaining places in national ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She has also acted as a syllabus consultant for London College of Music Examinations.
About teaching, she says: I believe in teaching the whole musician and giving my students they need to become independent learners. This means consolidating theory and aural through the music we are learning, understanding the social and musical context of works being studied, all of which is backed up with solid technical teaching and musical development. I love teaching and I am of the firm belief that a good teacher-pupil relationship is a two-way process. Most of all, learning music should be fun and fulfilling!
RCM alumni teacher
Dominic Doutney is a British concert pianist, based in Chicago. He is currently undertaking his Doctor of Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, as a recipient of the Eckstein scholarship. He is a graduate of the RCM, where he was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal, given to two students annually for outstanding musical contribution to the Royal College. He performed for His Majesty King Charles III (then Prince of Wales) at the prize-giving ceremony.
About teaching, he says, “Passing on my expertise to students and fueling their enthusiasm for the instrument is, to me, one of the most satisfying and inspiring of all musical endeavors.”
RCM alumni teacher
Isaac is an award-winning clarinetist, teacher, and arranger currently residing in Chiswick, London. He recently completed his studies with Distinction at the Royal College of Music as an HR Taylor Trust Scholar, pursuing a Masters of Performance. In 2021, he graduated with first-class honors as a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he had the honor of winning the college's Concerto Competition. He’s collaborated with top orchestras in the country, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and London Mozart Players.
About teaching, he says, “My teaching philosophy is rooted in a fresh, youthful mindset, emphasizing a strong musical foundation, problem-solving, efficient practice techniques, determination, and above all, the joy of music.”
Why should you choose Forte for your child?
Choose a teacher who will truly inspire your child, not just someone who happens to live nearby.
Effective Learning Environment
An easy-to-use platform with industry-leading audio.
Access great teachers without big school markups.
Stay involved by accessing videos of your child’s lessons.
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No more driving to and from lessons.
Join us today and discover why Forte is the most trusted brand in online music education.
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Trusted by families around the world
Renewed my faith in online music teaching. Thank you.”
Andrea Charles, Royal College of Music, London
The sound quality on Forte is exceptional! This has amazing benefits for teaching music online and being able to hear the subtle nuances in my students playing. The biggest difference I've noticed is with no lag and continuous back and forth sound I can have a natural conversation and connect on a human level with my students.”
Ian Campbell, teacher, pianist, composer, www.iancampbellmusic.ca
I was so unsatisfied with Zoom that I searched high and low for the perfect online solution for piano lessons. One where you can hear dynamics, pedal use, and even play duets. Forte is it!”
Dana Griffith, Griffith Piano Studio, Virginia
Forte is made specifically for musicians, with the audio quality prioritized over the video quality - ensuring that you get the best possible sound even when your internet connection is not optimal. I highly recommend using it for your online lessons!”
Gabriel Lee, Violinist and Managing Director of the SEA Music Academy Online, Singapore
Forte is worth using if for no other reason that the sound is leaps and bounds ahead of any other online lesson platform I have used. Second to none. So easy to use.”
Hilary Travers, Australia
It was very refreshing to switch to Forte from Zoom. I was surprised to be able to hear the beautiful tone of my students’ pianos. My students were happy that they didn't have to hear my complaints about the audio any longer. One of my students was thrilled that I could send her notes about her lesson instead of emailing her mother.”
Suzanne Romey, North Carolina
The teachers are incredibly inspiring and knowledgeable. Clearly, they not only know their craft, they are also adept at imparting their knowledge to a younger audience.”
Parent of Forte student
I like how simple the app is compared to other video conferencing apps.”
Forte solves many issues regarding dynamics, musical intention, and overall sound quality. It is also very easy and simple to use. I highly recommend this platform for any music teacher!”
Jesus Saenz, Musicians for the World
One of the things I was most excited about was being able to hear double stops on the violin - this is not doable on Zoom”
Esther King-Smith, Royal College of Music, London
The incredible sound and video quality by Forte Pure Audio is a game-changer for music teachers, students, and musicians in comparison to other existing platforms.”
Christina Zhou, Founder of 12Petals, Director of Coronation Music School, Singapore
My student and I both felt things sounded clearer. His drums sounded soooo much better. He thought the video looked better as well. It’s difficult to express, but it felt more natural...”
Steve Borgovini, drum teacher, Malaysia
What do we need for a great online lesson experience? Great sound, great video and the ability to communicate naturally. We need a simple interface because we want to focus on our music – not on adjusting settings or finding our way around. With Forte you log in and you are ready to go. Everything is right in front of you; easy and intuitive.”
Dennis Frehse, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Japan
My daughter told me that Forte delivered on the nuanced audio experience we had been promised! She said it was very easy to discern the subtleties of her teacher's playing.”
Parent of Forte student
The video recordings of the lessons are extremely helpful.”
It’s important to me that my students and their families know that I’m always looking for ways to give them the best online experience possible. Forte is delivering just that! I’m grateful for their commitment to their product, as well as their continued customer support and service.”
Anna Fagan, Fagan Piano Studio, Florida
I love the clarity of audio in Forte as well as the simplicity of the platform. The support team is exceptional.”
Glafkos Kontemeniotis, glafkosjazz.com
Forte's Dedication to Excellence
All levels welcome
Forte is a great place for beginners and advanced learners alike. Students learn at their own pace with personalized attention from a master teacher.
Online music lessons offer more scheduling flexibility, allowing students to learn at a time that is convenient for them.
Safety & convenience
We pride ourselves in providing a safe online environment where students take classes from their own home.
We know that working with a teacher who feels exactly right for you makes all the difference. That's why we ask questions about what you want from your lesson experience to intentionally connect you with teachers who align with your skill level, your musical goals and aspirations, and your budget.
The best online learning experience
Forte Pure Audio is our proprietary audio environment that uses state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize online music learning. With Forte Pure Audio, the most human and expressive aspects of music making, like tone color, dynamics, articulation, inner pulse, and musical nuance, are no longer sacrificed because your lesson is online.