Avalon School Of Music

Avalon School Of Music

5.0 (24)
25 employees
17 years in business

About this pro

The Avalon School of Music provides musical instruction to students of all ages in the Greater Orlando Area. Our core efforts and focus are to provide the best educational services to our students. We provide year-round private music lesson programs that inspire students to do great in life.

We have a passion for all kinds of music ranging from Classical, Jazz, and Opera to Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock. Our students benefit from seeing our love for the art and from our personal attention to their individual needs. All of our private students receive a one-on-one customized lesson to help with both performance and theory as they progress. We help them develop a strong foundation which improves their performance in school, church, community, or a garage band! Whatever your musical goals may be, we will get you there! Our teachers are friendly and experienced professional musicians and educators, many of whom have Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees. They love what they do and are thrilled to be sharing their wealth of knowledge with anyone with a willingness to learn.

We enjoy seeing our students achieve their goals, whether it is conquering their stage fright or making the all-county band/choir. 

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Alafaya, FL 32828
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24 Reviews

5.0

  • Cybil Carlucci

    Great instructors and wonderful staff!

  • Cindy Launders

    This school is awesome. And my 7 year olds' teacher, Miss Sarah, is perfect for him with patience, support and an abiity to reach him in a positive way. The waiting area can get crowded in the afternoons, but that is a good time to go and grab a coffee from a nearby eatery as a "timeout" for yourself. Great location and great teachers. Great value!

  • Souraya Ghalayini

    Gave my son confidence and love for the instrument even more :) love it and his flute teacher, Jennifer, is awesome!

  • N Fung

    Alexander started violin lessons at Avalon School of Music as a beginner less than a year ago, but quickly progressed under the guidance of his teacher Justin Willoughby, who makes his lessons interesting while teaching the intricate techniques of playing the instrument. Alexander is fortunate to have Justin as his teacher.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

For our new students, we offer a single lesson to try it out and make sure that the student is comfortable with their teacher. Our teachers work with the students to develop a custom-tailored curriculum that specifically meets the goals of the student.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our teachers are friendly and experienced professional musicians and educators, many of whom have Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Degrees. They love what they do and are thrilled to be sharing their wealth of knowledge with anyone with a willingness to learn.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We have 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons available. Standard rates are $32.25 for 30 minutes, $48.38 for 45 minutes, and $62.00 for 60 minutes. We offer a free complimentary tour of our school so that you can get a feel for what it would be like to be a student here!


How did you get started teaching?

The Avalon School of Music was a dream, literally by its founder John Kolbrich. The concept of the school came to him one Sunday morning in early 2003. After having a clear vision of the school in his dream, John and his wife, Brenda, did some serious soul searching to make this a reality. John has been an active musician performing professionally for over 30 years but had always worked within the Information & Technology industry in Sales & Marketing for both small and large corporations. This dream, as it has turned out, was much larger than that 20 year career. Once the decision was made, there was never a moment of looking back!

By May 2003, John began teaching students on piano and trumpet. The months went by quickly and soon other instruments were added. Additional teachers where brought in to teach guitar, drums, sax, violin and later voice, bassoon, oboe, flute, and trombone. The school grew to 200 students being taught at the house every week! At that point, in mid-2004, a decision was made to open a brand new music center with a key focus on music education. For the students’ convenience, a retail & rental center was added to the model to service the school’s students, as well as local private teachers and musicians. With this new facility, John has shown us that dreams really can come true!

Founder John Kolbrich has had a strong passion for music since he was a young student himself. Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, John was surrounded by music from an early age. His parents, John and Paula, had a love for music and exposed and encouraged him and his older sister Erika to learn music early in life. John started taking private lessons on accordion at age seven and then picked up trumpet a few years later. At age nine, John decided he wanted to perform on stage. By high school, music was the center of John’s life. His high school band teacher, Mr. Tony Malokowsky, was a great influence and mentor to him. Mr. “Mal”, as he was known, was so dedicated to his students that when John wanted to play in the jazz band and did not have transportation, Mr. Mal would drive twenty four miles at 6:30 a.m. to pick John up. This was in an unheated VW Beetle in the Canadian winters!

John continued his studies in music through private lessons while attending DeVry University in Toronto where he studied Electronic Engineering and graduated in 1982. John studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and also with well-know trumpet teacher, Rainer Schmidt. Rainer was a big influence in John’s musical life. As John puts it, “He changed the way I thought and played trumpet forever!” Rainer was principle chair at Toronto ‘s O’Keefe Center and he also performed in Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, one of Canada’s top big jazz bands. John adopted Rainer’s methods and has taught his principles to all of his students.


What types of students have you worked with?

Our teachers have worked with students of all ages from 3-80 years old and on most instruments and voice. We teach piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, drums, bass, strings, brass, woodwinds, and DJ lessons. Several of our teachers also have plenty of experience working with special needs such as autism, down syndrome, and ADHD. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We are proud to be the largest private school of music in Central Florida featuring over 350 students in our Avalon Park location, and over 1000 students in our 5 locations.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Taking music lessons is important, but it is important to be thorough about who you hire. Your musical journey will be greatly influenced by the teacher you choose. In the beginning, you may not know what to look for in a teacher, which is why we work hard to select the best teacher for you based on your needs and goals. 

Also, lessons are important, but it is important to have opportunities to apply what you have learned. We have 2 formal recitals every year, monthly mini-recitals at our local assisted-living center, numerous community events with performance opportunities, ensemble classes, festivals, and competitions. All of these add so much value to you as growing musician!


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1. What do I want to accomplish with the lessons?

2. How will this teacher help me reach my goals?