Carl Testa

Carl Testa

5.0 (4)
8 hires on
1 employee
32 years in business

About this pro

I specialize in motivating my students to practice. My students are into the lessons. I have an extremely low drop out rate. My lessons are intense but fun. I use a classical approach along with all styles. I use modern apps and teach students how to perform, improvise. I am passionate about teaching and am a graduate of Indiana University School of Music with 27 years of experience. I am a big kid at heart and my students love that.

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Atlanta, GA 30306
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4 Reviews


  • Herald Borja

    He’s very engaging, and makes it easier for you to understand concepts. He doesn’t rush you to do things, and gives enough homework for me so that I can practice what I just learned.

  • Beau King

    I’ve been fortunate enough to take piano lessons with Carl - he has an incredible ear, a deep understanding of music theory and a very relatable teaching style. I’ve taken lessons from some other teachers before and sort of dreaded it - with Carl it’s the exact opposite - I can’t wait to get into the lesson and by the end of it, I wonder how the hour passed so quickly. Carl also helped me set up my mini home recording studio and it’s been an absolute hoot. Carl is a great guy and an outstanding teacher - two thumbs up!!!

  • Sophia Terranova

    Bottom line: Carl is a fantastic intuitive teacher and you'll learn how to play the piano quickly. You can go as deep as you want to in ANY genre of music & understanding of music and the piano. I grew up with standard classical training, always stuck playing the same sonatinas. My goal in my 50s was to be able to enjoy my piano - really play music and maybe play with my son. Carl's method has a unique trajectory into understanding music & the piano. BLEW MY MIND. When I first started lessons I got so excited I had multiple lessons per week. & I get up at 5am to go to work - full time not music. Now a year in, I'm playing with Fake Books, tried to play at my son's wedding! and I am SO ENJOYING THE PIANO. Carl is professionally classically university trained - legit - and fun to boot. I can't get enough. Trust me - the piano is SO much fun after lessons with Carl Testa.

  • Tanya Davis

    Both of my kids have had Carl as a piano and voice teacher for two years and loved him. I could not say enough good things about Carl. He is fantastic!


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

I ask them where they want to be in a year with their instrument, in two years and five years. I also ask what do they want to learn and what music do they like.

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

I have a degree in music from one of the best music schools in the world in voice. 

I studied jazz piano with DAVID Baker for two years and Ted Howe for ten years. I have performed playing and singing throughout 6 countries and 4 Caribbean islands

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

$65/hour for house calls

$35:half hour

Come to me and save $5 on either

How did you get started teaching?

I found myself always teaching music and decided it would be a great thing for me to do. Music is my passion and life.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages piano and voice

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Performing in Amsterdam at Maxim Piano bar

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

Be ready to learn a lot and have fun doing it

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

What they want out of lessons. What their monthly budget is