DPV Music Lessons

DPV Music Lessons

5.0 (9)
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

PROMO VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/YE8U8qdROkU

DPV Music Lessons offers a tiered, goal driven program that is song and performance based! Students recieve quarterly evaluations and short videos of their lessons. Two components that show the student, and parent, how they're progressing and where they need improvement. It's also a great way for Mom and Dad to show them off to friends and family! 

Students can also choose to PERFORM in "Live Concerts" to an audience of their choosing.  In Home students can additionally perform in their own private In Home Conerts! DPV specializes in Drums, Percussion (latin, orchestral, marching and hand) as well as Voice!

Seeing a students love for music and their instrument grow is THE single most rewarding experience I’ve ever had!

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La Vergne, TN 37086
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9 Reviews


  • Lynne Rankin

    The Best! I am so happy that lessons.com lead me to DPV Music! Lael is the best teacher I could have ever imagined. My son and I are learning so much and love the lessons: the hands on experience, the expertise, the professional yet laid back atmosphere, and the engagement in the whole process! Lael is very encouraging and supportive of our efforts. He is enthusiastic for every lesson! It has been an amazing experience! The Best!

  • Art Hull

    Both my sons take drum lessons from Lael. He was recommended to us by a local music teacher. They absolutely love it. They have learned so much and look forward to their lesson each week. Lael makes it fun and engaging. I can’t say enough good things about what he gives to the experience of learning. I would highly recommend him.

  • Diana Luce

    Wonderful experience!

  • Katy Payne

    Lael is, hands down, awesome! I've only been taking drum lessons with him for a short while, but, so far, my experience has been nothing short of fantastic. Drums are new to me, but the world of private music lessons are not. When I was younger, I took private lessons for violin and guitar...went through a slew of instructors, but none come close in comparison to Lael. It's very apparent that music and teaching is his passion. He truly puts his heart and soul into this business. The structure of his music program is very well planned and impressively professional. The energy he brings into teaching is magnetic; he has a magical way of making sure you leave your lessons more excited than when you arrived. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone!

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

Enrolling into DPV's program is simple.  A quick initial phone conversation with Lael, owner/instructor, allows him to customize the Introductory Lesson ($75/hour) to the students likes.  During the Intro-Lesson Lael uses 30 minutes to demonstrate what lessons are like with him, thus giving the student a good feel of how he teaches.  The last 30 minutes are then used to discuss the best package to fit the students goals and needs, as well as answer any questions the student has...  

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

Lael has 25 plus years of professional performance experience in a multitude of different musical styles/genres.  National and international touring experience in addition to session work.  

Degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute.

3 years study of Music Performance and Business at Eastern New Mexico University

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

Introductory Lesson: $75

Package prices are based on 3 things:

1) Length of lesson

2) Length of term

3) Number of benefits chosen

RANGE: $188-$612/month

Packages discussed in full during 'intro-lesson'. 

How did you get started teaching?

Lael says: "During my schooling at Musicians Institute I was a non-traditional student. I was 36 when I attended and wanted to finish a degree that I'd started nearly 20 years prior.  I found many of my younger peers coming to me for help with our assignements.  This felt great and I knew that passing along my knowledge and passion for music to others was what I wanted to do for the long term." 

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 4-60. All skill levels. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Our last "Live Concert" performance was a huge success and gives all my students real world experience performing on a stage, with a pro PA, fully mic'd drum set and vocal mics under stage lights. 

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

Make sure they've been formerly schooled AND played professionally.  See what they bring to the table.  There's so many modern touches that can be used that the days of "here, play this sheet music over and over and over again" are...well...over.  At DPV, Lael uses several websites that keep kids engaged and wanting to practice their instrument.  He has all voice students drinking lemon tea to clear their throats.  He records fully mic'd drum set into a pro video recorder, or pro mic'd voice through vocal effects like reberb and echo...for pro sounding practice lessons and recordings to take home.  AND SO MUCH MORE!

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