DPV Music Lessons

DPV Music Lessons

5.0 (9)
8 hires on Lessons.com
6 employees
11 years in business

About this pro

DPV Music Lessons specializes in In Home and Online 'student-directed', song and performance based music lessons for KIDS!  Complete with goals, martial art style achievement levels, regular evaluations and incentive based prize rewards.  (all ages and levels taught)

All DPV instructors have had full Federal and State background checks prior to working with us. DPV offers 8 disciplines: Drums, Percussion (orchestral, marching, latin and hand), Voice, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Ukulele & Saxophone. KIDS come first, lesson programs are designed specifically for them!

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

-Lael Eccard Owner/Instructor

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Nolensville, TN 37135
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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?

FIND OUT WHAT THEY WANT TO ACHIEVE! That's DPV's first priority...We always customize the lesson to fit with the students interests and their goals. This is all done via the 20 minute 'Admissions Phone Call'.  After which we will schedule the Introductory Lesson ($75).  During this lesson our instructor will use 30 minutes as a mock lesson so the parent and student can get a feel for our teaching style.  Then 30 minutes will be used to explain the program in full and answer any quesitons. 

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

Owner/Instructor, Lael Eccard joins his 4 instructors with over 125 years professional performance and teaching experience. All 5 instructors have degrees from schools like Berklee College of Music, Belmont, Musicians Institute and the like. 

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

Tuition Packages

In Home: $348 - $612 monthly

In Studio*: $188 - $452 monthly

Monthly Tuitions Calculated by:

1) Commitment: 3, 6 or 9 month

2) Length: 30, 60 or 90 minute

Introductory Lesson is $75/person.

*In Studio availability for certain instruments only.  Inquire within*

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, gear and LIGHTS!

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

MAKE SURE THE INSTRUCTORS HAVE HAD FULL STATE AND FEDERAL BACKGROUND CHECKS! Also, have 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, instructors use several websites that keep kids engaged and wanting to practice their instrument.  

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

Lael: "What do you want to gain from it all and are you willing to do what it takes to get that? I can make it fun and educational for the student...but there's gotta be support from the parents...just as you would with school homework. There's a level of commitment from both student and parent that is required to be successful for at any art form. If it's just picking up the instrument for fun there is still a level of commitment you should make to yourself (and your child if applicable)...after all, you are paying a professional...so make good use of your time with them and at home practicing."