Music Man offers private instruction for children and adults of all ages, instruments, and skill levels. We specialize in weekly individualized lessons aiding students with the ability to improve on their instrument, audition for ensembles, prepare for college auditions, provide an outlet for creativity, and for adults who want to pick up the instrument they always wanted to learn. We offer weekly lessons in almost every instrument, including brass, woodwinds, strings, piano, guitar, voice, percussion, and ukulele, as well as music theory. Lessons are set up at a time that matches both the student’s and teacher’s availability.

One-One Lessons                                                                                         
30 minute lessons……………………………………$30 per lesson
60 minute lessons……………………………………$50 per lesson

Family/Group Lessons (Uke/Guitar only):
2-person (30-minute lesson): $40
2-person (60-minute lesson): $60
3-person (30-minute lesson): $50
3-person (60-minute lesson): $70

1 time registration fee ……………………………$25


Melissa Nunez started playing flute at ten years old in Saint Joseph’s Catholic School, participating in various concerts and FBA Solo and ensemble. She continued her music Education at South Fork High School. Melissa studied at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and had the privilege of receiving individual flute lessons with the principal flautist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, Josue Casillas. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Melissa went to Florida State University and earned her masters degree in Music Education where she studied flute under Shelley Martinson . Melissa was also a member of the University Concert Band and the Salsa Florida band. She is a member of PHI KAPPA LAMDA and has been teaching in public schools, giving individual lessons, and participating in various ensembles for over 5 years in Puerto Rico. Melissa teaches elementary at Allapattah Flats K-8 where she just won the Minority Educator of the Year for 2020!


Joe Tierney is a professional musician with over sixteen years of saxophone experience in all styles and genres. He has performed and recorded saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, guitar, drums, and vocals in a wide variety of settings across the country. In addition to his performance experience, Joe has worked extensively with students of all ages in both ensemble and private lesson environments.Joe studied history and music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated summa cum laude with Honors in 2012. During his time at UWEC he was very involved in the nationally-acclaimed jazz program under the direction of Mr. Robert Baca and had the privilege of performing and recording with many of the biggest names in the jazz world. Joe currently resides in Fort Pierce, FL and has spent the last two and a half years touring extensively with the nationally-recognized Alex Meixner Band. He also performs regularly along the Treasure Coast with a variety of other musical groups


A musician for more than 40 years, Forrest Brandt has been performing, writing and teaching guitar with a love for music that spans all genres from classical to country to pop to rock.  He has performed across the country, from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to venues here in South Florida, and has taught for decades.  His on-going education includes recent workshops with Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel and Richard Smith, recognized as two of the best guitarists in the world, and James Hill, an award-winning musician, master ukulele artist and instructor.

Strings/Electric Bass

William Cromer is currently the strings lesson teacher at Music Man inc and the band director at Allapattah Flats K8. Before moving back to his home town of Port St Lucie, he studied music education and was the principal bassist at Florida Atlantic University. Aside from teaching, William enjoys playing bass and cello in the pits for theater productions along the Treasure Coast.

French Horn/Trumpet

Steve Knob is the Educational Sales Representative for Musicman. He has over 30 years of experience teaching all levels of bands from elementary school to college in Florida, Kentucky and Arkansas. He has also been an instructor for the Suncoast Sound, Florida Wave, and Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Arkansas.  He has also judged for Drum Corps International (DCI) and the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA, now USBands). Steve’s personal performance experiences include, The Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, The University of Florida marching, symphonic, and jazz bands and other multicultural ensembles; and a number of instrumental groups at Walt Disney World, Florida, The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, The Gainesville Pops Concert Band, and the Central Florida Brass Band.

Low Brass

Matthew Karram is in his fourth year teaching music at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, FL. As an active performer on the tuba, Mr. Karram has been a member of the Treasure Coast Symphony since Spring 2015. Mr. Karram attended Michigan State University College of Music and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Composition. As a student at Michigan State, Mr. Karram was a member of the MSU Concert and Symphony Bands, the MSU Men’s Glee Club, Spartan Chamber Ensemble, Novum Voce collegiate choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. He studied tuba with Phil Sinder and composition with Dr. Mark Sullivan. Mr. Karram is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music  Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association.


Allen Lamp was named Dwyer’s Director of Bands in 2007. In addition to directing the marching band, he conducts the Concert and Jazz Bands. Mr. Lamp graduated from his Bachelor of Music Education from Miami Dade College and Florida State University. Before coming to Dwyer, he was the Director of Bands for Southwest Senior High School in Miami (1999-2004); Auburndale High School (2004-2005) and Lake Worth High School (2005-2007). His bands received Superior ratings and all were State Marching Band finalists. Through his leadership, Dwyer’s bands have improved their ratings at competitions and assessments. “All of my schools have brought forth different challenges, but more importantly, it is my job to bring out the best in every player and performer.”


Soprano Mary Elizabeth Murphy is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, and was a voice performance major at University of Central Florida. She has sung roles with several New York City opera companies including Dell A’rte Opera Ensemble, where she sang the role of Zerlina in Don Giovani, Operesque Classical Concerts, where she was seen as Donna Elvira also in Mozart’s Don Giovani. Mary was also seen on the Amato Opera Stage as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Papagena in The Magic Flute. She also participated in Dicapo Opera Summer Young Artist Program where she was seen in opera scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro singing Suzanna, and Alice Ford in Falstaff. Mary has sung with the Palm Beach Opera’s chorus for several seasons in Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Thais, La Traviata, Fidelio and Turandot. Some regional Musical Theatre credits include Guys & Dolls (Sarah), Hands on a Hard Body (Heather), Reefer Madness (Mae), and Curtains (Georgia).


Shakiya Drayton was born in New York, New York, but raised a southern girl in Orangeburg, SC.  Ms. Drayton began her musical journey in 4th grade when she started piano lessons.  Ms. Drayton knew she wanted to be a Band Director in 8th grade when she was given the opportunity to conduct her middle school Band on their final concert.  Ms. Drayton earned her Bachelor of Music-Music Education from the School of Music at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2009.  Ms. Drayton is a proud alumna of the USC Percussion Studio where she has had the privilege of being taught by Dr. Scott Herring and Dr. Ryan Lewis.  Ms. Drayton has also studied with Dr. Paul Buyer at Clemson University.  Currently, Ms. Drayton continues her growth as a percussionist with the Port St. Lucie Community Band and the Stuart Community Band.

Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone

Patricia Godfrey was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has spent her entire life in Florida. After graduating from Miami High School as a proud band member, she was invited to attend Florida State University on a bassoon scholarship. During her studies, she played in the Marching Chiefs, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and many pit bands.She studies with Janet Worth on bassoon, Nancy Fowler on oboe, Manley Whitcomb, and Charlie Carter for band. She became a band director at Frostproof Middle-Senior High School and Walton Middle School. She received her Master’s Degree from Nova S.E. University. She currently enjoys playing in the Stuart Community Band, is active in her church choir, and plays bass guitar in her contemporary church service. Ms. Godfrey is the proud parent of four adult children and six grandchildren.

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute

James Lebon has been a professional music teacher in the k8 setting for seven years and has played professionally in South Florida for over ten years. He has recently performed with the treasure coast wind ensemble, Stuart community concert band, and was invited to audition for the Navy band in Washington D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the FSU School of music. He is most proficient at clarinet, saxophone and flute.


John Lebon’s primary instrument is the Trombone, but he has been playing low brass for many years. He comes from an extremely musical family, with both his brother and father being well-respected band directors in the area. He attended Florida State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History. Throughout his college career, he participated in the Marching Chiefs, one of the most respected marching bands in Florida. He is currently a History teacher at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie and enjoys playing his instrument in various local music groups.

Why Is Music So Important to Your Child?  (and you!)

Students with one year of music participation show an 11% increase in academic performance, students with two years show an increase of 14%, students with three years show an increase of 17%, and students with four years of music participation show an average increase of 23%. (Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, 2010)

Students in music classes scored, on average, 50 to 100 points higher than students with no arts coursework. The difference in scores becomes more dramatic as the years of music participation increase. CEEB (College Entrance Examination Board, 2004)

The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling – training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression. John Ratey, MD, A User’s Guide to the Brain, 2001.

Students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematical proficiency by grade 12. In addition, differences in mathematics proficiency between students consistently involved versus not involved in instrumental music grew significantly over time. Caterall, Chapleau and Iwanaga, UCLA, 1999.

Music training does far more than allow us to entertain ourselves and others by playing an instrument or singing. Instead, it actually changes our brains. Actively working with musical sounds enhances neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and change. Scientists found that musical training has a profound impact on other skills including speech and language, memory and attention, and even the ability to convey emotions vocally.

So what is it that musical training does? According to scientists, the findings strongly indicate it adds new neural connections — and that primes the brain for other forms of human communication. (Nina Kraus, Northwestern University, 2010)

Middle school students who study music significantly outperform their peers in algebra skills. While the link between music instruction and algebra achievement most likely lies in a combination of factors, the primary effect is a matter of enhanced brain development, researchers found. Middle-school music instruction ‘takes place during a time (age 10-12) in which a proliferation of new connections occur in the developing brain. These new synapses are formed and strengthened, at least in part, by musical activities that are undertaken during early adolescence. (College of Notre Dame, MD, 2010)

When teenagers were asked to express the life benefits of their music study, the most frequently mentioned skill was self-discipline, with students acknowledging that the hard work and dedication that are essential to participation in school music groups teach the valuable lesson that if ‘you stick with something and practice,’ the rewards will be many. Other students conceded that the concentration required for learning music and the process of memorizing music pieces had honed those skills in other areas of their schoolwork. Music was frequently described as a force for building one’s character, and many students expressed their belief that music was capable of directing them in shaping their broader sense of self, who they were becoming, and how they might succeed in the world. The students highlighted confidence, responsibility, compassion, pride, patience, and respect as aspects of their character they feel they owe, at least in part, to music. (Campbell, Connell and Beegle, Journal of Research in Music Education, 2007.)
Music will benefit your child in ways that no other academic subject will.

Congratulations on choosing music for your child!