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Take private online lessons from the world's best professional musicians.

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, members of the prestigious Recording Academy, including GRAMMY® nominees and winners, are waiting to teach students like you – only on Forte!

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Your goals. Your talent. Your dreams. Entrust them to a teacher who knows what it takes to reach the highest levels of musicianship.

Forte’s partnership with the Academy offers you unprecedented access to elite musicians who are eager to share their skills and knowledge with students of all levels.

Meet some Forte teachers.

  • Claudia Brant

    GRAMMY® winner

    Composition lessons

    Claudia was named Latina Songwriter of the Year by ASCAP in 2012 and 2015. Her song, “No Me Doy Por Vencido”, written with Luis Fonsi, was named a Song of the Decade by Billboard Magazine, as it held the #1 position in the Latin charts for 19 consecutive weeks. Claudia was also inducted into the Latin Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

    Her songs have been recorded by dozens of major artists, including Camila Cabello, Carlos Santana, Barbra Streisand, John Legend, and Tim McGraw. Claudia specializes in teaching Latin songwriting to Spanish speaking students.

  • Makeba Woods

    GRAMMY® nominee

    Piano and songwriting lessons

    Makeba has co-written and co-produced songs for some of the biggest artists in the world, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey.

    About teaching, she says: “I enjoy offering guidance and direction to young artists that aspire to greatness. I was once that person. Offering my knowledge and expertise is what fuels my creativity.”

  • Mike Errico

    Recording Academy member

    Guitar lessons

    Mike teaches at universities including Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. He was nominated for 2019’s David Payne-Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching and taught the 2022 GRAMMY® Museum’s inaugural Summer Sessions in New York City.

    About teaching, he says, “I've always tried to connect deeply with students and draw them out with a combination of laughter and vulnerability."

Why take lessons from a Recording Academy verified teacher?

  • Members of The Recording Academy are among the most experienced and prestigious musicians in the world, including GRAMMY® winners and nominees.
  • They are experts at their craft and at the top of their field.
  • Recording Academy verified teachers have been fully vetted by the Forte team, ensuring the highest level of teaching ability.

Forte’s video conferencing tool offers radically better audio quality and other features purpose-built for learning music.

The Royal College of Music and Berklee College of Music have offered programs on our platform.

Forte's Dedication to Excellence

All levels welcome

Forte is a great place for beginners and advanced learners alike. No more stage fright from classroom lessons - with one–to-one online lessons, you can learn at your pace with the personalized attention of your dedicated music teacher.


Online music lessons offer more scheduling flexibility, allowing students to learn at a time that is convenient for them.

Safety & convenience

We pride ourselves in providing a safe online environment where students take classes from their own home.


We believe every musician is unique, and their learning experience should be too. We know that working with a teacher who feels exactly right for you makes all the difference. That's why we ask questions about what you want from your lesson experience to intentionally connect you with teachers who align with your skill level, your musical goals and aspirations, and your budget.

The best online learning experience

Forte Pure Audio is our proprietary audio environment that uses state-of-the-art technology to revolutionize online music learning. With Forte Pure Audio, the most human and expressive aspects of music making, like tone color, dynamics, articulation, inner pulse, and musical nuance, are no longer sacrificed because your lesson is online.

Fair Pricing

We strive to enhance music accessibility by offering affordable pricing options.

Who are the Recording Academy Verified teachers?

Recording Academy Verified teachers are active members of the Recording Academy. They have applied to teach on Forte and have been vetted by the Forte team to ensure excellence in teaching.

Academy teachers fall into three verification categories: Recording Academy Member, GRAMMY® Award Nominee, and GRAMMY® Award Winner. Click here to learn more about these verifications.

How much does it cost to take lessons with a Recording Academy Verified teacher?

Recording Academy Verified Teachers are premium teachers on Forte and start at $100 per one-hour lesson.

To take lessons on Forte, what do I need on the tech side?

Forte makes it easy to learn online and doesn’t require any special equipment. All you need to get started is a laptop/desktop computer and the Chrome browser OR an iPad with the Safari browser.

What instruments can I learn on Forte from the Recording Academy Verified teachers?

Forte offers a wide variety of instruments, including all Western classical instruments, composition, songwriting, and more – we are always adding new instruments. If your instrument is not listed, please email us at info@fortelessons.com.

Why is Forte the best platform for online music lessons? What makes Forte superior to other online lesson platforms?

Forte was purpose-built for online music lessons, with help from some of the world’s top conservatories. With tools designed to disappear rather than distract from your lesson experience and Forte Pure Audio, our industry-leading audio that captures the full richness of sound, you can focus on doing your best learning online and getting the most out of your lesson experience.

What if I don’t like my teacher?

Forte makes it easy to find a teacher who meets your needs and will help you become the best musician you can be. 

If you take an introductory lesson with a teacher and it’s not the right fit, you can easily review other teacher profiles to find the right teacher for you by clicking Browse Recommended Teachers in your Profile tab.