Axel Ortiz

Axel O.

Miami, FL
Everything Axel Teaches

Levels taught:

    Axel teaches

    7 & Up

    Teaching since

    May 1976

    Average response time

    4.0 hours

    About Axel


    I found out early on (age of 13) that I had a facility to teach and help friends understand music concepts. Some said it's a gift, others said it's vocation. To me it was just sharing what I loved. Since I had already decided to make music my career I made it a point to learn more and all I could in this field. Three degrees later (B.M /Berklee College of Music, B.M and M.M. /University of Miami) having studied under amazing Masters and years of performing, touring, producing and recording I have a lot to offer anyone, any age, any level when they choose me as their music teacher.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    My students would describe our lessons as fun and enjoyable. That's because I want everyone to learn the basics of music in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I'm easy going and encouraging in character and make it a point to explain in the simplest manner the many concepts of music. I help students develop good habits of practice so they can improve their skills by giving them personal tips. Each student is unique and learns at a particular pace. I'm in tune with the student and move accordingly helping him/her navigate thru the music lesson while providing assistance towards reaching their specific goals.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Piano /keyboards/ protools in my studio with living room seating for parents. Coffee/water always complementary. Protools recording studio available for my student singers at discounted rates. Affordable and competitive rates for amateur-professional singers looking to record/produce a demo.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    None. Currently not traveling to students homes. Lessons available at my studio only.

    *** Specialties ***
    Studied Jazz & Classical. Performed Pop, Rock, R&B and Latin musical styles.

    Photos and Videos

    Performing at Van Dyke's Cafe, Miami Beach 2011


    Independent Piano and Vocal Coach

    Aug 1976 - Present
    Private Studio

    More than 38 years of experience, working for myself and companies like Sam Ash, Mars Music, Sunny Land Music, Baldwin Pianos, Miami Music Conservatory, Critical Recording Studios, Teclados de Puerto Rico.

    Piano & Vocal Coach

    Jan 2012 - May 2013
    Critical Recording Studios

    One on One lessons. Vocal coach for recordings.

    Piano & Voice Coach

    Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
    Sam Ash Music

    One on one lessons.

    Piano & Vocal Coach

    Jan 2007 - Aug 2010
    Live School of Music

    One on One lessons. Created the piano curriculum school uses till now. Taught summer camps courses of song writing, ear training, harmony, music analysis, vocal and instrumental ensembles.


    Jazz Improvisation

    Oct 2014 - Present
    Berklee School of Music

    Master of Music

    Aug 1990 - Present
    University of Miami

    Languages Spoken


    Professional Proficiency


    Professional Proficiency


    Fluent / Native Proficiency


    Certificate of Merit (Completion of Seminar)

    Apr 1976
    Puerto Rican Association of Music Therapy

    Seminar that trained teachers how to work with students who have autism and other disabilities by motivating them to participate and interact in group settings through the use of musical instruments.



    May 2010
    USA Songwriting Competition
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    7 Reviews on Axel O.

    Fred S. Aug 10, 2015
    Music Theory · In home
    Verified Student
    He made me feel very comfortable and it was my first lesson, ever.
    edward L. Jul 25, 2015
    Singing · In home
    Verified Student
    Axel was amazing instructor. plan on returning for future lessons. Very supportive and offers constructive criticism. Plan to record with him soneday. Thank you axel..
    Olivier SAFIR Jul 17, 2015
    Piano · In home
    Verified Student
    great inspiring sessions ....great gentleman ...piano jazz is a revelation!
    Nick ross Jul 17, 2015
    Singing · In home
    Verified Student
    Professional and talented.
    Tyler L. Nov 15, 2014
    Singing · In studio
    Verified Student
    Axel is incredibly friendly! I'm 23 and working on my singing voice, and stage performance. Axel's lessons are informative and appropriate to whatever skill level you're at (I'm a beginner). I was relaxed the moment I walked into his studio. I'm happy with the lessons.
    Karen M. Aug 4, 2014
    Singing · In studio
    Verified Student
    I am really happy to have found Axel. I have no singing experience and recently joined a church choir. He was able to show me how to get the best out of my voice and build self confidence. His teaching style is well organized and after every class my voice sounded better to my ears than before.

    Very happy student!
    Gabrie S. Oct 6, 2013
    Verified Student

    Axel is an absolutely wonderful instructor. He has a wealth of knowledge to offer including classical training techniques, how to preserve one's singing voice, and how to maximize on your personal style. He is disciplined but also unafraid to allow you to take risks. Axel stresses artistic freedom and performance power. My vocal range as well as my breathing improved under his instruction. Most importantly, Axel is willing to go the extra mile for his students. He is very supportive and puts in an extraordinary amount of time and effort in order to help his students succeed. I highly recommend him!