Axel Ortiz

Axel O.

Miami, FL

About Axel O.

Axel teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: May 1976
Last sign in: Within a month


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 40 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

21 Reviews on Axel O.

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Dana Apr 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio Axel is a phenomenal teacher! I loved my lessons with him and am sad to leave - I am moving across the country, otherwise I would definitely continue! I took piano as a child but stopped for about 10 years and was looking for some help getting back into piano and ensuring I understand basic music theory (cords, scales, etc.). My lessons with Axel were exactly what I was looking for - AND MORE! He gave me the tools to be able to analyze and learn songs on my own, including work with dynamics. He is SO nice and never makes you feel uncomfortable. Highly recommended.
Samiya Mar 3, 2017
· Singing · In home My first couple of sessions have been GREAT with Axel. He is easy to learn from and has excellent tips that are easy to follow. He's also pretty funny and not too serious which makes the session fun. (It's still very productive) I am looking foward to learning a lot more techniques from him. I definitely would recommend him!!!

PS. The first lesson I was surprised by the things I needed to avoid to improve my voice.....😩😫 (you might feel the same if you love food like me) LOL

Gilberto Rivera Feb 28, 2017
· Piano · In home Axel has literally been the best instructor Ive ever had. I wanted to learn Jazz piano and he is simply a master of his craft. He was able to teach me all of the shortcuts when learning to play quickly without leaving anything behind. Very concise and to the point. I highly recommend him.
Yamaris Feb 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio Great instructor! Very professional, skilled and patient with my daughter!
Leighton R. Feb 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio It was great cover a lot . Great experience amazing teacher
Svetlana Feb 21, 2017
· Piano · In home Best piano lessons ever! Axel is very patient, caring, knowledgeable teacher. I enjoy every lesson very much :)
Juan M. Jan 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio Axel is a great instructor. A highly qualified man with a great passion for sharing his knowledge and profound love for singing and how to improve the way we execute a talent I believe is given by God. I would like to express my gratitude for his advice and character towards my dream of becoming an actor in the musical theatre genre, highlighting his spiritual devotion for God with humbleness and most important, faith.
Miral K. Dec 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio Incredible and passionate teacher!
Gilberto R. Nov 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio Amazing eye opening first class for jazz piano... just what the doctored ordered. Thanks Axel!
Veronique Jun 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio Axel is a really Nice teacher, he is really friendly, cool And a good coffee maker😂😂😂. I would like to recommand that Teacher to everybody! I saw my daughter improve a lot on only several weeks! Good job Louane And thanks Axel for all you have done with her! Vero
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