Karl Lester

Karl L.

Tallahassee, FL

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching music for 30 years. I earned my B.A. in piano performance from Jacksonville State University and a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University. My experience has taught me that anyone can learn to play an instrument. Let me show you how!
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Karl delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have been teaching band and piano for 30 years. I am a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. I have been selected Teacher of the Year twice and District Teacher of the year. I have taught elementary thru high school and I am comfortable working with all ages and abilities.


M.A. Music Education
Aug 1990 - Aug 1991
Florida State University
B.A. Piano Performance
Aug 1979 - Jul 1984
Jacksonville State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Level 1 Orff Certification
Jul 2006
Florida State University


Franklin County District Teacher of the Year
Feb 2012
Franklin County School District
Apalachicola High School Teacher of the Year
Feb 1999
Franklin County School District
Senior Honors Recital
Apr 1983
Jacksonville State University


Florida Bandmasters Association
Sep 1993

The mission of the Florida Bandmasters Association is to promote and support band programs in the state of Florida by providing opportunities for in-service growth, program evaluation, and student performance.

Florida Music Educators Association
Sep 1993

The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.

National Association for Music Edcuation
Sep 1993

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jan 1980

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Stephanie Aug 27, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr. Lester is a wonderful instructor. He is extremely qualified, patient, and rigorous. I learned a great deal from him, both about music and about self-discipline. He remains truly inspirational to me, even years after he was my instructor. If you're looking for the best, he is right here.

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Brendon Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

This man, has taught me how to play the piano, and it was actually kind of fun. I recommend this teacher!

Charles Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

Extremely qualified to teach piano and is a very good teacher. He not only taught me how to play the piano, but how to understand what I was playing and how to be passionate about it. Highly recommended!

Morgan Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

I have been under Mr.Lester's instruction for six years. From Experience, I can guarantee you a great experience and improvement. All you need is passion to learn and a listening ear to succeed. Mr.Lester is patient, caring, and will challenge your greatest potential. You won't regret having an instructor who is skilled and humble to teach yet engaging his students at once. He is very thorough when introducing new songs, making practice at home a lot less work and frustrating.

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Melody Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr Lester is an excellent music teacher. I was under his instruction for 7 years and he is truly an inspiration. He provides a solid musical foundation for his students and will challenge you to go farther than you think you are capable of. He is an awesome teacher, mentor, and musician!


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Ursula Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

Mr. Lester was the best teacher I ever had. Not only is he super patient when it comes to learning, he is also incredibly rigorous. He has high expectations for every student and it is his top priority to make sure you exceed his expectations. I highly recommend this teacher!

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Cayce Aug 21, 2017
Piano · Online

Hands down, the best teacher I have ever had! Very patient, which is key to picking a good teacher. He makes it easy to learn and you'll have fun too. If you are looking for a piano teacher, he is the best choice. I promise you will not be disappointed. He is extremely passionate about music and teaching. He always pushes you to go further and encourages you to follow your dreams. Definitely sees everyone's true potential and never wants his students to settle for less. He believes everyone has the ability to produce beautiful music as long as they put forth the effort.

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Brianna Aug 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

The best instructor ever! Super helpful and patient! I 10/10 recommend!

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