Zach Tolan

Zach T.

Grand Rapids, MI
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Zach delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I play violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano. I love classical music (especially Bach), improvising on the piano, Irish fiddle music on the violin, and Spanish guitar!

Since 2002, I’ve taught more than 23,000 lessons. From 2009-2012 I owned and operated a set of three fine arts centers for kids across West Michigan called Lil’ Learners. I currently teach 50+ students each week online, in my home studio, at Keyboard World, and for Hamilton Schools Homeschool co-op and Niles’ Homeschool Partnership.

I also own and develop, which is the online home for my patent-pending music notation.


Chief Curriculum Designer
Oct 2016 - Present

I am the chief curriculum designer for Violin, Guitar, Piano, and Ukulele.

Music Teacher
Sep 2015 - Present
Public Schools, Homeschool Co-op

I teach private piano, violin, cello, and guitar lessons and group guitar classes.

Private Music Teacher
Sep 2002 - Present

I've taught 23,000+ music lessons on violin, viola, cello, guitar, ukulele, and piano! I specialize in giving a great start to beginners!

Private Teacher
Aug 2015 - Aug 2016
Marshall Music Co.

I taught private lessons and small ensembles for violin, viola, cello, and piano.

Curriculum Designer and Teacher
Aug 2009 - Nov 2012
Lil' Learners! Fine Arts for Kids!

I taught violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano, and co-designed curriculum for Spanish, Chinese, Drawing and Painting, Fencing, Ballet, Martial Arts, Piano, Violin, and Guitar.


B.A. Philosophy
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005
Grand Valley State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Here's a video I made to promote my website,, featuring a student and me!
A showcase of my music: Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, and Piano!

Frere Jacques
Alexander's 1st time on Twinkle, Twinkle!
Photo by Zach T.

My musical girlfriend :)

The Wedding Cellist...

The Wedding Violinist...
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10 Reviews

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Miles Feb 7, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Zach is able to keep my active son engaged during the lesson. My son has already learned a ton and is eager to learn more!

Elle K. Feb 7, 2018
Violin · In studio

Zach has been awesome! He's knowledgable, is patient with my young daughter, and she has improved immensely in just 5 lessons!

Kiah Feb 3, 2018
Violin · In studio

Very energetic, fun and helped me improve!

Kyle Jan 21, 2018
Violin · Online

Tehila Dec 21, 2017
Violin · Online

Sofya Dec 9, 2017
Violin · Online

My 6 yo is taking violin classes with Zach online. The classes are high energy, very engaging, informative, and fun.

Sofya Tairova Dec 1, 2017
Violin · Online

Kathryn Nov 19, 2017
Violin · In studio

I really appreciated that Zach was very understanding and flexible with crazy changing work schedules. He does a good job of mixing music theory, technical exercises, while still being open and even encouraging the student to working on styles and pieces they are interested in and enjoy. Zach is great about asking the student what they want to learn and work on, while still making sure that they are always learning something new and always pushing themselves. Zach always seems to genuinely care and get excited about music, teaching, and his students.

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Becky Nov 10, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Zach is very personable and figured out a great method to motivate my reluctant child--fake money!! He also developed his own musical notation to aid in helping students learn how to read music but in such a way that isn't as complicated as the standard notation. My son really likes him.

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Dawn Nov 8, 2017
Violin · In studio

My daughter is very shy and quiet. Zach is fantastic and she loves him! He is patient and funny. His way of teaching works! She is just 6 years old and is already playing songs after just 6 weeks. His music curriculum is so easy to understand and play! We've been very impressed.

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