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Testimonials from Our
Around 3 years ago today I began
taking private classical guitar lessons from Mr. Music.
Little did I know that that would become one of the best
decisions I've made. My instructor Tony was a truly
excellent teacher, and brought my playing to a level that I
never could have imagined in such a short time. His caring,
encouraging personality facilitated a tremendous level of
musical growth. The owner and staff are exceedingly helpful
and friendly. I would often spend hours in the store before
and after my lessons simply because of the wonderful
atmosphere it provided. I can not think of a better place in
the Fort Myers area to buy or learn a musical instrument. I
only wish I would have begun sooner!
I am currently a classical guitar performance major at the
University of Miami, thanks, in large part, to the excellent
instruction I received.
Aaron Tucker - Fort Myers, Florida
Hello, I have been meaning to do this
for quite some time now. The experience that I had
at your store was one of the best I have had in a
very long time. I had about given up on “good”
customer service. Not only did you have the
instrument that my daughter needed to rent but we
received a brand new one. I am so glad that I
called and stopped by on my way home.
Thanks again for everything!
I just wanted to write a
testimonial for Mr. Music and the guitar lessons that I
have been enjoying there. My wife got me the lessons as
a Father's Day gift. I was a bit nervous to start guitar
lessons at my age, but I am so glad that I went through
My teacher is Dennis, and I
have learned so much during the first month. I look
forward to my lesson each week now, and I hope that I
can continue to take lessons for a long time to come.
Dennis was nice enough to change his schedule around in
order to be able to give my 12 year old son bass
lessons. I can't wait for that to start next week!
Bravo, Mr. Music! Thanks for
opening up a new world for me. I am having a great time
My name is Danillo Mehl
Czelusniak, 23 years old, from Brazil. When I moved to Fort
Myers I was looking for guitar classes that attended my
needs. I email several places and when David called me back
I was sure that I wanted to do my classes there.
The classes were amazing. Frank
taught me a lot and all my needs were attended. He is a nice
guy, full of energy and he really knows how to teach and
make the class great.
Thanks guys for the nice moment I had with you. I can say
that more than class, I made friends. And that is the most
important thing to me.
Danillo Mehl Czelusniak,
Palmeira - Parana - Brazil.
Our Rising Stars!
Last September I went to Mr. Music to see about purchasing a
harp, a dream of longstanding. Many years earlier I had seen
one at Mr. Music's previous location when my husband and I
purchased a guitar. Mr. Magnante, the owner, told me he
could get one from a harp maker friend with no obligation
for me to purchase it. I returned and there was a beautiful
harp in the Paraguayan style, which I purchased. It has rich
and beautiful tones. Mr. Magnante recently honored his one
year warranty on it when it needed a repair. The harp maker
also made improvements on it, to my great delight!
Mr. Music is the place to go for warm, friendly advice and
personal service for all music needs. It is always such a
delight to go there and I have complete confidence that I
will find the help that I need from the talented and
knowledgeable professionals there.
Nancy A., Fort Myers, FL
David Magante, Mr. Music
himself, a talented and sensitive business man, "well
tuned" into the unique traits of the musically inclined
individual. What a blessing!
The Mr. Music store always
has a welcoming atmosphere; so inviting to those wanting
to explore the wonderful world of music and the varied
instruments that could make their dreams come true.
David Magnante, recognized
as an accomplished and professional accordionist, is
there to greet you personally. A music store with
personality. I've played the accordion for over 70 years
and it's great to enter an environment where this
beautiful instrument is appreciated and not treated like
a zither or harpsichord.
Peter Bercik, Director, Elder Care Music of
P.S. Parents looking to
introduce their children into music will be happy to
visit a store with a warm and inviting learning
I have been doing business
with Mr. Music for many years. I have purchased several
guitars both acoustic and electric as well numerous
musical items in the store and used them for a repair on
a guitar I damaged. I even bought a guitar from Dave’s
dad many, many years ago. I have come to personally know
the owner of Mr. Music (David Magnate) from my years of
doing business with him. Each time I have purchased
something or just stopped in for advice, Dave and his
staff have always been happy to meet my needs or just
answer questions I had at the time. I have always
received that personal service that is all too often
missing with the big chain store employees.
I think Mr.
Music has a great inventory and on occasion when they
did not have what I wanted, they were all too happy to
order it for me. I have been so impressed with them that
I now have my grandson going there for his guitar
lessons and he loves it! Certainly seems like he is
learning music and he loves his instructor. I don’t know
about you, but I personally like doing business with
locally owned stores of any kind: you know, the stores
where you feel like your business really is important
and you are not just another customer who’s business
doesn’t matter to them. I highly recommend you visit Mr.
Music for your next musical purchase. It certainly seems
to be a family friendly store and I know you will not be
John Millican - Fort Myers
I found Mr. Music taking
pride in offering a comfortable and inviting atmosphere,
while maintaining a very large level of professionalism.
They have provided my family and me with excellent
service and have extended every possible courtesy.
Hello my name is Jo. My first time going into the Mr. Music store was a
rather delightful experience. the owner was very
helpful and full of knowledge and humor. The owner
provided friendly, and helpful service which makes
me want to come by the store even if it is just to
p.s. They carry almost
any type of instrument you can think of. :) - Love you guys!
- After years of
procrastination, I finally motivated and began
guitar lessons at Mr. Music during 2010. Now I am
playing at every opportunity and look forward to my
weekly "jam" sessions with instructor Jim Shinn.
Dave (Mr. Music) and the people that work with him
are friendly, relaxed, and encouraging. If you've
entertained the idea of learning a new instrument or
improving existing skills, I recommend Mr. Music as
a great place to do so.
Martin B. Main, PhD
Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Program Leader, Florida Master Naturalist Program
University of Florida
SW Florida Research and Education Center
2685 State Road 29 North, Immokalee, FL 34142
- I have been taking guitar
and drum lessons at Mr. Music since I have moved to the
Fort Myers area. My lessons at Mr. Music have increased
my skill level significantly. My instructors are great
at their instruments, and genuinely take pride in the
progress of their students. The atmosphere is extremely
friendly, and welcoming to students at any skill level.
The best part of the lessons here - they are fun! I
always look forward to coming here each week.
I highly recommend Mr. Music
if you want to start playing an instrument, or want to
improve on one that you already play.
- I had my first accordion
lesson this morning and had a most remarkable
Coming to your store is like stepping back 60 years to
the store in Pennsylvania
where I took piano lessons for many years as a child.
Thank you for being here
and maintaining such a wonderful place in these busy
As a retired airline captain for a major airline, I
don’t look forward to the weekends any more. I look
forward to Tuesday and my accordion lessons at Mr. Music
in Fort Myers, Florida. I have a ball trying to conquer
………… (play) the accordion.
- I was on a trip to Tampa
just before I retired, and mentioned to a colleague that
one of the things I always wanted to do was study the
accordion. During the conversation I learned of David
Magnante and his Mr. Music business.
- As soon as I was home, I
called Mr. Music and made an appointment to “check it
out.” I found the Mother-Load of music knowledge! Not
only was David from the world famous Magnante accordion
dynasty. but he would personally be my instructor.
- David Magnante runs a state
of the art business with multi-talented educators and
employees. The Mr. Music atmosphere lends itself to fun.
In the year I’ve been taking lessons, I’ve never seen a
dissatisfied customer or a disgruntle employee. From
accordion to xylophone, he (and his store) has it all!
- Joseph Grashorn
- Punta Gorda, Florida
- When the musical plans I had
been working on for my parent's 70th Wedding Anniversary did
not materialize, I was desperate. I went to 'Mr. Music"
hoping they could help me find a person who would sing and
play the piano to entertain at the event I was planning that
was now less than a week away!!. David went above and
beyond. He didn't just give me names and wish me luck. He
offered to contact some musicians he was familiar with to
see if they were available.
- David promised to call me by the
next day, no later than noon to tell me if he was able to
get an available musician. The next day, as promised, he
called with great news.He had made contact with a musician
he was familiar with, Dan, and arranged for him to
entertain. Dan was terrific, everyone there enjoyed his
music, he played my parent's special tune and brought back
many nostalgic memories for everyone. Thank you again,
David, for going above and beyond for a perfect stranger to
your store !!
- As a customer and former
employee of Mr. Music, I can say that they have exceptional
customer service to meet many needs. There is a wide range
of musical inventory to choose from: various acoustic or
electric guitar brands, accordions, band/string instruments
(for purchase or rent), instrumental method books of all
kinds, and accessories for all instruments.
When you walk into Mr. Music, you will notice the
family-friendly “old-time” music store atmosphere. Whether
it be for shopping or for music lessons, your experience
will be a pleasant one, as you will be served with
Shana M. Garcia, Music Educator
From Robert Aleksun
When my daughter decided she wanted to play the Clarinet in
the Estero High School Band, I needed to find an instrument
for her. The Bandmaster gave me a short list of
recommended instrument sources. After making preliminary
phone calls, I went to Mr. Music. Well, I never had to go
another place. The fellow at the Mr. Music
store patiently explained the instrument choices to my
daughter and I. He was knowledgeable and friendly, answered
all of our questions, and put me completely at ease. We
bought the clarinet from this fellow, who turned out to be
Dave, the owner.
During the years my Daughter was in the
high school band, we returned to Mr. Music to buy clarinet
reeds etc. I never regretted the purchase.
Finally she graduated and moved on to attend.FGCU. She did
not join the band at FGCU, but decided she wanted to play
guitar. So, we went back to Dave and ended up buying her
first guitar, an acoustic guitar. Another choice we did not
regret. She also wanted to take lessons and we were able to
make lesson arrangements through Dave on the day we bought
the guitar. When my darling girl managed to "break" her
guitar, I found out that Mr. Music could handle the
repairs. The guitar was returned as good as new, and at a
price that other people told me was very good.
I do not feel that reasonable prices are the primary reason
I keep returning to Mr. Music. Rather, the professional,
knowledgeable, caring level of service is something that can
not be duplicated in any chain store.
If you have Music needs, I give you Mr. Music.
Peter - St. James
- My son, age six, and daughter,
age eight, have been taking lessons with Mr. Randy (guitar)
and Ms. Inna (piano) for over a year now, and I couldn't be
more pleased. Both instructors teach with the perfect
balance of patience and expectation. Their effectiveness as
instructors has shown in the amazing amount of progress
they've made this past year. I know they will keep them on
the path to great musical achievement.
- Luellen Cintron
- I am taking piano lessons for
about 1 year and found it to be the most enjoyable
experience. Inna has a very personal way of giving piano
Music has a well rounded offering of musical instruments to
purchase or rent, large music selection and supplies for the
professional musician all the way down to the young
beginner, he provides music lessons at a reasonable rate and
has a large staff of qualified instructors. He is the
oldest and most respected Music Store in Fort Myers.
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Anita Munoz writes, "Mr.
Music is a store that I really recommend you check out. Not
only do they sell about every instrument known, but they are
a caring and family oriented store. We have had the pleasure
of visiting them. My son Santiago takes Piano classes
there, with one of the best music teachers . He always looks
forward to the classes . They make it fun and exciting. The
only thing I do regret is not knowing of the store sooner."
From M. L. Erman: "Over
the years I watched Mr. Music grow, from the first store
till now... As a resident of Fort Myers, I am very happy to
see they are still open and serving our community with the
same mission as started by the original "Mr. Music",..the
one and only "Mickey Magnante".
I remember taking lessons as a
child with Mickey and going to his "band recitals", and
playing with his other students in front of the court house
at Christmas, playing at the Edison Mall, and performing at
his yearly concerts which people came all over for as he
would always have "Charlie Magnante" as his special guest
and other performers local and nationally known. From
accordionists to rock n roll bands, he did it all ! He
encouraged and gave music in any form.
The thing I remember most was
Mickey always having candy for us...always laughing, joking
and giving. I would walk to his store after school till my
Mom could pick me up and he would always tell stories and
give free things to help my Mom out financially. He adopted
many children here "musically-speaking"...from "Carters
Ranch orphans", to migrant children in Immokalee. I remember
a black woman named, "Ethel Manning". Mickey took on all her
children she took into her home and assisted them to learn a
musical instrument. He also, used to teach the choir at St.
Francis School and church.
His version of "Let there be
peace on earth" would bring tears to your eyes.
In the 70's, the "Hippies" used
to hang around outside the store and play guitars, Mickey
always welcomed them...not a usual thing back then. He had a
sign that said "If music turns you on, then turn in here".
He brought kids together to form rock n roll bands and would
find them jobs at area restaurants, where they would pass
the hat around to pay the kids a little earning money.
Mr. Music brought music to Fort
Myers before there was any...a family run business from then
till now. You could go in to the store at anytime, and see
one of his children or his brother at the counter at all
times everyone working together.
Today, Mr. Music has grown to be
a well rounded still family run business. They are
personable, and know everyone "by name". I now bring my own
two children to
Mr. Music for guitar and voice lessons. They look forward to
going, and even when they have to wait in the store...they
are never bored. They will pick up a guitar or a music book
and just play while waiting, frequently seeing some of there
friends there. They are encouraged and the store is
welcoming to them.
I am happy to see Mr Music is
till an influence in our community with the same concept as
the original owner, Dave's father, the original "Mr. Music",
In today's world, it is things
like "music" that soothe the soul and bring something to our
lives in the simplest form. Thank you Mr. Music for the many
years and solid memories you have given to me and my family
and Fort Myers all these years. It is "Time Well Spent",
another saying Mickey would say about practicing and
studying our music.
Keep on playing, and I will
always wish you much success as you have given the many
children and people of our community through the years !
M L Erman,
customer since 1970
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