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REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS
My daughter started learning violin when we moved to IN. Shortly after we moved to FL and she found Mr Music. She has been taking lessons with Sam and has made great progress and really enjoys working with Sam and how he is teaching her. We are very pleased to date with Sam and with Mr Music.
My grandson, Ethan, has taken guitar lessons with Kevin for 1 1/2 years. Kevin was such a great instructor. From the first lesson he was very encouraging, and made Ethan feel comfortable. Although Ethan is discontinuing lessons for now, this exposure to music and instruments was a great experience for him. Overall, our Mr. Music experience was very good.
After 10+ years of life changing events decided to reconnect to my first love. I started my search locally and found your place after a pretty cut and dry experience at another local music store. At Mr Music, not only did I find “my” instrument, but I was able to rent it at a great price and the AUTHENTIC customer service provided was great too! You not only helped me rebirth my love for music, you also saved the day for my new middle school student who was provided a very sad instrument thru the school system after waiting months on a list due to Covid-19. Thank You!
I recently was having difficulty with my Accordion that I have played on for many years. Even though I am up in age I still get excited about music when I pick up my Accordion and play some of the old tunes I remember. I knew David from previous trips to his store and looking at what he has to sell. I knew he would be the one to look at my Accordion and I would know it was in good hands.
I left it with him and the very next day he knew exactly what it needed and I gave him the OK to fix it. Within a day or two he had it fixed and sounds great like it always did. He truly is a Musician and you can see his love for it. He is very professional, competent and I am confident in his work. Any one who loves music or wants to start a Musical dream Mr. Music is the man to see. Keep up the good work Dave and staff.
Carl Reijer Is by far the best instructor to have. He is very versatile and quiet patient. I cannot wait to attend class. Im am starting to feel confident in playing my guitar Thank you Carl!!
I’ve always had a yearning desire to learn how to create and play music on my guitar. Thanks to Mr Music and all of the other wonderful instructors that have brought me to a new level of learning music as well as the knowledgeable staff. I recommend a home grown long-standing company as opposed to big box stores. I practice there I meet friendly people as well as purchasing good quality equipment at a reasonable price.
Bob is great to work with, professional to the nines.
Thank you, all is well. Lessons were phenomenal and the recital was so much fun to be able to participate in. Madison and Jonathan have done an excellent job teaching and encouraging and inspiring her to continue with her instruments. We will resume lessons when school starts. Thank you for your interest in her and her participation.
Blessings to you, Cheryl
I have had to bring in several different pieces for repair including an electric guitar, a guitar amp, and an acoustic guitar with issues ranging from cosmetic (new knobs and switches) to serious internal issues (Fender Amp, broken inputs + reverb) and every time they have been repaired back to perfect condition. Quick turnaround and also a very reasonably priced selection of all the accessories you could need. Highly recommend.
Carl is a great instructor. Very patient. Can’t wait for my next session!
My granddaughter, Taylen is currently taking guitar lessons with Kevin. He is a very dedicated, caring teacher. From day one, he made her feel like she has the ability to learn. He has a great way to connect with her, and, after 9 months of lessons and learning, Taylen’s progress is truly amazing.
I just wanted to thank Kevin for being an awesome music teacher. He did a great job with my son Jeffrey and we will definitely go back to him when Jeffrey is ready to continue his guitar lessons in the future. Kevin is very upbeat, relatable and “cool” and my son and I really enjoyed his lessons.
Thank you, Kevin, we wish you all the best! Hope to see you soon.
Silvia and Jeffrey Blecher
I’ve lived in Ft, Myers my whole life, but just stumbled upon Mr.Music about six weeks ago! I was pleasantly surprised. I needed to get my autoharp tuned along with a string replacement. They called me the same day to tell me it was taken care of and the price was right. The owner was so kind and helpful. I’ll be back for sure and will recommend Mr. Music to all my friends
Working with Bob and Sean at Mr. Music has been a great experience. They are friendly, helpful, and do good work. My instruments I sent in for repair look practically like new.
Donna Wilson, Band Director
Harns Marsh Middle School
For an older lapsed piano student, Sarah has been the perfect teacher. Her patience, openness to helping me accomplish my goals, and willingness to answer questions and offer suggestions have helped to make my lessons a highlight of each week.
I am an adult seeking to finally learn how to play the piano and my experience setting up lessons was very comfortable. I look forward to my lessons. Thank you.
Several weeks ago my son had an “accident” with his violin during a rehearsal for his high school musical, in which he broke its neck off. We took the badly broken instrument to Mr. Music and they expertly fixed it with a 24 hour turn around time. I was impressed and my son was very pleased as there was absolutely no loss in sound quality. In short, Mr. Music prevented what could have been a huge disaster in our house and at a reasonable cost.
Thank you Mr. Music!
Joanne S. Price
Our daughter has taken piano lessons with Monica for the last 2 1/2 years. Monica goes out of her way to provide our daughter with the music she likes, so that she continues to take an interest and love playing! David, Bob and even the substitute instructors have always been outstanding, helpful, and very professional. They make learning fun and my daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing! We have also used the piano tuner they recommended and we couldn’t be more pleased! They are an incredible asset to our community and we are very lucky to have them in Fort Myers!
Jamie & Mary Wasko
I could not be happier with my association with Mr. music and Evan in particular. He is knowledgeable, patient and professional.
Very good. Great teachers that care about their students.
Experience with Music Instructor: My daughter has appreciated seeing her improvement in violin working with Mr. Lawrence over the last few years. Mr. L. is reliable and consistent! Thanks 🙂
Overall experience: We like it very much! We asked to reschedule our lesson and we had it. Teacher is pleasant and nice. My son can’t wait for the next guitar lesson.
Thank you, Olga Sereda.
I have been so pleased with the music, and various instruments which I have purchased for my church over the last 10 years. Dave and his staff are so easy to work with and always stand behind their products. For great quality and integrity i come to Mr. Music.
David C. Erwin
Mr Music Summer Camps:
My son took three of the four camps. He had such a good experience with all three. He loved his time making music while making new friends. Can’t wait for the next camp!
My son really enjoyed the Rock Camp. He was excited to go everyday. And even though he plays violin and not a rock instrument; the instructors worked with him and found a place for him in the band. Great experience!
My son had a great experience at the Summer Camp! He had the opportunity to learn how to be part of a band and he experienced playing togheter with other aspiring musicians. Through this Summer Camp he was able to use his skills that he learned by taking music lessons and practicing.
He made friends , played music , had fun and learned a new song !!!! Sean and Danny are both amazing ,experienced , knowledgeable , fun instructors !
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As an adult beginning violin student, I’m very pleased with the instruction from Hunter at Mr Music. At first I was afraid to even contact a music store to ask for lessons, knowing that students usually start very young and here I was a man in his seventies who couldn’t even read music! Would they laugh at me? Would they politely say it was just too late? No to both worries—David and Bob at Mr Music welcomed me, treated me with respect, and encouraged me to try a class.
After one lesson I was hooked—Hunter was just the right instructor for me, since my interests extend to fiddling as well as formal violin. Once a week turned out to be just right, giving me several days to practice between lessons. Hunter is very generous in sharing his knowledge not only of violin technique, but also of music theory. And occasionally we touch on bluegrass, gospel, blues, and other forms.
Now, five months later, I’m very comfortable with my violin and can pick out works from sheet music and by ear. And more importantly, this has opened up a whole new world for me: how music is constructed, how chords fit together, and the importance of keys—all of this has greatly enhanced my appreciation of the music I enjoy listening to.
So, if you’ve been putting off getting started in music, don’t wait any longer—give David or Bob a call and let them set you up with an instructor to suit your musical aspirations. You’ll love it!
I have 2 young boys,there ages are 10 and 7. The oldest learned to play the guitar here. The youngest learned to play the piano here. I am very pleased AND impressed with how my children enjoy their teachers. Monica and Carl I thought were very patient and respectful. Not to mention their great people skills! And i’m no butt kisser. I highly recommend Mr. Music to anyone who is interested in anything about music! Oh yea and Bob behind the desk is cool too.
My daughter decided to start taking guitar lessons and we tried another venue before being recommended to Mr. Music. Our daughter truly enjoyed her new instructor Danny and Bob was so polite in working with us on our schedule. Since she started taking lessons last year at Mr. Music our daughters passion to play more has been remarkable, she loves coming to see Danny and I highly recommend him as a young student instructor.
Great place for music lessons for any kind of instrument you can think of. We have really enjoyed our drum lessons with Sean and violin lessons with Jonathon. They have been great with my 10yr old girls.
I am very comfortable with the teacher, Olga. She is the best.
My son is taking drum lessons with Sean for a couple of years! I am very happy with the progress he made and with the fact that because of his teacher all this hard work of learning how to play music is still fun for him. He is very inspired by his teacher and would never miss a lesson. At the beginning of each month he is very anxious to find his name on the High Honor Roll list !
Mr. Music make music lessons fun and less intimidating especially for beginners. They create a friendly and family oriented environment, and have top level music instructors that help and encourage students reach their utmost potential.
It is a great experience everything my son has learned.
I am an adult in my earlier forties. I have no previous experience playing a musical instrument, but I have always wanted to learn to play guitar. At my age I was apprehensive about starting guitar lessons. I was not sure if I would be able to learn and progress to a proficient level. I am very pleased to say that my overall experience with Mr. Music has been outstanding. I have been taking lessons with Danny for just over two months, and I have already learned so much. Danny is extremely easy to work with and exceptionally positive. I know it will take a lot of time, effort, and practice to become proficient; but I can see that working with Danny will help me realize my goal of being a guitar player.
My son has had piano lessons for about a year. He is 5 years old. I’ve been very happy with his lessons and teachers. The instructors care about and really engage the students.
My son has been taking guitar lessons for over 1yr at Mr.Music and we could not be happier with his advancement and love for music. Kevin makes it fun to play music.
All aspects of our music lessons are great: from the ease of scheduling to quality of lessons and instructions.
My son Matthew has been taking accordion lessons from David Magnante for over 2 years.
Wonderful and amazing are the two words that describe the way my son plays , and he started his first lesson at 17 years old ; he plays like he has been doing it for years . So great full for David Magnante teaching my son and tapping into his natural ability . Mr. Music has instructors that teach and inspire students of all ages ????????
Hi! Thanks for a great lesson with Danny today. We are signing Owen up this evening for the weekly 30 min. guitar lessons. We want to purchase Owen’s instrument here soon.
Bobbi Jo Wisocki
I am 9 years old and take guitar lessons from Danny Reyes. He is awesome and has made learning guitar fun and easy. Thank you Danny.
When I walked into the new studio at Mr. Music, I had a welcoming feeling and I felt safe, comfortable and secure. I think any customer would feel the same way. The studio is clean and pleasing to the eye, and everyone there is very friendly.
Mr Music has my utmost respect and appreciation for helping me out with repairs on my accordion. The sound is now beautiful and it was repaired perfectly.
I’m a new guitar student and Eddie is very talented, professional, and easy to work with. He is excellent in his abilities to help me learn with ease.
I really like how Mr. David takes his time teaching my son his accordion lessons, he’s so kind and very helpful.
I recently purchased a ukulele, and I was extremely satisfied with the person who waited on me. He played the ukulele for me and sang one of the songs from a book I also purchased. He was so helpful. I love my ukulele.
Thank you Bob for making our new customer experience comfortable, easy and so very helpful.
Always friendly and eager to help. Really happy with my son’s lessons and Bob at the desk!
My daughter started taking music lessons at Mr. Music 4 years ago. She did not have any background in music. Today she plays violin with the SWFL Youth Symphony. She just came back from a two week string camp at FSU. Thank you Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Music for all the support and knowledge she has received from you.
This is a great place to learn to play an instrument. The instructors are highly qualified, have patience and worked with all ages.
We have a good time and good experience in study guitar lessons with Danny!!!! Thanks!!!!
Overall Experience: As a parent, it really made such a difference to make my son’s first experience so positive and welcoming. Great people.
Experience with Music Instructor: So impressed with both the instructors my son has had. His progress and enthusiasm towards the guitar increases every week.
Overall Experience: We have 3 boys that receive lessons from Mr. Music. I am extremely happy at both the levels of flexibility and professionalism they operate!
About Ms. Monica, I wondered how I would appreciate her “youthfulness” compared to my last teacher? Not a problem! We are still getting to know each other but I enjoy her spirit.
She is very knowledgeable. Her fresh, and patient approach to assuring me of what I’m doing is rewarding, to me.
I did come to her with an agenda for a personal Christmas recital and she is helping me achieve that. I know she has so much more to teach me at a pace I am comfortable with. I feel confident Monica will help me continue to learn and achieve my goals of playing the keyboard the way I always dreamed of doing.
Monica is an asset to your business & the community Mr. Music serves.
Experience with Music Instructor: My son has taken drum lessons from Sean for a couple of years and guitar lessons From Danny for about 9 months. I have been impressed with both of them. They are professional and great with kids. They are very encouraging as well. I am so happy that we chose Mr. Music for lessons.
Overall Experience: They are always super friendly at my music and are well worth the lessons! The instructors are awesome!
The customer service was excellent. Very informative and helpful. It is always great to have someone explain everything while being nice at the same time. 🙂 Thank you Mr. Music for having wonderful staff.
Website experience: Very nice website. It’s very user friendly and was very informational. I found just what I needed and was able to find answers to my questions.
Experience with music instructor: I have two sons that started taking music lessons almost a year ago. They both love it here at Mr. Music. Bob always welcomes us and answers to all our questions!
Evan is a great music teacher. He is encouraging and knowledgeable. He makes learning fun and exciting. My son thoroughly enjoys his trumpet lessons!
Sean teaches my 6 year old son to play the drums. He is an amazing musician and excellent teacher. He is experienced, professional and a great guy all around. My son has a great bond with him. Sean is the best music teacher that he could have found at the beginning of his musical journey!
I would highly recommend Mr. Music for children and adults music lessons!
Experience with Music Instructor: My 8 yr old daughter had her first guitar lesson this week with Danny. She not only learned something new, but is eager to return next week! Thank you! I look forward to seeing her grow musically with your continued assistance!
Overall Experience: The entire staff is great. Bob seems to go out of his way to help anyone that comes in the store. Eddy must be a saint to deal with my ADHD/OCD child while learning the bass guitar. I have nothing but great things to say about them. Thank you Mr Music Staff for being you!
Experience with Music Instructor: My daughter LeyAnna and I are very pleased with the level of service received by Mr. Jonathan, our violin instructor.
Experience with Music Instructor: Ms Olga is amazing and my daughter Erika is now playing the piano and singing together. Thank you Ms. Olga for bringing her love for piano back.
Overall Experience: I absolutely loved it! It felt so family-oriented and relaxed. The lay-away really helped me get my guitar and I plan on coming back soon!
Website Experience: I thought it was awesome to find a plethora of instruments to be taught about. I also think I will take advantage of the guitar rental service. Look forward to seeing you soon!
Music Instructor Experience: Joe is fantastic! He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable and patient. He knows when to push me and when to slow down if I’m not “getting” it.
Overall Experience: I have been happy with the service at Mr. Music since day one. I feel welcome and safe learning there. My teacher is encouraging and kind.
We have two children that take lessons at Mr. Music. Our son takes guitar lessons from Eddie and our daughter takes piano lessons with Monica. They are not only an outstanding, helpful, professional and friendly business, but their instructors are excellent! They make learning fun for kids and my kids really look forward to their lessons and practicing! We have also used the piano tuner they recommended and we couldn’t be more pleased! They are an incredible asset to our community and we are very lucky to have them in Fort Myers!
Jamie & Mary Wasko
I was very pleased with the lessons at Mr. Music. I play drums (rock) and wanted to learn how to play the bass guitar. My goal was to pick up my bass and play along with songs. Tried that and quickly realized it was going to be difficult and frustrating. Talked to a few friends that played guitar and they weren’t much help – play the chord note. Well I don’t know how to read music, I don’t know what chord you’re playing and doing that sounds boring. (Bass players I used to play with did a lot more than just play the chord note!) Checked around for some courses and finally selected an on-line course that boasted “Play by Ear”. Another dead end – 40 weeks of couses, boring exercises, reading music and it wasn’t fun. Got to lesson 5 and trashed it. Tried Mr. Music and got exactly what I wanted – theory so I’d know what to play, application so I’d know how to implement it and correction of some bad playing habits. After 4 lessons I can play along with songs – don’t have the speed yet but I know what I’m doing, it’s fun and it wasn’t even expensive.
Jim Shinn is the BEST!! He listened to my needs as an an older adult wanting to play the guitar. He’s made learning to play fun and rewarding. As I head north for the summer, I have plenty of ideas for continuing my own musical journey. Thanks!!!
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 with it!
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 with it!
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.
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
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.
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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 experience. 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 times.
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 excellence.
Shana M. Garcia, Music Educator
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 City
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.
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 lessons.
Mr. 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.”
“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”, “Mickey”
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, a satisfied customer since 1970
My kids have been going to Mr. Music for 2 years……their customer service is second to none! Mr. Jim Shinn and my son have a musical bond with their guitars and my daughter plays with Miss Olga on the piano. Bob is always smiling at the front desk too! Their musical talents have brought so much joy in our lives 😉
Josh, 7, started violin lessons with Ms. Kirsten about 5 weeks ago and he really enjoys it! His goal is to play cello and then double base! Thanks Mr. Music for providing a warm friendly place for us us to “play”.
We would like to thank David Magnante owner of Mr Music for the excellent service we received when we visited his wonderful shop. Our accordion had some issues and he dealt with them immediately which we are very thankful for as we were in the middle of a tour and had some time constraints. Thanks very much David for providing this excellent, speedy and professional service in Southwest Florida.
I just wanted to thank David for making my birthday so special. He truly went out of his way to make sure my parents had the sitar to surprise with me on the day of my birthday, and it was such an amazing gift! I love the beautiful instrument and am so thankful for my parents’ efforts and for his. Really great customer service and I could not be more grateful. Thank you!!!
This is a very well run and professionally managed store with brilliant teachers. I’m so proud and thankful to have been provided the opportunity to have worked with such good, honest, and kind people. Mr. Music is truly a family. I will forever feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such fine people. To my students I am most grateful. For whatever you have taken away from your lessons with me; know that I have learned how to be a better teacher from you. You gave me the sense of purpose that we all search for in our lives. You gave my life in Florida so much meaning. I leave with deep regret that it is beyond my control; but you will be in my thoughts always and I’m so very thankful for the time we had together.
Keep on playing and listening and learning. Share the music in you and paint the picture of your lives proudly for all to see what you are capable of. Music is a language and a medium that we can use to share the stories that make up our lives. It never dies. Be well and use what you have learned to grow musically and master the language. If music is your greatest passion and your best ally as it is mine, then it is your duty to share it and to leave your mark in this world and serve your purpose as an artist.
Best wishes always,
I made Green Wave (the most advance chorus at my school), now if you recall when I first had lessons with you I told you I auditioned for this year at the end of the year last year and didn’t make it and then I started lessons with you and so I auditioned yesterday and this is what my chorus teacher said ” Michael that was amazing!, you have no idea how proud I am of you, I don’t remember then last time someone has improved so much in the short amount of time you have, I’m putting you in “Greenwave.” I just want to say thank you so much because if I never had you as my teacher then I would have never come to where I am now, thank you so much and there is a lot more work to be done and I’m looking forward to the hopefully years I have you as my singing teacher.
Michael K., Fort Myers
Fantastic place for music lessons. Sean is a fabulous drum teacher and we would recommend him to anyone looking to learn to play the drums. Online lesson scheduling is very convenient and the store staff is very friendly and helpful.
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!
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 Florida
P.S. Parents looking to introduce their children into music will be happy to visit a store with a warm and inviting learning environment.
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 disappointed.
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 visit.
p.s. They carry almost any type of instrument you can think of. 🙂 – Love you guys!