Welcome to Exact-Notes, with Zach Tolan
Your musical journey is about to get better!

Join a course for $24.99/month and find out just how good it is to study music from home with me and my Exact-Notes! 

Questions? Please reach out to me, Zach Tolan, at [email protected]

Exact Violin! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

I love music, and I loved violin first. Many of my fondest childhood memories involve struggling over this piece of wood, and the gentle guidance of adults who I believed at the time mastered it. (Does anyone ever truly master violin?) If this is your personal development tool-of-choice, then let's play!

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Exact Viola! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

I learned viola at the request of a violin student's sibling, almost 20 years ago. It's just as personally challenging as violin, with the lower, more earthy & velvety tones like a cello, capable of more power than a violin, with equal range. Ready to play?

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Exact Cello! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

Cello was my second instrument. Like many cellists, I was lured in by it's sound, then captivated by it's high-sensory, full-body playing experience. Practicing it is a constant experiment in mixing strength and beauty. Like all of my instruments, I wish I started younger. Let's practice together!

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Exact Piano! ⭐

Ages 5-Adult | Self-Paced

Piano is a two-faced MONSTER! It is both the most simple and complex piece of musical machinery ever made. I wish I started it first. Young or old, piano is my constant delight.

Exact Piano is one of my proudest accomplishments because of it's in-development centerpiece course, The Well-Tempered Clavier, by J.S. Bach.

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Exact Guitar! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

The guitar - classical, acoustic, and electric - are among the most popular instruments of all time for good reason: they're easy to start, and possess the creative capacity to intrigue for a lifetime. New ways of using this instrument are still being invented. Want to try?

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Exact Ukulele! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

Last but not least, guitar's baby cousin... Ukulele! Hyper-portable, super affordable, and enjoyable on so many levels. It's so cute that I still have a hard time taking it seriously. But, I've never regretted an hour spent with this little guy. I recommend it as one of the very easiest ways to dip your toes in the waters of music. Want to try?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can my student learn an instrument from an online course, even if I don't know anything about music?

Yes! Our secret ingredient is our flexible music notation options. Most people think that playing an instrument is hard, but don't give much thought to how hard reading standard music is. We think that most instruments are actually pretty easy to play. When music is easier to read, it's easier to play!

What is "Exact Notes?"

Exact Notes is a set of K-12 virtual music courses for stringed instruments. It features an easy-to-read music notation that was originally designed for kids as young as 4 to read and play songs on their own.

It soon became clear that when a music notation works well for very young kids, it works even better for older students, like teen or adult beginners, students with special needs, and families who want to learn music from home but have no prior experience.When paired with step-by-step tutorials and a package of one-on-one private lessons, we believe it is among the world's leading learn-from-home music courses!

Is Exact Notes for beginners only?

Exact Notes works for beginner-to-advanced music. If you're an older beginner, you'll love how easy it makes playing very advanced music, so you can start playing some of history's favorite songs in days or weeks - like Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata - instead of years with traditional methods.


How long has Exact Notes been around?

Exact Notes has helped private students learn stringed instruments for several years, starting around 2014, although 2018 was our first year publicly offering courses.