Welcome to Exact-Notes!

Master Music from Home

Is learning music online
as good as in-person? 

No. It's BETTER!

⭐ Daily Group Practice Sessions
⭐ Unlimited Private Lessons Enrollment Option
⭐ Patented Easy-to-Read Music 
⭐ Instrument Loans

Browse course details below.
Contact Zach Tolan for more information
(616) 570-3600 | [email protected]

"I wish I'd had Exact-Notes 30 years ago when I started playing violin. I played nothing but boring scales for almost a year, but my daughter is already playing almost a dozen songs after just a few months! She's so much more motivated to play with Exact-Notes."

Matthew R.
Student's Parent & Violinist | Hamilton Virtual School

"I've shopped around for years for something that was affordable that could really get my kids excited about music. I've never seen another program available where your kids can get such a great music education at an affordable price. It's a homeschool mom's dream come true, it's a one stop shop!"

Laura H. - Parent
Texas, USA

"I am 8 and have been using Exact-Notes for over 1 year learning fiddle. The way the music is written out makes it so easy to learn. It's filled with lots of songs to choose from with music and videos to make it fun to try different songs. P.S. Mr. Zach and Mr. Böck are GREAT!"

Lily M. - 8 Years Old
Nova Scotia, Canada

"Exact-Notes has brought the joy of music to our home. My daughter struggled learning how to play her violin until she found the Exact-Notes format of learning. Their music notation has made it simpler to follow along with songs she enjoys, and the progress is great. To see her proud of learning something new has been a happy moment for the whole family, and it's easy enough to follow even with no musical knowledge that we are able to help with the learning process."

Trena M.
Nova Scotia, Canada

"Zach was my teacher 16 years ago and I still remember how different his lessons were from my previous 3 teachers. He showed me how to be creative with music instead of just playing the notes on the page. Now that he's started Exact-Notes, I'm even more excited to play violin than when I was a kid. There are a hundred reasons why I want to convince other people to use this!"

Barbie B.
Michigan, USA

Piano Courses

The Youth Pianist Track ⭐

AGES 4-12 | BEGINNER | SELF-PACED

In this course, beginners ages 4-12 start with fun, easy-to-read songs that introduce the fundamentals of music as they progress to melodies from classical songs, pop music, and movie themes! 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Piano Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Piano! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Piano! Unlimited $100/Month

The Solo Pianist Track ⭐

AGES 5-18 | BEGINNER-TO-ADVANCED | SELF-PACED

In this course, students ages 5-18 can learn beginner-to-advanced piano with the prestigious Piano Adventures series.

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Piano Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Piano! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Piano! Unlimited

The Classical Pianist Track ⭐ 

AGES 10-18 | INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED | SELF-PACED

In this course, students ages 10-18 can learn intermediate-to-advanced piano working through Bach’s historically significant curriculum The Well-Tempered Clavier. This course can be used by hobbyists or as a college prep track.

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Piano Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Piano! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Piano! Unlimited $100/Month

Violin Courses

The Youth Violinist Track ⭐ 

AGES 6-12 | BEGINNER | SELF-PACED

In this course, beginners ages 6-12 start with easy and familiar songs like Hot Cross Buns as they progress to melodies from their favorite classical songs, pop music, and movie themes! 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Violin Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Violin! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Violin! Unlimited $100/Month

The Orchestra Violinist Track ⭐ 

AGES 9-18 | BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE | SELF-PACED

In this course, students ages 9+ can learn beginner-to-intermediate violin with one of the nation’s leading school instructional methods, Essential Elements for Strings, which emphasizes the fundamentals needed to succeed in a school orchestra. This course can be used by hobbyists or as an orchestra prep track.

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Violin Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Violin! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Violin! Unlimited $100/Month

The Classical Violinist Track ⭐ 

AGES 7-18 | BEGINNER-TO-ADVANCED | SELF-PACED

In this course, students ages 7-18 can learn beginner-to-advanced violin with the world-leading Suzuki Method for Violin. This course can be used by hobbyists or as a college prep track.

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Violin Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Violin! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Violin! Unlimited $100/Month

Cello Courses

The Youth Cellist Track ⭐ 

AGES 6-12 | BEGINNER | SELF-PACED

In this course, beginners ages 6-12 start with easy and familiar songs like Hot Cross Buns as they progress to melodies from their favorite classical songs, pop music, and movie themes! 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Cello Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

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See Details for Exact-Cello! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Cello! Unlimited $100/Month

Guitar Courses

The Youth Guitarist Track ⭐

AGES 6-12 | BEGINNER | SELF-PACED

In this track, beginners ages 6-12 start with easy and familiar songs like Hot Cross Buns as they progress to riffs from their favorite pop music and movies!

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Guitar Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Guitar! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Guitar! Unlimited $100/Month

The Solo Guitarist Track ⭐ 

AGES 9-18 | BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE | SELF-PACED

In this track, beginner and intermediate students ages 9+ can get started on guitar by learning to read notes and play chords with the nation’s most popular method for beginner guitarists, Essential Elements for Guitar. 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Guitar Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Guitar! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Guitar! Unlimited $100/Month

The Classical Guitar Track ⭐ 

AGES 10-18 | BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE | SELF-PACED

In this track, students ages 10+ can learn beginner to advanced classical guitar, moving step-by-step through the core curriculum, The Christopher Parkening Method for Classical Guitar. It features some of history’s favorite music from European classical guitar traditions, including works like Fur Elise transcribed for guitar, Malagueña, Ode to Joy, and many more! This course can be used by hobbyists or as a college prep track.

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Guitar Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Guitar! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Guitar! Unlimited $100/Month

Ukulele Courses

The Youth Ukulele Track ⭐ 

AGES 6-12 | BEGINNER | SELF-PACED

In this course, beginners ages 6-12 start with easy and familiar songs like Hot Cross Buns as they progress to melodies from their favorite classical songs, pop music, and movie themes! 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Ukulele Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Ukulele! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Ukulele! Unlimited $100/Month

The Solo Ukulele Track ⭐ 

AGES 10-18 | BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE | SELF-PACED

In this course, students ages 10-18 can learn beginner-to-intermediate ukulele with the country’s most popular method Essential Elements for Ukulele. 

All Enrollment Options Include:

✅ Access to All Exact-Ukulele Courses
✅ Daily Group Practice & Support
✅ Semester Recitals & more!

Choose an option below for details!

See Details for Exact-Ukulele! $24.99/Month See Details for Exact-Ukulele! Unlimited $100/Month

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.