Welcome to Exact-Notes!

Let's Play!


Does learning music online work as well as in-person?

No. It works better. Let me show you how!
I'm Zach Tolan, or "Mr. Zach." Music is special to me. If you want it to be a special part of your family, too, then I invite you to join me!

Exact Violin! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

I love music, and I loved violin first. Many of my fondest childhood memories involve struggling with this piece of wood. If this is your personal development tool-of-choice, then let's play!

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Exact Cello! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

Cello was my second musical love. Like many cellists, I was lured in by the sound, then captivated by its high-sensory, full-body playing experience. Practicing cello is a constant balance of strength and beauty. Like all of my instruments, I wish I started younger. Let's play!

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Exact Piano! ⭐

Ages 5-Adult | Self-Paced

Piano 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. Let's play!

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Exact Guitar! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

Classical, acoustic, and electric guitar are among the most popular instruments of all time because they're easy to start, then intrigue for life. Let's play!

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Exact Ukulele! ⭐

Ages 6-Adult | Self-Paced

Guitar's baby cousin is one of the easiest ways to test the waters of music. Hyper-portable, super affordable, and so cute that I still have a hard time taking it seriously... but I've never regretted an hour spent with this little friend. Let's play!

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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.