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Why Choose Us?

Music Lessons All at One Location

Families can save both time by being able to take lessons on multiple instruments all on the same day. We offer piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, as well as lessons in violin, viola, cello, drums, flute, bass guitar, and ukulele. One on one private lessons are available to children as well as adults. Our faculty teaches all levels from complete beginners, to intermediate, to advanced levels.

A Highly-Qualified Teaching Faculty

All faculty members at Westlake Music Academy have at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in their respective instrument, as well as years of teaching experience. Our faculty has been specially hand-picked not only because of their distinguished skills as musicians, but because of both their unique talent for teaching and their love for it. Learn more about our faculty here.

Musician-owned and Operated

James Flood has his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in classical guitar performance and has performed in numerous capacities. James has been offering guitar lessons for nearly 30 years and has a love for teaching. He has assembled a team who share his love for teaching and his passion for quality music education.

Westlake Music Academy is NOT a Music Store

Music lessons are not just something we also do in addition to selling merchandise. Music education is the sole reason for our existence, and we are committed to providing the best. Learn more about our teaching philosophy here.

Free Optional Recitals

We put on both a winter recital and a summer recital for our students. Participation in recitals is optional and free. Recitals are another motivator for students and provide a great deal of satisfaction for both the student and parent.

Free Picture Day

We have a free picture day with a professional photographer for all students, both children and adults. Bring your instrument and wear what you like. This is a wonderful way to celebrate one’s musical journey and to capture memories.

Convenient Location and Easy Parking

We are located at the corner of Detroit and Canterbury Roads in Westlake, a short distance from the I 90 Columbia Rd. exit. We are in close proximity to Bay Village, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Fairview Park, Avon, Avon Lake, North Ridgeville, Lakewood and West Park. There is also ample and easy parking in our parking lot.

No Long-Term Contracts

There are no 18 week semesters. Lessons are month to month, year round. Students make no commitment beyond one month. Request more information about our curriculum here.

Make-Up Classes

If you need to cancel a lesson, we have make-up classes. No twenty-four hour notice. It’s easy!

Lessons Are Customized to the Student

Every student that comes to Westlake Music Academy is unique. No two are exactly alike. Each student has his or her own needs and goals in music lessons, and it is the job of the teacher to understand these and tailor lessons accordingly.

A Fun System of Student Achievements and Awards

At Westlake Music Academy students can choose to participate in a system where they are rewarded with certificates, colored wristbands, and trophies as they reach milestones in their progress. This system serves as a great motivator for students to practice and advance in their playing, and students love it.


  • All lesson rooms are equipped with a security camera (no audio)

  • All lesson rooms have an observation window

  • We have an open door policy: parents and guardians are welcome to sit in on lessons at any time.

  • All Westlake Music Academy teachers must pass two nationwide background checks.