Welcome to the best place to take music lessons in Southwest Florida!


Opening for In-House Instruction

Hello, everyone! As things have begun to reopen, we feel we can safely offer lessons by taking new precautions and measures in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and our government authorities. Pricing will be the same as previous semesters as listed in our registration page. Here are some changes in our protocols:

  1. Each room and surface will be deep-cleaned and sanitized each day. Instructors will use sanitizer to wipe down doorknobs, surfaces and instruments in between students as well. Wipes are also available in the lobby.
  2. Instructors will wear masks; it is preferred that students (other than voice) wear masks, but not required.
  3. Everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer provided at our doorway upon entering.
  4. It will be the responsibility of the teacher to record the lesson on their attendance sheet, and we will trust you to keep accurate records in case there is a discrepancy. If you do not wish to wait in the lobby you are welcome to wait in the room while your student is instructed or you may drop them off at the glass door, but please don’t leave any student unattended at the doorMake sure they are in the care of the instructor before you release them. We also ask that you be at the glass door or the bottom of the stairwell promptly at the close of the lesson, so that this doesn’t delay the instruction schedule.
  5.  We ask that you would please cancel your lesson if you have been exposed to someone sick or are feeling sick in any way. Students must be fever-free for 72 hours.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and consideration during this time. Some of these policies will be temporary; others we will adopt permanently. Your support of our academy is more appreciated than we could ever fully express. Teaching is the sole livelihood of many of our instructors, and being able to resume lessons is an immense blessing to them.

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to contact your instructor, or you may contact Erin Denson at edenson@famfm.com.


Our purpose is simple. First, we want to be a place where God-given talent is fostered and every student and their family are touched by God’s love through us. Secondly, we desire to be a dynamic center for quality instruction in a safe, Christian environment with highly, qualified and caring instructors.


We offer private lessons in music—voice, piano, guitar, drums, bass, and other instruments such as strings, brass, and woodwinds as they are requested. Our classes are available to the Southwest Florida community, kindergarten-age through adult.

Parents are welcome in any lesson, but we also have a comfortable waiting area for families with rehearsal keyboards, toys/books, cable television, and free Wi-Fi.







Private lessons designed to meet your learning style and level!

SWFL Creative Arts Academy is committed to providing:

Qualified Instructors

We bring together qualified instructors and aspiring students in our community.

Competitive Pricing

The academy provides the most competitive pricing in this area, without sacrificing quality.

Leadership Training

Our skilled instructors train and develop leaders in all areas of the arts.


We help students reach God-given potential by instilling discipline and Christian character development.

Love for the Arts

Our instructors help each student reach his or her God-given potential by instilling a love for the arts.

Christian Environment

The Creative Arts Academy provides a safe, Christian environment for both students and instructors.

Erin Denson

Voice and Piano
Erin, an Indiana native, received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ball State University. She has a background in musical theatre and classical voice and piano. While at Ball State she was in several operas on campus as both a lead and in the opera chorus, was in the mixed Concert Choir on campus, and sang in guest masterclasses for artists like Fenlon Lamb.

Ian Denson

Ian Denson is the Worship Director at First Assembly. He has had the opportunity to perform with and direct orchestras, choirs, rock bands, and worship teams. He studied piano performance and pedagogy at Florida Gulf Coast University. While there he was selected to be part of a special piano pedagogy internship. Ian has worked as a middle school choir director, an assistant choral director and accompanist at the undergraduate level, and a private music teacher for over ten years.

Nicholas Hanaburgh

Nicholas received his Bachelors in Music from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, where he studied under Ian Goodman and specialized in jazz drumming. He toured with the Christian group “Mike Burns Band,” and has performed for President Bush and Joyce Meyer, as well as at Disney.

Bethany Smith

Piano & Brass
Bethany earned degrees in both French horn and Music Education at Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea, OH. She also received her Master of Music Education from Florida State University. Bethany teaches at Fort Myers Christian School and plays in the French horn section of the Gulf Coast Symphony.

Ethan Mulvihill

Beginning Piano
Ethan is a young, yet accomplished pianist. He enjoys playing worship, jazz, and classical music. He has competed in competitions, most recently having placed 1st in the nation in piano performance at Fine Arts (Assemblies of God) for the second year in a row. He also has been featured twice in the annual Christmas Keyboard Festival at First Assembly of God.

James Williams

Guitar & Bass & Ukulele
James has been teaching guitar, bass guitar, and Ukulele in Southwest Florida for 13 years. Notable achievements include receiving a Full-Sail Scholarship. One of his students became a trained Guitar Luthier and others have recorded albums (such as Luke Yurich, an up and coming artist).

Rebecca Buck

Piano and Voice
Buck began her love for piano at the age of 6. After receiving a Bachelors in Music Education from Florida State University, she spent a number of years on the road playing across the US and throughout the Caribbean. Following her time on the road, Rebecca focused on working with others in both piano and voice instruction. Among her many professional students, Rebecca worked with Janet Jackson and the Jackson Five in their debut at the Vegas MGM.

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The SWFL Creative Arts Academy is a ministry of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers, Florida. Our desire is to train and develop leaders in all areas of the arts. We offer private lessons, for children and adults, designed to meet your learning style and level.

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