Certain Music is a family, traditional style of private music lessons. We serve the Plano, Van Alstyne & North Texas area with private violin lessons, piano lessons, music theory & conducting instruction for any age and skill level. Dr. Certain is a professional member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

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  City Van Alstyne, TX
  Zip Code 75495
  Address 917 Ravenwood Lane
  Phone Number (469) 671-6078

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Lessons

Violin, Piano, Music Theory & Voice Lessons for Children & Adults
Dr. Certain teaches ages 3 to adult, from beginner to advanced levels.

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My girls, ages 7 and 9, have been taking piano lessons with Dr. Certain for a little over a year. Their ability to play and their knowledge of music theory has improved greatly. He is an encouraging teacher who pushes them to do their best. We recently participated in a recital with many of his students. There was a wide range of ages and levels of skill. I would highly recommend Dr. Certain for the beginner or one looking to advance their talent, for the young, or the young at heart! He's a wonderful teacher that loves what he does.

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We have been taking piano lessons from Dr. Certain for almost a year. Our kid can now play a lot better than we expected. Dr. Certain is not only enthusiastic but also very patient. I would highly recommend Dr. Certain for any age.

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I would highly recommend Dr. Certain to anyone looking to either start as a beginner or wanting to advance their skills beyond the basics. My son started taking lessons with him after being with another teacher for 5 years. We saw a quick jump forward within 3 months. He sets high expectations for his students and keeps them accountable. We are very happy with my son's progress.

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After a friend had given me a violin I signed up for a group class Dr. Certain was teaching at a Plano recreation center. When the class was over I had decide whether to continue with private lessons or not and so I did. That was nine years ago. Beginning to play the violin at 50 years old was a stretch to say the least, and Dr. Certain has been so patient and kind with me and all of the adult students. I’m glad I made the right decision!

If you have considered beginning music lessons at any age I would highly recommend this talented and generous man.

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My son started taking piano lessons with Dr. Certain when he was almost 5 years old and now he is almost 14! Since day one Dr. Certain demonstrated a unique ability to communicate with my son who started reading music before he started reading words. Dr. Certain was such a professional, caring, patient, and committed instructor that not also started teaching music to my son buy also became almost family to us.

Since we saw our son was learning not only the piano but music theory, discipline, and the ability to focus at such an early age, we started bringing our two daughters as well. The oldest started taking violin lessons right before going to middle school and joining the orchestra, and the youngest started taking piano lessons when she was seven years old.

Fast tracking a few years: We have been with Certain Music for almost 10 years now and our three children play both the piano and the violin interchangeably. It has been such a delight to see them growing with music as their friend under Dr. Certain guidance and teaching.

Our oldest daughter won the superior medal under Dr. Certain’s direction twice while she was in middle school. Our youngest daughter also won her first superior medal this year thanks to Dr. Certain’s help. Our son this year that is in 8th grade became the Concert Maestro for the UIL competing orchestra, which got top ratings on all skills a few weeks ago. We believe this couldn’t have happened without Dr. Certain careful, detailed, loving and comprehensive instruction. He is also a man of God and always talk to the kids in such a way that they listen even though now they all are adolescents. They respect and look up to him. It has been a great experience to be a part of Certain’s Family Music. We look forward to the years to come!!!

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My 8 year old son is taking piano lessons and my 7 year old daughter is learning how to play the violin with Dr. Certain. We love how Dr. Certain teaches to the kids with patience and love. He makes them laugh when he sees that they are getting frustrated trying to accomplish their goals and always encourages them to improve and continue learning, he wants them to enjoy the lessons, and I can see the progress in their learning.

One thing that I really appreciate of Dr. Certain is that he can be flexible with the class schedule, if the kids get sick or for another major reason I can't take them to their lessons in the designated time spot, I can arrange with him another time; this thing I couldn't do it in the academy my son was before, if he was sick and could not go, he lost that lesson.

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Dr. Certain is an amazing instructor who works diligently to satisfy the needs of each student. I have never met someone who can not only play, but also teach such a wide variety of instruments. He keeps God close to his heart and shows it through his kindness and willingness to work with all who come to him to make sure everyone who wants to learn an instrument has the availability. A truly inspiring teacher.

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Customer Testimonials

Dr. Certain has been a great teacher to Joey (my son), he's patient in his teaching and has a sense of humor which is important to kids. His knowledge in violin and music theory is a tremendous help to us. He involves parents to learn with the kids which is very helpful for the student as the parent can be a guidance at home.

Dr. Certain really has a passion in teaching violin and that really influences my son to do better. Dr. Certain also enjoys playing violin with his students. I'm learning to play the violin too so sometimes I'll bring my violin to play with him and my son, it's very fun and a pleasure to see his enthusiasm when playing the violin with others. It's good to see a music teacher with a strong passion for the instrument that he's teaching and that really inspires us.


Dr. Certain was a God-send! I needed a substitute violin instructor who could step in and cover lessons for one of our teachers as she recovered from surgery. Dr. Certain graciously accepted the request and even rearranged his personal studio to accommodate the teaching schedule at the Rockwall School of Music. We have high standards for our instructors. Dr. Certain was amazing with the students. He has a caring and tender heart and was very pleasant to work with. He was a professional in every sense of the word. He comes with my highest recommendation.

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