Clearwater Dunedin Music School

Welcome to Creative Keys

Clearwater Dunedin Music School


1602 Virginia Street, Dunedin, FL 34698


Creative Keys Music School is the largest music academy in North Pinellas County with an active enrollment of over 480 students in our Dunedin location.  Students drive to us from all over the Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Largo, Holiday, Pinellas Park, New Port Richey, and Tarpon Springs. We offer private music lessons on most instruments – including piano, guitar, voice, violin, cello, viola, drums & percussion, ukulele, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, trumpet, french horn, trombone, and more – for ages 5 to adult.

While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming a Creative Keys student and find out why we are Tampa Bay’s number one choice for music lessons.

Clearwater Dunedin Music School

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Here are 16 reasons to help you decide.

A proven record of excellence

in teaching children and adults to play an instrument. Creative Keys has been in business for 15 years and we have helped thousands of students discover their talent in music and have a blast in the process! You can be assured that you or your child will receive a high quality music education, whether your goal is just to have fun or pursue serious study.

A family owned and operated company

with friendly owners who truly love music . Owners Derek & Hayley Fair (husband and wife) and Susan Wilkenson (Derek’s mom) opened Creative Keys with a goal of inspiring children and adults to begin a life-long love of music. Their enthusiasm for music truly shows!

A spacious, comfortable waiting area

with Wifi, a children’s play area (toys, puppet show, TV, books, and board games), homework tables, magazines, and plenty of comfy seating. Students and parents feel at ease “hanging out” before and during lesson times. Parents always have the option of sitting in on their child’s lesson, or enjoying some personal time in the waiting area.

University-trained teachers

who are comfortable teaching a wide variety of music genres – and are fun, patient, and friendly, too!
Our teachers hold various credentials, including Bachelor or Master degrees, professional teaching certificates, memberships in the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Music Teachers National Association, and extensive performance experience. You can feel confident that you or your child will receive a solid foundation in your music studies as our instructors teach note reading, rhythm, proper technique, expression, ear training, and more. Teachers are skilled in adjusting their teaching style and plans to suit the unique needs of each student and work hard to help students accomplish their goals.

Regular, ongoing performance opportunities

Creative Keys offers more performance opportunities than any other music school in the area. Our themed performance parties are casual, in-house recitals with refreshments and take place 3 times per year (July, October, and December). Our larger Spring recital is held at the Music Gallery in Clearwater and students have the opportunity to perform on-stage on a Steinway grand piano. In addition, students are invited to perform at a local assisted living facility once or twice a year. We encourage all students to participate in one or more of these performances as this helps with goal setting and overall confidence. All of our recitals are free of charge to students and their families!

Multiple instruments taught under one roof

-piano, guitar, voice, violin, cello, viola, drums & percussion, ukulele, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo, mandolin, trumpet, french horn, trombone, and more!
We have many families who have children taking lessons on more than one instrument or sibling groups who take lessons with two teachers at the same time. We know how busy you are and would like to help you save time!

Lesson times available Monday through Saturday

Our school offers a wide range of lesson times, with lunchtime and early afternoon lessons for adults or homeschooled children, as well as afternoon and evening times. Lessons are offered Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 8:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:30am-2:30pm.

Lessons for ages 5 to adult

Our instructors work well with students of all ages, from 5 to adult.  We are happy to make recommendations on which instrument to pursue, based on your child’s interest level and age.  We don’t just teach children – we have many adult students who decided to pursue studying an instrument as a hobby or stress reliever, or even to be able to help their own children excel at music. It’s definitely never too late to learn an instrument!

No registration/membership fee or long-term contract

Creative Keys does not charge a registration fee or require students to sign a semester or annual contract. Lessons are month-to-month, as we want our students to continue because they truly want to take lessons (not because they are locked into a contract). Most students stick with lessons long-term because they love learning new songs and techniques and interacting with their teacher.  There’s always something new to learn!

Convenient location

Located in Dunedin at the corner of Keene (C.R. 1) and Virginia Street, Creative Keys is central to many cities. We have students coming to us from Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Oldsmar, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Largo, Pinellas Park, Holiday, New Port Richey, and even Tampa. In our plaza, you’ll find Frank’s pizza next door, as well as a barber and hair salon. We are located right in front of the soccer fields used by Dunedin Stirling soccer club.

Music books in stock or ordered as needed

We carry all of the beginner books recommended by our teachers and order books as requested by students or teachers, with a fast turn-around of only a few days (no shipping charge). We accept cash, check, credit/debit, and mobile pay options for books.

Summer camps and other enrichment activities

Creative Keys offers a variety of summer camps each year for students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. We have a great time learning and reinforcing musical concepts through games and activities. Teachers also periodically offer group classes or ensembles throughout the year; for example, a guitar ensemble for intermediate students or beginner guitar class.

Year-round lessons

Creative Keys is open year-round so that students can continue their studies without a long break.  We do not follow any district school calendars since we have students attending lessons from multiple school districts as well as private schools.

Dedicated to lessons, not sales

Creative Keys is a dedicated teaching facility, not a music store. Other studios may be music stores where lessons only exist to allow for potential sales of instruments and accessories. We don’t think of our students as customers we can pitch sales to; instead, we focus on giving our students the very best music education.

A company that gives back to the community

Creative Keys donates to many local schools, including Curtis Fundamental, Garrison Jones, Leila Davis, Espiritu Santo, Plato Academy, Academie da Vinci, Guardian Angels, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Cecilia’s, NorthBay Christian Academy, and more. We are also a business partner of MusicLink Foundation, which offers scholarships to low-income families so that music lessons are available to everyone.  For more information on MusicLink Foundation, or to apply, please visit

It’s easy to take the next step:


If you are ready to start, you have nothing to lose as we only want students
who truly want to be here and we will not commit you to a long term contract.

Lessons are first come, first served
so contact us today to arrange your first lesson!


(all instruments)
$108 = (4) 30-min. weekly lessons
($135 for months with 5 weeks)




  • Creative Keys is awesome! All 3 of my kids take piano lessons and one daughter takes voice as well. I even took drum lessons. I promise you can't go wrong here. Hayley really cares and does a great job running the place!
  • Oh he loved it. And Dallas was great, I was very impressed with how much Robert learned and how efficient Dallas was in his teaching.
  • Just thinking about Meyah's instructors today and wanted to tell you that they really are fantastic. Ms Beverly is all business and such an efficient teacher. We can't imagine ever looking for another piano instructor for Meyah. Never-ever! Miss Nicole is very gifted at tailoring lessons to fit the personality, potential and goals that Meyah has. It's working like a charm! Today I am simply thankful for Creative Keys.
  • We wanted to take a quick moment to let you know how appreciative we are of all the work and support Nicole has provided Kaedyn. We are happy to have found Creative Keys! Thank you for providing the conduit to allow students like Kaedyn to find great teachers like Nicole.Recently Kaedyn was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer acting camp. Nicole worked diligently with Kaedyn to practice both her singing and monologue. After her audition the instructor complimented Kaedyn on her professionalism and preparation - both of which can be contributed to Nicole's teaching.
  • Rob has been a very patient, enthusiastic teacher for my son. He had a flexible teaching style and was always eager to spend time with him. With the relatively short amount of time of weekly instruction, and of course hours of practice, my son was able to form a band and perform at local venues. My experience as a parent working with Rob was very good as well as he was always polite and professional and often invited me to sit in on their sessions if I was interested.  I would highly recommend Rob to any student with interest in learning to play the guitar.
  • This place is awesome! My daughter takes piano lessons and is loving every moment of it. Her teacher, Ms. Barbie, is the best ever!
  • Roberta was very patient with me. I enjoyed the way she communicated what she was trying to teach, and she seems really kind. I could tell she clearly enjoys teaching and playing violin. She was really good at making me feel comfortable and relaxed.
  • After our son's piano teacher of 4 years moved away, we were devastated......and then we found Creative Keys!!! What an absolute blessing. We love the studio, the owner and especially our son's teacher, Mr. Anthony. He is passionate about what he does and it shows. My son has so much fun at his lesson and he looks forward to it every week. Mr. Anthony effortlessly passes along his love of music to his students and we are so thankful! While we wait in the lobby I've observed the other teachers there, and you can just tell that everyone here is top notch and form great relationships with their students.
  • I thought Barbie was great. Aly really enjoyed her lesson and is looking forward to her next lesson.
  • We are thrilled with George's drum lessons! He clearly approaches drums from a musical perspective and he is a great and patient teacher. He anticipates the needs of his students and is always prepared. He really adds value to the music program at Creative Keys!
  • My 5th grader just started piano lessons about 2 months ago and she loves it. We could not be happier. Our teacher is amazing, Ms. Sarah. If you have been thinking about it, try it I am sure you won't be disappointed.
  • She loved it! She was very excited and really seemed to enjoy not only Pam's music but getting to know Pam! She seems to be a lovely person! Thank you! What a beautiful place to be!
  • The boys had a BLAST! They both loved it and looking forward to next week. We are super excited and hope the boys can only just grow and love the art of music in general, I know I do! :)
  • The boys both really like Anthony!  Looking forward to what he can inspire them to do :)
  • Genevieve absolutely loved voice this week. She thinks her teacher is super nice as well. She can’t wait to go back
  • Brianna ran into the house and yelled “that was awesome!” I was very impressed! He is a wonderful teacher!
  • My daughter started taking lessons with Sarah in June (2014) and we are both extremely happy. Sarah is young, soft spoken and sweet. My daughter enjoys going to her lessons. Sarah provides great feed back if I ask her a question. I think my daughter is moving at a great pace - every child is different - I'm not expecting Mozart. I want my daughter to love playing not because I want her to, but because she wants to and Sarah provides the appropriate speed that works for her, which I appreciate. The rest of the staff is also warm and welcoming.
  • Nicole is wonderful! Becky is getting along really well with her and feels comfortable with her too. She has given Becky some other tips and so far everything is great!
  • Lia loved Barbie as an instructor and absolutely loved her lesson. She is so excited and practicing daily!
  • Noah had fun and really likes Dann. He said Dann is “nice” which is important to both of us. Can’t wait to see you again Saturday.
  • We were VERY pleased with Nicole! She was approachable, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and friendly… Everything that both a parent and a pre-teen would want in a teacher. Thank you for assigning us to her. We look forward to Olivia's future lessons with her.
  • Marko loved his piano lesson and his teacher. He is practicing and can’t wait to go again.
  • It was a great experience! We like Pam very much. When Aidan came out from from his lesson he had a smile from ear to ear. He has been playing non-stop at home too.
  • Sarah’s first lesson went great! She really likes her teacher and can’t wait to go back for the next class :)
  • Chris’s lesson went very well. We are excited to join you!!! Dallas is a very good teacher!!!
  • Creative Keys is an inspiring place to be with a really great atmosphere and talented teachers!

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