About Real Brave Audio

Whether it’s online instruction or in-studio lessons Real Brave is a complete music learning experience that offers a wide range of custom, gamified, goal-oriented music instruction for anyone ages 5-105. Our certified music instructors use our Real Brave Method to form a unique music learning experience using our proprietary software PracticePad and an outreach program called After School Rocks that helps formerly homeless children get access to free music programs.

About Us

Whether it’s online instruction or in-studio lessons Real Brave is a complete music learning experience that offers a wide range of custom, gamified, goal-oriented music instruction for anyone ages 5-105. Our certified music instructors use our Real Brave Method to form a unique music learning experience using our proprietary software PracticePad and an outreach program called After School Rocks that helps formerly homeless children get access to free music programs.

Our Story

Real Brave was born in Queens, NY and founded by songwriter & performer Daniel Powers Jr. Originally started as part recording studio and part lessons, the company was a place that Powers could rely on to continue creating his own music. Having been in the music industry for 15 years to that point, he also wanted a place where people could go like he could and discover the world of music, express themselves and be a second home for them. Real Brave was started so a new generation of people could find mentors like he found as a kid and so this new generation of musicians could find the courage to get up on their own stage. Powers’ own journey into music was wrought with obstacles that mostly had to do with the fact that most learning institutions had ineffective curriculums that meant well but only worked for a certain type of individual. Because he learned differently and mostly by ear, he wanted to build an organization that catered to all individuals regardless of their learning style, capability, goals and potential. Music, he felt, is a universal language to be shared by all, not a few. He wanted Real Brave to show true progress, bringing students together and offer the communities he served a staff that are People First, Musicians Second. Every student at Real Brave gets a chance to go From The Studio to the Stage and ultimately Real Brave helps them to Find Your Stage™. Together with a multidisciplinary and relatable staff they have built a community of inspiring and engaging performers that tug on the heart strings with every in-studio performance at each studio’s built in venue. Real Brave offers an experience like no other with offerings you can only find at Real Brave.


He developed PracticePad with his team of developers and trusted team of advisors to help develop an effective learning resource that helps students see their progress week to week but also has a revolutionary audio and video suite that engages and inspires them to move forward. Real Brave’s PracticePadsoftware includes an expansive video recording studio that helps students learn by showing their journey to their goal with fun gamified learning, point rewards for progress and an immersive experience that rewards for progress not ability.

Our Story

Real Brave was born in Queens, NY and founded by songwriter & performer Daniel Powers Jr. Originally started as part recording studio and part lessons, the company was a place that Powers could rely on to continue creating his own music. Having been in the music industry for 15 years to that point, he also wanted a place where people could go like he could and discover the world of music, express themselves and be a second home for them. Real Brave was started so a new generation of people could find mentors like he found as a kid and so this new generation of musicians could find the courage to get up on their own stage. Powers’ own journey into music was wrought with obstacles that mostly had to do with the fact that most learning institutions had ineffective curriculums that meant well but only worked for a certain type of individual. Because he learned differently and mostly by ear, he wanted to build an organization that catered to all individuals regardless of their learning style, capability, goals and potential. Music, he felt, is a universal language to be shared by all, not a few. He wanted Real Brave to show true progress, bringing students together and offer the communities he served a staff that are People First, Musicians Second. Every student at Real Brave gets a chance to go From The Studio to the Stage and ultimately Real Brave helps them to Find Your Stage™. Together with a multidisciplinary and relatable staff they have built a community of inspiring and engaging performers that tug on the heart strings with every in-studio performance at each studio’s built in venue. Real Brave offers an experience like no other with offerings you can only find at Real Brave.


He developed PracticePad with his team of developers and trusted team of advisors to help develop an effective learning resource that helps students see their progress week to week but also has a revolutionary audio and video suite that engages and inspires them to move forward. Real Brave’s PracticePadsoftware includes an expansive video recording studio that helps students learn by showing their journey to their goal with fun gamified learning, point rewards for progress and an immersive experience that rewards for progress not ability.

What sets us apart from other schools?

Practice Pad™ 

Software

Frequent

events &

concerts

Unique

customised

curriculums

Flexible

scheduling

Guaranteed

enjoyment

What sets us apart from other schools?

Practice Pad™ 

Software

Frequent

events &

concerts

Unique

customized

curriculums

Flexible

scheduling

Guaranteed

enjoyment

What sets us apart from other schools?

Practice Pad™ 

At Real Brave, we offer an incredible experience like no other place in music lessons far everyone by guiding them from the beginning stages of getting to know an instrument all the way through performing for family and friends on stage.

Practice Pad™ 

Software

Frequent

events &

concerts

Unique

customised

curriculums

Guaranteed

enjoyment

Flexible

scheduling

Our Outreach
Programme

Most programs for ASR (After School Rocks) are in supportive housing shelters. Through fundraising, we have been fully funding these music programs for children in these shelters who have been chronically homeless. Bring the joy of music to them has been the most rewarding gift anyone can give. The Program: 20 weeks

Practice Pad™ 

PracticePad is an online lesson companion with built in web apps that track your progress, gives you powerful video and recording tools to help you learn and comes with HUNDREDS of tutorials you can unlock to trigger a tsunami of learning potential!

Meet our ever growing band

Every music teacher at Real Brave Audio has dedicated his or her life to learning and playing music. With a burning passion for music, most of our instructors have been pursuing music since grade school. For decades, the instructors here have been committing their time and focus on mastering instruments, giving them the ability to play and teach music at the highest levels.

ZacharyThomas

Zachary
Thomas

ReginaFierro

Regina
Fierro

JoshLombardi

Josh
Lombardi

JerodKaszynski

Jerod
Kaszynski

TerenceMa

Terence
Ma

Our Mission

As a tech savvy company that is people first, musicians second we help the world discover themselves through learning an instrument, unleash their inner rock star and find their stage through in person and online learning.

Meet our ever growing band

Every music teacher at Real Brave Audio has dedicated his or her life to learning and playing music. With a burning passion for music, most of our instructors have been pursuing music since grade school. For decades, the instructors here have been committing their time and focus on mastering instruments, giving them the ability to play and teach music at the highest levels.

ZacharyThomas

Zachary
Thomas

ReginaFierro

Regina
Fierro

JoshLombardi

Josh
Lombardi

JerodKaszynski

Jerod
Kaszynski

TerenceMa

Terence
Ma

Our Mission

As a tech savvy company that is people first, musicians second we help the world discover themselves through learning an instrument, unleash their inner rock star and find their stage through in person and online learning.

FAQ’s & Policies

Our policies differ between locations.  Please see our Policies page for details.  Broadly, we require notification before we open on the day of the lesson.

It is possible depending on the circumstances.  Please see our Policies page for complete details.

We will match you with someone at first that we think fits your goals. You can absolutely switch at any time!!

For guitar age 8, piano age 5, violin as early as 4-5, ukulele as young as 4-5, every other instrument generally is 9+ (except for the large instruments like double bass)

Prices vary depending on location and program. It’s best to contact the location nearest you for complete details.

We specialize in beginners and teach the confidence you need to become proficient beginner musicians. This is about finding where you belong, not having us test you on whether you make the grade. Just by wanting to do this, you are already miles ahead of the pack. Don’t be afraid of what peoople will think of your non-musical background. you’ve got this.

As much as you can. Start with 5 minutes a day or as much as you can. At first, practice isn’t everything. Coming to the lessons weekly will guarentee you some steps forward and your instructor will teach you habits to get in to the swing of things. Practice is learned, not inherent PLUS you have to love what you are learning! That’s why at Real Brave we are goal oriented to give your inner “why” some food for thought. We will focus on music that you want to learn in the very beginning to make sure we have you with a laser focus on some music to get you going. Then, with a few tunes or basic melodies under your belt we will expand upon that with new melodies, songs and exercises in your musical journey.

Yes.  Contact Us if you need help choosing the right guitar for you.

If you own an electric guitar, then yes.  However, you don’t need to bring it to your lessons.

Not necessarily. We can start with a drum pad, a small, inexpensive pad to learn basic techniques and rhythms.

Yes, a small keyboard to start is recommended. You can start with a 49 key keyboard as long as it has a stand and a seat for you to sit on. You want to be able to have it at the right level so your hands do not get fatigued. Some people put their keyboard on a table but it has to be at the right level!