Come be a part of the musical community in Bradenton, FL. Sign up for private music lessons at Manatee Music.

Guitar lessons, piano lessons, drum lessons, violin lessons, or whatever your musical passion may be, Manatee Music can assist you in the learning process.

Manatee Music welcomes everyone from children just discovering music, youth looking to improve their skills, adult hobbyists, and advanced players. Manatee Music is not like most music stores. Our primary business is teaching, not selling. We arrange our hours and lessons according to the schedules and convenience of our students. Each Manatee Music instructor brings a passion for music and a lifetime of experience to his or her teaching. Our veteran staff includes six teachers with various musical backgrounds, including: Guitar | Piano | Saxophone | Flute | Clarinet | Drums | Bass | Banjo | Ukelele | Mandolin | Violin | Cello

In addition to musical instruction, Manatee Music also provides electronic, guitar tech, and band instrument repair.

Manatee Music would love to accompany you on your musical journey and will do everything possible to meet and exceed your expectations. With a variety of lessons to choose from, we are sure you will be happy, whether you are a beginner, a seasoned player, or somewhere in between. We invite you to tour our website to learn more about us and contact us should you have any questions.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday - Sunday: Closed (If a client is only available on Friday-Sunday, instructors often make exceptions and will schedule lessons to accommodate the client's schedule.)


Musical talent: At Manatee Music, we believe that 90% of people have the same amount of natural musical talent. What will make the difference in a person's musical skill level is time on the instrument. People who implement and follow a consistent practice routine will succeed! If you are willing to practice, we at Manatee Music will do everything possible to assist you in achieving excellence.

Built on customer service: Manatee Music operates under the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry. Call 941.741.8832 to set up a lesson time. Am I a musician?: Practice your instrument. If you pleasantly lose track of time while practicing, you may have found a new love. If you find that you don't enjoy practicing, music may not be "your thing."


George Rydberg, Owner Guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, saxophone George, owner of Manatee Music, is a veteran musician and long-time instructor. He teaches guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and saxophone. Throughout his musical career, George has played in clubs, at weddings, and in church praise and worship. George owned Paramount Music in Calumet City, Illinois, from 1977 to 1992 before relocating to Bradenton, Florida and opening Manatee Music in 1998. Manatee Music has been at its present location at 2710 Manatee Avenue West since 2002.

Jerry Girard Guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, keyboard Jerry, a veteran musician and long-time instructor at Manatee Music, teaches guitar, mandalin, banjo, ukelele, and keyboard. Throughout his musical career, Jerry has played and sung his way across most of the United States of America. 

Matthew Gerren Drums Matthew has been playing the drums since 1998. He took drum lessons locally for five years and has continued his music education through an online drumming community. Matthew's experience started on the Manatee High Drumline and moved towards a drum set when playing in an alternative band. He has played with many musicians and currently plays at The Bridge Church. Matthew has been teaching drum lessons since May of 2011. He teaches his students to become well-rounded drummers by customizing lessons to each individual. 

Eddie Chung Musical instrument repair Eddie has over 20 years of experience in music instrument repair. He does electric and acoustic guitar and bass instrument setups and repairs. He also does amplifier modifications and repairs, specializing in tube amps. Eddie also does saxophone, clarinet, and flute re-corking and re-padding.