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St. Augustine Music Center

Welcome to St. Augustine Music Center


Who are we?

These two musicians and educators have been making music and a life together for 21 years.  Now, as their family grows, they are setting out to share with the community the joy of making music with friends and family.  Jesse Cruce is a musician through and through.  Growing up in his father’s music store, Palatka Music Center, and then going on to study Jazz Performance and Music Education at the University of North Florida, Jesse gained more than experience in the music industry, not to mention learning how to play almost every instrument in the family music store. He also discovered the benefits of fostering and engaging a family based musical community.  Teaching private and group classes from an early age, Jesse is in his most natural state when he is creating and facilitating music of any kind with anybody of any age.  Leaa and Jesse met when they were 15 years old and have been strengthening their love and musical bond ever since. 

 Leaa has always been a singer.  Studying musical theater and participating in every choral and dramatic group she could find, Leaa grew up with an out going personality and a deep love for making music.   Whether performing with a concert choir in Carnegie Hall or singing with her daughters and husband on the porch near Crescent Beach, Leaa has a way of conveying her love for music to her audience. 

 Together, Leaa and Jesse, along with daughters, Liv and Dylan, are continuing the 35 year old Cruce family tradition of providing their community with a place that encourages and creates family bonding and enrichment through music.

Jesse Cruce, Instructor


Fun and focused private and group lessons for all ages. Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin, Piano, Mandolin, Banjo, and more!



Private Lessons

 All ages, private lessons, for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Violin, Mandolin, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet and more.   Also included in the monthly fee, students have the opportunity to attend and/or participate in our bi-annual pickin’ parties where students of all ages and skill levels share what they have been doing in their lessons by playing with their instructor or other students with songs in common.  

Monthly Payments: 

$120 for weekly half-hour lessons

$200 for weekly hour lessons

Group Lessons

Students play in small groups of 2 or 3, like-minded and similarly skilled players with an instructor.  Here they take the skills gained in their weekly private lesson and apply them to the process of playing music with another person.   The goal of Group Lessons is for students to discover how fun it can be to make music with others.

Family Jam

A musical gathering for families, designed to embed the joy of making and sharing music together, so that they may go through life with a true appreciation of the magic that is music.

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Feel free to reach out with any questions, inquiries, or to get started with your first lesson. 

St. Augustine Music Center

Butler Beach, A1A S A1A S, Saint Augustine, Florida 32080, United States

(904) 699-7282


 Monday - Sunday: By Appointment