Based in Miami | Music Lessons | Bands | Summer Camps

Committed to training & inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Since 07

Live! was started from the idea of teaching music education through contemporary music, and it became a way of engaging creativity in a business, in a studio, and every point of singularity that walks through our doors.
We actively work towards establishing a collaborative network of forward thinking organizations and individuals to produce and participate in clinics, workshops and festivals for our students and our city.

We've had the pleasure of collaborating with the following organizations.


Helping students of all ages and abilities develop their inner artist is what we live for, and we're making it happen in a nurturing and supportive environment that is home to the fastest growing community of musicians in Miami.
Our faculty consists of top-ranked professional musicians who provide academic perspective while developing coherent bonds with their students.

Juan Pablo Díaz

Founder & Director

Juan is a jazz guitarist and the musical director at Live! Modern School of Music. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, he grew up playing traditional Colombian music, and went on to study Jazz Guitar at Broward College. Early in his career, Juan became involved in music education, determined to make music accessible to everyone. He decided to team up with his brother Daniel and wife Luciana, and together they founded Live! Modern School of Music in the fall of 2007. He is passionate about collaborating with fellow educational and arts organizations, and believes in using music as a tool to help bring communities together. An advocate for education, Juan is a graduate of the Creative Entrepreneurship program at Berlin University of the Arts and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Orchestration and Arranging from Berklee College of Music. Most recently, Juan learned the craft of guitar making at an intimate workshop in Berlin with Argentinian luthier Leo Lospenatto.

Luciana Cereseto

Co-Founder / Branding / Photography

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana (known as Luli to the Live! family) has always had a soft spot for the arts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, and as one of our co-founders, manages Live! Modern School of Music’s branding and photography. Hungry for a creative challenge, Luli was craving a passion project to dive into when she was approached by Juan and Daniel to help create Live!’s look and feel. Since then, she’s designed and styled everything from the website to the programs for our shows. Luli also works as a freelance designer, with a focus on branding projects for local musicians. In her free time, you can find her drawing and painting in secret or biking around town with her dog Miles in tow.

Daniel Díaz

Co-Founder / Manager / Videographer

Daniel is Live! Modern School of Music’s manager and in-house videographer. As co-founder of Live!, his entrepreneurial vision was key in bringing the school to life. Over the years, Daniel has developed Live!’s infrastructure and operational standards, making sure things run smoothly behind the scenes. With a background in film production, Daniel also contributes creative content to LMSOM, and can usually be found shooting performances and interviews with students and instructors. He is currently developing a video series of studio sessions at Live!, as well as working on music videos for several South Florida musicians.

Carlos Ayala

Enrollment Director

Carlos is Live! Modern School of Music’s Enrollment Director and the face of our front desk. A native Miamian, he is trained in guitar and tenor sax with a degree in Music Business. He helps build and maintain the relationships between Live! and our students, guiding them through orientation and placement, as well as keeping everyone up to date on happenings and important dates throughout the curriculum. He attributes his friendly persona and passion for people to his years in the hospitality industry, and cites the interactions with students and their families as one of the most rewarding things about being a part of the Live! family. An enthusiast of all things retro, Carlos is a fan of old-school video games, 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, and 2nd wave ska.

Renzo Vargas

Drums & Percussion
Sectionals Coach

Taylor Powell

Vocal Training
Band Coach

Taylor is a Downbeat award-winning artist, has made appearances with the Frost Opera Theatre, recipient of the Kennedy Center Musical Theatre Award, and holds a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami.

Dr. Nick Ramliak

Guitar & Bass
Sectionals Coach

Nick's compositions have been published and performed internationally while his doctoral dissertation on contemporary orchestration techniques has been cited in scholarly references. He has appeared in such publications as "Just Jazz Guitar", "The Village Voice" and "Steppin' Out", among others.

Esther Fortune

Vocal Training

Esther fronts the international powerhouse pop-roots-rock-reggae band Jahfé with a ferocious whirlwind of power and energy that's impossible to contain when she hits the stage.

Zach Larmer

Guitar & Bass
Band Coach

A jazz musician with roots in funk, soul, and bluegrass, Zach is the recipient of multiple DownBeat awards and is a graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

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