"While directing and choreographing the Maine professional premiere of “Matilda”, we had the pleasure of working with Tina and Phil as our Musical Directors.  Their sensational and seamless ability to weave between theoretical and practical approaches while teaching the music, was instrumental. It was a pleasure to work alongside (another) duo who understands that the delivery of the story is the principal goal in every performance." 

––Jeff Payton & Matthew Shaffer;

Choreography & Directing Duo


"It’s so reassuring to know that students in Maine are getting such excellent instruction and foundational work."

 --  Lori  L'italien, Boston Conservatory (Burns Music Studio Vocal Masterclass)* 

"I really have no words... I feel like I am constantly telling you, lovely Tina and Phil, how much we love and appreciate you. It is heartfelt every single time I say it. I mean it even more when I say it today than I did the first time I uttered the words. You are gifts to our children, and therefore, to all of us. You have created an environment that nurtures these kids with such love and kindness. As a result, they are willing to take risks, they love and support each other...and they soar! Thank you for doing what you do! Magical!   ❤️🎼🎶"

 -- Beth Quealy Hagerty*

"The Burns Vocal Arts Studio gave me the confidence I needed to be able to sing in front of people while I was playing the guitar! And now… I have a song on iTunes! The best around...

-- Misty Burgess*

"My voice lessons with Tina have helped me grow exponentially as a performer by building up my confidence, helping me hone my natural talent, and teaching me skills that I now use every day as a theatre major. Piano lessons with Phil reopened a door I had closed on myself when I was young— I had always gotten frustrated with myself playing the piano until Phil’s zen teaching style helped me become comfortable making mistakes and learning from them. And the kindness and warmth brought about by the household as a whole has brightened my day many a time and left a lasting impression on my heart. I am so thankful for this studio and family!"

-- Bridget Saunders

"Burns Music Studio helped me to not only become a healthier and more rounded singer, but also be a more passionate human being! Tina and Phil burns have also been great mentors to me in teaching arts." 

-- Chana Wingard

"Had so much fun with Tina and Phil in their Summer Show Choir camps! The pair is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and supportive, as well as lovely people! I also highly recommend piano lessons with Phil — he is very patient and is always happy to explain and work through any problems or areas of difficulty." 

-- Anna Kemble*

"Burns Music Studio has been such an influential place in my life. All of the teachers I have worked with have built relationships with me and have been much more than just instructors. If you have the chance to be a part of Burns Studio take the opportunity; you will never regret it. You will grow as a musician as well as a person. All of the teachers are highly capable and truly care about their students. I love Burns Music Studio!💛"

-- Suz Eggert 

*from Facebook