Our Approach

Our Philosophy

Andy and Lisa Honea have been giving private music instruction in Orange County, California for over thirty years.  We believe that music instruction is an essential element of a good education. The ability to create beautiful sounds gives people great joy and satisfaction.  The skills necessary to create beautiful music also develop the mind and enrich our sense of achievement.  Critical thinking skills are further enhanced when students learn how to practice effectively.  Listening skills are advanced as students strive to improve their tone and artistry.  Concentration improves as longer, more complex pieces are mastered.  Students will exhibit increasing confidence, physical stamina, and mental fortitude as they see and hear tangible results from their hard work, practice and discipline.

Academie de Belle Musique teachers, Andy and Lisa Honea, have extensive experience teaching students from kindergarten through adult.  We are committed to cultivating a solid base of good technique, listening skills, and artistic development from the very first lesson.  A foundation of music theory and music history is also fundamental to our teaching approach.  Both of us excel at teaching complex concepts in easy to understand language and explanations.

Students will learn in a patient and encouraging environment where they will develop musical skills throughout their studies.  We believe it is important to not only give students concrete goals, but to provide clear, concise instruction on ways to accomplish those goals.

It brings us great joy to watch our students develop from very young beginners to accomplished musicians as young adults.  Many of our students participate in the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, Orange County Youth Symphony, the Orange County High School for the Arts, All- State and All-Southern Honors Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, as well as various local honors groups.

Our Story

Meet the Teachers


Lisa Honea

Flute & Piano Instruction

National Flute Association

Music Teachers National Association

Suzuki Association of the Americas

Lisa is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.  One of the highlights of her teaching career was traveling to Recife, Brazil to perform concerts, conduct master classes, and coach chamber music at the Conservatorio de Musica de Pernambuco and with the Orquestra de Crianca Cidada.  When she is not teaching Lisa loves scuba diving, working on home renovation projects, and planning their next travel adventure.


Andy Honea

Cello Instruction

Music Teachers Association of California

Andy Honea is a graduate of Yale University with both Bachelors and Masters degrees.  He also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California.  One of Dr. Honea's most interesting experiences was traveling with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra to perform in remote Athabascan villages.  He will never forget seeing his cello wrapped in sleeping bags, strapped to a dog sled, and heading down a frozen river while he jogged along side to perform a concert in Arctic Village, Alaska.

Currently Dr. Honea performs with the Pacific Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony.  In his free time Dr. Honea can be found either working on a home renovation project or enjoying learning about the latest tech.

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