Our Music Teachers

What Makes Our Music Teachers The Best?

No matter where you live in Dallas/Fort Worth, we are confident we can match you with the perfect local music teacher. At Music By Ross, we believe that being a great music teacher requires more than just knowledge about your instrument. We guarantee that your instructor is reliable, personable and devoted to seeing your musical ambitions achieved! All Music By Ross instructors must pass our diligent certification process.

Skills Qualification

How much teaching experience does the instructor have? How long have they been playing their instrument? Do they have experience performing? Can an instructor teach at different skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

Comprehensive Interview

We interview every applicant in person to ensure that our students get the best local music teachers. Not only must our instructors demonstrate top musicianship, but they must also possess great communication skills, a passion for music and reliability. Each teacher must provide professional references as well as their education and work history.

All Music By Ross instructors complete a full criminal background check. Your safety is our #1 concern, and you can trust that your lessons are being conducted by a competent, friendly and knowledgeable local music teacher!

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Our Instructors

Adam Williams

piano lessons dallas tx Voice, piano Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz and Classical

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

I have been singing professionally and playing piano for over 20 years.

Professional Experience:

I have performed in numerous choral ensembles and small groups while studying at the University of North Texas, ranging from large choirs to Master Recital Performances. I am also a vocal studio musician, and have given accompaniment to solo singer and performers.

Accomplishments:

I have performed many solos in choir performances. I have re-arranged a French mezio-soprano classical song into a free-flowing jazz interpretation for a past client. I was also in charge of leading the sectionals and creating stage directions in the first opera that I performed at the University of North Texas. I currently graduated with a degree in voice concentration from the University of North Texas.

Alan Kwan

guitar lessons coppell Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical

How long have you been playing guitar?
Over 12 years, and I’ve been playing professionally for over 7 years.

Professional Experience:

University of North Texas Big Band, UNT Zebras Band, UNT Guitar Emsembles

Accomplishments:

  • University of North Texas Jazz guitar performance major with 2 music scholarships and 1 general scholarship
  • Multiple shoes in the Jazz scene in Hong Kong before relocating to the U.S.
  • Performed in many different cities including: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Denton, Dallas and New York City
  • Listen to Alan’s recordings at: soundcloud.com/alankwan

Alan Kwan, native of Hong Kong, is a jazz guitarist, composer and educator. Currently a jazz guitar student in the University of North Texas, he is a recipient of the College of Music Scholarship, Kris Kolflat Scholarship and Academic Scholarship.

Alan started playing guitar at the age of 14; after 4 years of musical training, he decided to devote himself to jazz. He studied with Ted Lo and Eugene Pao and started performing in Hong Kong. Within a few years, he had become one of the most active jazz musicians in the city.

In 2009, he moved to the United States to pursue his further study in music. He has studied with Fred Hamilton, Richard McClure and Noel Johnston at the University of North Texas. He also studied privately with Stefan Karlsson, Michael Palma, Quamon Fowler, Rodney Jones, Nir Felder, Ben Monder, Mike Moreno, Bruce Saunders, John Stowell, Clint Strong and many other masters.

Recently, he has been preparing for recording his original compositions. In the summer of 2014, Alan will be performing in different venues in Hong Kong and Japan.

Alex Wilshin

guitar lessons lewisville tx Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Metal

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 8 years.

Accomplishments:

I started playing in a band at age 15 that produced original music and I have played numerous live shows with professional touring bands. I am still active in the Dallas music scene today. I have also performed guitar for multiple school-related jazz bands and drum lines and am currently playing for In Search of Sight here in North Texas!

Alison Wheaton

Voice Instructor Dallas Voice, piano, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Pop, Jazz

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

Voice: Over 11 years. Piano: 7 years.

Professional Experience:

Vocal Music Education Major at SMU. All-State choirs, college recitals – singing in choral, personal, and composition recitals. Both piano and voice – I was a worship leader for about two years. Various singing and piano competitions. Other various piano recitals, self- accompaniment

Accomplishments:

Acceptance into multiple music schools for voice with vocal scholarship, 3 time All-State choir (Oklahoma Music Educators Association). National Association of Teachers of Singing 2nd place Vocalist in Young Women 2 Division 2012. NATS finalist 2011. Multiple “Superior” Ratings at State Solo Contests, “Director’s Award” in High School Choir for Excellent Choral Achievement. Piano: Multiple Superior Plus ratings at Oklahoma Music Teachers Association State and Regional Piano Solo Contest, “Chopin Award” in my piano studio for excellent musicianship with Romantic music.

Allison Huntley

vocal teacher carrollton Voice and Piano Beginner Kids and Teens Praise and Worship, Contemporary Christian, Pop, Jazz, Classical

How long have you been singing and songwriting?

Over 17 years

Professional Experience:

Christian Contemporary band – both cover and original, Fundraisers and Private Parties

I am a graduate from Berklee Music with a Master Certificate in Arranging and Orchestration. I worked as a radio commercial producer for a year and a half and have written songs for advertising campaigns for various companies. I have sung in jingles and have been hired as a session singer on multiple occasions. I am one of the leaders in the Children’s Ministry at my church. I love seeing kids use music to worship God and enjoy teaching them how to do that each Sunday. Here are examples of one of my original songs and a song I wrote for an advertising campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCFdcl5ch0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2vLs3zinPU&t=3s

 

Ami Irons

voice teacher fort worth Voice and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All Genres

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

I have been singing for over 15 years, and studying for 5 in a collegiate setting. I have 8 years of training in piano as well.

Professional Experience:

Hello, I my name is Ami Irons and I am a vocal music education major and religion minor at Texas Christian University.  After student teaching and graduation this coming year I plan to obtain a position as an elementary music teacher.  For as long as I can remember I have had a deep passion for music and children and I am so excited I get to work in an occupation that involves both.
My experience as an educator and music teacher includes:
1) Teaching at a daycare in an elementary classroom for three summers, where I planned and executed core subject, music, and group activity lessons
2) Teaching choir classes at both the elementary and high school levels
3) Teaching private voice lessons at the high school level
4) Teaching general music at the elementary level.

I am currently available to teach general music education classes, private and group voice lessons, and private beginner piano lessons.

Anthony Jakab

guitar lessons dallas Guitar and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

How long have you been playing guitar and piano?

Over 5  years.

Professional Experience:

I am a guitar teacher in the Dallas area, and I have performed in the Jazz Ensemble, Combo Group, and Improv Group for the past 3 years. In those groups we have performed for induction ceremonies, faculty events, and at restaurants. I had also been recently hired to perform for Grease the Musical.

 

April Seals

guitar lessons fort worth tx Guitar, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Pop, Country, Classical, Folk

How long have you been playing guitar?

I have been studying professionally for over 4 years.

Professional Experience:

I have participated in, and won, many competitions and concerts.

Accomplishments:

  • 1st prize in the Hill Country Guitar Ensemble Competition
  • 3rd prize in the Collin College Solo Competition
  • Duo, Trio and Large Ensemble awards at the 2013 Brownsville Ensemble Competition
  • Prize winner at Collin College Fall 2013 Guitar Competition
  • Outstanding Second Semester Duo
  • Outstanding Ensemble Member
  • I am currently finishing my degree in guitar performance in Dallas, TX. I also currently teach for Prosper ISD.

Ashlyn Shanafelt

drum lessons arlington tx Drums and Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Folk, Country

How long have you been playing drums?

I have been playing the drums for over 13 years, and guitar for over 5 years.

Professional Experience:

I have played with many bands over my career in Lubbock, TX and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including: rock cover bands, 80’s cover bands, country, blues, folk and funk-rock. I am currently playing with Kate Hearne and Bomb Atomic. 

Accomplishments:

I graduated with a music degree from South Plains College with an Outstanding Country, Rock and Blues Musician Award.

Ben Fisher

Piano Lessons Dallas TX Piano, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Pop, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical

How long have you been playing piano?

20 years

Professional Experience:

Cover bands, Jazz Quartet, Accompanist, Solo Piano, Lounge Piano

Accomplishments:

I learned piano from Steinway Artist, Stephen Nielson, Bradley Williams (Jazz Pianist – Chicago), and was taught with teaching lineage of Beethoven, Arthur Rubinstein, and Abbey Simon. I have also opened for modern rock group Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Benjamin Kean

music lessons flower mound tx Saxophone, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Music Theory, Ear Training Saxophone (Beginner to advanced), Piano, Flute, Clarinet (Beginner) All ages Classical, Jazz

How long have you been playing the saxophone?

Over 9 years.

Accomplishments:

I am currently attending the University of North Texas obtaining my Bachelor of music in Jazz Studies. I received University Honors with the Emerald Eagle Scholar as well. I also perform with the UNT 4 o’clock Lab Band, and was a drum major my sophomore year. I have also performed with the All Saints Jazz Band, and the Parkinson Voice Project Pit Orchestra (with Lee Greenwood).

 

Brandon Gibbons

guitar lessons Flower Mound, TX Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz, Rock, Top 40’s Pop, Blues, Country

How long have you been playing guitar?
Over 18 years.

Professional Experience:
Brandon began teaching guitar in 2001 while studying Jazz and Popular Music Performance at The Hartford Conservatory in Connecticut. Over the last 14 years he has taught guitar, bass, piano and music theory for George’s Music Center and The National Music Workshop in Connecticut as well as 4/4 School of Music and Music Lessons on Wheels in Seattle, WA. With more than ten years of professional performance experience and over 1,000 shows under his fingers, Brandon has played in a wide variety of bands and ensembles ranging from 20 piece pit orchestras for musical theater productions to solo jazz guitar gigs. He spent 5 years working as a Music Director on board Carnival Cruiselines where he played guitar in the Showband, performing Las Vegas style review shows, Top 40’s lounge band sets, and Live Band Karaoke for the guests as well as accompanying various fly-on entertainers. He was also in charge of the management and scheduling of up to 20 musicians onboard. Prior to working on ships, Brandon performed in pit orchestras for over 20 musical theater productions throughout New England. He spent the last two years living and working in Seattle, where he performed with various local artists, a regionally touring Top 40’s Casino Cover Band, The Phoenix, a nationally recognized Soul/R&B Artist, Shyan Selah, and his original band with his wife, vocalist Jackie Pock.

Accomplishments:

• Performed with Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto) at Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles California, 2013
• Completed 140 hours of TEFL Instructor training. I to I, London UK, 2011
• Selected for the Collegiate All American Scholar publication, 2003 edition
• Awarded Honors Scholarship for Excellent Academic Achievement, Hartford Conservatory, 2002

Brandon Moore

voice teacher dallas, tx Voice, Piano, Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Opera, Music Theater, American Folk, Blues, Christian Contemporary

How long have you been singing, and playing piano and guitar?

I have been singing for my entire life, I have been playing guitar and piano for over 3 years.

Accomplishments:

  • TMEA All-State Choir Member 2013
  • Boston University Institute Alumnus
  • Young Arts National Merit Alumnus

Tenor, Brandon Moore, is a hands-on voice teacher in Dallas, TX, and brings experience from numerous styles of vocal music, including opera, musical theater, choir, and popular styles such as rock.

As a member of the Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio, he learned the foundational principles of operatic style, and has continued to solidify this style as a vocal performance major at SMU. He continues to perform as a yearly member of the King of the Nations rock-opera in McKinney Texas in the role of Joseph.

He has also made many appearances in prominent choral festivals in Dallas and the East Coast, with his choral experience beginning as a member of the 2013 Texas All-State Mixed Choir.

Although classical styles are his main emphasis, he has played rhythm guitar in rock bands and loves an easy-going jam session with some friends!

Brandon Moore will be finishing his double-major degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education at SMU in the fall of 2017.

I believe that anyone can sing, and I bring investment and warmth to any lesson! Talent isn’t always needed; hard work is essential!

Cameron Carbone

drum lessons arlington tx Drums, Percussion and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Metal, Jazz, Classical

How long have you been playing drums and piano?

Drums – Over 13 years

Piano – Over 5 years

Professional Experience:

I have performed professionally in original bands (metal and rock), and in classical settings including:  Texas Christian Uninversity Percussion Ensemble, TCU Jazz Band Combos, TCU Jazz Quartet, TCU Orchestra, Asylum (metal band), The Switch (rock), Shane Smith & The Saints, TCU Drum Line, TCU Wind Symphony

Accomplishments:

  • All State Percussionist 2009
  • 3rd Place Snare Solo at PASIC in 2011
  • PASIC Drum Line Champion (TCU) in 2012
  • TCU Drum Line Section Leader 2012 & 2013

Camille Spooner

voice teacher fort worth tx classical, opera, art song, jazz, musical thater, pop Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Opera, Art Song, Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop

How long have you been singing?

Over 15 years

Professional Experience:

  • Fort Worth Opera Chorus
  • Chorus for Andrea Bocelli in Concert
  • Opera Scenes performed in Graz, Australia
  • TCU Opera Studio
  • TWU Opera Studio

Biography:

Ms. Spooner received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University. She is currently attending Texas Woman’s University, where she will receive a Master of Arts in Music Therapy and become a practicing MT-BC. Ms. Spooner has received extensive musical training in voice and theater. Ms. Spooner is currently teaching as a private voice teacher for multiple school districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Professional experience:

Ms. Spooner has performed as a Lyric Soprano nationally and abroad. She was the 1st place national recipient of The NANBPWC’s Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artist, in 2011. She has performed with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus’s 2013 production of La Boheme, as well as in the chorus for Andrea Bocelli in Concert. Ms. Spooner has performed in such roles as: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Madame Pompous in Too Many Sopranos, and Aline in The Sorcerer. Additional performance experience includes various scene productions as Violetta from La Traviata, Lysia from Lysistrata, Blanche from Dialogues of The Carmelites, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, as well as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, in which she performed at the Stefaniensaal Hall in Graz, Austria.

Cesar Martinez

guitar lessons grapevine tx Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Flamenco, Classical, Jazz, Country, Mariachi

How long have you been playing guitar, bass and piano?

Guitar – 15 years, Bass Guitar – 10 years, Piano – 7 years

Accomplishments:

Cesar A. Martinez is currently a graduate student at the University of North Texas obtaining his masters degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration on Pedagogy. His interest on music and playing guitar began at the age of nine. Growing up in El Paso Texas, Cesar had the opportunity to be part of a variety genres of music, some of the styles that he was introduce as a kid include classical music, mariachi music, rock, jazz, and many more latin styles. While still in high school his interest in classical music increased as he started to learn classical guitar and taking part of the yearly competitions in Austin, Texas. Also during his high school studies, Cesar had the opportunity to form part of the orchestra choosing the bass as his secondary instrument. Cesar Martinez achieved a bachelor in music from the University of Texas at El Paso. It was during his bachelors that he decided to focus on jazz guitar, while still playing with rock bands and mariachi groups outside school. Currently living in Denton Texas, Cesar continues to be an active musician and teacher as one of his greatest interest is education and teaching music.

Channing Hooper

violin lessons coppell tx Violin, Viola, Piano, Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Classical

How long have you been playing violin, viola, guitar and piano?

Violin – 18 years
Guitar – 12 years
Piano – 6 years

Accomplishments:

A Fort Worth native, Channing Hooper started her violin studies at a young age under the teachings of Rosanne Leafblad and continued her studies with Albanian violinist Doreida Aleksi. In 2015 she earned a Bachelors of Music in violin performance with a minor in music theory from the University of North Texas under the study of Felix Olschofka. While at UNT, she was part of many jazz collaborations and recordings including performing in the premiere concert and recording of The Unity Orchestra lead by Drew Zaremba which featured guest artist Eddie Gomez of the Bill Evans Trio fame, Kyle Gordon’s tune titled “My One and Only Love”, and Perrin Grace’s tune titled “Nef”. She also performed with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra for a recording of many popular classical and non-classical pieces featuring the virtuosic classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Recordings outside of UNT have included collaborations such as playing for gold record winning guitarist John Nitzinger on his recent album titled “Kiss of the Mudman” and playing for Dallas band Valise on their music video for “Charlie Gray”.

Channing has been an active violin teacher in Dallas, TX  for over 7 years, and frequently plays in area symphonies such as the Texarkana Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Monroe Symphony, The Unity Orchestra, and has recently played in concert with major artists such as Michael Bublé, Ben Folds, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has performed in many places throughout the United States and abroad, including the Meyerson Symphony Center and the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and with the Youth Orchestra of Peru and the Arequipa Symphony in Peru. In 2013 she travelled to Durango, Colorado to attend the Music in the Mountains orchestra and chamber music festival where she studied with Hasse Borup. In 2014, Channing joined the board of directors for Ensemble75, a chamber music series based out of Dallas, Texas and is the acting Media Manager. Through her work with Ensemble75, she strives to create unique opportunities for the public to learn from and to experience quality performances of great works of music.

Clara Loeb

violin teacher dallas tx Violin and Viola Beginner to advanced All Ages Classical

How long have you been playing violin and viola?

Violin – 15 years, Viola – 7 years

Professional Experience:

I have performed with: Houston Youth Symphony, Round Top Festival Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and The Meadows Symphony Orchestra.

Accomplishments:

I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance at Southern Methodist University under Barbara Sudweeks. I am the violist of the Ephemere Quartet and we have won many honors concerts. I have attended several music festivals including: I’Orchestre des Jeunes Centre in Tours, France, Interlochen Center for Arts (where I was an Emerson Scholar), Madeline Island Music Camp,  the Castleman Quartet Program, Round Top Music Festival,  National Orchestral Institute, Domaine Forget, and Xenia Course.

Colin Drake

guitar lessons dallas tx Guitar Beginner to Intermediate All ages Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 8 years.

Accomplishments:

Colin Drake has been involved in music for most of his life.  He started playing piano at an early age and was involved with a church bell choir as well.  During High School, he played in the Bishop Lynch High School marching band drumline as well as the school’s symphonic band.  At age 16, he picked up the guitar, inspired by the Guitar Hero game, little did he know how difficult the real thing was!  Colin persevered and discovered that music was his true passion and in 2009 was accepted into the University of North Texas’ prestigious music program.  During this time, Colin played in the Trinity United Methodist’s worship team for a year and half, playing both lead and rhythm guitar in the band.  Colin graduated magna cum laude from UNT in Spring 2012 with a bachelors in music with a concentration in classical guitar.  Colin has received guitar lessons personally for 5 years from northern Plano guitar teacher Earl Bailey and University of North Texas Doctorate students Mike Morey and Armin Abdihodzic.  Colin enjoys composing music in his spare time in addition to working as a teacher and a freelance musician.  Colin also plays in the Dallas group known as Guitarchestra which plays classical music in a rock band setting.

Damian Garcia

piano lessons grapevine tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

How long have you been playing piano?

I have been playing piano for over 25 years, and professionally for over 7 years.

Accomplishments:

Damian A. Garcia is currently a senior at the University of North Texas studying towards a degree in Jazz Performance. His interest on the piano began at the age of 2 and began his private piano studies at age 5 with various instructors. During these years, Damian was accepted to the National Guild of Pianists and was a national member for four years. Although trained classically on the works of Chopin, Beethoven, and Bach, Damian became attracted to jazz at the start of his freshman year of high school. This curiosity sparked his determination in the genre and soon began a journey as a passionate budding jazz pianist.

During high school, Damian was named “Outstanding Jazz Soloist” at the Texas A&M – Kingsville Jazz Festival three years in a row, “Outstanding Jazz Musician” at the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, ranked top five in the state at the Texas Music Educator Association (TMEA) All-State Jazz auditions, and won “Best Jazz Soloist” at the Rio Jazz Festival in Harlingen, Texas. Additionally, Damian garnered various accolades in University Interscholastic League (UIL) music competitions and served as jazz pianist for United High School’s top jazz ensemble for four years.

Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M University – Kingsville (TAMUK) on a music scholarship and held the position of pianist in the university’s top jazz ensemble for three years. While a student at TAMUK, he was a member of the Wind Symphony and performed at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. After three years of attending TAMUK, Damian decided to transfer to Texas State University and further advance his studies in classical and jazz music. At Texas State, he joined the studio of Dr. Jason Kwak, as well as earning spots in the university’s top jazz ensemble and small groups.

His recent move to the Austin and San Antonio area has accelerated his career as a pianist. Damian’s past performances include the Texas Association of Music Schools, the National Association of Schools of Music and Steinway & Sons. He has also had the privilege to perform along side many great musicians such as: Paquito d’Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Wayne Bergeron, Frank Wess, Butch Miles, Bob Mintzer, John Fedchock, Taylor Eigsti, Jamey Aebersold, and local jazz artist and teacher Freddie Mendoza.

A frequent traveler, Damian has attended the Stanford University Jazz Residency, University of North Texas Jazz Workshop, and was accepted into the Professional Diploma Program in Jazz Composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston under a $16,000 scholarship. Additionally, he was also selected to perform in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Jazz Ensemble in Orlando, Florida under the direction of Jamey Aebersold and Jim Ketch (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) and awarded the Piano Achievement Award by the Texas State University School of Music. He plans to attain his degree at the University of North Texas while maintaining an active performance and teaching schedule. Damian currently studies piano with Stefan Karlsson and Michael Palma. Past teachers include Hank Hehmsoth, Ray Santisi (Berklee College of Music), JoAnne Brackeen (Berklee College of Music), Taylor Eigsti (Concord Jazz), Lee Tomboulian, and Michael Weiss of the Village Vanguard in New York City. His goal, after earning his bachelor’s degree, is to be accepted into the graduate program at the University of North Texas for graduate studies jazz performance. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the world famous Two O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas.

Daniel Chilton

cello lessons flower mound tx Cello Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All Genres

How long have you been playing cello?

Over 12 years.

Daniel Chilton began his musical studies on piano at the age of six and soon began cello at the age of nine. A native Texan, Daniel competed in many local competitions throughout his youth, such as the Jaunita Miller and Plano Symphony Concerto Competitions, along with being an All-State musician in high school. He attended Interlochen Music Festival allowing him to perform under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak and study with cello professors Astrid Schween and David M. Carter. Daniel completed his undergraduate under the tutelage of Eugene Osadchy at the University of North Texas and now studies at Southern Methodist University with Christopher Adkins. He performs locally with Irving Symphony and San Angelo Symphony along with teaching many students in his own private studio.

Other Accomplishments:

  • Dallas Youth Orchestra   2009-2011
  • Studio and performing cellist for Aprilemeade
  • Honors College and President’s List (UNT)
  • Currently teaches private cello lessons for Lewisville ISD schools

 

Daniel Goodenough

guitar lessons dallas Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Music Theory Beginner to advanced All ages Blues, Rock, Punk, Funk, Guitar Tone Workshops, Ambient

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 9 years.

Accomplishments:

I have been playing guitar and piano for over 9 years. I have performed in corporate and professional settings for over 7 years such as: churches, conferences and live shows. I have a lot of experience in studio settings and I am familiar with Digital Audio Workstations including ProTools, Ableton, Logic as well as VSTs. I studied music at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia, and am now performing in/around DFW in live shows and at Milestone Church. Currently, I am attending the University of North Texas as a pre-medical student with a future in orthopedic surgery.

Darrin Kobetich

guitar lessons fort worth tx Guitar, Mandolin and Dobro Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Improvisation and Fingerstyle

How long have you been playing guitar?

I’ve been a multi-instrumentalist for over 35 years.

Professional Experience:

I have been performing professionally in rock, metal, traditional and original and bluegrass/old time bands for over 25 years.

Accomplishments:

I have recorded with bands such as: Hammer Witch, Amillion Pounds, The Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang, Blackland River Devils. I have been a session musician for various artists, and many sideman gigs. I have written 5 multi-instrumental albums to date, and I have over 5 years teaching experience.

  • Nominee for best guitarist in Fort Worth Weekly Awards 2012
  • Nominee for best album and best folk act Fort Worth Weekly Awards 2005 and 2011
  • Won best acoustic act in Fort Worth Weekly Awards 2006 as member of The Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang
  • Won best acoustic act in Fort Worth Weekly Awards 2010 as member of old time/bluegrass band, Blackland River Devils
  • Composed music for 4 productions (“Wild and Iron Sky”, “The Origin of Species” with Joe Rogers, “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell” with Clint Niosi, and “Hawkline Monster”) at Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre in 2010, 2011, 2012

Derron Bell

Drum Teacher Dallas TX Drums, percussion, marimba, piano, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Drums - any style, Percussion - band, orchestra

How long have you been playing drums?

I have been playing the drums for over 30 years.

Professional Experience:

I have played in rock, blues, jazz, metal, progressive, latin, funk, middleeastern, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and choir projects throughout my career.

Accomplishments:

Derron Bell finished school with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Texas Tech University in 2000, and before that a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma State University with a major in percussion and minor in piano. (He bleeds Cowboy Orange!) Since then he has performed as a freelance musician in Lubbock, Midland, Houston, New York City, and for the past 13 years in the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex. After finishing school, Derron was the Principle Timpanist for the Midland-Odessa Symphony in 2000 and 2001, and has since then performed with a number of other symphony orchestras, including those in Plano, Irving, Las Colinas, Arlington, Garland, Flower Mound, Lubbock and San Angelo. He has enjoyed performing for hundreds of kids, parents and teachers with his entertaining and educational childrens’ programs. In addition to classical music, Derron performs regularly with several different rock bands as well as jazz, latin, country, funk, metal and pop music on drumset. He is well-versed in music theatre, world hand drumming, and especially the marimba. In 2007 he participated in the International Marimba Competition and Festival in Belgium. In 2001 he performed at the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival, at the Texas Music Festival in 2000-2001, and in 1994 he toured with Star of Indiana & Brass Theater (the forerunner to Broadway’s ‘Blast!’). More recently, in 2013 he joined the touring cast for Cirque Musica, a show combining traditional circus acts with live orchestra.Derron has been an active educator for the past 20 years. At Texas Tech University he was a graduate teaching assistant, his responsibilities including marching percussion, steel drum band, and private lessons. He also assisted the marching percussion instruction at Oklahoma State University. In 1996-7 he taught the front ensemble for Delta Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, Derron lives in Dallas and teaches privately at home and in several area school districts. He serves as a clinician for college and high school marching percussion programs and adjudicates nationally for the USSBA Marching Band Competition circuit. He has taught or been involved with dozens of high school drumlines and percussion ensembles. He has maintained a steady roster of 30-70 private students per week for the past 14 years. He has had a number of students make the Texas All State Band, and several former students have gone on to attend college as music majors.In addition to orchestral and classical music, Derron keeps an active schedule playing live shows, especially on the drumset. Some of his former rock bands include Power of Omens (progressive metal), The Roaming Soldiers (blues/rock/jam band), and Besotoxx (Latin pop/Rock en espanol). He is currently kept busy by The Rusty Brothers (country), Opium Symphony (alternative rock) and Garcia (latin/rock). He performs regularly with the cover bands Hair Ballad All Stars and Da Hit Mob. His latest endeavor, Trialogue, is a world jazz trio in which he performs on doumbek, frame drum, and cajon.

Dominik Wachtel

piano teacher lewisville tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz, Classical, Blues

How long have you been playing piano?

Over 13 years

Accomplishments:

EXPERIENCE

• Classical solo piano concerts: Japan, USA, Pakistan, Libya, Hungary, Austria
• Jazz concerts: Austria, USA, Slovenia
• Private Instructions of all ages
• 2009-­‐2010: Piano player in the military Big Band and combo, playing for the president’s birthday
• Summer 2011: Opening and leading jam sessions in a Jazz workshop called “Jazzinty” in Slovenia
• Attending Piano master classes in Japan, Vienna, Klagenfurt, Baylor University with Prof. Krassimira Jordan
• Attended Jazz Workshops with: Dave Liebman, Markus Stockhausen, Adam Nussbaum, Adrien Mears, Harold Mabern

EDUCATION
• 1986-­‐1992 British School Tripolis, Libya
• 1995-­‐1999 Akademisches Gymnasium Wien
• 1999-­‐2004 Music Highschool Vienna
• 2000-­‐2007 percussion lessons with Michael Kinn
• 2004-­‐2009 BA in classical piano performance at the conservatory Vienna with Prof. Th Kreuzberger
• 2009-­‐2013: BA Jazz piano at the conservatory Vienna, Oliver Kent

Drew Nolde

guitar lessons arlington Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums (beginner), Beginner Piano, Music Theory Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Blues, Classical, Progressive, Metal

How long have you been playing bass guitar and guitar?

I started playing bass guitar and guitar sometime in 2004, so a little over 12 years.

Professional Experience:

I started performing music in 2000 as a singer, and starting performing an an instrumentalist in 2003. I have been performing professionally as a bass player since 2009, and am proficient in all musical genres. I have been guitar, bass, ukulele and drums for over 3 years.

Accomplishments:

I have toured to over 45 cities nationwide, and co-produced an original record that has received radio airplay from over 36 radio stations across the United States.

Dwayne Bollmeyer

guitar instructor dallas Guitar, Bass Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz, Classical, Rock, Blues, Country

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 40 years

Professional Experience:

Dwayne Bollmeyer, performer and guitar instructor, and has been teaching aspiring students in DFW Texas since 1987. Dwayne currently teaches students in Arlington-area charter schools, and also teaches private lessons across Dallas and Fort Worth. Specializing in rock, blues, jazz, classical guitar, bass lessons and instruction in Fort Worth, Dallas and the North Texas area, Dwayne features a warm and friendly approach to learning. Dwayne has pioneered original renown Texas Country band The Rusty Brothers, produced the progressive rock record Astronomicon. He has been a studio musician for countless artist including Fort Worth songwriter Brad Thompson, as well as performed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Africa, UAE and Kyrgyzstan.

 

 

 

Eunji Kim

voice teacher dallas Voice (beginner to advanced) Piano (beginner to intermediate) Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz, Pop, R&B, K-Pop

How many years have you been singing and playing piano?

I have been singing since I was 7 years-old, so over 24 years. I have been playing piano for over 15 years.

Accomplishments:

  • Currently attending University of North Texas, Masters Jazz performance vocal BFA major (2013- present)
    – Private lessons with Jennifer Barnes and Rosanna Eckert.
    – Taking advanced jazz classes such as ensemble, small groups, research, and forum.
    – Sang in Avenue C ensemble, currently in UNT Jazz Singers (the top vocal ensemble at UNT)

UNT Jazz singers (1.5 years) with an album that will come out soon. and Avenue C (1 year)
Gigs in NY and Denton area/Participated some albums./Singing national anthem/Singing and playing piano at
church/ Currently working on my own album that I am planning to release around May 2016

  • Graduated the City College of New York, Jazz performance vocal BFA major (2010-2012)
    Lessons with Suzzane Pittson, the assistant of Jazz Vocal Studies at CCNY, Yaala Balin and
    Charenee Wade, jazz vocalists performing in NY, Jay Clayton, a famous jazz vocalist performing
  • Attending Jazz vocal ensemble, vocalization (vocal training) and Jazz choir (chorus)
    Studying Jazz improvisation, History of Jazz, Musicianship, Jazz vocal workshop
  • Graduated from Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts (2004-2006)
    With the Associate Degree in Department of Music for film and pop
    – Received a teaching license / qualified teaching singing
    – Had lessons with Misun Kim majoring in Classical voice in Europe, the chair of Music Department at
    Dong-Ah, Yeonwoo Kim (also known as TOY), a Korean pop singer, and Malo Jung, one of top jazz
    vocalists in Korea
    – Attended vocal ensemble, vocalization (vocal training) and choir
    – Studied Jazz theory, History of Pop and Jazz, Sight singing, Ear training and Composition
  • Seoul Ho Mun Park Music Academy and Seoul Music School Academy (2001-2003)

Performance Experience:

Performace at Silvana in Manhattan, NY; December 2014
• Performance at Banter in Denton; June 2014
• Performed National Anthem and a song, “Your life.” At the 32nd 2012 Korean Parade in Manhattan; October 6th 2012
• Performed National Anthem and a song, “Your life.” At the 19th Korean-American Night at Eisenhower Park in Long
Island; September 22nd 2012
• Performance in Namjin, a Korean pop singer, Concert with NYKJO in New Jersey as a back-up vocal; Junly 16th and
17th 2012
• Performance at Café Cielo in Manhattan, NY; April 2011
• Performance Brain Kim, a Korean-American gospel singer, Concert as a back-up vocal in NY; June 2011, January
2011
• Recorded The album “想상像상” – The cat house (Fusion Jazz Band) as back-up vocal in Korea; April 2006
• Member of The Pop band as a vocalist; Performed The concert “Flying Sky” in Korea; January 2006
• Member of Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts; Performed weekly recital as vocalist with the school band in Korea;
March 2004 – January 2006
• Performed in special events such as 101 concert, Seoul Youth Festival as main and back-up vocalist in Korea;
September 2003 – July 2006
• Member of Bridge Impact Ministry Praise Band as vocalist; performed gospel songs in Korea; July 2004 – June 2005

Other Accomplishments and Awards:

• Teaching private vocal lessons at ARUKAHO Academy and Two Men Music Studio in TX; August 2014 – Present
• Teaching private piano & vocal lessons; March 2004 – Present
• Receiving $1000 + in instate tuition scholarship at UNT; Fall 2013 – Present
• Recording a song, “Your life” dedicating to Korean women who were suffered during War; July 2012
• Won Reeves Scholarship at CCNY; Fall semester 2011
• Teaching pop/jazz/musical vocal at Eastern Music Institute in NY; September 2011 – July 2013
• Member of NYCE International gospel band in NY as vocalist; February 2008 – 2009
• Conducting a choir of junior high school students at Church; January 2006 – October 2007
• Received a teaching certification from Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts; March 2006
• Recording Demos; February 2004 – June 2012
• Received awards from Junior Chamber International Korea Singing Competition, Seoul Youth Singing Competition,
Kyung-Won College Singing Competition, Song-Pa Gu Youth Singing Competition in Korea;
July 2003 – December 2004
• Member of Church Praise team; Performed every Sunday as a vocalist and a pianist in Korea and NY; January 1998
– July 2013

Iman Khajehzadeh

Piano Teacher Dallas TX Guitar, piano, songwriting, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Pop, Classical, Jazz

How long have you been playing guitar and piano?

Guitar over 20 years; Piano over 4 years

Professional Experience:

I have performed in different music ensembles and festivals.

Accomplishments:

I studied music composition with Alireza Mashayekhi. Throughout my career, I have performed several guitar recitals, and in many ensembles. I have attended several masterclasses in music composition and conducting. I have also received recognitions from different universities and schools for handling music classes and guitar workshops such as Shiraz University, Electronic University, and Farabi Music Institute.

Jacob Nydegger

piano teacher plano Piano Beginner to advanced All ages classical, jazz

How long have you been playing piano?

Over 17 years

Accomplishments:

Jacob Nydegger, a San Antonio native, is an exciting young pianist whose esteemed artistry reflects his musical sensitivity. In San Antonio, Nydegger studied with Blanca Rodriguez, winning the 17th annual Petroff Piano Competition and receiving the Outstanding Performer award at Texas State Solo & Ensemble in 2012 and 2013. Since then, he has studied under Seth Carlin at Washington University in St. Louis and he currently studies with Joseph Banowetz at the University of North Texas where he has received the Larry Walz Piano Scholarship and the Outstanding Undergraduate in Piano Performance award. In 2016, Jacob was named a finalist for The American Prize in Solo Piano Performance. Jacob was a recent winner of the Colorado College Summer Festival Concerto Competition and performed the Grieg Concerto with the Festival Orchestra. In 2017, he was named 2nd Prizewinner in London’s International Best Grieg Competition. Outside of solo work, Nydegger has experience composing scores for multiple films associated with the Texas Union Film Festival. Jacob is currently under contract for future recordings with the Toccata Classics record label in London.

 

Jacob Dill

bass instructor dallas, tx Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Beginner Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Americana, Country, Jam, Indie

How long have you been playing bass guitar?

Bass Guitar: over 18 years, music in general: over 25 years

Professional Experience:

Jacob Dill is a bass guitar teacher in Dallas, TX. Raised in Granbury, TX, he started playing Tuba at 12 years old at Granbury Middle School, and began playing guitar a few years later. In 2000 bass quickly became his primary instrument.  After a decade spent between Denton, Dallas, and San Francisco Jacob moved back to Texas permanently in 2009, and immediately began playing bass in several North Texas based bands.  Fast forward to today, Jacob is one of North Texas’ in demand Country and Americana-Electric and upright bassists. He currently plays with the George Strait tribute King George, traditional country Artists Bubba Harper and Jerry Audley, and can sometimes be seen slappin’ the upright bass with The Bodarks.

 

Jason Mooney

Cello Lessons Dallas Cello, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Baroque, Contemporary

How long have you been playing cello?

15 years

Professional Experience:

I have performed with the following orchestras: the National Orchestral Institute, North Shore Music Festival, Amore Opera Company, Regina Opera Company, Bronx Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Center.

Accomplishments:

I have attended some of the country’s most prestigious music festivals for young musicians including: the National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center, Meadowmount, Brevard Music Center, New York State Summer School of the Arts and C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival. Jason is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honors society and graduated with university and college honors from Carnegie Mellon University. I have performed in master classes for prominet musicians such as: Steven Doan, Joel Krosnick, Stephen Geber, Eric Kim, Robert DeMaine and more. I was also featured in Pittsburgh’s WQED 89.3 FM where I played three movements from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1. I am currently finishing my Masters degree at SMU.

Jay Dronge’

bass guitar teacher Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

Born and raised in Southern California into a musical family, Jay doesn’t recall a time without an instrument in his hands – from piano, guitar, drums, and electric bass, it seems he was destined to pursue music. After studying musical theory in college, he has toured in Japan, Germany, France and Canada. He has also shared the stage with some of the most recognized names in music, including James Burton, Jamie Oldecker, John Mayer, Al Perkins and more.

Residing in Fort Worth, TX, he shares his musical abilities as a studio musician, teaches guitar and bass guitar lessons in Dallas, TX, to students of all ages, and is considered one of the finest bass players in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. From Rock, Country, R&B, Zydeco, Jay’s skill transcends all genres of music.

His goal to enlighten the minds and hearts of the musically motivated.

Jen Bees

piano lessons dallas tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All genres

How long have you been playing piano?

About 15 years, and I’ve been teaching children, teens and adults for over 9 years.

Professional Experience:

Software

  • Final Draft, Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools, After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut, Live Type, and Aperture

 Education

  • Southwest FL Music Academy Nov 97 – Feb 06 – Naples, FL (Studied piano with an emphasis on classical music)

Accomplishments:

Edited music for an online music  library used by figure skaters in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Many of the figure skaters won medals!

Jeremy Ferguson

guitar teacher dallas tx Guitar, Bass, Drum, Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Punk, Metal, General

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 20 years.

Professional Experience: I began playing guitar when I was 14, starting out with a 3-piece punk rock band in high school. Since then I have been a part of multiple projects and bands including two touring bands and one signed to a professional record label (Swimming With Sharks Records).

Accomplishments: I have had the opportunity to tour the country multiple times and share the stage with such acts as P.O.D. and Slipknot. In July of 2015 one of my bands, Bow Prometheus, was voted Best Deathcore band of 2015 by Maxima Distorzion, a Houston, TX-based PR group. As well as all the members, I was fortunate to have been voted Best Deathcore Bassist among Texas bands in the same genre. I am well-versed in multiple genres, and am capable of teaching guitar to all ages and interests!

Jesus Saenz

Violin Teacher Dallas Violin, music theory Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Baroque, Contemporary

Born in Lima, Peru, Jesus began his studies of violin with professors Jesus Peralta and Edgar Valenzuela. At age 11 he joined the National Conservatory of Music of Peru, where he studied until 2006 under Laszlo Benedeck.

Jesus has been the winner of the National Violin Competition of Peru three times, making his debut as a soloist with the orchestra of the Conservatory at age 12. He served as the concertmaster of the Children Symphony Orchestra of Peru, National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Peru, Symphony Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Music, Texas Christian University symphony orchestra, and the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth.

Jesus has represented his country in the Youth Orchestra of the Andean Countries and has also been a member of the Youth Orchestra of Latin American, in which he was conducted by Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel. He was also invited to join the Youth Orchestra of the Americas for the tour in 2006.

As a soloist, Jesus has performed with the Symphony Orchestras of the National Conservatory of Music (Peru), Children and Youth Symphony Orchestras of Peru, Symphony Orchestra of Trujillo, Fort Worth Junior Youth Orchestra, the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth, and the National Symphony of Peru. Jesus has participated in masterclasses with: Jaime Laredo, Midori Goto, David Kim, The Julliard string quartet, Cavanni string quartet, Stephen Rose, among others. Jesus plays in the symphonies of Las Colinas, Plano, Irving and San Angelo.

In 2006 Jesus was granted a full tuition scholarship from Texas Christian University where he was a student of Dr Curt Thompson, and concertmaster TCU Symphony Orchestra conducted by German Gutierrez. Jesus is currently enrolled for the Performers Certificate program at SMU, and is in the studio of professor Emmanuel Borok.

I have also performed in many DFW symphony orchestras including: Plano Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Irving Symphony and TCU Symphony.

Jim Case

banjo lessons fort worth tx Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro/steel guitar, Bass (electric & upright), Piano/Keyboard, Ukulele, Music Theory (beginner to advanced) Beginner to advanced All ages Bluegrass banjo, Old-time banjo, Fingerpicking, Blues, Delta, Ragtime, Piedmont, Jazz & Country

How long have you been playing your instruments?

I have been playing music for over 25 years- over 15 years professionally. I have played in a variety of settings from solo gigs and duos to bluegrass bands, country bands, original and cover rock bands, blues jams, jazz combos and big bands, and full symphony orchestras

How long have you been teaching?

Over 10 years

Professional Experience:

Jim Case has had a varied music career, starting out on guitar and soon branching out to mandolin, banjo, bass, steel guitar, and trumpet. This experience has given him an appreciation for a wide variety of styles, from jazz, blues and rock to country, folk and bluegrass. After studying jazz at Santa Rosa Junior College under Berklee graduate Bennet Friedman, he moved to Texas in 2004 to study country, rock and bluegrass with world-renowned musicians at South Plains College in Levelland. Jim has been teaching music professionally for over 10 years, having worked with children as young as five years old and helping them become performing level musicians. A family man, Jim has taught his wife and three children to play music, and performs with them and a variety of other talent throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Central Texas.

Jinsook Kwak

Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz, Pop

How long have you been teaching piano?

I have been teaching piano for over 10 years to individuals of all levels.

Professional Experience:

University of North Texas – Jazz Big Band and the Jazz singers (West End)
Many kinds of performance skills – Church band, Small group and solo piano

Accomplishments:

A music composition graduate of Kookmin University from her native Seoul, South Korea, Jinsook Kwak is the product of many years of formal music training in piano and classical music composition. Performing since the age of seven, JinSook first began her formal piano studies with Jiwon Ju, a graduate of South Korea’s prestigious Seoul University. It was under his tutelage that she began seriously exploring the mechanics, timbre, and possibilities of the piano. In addition to studies in Moscow and more recently, had taken lessons one year from Luke Gillespie who is a professor of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, JinSook is currently advancing her musical studies in Jazz Performance at the renowned University of North Texas where she is a student of Yang Ding and John Dan Haerle.

  •  “Composition Title” selected for National Student Conference by The Society of Music Composition and Research
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Piano Expected Graduation May 2017 – University of North Texas Denton, TX
  • Bachelor of Composition in Music (Advanced) February 2011
  • KookMin University Seoul, South Korea – Graduated Summa Cum Laude, GPA: 4.01/4.5

Johnny Chavez

guitar teacher in dallas tx Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Acoustic, Classical, Blues, Indie

How long have you been playing guitar, ukulele and banjo?

Over 10 years

Professional Experience:

 

I started music during my elementary school years. Over the course of my musical experience, I have learned several instruments such as Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, and fundamentals in Mandolin and Piano. I went to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts having learned several genres of music. I also have strengths in Music Therapy for physically and mentally handicapped children, and I am currently working with a student who has a mental disability (short term memory loss) and improving his overall functions through music.

Aside from my studies, I have also performed in several ensembles through High School and perform locally in the DFW area currently. I have experience in all genres of music ranging from Blues, Acoustic, Latin, Rock, Pop, and Classical.

  • I have played for over 10 years and have been an active guitar teacher in Dallas for over 4 years
  • Performed in numerous Ensembles at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Competed in UIL State for Classical Guitar receiving a 1 (best rating) in Solo Performance 2011-2013
  • Performed in numerous gigs around the DFW area from venues such as House of Blues to Opening Bell Coffee
  • Organized and operated many musical showcases for Guitar Center

 

Jonathan Martinez

piano instructor arlington tx Piano, Music Theory Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz, Blues

How long have you been playing piano?

I have been playing professionally for over 7 years

Accomplishments:

Jonathan Martinez is a private piano teacher in Arlington, TX. Originally from Eagle Pass, Texas, Jonathan currently resides in Arlington, Texas. He began his piano studies at the age of 18 when he started his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In his early years as a student, he studied the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin under the tutelage of Dr. Joachim Reinhuber. He gained a strong interest for jazz as well as improvised music and began working towards becoming a professional jazz pianist and educator. While a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he was a member of the Wind Symphony and performed at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas as well as toured along South Texas. He continued his education at UTA Music on an endowed music scholarship to pursue a degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. He is currently studying with professor Dan Cavanagh and Dr. John Solomons, as well as being a member of the UTA Jazz Orchestra and UTA Jazz Combo. As a member of the UTA Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo, he has had the opportunity to play with Grammy Award-winning drummer, Joe McCarthy, saxophone great, Shelley Carrol, and saxophonist for Esperanza Spalding, Brian Landrus. Jonathan performs weekly in several venues as well as teaches lessons throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Jonny Harmon

drum teacher in dallas, tx Drumkit, percussion including mallets, snare, and more Beginner to advanced All ages All genres, jazz and improvisational styles

How long have you been playing drums?

Approximately 20 years.

Professional Experience:

Jonny Harmon is an experienced drum teacher in Dallas, TX, and has performed in the Dallas-area as a freelance drummer with over 20 years experience in all styles and settings. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, he moved to Texas to study jazz drum set with the legendary Ed Soph at the University of North Texas while performing around the world for over 3 years playing for Princess Cruises during his summers. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, he began a busy freelance career in Dallas and can be seen with artists including: Tomkat, Fundamental, Spenser Liszt, Deja Groove, Quentin Moore, Horace Bray, the Dezi 5, Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble, Cover Down, Joel Cross, and Sunday mornings at Denton Bible Church. Jonny has also performed in all types of bands including: Show band, Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, worship, funk, blues, original, acoustic and big band.

Jorge Zapata

violin teacher dallas Vioin and Viola Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All Genres

How long have you been playing violin and viola?

Over 13 years

Professional Experience:

I am a dedicated violin teacher in Dallas, TX with more than 6 years of experience in various
orchestras and chamber groups, and enjoy teaching eager students of all ages!

Saludarte String Quartet, Tayrona String Quartet, EAFIT Symphony Orchestra; Medellin, Colombia 2012-2015
As a professional musician I was honored to give lessons and String sectionals in music academies and in a music social program in Medellin-Colombia, called “La red de escuelas de Música de Medellín”. I received my BA at EAFIT University in Columbia, and I am currently finishing my GAC at the University of North Texas.

Kat Mangum

voice lessons dallas Voice, Beginner Piano, Beginner Guitar, Music Theory Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

Kat is finishing up her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree at Texas Christian University, and will graduate in May of 2014. She has taken voice for over 9 years, but has been singing in choirs since the age of 3. 

With the TCU Concert Chorale she has sung with notable artists and ensembles such as Andrea Bocelli, Helmuth Rilling, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in the chorus for the TCU opera’s production of Die Fledermaus. She recently performed her senior recital with over a half hour of advanced repertoire. Currently, she sings as a section leader and assistant children’s choir director at University Christian Church, and she is student teaching in preparation to become a middle school or high school choir director.

Ke Mai

violin lessons dallas tx Violin Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All genres

 

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

  • Dallas Opera, Substitute                                           Dallas 2013-present

Dallas 2012-2013

  • National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, 1st violin section

Kiev 2007-2012

  • 2nd YouTube Symphony Orchestra, Principle of 2nd violin

Sydney 2011

  • National Music Academic of Ukraine orchestra

Kiev  2001-2006

SOLO PERFORMANCE WITH ORCHESTRA

  • National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

          Tchaikovsky Violin concerto

          Mykola Diadiura conducting

Kiev 2012

  • Estrana Symphony orchestra

     Sibelius violin concerto

     Mykola Lysenko conducting

Kiev 2007

 

EDUCATION

  • Performance Diploma

Southern Methodist University,

MEADOWS School of Art

 

Dallas 2012-2014
  • Master and Bachelor of music performance

National music academic of Ukraine

Kiev 2001-2006

 

MAJOR TEACHERS

MASTER CLASS

Emanuel Borok

Ida Haendel

Liudmila Ovcherenko

Anne Akiko Meyer

Feiei Wu

Richard Tognetti

Kellen Ross

Guitar Teacher Carrollton TX Guitar, songwriting Beginner to advanced 6 and up Rock, Pop, Composition

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 15 years. I’m a self-taught singer/songwriter and guitarist.

Professional Experience:

I have been performing as a singer/guitarist in my original rock band, Opium Symphony, since 2007. I’ve been teaching guitar for over 7 years.

Accomplishments:

I have toured to 40+ cities across the United States, and had my original music aired on over 36 radio stations nationwide. I have also supported household artists such as: Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Gin Blossoms, Paul Crook (Anthrax), and Kirsten Price (HBO’s “The L-Word”), and performed large festivals such as: South By Southwest, Phoenix Pride Festival, 97.1 KEGL‘s 4:20 Celebration and more.

Kendall Jones

Guitar Instructor lewisville tx Guitar, piano Beginner to intermediate All ages Classical/Fingerstyle, folk, blues, jazz, flamenco

How long have you been playing guitar and piano?

I have been playing guitar for over 40 years, and piano for over 15 years.

Professional Experience:

I have performed all types of gigs from house parties, to solo gigs, to restaurants, bands, guitar duos, guitar trios and more.

Accomplishments:

I have been teaching guitar and piano for over 22 years in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. I studied music composition and guitar at the University of North Texas and North Carolina School of the Arts. I also wrote and performed my own public radio shows for over 8 years presenting new music and global music.

Kole Pantuso

trumpet teacher Trumpet Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz, Pop

How long have you been playing trumpet?

Over 9 years.

Professional Experience:

I have been giving trumpet lessons in Dallas and San Antonio since late high school, and I have performed in many setting s including: symphonic, big band, salsa bands and pop/rock bands. I have had the pleasure of performing with the San Antonio Brass Collegiate Quintet, the All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso with the band Deer Vibes.  I was also awarded the TMEA All-State, and I am on the President’s List at the University of North Texas. I am currently finishing my degree in trumpet performance at UNT.

 

 

Kourtney Newton

cello lessons flower mound tx Cello Beginner to advanced All ages Classical

How long have you been playing cello?

Over 17 years.

Professional Experience:

Kourtney Newton is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from the University of North Texas where she studies with Nikola Ruzevic.  Kourtney is an experienced orchestral player and has enjoyed performing with symphony orchestras in Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.  She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as other notable concert halls in Salzburg, Vienna and London.  She is also passionate about chamber music, and as a founding member of the KAZM string quartet has performed in and around Colorado, as well as a 2012 tour in Bangkok, Thailand.  Kourtney is an ardent supporter of new music and was a member of the Colorado Sound Painting Improvisation ensemble, as well as a guest artist in the Aquila Contemporary Music Recital Series in 2012 and 2013.  She is also active in UNT’s new music ensemble, NOVA. Since moving to Texas, Kourtney has been involved with the popular music scene in the DFW area and has performed with artists such as Michael Bublé, The Celtic Women and Il Divo.

EDUCATION

University of North Texas                                          2013-Present

D.M.A., Cello Performance

University of Northern Colorado                                2009-2012

M.M., Cello Performance

Stephen F. Austin State University                             2004-2009

B.M., Cello Performance

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

  • Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra-Section Cello *audition winner
  • Brazosport Symphony Orchestra-Section Cello *audition winner
  • Orchestra of the Pines-Assistant principal cello *audition winner
  • Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
  • Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Texarkana Symphony Orchestra
  • Monroe Symphony Orchestra
  • Richardson Symphony Orchestra
  • Greeley Chamber Orchestra
  • SFA Chamber Orchestra-Austria tour, 2005 Mozart Festival
  • Kansas City Puccini Opera Festival
  • Little Theatre of the Rockies
  • Windsor Community Playhouse
  • Irving Lyric Stage
  • Fort Collins Candle Light Dinner Theater
  • Brazosport Center Stages
  • The Celtic Women, Music Hall at Fair Park with Dallas Pops
  • Michael Bublé To Be Loved Tour, American Airlines Center
  • Il Divo at Winstar Casino

CHAMBER MUSIC EXPERIENCE

  • KAZM string quartet- 2012 Bangkok, Thailand tour
  • Vista String Quartet, 2005-2009
  • Chamber Music in the Pines Summer Music Festival
  • Manchester Chamber Music Festival
  • Wintergreen Performing Arts Chamber Music Festival
  • Aquilla Contemporary Music Summer Recital Series
  • Longmont Council for the Arts Chamber Music Recital Series
  • Loveland Friends of Chamber Music Society
  • UNT NOVA New Music Ensemble
  • UNCO Angie Southard Chamber Music Competition *finalist
  • Colorado Soundpainting Improvisation Ensemble

Kyle Oge

learn to play guitar Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Metal, Blues

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 11 years

Professional Experience:

I’ve been playing guitar for over 11 years. I have performed in church bands, church choirs, and have played in various cover and original bands around the Dallas area. I’m a freshman at the University of North Texas, with a major in computer science and a minor in music. I’ve recently branched out into the fields of audio engineering and production, but in my heart, I’ll always be a guitarist. I am passionate about teaching others how to learn to play the guitar in Dallas, and to share my love of music with aspiring students.
 

Leanna Noblett

vocal lessons fort worth, tx Voice and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

Voice: Over 14 years. Piano: Over 16 years.

Professional Experience:

Leanna Noblett is a senior vocal music education major at Texas Christian University. A member of the TCU Concert Chorale since 2012, she consistently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and in May 2015 toured Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic with the choir. She has studied voice with Angela Turner-Wilson, and is currently studying with Nancy Elledge. In the School of Music, she serves as President of the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, and recently passed on the position as Secretary/Treasurer of Music Educator’s Organization after serving for two years. Outside of TCU, Leanna works at Arborlawn United Methodist Church as a paid soloist and is an active member in the church and music ministry. She is a member of TMEA and attends the convention regularly. She has also performed at ACDA under the direction of Craig Jessop. She will graduate TCU in May 2016 and begin teaching choir in the fall.

 

Libby Taussig

vocal lessons dallas tx Voice and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Broadway

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

Voice: Over 14 years. Piano: 5 years.

Professional Experience:

Vocal Music Education Major at TCU. All-State choirs, college recitals – singing in choral, personal, and composition recitals. Various singing and piano competitions. Other various piano recitals, self-accompaniment.

Accomplishments:

University Christian Church, Intern/Section Leader (Fort Worth, Texas) (2013-Present)

  • Attend weekly rehearsals to enrich the musical experience of the choir
  • Assist the choir by commenting on a difficult passage and issuing help and advice
  • Sing at two Sunday services

 TCU Choir Camp, Facilitator/Intern (Fort Worth, Texas) (2013-Present)

  • Assist section leaders during sectionals and full rehearsals
  • Organize and coordinate the camp talent show auditions and lead the other interns in the process
  • Motivate students to experience all that music has to offer

 Colorado Children’s Chorale, Summer Intern (Denver, Colorado) (2013)

  • Assisted with discipline and teaching repertoire and choreography in workshops across Denver
  • Organized and assembled their music library list
  • Assisted in auditions for new members

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Choral Experience, Choral Member (Denver, Colorado/Limon, Colorado/ Fort Worth, Texas)

  • TCU University Singers—Music education lab chorus: Large variety of music and styles (2011-Present)
  • TCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble—Small vocal jazz ensemble: Performances around campus and conventions (2013-Present)
  • TCU Production of Die Fledermaus—College opera chorus: Multiple showings (2012)
  • Limon Community Choir- Soloist—Local community chorus: Major works and various solos (2008-2011)
  • Colorado Children’s Chorale—Professional children’s chorus: national and international tours (2001-2007)

NATS Competition-Texoma, Semi-Finalist (Shawnee, Oklahoma/Denton, Texas)

  • Sophomore Women’s Division (2012)
  • Freshman Women’s Division (2011)

Lead Roles in High School Musicals, Lead/Choreographer/Assistant Director (Limon, Colorado)

  • Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly (2011)
  • Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls (2010)
  • Marian Paroo in Music Man (2009)                                                                                                                           
  • Mayzie le Bird in Sueussical the Musical (2008)
  • Sandy Dumbrowski in Grease (2008)

 EDUCATION

Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • B.M.E. Music Education with a Vocal Concentration, 2015
  • Senior Achievement in Music Education Award
  • TCU Faculty’s Scholarship
  • Dean’s List
  • Mortar Board
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society                              

Lilly Wang

violin lessons flower mound Violin Beginner to advanced All ages Symphonic, Rock, Church

How long have you been playing violin?

19 years.

Accomplishments:

Undergraduate Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2009-2011) Bachelors of Violin Performance
-Performance scholarship and stipend for assistant concertmaster position in symphony orchestra
-Housing scholarship

University of North Texas (2013) Bachelors of Violin Performance
-Academic scholarship (UNT Tuition Grant)
-Student Auxiliary Scholarship

Graduate Education: University of North Texas (2015) Masters in Music Theory

Teaching Experience (Suzuki Method):

Sheridan Productions (Lafayette, LA)
-Taught class violin, piano, private violin/piano lessons, class music theory 2009-2011

Frisco School of Music (Frisco, Texas)
-Individual and group violin teacher 2013-2014

7-Notes (Frisco, TX)
-Individual and group violin teacher 2013-2014

Private Studio (self)
-from 2009 till now, students currently competes and participates in various DFW youth Orchestras.

Performing Experience

Performed with South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra.

Lindsay Forrister

Vocal Instructor Dallas TX Voice, piano Beginner to advanced 5 - 18 Classical, Musical Theater

How long have you been singing and playing piano?

Voice 7 years, under the instruction of Rebecca Kier, Carolyn Kahl, and Dale Dietert.
Piano 5 years, under the instruction of Evelyn White, Erin Palmer, and Hannah Payne.

Type of band experience:

As a classical singer, rather than bands I have instead been a part of many musical theater productions including Guys and Dolls (Sarah), Ragtime, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of Penzance, and Oliver!, among others. I’ve also been involved in many choirs, including the Concert Choir at Southern Methodist University, the Chamber Choir of Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts, Georgia Allstate Choirs, District Honor Choruses, Spivey Hall Chorus, and Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program Vocal Major Chorus. While studying at the Cobb County Center for Performing Arts, I was a member of the Eighteen Voice Ensemble and the Trio Ensemble.

Accomplishments

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University.
  • Former student at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA), from which I received the following awards and positions:
  • Soprano Section Leader
  • “Most Outstanding Student in Chamber Choir”
  • “CCCEPA Rising Star Award”
  • “Personal Achievement Award in Voice”
  • “Model Choral Student”
  • “Vocal Leadership Award”
  • Participant in Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program (Vocal Major)
  • Participant in Georgia’s All-State Chorus for all applicable years (6)

Marco A. Cuevas

piano lessons fort worth tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Rock, Blues

How long have you been and playing piano?

I have been playing piano for over 20 years, and teaching for over 6 years.

Accomplishments:

  • Initiated his musical studies in the Escuela de Cultura y Difusion Artistica “Armando Dufey” in Temuco, with Mirta Millas as her professor. In 1998 entered the Conservatory of Music of the Austral University of Chile where he obtained with highest honors, a Bachelor of Music in March of 2006. In 2008 he entered at Texas Christian University and graduated in 2010 finishing the Artist Diploma program under the direction of Professor Harold Martina.
  • During his academic years at the conservatory, Mr. Cuevas accomplished a high level of academic and artistic excellence and was awarded the Distinction of Artistic Merit (2004) and the Fernando Santivan Medal (2005) given by the Austral University of Chile. In 2004, during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Austral University he was elected as the outstanding student of the Conservatory of Music of the Austral University and received an Honor Scholarship, as a reward for his distinguished level of academic and artistic performance.   
  • In the year 2002 he was the First Prize winner in Level III of the Claudio Arrau” International Piano Competition. In the year 2004 he won the First Honorable Mention in Level IV of the same competition. In 2012 he was a finalist in the 5th Panama International Piano Competition.
  • In 1999 Marco Antonio composed his first violin concerto which was premiered by the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory of the Austral University of Chile.  
  • For the years 2005 and 2006 Marco was the Official Pianist of the Municipal Theater of Temuco, thus working with the orchestra, choir and soloists of this theater during the complete seasons for those years, in which he played works from the Choral Symphony and Opera repertoire. Mr. Cuevas has played in Master Classes for José Feghali, Vladimir Feltsman, Daniel Herscovitch, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Ursula Oppens, Thomas Rosenkranz and Bernd Zack.
  • Marco A. Cuevas has been presented as a concert pianist, offering recitals in Santiago, Temuco, La Serena, Valparaiso, Cartagena, Chillan, Concepcion, Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt and Chiloe (all the above in Chile), as well as in Italy, Panama and the United States. As a soloist he has played with the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of the Austral University and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Temuco.
  • Recently during 2013 Marco has performed in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Hannover, Lüneburg and in the HerzbergCastle in Harz (Alemania); receiving an excellent critique in the German Press.
  • In December 2013 Mr. Cuevas obtained a Masters of Music in Piano Performance under the guidance of Professor Harold Martina.

Marina Dichenko

violin lessons ft worth tx Violin Beginner to advanced All ages Classical

San Angelo Symphony Orchestra 2011-2013
Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013
Odysseus Chamber Orchestra 2012-2013
Moscow Chamber Instrumental Capella 2007-2011 (Russia)

Education

2011 and now – TCU School of Music, artist diploma student under Dr. Thompson (2011-2012), with Mr. Shih (2012-present).
Russian Music Academy by Gnessin’s (postgraduate degree, aspirantura)-2006-2010, Moscow.
Russian Music Academy by Gnessin’s – 2000-2006 (bachelor, master of music) Moscow.
Kharkov Special Music School (Ukraine)-1989-2000

Performance experience

As a soloist and member of chamber groups played in concerts and festivals in Ukraine, Russia,
Belgium, Japan, US. Has 2nd prize in Chamber music competition in Donetsk , Ukraine, 4th
prize on International Competition of Chamber music by name of Sergey Taneev in Kaluga,
Russia. Was member of String Quartet “Dissonans”

Teaching experience

Teacher in “B-Sharp” Music program, violin and viola Fort Worth, currently.
Assistant ship in Chamber music department of Gnessin’s Academy of Music (Moscow, Russia)
2006-2011.

Mark Deffebach

bluegrass guitar lessons dallas Guitar, Bass (upright and electric), Mandolin, Dobro, Ukulele and Songwriting Beginner to advanced All ages Bluegrass, Swing, Rock, Blues and Country

How long have you been playing your insruments?

1976 to Present

How long have you been teaching?

Over 20 years

Professional Experience:

Semi-professional until 2008. Full-time professional musician since then primarily playing and performing upright bass, guitar and mandolin in various bands as a hired sideman. I’ve performed and collaborated in genres such as: bluegrass, old-time, Americana, rockabilly, swing, jazz, singer/songwriter, original, praise & worship, country and high school stage bands.

Accomplishments:

  • Fort Worth Weekly Awards with “Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang” and the “Blackland River Devils”
  • Finalist in singer/songwriter competitions, “Chevy Sonic Sounds” (2011) and “Texas Independent Music Expo” (2010).
  • Senior Level course work for the University of Texas Arlington in Jazz Studies Program
  • AAS in Music from Cedar Valley College in Guitar Performance
  • Received radio airplay and performed live on 89.3FM KNON and 88.7FM KTCU

Matthew Nos

drum lessons plano tx Drumset Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Progressive, and all other types

How long have you been playing drums?

I have been playing the drums for over 31 years.

Professional Experience:

I have been in a ton of bands, I studied in Marching Band for 10 years, held performances in classical orchestra in California while attending California State University Northridge for music.

Accomplishments:

Matthew Nos has spent most of his natural life playing drums.  He attended California State University of Northridge where he majored in music for 2 years in the senior orchestra, then moved on to playing in music groups full time.  Prior to college he was in drum core for 8 years as well as touring with a competitive college jazz band around southern California.  In his High School years, he was a member of the official Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk band playing jazz, rock, and classical music, as well as playing part time at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.  Today he is a part of several rock groups around town playing covers and original music.  Matthew is a family oriented individual who can teach students at all levels of drum set.  He has taught many people throughout his lifespan and continues to deliver results to students through adaptation, patience and understanding.

Matthew Treadway

guitar lessons lewisville Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Vocals Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Metal, Classical, Retro Rock

How long have you been playing your instruments?

Guitar (7 years), Piano (14 years), Drums (5 years), Bass (5 years)

Professional Experience:

Guitar, bass, vocals, organ and piano, I have been performing professionally in rock, metal, blues, original and cover bands since 2009, and continue to presently. I’ve been teaching for over 5 years.

Accomplishments:

  • Nominee for best guitarist in Fort Worth Weekly Awards 2013.
  • Nominee for best album and best heavy metal band in 2012 and 2013.

Max Davis

guitar teacher dallas, tx Guitar and Piano Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres, Rock, Classical, Flamenco, Metal, Songwriting
How long have you been playing guitar and piano?

I’ve been playing electric guitar for 15 years, classical guitar for 7 years, and piano for over 4 years.

Professional Experience

I teach fun, knowledgeable and insightful lessons! For electric guitar I can teach all skill levels, classical guitar beginner to intermediate, piano beginner to intermediate, and music theory I teach all skill levels and song-writing. I specialize in metal, rock, classical, and flamenco but I can teach all styles.
Modern Music: I have been performing and recording with local metal band Brutalody since 2013. Before that, I performed with many local bands in northern California.

Classical Music: On the classical end, I have performed multiple solo piano and classical guitar concerts as well as choir performances at UNT. I am currently a senior at the University of North Texas in Music Theory and Composition.

Accomplishments

  • Award in Music Composition in 2015 from Collin College.
  • Award in Music Theory in 2015 from Collin College.
  • Performances of multiple compositions for various ensembles and media.
  • Performances of music composed for many theater departments in Northern California.
  • Performances of piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” and Wolfgang Mozart’s overture to “The Marriage of Figaro.”
  • Release of two EPs with Brutalody with a full length album soon to be released.

Max Robertson

Mandolin Teacher dallas tx Mandolin Beginner to advanced 12 and up Swing, Jazz, and Bluegrass

How long have you been playing mandolin?

I have been playing mandolin for over 13 years.

Professional Experience:

I have played mandolin in bands for the last 5 years ranging from: original world music, gypsy jazz, bluegrass, Latin/flamenco, rockabilly, roots, Americana and country.

Mike Willey

guitar lessons fort worth Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

How many years have you been playing and teaching guitar?

I have played guitar for over 50 years, and have been teaching for over 40 years.

I currently teacher guitar lessons in Fort Worth, TX. I began learning to play the guitar as a teen. I’ve spent the last five decades studying and performing with guitar as my primary instrument. I began my professional performing career in 1970 and have continued to study, record and perform. I have played with touring acts including Townes Van Zandt, Gary P Nunn, Rusty Wier, Cowboy Johnson among many others. I have worked for years in recording studios. Currently I lead a dance band called Swing Alley. I teach beginner to advanced levels of players. I use the CAGED method of guitar organization. This method provides the structure to learn music theory, ear training, chord formation, rock, blues and jazz improvisation.

Mikhail Berestnev

piano lessons arlington tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Ensemble, 2,4 Hands

  • Mikhail Berestnev’s international performances include concerts at the International Music House in Moscow, Sydney Opera House with Sydney Symphony, Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro with Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Flagey Theatre in Brussels with Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia as well as with San Angelo Symphony (San Angelo, USA), Symphony Orchestra of Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas, USA).
  • Being participant of concert programs by the International Music Fund under Maestro Vladimir Spivakov he performed in different part of Russia as a soloist and with Orchestra. Also he took part in Master Classes and concerts by Saint Petersburg Music House under Maestro Sergey Roldugin.
  • Mikhail’s teachers were such musicians as Irina Grebenkina, Andrey Khitruk, Lyudmila Alekseeva, Alexey Skavronsky, Vladimir Tropp, Leonid Block, Olga Kondratieva, Elena Strikovskaya, Tamás Ungár.
  • His Competition awards include: Gold Medal on the International Delphic Games in 2008; Second Prize on International Stanislav Neuhaus Piano Competition 2010; Fourth prize on 58th Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and 10th Sydney International Competition of Australia in 2012; Second Prize on 3d BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro in 2012; Overall Winner on 53 Sorantin International Competition in 2013; Semifinalist on Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition 2013 in Brussels; He is prize winner of Texas, South Central Competitions by American MTNA Organization – both 1st Prizes and 3d prize winner of the National Competition in New York.
  • Mikhail Berestnev also active in Chamber Music. In 2012 he got his Judith Solomon Piano Award in Chamber Music from Texas Christian University. Appeared with “Seraphim Trio”, San Paulo City String Quartet. Regularly performs with Japanese violinist Ayako Tanabe, Marina Dichenko, Cellist Laura Ospina as well as with different musicians from Bolshoi Theatre, Ensembles “Moscow Virtuosi” and “Musica Viva”. Took part in Master Classes with Hugo Wolf Quartet, Midori, Dmitriy Berlinsky, Elisabeth Adkins, Veda Kaplinsky, Nikolai Petrov. 
  • His performances were broadcast on WQXP Radio, ABC Classic FM, WRR Classic 101.

Mitch Tasker

drum lessons ft worth tx Percussion (Rudimental/Concert/Drumset) Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

How long have you been playing drums?

I have been playing the drums for over 9 years.

Professional Experience:

I have played in all types of performance settings including: drum line, symphonic bands and percussion ensembles, but most of my experience comes from my studies at TCU.

Accomplishments:

  • Member of TCU Percussion Studio
  • TCU Symphony Orchestra
  • TCU Steel Band
  • TCU Wind Symphony
  • TCU Percussion Emsemble
  • TCU Percussion Orchestra
  • TCU Marching Band

Mitchell Albers

drum teacher dallas Drums, Piano, Bass Beginner to advanced All ages Specialize in all genres: rock, blues, funk, jazz, fusion, pop, top 40, folk, gypsy, western swing, country, top 40 country, samba, salsa, reggae, bossa nova, Latin jazz, Electronic. Bass – Rock, funk, punk, blues, some jazz, bossa nova, some Latin jazz, reggae, Pop, top 40, Country top 40, Electronic Piano – Rock, Funk, Classical, jazz, bossa nova, some Latin jazz, reggae, Electronic, Dance, Top 40, Country top 40.

How long have you been playing drums, piano and bass guitar?

Drums – 16 years

Piano – 5 years

Bass – 1 year

Mitchell Albers is a musician and drum teacher in Dallas, TX originally from Indiana who moved to Texas to Study Jazz at UNT with Ed Soph. After over a year of study he finished a Bachelor of Science at UNT while teaching at Julio D. Perfecto School of Music since October of 2014. He now performs professionally as a drummer at various restaurants and bars around Denton, Dallas, McKinney, and Ft. Worth. Mitchell teaches Drum set, Piano, and Bass guitar.

Professional playing experience?

As a drummer;

Western country bands around Dallas: The Gypsy Playboys (https://www.facebook.com/The-Gypsy-Playboys-784802608238701/ ) – 6 months

Mikki Daniel and the Texas Wildfire(https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005836686167)

Since last October

Intersect Church In McKinney (http://intersectchurch.org/ ) – since January 2017

  • Type of band experience (cover/original/symphonic):

Member of The Clubhouse based in Denton, TX. (https://theclubhousemusic.bandcamp.com/ )

  • Accomplishments:

Teaching at Julio D. Perfecto School of Music for 3 Years and running with high student retention rate.

Mixed and Mastered an album for a band that I am also a drummer for (the clubhouse)

Self-taught bass

Finished proficiency tests for Piano at UNT

Completed a Bachelor B.S. degree at UNT – Integrative Studies w/h emphasis in Ethnomusicology, Psychology, and English

 

Nolan McCormick

drum fort worth tx Drums and Novice Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Jazz, Fusion, Funk, Swing, Rock, Blues, Hard Rock, Metal

How long have you been playing drums?

Over 20 years.

Professional Experience:

Philip Hill

Drum Teacher dallas tx Voice, drums, music theory Beginner to advanced 5 and up Rock, Pop, Classical

How long have you been singing and playing drums?

I’ve been singing since I could talk and have been studying voice for over 16 years. As for drums, I have been playing since I could hold sticks, but seriously studying for over 18 years.

Professional Experience:

I play drums and sing in two gigging bands, I’m the back-up drummer for two churches, and I just recently wrapped up playing drums for the University of North Texas University Players production of A Very Potter Musical. I have sung in several choirs, an auditioned acapella group, and also sing with the University of North Texas opera.I have also sung and played drums in cover bands, original rock, funk/rock, and pop bands. I have also sung in choirs, operas, and have been a soloist for St. Andrew UMC and at UNT.

Accomplishments:

  • Sung in the UNT opera’s productions of Lucia Di Lammermoor, Romeo et Juliette, and Pirates of Penzance, as well as The Living Opera’s production of L’elisir d’Amore.
  • Sung as part of the choir for the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland, and in Carnegie Hall for an anniversary performance of John Rutter’s Requiem
  • Was a featured soloist in concerts of the UNT Men’s Chorus twice
  • Drumming has been featured as part of a band on the Bling Johnson Show

Preston Nogar

ukulele lesson dallas Ukulele Beginner to Intermediate All ages Rock, Blues, Singer/Songwriter

How long have you been playing ukulele and guitar?

I have been playing ukulele and guitar for over 10 years.

Professional Experience:

I have performed in many churches in the Dallas area, played in local Dallas-based bands including “Story 48”, “Babalou” and Nirvana cover bands.

Accomplishments:

I have performed over 100 live shows in my career, namely the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Robert Hall

drum lesson dallas tx Drums, Guitar and Bass Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Funk

How long have you been playing drums, guitar and bass?

Guitar/Bass – over 12 years
Drums – over 8 years

I specialize in teaching drum lessons in Dallas, TX to aspiring musicians of all ages. I also teach guitar and bass guitar.

Professional Experience:

I began playing guitar when I was 13, beginning with basic lessons on chords and scales. I quickly formed a band, began writing songs, and played my first live performance that year at Across The Street Bar in Dallas, TX in April of 2004 in a 3 piece rock band called For Years Ahead. After that, my next performance with a band would be at Eisenbergs Skatepark in Plano, TX with a 5 piece post-hardcore band called The Rivalry (later “Beware The Ides of March”) in July of 2005; launching what would be a lifelong span of consistent live playing. Between 2005 and 2015 I have had the pleasure of playing on average 2-3 times per month with small pockets of time in between bands.
In the summer of 2008 I purchased my own drum kit, having a fascination with drums my entire life. I began playing daily, and became very disciplined with the metronome and with my own technique and posture. In 2010 I began studying rudiments on my own, and have since adapted many different exercises into my warm up and my playing. I have a strong focus on making my playing tasteful, yet imaginative as well as providing confidence to the audience. I specialize in double-bass kick drumming, as well as fast, precise, technical playing. I also enjoy the opposite side of the spectrum, and often play swing and groove whenever I’m practicing.

 

Accomplishments:

I have had the opportunity to play shows and events constantly in Deep Ellum, including Trees and Curtain Club on several occasions. Fort Worth also has been filled with opportunity, ranging from the Ridglea Theatre to being nominated in 2010 for Best Metal Act by the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards. Denton, TX was home for me for a couple years, so venues all over town such as Andy’s, Hailey’s, and The Drink(now the Public House) were some places I was fortunate to have a consistently growing crowd.

More recently, I joined Bow Prometheus in July of 2013, and signed a contract with Swimming With Sharks Records in the following months to release our single “Athena’s Plague” which composed and performed the drums.
In July of 2015 Bow Prometheus was voted Best Deathcore band of 2015 by Maxima Distorzion, a Houston TX based PR group. As well as all the members, I was nominated for my category as well, and I was fortunate to have been voted Best Deathcore Drummer among Texas bands in the same genre.

In November of 2014 I joined a second full-time band called Take The Reigns, recently we have performed at the Curtain Club at a showcase for Sumerian Records. Take The Reigns will also be performing at the Summer Slaughter Tour, a national and highly recognized event.

Roger Hunt

guitar teacher lewisville tx Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Funk

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 7 and a half years.

Accomplishments:

Roger Hunt a Music By Ross guitar teacher in Highland Village, TX. Roger currently attends the University of North Texas in Denton obtaining his degree in guitar performance. He has performed in churches throughout DFW and also performed in many solo and collaborative projects since he started playing guitar.

 

Russ Miller

guitar teacher dallas Guitar, Bass Beginner to advanced All ages rock, southern rock, blues, metal, psychedelic

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 20 years

Professional Experience:

I have been an active guitar teacher in the Dallas area since 2004, and have taught students of all ages and with all different types of goals. During my career as a guitar teacher, I have taught professionally at North Texas Academy of Fine Arts, Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts, Park Cities School of Music and others. I have also written, produced and recorded original albums that received substantial sales on 5 continents. In the on-stage aspect of my career, I shared the stage with major acts such as Atreyu, Drive By Truckers and many other local heroes in DFW and OKC. I aim to help aspiring guitar players reach their goals with fun, and educational guitar lessons!

 

 

 

Russell Hollar

guitar lessons lewisville Guitar, Audio Engineering Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Blues, Metal

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 15 years.

Professional Experience:

I have over 10 years of professional experience in guitar both live, one the road and in the studio in cover bands, original country, rock, and progressive metal/rock groups. I can also teach 6, 7 and 8-string guitar. I have extensive knowledge in: Industry standard sound reinforcement for both live sound and studio, ProTools LE and HD, Reaper, Prosonus Studio One, Logic Pro, Reason, MOTU, Avid Applications, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Mackie HDR, Redbook CD authorization and\finalization, sound design and reinforcement and audio post-production.

Accomplishments:

As a graduate from South Plains College  in Commercial Music and Sound Technology program. I possess many years in live music performance, song-writing, music production, composition and audio engineering. I currently produce, compose, engineer, and publish music professionally for myself, my band and many Texas artist in today’s music industry. I have been performing with my band In Search of Sight since 2010, and observe a continuously growing audience, and have become a regular support for national touring acts such as: Meshuggah, Coheed and Cambria, and After the Burial. Since working as a professional producer and musician, I have also been privileged to have my original music placed in network television via The Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

Sky Seo

piano teacher dallas tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Swing, Blues, Funk, Bossa Nova, Latin, Bebop, Straights, Ballads, ECM, Modern

How long have you been playing piano?

Over 8 years

Accomplishments:

  • Completion of Intensive English Language Institute in August 2013
  • Scholarship from Dean’s Camerata –Evelyn Barthold in 2015 (until 2017)
  • 9o’clock & 8’o clock big band member 2014-2016
  • Performed many jazz piano departments 2014-2016
  • Performed in Denton Jazz Festival two years in a row
  • Member of West End (the Jazz Singers group) 2015

     

  • Keyboardist at the Well Church 4 months

     

  • Substitute from several church gigs

     

  • Played the piano at several festivals in Korea

Stephen Goodson

guitar lessons lewisville tx Electric and Acoustic Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 20 years.

Professional Experience:

Accomplishments:

  • #18 on  Billboard Top Heatseekers “Nelo” – Original Composition
  • BMI Artist – Compositions appeared on Clear Channel Radio, National Geographic Channel, 97.1 The Eagle
  • I have played in original rock acts, solo guitar, jazz combos, blues/Motown cover bands and country bands

Stephen Segura

drum lessons grand prairie tx Drums, Piano Beginner to advanced All ages All Genres

How long have you been playing drums?

I have been playing the drums for over 12 years.

Accomplishments:

Stephen Segura is currently a senior at Texas Christian University. While at TCU he has accrued a number of Awards and Accolades. In 2009, Stephen was awarded the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship for Music Education. In 2010, he traveled with TCU’s Percussion Orchestra and Wind Symphony to New York City, performing at Merkin and Carnegie Halls. During the summer of 2010, Stephen had the opportunity to perform with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps playing tenors. In 2011, he traveled with TCU’s award winning Percussion Orchestra to PASIC where he performed with the group during their showcase concert. While at PASIC in 2011, Stephen received second place in the PAS Marching Percussion Festival Individuals Keyboard Competition. Also in 2011, Stephen was hired to work for North Crowley High School where he served as the main percussion instructor. In the summer of 2012, he worked for Timberview High School (tenor consultant) and Paschal High School (drumline instructor). In the Fall of 2012, Stephen served as the TCU Drumline section leader while they received first place at the PASIC Marching Festival. The group was awarded first place in the college division, best snare line, best tenor line, best front ensemble, and the Fred Sanford award which is given to the overall highest scoring drumline. Stephen recently performed his senior recital and has plans to finish his degree in May 2014.

Steve Nutt

guitar lesson dallas tx Guitar and Bass Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk Style Finger-Picking

How long have you been playing guitar?

I have been playing guitar for over 30 years.

Professional Experience:

I have played nearly every style of guitar for the last 25 years in various projects throughout my career.

Accomplishments:

EDUCATION

Master of Music, Classical Guitar Performance, University of North Texas, 1991.

Minor – Music Composition.

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Guitar Performance, University of North Texas, 1987.

Minor – Music Theory. 

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE:                                          

·                     Arranged lesson schedules for 10-15 students per semester, including management of administrative add/drop records.

·                     Constructed lesson plans for university classes and private students.                     

·                     Devised grading criteria and administered classroom testing.

·                     Set goals and objectives in individual and classroom instruction at all undergraduate levels.

·                     Evaluated skills and capabilities of private students and adapted methods for each.           

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Private Studio

1994- Present;  Taught guitar and theory to over 120 students of ages 7 through adult in rock/pop, jazz, classical, and folk/bluegrass styles.

Brookhaven College

August 2009 – December 2010, August 2013 – Present;  Taught Applied Guitar as adjunct instructor.

Tarrant County College Southeast

Spring 2005 – May 2012;  Taught applied guitar, Beginning Guitar, Music Appreciation and Music Reading classes as adjunct instructor.

El Centro College

August 2006 – December 2006; Taught Applied Guitar and Jazz Ensemble as adjunct instructor.

Tarrant County College Northwest

Spring 1995 – Spring 1997;  Taught Applied Guitar at beginner through intermediate levels as adjunct instructor. Chose repertoire and prepared each student for semester end recitals.

University of North Texas

Fall 1988 – Spring 1991;  Taught over 90 students in undergraduate guitar classes and private lessons as Graduate Teaching Fellow.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Performance

Played solo classical guitar and as a member of several rock and jazz ensembles at regular club, cafe and corporate/society engagements in Southwest region as well as single appearances in New York and Los Angeles.

Studio

Logged over 250 hours in 12 recording and mastering facilities as composer/performer/producer through completion of six CD releases.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Fulbright Scholarship Candidate, Fall 1990.

Awarded Graduate Teaching Fellowship, September 1988 – May 1991.

Taylor Morgeson

guitar teacher dallas, tx 6, 7 & 8-string Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drumset Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Metal, Blues, Country, Folk, and Jazz

How long have you been playing guitar?
Over 21 years, teaching for over 16 years

Professional Experience:

  • 1999-present – Privately taught hundreds of individual private lessons for Guitar, Bass, Snare Drum, Theory,
    Composition, and Arranging
  • 2001-2003 – Taught five semesters of folk guitar, West Texas A&M University
  • 2007-2012  – Taught 13 semesters of Aural Skills I-III, University of North Texas
  • 2013-present – Recording artist for the radio program MMA-UNCHECKED featured on Velocity Radio, Herb
    FM radio, and Mountain Outlaw Radio
  • 2014 – Recording artist for Mountain Outlaw Productions, write/perform commercials and advertisements
  • 2014-present – Sponsored by RJ Audio Research as their principal recording/performing artist

Education:

Bachelors Degree in Music Composition, West Texas A&M University – December 2003
Masters Degree in Music Theory, University of North Texas – August 2013
(Thesis-Deconstructing Webern’s Op. 25 Drei Lieder: A Multidimensional Assessment)

Accomplishments:

Recordings can be heard here: http://www.mountainoutlawradio.com/morgeson-recordings2.html & rjguitars.net
Other – Proficient with Sibelius Music Engraver, Studio One 2 Digital Audio Workstation, EZ Drummer 2
2011-Present Textbook Editing: created the music examples, exercises, and edited select parts for the first and
second editions of Melody Harmonization at the Keyboard: Functional Skills for the College Music Student by Gene
Cho and Laila K. O’Sullivan.

Troy Dixon

guitar lessons plano tx Voice, Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Country, Praise & Worship

How long have you been studying voice and playing guitar?

Over 14 years

Professional Experience:

I’ve been playing professionally for over 10 years

Accomplishments:

Education

September 2008 – May 2012

-B.A. of Music Business from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

Studio Work

February 2013 – March 2013

-Singer & songwriter for record at Audio Dallas Recording Studio

-Produced by Jeff Howe (Max Stalling)

-Album credits include Lloyd Maines on pedal steel guitar

Songwriting

-Licensed song for use by a national charity organization

-Winner of the 25th annual B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Contest

Live Shows

– Tour of Norway (2012)

– 9 performances including stops in Oslo and a major festival

– Played NYC (National Underground), Boston, Vermont, NJ (2012)

– Opened for locally and nationally acclaimed acts including Band of Heathens, Mark David Manders, and Blacktop Gypsy.

General Business Bands

– Men In Black; Lead singer and guitar player

– Performed over 30 Shows for weddings and corporate events

– Business Time; Singer and guitar player for multiple dates in MA and NH

– Freelance; Singer and guitar player for multiple Live Karaoke dates, played in an acoustic duo for Murray Hill Talent.

Instruction

-10+ years of experience; have taught hundreds of individual lessons since 2006

-Studied under some of the nation’s top songwriting, vocal, and guitar instructors at Berklee College of Music (Including Pat Pattison, whose formers students include John Mayer and Gillian Welch).

-Specializing in songwriting coaching, guitar, and basic voice instruction

 

 

 

Tucker Sowell

cello lessons dallas tx cello, beginner piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Baroque, Modern

How long have you been playing cello?

Over 12 years.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • 2 years TMEA All-State
  • UNT Music Theory Proficient
  • UNT Upper-Division String Performer
  • Member of UNT Symphony Orchestra

EDUCATION

University of North Texas 2014-Present

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

  • East Texas Symphony Orchestra
  • Seranata Strings Wedding Business
  • Monroe Symphony Orchestra
  • DFW Musician Services, LLC

 

Tyler Paulson

Music Recording Classes Dallas TX Recording, sound engineering Beginner to advanced All ages Pro Tools, Logic Pro, All types of sound engineering, sound mixing, post-production

Accomplishments:

I graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (Phoenix, AZ). I interned and worked for the post-production studio, Deaf Mule (Dallas, TX). At Deaf Mule I assisted recording and engineering for bands and for companies such as: Dodge, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Ford, Neiman Marcus and more.

Usman Peguero

Violin Teacher Dallas Vioin and Viola Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All Genres

How long have you been playing violin?

Over 13 years

Accomplishments:

Usman Waseem Peguero started his violin studies at age 11 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, joining the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles. As co-concertmaster and section principal of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, he participated in the 2007 tours to Germany and New York. Usman was also a prizewinner of the 2013 Florida International University Concerto Competition, and debuted as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of the Dominican Republic in the same year. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Florida International University, where he studied with Robert Davidovici. As a member of the 2014 YOA (Youth Orchestra of the Americas), Usman participated in the Caribbean Tour through Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. During this tour he taught in the Holy Trinity Music School Summer Camp in Cange, Haiti and instructed members of the National Youth Orchestra in Kingston, Jamaica. As a baroque enthusiast, he is currently studying with baroque violinist Cynthia Roberts and is a member of the UNT Baroque Orchestra under Paul Leenhouts. In collaboration with the UNT Baroque program, Usman took part in a special early music performance featuring selections from the Montpellier Codex presented in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Texas Medieval Association. Usman is also a member of the baroque ensemble “Fantasmi” by which he most recently toured in Perú and Puerto Rico, making a special appearance in the XIV International Early Music Festival in Lima, and taught masterclasses in Lima and Cusco. He participated in the Festival Musical de Santo Domingo 2015, playing along artists such as Vadim Repin, Philippe Quint and Javier Perianes, and also participated in the Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Tour of Eastern Canada in the summer of 2015. After recently receiving a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance, Usman continues his studies under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Julia Bushkova at the University of North Texas, and is an active violin teacher in the Dallas, TX area.

William Cobb

music recording classes dallas tx Recording, audio engineering Beginner to advanced All ages Audio Engineering, Music Production, Traktor Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Turn Tables

Accomplishments:

I’ve been an Audio Engineer for the past 8 years, and graduated for Collin College with an associates in applied science in Commercial Music and Audio Engineering. I completed my internship at Track Recording Studio in Plano Texas where I gained roughly 1000 hours practical experience in the Commercial Recording Industry. I am the official Audio Engineer for the Texas Tornado Siren Dancers, I also produce all of the audio for their dance competitions.

Wyatt Williams

guitar lessons dallas Guitar Beginner to advanced All ages Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, Progressive Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Metal

How long have you been playing guitar?

Over 9 years, and professionally for 3 years

Accomplishments:

 Type of band experience: I played drums for a gigging Thrash band (originals and covers) in 2011. We recorded and E.P. that is on iTunes under Echoes of Nostalgia.
I started playing guitar when I was 11 as a student of Victor Gann, in just about a year I won the City of Sanger Talent Show. Soon after, I joined Echoes of Nostalgia, a local thrash band that needed a drummer. I have performed at places like Jupitar House, and the Sanger Celebration. About 6 or 7 months after joining the band, we recorded an E.P. at Indian Trails Studio. I joined marching band in school and played quads all 4 years, and was drum captain for 2 years. Later, I joined a local band that played 60s rock. In 2015 I was introduced to Jason, a Grammy Nominated audio engineer and studio owner, and I became his assistant. I help in his studio MockingBird Sound, and his live sound company White Noise Productions.

 

Xuesha Hu

piano lessons arlington tx Piano Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, All genres

How long have you been playing piano?

I have been playing piano for over 18 years.

Accomplishments:

With a spontaneous vibrant personality and communicative artistry, 20-year-old pianist Xuesha Hu has recently won first prize both in the 2013 53rd Jefferson International Concerto Competition, Colorado, as well as the 2013 Lennox Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3.

Xuesha Hu was born in Ganzhou City, China, to a musical family. Starting piano lesson at the age of four, her talent soon blossomed when she won the Gold Medal at the 2003 China Pearl River Youth Piano Competition. Then at age 12, she embarked on a serious piano study with Xiaoxue Hu at the pre-college music school affiliated with the China Conservatory. Soon she achieved further success including the first prize of the 2007 MSCC “Dance with Black and White” Piano Competition; second prize of the 2009 Beijing International Piano Festival Concerto Competition; second prize in the 2010 Steinway & Sons China Regional Piano Competition; and first prize at the 2011 Oberlin Cooper International Piano Competition, China. Abroad, she was a finalist both at the 2008 Eastman Young Artists Competition, NY and the 2009 Liszt International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Weimar, Germany.

Xuesha Hu has had abundance of performing experience, and has given many concerts in various cities of China including the Yamaha Concert Hall in Beijing. In 2010, she was invited to perform at the Beijing Music Hall with prominent pianist Liu Shikun, himself a silver medalist of the First Tchaikovsky Competition. She also performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing. During the year 2011, in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Chinese-Austrian diplomatic relationship, she was invited to perform at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. In 2012, Xuesha was selected to appear with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Leon Fleisher.

Xuesha Hu is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the School of Music at Texas Christian University on a full scholarship, under the guidance of Dr. Tamás Ungár.

Yuan Yuan

violin lessons dallas tx Violin and Viola Beginner to advanced All ages Classical, Jazz

How long have you been playing violin and viola?

Over 23 years.

Accomplishments:
  • 2nd Medalist for China Grand Violin Competition (2000)
  • Winner of La Sierra Concerto Competition (2011)
  • Performed in China Philharmonic Symphony (2009-2010)
  • Dallas Live Orchestra (2013 – present)
  • Richardson Symphony (2013 – present)
  • Invited from Chinese Government to perform for Barack Obama in Beijing (2009)
  • Published first album with Beijing String Quartet (2009)
Artist Yuan Yuan was praised as “one of the most oriental temperament violinist” in the China Times. Ms.Yuan has appeared as guest soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician with all the major orchestras in her native country China, including China Philharmonic Orchestra, China Opera. Beijing Symphony, National Center Orchestra, and internationally with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Loma Linda Symphony, Dallas City Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Pop Orchestra and Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Ms.Yuan is a frequent guest artist of prestigious concert series throughout the world, such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Seoul Arts Center in South Korea. The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Shang Hai Arts Center, National Grand Theater, Beijing Concert Hall in China, Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opear House, Dallas Performance Hall and American Airlines Center in Dallas U.S. She has also collaborated with artists such as: Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, pinchas Zukerman, Lang Lang, Yundi Li and Chuan-Yun Lee.

Ms.Yuan, was born in Dalian China, began studying the violin at the age of five and went on to study at the Central Conservatory Of Music in Beijing. In 2010, She moved to Los Angeles and got her Artist Diploma and has lived in Dallas since 2013. Yuan was invited to play concerts with Michal Buble, Diana Ross, Kenny G, Ben Folds, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Celtic Women. Ms.Yuan has participated in a number of major competitions including: winner of China’s National Violin competition, and second prize of Country Grand Violin Competition, winner of La Sierra Concerto Competition. In 2009, Ms.Yuan released her first CD with Beijing String Quartet and Dulcimer. Yuan recorded cinematic music with Chinese composer Dun Tan. The movie score was nominated for a Grammy in 2008. Ms.Yuan is also a composer/performer writing music for the violin and piano, cello, viola and vocals.
As with her musical talent, Ms.Yuan, is also a renowned young calligrapher in China. She released her first work in 2002 and has won more than 30 international awards for her skill.