Teacher Spotlight: Andrew – Bass, Guitar, & Ukulele Teacher in Denton, TX

We are excited to introduce you to Andrew! He offers in-home bass, guitar, and ukulele lessons in Denton, TX, as well as surrounding areas.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Andrew holds a Bachelors of Music with a Focus in Technology degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB Andrew had the opportunity to tour Europe with the UAB Jazz Ensemble, performing concerts in Germany, Austria and Italy. His time as an undergraduate was spent studying music theory, composition, recording technology, and jazz from the professors at UAB. Between semesters he would study privately with the most innovative guitarists in the world, Gilad Hekselman, Rotem Sivan, Ben Eunson, and many others.

Andrew constantly looks for opportunities to grow in his craft, and sees it as his responsibility to his students to be able to provide a diverse range of approaches to help them achieve their goals. Currently, Andrew is pursing his Masters in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of North Texas.

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TEACHING BACKGROUND

With five years of teaching experience in and outside of music schools, Andrew has had many opportunities to work with a wide range of students. While in Birmingham, he worked across a variety of local music schools and educational centers. All of these positions gave him experience working with a diverse array of students with unique musical and personal goals. Due to this, Andrew is comfortable working with students of all skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced students looking to hone their ability, from age 7 to 70. Holding these positions also gave him experience working with students with autism and severe ADHD.

Andrew’s work as a professional performer has given him the abilities to teach a variety of styles, from pop, rock punk, folk, country, R&B, gospel, to jazz. Performing these genres has gives him a unique insight into the inner workings of these genres, and seeks to bring students the most refined approach possible to help them have fun and learn quickly.

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PERSONALITY/TEACHING STYLE

Instilling his students with a sense of intrinsic motivation is a top priority for Andrew. That feeling where the student has a natural desire to practice because the music they’re working on speaks to them. His approach is specific, and song-based. Students will always be working on a piece of music they love, all the while learning the fundamentals of music to help them succeed in their musical and personal careers.

When students understand the impact a personal goal has in one area of their lives, it quickly begins to help them with finding motivation and purpose in all of their pursuits. Andrew always ensures students understand the practice materials for the week, and that those materials are something that will help that specific students achieve their goals. Finding student’s natural musical spirit is something that Andrew values, and he loves helping nurture and build that spirit into something beautiful they can take outward into the rest of their lives.

PERSONAL SKILLS

An in-demand performer, Andrew has performed all around the south east and internationally in nearly every style. Primarily working jazz gigs, he has worked in all range of professional bands, from top 40 pop, rock, country, to R&B and gospel. Andrew’s strength as a performer and educator is his ability to find something beautiful wherever he looks. Oftentimes it is easy only to recognize what could be better in a student, but Andrew sees the potential that is already present and helps students to recognize that themselves, giving them the confidence to continue to grow.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew is in the top 1% of all of the students I have ever taught. He has earned numerous awards that the jazz department at UAB offers, including multiple “most outstanding jazz combo student” awards. He is very dependable and I’ve never had a student that enjoyed playing as much as him.

Steven R.

As one of our music theory tutors, I found Andrew to be kind, courteous, and accommodating,
but more importantly, he was extremely patient with students who were struggling with the concepts addressed in class.

William P

I believe his strengths are his intelligence and sophisticated musical taste, as well as his dedication to personal practice and expression on the gig. I would absolutely recommend Andrew to a friend for teaching or performing.

Gary W.

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Teacher Spotlight: Maria – Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin Teacher in Dallas, TX

We are excited to introduce you to Maria! She offers in-home music lessons in the Dallas, TX, area.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Maria began learning piano at age 4 in El Paso, Texas. In the 5th grade, she started playing cello in the elementary school’s orchestra.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Lee University in Tennessee and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Piano emphasis and with Cello and voice Minors.  She then went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of North Texas in Denton and received her Master’s degree in Music Education with a String Pedagogy emphasis.

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TEACHING BACKGROUND & STYLE

After completing her undergraduate degree and while pursuing her Master’s degree, Maria started her first teaching job at a public middle school in Mesquite, Texas.  There, her orchestras achieved success year after year.  Five years later, Maria moved to Plano and led as the head director of a large orchestra program at another CCC middle school, where she became proficient at teaching violin and viola. She has taught as an orchestra teacher for more than 10 years. She has also taught private lessons as well.

Maria is passionate about teaching music to beginner students and her goal is for everyone to experience the joy of music. Music is a unique form of expression and communication which has the ability to connect people. Every student is unique, and so, lesson methods will vary according to each individual’s needs. Maria herself struggled musically, and therefore, she has picked up many different routes to tackling different techniques and concepts. She is empathetic and can relate to where her students are coming from.

She also enjoys sports and uses relatable analogies when relaying new ideas.  Learning an instrument is much more than learning  notes or songs, but about expressing ideas and emotions. Maria is dedicated to connecting with each student and genuinely cares about her students’ holistic progress. 

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this excellent teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Maria!

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MARIA

She is a great music teacher, and I would recommend her to anyone! Maria was my son’s cello teacher for several years. She is patient, technical, organized, and thorough. She is also very patient and sweet.  She connects to her students very well and helps them grow. 

Julie Y.

Maria received her Master’s degree in Music Education from UNT and I taught all of her string music education courses (approximately half of the curriculum). Maria is a knowledgeable, creative teacher who is very well-organized. She has a great sense of humor and uses this as an effective tool in her classroom.

Elizabeth C., Ph.D.

Maria gets good results from her kids.  When she is teaching, she is direct and to the point.  However, she isn’t afraid to take a moment here and there to have fun and laugh with the students. She is organized, has strong pedagogical knowledge, and has a fun personality.

Ryan R.

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Teacher Spotlight: Marcela – Viola & Violin Teacher for Arlington & Little Elm, TX

Starlight is pleased to introduce you to Marcela! She offers in-home lessons for viola and violin in Little Elm, TX, as well as the Arlington, TX area.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Music has always been Marcela’s intense passion from an early age, where she has had the grateful opportunity to traverse three different countries to perfect the art of playing an instrument. She is an avid music performer for the Meridian String Quartet and a member of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years. She holds music degrees from the University of Costa Rica, Conservatorio de las Rosas in Mexico and from the Hogeschool Zuyd Conservatorium in Holland, where she got her Master’s degree in viola performance. She has participated in chamber music recitals, symphonic concerts and music festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, USA, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Also, she has been a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Chamber Orchestra of the University of Michoacan, Co-principal of the Michoacan Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Mineria in Mexico City, East Texas Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Marcela has a pretty eclectic background that she brings to the table. Besides her training in classical music, she has participated in several groups with various musical styles like rock, theater musicals, celtic, latino, blues. She has recorded for Ruben Blades, and performed with major Latin pop singers. Here in Texas she has performed with Alpha Rev and with the Meridian String Quartet. She currently performs a wide range of repertoire across many different venues.  

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TEACHING BACKGROUND

Marcela is a dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience, specializing in music performance with viola and violin. She began teaching violin and viola when she was 18 years of age at Cartago’s School of Music and the University of Costa Rica. After finishing her music studies, she created her private studio when she arrived in Texas in 2007. She has made a difference with her students through the years: from helping them to improve their playing, to preparing them for auditions, enabling them to join orchestras, ensembles, and even prepare them for being accepted into music programs at major universities. She can proudly say she has ex-students teaching music in various school districts.  Just tell her your music goals and she can get you there!

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this excellent teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Marcela!

PERSONALITY/TEACHING STYLE

Through her years of experience studying and teaching music to people of all ages, one of the things she feels is most important to accomplish is transmitting the idea that music is the most natural language of human beings. When teaching students how to play an instrument, Marcela always keeps in mind her end vision: students realizing that music is not just about perfecting the technical skills required to play. Instead, it’s about getting to express that which makes us human; our feelings, personalities, hopes and dreams, our realities. And she can help you do that with your favorite music style: whether it is classical music, pop, blues, latin, celtic, etc. Marcela thrives on finding where your ceiling is and challenging that limitation.  She is also bilingual and capable of teaching in Spanish.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MARCELA

Marcela is currently my violin teacher. Her style is encouraging, kind, and serious, with a love for the music. She remembers learning violin as a child and uses all of her experiences to illustrate techniques. I would recommend Marcela to a friend or anyone serious or curious about learning to play a violin.  

Martha D.

She is a very successful teacher… any one would be very lucky to have her! Her style is results-oriented.  Marcela does not waste any time in lessons and is very concise. She is also good at adjusting her style for students that are not quite ready for that sort of intense teaching. As far as strengths go, she is super dependable, patient, kind, hard working, honest, and I could name a lot more.

Drew J.

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Teacher Spotlight: Daphne – Piano Teacher in Dallas, TX

We are excited to introduce you to Daphne! She offers in-home piano lessons in the Dallas, TX, area.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Inspired by her grandfather (a concert violinist), Daphne’s love for classical piano performance began very early in her life. Studying piano performance, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and her Master’s degree from UTD. Over her musical career, Daphne has performed in numerous piano recitals, competitions, and master classes, in addition to performing as pianist and soloist with youth symphony orchestras in the American Southwest. 

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TEACHING BACKGROUND & STYLE

Daphne began teaching while still in high school and has the patience to awaken the inner musician in her students. She has a special love for children but welcomes students of all ages. Daphne believes all students have musical talent–they simply need consistent encouragement and practice in order to progress.

The success in Daphne’s teaching lies with her excellent practice approach and techniques taught during piano lessons. To make the lessons more meaningful for the student, she assigns specific assignments for the sake of seeking ongoing improvement. Daphne balances this with genuine engagement and encourages her students to choose the pieces they will love playing.

Highly engaging and enthusiastic as a teacher, Daphne’s students will regularly see her singing along to musical selections. It is Daphne’s goal to teach her students how to engage with the music to produce the most richness in sound and smooth, expressive phrasing. After all, it is the pianist’s phrasing that creates beautiful music!

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this excellent teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Daphne!

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DAPHNE

Daphne has been an excellent teacher and mentor. She has been a wonderful guide with advice on the things the girls want to achieve. She gets along well with others and could work with students of all ages.

C.Y.

Not only has she played piano for many years but has played at a high level. Most importantly, Daphne is a good, caring, principled person. I would expect her to have high expectations of students, but also be considerate of varying ability and talent levels and also considerate of time challenges some students might have with practicing.

M. H.

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Teacher Spotlight: Damien – Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Violin Teacher in Lewisville, TX

We are excited to introduce our newest teacher, Damien!
He offers in-home lessons for piano and MUCH MORE in Lewisville, TX, as well as surrounding areas.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Damien was always involved with music from a young age. His college experience began with Loyola University, where he played two diverse instruments (clarinet, violin) in the Band and Orchestra, respectively. Before graduating, he performed as a soloist in both groups on tour as well as winning the Orchestral Concerto Competiton. He later enrolled at UNT, where he performed in the Wind Symphony and the UNT Orchestra, the highest ranked ensembles in their College of Music. Damien received his Master’s in Performance at UNT after winning the Concerto Competition with Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet. He returned to UNT as a doctoral candidate, and again won their Orchestral Competition, this time with Rossini’s Theme and Variations. Through both enrollments, he maintained the principal clarinet position in the UNT Orchestra. His musical involvements are as impressive as they are broad, including the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

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TEACHING BACKGROUND

Damien’s teaching experience spans the past three decades, starting with piano years ago in New Orleans. He taught violin with Saturday Strings New Orleans as well in the late 1990s. Before hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he developed a band at St. Anthony School, New Orleans, which grew exponentially from his initial year with the school. After leaving New Orleans for North Texas, Damien taught privately, helping students achieve goals such as making Texas All State Band and Texas Region Orchestra. More recently, he has used his talents to build an online clientele, and continues to give online music recitals.

If you would like to enroll in music lessons with this excellent teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Damien!

PERSONALITY/TEACHING STYLE

By paying attention to their skill and interest level, Damien values making sure the student gets traction with what they’re learning. Never one to waste time, he addresses problems as they occur and really tries to attack the fundamentals of music. His philosophy is that tone is everything. If the tone is solid, then people will definitely want to hear you. He also wants every student to work on music they love to play. Some of the lesson will focus on any popular music or classical music that is on the student’s wish list. Of course the balance is to also work on fundamentals and to relate the wish list to the fundamentals so that maximum learning begins.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DAMIEN

Damien is a virtuoso and also a friendly fellow whom I would recommend without question.

Eric N.

A respected colleague, his performances [are] outstanding. Excellent musical training and skills.

Mary C.

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Teacher Spotlight: Jeff – Guitar & Ukulele Teacher in Irving, TX

We are excited to introduce our newest teacher, Jeff! He offers in-home guitar and ukulele lessons in Irving, TX, as well as surrounding areas.

EDUCATION & MUSIC BACKGROUND

Jeff completed his undergrad at the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. While at UNT, Jeff studied under Joe Lee, Fred Hamilton, and Clint Strong. He then went on to Texas Woman’s University to complete a Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Pedagogy while studying under Carlo Pezzimenti.

Jeff has an impressive scope of performance/style experience. He is skilled with electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and ukulele and has played in numerous rock and pop bands in the DFW metroplex. Not only is he an excellent Blues, Country, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Metal guitarist, he is an exceptional Classical guitarist as well!

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TEACHING BACKGROUND

Jeff has a broad array of teaching experience and background. This includes retail lessons, community college group classes, private lessons, recreation center group classes, in home lessons, private music schools, and after school ukulele and guitar programs. Jeff teaches online lessons as well. He works with all levels and all ages and encourages anyone to try lessons. He has been successful in teaching students with varying learning styles and abilities. He is patient and finds a way to help them understand the fun in music!

If you would like to enroll in guitar or ukulele lessons with this excellent teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Jeff!

PERSONALITY/TEACHING STYLE

Well-balanced, Jeff pairs an easy-going fun teaching style with the right discipline to produce results. His lessons are easy to walk into each week since Jeff does an excellent job assessing the student and responding appropriately with what they need most. His students appreciate the way he motivates them to practice and make progress. His main goal is to show his students the joy of playing. The effort you put into it truly does pay off. Jeff feels that music should be something that is fun and enjoyable, not, a chore or a drill, but truly FUN!

Gifted with the ability to work with many different learning personalities and styles, Jeff recognizes that everyone is different and has a very individual way they learn and you have to find what works. He looks for small repeated victories that really start to add up.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JEFF:

Unbelievable guitar player and so passionate about music and imparting that love for the guitar to his students. I have had a few guitar teachers before, but Jeff is without a doubt the best, and is why I have been with him for so long.

Jaya K.

Gentle, motivating, persistent, and very organized. He has a positive attitude and works with the kids to get them to where they need to be. He has been with us for a long time and the kids love him. Recommend him highly!

Rick S.

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Teacher Spotlight: Joley – Piano Teacher in Grapevine, TX

We are excited to introduce Ms. Joley! She offers in-home piano lessons in Grapevine, TX, as well as surrounding areas.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ms. Joley’s earliest music memories are of dancing at folk festivals, singing in church, and trying to carefully put the needle to vinyl records on a turntable. In elementary school, she learned to play piano; and in middle school, she learned the flute. Then, in college she focused on flute, piccolo, and jazz piano.

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MUSICAL CAREER

After graduating from UT Austin, Ms. Joley played with the Austin Symphonic Band classical community, and she branched out to electronic keyboard and percussion in the Austin music scene. Singing with family and church choirs gave way to leading worship bands and honing other live vocal and instrument performance. Joley played and sang as much rock, disco, singer-songwriter, acoustic, and Americana as she could. Ask her some of the zany names of those talented bands! She is grateful to have worked with innovative composers and players that expanded her musical abilities.

Ms. Joley has professionally recorded two CDs of original jazzy, bluesy tunes: Precious Cargo and Mosaic. She currently sings and plays rock-blues with Heritage Bridge Band, classical-jazz with the harp quartet HarpEssence, pop-soul with the Joley3 trio, and some solo piano-vocal performances.  Besides uplifting people at church, her favorite music gigs have included weddings, retirement villages, corporate celebrations, and school/library educational programs.

PERSONALITY & TEACHING STYLE

Joley has taught public-school students in large classes: Mathematics, Spanish, and Music. Each year, she knew all 800 of her students’ names before Christmas! She is passionate about helping small groups of children in their early formative years, providing opportunities for them to grow musically. The joy of making music together is the core of her teaching style, and she works to instill that love of music in a way that can stay with her students for life.

If you would like to enroll in piano lessons with this extraordinary teacher, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Joley!

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOLEY:

Joley’s knowledge about music, performance, presentation, and other aspects of music execution taught me so much. Her teaching style has super impressive results, teaching musical talent and also imparting incredible confidence and optimism as well. I wish everyone had a music teacher like her!

John W.

Ms. Joley has many strengths. She is patient, flexible, passionate about music and people, and loves children. She inspires kids to set goals, practice, and enjoy the gift of learning new things. I always recommend Joley to everyone I know. She brings such joy to my family.

Jennifer G.

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Teacher Spotlight: Daniel – Guitar, Ukulele, and Piano Teacher in McKinney, TX

We are excited to introduce Daniel! He offers in-home guitar, ukulele, and piano lessons around the McKinney, TX area.

Educational background:

Daniel began learning the piano at the age of 12 from his mother who is also a music teacher. As he progressed he studied advanced piano repertoire with Dr. Mary Humm for two years in McKinney, TX. In college he studied music theory, music history, composition, as well as other musical disciplines. Daniel studied advanced piano technique with Dr. Brian Allison, through whom he became an advocate of the principles of the Taubman Technique. Daniel played in the Collin College keyboard ensemble, as well as singing with various choirs. After his time at Collin College Daniel spent two years studying music education at the University of North Texas, where he studied piano with Anastasia Markina. Daniel has performed as an accompanist for various vocalists and ensembles, as well as with instrumental students.

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Teaching background:

Daniel has been teaching piano and guitar lessons to many students over the last 24 years. He also spent several years directing various children’s church choirs. Although his love is classical music, his approach to teaching is to guide the student toward being a problem solver, helping the student to develop skills and knowledge so that they can pursue whatever musical style or genre they feel inclined to. Whether that be classical, pop/rock, jazz or experimental, Daniel views each piece of repertoire as an opportunity to explore technique, music theory, and musicianship, rather than just a piece to be learned and checked off.

Personality/Teaching Style:

Daniel is calm and laid-back, but he gets excited at seeing his student progress and grasp new musical concepts. He has a passion for learning and really enjoys the process of searching out and learning how to further his own and his student’s musical skills. He is always trying to adjust his approach to fit the individual needs and styles of each student.

Special Skills:

Daniel teaches piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele. Daniel spent 6 years as a full-time audio engineer for a large church in McKinney, so he also has skills in recording and producing audio and video.

What others are saying about Daniel:

My 3 children all have totally different personalities,  and he was able to engage and communicate with each of them to make their learning experience a great one.

Alisha J.

He has been able to effectively engage all four of my kids- two boys, two girls, some eager, some not.  He has motivated each of them to pursue excellence wherever they are in the process. My oldest two children had a couple teachers before him, and neither of them was able to meet the needs of all four kids the way Daniel has. I couldn’t give a higher recommendation for a music teacher!!

Jennifer P.

I believe Daniel really enjoys teaching music.  His strengths, in my case, are his knowledge of scales, chord structure and music overall.  In addition, he is one of the best sight music readers I have known. I would certainly recommend Daniel to anyone wishing to take piano lessons.

Ken U.

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Teacher Spotlight: Melissa – Piano Teacher in Melissa, TX

We are excited to introduce Melissa! She offers in-home piano lessons in Melissa, TX, as well as surrounding areas.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Melissa began her musical journey at the age of 4, having begged her parents to allow her to take piano lessons. She quickly moved from a table-top keyboard to an upright piano after it was discovered that her interest wasn’t just a fleeting childhood phase. She studied all through high school, winning several awards and scholarships and began studying with Dr. Robert Mayerovitch at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She decided to stay there for her undergraduate studies and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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MUSICAL CAREER

Following graduation, she began teaching privately in earnest, as well as diving into other musical endeavors—general music teacher for a private school, musical director for theater productions and private lessons. In 2006, she received an opportunity to join the collaborative artist staff at her alma mater and worked there for seven years. In addition to one-on-one collaboration with students and faculty, she was able to accompany two of the opera workshop classes. As a result of this work, in 2009, she received the opportunity to travel to Urbania, Italy, where she served as the primary accompanist for Musica della Marche.

During this time, she also participated in liturgical music ministries through the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland—serving as the musical director for the Newman Campus Catholic organization on the Baldwin Wallace campus, the music minister for the school Masses at Sts. Joseph and John Interparochial School and the Assistant Music Director for St. Joseph Church in Strongsville, Ohio. Because she believes that variety is the spice of life, during this time she also worked as the sole choral pianist for all ensembles at Midview Junior and High School in Grafton, Ohio.

She has had the privilege of serving as music director for musicals including “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “Suessical the Musical,” “The Addams Family Musical,” and “Into the Woods.”

PERSONALITY & TEACHING STYLE

Each of her musical roles have further cemented her belief in the importance of music education in all lives—young and young at heart! Of all the positions she has held over the years, her favorite has been opportunities where she was able to work one-on-one with students. Melissa believes in meeting each student where they are, and then nurturing a love of music in them. Each lesson is individually tailored to what the student’s goals are for their unique musical journey. She aims to treat each student with kindness and warmth—and tries to have some fun in the process! Having a love of playing duets with her students, Melissa is often found on the bench next to them, playing alongside!

Melissa is experienced at teaching: Beginner, Intermediate, Classical, Chords, Musical theater, Pop, Hymns/Church music, Collaborative piano skills, Music Theory, Music History.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MELISSA:

Organized, thoughtful, and encouraging. When her students struggle, she has fantastic ways of breaking down what they are learning so that it makes sense. Every student I have seen her work with has always felt supported by her even if they did not feel confident in their abilities. She is also hilarious, which creates a comfortable environment for everyone as she makes learning fun. Finally, she takes the time to understand what her students need, which is arguably her best strength as a teacher.

–Hannah D.

Melissa relates well to students with her uplifting and magnetic personality.

–Meredith E.

Her personality is really open, kind, and supportive. Melissa communicates clearly and with a positive attitude and connects with people quickly.

–Justin C.

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Teacher Spotlight: Ava – Drum Kit, Piano, and Guitar Teacher in East Dallas and surrounding areas

We are pleased to introduce our newest Guitar, Drum, and Piano teacher in East Dallas and surrounding areas. Ava (they/she) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, music educator and visual artist from Dallas, Texas.

Teaching Background:

Ava has been teaching music privately for over ten years. They have worked with students of all ages in private lessons on drums, guitar, bass, piano, as well as songwriting and composition. Ava also works with students in group settings and enjoys facilitating student collaborations. Ava strives to collaborate with students to cultivate educational experiences which honor each student’s particular passions and personality. Ava believes that everyone is born with natural creativity, and the job of a music teacher is to help students develop musical language and skills through which to channel that creativity.

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Educational Background:

Ava received their first drum set from their grandparents at age 5. They began studying formally at age 9 and soon fell in love with performing. Their obsession with generating rhythm through drums was soon supplemented with piano and voice studies. At age 15, Ava began playing guitar and turned their focus to songwriting and composition. Since then, Ava’s passion has centered around imagining sounds and visions, and cultivating those ideas into reality with other musicians and artists. In addition to composing and performing music, Ava also has a passion for sharing music through DJ’ing and has had a radio show on KUZU in Denton since 2019. Ava also works with video, collage, and other visual mediums.

Ava studied in the music cluster at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and performed in many of the school’s ensembles, including the Midi Ensemble, which won a Downbeat Student Music Award for “Outstanding Performance” in 2013 with Ava as the auxiliary percussionist. After graduating from Booker T. Washington, Ava studied Audio Production at The Art Institute of Dallas, where they received their Bachelor of Science.

If you would like to enroll in music lessons, fill out our quick enrollment form to begin learning from Ava!

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