Teacher Spotlight: Daria – Voice, Violin, and Piano Teacher in Frisco, TX

It is our pleasure to introduce Daria, our spectacular piano, voice, and violin teacher in Frisco, TX! Daria offers lessons online and in her Frisco studio.

Daria – Piano, Voice, and Violin

Educational Background
Daria holds both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from The Manhattan School of Music, the world-renowned music conservatory. She has studied voice with Mignon Dunn and Maitl Peters and accompanying with Kenneth Merrill. She went on to study voice with Lorraine Ernst Sandra Darling and at John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, received her Artist Diploma. Later on she studied voice with David Jones. Additional studies include Musical Theatre from New York University, German Lieder Program from University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Dalcroze Teacher Training Program from the Dalcroze School at Lucy Moses School, Professional Artist Program from Songfest Festival, and Advanced Artist Opera Workshop Program from Daniel Ferro’s Vocal Program.

Daria's Studio
Daria’s Studio

Teaching Background
As a highly dedicated music teacher with more than 16 years of experience, Daria has taught classical voice, musical theatre, piano, beginner violin, and children/youth/adult choirs in a kindergarten, private schools with public schools’ setting, and a college.

Personality/Teaching Style
Daria is a cheerful and uplifting person who has a caring and a passionate heart. She believes in a flexible manner of instruction, responsive to the unique personality of each student.

Styles & Methods I can Teach
Dalcroze, Alfred, Bastien, Hanon, Suzuki, Concone, Marchesi, Alexander Technique, Stage Combat, Hymns, Classical, Musical Theatre, College/Grad school Audition Preparation, Competition Preparation

What others are saying about Daria:

Ms. Chung is extremely dedicated to the concept of education. She feels a strong sense of responsibility to the students in her classes and she takes their success very personally. She is also exceedingly patient with all students, encourages them and coaxes the very best effort from each and every one. And I think this is the reason that her students love her so much and made such a huge improvement on making their music in such a short period of time. Ms. Chung is clearly one of the best faculty I have worked with in the last 19 years.

Daria is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. She would lead the students patiently step by step to help them make the right sound needed for the piece. She is willing to repeat as many times as possible until the students finally understand the idea. I have seen many students be amazed at the sound they were able to produce after her coaching.

Daria is a very sincere and caring person. She is able to understand and relate to many different people with various environments which must be the reason she was able to successfully teach various students and work in different environments. Also, she has given many performances for charity for the people in need for help.

Special Skills
Daria has given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States of America, Europe and Korea including New York Debut Solo Recital at Weill Recital at Carnegie Hall as an award recipient. She has also appeared in various chamber ensembles as a soloist and operas as main soprano roles.
Daria was a winner of the Artists International Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and the NATS Artist Awards Competition.

If you choose to learn from Daria, you will not be disappointed! If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here if you have questions and would like to talk to us about scheduling a trial lesson with Daria. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!

Teacher Spotlight: Alyssa – Piano Teacher in Arlington

It is our pleasure to introduce to you Alyssa, our wonderful piano teacher in Arlington, TX!

Educational Background

Alyssa started taking piano lessons when she was a child, and to this day continues to learn all she can to better herself as a pianist and a teacher.  She studied music theory at Trinity Baptist Bible College, while also singing in the choir. Alyssa participates heavily in the music program of her local church, performing solos regularly and accompanying other performers.

Teaching Background

Alyssa has been teaching since February 2016. Her students love her and have done well under her instruction.  She held her first recital in May 2016, and six out of her then eight students participated.  She started with only two students, and in a short time teaches more than 12 students thanks to her students referring her — a true sign of happy students and parents!

Personality & Teaching Style

Alyssa loves to have fun with her lessons, whether the student is 4 or 40.  She also knows that students will have more fun the more they progress, and so she tries to work with her students to set and accomplish clear goals, both big and small.  Alyssa also likes to get to know her students personally, and to learn what motivates each student to play piano and use that as a basis for growth.

What others are saying about Alyssa:

Alyssa is a fantastic piano teacher.  Her patience, knowledge, and encouragement is the same whether you are 5 or 45.  My son and I both take lessons from Alyssa, and we love her!

Fort Worth, TX

Miss Alyssa has been a great teacher for my 4-year-old daughter.  She is very patient and great at making the concepts easy for her to understand.”  

Arlington, TX

Alyssa’s strengths as a piano teacher are that she knows what sections of a piece need to be polished.  As my student, I can tell when she has put her mind to accomplishing a certain goal.

Arlington, TX

Alyssa is a wonderful piano teacher.  My son and I love her teaching style and she is very good at teaching students at any level.  She is an encouraging teacher and teaches in a positive way.

Grand Prairie, TX

Special Skills

Alyssa loves teaching the younger-aged kids with fun curriculums that introduce music concepts through characters and songs that get the student moving and learning even away from the piano.  It is amazing to watch young minds explore and grow through music.  She also specializes in sacred music, although all styles of music will be taught through the curriculum.

Teacher Spotlight: Lauren – Piano and Voice Teacher in Dallas, TX

Educational Background:

Lauren is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in music at Southern Methodist University where she is studying with Camille King. She has been a music student for most of her life starting at age 4. Lauren is part of the Meadows Opera Ensemble and has appeared in many productions including Alcina, Our Town, Cosi Fan Tutte, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and a touring production of Broadway Anthems for the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute. In addition to her classical voice training, Lauren is passionate about musical theater and currently studies with Natalie Weiss from New York City.

Teaching Background:

Lauren has shared her passion for teaching with others since she was 11. She has served in leadership positions with gymnastics teams, dance teams, and choral groups where she was tasked with mentoring and teaching less experienced participants. Lauren has also been fortunate to serve as a teaching assistant at a Montessori school where she worked with students in the classroom and music program. She has also been involved in the creative and choreography process teaching high school spirit squads and dance teams.

 Personality/Teaching Style:

Lauren has an upbeat, positive personality and loves to share that positivity with her students. She believes music lessons should be fun and foster a love and appreciation for music. She expects her students to practice regularly but is not harsh with students when this expectation isn’t met. Her number one goal is to make sure her students are enjoying every lesson and their own practice time.

What others are saying about Lauren:

Lauren is very specific with what she wants but generous and helpful with those students with whom she works. She can sing, dance and act and has great skills as well as love for helping others thrive. Lauren is always prompt, friendly, and prepared. She left her problems, if she had any, at the door. I loved working with her. She is a real professional.

Sara J. Romersberger
Associate Professor of Theatre
Southern Methodist University

Lauren is very disciplined.  Fine young musician.  Talented singer/dancer. I have enjoyed working with Lauren very much. 

Virginia Dupuy, Prof. of Voice.  SMU

Special Skills:

Lauren believes if a student can learn classical voice and piano technique, they can sing or play anything. With voice, Lauren emphasizes the importance of learning to sing in a very healthy, sustainable way. Her classical background also transfers over to musical theater and pop music. Furthermore, because she has a strong dance background, Lauren takes a very physical approach to music and stresses the importance of connecting with the body when singing and playing.

If you are looking for a piano or voice teacher in Dallas, TX, look no further! Contact us today to schedule a lesson with Lauren.

Teacher Spotlight: Caleb – Voice and Guitar Teacher in Lewisville, TX

We are thrilled to introduce Caleb, our fabulous voice and guitar teacher in Lewisville!

Teaching Background:

Caleb began playing music when he was 7 years old, and he has continued to study and perform several instruments including violin, mandolin, guitar, and singing. Caleb officially  began teaching music lessons in 2015 after finishing his Bachelor’s degree at DSU. Throughout the years, Caleb has continued to teach voice and guitar lessons with private studios, professional studios, and school districts. While Caleb’s formal music educational background is primarily in classical music, he also excels in performing and teaching other genres such as Folk, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Metal, Country, Bluegrass, Musical Theatre, and Sacred Music.

Educational Background:

Caleb holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Delta State University where he studied with Dr. Mary Lynn Buchanan and Dr. Laurissa Backlin. During his undergraduate studies, Caleb actively performed with Delta State Chorale, Chamber Singers, and performed the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Caleb recently finished his Master of Music degree in vocal performance and operatic studies from University of North Texas where he studied with world renowned operatic tenor, Richard Croft. While working at UNT, Caleb performed several roles with UNT Opera including: Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Maitre Corbeau in Albert Roussel’s Le testament de la tante Carolina, and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He also performed with UNT’s early music group, Collegium and worked as a Stage Director for the Student Directors’ Scenes and Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

After graduating from University of North Texas, Caleb accepted the position of resident artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera where he worked as a singer, stage-director, and sound designer. Caleb is currently an active performer in the DFW area where he has worked with groups and organizations such as Dallas Chamber Choir, Verdigris Ensemble, St. Michael and All Angels, and All Saints Catholic Church.

Teaching Styles:

During Caleb’s music career, he has worked with exceptional music educators such as Dr. Stephen Austin, Kumiko Shimizu, Dr. Elvia Puccinelli, Roy Howat, Dr. Susan Youens, Ryland Angel, and Richard Croft. His extensive study with these incredible professionals as well as his years of teaching has provided him with exceptional abilities to guide each student he works with to success. Caleb’s teaching style is one of an individual approach. While he does use a designed structural system of teaching private lessons, he believes every student is different and should therefore work to find the most prudent system for each student. He also believes that it is highly beneficial for the student to participate in repertoire selection and performance practices.

Special Skills:

Caleb has been performing almost every genre of music for years, and he has not only taught private lessons but has given masterclasses, audition coachings, and recorded multiple albums. Caleb has a wide variety of skills when it comes to the world of music. Some of the more special skills Caleb carries include: German, French, and Italian diction; ear-training; music theory; orchestration; conducting; stage-direction; and music technology.

What others are saying about Caleb:

Caleb is a fine performer, very good musician… is quick and reliable, and an excellent colleague. He has a warm and supportive personality, is very good one-on-one, I am sure would be a strong and empathetic teacher, and a very good team player. Caleb is a real talent and is more than ready for the challenges you might be able to offer him. I believe he would serve you and your students very well. I recommend him without reservation.

Jonathan Eaton
Winspear Chair and Director of Opera
University of North Texas

Caleb has a solid training in the area of pedagogy. He is very intelligent, a fine singer and sensitive musician. I would definitely recommend him to anyone and to you to hire!

Stephen F. Austin, MM, PhD
Professor of Voice
Center for Performing Arts Health
College of Music
University of North Texas

I am happy to enthusiastically recommend Caleb for consideration as a member of your teaching staff. I was Caleb’s Major Professor during his MM degree here at UNT.

Caleb was an ideal student. He possesses an ability to transcend technique and to take the listener into the song itself. He has a very solid technique. He is respectful, thoughtful, professional and was always prepared and ready to work in our lessons. I recommend him without reservation.

Richard Croft
University Distinguished Research Professor 2019

If you are in or near Lewisville, TX and looking for an excellent guitar or voice instructor, look no further! Click here to enroll in Starlight Music Lessons today!

Teacher Spotlight: Felicity – Piano, Voice, and Violin Teacher in Irving, TX

We are so pleased to welcome Felicity to our team of fabulous teachers!

Educational Background:

Felicity is an English pianist and composer currently based in Texas. She started playing the piano at the age of four and also plays the violin, flute, and organ. She received much of her formative musical training at Mount Kelly, an independent day and boarding school in Tavistock, England. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from The Boston Conservatory and a Master of Education degree from Tennessee State University. Her Master of Education thesis, Ethnic Music in Nashville: A Choral Approach, won the university’s graduate oral presentation award at its Spring 2017 Research Forum For the Arts. She will be beginning the PhD program in Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Dallas in August 2020.

Teaching Background:

Felicity has been teaching piano for over ten years. Since moving to Texas in 2018 she has taught as a piano, voice, and composition teacher at two local music schools. Two of her students placed in the 2019 TMTA Student Affiliate Original Composition Contest. One student won the Large Ensemble category, and another was awarded third place in the Solo Grades 1-3 category.

Personality/Teaching Style:

For every hour of teaching Felicity will put in more than an hour of preparation work. She is super organized and dedicated to her students. She believes in being supportive and encouraging while pushing students to reach their full potential. In her view, it is important for students’ love of music to grow as their technique grows.

What others are saying about Felicity:

Felicity has been a teacher at my studio for over a year now. She has worked with students ranging in age from 5 years old to high school seniors, and she is a wonderful asset at our studio… Felicity is very organized, always on time and extremely professional. I feel she would be an asset at any teaching institute and highly recommend her.

Jennea, Southlake TX

“During the time that Felicity and I worked together, I found her to be proficient in her craft, dependable in attendance and preparation, flexible when faced with last-minute changes and adaptable when faced with logistical challenges…I highly recommend her for assignments as a teacher”

Charles, Director of Music Ministries at Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Gallatin, TN

Special Skills:

As well as being an experienced teacher, Felicity is a skilled piano accompanist, conductor, and composer. She works as Music Director at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dallas and accompanies choirs and soloists throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She would be more than willing to help students develop their accompanist, conducting, or composition and arranging skills.

If you are looking for a wonderful teacher in Irving Tx, look no further! Contact us today and ask about Felicity. You will NOT be disappointed! Felicity also teaches in Southlake, Dallas, and Lewisville.

Teacher Spotlight: Joseph – Viola and Violin Teacher in Dallas, TX

Meet Joseph – Starlight’s fabulous viola and violin teacher in Dallas, TX.

Educational Background:
Joseph has been studying music since he was 8 years old, and violin since he was 10. He began studying violin on a full scholarship to the Barthelmes Conservatory Pre-College program where he also studied music theory, music history, and chamber music.

At the age of 15 Joseph formed a string quartet with his peers at the Barthelmes Conservatory, which played together for 3 years and performed across the state of Oklahoma, winning several competitions and performing a sold out concert at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

While in high school, Joseph performed with the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra as Concertmaster and with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA with whom he toured the Northeast US and Europe. He is currently a student of Dallas Symphony Co-Concertmaster Nathan Olson and Principal Viola Barbara Sudweeks at Southern Methodist University, earning his Bachelors in Violin Performance on a full scholarship.

Teaching Background:
Joseph began teaching in 2014 as an assistant and substitute at the Bart School of Music in Tulsa, OK. He taught violin and viola to students of all ages and abilities. Joseph has led string and music theory seminars at Augustine Christian Academy in Tulsa Oklahoma and continued to teach at The Bart until he moved to Dallas. Coming from a family of teachers, Joseph has seen firsthand the invaluable effect of education on students, no matter their age, and is passionate about helping every student reach their potential.

Personality/Teaching Style:
Engaging every student and their unique abilities and interests is of vital importance to Joseph. His teaching approach is focused on building a strong technical foundation and giving all of his students, no matter their age or skill level, the tools to guide their own learning for the rest of their lives. His lessons are upbeat, and he believes that being relentlessly encouraging is the key to helping students excel. Any student, whatever age, works best when they believe that they are capable of doing amazing things, and Joseph sees it as his prerogative to make sure every student knows they are capable of succeeding.

Special Skills:
While Joseph primarily studies classical music, he was raised learning folk, bluegrass, and swing music by ear, and values ear training and improvisation as much as music reading in his educational approach. He also has experience overcoming overuse injury and will work closely with every student to make sure that their individual instrument setup is as comfortable and easy to play as possible. As a passionate educator, Joseph believes that all education should center on teaching students to learn and ask questions on their own, and that everything learned in a music lesson should be applicable to other aspects of a student’s life and education.

If you would like to have a trial lesson with Joseph, fill out our quick enrollment form. You will be glad you did!

If you are interested in learning another instrument, contact Starlight Music Lessons today! We would be happy to match you with your perfect teacher.

Teacher Spotlight: Zach – Guitar, Tuba, and Piano Teacher in Fort Worth, TX

We are thrilled to introduce Zachary, a teacher with many skills in Fort Worth, TX.

Education Background

Zachary holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Baylor University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Baylor he studied composition with Dr. Ben Johansen and Dr. Scott McAllister, and he studied piano with Dr. Brian Marks. At Baylor he also took Theory and Ear-Training courses, as well as courses in Counterpoint and Music Composition. During his senior year Zach was a tutor for freshmen and sophomore Theory and Ear-Training students.

Zach is proficient in Metal, Prog Rock, Classical, House Music, Jazz, and Pop. He began learning the guitar at age 8 and the piano at age 10. Zachary played the Tuba all throughout high school, where he made TMEA All-State three times and was Principal Tubist in the Houston Youth Symphony.

Zachary has played in an extremely diverse range of ensembles. On piano he has played for the Friendswood Community Church, the Perry United Methodist Church, the Aggie Orchestra, in the rock band Joél, and has performed in the premiers for a number of new compositions by both himself and his colleagues at Baylor and San Jacinto College. During his senior year at Baylor, Zach put on a Piano Recital which included works by Aaron Copland, Olivier Messiaen, and Franz Joseph Haydn. He also performed in the Men’s Choir during his time at Baylor.

On Tuba, Zachary performed with the TMEA All-State Band, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Texas A&M Wind Ensemble, the Christ United Methodist Church, and the Houston Youth Symphony.

Teaching Background

Zachary has worked with students from the ages of 6 to 65, and has deeply enjoyed working with a broad range of students from very different backgrounds. He was a marching tech for the Pearland High School marching band in their 2016 season, where he taught students to perfect their musical and physical skills. He then taught piano, guitar, and ukulele at the Piano Studio, where he taught classical, popular, rock, jazz, and blues repertoire. While at Baylor, Zachary taught theory and ear-training to freshmen and sophomores. He is excited to continue his teaching career and to see what new musical insights that his students will bring to him.

Personality/Teaching Style

Zachary loves when his students love their lessons. He always does his best to allow his students to have input when deciding their repertoire, because he believes that when a student is passionate about what they are playing then it motivates them to practice and, more importantly, they learn to love the instrument that they play.

As a composer, Zachary also takes a more free-from approach to lessons, and is always open to receiving calls or texts during the week if the student has a question about a difficult passage in between lessons. Zachary also likes to give concrete assignments and goals to achieve at each lesson, because the use of concrete goals gives the student more structure when they practice, leads to faster results, and allows for the student to experience accomplishment at all the little points between when they have just started the piece and when they have mastered it.

Special Skills

Zachary has played rock, metal, blues, classical, hymnals, and pop music. He has trained for auditions for everything from churches to rock bands to universities. He has worked with students from different backgrounds and prides himself on his ability to cater his methods to each individual student. He also loves reading literature and music criticism, and watching film. In addition to Piano, Guitar, and Tuba, he can also teach Theory, Ear-Training, Composition, and Counterpoint to any interested students. He would love to grow as a musician with you.

What others are saying about Zachary:

Zachary was always punctual, polite, and made me feel comfortable yet challenged in each of my lessons.

– League City, TX

Zachary is clearly very passionate about both music and teaching, and I felt that shine through in each lesson.

– Houston, TX

(Zachary) is very bright, responsible, dependable, and creative. He was a leader in class discussions and well-liked and respected by his peers. He is respectful to a degree not often seen in students of his generation. He also has a pleasant personality, a quick wit, and a good sense of humor. I commend him to you highly.

– Professor/Associate Dean at Baylor University

If you live in the Fort Worth area and you choose to invite Zachary into your home for lessons, you will not be disappointed! Zachary also has an upright piano at his home in Fort Worth if you would prefer to take lessons at his house. If you are ready to enroll, click here to fill out our quick enrollment form.

Click here if you have questions and would like to talk to us about scheduling a trial lesson with Zachary. If you live in another city in DFW or would like to inquire about our other teachers, let us know! We will do everything we can to match you with your ideal teacher!