Kathi’s new book is self paced. Learn to read and play music FAST!


Meet our instructor Rebecca in Salt Lake City


Rebecca studied private piano, voice, and brass lessons from professors in Wisconsin and Utah for several years. She has attended and participated in several master classes at St. Norbert College and UWGB, along with attending SUU, USU, U of U, and BYU, and has taken over 240 music credits in performance, education, and Music Therapy. Rebecca teaches piano, voice, all brass instruments, all woodwind instruments, violin, viola, cello, percussion instruments, and guitar, and has been teaching privately and classes since 1996. She has also worked at The Progressive Music Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin, The Utah Conservatory/Jordan School of Music, taught Beginning Band and Orchestra in the Jordan School District and Canyonlands School District. She has been a vocal coach at Midnight Records as well, and a professional tutor with families including The Professional Seminars of America group, assisting with music practicing. Rebecca teaches classical, jazz, pop, rock, musical theatre, country & R&B.

Autumn’s #1 practice tip is….

Read about Autumn and her #1 practice tip!

1.I’m Autumn, and I teach viola, violin, and guitar. I started my musical life with classical music, but over the years I’ve branched out to all kinds of genres. Nowadays, I love to fuse genres and dance in between the lines of folk, jazz, classical, and sometimes even electronic sounds. I also play in a local philharmonic orchestra. I have been teaching for about three years.

2. I knew I wanted to be a musician when I was about seventeen. My high school friends and I started a little folk-punk band, where I sang, played guitar, and threw in a little viola solo here and there. That was the first time I had a group of people play music that I had written, and it was actually one of the most educational musical experiences I’ve ever had. We had so much playing for just about anyone who would listen, and I became hooked.

3. I released my first full-length studio album in 2016, and called it Oneiria. It’s available just about everywhere now. I am also playing with the Brevard Philharmonic the next few months, so look for me in the viola section!

4. My number one practice tip is to alternate periods of intense focus (reading music, playing scales, metronome work, etc.) with periods of messing around (improvising, making noise, being creative). This will protect you from burnout, and also give you some really great ideas for composing. Creativity and hard work are not mutually exclusive!

5. I’m listening to Bon Iver’s new album 22-A Million. Probably the most gorgeously-composed record I heard to come out of 2016 (Radiohead’s new album is pretty sweet though…)

Maria has opened for Roger McGuinn, Michael McDonald, Livingston Taylor and Dar Williams.

Maria began her training in high school at the Governor School of the Arts. She graduated from the Harrisburg Community College in Harrisburg PA with an AA in Music Industry. She then continued her education to graduate from the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelor’s in Guitar and Bass Performance. Maria was a four time winner at the Duquesne University’s Guitar and Bass Workshop in Pittsburgh Pa. She has studied with numerous professional and famed instructors. Maria has been teaching since 1988 and her styles include rock, R&B, blues, finger style, classical, modern, metal, folk, jazz, Latin, funk, country, contemporary Christian, and progressive. She has released five instrumental guitar albums and has performed as soloist, as well as with a group called the Guitar-Violin Project. She currently performs on drums and percussion in a local classic rock band. Maria has opened for Roger McGuinn, Michael McDonald, Livingston Taylor and Dar Williams. Maria has performed all over the east coast performing at high end concert places, festivals, outdoor events, weddings and parties.

Personality rating: outgoing and fun

Kathi Kerr’s book DRILL IT AND KILL IT can teach YOU to read music in no time flat!

Ever wish you could read any piece of music fluently the first time?  The key to learning how to read music so fluently you don’t even have to think about it, is what this book is all about! This 188 page book has five chapters with seven parts per chapter:  Note reading assignments, rhythm drills, scales, exercises, 20 original songs within the information given in each chapter, a test song at the end of each chapter, and a chance to write your own song.  A student can do all 20 songs or go to the test song anytime to progress to the next level, making it individually paced.  It’s available for ages 5-adult, and can be taught in a lesson, classroom, or for the self learner.  This is the best step by step method book for learning how to sight read fluently!

Learn to play piano with Shiori!

Shiori began her piano studies at the age of five in Tokyo, Japan, receiving grants and prizes as a young child which led to a concerto performance debut at the age of fourteen. She then attended the pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Shiori graduated from the Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music-Piano Performance. While there, she took piano pedagogy courses and was in a piano teaching internship program for three years. She continued her education at Manhattan School of Music in NY to receive a Master of Music-Piano Performance in 2016. There she held a piano instructor position at Manhattan School of Music’s community division. Shiori plans to continue her education to receive a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in the fall 2016 at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shiori has been teaching since 2008 and offers both traditional and Suzuki methods and offers classical and contemporary styles.

Instructor Matt has a double major in Performance and Music Theory/Composition

Matt holds a Bachelor in Music from the East Carolina University Music in Greenville, NC with a double major for Performance and Music Theory/Composition, graduating in 2016. He was awarded Outstanding Graduating Senior and was on the Dean’s lit. Before that, he received an Associate Degree from the Blue Ridge Community College. He has performed (including his own competitions) in solo and ensemble recitals. Matt is a classical and electric guitarist, and offers rock, blues, classical, metal, funk, and experimental styles.

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