Instructor Jeff was influened by Miles Davis

Q and A with new instructor Jeff!


Q&A with our new instructor Jeff
I’m Jeff and I play trumpet, Piano/Keyboard, teach Composition, Music Tech, and Theory. I’ve been teaching for a little over 7 years.
When did you know you wanted to play ? The first time I heard Miles Davis. The tune was ‘My Funny Valentine’ – a live take from the album Jazz At The Plaza. Miles’ solo on it impacted me in such a way that I knew I had to be a musician. The all star band including Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Cannonball, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cob left a real mark.
Music projects you’re working on? Featured as a Trumpet player on numerous albums. But my work is featured in a vast array of film and media work. My latest project was writing the score for the original film Discretion by director Cody McAvey. Currently in festivals nationwide. As well as additional ghost writing.
What’s your best practice advice? Take your time. Rushing won’t get you to where you want to go any quicker.
What are you listening to right now? Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Volume 2. A great band really creating a new sound in Jazz collaborating with some amazing, more mainstream musicians like Laura Mvula, Nigel Hall, Lalah Hatheway, among others.

Take lessons from our new teacher Heidi

Meet our new flute instructor Bradley

What’s your name, what instrument or discipline do you teach and how long have you been teaching.

My name is Bradley and I teach flute (all levels), piano, and guitar (both beginner-intermediate).  I have been teaching for more than 7 years.  I can’t remember exactly when I started, but I’ve been teaching privately since my first year of undergraduate studies.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I have been involved in music as long as I can remember, as far back as church choir as a youngster.  I come from a musical and creative family, so it was truly inevitable.
CDS, shows, upcoming tours?
I have recorded one CD with a flute choir that originates in East Tennessee. The CD is called Tranquility by the Morningstar Flute Choir.  I don’t have any upcoming tours or performances as I’m currently working hard at a 6-month music therapy internship.
Your number one practice tip
Be patient with yourself. Never push yourself to the point of pain, exhaustion, or absolute frustration. If you need to take a break, do so – but always come back, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to make mistakes. It is all part of the process of improving.
What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Peter Warlock – Serenade for Strings (1923)

Five Questions with new instructor Ryan…


Ryan teaches guitar and bass mainly. Teaching since 2005
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
I was 12 and my best friend Chris had an older brother who played electric bass superbly and inspired me to pick it up.
Your number one practice tip
Budget a set practicing time into your daily routine
What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Husker Du – Warehouse: Songs and Stories. RIP Grant Hart 3/18/61 – 9/14/2017

Take piano lessons with our new instructor James!

Indie Acoustic Project winner Nick is our newest instructor

Nick graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Professional Music in 2011 and is currently pursuing his Masters in Music for Music Therapy. He began playing at the age of nine, and throughout high school he played in rock and jazz bands, the school orchestra, chorus, and big band. Nick is a performer (guitar, mandolin, bass, voice, and piano/keyboard), as well as a composer, recording artist, and music transcriber. Nick has traveled the USA, Canada, Europe, and Africa, performing solo and with various groups. He recorded his debut album in 2014, receiving the Indie Acoustic Project’s 2014 Instrumental Album of the Year, and continues to perform and record locally. Nick began teaching in 2007 and offers bluegrass, jazz, gypsy jazz, rock, funk, Motown, and pop styles.

Hayward is our sax coach!

When choosing a music teacher, it’s important to choose one that performs. A performing musician is a teacher who can instruct you not only in an instrument, but how to create an engaging stage show.

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