Krista Aasland
Flute & Piano
Krista Aasland began her music career at Boise State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna Cum Laude.  She was then offered a teaching assistantship at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received her Master of Music in Flute Performance degree.  

    John Allen
Upright Bass & Bass Guitar
Bassist John Allen has been grooving the Central Oregon music scene since 1998.  His versatility is evident in the genres that he plays (jazz, classical and pop) and that he plays both upright & electric bass. John performs with Valori Farrell, The Groove Merchants, Deco Moon Jazz, Michelle Van Handel, Rich Hurdle, Kate MacKenzie and most recently, Downhill Ryder.  In his former career as an orchestral musician he shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Al Jarreau, Doc Severinsen, and Arturo Sandoval among many others.

    Scott Baber
Central Oregon Recording Engineer
Scott Baber has been taking local singer/songwriters ideas to the next level for over 5 years. He has more than 15 years of musicianship and music theory knowledge on multiple instruments as well as for voice. http://www.centraloregonrecording.com/

    Julia Bastuscheck
Violin, Viola, & Cello
Julia Bastuscheck moved to Bend in September 2009 after retiring from a 21-year career teaching beginning strings and orchestra in Juneau, Alaska.  She currently teaches at the Cascade School of Music, where she is conductor of the Desert Sage Orchestra, a string ensemble for developing musicians, and is a teacher of the Awesome After School Orchestra program.  Julia is co-conductor of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, a symphony orchestra for musicians ages 6-18.  Julia received her B.A. in music at Western Washington University, where she studied viola with Charmian Gadd and chamber music and orchestra with Barton Frank.  She enrolled at the University of Washington in 1985 to complete her teaching certification, and studied viola and chamber music with acclaimed violist Paul Coletti. Julia plays viola in the Central Oregon Symphony, the North State Symphony in Chico/Redding, CA, and flies up to Alaska to play with the Juneau Symphony. 

    Rick Buckley
Rick took his first piano lesson in Norfolk VA. back in the late 60s before moving to Chicago where he became a part of the progressive rock scene over the next 20 years. His inspirations were acts like ELP, Moody Blues, Kansas, and Genesis, who wove a tapestry of classical and rock music. Rick performed his own similar brand of music and unique arrangements of, and variations on, classical music in a rock band format for nearly a decade in and around Chicago. Since moving to Bend, Rick has toured with the 234th Army Band and can be found around Central Oregon playing in local clubs in the 80s rock band FunBobby. He has served as Musical Director for 7 different musical theater productions, adapting musical scores for rock combos in productions of Evil Dead: The Musical, Disaster!, Reefer Madness: The Musical, and the rock opera Tommy. He's also a sponsor for the Sunriver Musical Festivals annual Piano Showcase, held at the Tower Theater. Five decades after taking his first piano-lesson, it's his first piano teacher he thinks of most often, with fondness and appreciation. He aspires to send his students into each of their futures, with love for all types of music.  His biggest hope...that all of his students will still be playing and enjoying music five decades after taking THEIR first piano-lesson. 

    Seth Burrows
Guitar, Bass Guitar, & Rock U and Cascade Jazz Programs
Originally from Breckenridge, Colorado, Seth has been playing guitar for 30 years, and teaching for 25 years. Inspired by instrumental rock virtuosos like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, Seth attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, he was taught by Bruce Bartlett, Tomo Fujita, Kevin Barry, and Pat Pattison. He Graduated Summa Cum Laude. After Berklee, Seth lived in Nashville for several years, playing guitar, producing demo recordings and learning about guitar building. Since moving to Central Oregon in 2013, he has had stints in several groups, and has been the guitar player for a handful of musical theater productions, including Avenue Q, Evil Dead the Musical, and RENT. His guitar lessons emphasize developing the student's ear, cultivating their innate creativity, and giving them the tools they need to become a great musician, not just a great guitar player.

    Ali Bylund
Ali Bylund was raised in Bend, Oregon and has studied clarinet for over fifteen years. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for a year and a half, where she studied Clarinet Performance with Professor Dunja Jennings. Upon leaving Lewis & Clark, she has since obtained her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Policy & Management, with a Minor in Sustainability from Oregon State University. Ali has performed as principal of the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band at COCC since the Winter of 2013, has sat second chair on and off with the Central Oregon Symphony since the 2017-18 season and can be sighted gigging with the Summit Express Jazz Band from time to time around town. She also has experience playing soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone. With a diverse background of knowledge, she focuses on the individual needs of each student, and is comfortable teaching all ages. Emphasis is placed on tone development, phrasing, and sight-reading to strengthen personal skills and insight the self-confidence and excitement she feels about musical expression and sharing it with others—although she will always say that her number one goal in creating music is to have fun, because otherwise, what’s the point?! When she isn’t playing clarinet, she can often be found working on a knitting project, painting watercolor, riding her bicycle around town and enjoying the outdoors of beautiful Central Oregon. 

    Amy Conklin
Piano, Voice, Ukulele, & Kindermusik Educator
Amy Conklin has been taking piano lessons since she was 6 years old and has taught private piano lessons since 2014. Throughout high school, she studied under Peter Brownlee in Bend, OR. During this time, Amy completed the 10 levels of OMTA Syllabus as well as participated in many competitions and festivals in the area. Amy went on to study Music Education at Pensacola Christian College under the direction of Artist in Residence Mrs. Daisy Jaffé. Amy has also studied voice, and had the opportunity to travel across the country performing with a vocal quartet. Having completed her bachelors degree this May, Amy has returned to beautiful central Oregon to share her love of music with aspiring musicians!

    Matthew Fletcher
Central Oregon Recording Engineer
Matthew Fletcher is a 2004 graduate of the Musicians Institute of Hollywood Recording Arts program where he was trained in professional studios. He has been recording for almost 25 years and is a self-taught musician playing multiple instruments. http://www.centraloregonrecording.com/

    Scott Foxx
Guitar, Mandolin, & Banjo
Scott Foxx is a lifetime professional musician. He studied classical guitar as a music major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Scott has performed for forty years in every state except for Hawaii and Alaska . He has also been a private music instructor for the last twenty years teaching guitar, slide guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. He has many happy students ranging from eight to sixty years of age.

    Matt Gwinup
Classical Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, & Piano
Matt Gwinup started his musical life at age five, on the piano, which he continued to study until age sixteen. During those years he participated in numerous festivals and competitions, mostly in Bend, Oregon where he grew up. At age twenty Matt moved to Ashland, Oregon to pursue his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Southern Oregon University, which he received in 2007. During his time at SOU his musical focus was classical guitar but he also took part in many other ensembles on campus, including: Guitar quartet, Jazz ensemble, Jazz combo, Concert Choir, Indonesian gamelan ensemble, West African drumming ensemble, and on a few occasions, Percussion ensemble. He also performed in many Master classes for visiting guitarists, the last of which was for composer/performer Andrew York. Since his graduation Matthew has been teaching and performing. Immediately after graduating he taught Beginning Guitar at SOU for the 2007-2008 school year. In the Spring of 2008, Matt was hired to perform in the Oregon Cabaret Theatres production of the musical comedy Altar Boyz. During this time he continued performing with the Ashland Guitar Quartet, a group that evolved from the SOU Guitar Quartet directed by David Rogers. Their most recent performances were at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show in the fall of 2010. Matthew also took part in the Camelot Theatre company’s production of “Always, Patsy Cline” in the Fall of 2010, a musical comedy full of classic country tunes. After teaching at SOU, Matt taught private lessons to students in Ashland and Medford, Oregon. He also performed around the Rogue Valley at wineries, art galleries, special events, private parties, weddings, musicals, and just on the street.

    Kenny Hadden
Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, & Ukulele
Kenny holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M. Ed. in Teacher Leadership, and has spent his career teaching music to students of all ages. Primarily an acoustic guitarist and singer, Kenny performs regularly at public and private events. In school and church settings, he has directed and performed with choirs, bands, and orchestras. Outside of the Cascade School of Music, Kenny teaches math and science at Cascades Academy, and on weekends he enjoys exploring wild places with his wife and two sons. 

    Jonathan Harnum
Trumpet, Guitar, Percussion, Djembe, Conga, & Beginning Band Instruments (Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn)
Jon has been playing trumpet for over 40 years, guitar for over 20 years, and has been a teacher both in the public schools and privately for over 25 years. He has a BA (U of O), MA and Ph.D. (Northwestern University) in music education, with a research focus on practice and community music. Jon has also written several popular books on music (www.sol-ut.com) which his students receive free of charge. Jon’s lessons emphasize creativity, improvisation, and practice efficiency, and help students build a solid foundation in all 5 musical elements. Most importantly, Jon believes lessons should be fun, engaging, and rewarding. Jon plays around Bend in several groups, most frequently with The Hot Club of Bend (trumpet & guitar), Big Band Jazz at COCC (which he directed in the fall of 2018), and Cascade Winds Symphonic Band. You might also hear him sitting in with Chiringa, The Nomads, or other groups around Bend. 

    Barbara Hogstad
Kindermusik Educator
Barbara Hogstad joined the Cascade School of Music faculty in 2011 as a licensed Kindermusik instructor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Pacific in Stockton California where she successfully completed numerous early childhood education courses. She is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Barbara has over 30 years experience working with young children in many different settings including afterschool and preschool programs; educational programs through the YMCA and Park & Recreation; and private/public schools as a camp director, program director and preschool teacher. “Miss Barbara” as she is affectionately called by her students and families, is passionate about sharing the joy and learning of music with young children and, with a great sense of fun and creativity, has created music activities for the children in her various positions. She understands the value of music in the early physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children. Barbara is also passionate about educating parents about the importance of music for their young children, and strives to create a classroom environment that is fun, joyful, and secure for the whole family, where music becomes a natural part of their lives in and outside of the classroom.

    Ginny Hollon
Fiddle & Violin
Ginny Hollon has been teaching and performing on the violin for many years. Her primary emphasis is teaching through traditional fiddle tunes that catch the ear and are fun to play.

    Meagan Iverson
Meagan Iverson holds degrees in piano performance and theory and taught private music lessons in southern Oregon for many years emphasizing music theory, piano lessons, and audition coaching for teenagers and adults.  With experience as Music Director, Conductor, Accompanist for professional and regional theaters in Ashland, she dove into the thriving central Oregon music community by music directing productions at 2nd Street Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, cocktail cabarets, and accompanying the Central Oregon Mastersingers, Academie de Ballet Classique, and multiple churches and schools. Meagan also works for Guitar Center digital marketing and year-round in production for the Sunriver Music Festival.

    Meshem Jackson
Percussion & Drums
Professional musician Meshem Jackson has a passion for drumming and teaching drums. Meshem grew up in the island town of Ketchikan, Alaska where he started playing drums on a “practice pad” in the 5th grade. He eventually moved up to a full drum set in junior high school. Meshem played in many ensembles in high school and at Central Oregon Community College, including concert bands, chorales, marching bands, winds ensembles, and jazz bands. Meshem led many of the percussion sections, where he discovered that he really enjoys performing and showing others how to obtain skills in drumming. His mentors saw his strength in instruction and encouraged him to teach as well as perform.   Today, Meshem performs with various artists from Seattle to Los Angeles to Nashville, as well as several musicians and bands in Central Oregon. When he is not performing he actively pursues his other passion – music education. Meshem has been on the faculty at Cascade School of Music since 2011, where he teaches private lessons to students ages five through adults, from beginner to advanced. Meshem also teaches several of the School’s various drum ensembles and most recently the Musician’s Path introductory summer class in Drums. Meshem exudes enthusiasm for all-things drums. He states, “I am always excited to have the opportunity to work with students on their journey as musicians. It can be fun and inspiring for everyone involved.” 

    Amy James
Kindermusik Educator
Music has always been an active part of Amy James’ life in and out of the classroom.  Growing up surrounded by music, “Miss Amy”, as she is affectionately called by her students and families, experienced first-hand the joy and learning music brings.  As a grade school teacher, Amy used music in the classroom to create a beneficial learning environment, aiding in daily transitions and as a helpful tool for teaching subjects such as history, math and grammar.  In 2005, Amy became a licensed Kindermusik educator and opened a Kindermusik studio which educated more than 200 Central Oregon parents and children on role music plays in the early development of every child, and its many joys. In 2011, she brought her successful program to Cascade School of Music with the hope of reaching more parents and children in the community. In addition to teaching classes within Central Oregon, she also developed and wrote new curriculum for Kindermusik International’s global school program, ABC Music & Me. Amy holds a Masters degree in teaching from George Fox University as well as a BA in Communication Arts. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Governors for Cascade Theatrical Company and teaches theatre classes for BEAT Children’s Theatre and Silvies River Charter School. Miss Amy is dedicated to educating parents and teachers on the importance of music for their young children as well as creating a fun, safe and supportive environment for young families to grow and learn.  

    Randy McRill
Randy McRill holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from California State University, Fullerton, where he also studied piano. Having been a guitarist since youth, he has been in many bands and began songwriting at a young age. He has written, performed, and recorded 6 CDs: The Rithian Fast songs (acoustic rock); and the solo piano works "Glimpses" and "Rills," as well as being the author of two published novels: “The Self-Story of Rithian Fast” and “Fabled in Dividualism,” and a textbook on Songwriting, written for an online high school.  He has enjoyed teaching Music and English as a Second Language at various educational institutions, and lives happily and humbly with his sweet wife.  He is currently teaching various guitar courses including the Guitar Orchestra at Cascade School of Music in Bend, Oregon. To learn more about Randy, check out his website: http://www.rithianfast.com/index.html

    Carson Perl
Upright Bass, Violin, & Piano, Emerging Educator Program
Carson started studying music at the Cascade School of Music in the 4th grade and is now a local college student with notable musical experience and aspirations for a career in music technology. Carson started playing the violin at age seven, grew to love classical music, and, at age nine, he began piano lessons, completed all ten levels of syllabus repertoire by age 16. Furthermore, he started playing upright bass in middle school, and is his primary instrument to this day. Carson has performed in numerous invitational ensembles such as the All-State Orchestra, All-Northwest Orchestra, and Western International Band Clinic, as well as placing top-five in the Oregon State Solo Competition for several years in high school. He is also a current member of the Central Oregon Symphony. 

    Eric Phillips
Percussion & Drums
Eric began studying musical instruments at the age of four, and progressed to private piano study at the age of six. At the age of ten, he discovered his desire to play the drums, and has been playing ever since. He enjoys playing and practicing jazz as well as world rhythms. Eric also enjoys learning other instruments as well as music theory in order to better understand his musical role as a drummer. Eric has also studied the guitar, and is currently learning how to play the piano.

    Eddy Robinson
Upright Bass, Cello, & Violin
Eddy Robinson was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. He began playing the bass at age 9. He attended Sprague High School in Salem and was a member of the Salem Youth Symphony between the ages of 11 and 18. Mr. Robinson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon in 2004. He has studied bass privately with Forrest Moyer (assistant principle bass, Eugene Symphony) and Tyler Abbott while attending university. Mr. Robinson started the orchestra program in the Florence Unified School District in Florence, Arizona in 2005 where he taught grades 4-12 for seven years. Eddy was the 2012 co-chair of the Southern Arizona Honor Orchestra, and is co-conductor of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra. In 2012 he joined the faculty of the Cascade School of Music teaching both private lessons and group instruction. Mr. Robinson is currently in his second year teaching orchestra at both Pilot Butte and Sky View Middle Schools in Bend, Oregon. 

    Sharon Schwatka
Violin & Piano
Sharon Schwatka grew up in a family of musicians right outside of San Diego, California and has been a professional musician from the early age of 14! Starting young with piano lessons, Sharon soon taught herself many other instruments including fiddle, mandolin and vocal harmonization in her family band. Featured in the United Service Organizations, Sharon was blessed to have traveled across the nation, entertaining for active duty military and recruits. Then, touring with bands, Sharon learned to appreciate every type of music, from multi-cultural influences to classical music. Bring yourself (whether beginner spirit or advanced player) of any age to a place of acceptance, challenge, and creativity! All lessons are completely tailored to your individualism. Thirty years music teacher on piano, violin, and other instruments with a heavy emphasis on music theory.

    Michael Scott
Upright Bass, Cello, & Violin
Michael Scott has been a professional musician for 44 years, including 25 years as an orchestra  teacher and elementary music teacher for Bend/La Pine schools.  He played bass with the Central Oregon Symphony and the Cascade Festival of Music for 20 years.  His ability to teach technique and music interpretation, while believing in the many benefits of making music in ensembles has made his beginning adult strings class and Desert Sage String Orchestra very popular. Currently Michael teaches adult beginning and intermediate strings.

    Brenda Simmons
Violin, Viola, & Cello
Brenda Simmons received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Eastern Washington School of Music in 1999 and her Masters of Music Education from Boston University in 2013.  Ms. Simmons spent many of her formative years studying the Suzuki Methodology of string pedagogy at the Suzuki Institute Pacific University, and has attended workshops with John Kendall, US Suzuki founder, Dr. Suzuki, and Issac Stern. Moving to Bend in 1999, Ms. Simmons has been actively teaching and building the orchestra program in the Bend LaPine School District where she is the veteran orchestra teacher.  During her tenure in Bend-La Pine Schools, she spent 10 years as the Oregon Music Educators Middle School All-State Honor Orchestra manager.  In 2000, Ms. Simmons piloted the Cascade School of Music's Awesome After School Orchestra and remains the primary teacher of this successful program. 

    Julian Simmons
Cello & Violin, Emerging Educator Program
Julian Simmons started his music studies at the age of 5 with the violin and transitioned to the cello at age 8. At the age of 17, he has been a member of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, played at Carnegie Hall, participated in State and All-State individual and group competitions, and has been voted the 10th best high school cellist in Oregon by the Music Educators Association. Julian is currently a member of the Central Oregon Symphony. His teaching experience has been developed in his co-teaching role with our Awesome After School Orchestra and Summer Strings programs for the past 3 years. In addition to supporting student classroom experiences, he has been providing private lessons over the past 4 years. Julian is a very professional, polite, and helpful educator with a great passion towards teaching and music.  

    Rebecca Hillary Smith
Harp, Piano, & Ukulele
Rebecca Hilary Smith ("Becky") went to grade school in Sisters, high school in Redmond, and college at COCC before hopping the Cascades, graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Music in 1986.Although involved in singing and piano playing from a young age, she took up study of the harp while at U of O and now counts it as her primary instrument. Her splendidly checkered music career since then has included 5 years of teaching as a music specialist in the public schools, directing a church choir, doing an after-school music program for young children, and playing folk and classical music in various small groups and orchestras. She and her husband just returned from 11 years in Hawaii where she freelanced full-time as a harpist and private teacher. When not relearning the many words for "snow" "ice"and "cold", she looks forward to finding many new friends in Central Oregon, finishing a CD, and teaching private harp lessons.

    Sam Taylor
Violin & Classical Guitar
Sam is a violinist and guitarist with many years of teaching and performing experience in Europe and the US. His formal music education began at the San Francisco Conservatory and continued through some of the most prestigious schools in Europe. Sam has been a conductor, concertmaster and chamber player in Europe, and most recently in Whitefish, Montana. He is currently completing his Masters degree in violin performance at the University of Oregon with Kathryn Lucktenberg.

    Cullie Treichler
Cullen Marie—known as “Miss Cullie” to her students—says, “Teaching is my passion. It is a way of connecting with human beings in creative relationship. I believe the voice is an instrument that expresses the soul of the person.” Ms. Treichler has more than 20 years of dedicated private voice study. She is committed to developing raw singing talent into an art and craft that inspires “life-giving expression” in her students. She has been a  voice teacher for 13 years; teaching both individual lessons and group classes of all ages. She established The Cabaret Connection, an acoustic performance company in 1999; producing and performing in numerous concerts and dinner theater shows for 10 years. She completed 2 years of an intensive practitioner’s training for the Feldenkrais Method; a somatic approach to learning and movement from 2006 - 2007. She received her Kindermusik Teacher’s license in 2008 and from there developed her own children’s music and movement company, Music with Miss Cullie, in 2009. She has facilitated vocal workshops for high school choirs, worship teams; and annual intensive music conferences.Cullie’s approach to teaching is holistic and process oriented; honoring the intelligence and intrinsic value of each person she works with. Her intention is to guide her students in discovering vocal freedom by exploring and developing healthy technique. To sing freely and beautifully is a complex coordination of the whole person; spirit, mind and body. It is an artistic discipline that requires respect, infinite patience, curiosity and tenacity! It is Cullie’s deepest desire to nourish the  joy of learning in her students.

    Hillary Van Gelder
Voice & Guitar
Hillary Van Gelder is a native of south Texas and moved to Bend in November 2015, where she lives with her husband and daughter.  Hillary began playing the acoustic guitar and songwriting at age 12.  She graduated from Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a B.A. in music with an emphasis in voice.  During her college years, she enjoyed singing in the St. Patrick’s Cathedral on her tour of Ireland with the UTB Master Chorale.  After completing her degree and Senior Vocal Recital, she taught music for one year in Texas.  Hillary has most recently sung locally with the Central Oregon Mastersingers.  The majority of her experience began at 17 when she first began directing church music.  Over the years, she has had the opportunity to give voice and guitar lessons, lead a church choir and record her own music.  Hillary loves to recognize talent in students of all ages and help form professionalism and a lifelong passion of music!  She currently teaches voice and beginning guitar.

    Michelle Van Handel
Voice & Piano
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the former Director of the University of Oregon Vocal Jazz Ensembles. She is a past winner of the Oregon Jazz Society's Best New Jazz vocalist award. She has been performing at festivals, clubs and concerts for many years, including numerous jazz festivals such as The Eugene Celebration, The Oregon Coast Jazz & Blues Festival , Bend's Summer & Winter Festivals & The Sisters Jazz Festival. She works as a studio musician singing radio jingles & teaches privately. Her discography includes Watercolor Music & Blue Vista. She performs with several progressive bands, including Blue Vista, The Michelle Van Handel Quintet; The Groove Merchants, Cascade Brass; and 5 Bones & Rhythm.

    Nathan Wegner
Saxophone and Rock U Program
Music has been a part of Nathan’s life since starting piano at the age of 7.  From playing saxophone in jazz ensembles to clarinet in symphonic ensembles Nathan tried to immerse himself in as many music projects as possible in his formative years.  Nathan went on to Mt. Hood Community College to study music and had the distinction of playing in their top jazz ensemble.  Once he earned his degree at Mt. Hood, Nathan studied audio engineering at Seattle Art Institute and Full Sail in Florida and ended up in Los Angeles working as a recording engineer.  After L.A. he moved back to Portland and worked as a live engineer for several independent companies as well as the local union working on large scale arena shows.  Upon his arrival to Bend Nathan began working sound for local companies and has earned the respect of many locals and traveling musicians.  Along with working sound for shows in Bend, Nathan currently plays bass with the local band Strive Roots (rock/reggae), was the bassist and sax player for Sweatband (funk) and has had the privilege to sit in with numerous local bands on bass, sax and piano. Nathan lives in Redmond with his wife Laura and their young daughter Rowan.

    Jeff Woodruff
Teaching ukulele with Bend-La Pine School District for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years, Jeff builds on what the student is already doing well. A strong desire to develop rhythm, timing, technique and ensemble players, Jeff looks for that 'A-HAH!' moment when a student experiences an inspirational breakthrough. Drawing on a background as diverse as Central Oregon Symphony to Bend Ukulele Group (BUGs), Jeff has worked with bands including Anvil Blasters, The Reputations, Range Benders and Whiskey Jacks. As one of the original members of BUGs and the founder of High Country Ukulele Players (HICUPS) serving south Deschutes County, Jeff is clearly devoted to the people, players and the instrument. A Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), he possesses a keen sense of 'body language' and the ability to keep interactions positive. Membership in the local Toastmasters chapter has provided him with leadership proficiency and ways to achieve outcome-based objectives. Jeff has been playing for close to ten years with an impulse to learn, innovate, experiment and draw a variety of tones and percussive elements from this little gem of an instrument. From Hawaiian, folk, traditional and gospel styles, Jeff can get a group strumming and singing, in a way that makes people want to smile, dance and play! His background as a drummer and bassist support his strengths as a disciplined, rhythmic player. His focus as a teacher is more on whatever it takes to inspire the student, and bring smiles to their young faces. A bit of music theory is presented as your student grows in their learning, and begins to make sense of how that develops the brain - and the person - as they mature in their own unique ways.

    Eliza Zandonatti
Eliza Perkins has been classically trained on clarinet for eighteen years. She attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia during her youth where she studied under the direction of Old Dominion University’s clarinet professor Dennis Zeisler. She then pursued a music career at Oklahoma City University under the direction of Dr. Stacey DiPaolo and Professor Bradford Behn and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance in 2013. She has performed as principal clarinetist in countless musicals, operas, wind philharmonics, orchestras, and chamber groups throughout her career. Eliza loves teaching clarinet to all ages. Her style of teaching is individualized for personal growth of the student. Her philosophies are universally grounded towards self-expression, self-confidence, and a driven love and passion towards creating musical synergy.

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