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Jiyoung Johnston

M.M. "Jazz Piano Performance" (University of North Texas)

B.M. "Piano Performance" (Seoul National University).

Jiyoung Johnston, director and co-founder of Lone Star Music Academy, exhibits equally strong performance and education abilities in classical and jazz music.

Native of Korea, she started piano at the age of 5 and was trained in classical music. While in Korea, she won 1st prize in numerous competitions including the National Student Piano Competition (1992) and Honam Art Competition (1993). In 1992, she was one of the winners at the concerto competition at the Tong-Il Han Piano Institute summer festival and performed her winning piece Saint Saens piano concerto in g minor with Daejeon Symphony Orchestra.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Piano Performance from the prestigious Seoul National University, Jiyoung decided to come to the states in pursuit of the study in jazz at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she received a Jamey Aebersold performance scholarship and was recognized as an honor student for academic excellence. She graduated from UNT with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies (piano performance) in 2003. Since she came to the states in 1999, Jiyoung has performed with several legendary musicians including Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Eddie Daniels and Jazz composer and performer, Russ Ferrante of the Yellowjackets. She has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has been a featured pianist for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Jiyoung is respected as an educator as well as a performer. As a private piano instructor, she has taught students of various ages and levels over 22 years. She is praised by her students and their parents for being a teacher who is excellent in motivating, challenging, and bringing out the best in her students. Some of them have won awards in competitions. Aside from private teaching, she has served as an assistant choir director at Liberty Christian School (2003-4) and she was on the faculty as a visiting scholar at Brookhaven College teaching Humanities, Eastern Asian Cultural Studies, Jazz Improvisation class, and private lessons in jazz piano (2004-2006). Currently, she is the director of Lone Star Music Academy and a happy wife and a proud mom of two sons.

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Sara Doan

M.M. Piano Performance, University of North Texas

B.M. Piano Performance, University of North Texas

(Candidate for DMA, "Piano Pedagogy" Texas Christian University)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Miss Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, and a Masters degree, magna cum laude, in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz. There, she was voted by faculty Most Outstanding Graduate Student in 2009. Miss Doan is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Dr. Tamas Ungar at Texas Christian University. Miss Doan is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Music Teachers National Association.

Miss Doan has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, and the North Texas Symphony Orchestra in Denton, Texas. She has presented recitals across Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, D. C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In December 2010, Miss Doan served as guest artist in the 1st International Piano Festival of Bogota, Colombia where she performed, taught master classes, led discussions, and served on the competition jury. In addition to her solo performances, she has toured as solo pianist with the Seraphim Choir across the US and Ireland. In 2009, Miss Doan was winner of the National Young Artist Competition, PianoTexas Festival Piano Competition, and the University of North Texas Concerto Competition. Miss Doan was also a finalist in the 2008 Wideman Piano Competition and received the Raymond S Morris Award. She has played in master classes with Dmitri Alexeev, Giovanni Umberto Battel, Madeleine Forte, Miguel Herth-Bedoya, Zhang Jin, Yoheveda Kaplinsky, Radoslav Kvapil, Miyoko Lotto, Harold Martina, and Solomon Mikowsky.

Miss Doan has served as Collaborative Pianist-in-Residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2005, and Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas in 2008-2009, teaching piano classes to undergraduates. Miss Doan also maintains a private studio in the DFW area. Since she was diagnosed with focal dystonia in her right hand, Miss Doan continues to specialize in music for the left hand, both in performance, and original compositions and transcriptions.

Visit SaraDoan.com to learn more about Miss Doan.

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Christina Kim

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Collaborative Piano (University of North Texas)

M.M. Composition (University of North Texas)

B.M. Piano Performance, Yon Sei University. Seoul, Korea

Christina Kim started her musical training on piano at age of 5 in Seoul, Korea. After she trained at Sun-Hwa Art middle school and high school, she recieved her bachelor's degree in piano performance from YonSei University in Seoul, Korea.

She came to U.S. in 1991 and pursued her master's degree in composition specializing in computer music with Professor Philip Winsor at the University of North Texas. She earned her second master's degree from University of North Texas in 2007 as the first student of collaborative piano studying with Dr. Steven Harlos and Dr. Elvia Puccinelli.

She has performed at a summer music festival in DaeGu, Korea with Professor Eugene Osadchy and Dr. Susan Dubois from the University of North Texas. She has also performed for the Lewisville Lake International Chamber Series, as well as for the Basically Beethoven Festival.

She has played as a rehearsal pianist in several productions at UNT's Opera Theater, including Sour Angelica, the Concert for Hope, and La Traviata. She worked as a coach and a répétiteur for a Opera in the Ozarks in 2008. She has been an active collaborative pianist playing for several studios at UNT and musicians in the DFW area. Along with teaching at Lone Star Music Academy, she is a staff accompanist at Texas Women's University.

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Konstyantyn Travinskyy

M.M. “Piano Performance” The University of North Texas

Ukrainian pianist Konstyantyn Travinskyy has won numerous piano competitions across the globe including 1st prize at the Sorantin Music Competition, 3rd prize at the California International Young Artist Competition, 4th prize at the Valesesia-Musica International Competition (Italy) and 1st prize at the International Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In 2003, Konstantyn was invited to study with Vladimir Viardo, Artist-in Residence of the University of North Texas where he completed his Master's degree this May and was a recipient of both, the Isabel Sconti Award and the College of Music scholarship. In addition to his competition accomplishments, Konstantyn made his Chicago debut at the Dame Myra Hess Series which was broadcast live on the city's classical radio station, WFMT. His orchestral performances include appearances with the Domenico Cimarosa Symphony in Italy, The National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony. After his performance with the latter The Shreveport Times stated, “He has a wonderfully precise style of fingering and approach, equally adept at capturing the drama of the work as well as its melodic content.”

Mr. Travinskyy has also been invited to perform for the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Chopin Society of Mid-America in Oklahoma, the Eastfield Piano Festival in Mesquite, as well as other series in California, Mississippi and Texas.

Kontyantyn's talent continues to delight his audiences in countries such as Ukraine, Mexico, and the United States. In addition to his solo performances, Kontyantyn also enjoys collaborating with vocalists and recently toured south Texas and Mexico performing solo and with a vocal ensemble.

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Masako Narikawa

(currently accepting students)

B.A. Gauken School of Music. Tokyo, Japan

Artist Diploma. Vancouver Academy of Music. Vancouver, Canada

M.M. University of North Texas

Described as “performance with flash of brilliant instinct and passion in Dvorak's waltz” and “extreme sensitivity, colorfulness of tone, and freedom of phrasing and articulation” (Musica Nova, Japan), Masako Narikawa has been performing as a solo pianist, collaborator of chamber music, accompanist, and also as a piano pedagogue throughout her career.

Masako Narikawa began studying piano at the age of four. She entered TOHO Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Then, she moved to North America, and received her Artist Diploma at Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada, and the Master of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, USA.

Since her debut recital in Tokyo and a soloist with the Pan-Asia Orchestra in Hong-Kong in 1987, Masako has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Hong-Kong, Canada, United States, Poland, Holland, Bulgaria, and was invited to the Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic to give solo recitals. Recently she has performed as a soloist with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria, and Sherman Chamber Orchestra, Texas.

Masako has received prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions, such as the Gold prize at PTNA Young Pianists' Competition (Tokyo, Japan), the first prize at Antonin Dvorak International Piano Competition (Prague, Czech), and the special recognition award at Texas Steinway Society, to name a few.

Her teachers of piano include Satoko Tokumaru, Kiyoko Tanaka, Sawako Iwashita, Kum-Sing Lee, Eugene Skovorodnikov, and Adam Wodnicki.

Masako has previously served as a faculty of vocal accompanying and coaching at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and piano, accompanying, coaching, and class piano at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and currently is a staff accompanist at Texas Woman's University.

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Dr. Ji Eun Yum

(currently accepting students)

D.M.A. Piano Performance (UNT)

M.M. (Manhattan School of Music, NY)

B.A. Music (UNT)

A native of Korea, Ji Eun Yum, completed Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas, Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and Bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas. While at UNT, she received numerous scholarships and the title, “Honor of Keyboard Studies.” Her primary professors include Gustavo Romero and Donn-Alexandre Feder.

As the first prize winner of Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, Dr. Yum gave her New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2018. Also she won third prize at the On Stage International Solo Piano Competition (Italy). In 2005, she was the First prize winner of the concerto competition at UNT and subsequently, performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with the UNT symphony orchestra.

Dr. Yum is an experienced piano teacher and is very passionate about piano education regardless of student’s age or skill level. Through her extensive training in performance as well as music education during her doctorate program at UNT, she is keenly aware of the importance of having a philosophy of music education for successful teaching. In her teaching, she incorporates her study in piano pedagogy to promote healthy progress in her students. She joined Lone Star Music Academy in She 2012 and she is a sought-after instructor. She believes that music should be accessible to everyone and she is happy to help her students cultivate their love of music regardless of their age and musical background.

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Dr. Chie Watanabe

(currently accepting students)

B.M. (Tokyo College of Music)

M.M. (Manhattan School of Music)

DMA (University of North Texas)

A native of Japan, Chie Watanabe graduated from Tokyo College of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, where she was a pupil of Tamá s Ungá r and Harold Martina. While at TCU, she was a winner of the University Concerto Competition that resulted in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. She continued graduate studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Solomon Mikowsky and received the 2005 Roy M. Rubinstein Award for “Best young female pianist who demonstrates exceptional promise.” After moving back to TX, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas where she studied with Gustavo Romero. Dr. Watanabe has received numerous awards and scholarships, and has won national and international prizes, including the Nagoya Television Piano Competition, the Mie Music Competition, the Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, the MTNA Competition in Texas, the Fort Collins Symphony Competition, the Wideman Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship Competition and the Virginia Warning International Piano Competition.

She has performed in Texas, Colorado, California, and New York as well as in her native Japan. In 2006, she made her New York solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as an Artists International prizewinner. She also has given solo recitals in Valladolid, Gran Canaria and Tenerife at the International Piano Festival in Spain.

As an active collaborative musician, Dr. Watanabe won the 2004 Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition in New York. In 2009, she was selected to present a faculty recital with William Scharnberg, Professor of Horn at the University of North Texas. In 2011, she was selected by renowned composer Jake Heggie to give the public premier of his new song cycle A Question of Light at the Dallas Museum of Art under the auspices of Dallas Opera.

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Dr. Yuki Kumamoto

(currently accepting students)

D.M.A. University of North texas

M.M. Stephen F. Austin State University

B.M. Musashino Musicae Academia. Tokyo, Japan.

Yuki Kumamoto holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied under Vladimir Viardo, the winner of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Kumamoto has performed internationally in countries including the United States, Japan and Germany. Recently she performed in the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Azerbaijani composer, Gara Garayev. Being a native of Japan, she is a frequent of the Japanese music scene. She was invited by the city of Koga, Japan, to give a solo concert and master class. Also, she gave a lecture recital sponsored by the city of Tsuyazaki, Japan. She has appeared as a featured soloist with Tokyo International Association of Arts Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Pines.

Kumamoto has been awarded in many competitions. She won third place in the 8th Petroff Piano Competition and was the winner of the SFA Concerto Competition. She was a prizewinner in the 10th Tokyo Piano Competition, the 12th and 13th Young Artist Piano Competition in Tokyo, the PTNA competition, and JPTA piano competition and MTNA competition.

Kumamoto completed her M.M. in performance at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied under Dr. James Pitts. Previously, she earned a B.M. in piano performance at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, where she was selected to study under Konstantin Ganev, a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus.

Kumamoto is a member of U.S.-Japan Council and is an active educator to help cultivate the arts in the next generation. She has served as an adjunct piano professor at Tyler Junior College, and as faculty of the Music Preparatory Division at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has been teaching at Lone Star Music Academy since 2014 and her students excel in their progress. Her students are winners of various competitions including Dallas Piano Solo and Fort Worth Solo Competition. She welcomes new students in her studio and is happy to help them in their musical journey.

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Bruno Ribeiro

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Piano Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University

M.M. Chamber Music, Piano, Stellenbosch University

B.M. Piano Performance, Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espetaculo

Bruno Ribeiro, a native of Porto, Portugal, started studying piano at Vilar do Paraiso’s Academia de Musica at the age of six. Bruno attended the Escola Superior de Musica e das Artes do Espetaculo in Porto where he earned his degree in Piano Performance. Bruno obtained his first Master’s Degree in Chamber Music at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where he studied with Luis Magalhaes. During his time at Stellenbosch, Bruno was chosen to perform solo with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and also won the Lionel Bowman prize for the best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata.

Bruno went on to Stephen F. Austin State University to earn his second Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, where he studied with Dr. James Pitts. While studying at SFA, Bruno performed with the Orchestra of the Pines as part of the Concerto Aria competition. Bruno is currently working on his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of North Texas, where he studies piano with Mr. Vladimir Viardo.

Bruno has extensive piano teaching experience including serving on the faculty of the Music Preparatory Division at SFASU and adjunct faculty at Tyler Junior College. As a teacher, Bruno strives to adapt his teaching to the needs and aptitude of each student. His hope is that his students will develop a love for music that will benefit them in many areas of life.

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Jordan Gheen

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Jordan Gheen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and teacher currently living in Denton, Texas. Originally from Fort Worth, Jordan grew up in a musical family. Between his father, a professional pianist, and his mother, a singer, he was constantly surrounded by quality music. He learned a lot from them and became interested in playing professionally at a young age. Jordan eventually graduated from Booker T Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas in 2008. While at BTWHSPVA he gathered experience from many exciting opportunities such as touring with his jazz combo, playing at the final International Association of Jazz Educators(IAJE) conference in Toronto, Canada and he was even selected via a rigorous audition process for the Jazz Band of America based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since moving to Denton with a scholarship to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at the prestigious University of North Texas his musical career has flourished. While at UNT he learned a great amount from Rodney Booth, Jay Saunders, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Steve Wiest and Rich Derosa. Jordan crafted his composing and arranging skills while writing for, rehearsing and recording his various ensembles in Jazz Forum class and also played, toured, and recorded with the world renowned Grammy nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. For two consecutive years, 2013/2014, he was selected as one of twenty-four musicians (out of hundreds of applicants) from around the world for the composition residency program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC called Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. He has been fortunate to have shared the stage with and learned from incredible artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Terrell Stafford, Tim Hagans, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Lou Marini, Jeff Coffin, Bob Belden, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton to name a few.

Now out of school, Jordan is working professionally on Trumpet, Piano, Synth, Bass and Guitar. In addition to playing in a variety of pop/rock/dance cover-bands in the DFW metroplex, playing various commercial jazz gigs, and playing at Cross Timbers Community Church (Argyle and Denton), he also explores original music with many different creative projects. He leads (and writes music for) a jazz-fusion group called Sky Window (www.skywindow.space), a groove-focused quartet called The Night Above Us (www.thenightaboveus.com) and a 19 piece progressive jazz orchestra called Energy Collective. Outside of his own bands he also plays keyboards with local bands such as Fundamental, Somogyi, Body English, Canvas Theory, The Dallas Horns and NightBass, plays guitar with Terra Collective and Sol Kitchen, plays bass with Chaz Marie, and plays trumpet with Off Cell.

As an educator, Jordan has taught students from many different musical backgrounds, experience levels, and ages ranging from 8 to 50 years old. Over the years he has maintained his own private studio as well as spent time working at various other music schools around the area. Jordan focuses on efficient practice techniques so that his students will be able to make the most progress possible when at home practicing. His goal is to show students how to achieve proficiency so that they will be able to explore many aspects of the musical language with confidence while remaining relaxed and in control. His students can obtain this proficiency through Jordan's concentration on technique, time, and music theory. Balance this thorough study of the fundamentals with the student's own musical goals and you have a solid formula for rapid progress for those who are excited about learning. For the more advanced students Jordan focuses on real-world application and can prepare them for any aspect of the music-industry that they want to pursue from being a professional musician, composer, and arranger, to being a recording artist, audio-engineer, and digital producer.

 

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Spyros Karavias

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria

M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, Austria

Greek American concert pianist Spyros Karavias started to play the piano when he was 9 years old, performing his first solo recital a year later with works of Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Early musical training includes the violin, french horn, music harmony & counterpoint and conducting. Spyros is the recipient of many scholarships, prizes and awards around the world. He has performed recitals in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Czech Republic and Spain. Recent American performances in Texas, Kentucky and Antigua, Guatemala.

He is equally at home with standard repertoire and new music. He enjoys composing, accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Spyros is also a dedicated piano teacher and believes in a healthy and balanced approach between technique and music interpretation. He has taught piano and theory lessons for many years with successful results. Many of his students get the highest ratings in festivals and competitions around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Spyros has taken lessons and participated in masterclasses and piano festivals around the world with famous pianists and renowned pedagogues such as Misha Dichter, Eliso Virsaladze, Leonid Margarius, Pavel Gililov, Andrej Jasinski, Peter Lang, Rolf Plagge, Daniel Pollack, and Alan Feinberg among others.

He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Piano Performance & Pedagogy (both summa cum laude) at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria studying with Prof. George Kern, distinguished pianist and student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne. Currently he pursues a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Steven Harlos.

Spyros Karavias is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Music Teachers National Association.

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Noel Johnston

M.M. “Jazz Guitar” (University of North Texas)

B.M. “Studio/Jazz Guitar” (University of Southern California)

After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California, Noel moved back to Sydney, Australia where he grew up, and released his first album “Possible Worlds” (1996) and taught at Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts. In 1997, he came back to the states to further his study in jazz at the University of North Texas from which he received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies (Jazz Guitar Performance). While at UNT, he served as a teaching fellow, was a guitarist for the One O'Clock Lab band, and had many great opportunities to play with well-known artists such as Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Adam Nussbaum and Kenny Wheeler. A student band that Noel co-led recorded the album “NJPT” (1999) and was awarded "Best Jazz Instrumental Group" in the 2000 Downbeat student music awards.

Upon graduation, Noel was actively performing locally and nationally as a band leader and a session musician, and releasing more of his own albums (“Marshmallow” in 2004, and “Salted Coffee” in 2014) and teaching at UNT as an adjunct faculty member.

Also, Noel has been active as a recording artist and has performed on over 50 albums. His keen musical talent to perform various genres of music enabled him to play on different projects including jazz, rock, gospel, pop, country, and more. Over the years, he has performed and/or recorded with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and nationally known Jazz, Blues and gospel artists such as Alex Acuna, Vinnie Colaiuta, Andre Crouch, Sheila E., Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Monica Mancini, Lucky Peterson, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Willis, and many more.

Noel is a solo artist on his own (4 albums as a leader), but also can be seen and heard as the electric guitarist in the house band of the “Daystar” TV network's “Marcus & Joni Show” (daily live show), at Bethesda Community Church (Fort Worth, TX), and in various other sideman projects throughout the DFW area. Noel teaches at UNT and Lone Star Music Academy. He is a loving husband and a proud dad of two sons.

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Mark Cuthbertson

(currently accepting students)

M.A. Theology (Univ. of Dallas)

B.M. Jazz Guitar (UNT)

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mark Cuthbertson began playing guitar at the age of 12. While in high school, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music during their annual Summer Guitar Program. He later enrolled at the University of Mississippi and performed in that school's highest jazz band (which is also documented to be the first college jazz band ever assembled). Soon he transferred to the Jazz Program at the University of North Texas where he studied with Fred Hamilton before receiving his degree in 2000.

For years, Mark has worked as a sideman, composer, arranger and teacher, and his playing and arrangements can be heard in various contexts, both live and on record. His interests have always lay with sideman work, rather than in pursuing his own projects. He has dabbled in the latter, having co-founded the heralded modern rock group Transient Theory, prior to leaving the band to focus on his work as a sideman. Mark is also an accomplished philosopher. He has proven that shampoo is better, and his article, “Time, the ‘Open Acquittal’, and Divine Omniscience: Two Internal Problems with Open Theism,” appeared in the renowned Westminster Theological Journal in 2005.

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Ethan Stalbaum

(currently accepting students)

M.M. "Jazz Guitar" (UNT)

B.M. "Jazz Guitar" (UNT)

A passionate, dedicated, and caring teacher, Ethan strives to help others discover the joy of music. Believing that every music student learns in distinct ways, Ethan brings focus and creativity to each and every lesson. He has taught private guitar lessons to all ages and skill groups for over 10 years now in settings ranging from in home lessons, camps, music studios, and world renowned universities. No matter where he is or who he is with, he always feels at home with a guitar and a student. He believes that these aren’t just lessons, they are part of an education.

Originally hailing from Orlando, Florida, Ethan has been a rising voice on the DFW music scene since 2012. Ethan began playing guitar at the age of 10 and shortly thereafter fell in love with music. His passion and studies led him to perform at the Kennedy Center at the age of 18 with the All National Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduating high school, he went to the prestigious University of North Texas, where he attended on music scholarship from 2012-2016, studying with master professor Fred Hamilton. During his senior year, he auditioned for and won the guitar chair in the 7 time Grammy nominated One O’Clock Lab Band. They toured Australia during the summer of 2016, conducting clinics at universities and headlining jazz festivals.

Upon graduating, Ethan continued on at the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow while earning his Masters of Music in Jazz Guitar from 2016-2018. During this time he directed and composed for the Super 400 Guitar Ensemble, as well as taught private lessons to freshman and sophomore jazz guitar majors. He studied with world renowned jazz guitarists, Davy Mooney, during his masters degree.

Ethan continues to be an active guitarist and educator in the DFW scene. His playing can be heard on several albums by local artists, live with cover bands and various jazz based groups, as well the leader of his own band performing his original compositions.

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Brady Mosher

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From the time he was in the second grade and all through the 60's his father owned a sprawling East Texas night club called the Reo Palm Isle, where Brady got the chance to meet and hear the music of many of the great artists of Country music and R&B of that era ...Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Wills, and James Brown among them. Music has been his abiding passion ever since.

Brady has been very serious about the guitar since the sixth grade, and is a versatile musician in the studio or on the stage. He has performed in concert halls, theaters, clubs, alleys, and street corners with artists too numerous to mention.

Brady has recorded thousands of sessions, ranging from blues, country, and gospel to jazz, jingles, radio and television ID's, both national and international. He also performed the music in the Dallas Theater Center's production of "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid" by Michael Ondaatje (author of "The English Patient")

Brady is also a songwriter and composer of instrumental music. Recent recording projects include work for LeAnn Rimes, Joseph Vincelli's latest album, "Touch", and a second album co-produced with Bob Gentry of the acoustic New World Music group "feen boyett". Brady also played guitar on and co-produced the album "Temporary Contentment" for Texas singer-songwriter Annagrey.

Brady is keeping busy performing and recording with his Rastabilly/Roots Rock project MOJINE BOY / WILD OKRA, Annagrey, Dennis Cavalier and the Zydeco Crackers, several other independent projects, and resuming his solo performing schedule.

Brady opened up his teaching studio at Lone Star Music Academy in spring 2008. His enthusiasm toward teaching and his students is apparent. His teaching philosophy is all about making music fun, while paying attention to fundamentals, and helping the student to be confident and relaxed while learning. He is very creative in devising different curriculum according to each student's musical needs, devoted to keep them improving. He updates his website frequently with educational tools so that his students continue to benefit from him even while practicing at home.

http://www.mojine.com

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Dennis Durick

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Drumset/Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Dennis is from the Washington D.C. area, and started playing the drums at the age of seven. A relentless passion for music eventually brought him to UNT for music study. Upon graduating with a BM in Jazz Studies, Dennis recorded an album with David Liebman and toured with Heads Up.

During and after this period Dennis played and wrote for the Fusion band Friends of Fish (later to be named Popular Science). Then went on to record and tour with Joe McBride for the next several years. Upon meeting bassist Lyles West, Dennis found a new partner that produced several bands to follow: Quartet Out, Lyles West Quartet, Jason Bucklin trio and his own band Brouhaha. They also played and recorded together in the unique gypsy jazz group Café Noir. Dennis can also be heard on records from Quartet Out, Flipside, Dave Zoller, Tony Hakim, Pete Brewer, Pete Gallio, John Adams, Kellye Gray, The Champion Sisters, and the eclectic Uruguayan/Brazilian fusion band Circo.

He continues to work in the area with many of the aforementioned people as well as Jimi Tunnell (of Steps Ahead, Zawinul Syndicate), Wayne Delano, Drew Phelps, Bill Lohr, and the instrumental rock band, Shibboleth, as well as performing and writing for the jazz trio Flipside.

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Andrew Popham

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Drumset/Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Andrew Popham is a drummer and percussionist from the small town of Palacios, Texas. Growing up, Andrew was continually exposed to music. His father, Jim, has been a Band Director for 36 years, and his mother, Maria, not only is a private flute instructor, but also coaches and coordinates numerous area color guards. Being raised by musicians and growing up in a musical environment enhanced Andrew’s desire to excel as a percussionist.

His passion for music as a profession led Andrew to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. During his time at North Texas, Andrew had the pleasure of studying with many of the world renowned professors, and was mentored by Ed Soph and Jose Aponte. Under the guidance of Jose Aponte, Andrew gained proficiency in hand percussion and the music of Cuba. He has played drum set and percussion for several UNT ensembles including: Latin Jazz, Jazz Singers, and the One, Two, and Four O’Clock Lab Bands. Andrew has had the privilege to perform with artists such as Danilo Perez, Memo Acevedo, and Andy Narell.

As a graduate of UNT, Andrew has enjoyed sharing his knowledge by performing and teaching in the DFW area. Andrew plays a wide variety of music but is particularly knowledgeable in Jazz and several forms of Latin music. He also plays with Dave Alexander’s Texas Swing Band, and has played throughout the state of Texas and surrounding states.

His main goal as a music educator is to inspire his students to work hard and to achieve a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Andrew’s goal is to teach his students the fundamentals of solid technique, and to help them understand the role of a drummer in any musical situation.

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Jordan Gheen - Trumpet

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Jordan Gheen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and teacher currently living in Denton, Texas. Originally from Fort Worth, Jordan grew up in a musical family. Between his father, a professional pianist, and his mother, a singer, he was constantly surrounded by quality music. He learned a lot from them and became interested in playing professionally at a young age. Jordan eventually graduated from Booker T Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas in 2008. While at BTWHSPVA he gathered experience from many exciting opportunities such as touring with his jazz combo, playing at the final International Association of Jazz Educators(IAJE) conference in Toronto, Canada and he was even selected via a rigorous audition process for the Jazz Band of America based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since moving to Denton with a scholarship to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at the prestigious University of North Texas his musical career has flourished. While at UNT he learned a great amount from Rodney Booth, Jay Saunders, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Steve Wiest and Rich Derosa. Jordan crafted his composing and arranging skills while writing for, rehearsing and recording his various ensembles in Jazz Forum class and also played, toured, and recorded with the world renowned Grammy nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. For two consecutive years, 2013/2014, he was selected as one of twenty-four musicians (out of hundreds of applicants) from around the world for the composition residency program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC called Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. He has been fortunate to have shared the stage with and learned from incredible artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Terrell Stafford, Tim Hagans, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Lou Marini, Jeff Coffin, Bob Belden, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton to name a few.

Now out of school, Jordan is working professionally on Trumpet, Piano, Synth, Bass and Guitar. In addition to playing in a variety of pop/rock/dance cover-bands in the DFW metroplex, playing various commercial jazz gigs, and playing at Cross Timbers Community Church (Argyle and Denton), he also explores original music with many different creative projects. He leads (and writes music for) a jazz-fusion group called Sky Window (www.skywindow.space), a groove-focused quartet called The Night Above Us (www.thenightaboveus.com) and a 19 piece progressive jazz orchestra called Energy Collective. Outside of his own bands he also plays keyboards with local bands such as Fundamental, Somogyi, Body English, Canvas Theory, The Dallas Horns and NightBass, plays guitar with Terra Collective and Sol Kitchen, plays bass with Chaz Marie, and plays trumpet with Off Cell.

As an educator, Jordan has taught students from many different musical backgrounds, experience levels, and ages ranging from 8 to 50 years old. Over the years he has maintained his own private studio as well as spent time working at various other music schools around the area. Jordan focuses on efficient practice techniques so that his students will be able to make the most progress possible when at home practicing. His goal is to show students how to achieve proficiency so that they will be able to explore many aspects of the musical language with confidence while remaining relaxed and in control. His students can obtain this proficiency through Jordan's concentration on technique, time, and music theory. Balance this thorough study of the fundamentals with the student's own musical goals and you have a solid formula for rapid progress for those who are excited about learning. For the more advanced students Jordan focuses on real-world application and can prepare them for any aspect of the music-industry that they want to pursue from being a professional musician, composer, and arranger, to being a recording artist, audio-engineer, and digital producer.

 

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Dr. David Johnston (Violin)

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BA Music Education and Violin Performance (California State University Los Angeles)

MM Violin Performance (University of the Pacific)

Doctorate in Humanities (Hon) (Ephraim Moore Universtiy)

(DMA) Course work at the University of Southern California

David began studying the violin at the age of nine and performed with the Idyllwild Youth Orchestra through high school including a tour of Great Britain. After attending the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria earning Diplomas in Violin Performance, Chamber Music and Conducting, he completed his course work for the Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) at the University of Southern California under Alice Shoenfeld as well as a Heifitz Master Class.

He has taught children as young as three as well as adults and postgraduate students. He has played concerts in Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia and the US including a performance of the Bach Double with Yehudi Menuhin. He has conducted numerous orchestras for events such as the annual International Christian Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. His background also includes playing for entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr., Perry Como, Jerry Lewis and The Carpenters. He served as President and founder of Excelsia College (formerly, Wesley Institute) in Sydney, Australia, granting internationally recognized undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. He comes to LSMA from San Francisco where he served as Superintendent of Highlands Christian Schools.

He has a passion for working with children. He believes that inspiring a child is one of the essential ingredients in motivating practice that results in progress on the instrument. Opportunities for performance and group musical interaction are also essential to musical development. Studies involving motor skills, note reading and musical interpretation are scientifically proven in promoting development of the brain. He uses teaching violin as an opportunity to foster integration of self-discipline and character development. Most children score higher academically who study musical instruments.

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Michael Moore (Violin, Viola)

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B.M. (Oklahoma State University)

M.M. (University of North Texas)

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Michael has always had a passion for music and teaching. He has been playing viola and violin since the age of 11. During his time in High School he participated in the OMEA All State Orchestra, and also attended the National Honors Orchestra in Indianapolis. In his early college years he performed with the Tulsa Signature Symphony where he held a viola chair.

While at Oklahoma State University, Michael performed with the Bartlesville Symphony, the Symphony of Northwestern Arkansas (SONA) and the OSU Ombré Quartet. He performed in a Master Class for the American String Quartet, and the Takacs Quartet. He was awarded 2nd place in the Regional MTNA String Quartet Competition (Southwest region). After graduating from OSU, Michael earned a Master’s Degree at the University of North Texas, studying under Dr. Susan Dubois. Michael continues to play with local orchestras in North Texas, including the Sherman Symphony and the Abilene Philharmonic.

In addition to classical music, Michael has performed in concert with many noteworthy performers such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Lindsey Sterling, Evanescence, Bernadette Peters, Asleep at the Wheel, and Celtic Thunder. Michael is an accomplished musician and educator. He enjoys teaching students in both violin and viola. His goal for his students is to help them grow musically while focusing on economical playing and effective practice techniques. He encourages his students to foster a positive forward thinking attitude that can be applied to their musical progression.

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Sarah Price (Violin)

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B.M. Violin Performance (University of North Texas)

Sarah Price is an active performer of chamber music and frequently travels throughout the country performing for a wide range of audiences.

Sarah began studying the violin at the early age of three and performed with the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra for several years. She later attended the UNT Violin and Piano workshop where she studied under Julia Bushkova. Sarah is an alumni of the Hot Springs Music Festival and Miami Music Festival.

She later received her Bachelors in Music from the University of North Texas and was awarded membership into the Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. While at UNT, she studied under Professor Philip Lewis, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music International. Other teachers and coaches have included Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard string quartet, the Grammy nominated violinist Andrés Cárdenes, and Gary Levinson, Senior Co-Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin at Michigan State University.

Ms. Price has performed as an orchestral violinist under the baton of many of the leading Maestros including: Joel Smirnoff, Yuriy Bekker, Hector Guzman, Peter Bay, and David Effron.

In addition to solo and chamber music performances, Ms. Price also performs with several ensembles throughout Texas and organizes chamber music concerts in the Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas to raise money for non-profit causes.

Based in Fort Worth, Sarah is currently the director of education for the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth and head of the music division for the Texas Jewish Arts Association. Most recent performances have included “A Celebration of Survival” in conjunction with the Barbara Hines Holocaust exhibit and One Arts Plaza in Dallas for TACA’s fall concert series. Sarah was recently featured in Voyage Dallas magazine as part of a series on young artists - entrepreneurs.

Sarah loves working with students of all ages and emphasizes the importance of strong technique and fundamentals to both her beginner and advanced students while instilling a love of classical music. Ms. Price works to create an encouraging atmosphere for each student.

For more information on upcoming concerts and events visit www.sarahpriceviolin.com

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Giovannie Cruz

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B.M. Opera Performance, U.N.T.

Giovannie Cruz, Vocal Coach, began singing and performing at the age of 5 and taking lessons around age 6. As a child, Giovannie participated in several musical theatre productions (Into the Woods, Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdy, Guys & Dolls) until about high school when she began her classical training. Giovannie was accepted into the prestigious Vocal Performance program at UNT in 2005 where she studied Opera Theatre and Early Music under the tutelages of Mezzo- Soprano Jennifer Lane, and Dr. Jerry Mccoy. She sang in operas such as Romeo et Juliette, Our Town, Sour Angelica (where she sang the role of Sour Osmina), A Midsummer's Night Eve (Where she sang the role of Peaseblossom) and The Marriage of Figaro (where she sang the role of Barbarina). She was also invited to sing, along with her ensembles, at Boston's Early Music festival (2008), Tawian's National Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan (2008) and for Dave Brubeck's choir during his performance of his Pange Lingua Variations (2008), to name a few.

After receiving a Bachelor's of Music in 2009, Giovannie went on to join, High Definition Cover Band (www.hidefband.com), where she sings R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and even raps. While Giovannie no longer sings classically, she believes a structure based on classical technique is an excellent foundation for all singers, including those wishing to explore other genres.

When not teaching at Lone Star Music Academy or singing with her cover band, Giovannie enjoys a career as a film, tv and commercial/radio actor and print model. You may learn more about Giovannie by visiting her professional website www.giovanniecruz.com . Be sure to click around to find links and videos about her life as an entertainer.

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Jordan Coffing

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B.M. Vocal Jazz Performance, U.N.T.

Jordan Coffing is a well established vocalist and songwriter in the DFW metroplex, her style is evocative and captivating, playfully finessing even the most sophisticated melodies, all the while displaying a tone that is lush and compelling. Coffing attended the world renowned High School For the Performing and Visual arts in Houston TX and holds a degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas, where she had the opportunity to learn from living legends such as Rosana Eckert, Bobby Mcferrin and Peter Eldridge.

Jordan is a seasoned session vocalist and performer. She started recording at the age of 8 singing as the voice of Tracy Partridge in the 1999 biopic "Come On Get Happy" and at 15 recorded the background vocals for a TV theme featuring Chaka Kahn. Coffing's voice is dynamic, versatile and spans multiple genres including choral, pop, jazz and country. Also an experienced pianist and guitarist, as a performer, she has played alongside Dallas' top musicians for events such as the Industrial Street Pop Festival and Jazz On The Green at Klyde Warren Park and can also be seen performing her original music-an eclectic mix of indie rock and jazz-under the moniker RHU, who releast their first EP in 2016.

As a music educator, Jordan strives to find the most motivating and inspiring methods based on each student’s needs. She believes in a balanced musical education, where students learn the music they love in an uplifting and encouraging atmosphere, while also learning the importance of technique and music theory.

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Victoria Kerr

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B. M. Vocal Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music

M. M. Vocal Performance, UNT.

Victoria Kerr, soprano, is a Knoxville, Tennessee native. She has been involved in music, and theatre from a young age with the Knoxville Opera Company Children’s Chorus. She studied piano and voice since she was eight and thirteen. Throughout high school, she attended “All State Chorus” three years in a row. In addition, she was awarded with the “Highest Audition Score for Soprano” in her home state of Tennessee. Miss Kerr was selected for the “Governor’s School for the Arts” where she was awarded “Best Female Vocalist.”

Her operatic roles include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro: Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Adina in scenes production of L’elisir d’amore, Spirit in Dido and Aeneas, 2nd Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, La libellule in L'enfant et les sortileges, and Sister Antoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Though her focus has shifted primarily to classical works, her musical theatre roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Rizzo in Grease, Lady Thiang in The King and I.

Througout her years at CIM, Miss Kerr annually attended the “National Association of Teachers of Singing” in Ohio. She attended the “Summer Vocal Institute” with guest master class artist, Marilyn Horne, at the American Institute of Rome, where she also performed in a scenes production of Le nozze di Figaro as Susanna. As for choral experience, she has been a part of choruses, and ensembles since age eight. She was a choral member and section leader for seven years in Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. In addition to church choral work, she has performed and soloed in large-scale works such as the Mozart Coronation Mass No. 15 in C major, KV 317, Handel’s Messiah Part I and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the CIM orchestra at Severance Hall. Miss Kerr has attended master classes with Marilyn Horne, Matti Hiroven, Barbara Hocher, Sunny Joy Langton, Colenton Freeman, and Carole Farley. She has worked with conductors Francis Graffeo, Brian Salesky, Lucas Richman, and Harry Davidson.

Miss Kerr teaches in a variety of styles and cares above all about healthy methods of singing. After pedagogical study in her undergraduate degree, she continued to study vocal pedagogy with one of the most reputable scholars, Dr. Stephen Austin with whom she earned her Masters degree. She is delighted and honored to instill a love for music that will impact students in a truly meaningful way.

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Carleigh Reese

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B.M. Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance U.N.T.

Carleigh grew up singing classically in high school, performing with the TMEA All-State Choir, as well as, the ACDA National Honors Choir. Along the way she distinctly remembers inspiration that came from listening to the acclaimed University of North Texas Jazz Singers. It was no surprise that she became a member of the group when she accepted the chance to study at UNT in Vocal Jazz Performance.

Since graduating in May of 2017, Carleigh has had her own arrangement performed by one of the premier vocal jazz ensembles, and has performed on stage with the living legend, Bobby McFerrin.

Currently, Carleigh has become an active vocalist around the DFW area, playing at venues such as Klyde Warren Park and The House of Blues. With a mastery of many genres under her belt, she is able to hone in on these different sounds, producing an eclectic timbre of her own.

Carleigh’s voice carries a depth of emotions. With the ability to sing forward and free, or with a quiet intensity, she captures the attention ofany audience. She is able to perform a wide range of genres that includes a repertoire of Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Wonder. As a songwriter, Pop and Neo-soul grooves are the foundation for her intricate harmonies and subtle, yet meaningful lyrics.

Carleigh believes that any student can achieve success if they are given the tools to practice efficiently outside of lessons. With years of teaching experience, she is able to cater to the needs of different students and help them flourish in the way that they learn best.

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Vaughn Faison

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B.A. Applied Voice, SUNY Fredonia

M.M. Jazz Performance (Voice), University of North Texas

Originally from NY, Vaughn Faison studied classical voice in his home state. He came to the DFW area in 2017 to study at the University of North Texas. Under the tutelage of Rosanna Eckert and Jennifer Barnes, he expanded his musicianship skills and became invested in exploring the seemingly endless ways a voice can be used. He is known for his ability to authentically perform in a wide range of styles.

Vaughn has performed with various groups including: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Party Machine (of the Emerald City family), and the multi-grammy award winning New York Voices. As a singer/songwriter, Vaughn performs his original music solo and with bands in the area.

As an educator, Vaughn focuses specifically on vocal freedom and longevity, as well as the growth mindset. He has taught at UNT as a teaching fellow and previously taught classes in Lyon, NY. He is a sought after educator in the DFW area. He aims to give each of his students tools that lead to life-long vocal health, as well as help them discover the entirety of their vocal capabilities through experimentation in an environment free of judgement.

Vaughn is excited to be a part of Lone Star Music Academy and is looking forward to helping students on their musical progress.

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