Austin J. is a professional performer from North Carolina who has spent most of his career entertaining crowds. While playing music for people is his passion, he also loves working in groups and finding creative ways to engineer more exciting arrangements and performances. Having just arrived in Texas, Austin is here to teach vocals, drums, bands, live performance technique, and songwriting!
Staff & Music Teachers
Calli is a talented multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer! She is a recent Cedar Park High School graduate where she was heavily involved with the Theatre and Choir departments. Fun fact: Calli has a dog named Jellie!
Connor T., a recent Masters of Music graduate from the University of Miami, is an emerging freelance musician based in Central Texas. Primarily expressing himself on trumpet, Connor enjoys a diverse repertoire with which to perform, compose, and teach.Connor is a former Fellow with the Henry Mancini Institute, a Presser Scholar, and has held an Assistantship with the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program. In 2018, Connor graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelors in Music Education, completing his student-teaching at Cedar Park High School.Connor has studied trumpet under Craig Morris, Keith Winking, Bob Cannon, and John Kennedy, and composing under Michael Ippolito and Shawn Crouch.
Dixon S. grew up in Wichita Falls, TX playing guitar and working with choirs through recording and production during his undergraduate years. Dixon is a part of Austin-based duo Terrarium (Collective), writing and performing all original compositions, consisting of unique sound design, live instrumentation and lush synth soundscapes. Dixon is active as a solo performer and works out of his studio in Austin. He has performed in master classes with Bruce Canafax, Susan Harvey, PhD, and Dale Heidebrecht, PhD. As a dual study in Psychology and Music Performance, Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts from Midwestern State University. Dixon creates an open environment for students to be themselves and learn at a comfortable pace.
Katie Z. is from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated top of her class from an academy for the arts and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Communications and Music. Katie has studied music and worked as a tutor for many years. She has performed at Market Square and could be seen in shows such as Into The Woods, Steel Magnolias, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Fun fact! Katie is the oldest girl in a family of 20 cousins and has been changing diapers since she was 7! She absolutely loves working with kiddos and looks forward to seeing you all in class.
Lauren I. is a touring musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. She grew a love for music at a young age in church and school choir. She studied audio engineering at Kansas City Community College. Lauren has toured as a keyboardist in a 5-piece reggae band and sang in a vocal jazz group at the Lincoln Center in NYC . She released her self- produced album “Bad Intuition” and began her touring career as singer-songwriter “Ivy Roots”. She has shared festival stages with Fitz and the Tantrums, Young and the Giant and was featured in Compose Yourself Magazine’s “2019 SXSW Highlights”. This past summer, Lauren taught a youth music camp in Kansas City alongside rock band Making Movies. She is a collaborative artist with a love for teaching youth and making a difference in the community. She enjoys being able to share her experience and charismatic personality.
Marc S. grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old. He first learned from his grandfather, Floyd Moore, who was a big band swing musician and played with his other grandfather, Paul Strohallen. Growing up in a musical family helped Marc develop as a musician. Marc studied with Frank Sumaris at Chabot College and once maintained a 60-student teaching schedule at Music Unlimited. He was an active performer in the Bay Area with acts such as The David Stewart trio and Chesire Cats. Marc lived in Brazil for 10 years, playing with the likes of Flavio Guimaraes (Blues Etilicos) and Reggae band Seu Liborio. Before relocating to Austin during the pandemic, Marc was living in Maui, Hawaii where he played jazz standards from the 50's and 60's on a nightly basis in local restaurants. He is looking forward to the future of teaching and performing. Fun fact: Marc was once on a pilot episode of a soap opera in Brazil!
Matt F., originally from Austin, is a diverse and skilled musician with a deep love for music and education. With 10+ years of performing and teaching experience, Matt has performed around the world including Texas, New York, D.C., and Italy. He has participated in music festivals such as the Southeastern Trombone Symposium and American Trombone Workshop. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from Texas State University and a Master’s degree from Ithaca college. Matt is back in Austin teaching and performing with local musicians. Along with trombone, Matt also teaches trumpet, guitar, and piano. He is an active solo artist and performs in ensembles range in genre, including classical, jazz, and Latin.
Max T. is a multi-instrumentalist who has played and learned in varied school music programs. Max has taught music at sleep-away summer camp to children of all ages. Though Max has not performed in a “traditional band,” he enjoys jamming with friends or his loop pedal. Max loves all styles and genres of music, especially the ones he has not heard before! Fun fact: Max enjoys cooking and perfecting new recipes.
Shelby D. recently relocated to Texas from Bermuda. She's a passionate performer and teacher with experience through the Bermuda School of Music, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Music and Arts, and more. She has performed with the Bermuda Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Catskills Symphony, and Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes. Shelby is currently running online “Quarantine Concerts” and is the Artistic Coordinator for her traveling duo Twins Duet Better. She is an active freelance performer in solo and chamber recitals across multiple genres. Shelby teaches violin/viola & early childhood education at Bach to Rock Cedar Park.
Trevor N. is a passionate musician from Nairobi, Kenya who recently moved to the States with his wife. While in Kenya, Trevor received a degree in music production. He has also been trained through the Guitar Mastery Intensive (GMI) program under the mentorship of guitarists Ila Cantor and Nicholas Veinoglou. Trevor also completed a three-month course in guitar improvisation and harmony with Oz Noy through the Musicians Institute (MI). In Kenya, Trevor played for several local bands and churches. He is looking forward to connecting with musicians in the Austin area and rocking out!
Zach S. has 25 years of experience playing drums and various other instruments. Zach attended school at Full Sail Recording Arts. He has been playing downtown Austin since he was 16, at several longstanding local venue and was once features on Austin’s music channel. Zach has performed as a percussionist in Downtown Disney with “The Sound Factory”. Zach has written, composed, and recorded 50+ songs and has a strength for connecting with kids and getting them inspired and eager to learn and play live.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.