Jimmy B. – Guitar and Piano

jimmybroache_headshotJimmy has been a professional musician for over 30 years. In that span of time, he has led three successful bands, performing in venues across the country; and he has owned and operated a recording studio, winning five American Song Festival awards. Jimmy has acted as a music director for several contemporary churches and regularly performs in the community and surrounding areas. 

Jimmy teaches all levels and styles of guitar, including jazz, contemporary, and classical. He is also a well-loved and highly skilled piano instructor, teaching beginning and intermediate classical piano, and advanced levels of jazz, pop, and music theory. In addition to offering his students variety, Jimmy can customize a course of study for students interested in chord theory and improv. An encouraging instructor with a relaxed yet motivating teaching style, Jimmy welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

Erin B. – Voice 

Erin BoldenErin has loved music ever since she was born. From doing small talent shows with her sisters when she was younger to now performing with the Richmond Symphony Choir, music has always been an important aspect of her life. She has received a Bachelors of Art in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, where her focus was voice, but she loved when she got to experiment with all instruments. In addition to voice, she can teach beginner piano.

Erin believes that music is a gift to everyone and we should be able to share that gift with as many people as we can. Music helps you grow and learn more about you!

Danielle G. – Piano

danielle-gibbonsDanielle has been studying piano since she was seven years old, and dreaming of going to music school since she was 12.  She has her Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In addition to solo performances, Danielle frequently collaborates with a variety of musicians, including string players, percussionists, and choral ensembles.

Danielle believes an education in music is more than learning an instrument, but is also an education in life skills like teamwork, self-discipline, and effective communication. Most importantly, she believes music can be a tool for empowerment at any age, and tries to instill a sense of confidence, self-understanding, and growth in her teaching.

Kenneth H. – Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Bass

hatton-picKenneth has been teaching music since 2001. Earning a degree in Commercial Music at Shenandoah University, he studied jazz and classical guitar and jazz piano. Having recorded and performed with various jazz, rock, and musical theatre groups; Kenneth has toured the United States, Canada, and Japan and performed at such events as Vans Warped Tour and the South by Southwest festival. He also has songwriting credit with ASCAP, one of the main performing rights organizations (PROs) in the country.

Kenneth’s passion and excitement for music are unmistakable. Teaching both guitar and piano, as well as theory, improv and songwriting, Kenneth provides fun lesson plans to students of all ages.

 

Sarah M. – Voice, Piano and Guitar

sarah-mcgrathSarah has been making music in ensembles or on her own her whole life. She has been a part of classical, madrigal, concert, jazz, and show choirs and played many musical theater roles.  She also performs with the Richmond Symphony Choir. Sarah received a Bachelors in Music Education from James Madison University. Sarah also teaches with Henrico County Public Schools as a Music teacher for 3 years. In addition to voice, she can teach beginner piano & guitar.

Sarah believes that being able to express oneself through music is part of a healthy and developed life and is excited to share musical experiences with students!

 

Chris N.  – Piano

chris-nickels-jpg-docxChris graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, piano performance major. As a composer, Chris has composed scores for modern dance choreographers  Dana Burgess, Starr Foster, Cynthia Word and for The University of Richmond Department of Dance and Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion program. His dance scores have been performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, New York University, LaMama Theatre and in countries throughout Asia, Europe and South America. He has taught piano since 2001.

He has worked as a pianist for Washington Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Portland Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, Columbia Dance, The Maryland Youth Ballet, The Kirov Academy of Washington, DC and the dance departments of Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University.  As a teacher, Chris’ main goal is to help students find a learning style and ultimately a balance that facilitates both efficient technical mastery and personal satisfaction.

Tia N. – Violin

Tia Norris

Tia is a violinist who just recently moved to Richmond from Northern Virginia.  She has played the violin for 16 years and is pursuing a degree in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University with graduation in December 2016. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania Music Performance in 2009 – 2012. She played in various groups and events such as the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, NAACP National ACT-SO competition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony, Annandale Symphony, and more.

Tia’s goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as a musician, and we achieve those goals through using a flexible, experiential, and fun lessons! Available to teach eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation, and hope to encourage my students to try different genres.

 

Noah S. – Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Violin

Noah Stidham

Noah has been musically involved since the age of 6 first learning the Celtic harp. After finding a love for music he learned guitar, fiddle, piano, mandolin, violin, dobro, banjo, bass, organ, accordion and trumpet. He is mostly self taught but also took formal lessons with credible teachers such as Pat Donahue (co host of Prairie Home Companion and famous finger style guitarist), Mark Schatz, bassist for Nickel Creek, Danny Knicely, mandolin player of Furnace Mountain and Greg Ruby (gypsy style jazz guitar).

He was the jazz band pianist for his high school band, a choral member and pianist for 2 years and studied Music Theory under Dr. Ryan Keebaugh and Joel Shapiro. He recently came out with his first album “Places” with fellow musicians Clay Schutte, Ed Bushong and Jared Poole (mandolin player for Larry Keel) and Lance Kohler (drummer for No B.S Brass). He has been giving formal lessons the past 5 years teaching a wide range of age groups and skill levels. He also repairs and restores stringed instruments and works on pump organs and melodeons.