Jimmy B. – Guitar and Piano
Jimmy 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.
Jordyn B. – Piano and Voice
Jordyn has been studying piano since the age of 5 and singing since she could talk. Growing up, Jordyn was active in various choirs and theater groups while furthering her education in piano with private lessons and local competitions.
Jordyn has her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University; and her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also serves as a lead vocalist and pianist at her church Community Christian Fellowship. Her training thus far has developed a passion for performing as well as music theory and she strives to convey the importance of both to her students. Jordyn feels that music is an incredible blessing in her life and she would not be the person she is today without it. She loves teaching students of all ages in the hopes that they might also experience the joy a love of music can bring.
Amanda C. – Voice
Amanda is a voice teacher and classically trained mezzo soprano and musical theater singer. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from George Mason University and her Masters of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory. In her early training, she sang mostly church music as well as musical theater, but fell in love with opera and classical singing at George Mason. Amanda has performed in numerous operas, including the title role of Hänsel in Humperdink’s Hänsel and Gretel and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She also performed in musical theater reviews and jazz ensembles at Mason along with opera. Amanda enjoyed the opportunity to perform abroad and choreographed for a production of La Traviata in Italy for the La Musica Lirica Summer Program.
Though she enjoys performing, Amanda is a teacher at heart. She has been giving voice lessons for over ten years and has taught for such schools as the Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, Virginia, Boston Conservatory’s Vocal Arts Academy, and the Boston Arts Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. She has recently completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson and Patty Thom. Amanda was the vocal coach for Boston City Singers’ Cantare Singers, a group of students between the ages of ten and fourteen. For the past two summers, she had the opportunity to teach and mentor over 40 high school aged singers at the Boston Conservatory’s Vocal Choral Institute. Amanda enjoys working with singers of all ages and varying interests.
Danielle G. – Piano
Danielle 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
Kenneth 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 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 has experience teaching piano and guitar lessons. She received a Bachelors in Music Education from James Madison University. Sarah also teaches with Henrico County Public Schools as a Elementary Music teacher for 3 years.
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 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 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.
Carlos O. – Guitar
Carlos is a professional guitarist from Cuba. He began playing guitar at age six. After completing his conservatory music education in Classical Guitar, he continued his studies in Jazz and Electric Guitar at the National School of Art Conservatory in Havana, Cuba, where he was selected to be Department Chair of the electric guitar program and professor, upon graduation. Prior to graduation he was already recruited by Jazz Grammy Winner Oscar Valdés as lead guitarist, and shared responsibilities of musical director for his band, Diákara.
Since then, Carlos has toured internationally with some of Cuba’s most influential musicians. In 2010 he studied guitar performance and harmony, at Musicians Institute (GIT) in LA and privately with some of their renowned guitar professors. He has worked as a session musician in New York and Los Angeles.
He has over 15 years of experience teaching beginning to advanced level guitar and harmony, providing students with a repertoire of music genres including Blues, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Rock, Pop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin American music and more. He also teaches guitar ensemble, music performance and prepares students for auditions.
Carlos has developed a guitar program for schools that helps students quickly develop technique, musicality and musicianship, while developing an appreciation for music.
Noah S. – Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Violin
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, bagpipes, 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.