If you are interested in scheduling lessons with one of our private teachers, please use the email link at the end of the teacher's biography, or call The Music Store at (480) 831-9691 and speak to a member of our staff.


Kyle Barentine

Kyle Barentine

Kyle teaches percussion and drumming techniques at The Music Store. He specializes in beginning to intermediate instruction with an emphasis on band and orchestra students. Kyle has been teaching privately for 22 years and has extensive playing experience in marching, orchestral, and popular music. Kyle worked with and taught at the University of South Carolina, and worked with Garfield and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in the late 1980's. He is the recipient of the Most Outstanding Percussionist in the state of South Carolina. Kyle continues to play professionally and working as a DJ.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: $25/30-minutes
Lesson Days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
Instruments Taught: Drums
Contact: kylebarentinethe-music-store.com

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Eric Bart

Eric Bart

Eric Bart started performing at the age of 16. Since moving here in 1987 he has worked with countless musicians and back up everyone from Tanya Tucker to Stevie Wonder for local shows. Eric has also performed in Eurpoe at the North Sea and the Montreux Jazz festivals. He teaches all styles and levels of guitar.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates:$25 per 30 min
Lesson Days: Tuesdays
Instruments Taught: Guitar
Contact: ericbartthe-music-store.com


Danielle Cooke

Danielle Cooke

Danielle graduated from ASU with a degree in Jazz Performance in 2008. She then spent 3 years traveling the world working as a musician and music director on cruise ships. After settling back in Arizona, she has continued to work as a professional musician in a variety of different contexts, including playing jazz and top 40 gigs, accompanying choirs, leading praise and worship bands, composing and arranging music, as well as teaching private lessons. She enjoys sharing her love of music with others and helping them achieve their goals.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios and online

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: daniellecookethe-music-store.com


Jon Paul Escobedo

Jon Paul Escobedo

Jon Paul has co-owned The Music Store for 24 years. Prior to that he was the guitar, bass, and drum teacher for 7 years, teaching up to 42 students a week. During those years he also performed Jazz, R&B, Country, Reggae, and Rock with many artists including Francine Reede and Grammy Award winning Dennis Rolland. He was the guitarist in many theater shows including Man of La Mancha, Jesus Christ Superstar, and most recently: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. JP has also spent over 20 years as an instrumental music director at Mountain Park Community Church and Community of Hope Church. JP has also performed several times with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.

Click here to listen to Jon Paul play

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates:$25 per 30 min
Lesson Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Instruments Taught: Guitar and Bass
Contact: jonpaulescobedothe-music-store.com


Charlotte Heiner

Charlotte Ethington

Dr. Charlotte Ethington, oboist, is an active performer and teacher in the greater Phoenix area, where she enjoys a wide variety of musical opportunities. Recent performance engagements have included collaborations with the Arizona Bach Festival, Arizona Cantilena Chorale, Arizona Opera, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, Prescott POPS Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and West Valley Symphony, among others. Charlotte maintains a vibrant private studio for oboists of all ages, and is also in high demand as an oboe instructor and clinician at schools throughout the Phoenix Metro Area.

Dr. Ethington completed her DMA in oboe performance at Arizona State University in 2020, under the expert tutelage of Professor Martin Schuring, for whom she served as a graduate teaching assistant. She also completed a MM in oboe performance at ASU in 2017, and a BM in oboe performance in 2015 at Brigham Young University, where she studied with Dr. Geralyn Giovannetti.

A native New Mexican, Charlotte feels her freezer is never well-stocked unless it contains an ample supply of Hatch green chile. When she is not making reeds, playing oboe, or teaching, she is likely exploring new recipes in the kitchen, reading recent additions to her bookshelf, or playing board games with her wonderful husband, TJ.

Click here to view Charlotte's website

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Oboe, Recorder
Contact: charlotteheinerthe-music-store.com

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Lindsay Killian

Lindsay Killian

Soprano Lindsay Killian has soloed on several opera stages and with several orchestras and choirs throughout the country, among them including the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, Utah Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Chicago's Appollo Chorus, and Desert Choral and Symphony Orchestra in Las Vegas She has performed in recitals including at Lincoln center in New York, and at the Rachmaninoff conservatory (Russia) and on the stage of the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic, as well as in multiple cities throughout Russia and the U.S. She is a winner of the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, among other prestigious singing awards, a mother of 4 including triplets, and a voice, and movement guide.

Taking students high school age and up.

Lindsay's Performances:
Habanera from Carmen
Tatiana's Letter Aria from Eugene Onegin

Currently available for lessons online, and at our teaching studios

Rates: $30 for 30 minutes, $40 for 45 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes
Lesson Days: Thursday/Friday
Instruments Taught: Voice
Contact: lindsaykillianthe-music-store.com


Tracy Kimbrell

Tracy Kimbrell

Tracy has been playing and performing for 20 years and has been teaching since the age of 18.  He teaches all styles of guitar, bass and banjo.  Tracy is currently working on his Masters degree in Music Education.  He is noted for his ability to explain difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.  Tracy will show you the right way to develop your musical knowledge and proper technique.  "If you learn the musical side first, then any style you learn will come much more easily."

Available for lessons 10am-6pm on weekdays, 10am-3pm on Saturday.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Bass Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
Contact: tracykimbrellthe-music-store.com


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Jiyoung Lee

As a Flutist, Jiyoung Lee is in the doctoral program and working as a teaching assistant at Arizona State University.

She has appeared at festicals such as the 13th Flute Convention in Tokyo World Flute Congress Geumpa Flute Ensemble concert, in Japan 2007. As an orchestral musician, Jiyoung Lee has served as second flutist such as the Korea Philharmonic Orchestra and the Korea Catholic Symphony Orchestra.

Internationally, she has performed solo in Euro Festival, in Wien, Austria.
As a Teacher, Jiyoung Lee has led mastclasses at Jungang women's high school in Korea. She has experience teaching woodwind methods courses at Arizona State University and Kyungwha middle school in Korea

She is a member of Geumpa Flute Ensemble and F'Seoul ensemble.
Jiyoung Lee holds degrees from Korea (M.A., Music Performance), and (B.A, Music Performance), Duquesne University (Artist Diploma) and Temple University (Professional Certificate of music performance.) She has performed in masterclasses Jeanne Baxtresser, James Walker, Alberto Almarza, Damian Bursill-Hall (USA), Jean-Michelle Tanguy. (Austria)

Jiyoung Lee has studied with Jennifer Steele, David Cramer, Youngjoo Kim, Chulho Lee, Heyran Park, Elizabeth Buck.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for Rates
Lesson Days:Tuesdays
Instruments Taught:Flute
Contact: jiyoungleethe-music-store.com


Byron Lipkins

Byron Lipkins

Byron earned his B.S. Degree in Music Performance/Education from Ball State University. An elementary and middle school band director in Mesa for over two decades, Byron is a sought after percussion instructor and band clinician throughout the southwest. He has performed with many of the valley's orchestras, played musicals at Gammage, the Sundome, and the Mesa Arts Center as well as a variety of other musical settings. Byron just finished a tour of duty as Timpanist/Percussionist for the Salt River Brass, and is currently performing with the Greg Morton Band. Byron can be spotted on Sundays holding down the bass chair for the World's Most Dangerous Praise Band.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Tuesday and Saturday
Instruments Taught: Drums, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Upright Bass, Ukulele, and Beginning/Intermediate Trumpet
Contact: byronlipkinsthe-music-store.com


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Julia Lougheed

Julia Lougheed began studying the clarinet at age 11. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree, has been an active freelancer and chamber musician, maintained a thriving private studio, collaborated with visual artists and dancers, performed at Festivals in New York City, Jacksonville, and Belgium, commissioned and premiered new works for the clarinet, founded award-winning chamber ensembles, and started her own community engagement concert series in her hometown of Orlando, Florida. Julia is currently finishing a Master of Music degree at Arizona State University, where she studies under renowned teachers Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner.

As a teacher, Julia strives to instill strong fundamental technique in students while encouraging them to find their individual artistic voices. Julia works with students to develop and achieve their personal goals. Julia's students have earned regional and district level honors, while enjoying expressing themselves through music. Julia teaches clarinet and saxophone, and seeks to foster an appreciation for the variety of music available to both instruments. Through group lessons, Julia hopes to foster a supportive social network for young players. She believes students play music at their best when they are having the most fun.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates: Contact for Rates
Lesson Days: Mondays and Tuesdays
Instruments Taught: Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder
Contact: julialougheedthe-music-store.com


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Chris Rice

As an experienced musician, teacher and performer on both piano and cello, I love to share music with others. I have performed extensively with my brother, Johnny, in a wide variety of settings all over the U.S. (from Carnegie Hall to Disneyland), and also in Europe. I studied for 12 years in the private studio of Robert Hamilton, Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. I have also pursued advanced studies in Europe, with Johannes Kropfitsch, Director of Piano at the Vienna Conservatory, and Stefan Wojtas of the Kraków Conservatory. In addition, I have done extended work with Philip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music. On cello, I studied for many years with Taki Atsumi, President of the American Cello Congress and Professor at Arizona State University. I have received coaching on cello from many amazing teachers, including Mstislav Rostropovich, and Eugene Friesen, Grammy Award-winning jazz cellist. The things that I have learned from all of these experiences is what I bring to those who I work with in lessons. I enjoy helping students build a love of and interest in music, and I individualize my approach with each student.

I work with students of all ages and levels in my private studio. I have been invited as a guest teacher in classroom settings around the country, giving master classes to students in private music schools and presenting workshops to students at summer music camps.

Website: www.the-rice-brothers.com

The Rice Brothers in Concert - a brief introduction
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSZixbbJlbQ

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Wednesdays
Instruments Taught: Piano and Cello
Contact: chrisricethe-music-store.com


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Lianna Rivera Rice

As a graduate of Northern Arizona University's wonderful music program, Lianna developed a deep love for sharing the benefits of performing arts through piano education. She began teaching in the East Valley in 2011 and is now a full-time piano teacher having built a thriving piano studio. She has truly enjoyed leading students to achieving their many individualized goals and is committed to designing a personalized piano study program for each student. In both private and group classes, Lianna guides students through repertoire, theory, and music history in uniquely engaging ways. To further develop her teaching skills, Lianna continues her own personal piano practice, researches new teaching methods, and attends numerous teacher workshops/conferences throughout the year. She is also a member of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association which gives her students access to many local events such as Arizona Study Program, Piano Ensemble, competitions and more.

Click Here for Lianna’s website.

Instagram: @lianna_piano

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: $40 for 45 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes
Lesson Days: Thursdays
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: liannariveraricethe-music-store.com


Connor Sullivan

Connor Sullivan

Connor has been playing guitar for over 15 years, starting at the young age of 6 years old! He began his guitar journey with the styles of Metal and Rock & Roll, then moved onto Jazz, Blues, and Bossa Nova. He is now a Music Education student at Arizona State University. Along with his extensive study of music pedagogy, he has been furthering his knowledge of Jazz and Jazz Guitar, as well as all of the styles commonly associated with the American Jazz genre. He has played as a part of a Jazz Combo for various school and public events since High School. He also played in the Front Ensemble of Breakthrough Indoor Percussion from 2017 to 2019, serving as the Rhythm Section Section Leader for his last season. He is an easygoing person by nature, but his passion to push students to be the best they can be is unyielding. He hopes to change the perception of what it means to be a guitar player by creating a new standard for guitar education.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Mondays
Instruments Taught: Guitar and Ukulele
Contact: connorsullivanthe-music-store.com


Kelly Pearson

Kelly Pearson

Kelly graduated Cum Laude from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and has been teaching piano since 2000 at The Music Store. She is an active member of several professional teaching organizations, including the following: East, Valley Music Teachers Association, Arizona State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association. Her teaching philosophy centers around the idea that piano lessons should not only be fun, but should also provide the skills necessary to play piano for a lifetime. Her students participate in recitals, the Arizona Study Program, and utilize technology in the lessons. Kelly's love of music and positive attitude provides a welcome learning environment for students of all ages and abilities.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: $110/month (One 30-minute lesson each week)
Lesson Days: Wednesday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: kellypearsonthe-music-store.com


Lawrence Petross

Lawrence Petross

Lawrence teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass guitar.  He holds a degree from Musicians Institute's Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA.  Lawrence has been a professional musician for more than 30 years and has performed a number of different music styles.  He has been teaching at The Music Store for 25 years and teaches Rock, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Country, Funk, Pop, and Classical music styles.  Lawrence offers customized, individual lessons for beginning to advanced students aimed at accelerated progress in a fun learning environment. View below for a link to his YouTube page.
YouTube

Lawrence's Music:
iTunes
CDBaby

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Dobro, Resophonic
Contact: lawrencepetrossthe-music-store.com


Daga Suchon

Dagmara Suchon-Hobbs

Daga is a professional violin teacher in Phoenix and East Valley. She teaches both Suzuki Method and the curriculum passed down from the Russian school of violin. A member of the American String Teachers Association, Daga is the only teacher in the Phoenix area that hails from a legacy of Eastern European musicians and the H. Wieniawski International Violin Competition. Respected also for her folk and gypsy violin, her family traditions required Daga to play the violin since the age of four. She graduated with honors as Master of Violin and Music Education from the I.J. Paderewski School of Music in Poznan, Poland.

Dagmara's performances have ranged from early music ensembles, to classical symphony orchestras, film music recordings, jazz groups, flamenco guitarists, to corporate shows with an electric violin in Europe and the US. Since relocating to Phoenix, AZ, Daga is very active in cultural of the Valley of the Sun performing with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Musicfest, Duo Polonaise, solo recitals and various ensembles. She offers lessons for top students in her private studio.

As a teacher, Daga places emphasis on consistent training, self-discipline, musical expression, and good citizenship. Every student will participate in a recital each winter, as well as a performance exam (ASTACAP) every spring. Students of all ages and levels are welcome, after they complete an initial interview.

Click here to visit Daga's website!

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Thursday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Violin
Contact: dagasuchonthe-music-store.com


Brittney Walker

Brittney Walker

Brittney began studying bassoon at age nine and piano at age eight. During her high school years, she played with several youth orchestras such as the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), the DuPage Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), whom she also toured central Europe with in 2005 and 2007 and South America in 2009. In addition, she won several concerto competitions and was featured soloist for the West Suburban Symphony, DuPage Symphony, CYSO and MYSO. She was also fourth place winner in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Winds Concerto Competition in 2006. In 2012, she was the winner of New England Conservatory's (NEC) Concerto Competition and soloed in Jordan Hall with the NEC Symphony Orchestra. Brittney studied under William Buchman, assistant principal of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Professor George Sakakeeny at Oberlin Conservatory, where she received her Bachelor's Degree, and Richard Svoboda, principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at New England Conservatory, where she received her Master's Degree. Additionally, from 2014-2015, she was the Adjunct Faculty Bassoon Instructor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. While teaching at Lewis University, she was a member of the Lewis University Faculty Woodwind Quintet as well as a member of the Woodwind Quintet of Chicago. She now resides in Gilbert, AZ as a private bassoon and piano teacher and a freelance musician in the Phoenix Metro area.

Click here to watch Brittney's winning concerto competition solo with the New England Conservatory symphony.

Click here to hear Brittney sitting principal in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and playing the virtuosic opening solo.

Please note that due to COVID-19, this teacher is only doing online lessons at this time.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Saturday
Instruments Taught: Bassoon
Contact: brittneywalkerthe-music-store.com


Tom Young

Tom Young

Tom is a graduate of the renowned Berklee School of Music. For the past 20 years, he has enjoyed a diverse career as a soloist, band leader, theater conductor, studio musician, music teacher, and composer. Tom teaches Jazz, Classical, and Popular styles. He uses the TEY music method for instruction "Blending Tradition with Innovation".

Available for lessons 10am-6pm on weekdays, 10am-3pm on Saturday.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Piano, Flute, Saxophone
Contact: tomyoungthe-music-store.com


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