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.


Lacy Alexandra

Lacy Alexandra

Lacy is a group piano instructor at American Family Education. She currently teaches her own children and travels to piano students homes to offer individual instruction. Lacy started playing the piano when she was 6 years old. After becoming too accomplished for her first teacher she moved on to more advanced classes and joined a piano team. She performed and competed at Northern Arizona University at the age of 17. After high school she attended Brigham Young University Idaho where she continued studying music. After BYUI she moved to Arizona and studied Massage Therapy where she currently applies massage skills to benefit herself and her students in their performances. Having a well rounded approach to music, she teaches using auditory, kinesthetic, and visual teaching styles to better help students understand the language of music.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday
Instruments Taught: Piano
Contact: lacyalexandrathe-music-store.com

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.

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

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Steve Conley

Steve Conley

Steve has been teaching professionally for 15 years. He specializes in the rock, blues, country, and metal genres with emphasis on song learning, music theory, song writing, and technique. Steve works with students from all levels and ages to help them meet there guitar goals and make learning fun. As a professional musician, Steve is an international touring and recording artist in the band Flotsam and Jetsam.

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Rates: $25/30 min
Lesson Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
Instruments Taught: Guitar
Contact: steveconleythe-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.

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

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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.

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

Charlotte began her oboe studies at age 11 and enjoyed performing in both school and community ensembles throughout middle and high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 2015 she completed a BM in Oboe Performance at Brigham Young University, where she studied with Geralyn Giovannetti. She is currently pursuing a MM in Oboe Performance at Arizona State University under the tutelage of Martin Schuring.

Charlotte has performed in several festivals and master classes, including the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp in Madeline Island, Wisconsin; Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy; and English horn master classes with Carolyn Hove (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Pedro Diaz (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). She also toured Asia with the Brigham Young University Wind Symphony in May 2015.

Charlotte teaches beginning and intermediate oboe and oboe reed making. She is also passionate about creating opportunities for young players to experience playing and performing chamber music, to help them develop greater musical independence as well as a strong network of peer musicians.

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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Jade Gates

Jade Gates

Jade began playing the cello at age 10. She participated in school orchestras and the Phoenix Youth Symphony throughout middle and high school. She alternates between playing in quartets for weddings and corporate events, to performing solo for church congregations and the rock bands Disturbed and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She has taught beginning cello students previously, and has coached peers as principal cellist for 6 years through orchestral programs. She is currently in the Arizona State University orchestra for non-music majors, and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at ASU in Neurobiology.

Jade has performed in various summer music camps, including the University of Denver's Lamont Summer Academy in Denver, CO, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Orchestra Program in Idyllwild, CA, and the Tetra String Quartet Camp in Scottsdale, AZ. She also played a series of concerts in China with the American Festival Orchestra in 2016. She hopes that her strong enthusiasm for participation in summer festivals and youth symphonies will inspire her students to pursue exciting, new outside-of-school programs.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday
Instruments Taught: Cello
Contact: jadegatesthe-music-store.com

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Jenna Giles

Jenna Misch

Jenna Misch is a Music Educator in the Tempe/Scottsdale area with a specialty in flute performance. Jenna has been playing flute since 1997, and teaches band at both the Elementary and Middle School levels. Jenna is currently a Band Director in the Scottsdale Unified School District. Jenna enjoys providing an environment where students can thrive in their personal and group performances. Jenna holds a Masters’ degree in Music Education from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Southern Oregon University. You can often find Jenna performing in community ensembles throughout the valley on flute or performing on other band instruments for fun.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Thursday
Instruments Taught: Flute
Contact: jennagilesthe-music-store.com

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Emery Harvison

Emery Harvison has been Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Phoenix Symphony since 1996. Emery attended Louisiana State University, graduating with both Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degrees in 1993. After LSU, he was a graduate teaching assistant for ASU Regents Professor David Hickman, and was awarded his Master of Music degree in 1995. He has recorded with Mr. Hickman for Summit Records and has published articles in the International Trumpet Guild and International Trombone Journals. Emery has taught at ASU and currently teaches trumpet, trumpet ensemble, brass quintet and brass studio at Mesa Community College. Emery also regularly teaches master classes in schools throughout Arizona. Students in his private studio have been extremely successful, consistently winning positions in AZ Regional and All State bands and orchestras. In 2016, eight of Emery's students made AZ All State. His students have marched DCI in the Academy, Blue Devils, Carolina Crown and Vanguard. Students have also received music scholarships to ASU, NAU and UofA. Mr. Harvison is an S.E. Shires Trumpet Artist.

Rates: Contact for Rates
Lesson Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Instruments Taught: Trumpet
Contact: emeryharvisonthe-music-store.com


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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 nutritional, vocal, and spacial movement guide

Rates: Contact for Rates
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."

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


Jeff Lauffer

Jeff Lauffer

Jeff studied Jazz & Classical music at ASU where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Music. He has been teaching and performing since 1995. His musical knowledge and ability is expansive. Jeff tailors his lessons to fit each students interests and level of experience, and is very attentive to keeping things challenging, yet fun and easy to understand. He will show you how to gain the most from your practice time and how to practice effectively to get results. Jeff performs all around the valley with numerous groups and is lead guitarist at Carefree Community Church. Lessons are taught on a weekly basis.

Rates: $22/30-minutes
Lesson Days: Wednesday
Instruments Taught: Guitar
Contact: jefflaufferthe-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.

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.

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


Ben Marquardt

Ben Marquardt

Ben Marquardt is a low brass performer and music educator specializing in low brass. He is very interested in new music and has contributed in expanding the euphonium repertoire with the commissioning of two solo works: Time and Space for euphonium and electronics by Nicolas Gutierrez, and Vibrant Colors for euphonium and brass ensemble by Dr. Chris Lamb.

Ben has performed with many ensembles in the United Kingdom, Wisconsin and Arizona, including the Salt River Brass, RNCM Festival Brass Band, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, and the National Band Association College All Star Band. He has also been a guest soloist with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Symphonic Band and the Sierra Vista Community Band.

Ben is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Euphonium Performance from Arizona State University. Ben's previous degrees include Master of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music, Master of Music from Arizona State University, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His primary instructors include Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Steven Mead, David Thornton, Dr. Heather McWilliams, and Dr. Charles Isaacson.

Ben plays on an Adams E2 euphonium, Miraphone 283 Norwegian Star Eb tuba, and Yamaha YBH-621S Baritone. Learn more about Ben by visiting his website at BenMarquardt.com.

Rates:$25/30 min or $40/60 min
Lesson Days: Wednesday
Instruments Taught: Euphonium, Baritone, Tuba, and Trombone
Contact: benmarquardtthe-music-store.com


Mercedes Murrieta

Mercedes Murrieta

Mercedes is a private violin and viola instructor in Phoenix and the East Valley. She also is the String Orchestra Director at a public middle school in Scottsdale for 5th through 8th grades. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ottawa University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at Arizona State University. She is a certified Mark O'Connor Method teacher, and has a passion for learning and applying new teaching techniques.

Mercedes is also a member of the Mesa Community College Orchestra and the Arizona String Quartet. Along with performance instruction in any style of music, Mercedes also tutors in music theory. Her emphasis is on creating a well rounded musician that is skillful on their instrument, but that will also get the most out of whatever avenue the student wants to take, be it composing, performing or teaching. Her instructional style is structured and positive, and she has experience teaching all ages and experience levels.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Viola, Violin, Cello
Contact: mercedesmurrietathe-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.

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 19 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.
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Lawrence's Music:
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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.

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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.

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


Leia Wasbotten

Leia Wasbotten

Leia is a 2015 graduate of Penn State University holding a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance. While studying at Penn State, she was involved in multiple choral ensembles, a cappella groups, church choirs, and opera/musical theatre productions. She has traveled all over the world to sing, including touring Spain and France and singing with The Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also won numerous talent competitions in Pennsylvania, including Happy Valley's Got Talent (2014) and Centre Sings (2015). Currently, Leia is a singer in the Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble, The Phoenix Chorale. In addition to performing, Leia has taught private voice lessons for the past two years, as well as directed children's and church choirs in Pennsylvania and Arizona. She will be starting her Master's at Arizona State University in the fall, pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday
Instruments Taught: Voice
Contact: leiawasbottenthe-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".

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


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