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.

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.

Click here to visit Steve's website!

Click here to see a music video featuring Steve and his music!

Rates: $25/30 min
Lesson Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday
Instruments Taught: Guitar
Contact: steveconleythe-music-store.com
(602) 481-7482


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


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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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

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."

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


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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 Sungshin women's university (M.A., Music Performance), and Daejin University (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, Chulho Lee, Heyran Park, Elizabeth Buck.

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.

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 Tuesdays
Instruments Taught: Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder
Contact: julialougheedthe-music-store.com


Jenny Madruga

Jenny Madruga

Jenny's love for music and teaching has led her on the path to becoming a singer, music educator, choral advocate, and beat maker. She graduated in May 2018 with her B.M. in Music Education, and a B.A. in Art History from Arizona State University. She is continuing her education with a M.M. in Vocal Performance at ASU.

Jenny began singing at an early age, and joined her first choir in the 6th grade, totaling thirteen years of choral singing in addition to her eight years of private voice coaching with instructors from ASU, most presently, Stephanie Weiss.

This past year, she was an ensemble member in the cast of Les Mamelles di Tiresias at ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre, and was a featured soprano soloist in Bach's Cantata 79 with ASU's Chamber Singers, Choral Union, and Symphony Orchestra as well as an ensemble member of a New Works opera, Halloween Tree, and Behold the Man. Since her debut at ASU as "Armelinde" in Viardot's Cendrillon, she has also performed as an ensemble member of Handel's Acis and Galatea, and Britten's Owen Wingrave.

Jenny is a passionate educator who believes that her role as a teacher is to facilitate musical experiences where students feel comfortable to discover and to investigate, cultivating independent musicianship and self-confidence. Her role is to create an environment that is welcoming and safe where students are free to express their opinions in a space of acceptance, and respect. She strives to encourage and to be compassionate as she guides students to do their personal best as singers and as people.

Rates: Contact for Rates
Instruments Taught: Voice
Contact: jennymadrugathe-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

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

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

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


Robert Plier

Robert Plier

Rob Plier (M.A. Music) is a guitarist, educator, performer and composer. He has taught guitar for over 11 years and was the graduate teaching assistant at Radford University where he helped teach intro to guitar courses to music education majors with the goal of them achieving the competency to teach guitar in public schools. As a performer, Rob has played at the 2016 International guitar festival at Radford Universtiy. He regularly performs at senior living centers, weddings and other events. He has also been a bandleader and has performed in music venues throughout the Washington D.C. area.

Rates: Contact for rates
Instruments Taught: Guitar
Contact: robertplierthe-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!

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 has been a professional singer in The Valley since moving here in 2015 after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University. She recently received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Arizona State University, where she concentrated in Opera and Musical Theatre. During her time at both Penn State and Arizona State, Leia was involved in multiple choirs including Penn Stateís Essence of Joy, and ASUís Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir. She has also been in many operas and musical theatre productions, including Little Women, La Boheme, and Bernsteinís Mass. She has traveled all over the world to sing, including touring Spain and France and singing with The Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh, PA. Leia has won numerous talent competitions, currently directs a church choir, and is an alto in the Grammy-Award-Winning Phoenix Chorale. She loves to perform and teach all genres of music including jazz, pop, musical theatre, opera, and classical. www.leiaelizabeth.com

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Tuesdays
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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