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 Europe 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: Tuesday & Wednesday
Instruments Taught: Guitar, Ukulele
Contact: ericbartthe-music-store.com


Spencer Brand

Spencer Brand

Dr. Spencer Brand is an active trumpeter, composer, and educator based in Phoenix, AZ. Brand currently teaches Trumpet and Aural Perception at Glendale Community College, AZ as an Adjunct Faculty member. Additionally, he directs the Trumpet Ensemble at Mountain Ridge High School and is an Artist in Residence at Brophy College Preparatory. Brand frequently collaborates with Harmony Project Phoenix, and actively presents masterclasses to local high schools and middle schools in the Greater Phoenix Area. Spencer is a member of the Phoenix Brass Collective, and has performed with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Salt River Brass Band, Musica Nova Orchestra, and many other ensembles throughout Arizona as principal trumpet/cornet. In 2018, Brand toured the Czech Republic with the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra, performing in the Estates Theatre and Rudolfinum Hall.

Brand earned his DMA from Arizona State University where his research centered on Czech trumpet playing and repertoire. Brand received his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Composition at Arizona State and holds a BMus in Trumpet Performance with a Management Minor from the University of Minnesota. His teachers include David Hickman, David Baldwin, Robert Dorer, Ladislav Kozderka, and Albert Moore.

Listen to Spencer play: Beethoven's in the House by Josh Oxford
Slavische Fantasie by Carl HŲhne
Concerto in D Major by Johann Friederich Fasch

Rates: $25 for 30 minutes, $40 for 45 minutes, $50 for 60 minutes
Lesson Days: Contact for availability
Instruments Taught: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone
Contact: spencerbrandthe-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 not accepting new students

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 Reed 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


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:Monday-Friday
Instruments Taught:Flute
Contact: jiyoungleethe-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


Chris Lund

Chris Lund

Chris has been teaching guitar full-time since 1997 with a client load ranging from 30-55 students weekly/monthly and was a resident teacher at many music stores in the greater Tacoma/Pierce County WA up until the present when he relocated to Phoenix AZ in June of 2021. One of his former students, Jared Dines, was featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine in 2020 and gave Chris a big shout-out in his video-taped interview with them. With his band's, Loser, International Pop Overthrow and currently Lund Bros he has released 11 full length CDs over the course of the last three decades. All these records are comprised of original songs and have received highly favorable reviews throughout the world. This music is guitar and vocal hook-based rock - think Cheap Trick, Queen, the Beatles, and Badfinger for example. In the decade prior to forming the band Loser in 1993, Chris performed full time as lead guitarist and backing vocalist in many band's ranging from rock, blues, funk, c&w, and top 40. Though Chris specialized in Rock for his own recordings and performances, he is well-versed in many styles, teaching Blues, Jazz and Classical guitar and accepted students of all ability levels.

Website: www.chrislundguitarinstruction.com
Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days: Monday, Thursday, Saturday
Instruments Taught: Guitar, Bass, Banjo
Contact: chrislundthe-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.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios and online

Rates: Contact for Rates
Lesson Days: Saturdays
Instruments Taught: Voice
Contact: jennymadrugathe-music-store.com


Jon Murray

Jon Murray

Jon Murray returned to the Phoenix four years ago with his family after 19 years teaching and performing music in Southern California. Mr. Murray has held several teaching positions, including most recently as orchestra and jazz director at Arizona School for the Arts and Music Theory professor at Grand Canyon University. In addition Jon held the position of Jazz Director at Arizona Christian University, as orchestra and jazz director at Flintridge Prep School in the L.A. area, and other teaching positions at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, California State University Northridge, the Masterís College, and the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Mr. Murray received both his bachelorís and masterís degrees at Arizona State University in Jazz Performance and Theory/Composition respectively. He performs regularly as a bassist in various jazz ensembles and orchestras in the Phoenix and Los Angeles music communities. Mr. Murray continues a busy touring and recording schedule with smooth jazz vocalist Bobby Caldwell.

Rates: Contact for Rates
Lesson Days: Wednesday
Instruments Taught: Upright Bass, Bass Guitar
Contact: jonmurraythe-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.

Rates: $110/month (One 30-minute lesson each week)
Lesson Days: Tuesday/Wednesday
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


Julie Stafford

Julie Stafford

Julie Stafford is an active oboist and teacher in the Tucson and Phoenix areas. Her primary position is 2nd oboe and English horn with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. She also joins the stage with the Tucson Pops Orchestra as a section player and the Green Valley Concert Band as a featured soloist. Julie can also be found playing with various musical theatre companies and productions as a pit musician where she doubles on clarinet, saxophone, and flute.

? Being pedagogically focused, Julie has dedicated herself to draft learning objectives for all types of learners. In her private studio, her students have achieved the highest honors in regionals, all-state, and local youth orchestras. Truly believing in the art of practicing, Julie focuses her efforts on teaching her students how to effectively practice at home and how to gain independence in troubleshooting their music and instrument.

In addition to maintaining a high-level oboe studio, Julie teaches 5th-8th grade band at St. Michael's School in Tucson, AZ. She is the founder of the Tucson Area Independent Middle School Honor Band, in which she also manages and directs.†Julie has also taught middle school orchestra and middle school classical guitar ensembles.

Through music Julie has traveled to China, Brazil, and Mexico for concert tours. Her most notable accomplishment was playing English horn on Dvorak's New World Symphony in Gramado, Brazil for the Gramado Music Festival.

? Julie is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts with a Teaching Artist Certificate from Arizona State University where she studies with renown pedagogue and oboist, Martin Schuring. She also completed her Master of Music in Performance Pedagogy under Schuring's tutelage and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Studies from the University of Arizona.†

? Julie plays on a Howarth XL Cocobolo oboe and a Fox Tristan 580 maple English horn.†

Rates: Check website www.juliesoboe.com
Lesson Days: Contact for availability
Instruments Taught: Oboe, beginning classical guitar
Contact: juliestaffordthe-music-store.com


Ryley Taylor

Ryley Taylor

Ryley is a 2007 graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education followed by a Masters of Arts in Education from Chapman University earned in 2012. She has been teaching public school music for 12 years and teaching private music lessons for over 15 years. She is a recent Arizona transplant and is currently teaching middle school orchestra in the Arizona public school system. Additionally, Ms. Taylor travels as a gig performer and performs at churches on the side. Ryley considers it a tremendous privilege to be in such a position to shape and mold the mind of a child, perhaps changing the course of lives forever. Her goal is to inspire her students to use music as a vehicle to delight, discover and express who they are as their very own individual person. She will seek to give them a unique confidence as their eyes are opened to their potential through the power of music. Ms. Taylor is primarily a strings and piano specialist, as well as plays and teaches the flute.

Currently available for lessons at our teaching studios

Rates: Contact for rates
Lesson Days:Mondays and Saturdays
Instruments Taught:Violin, viola, beginning cello, piano
Contact: ryleytaylorthe-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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