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Kimberly Pennington

Music Explorers, Group Violin, Violin, and Voice

Kimberly Pennington has been teaching children for over 25 years in public and private sectors, both with regular education students and children with special needs. A mother of five and grandmother to one grandson, she is very aware of the ages of development and stages of learning. She appreciates taking a holistic approach while teaching […]

Jason Schimmel

Guitar (Electric, Aacoustic, and Bass) & Piano

Guitarist, Pianist and Composer Jason Schimmel is a native of southern California and has been performing and teaching professionally for over 20 years. He holds multiple degrees in classical, jazz, film scoring and electronic music from the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of California Los Angeles. He has performed at many notable […]

Peter Martin

Piano, Violin, & Guitar

Peter Martin is an American composer, educator, multi-instrumentalist, and live performer. He began his musical studies at age of 12 and within three years, he was invited to perform for two seasons with the Houston Youth Symphony at Jones Hall. He began attending college classes at age 16 for violin, piano, voice, and advanced music […]

My name is Barbara (Barbi) Irizarry-Rivera and I have a degree from Florida Atlantic University in Commercial Music Business and have been teaching vocals and keys for 3 years now. I first started singing in school when I was in Elementary School learning through music class and soon through chorus. I was always looking for […]

Katherine Clinch has established herself as a versatile and engaging educator and performer who is driven towards fostering her students creativity and individuality through music. At age 14 she enrolled in Juilliard Pre-college in New York City, where she had the opportunity to play timpani with the Manhattan School of Music Graduate Opera, as well […]

Nila Dhinaker

Piano, French Horn

I am an experienced and passionate music educator offering piano and French Horn lessons with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Performance and Behavioral Neuroscience. I studied piano under Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa and French Horn under Dr. Patrick Creel at Southwestern University for three years before graduating with honors as a Paideia-distinguished graduate. During my […]

Bianca Reveles

Voice, Piano & Music Explorers

Bianca Reveles, a native of Dallas, TX, is a dedicated music teacher known for her positive and encouraging approach to education. With almost 18 years of vocal experience, she brings a wealth of musical expertise to her students. Bianca’s teaching portfolio is extensive, encompassing piano, voice, and early childhood music. Her genuine passion for working […]

James Cloyd

Guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, piano, and drums

James Cloyd studied music theory at the Institute For The Arts and has been performing and teaching in Austin for over 15 years. James uses an innovative approach to make music concepts intuitive and accessible to students of all ages and experience levels. Not only do they learn to play their favorite songs, but in […]

Dmitriy Krasny was born near Tashkent in Uzbekistan, which was then part of the USSR. At the age of seven, he moved to the US with his family. He started learning piano at eleven, under the guidance of Miron Galperin and Eva Zinger. Dmitriy earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Recording and Piano Performance from […]

Frederick Jackson is a classically trained pianist originally from Rochester, NY. From a young age, Frederick was surrounded by music through his family and church and being exposed to a wide range of musical genres. Some of his favorites include Classical, Jazz, Gospel, musical theater, and others. He began to discover his passion for music […]