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BRIAN ROTH (Instructor for guitar, bass and music theory)
LEAH BRZYSKI (Instructor for voice and piano)
DILEK ENGIN (Instructor for violin, viola, and dulcimer)
KEANE GARCELON (Instructor for piano studies)
COLIN MCCUNE (Instructor for trombone and early childhood education)
EDUARDO FARIAS (Instructor for trumpet studies)
JAKE ZEMLA (Instructor for drums and percussion)
VIRGINIA MEEKS (Instructor for beginning piano studies)
CLAIRE ROSS (Instructor for french horn studies)
JENNIFER PITTMAN (Instructor for cello studies)
TODD LONG (Instructor for drums and percussion)
TRENT HARRIS (Instructor for saxophone studies)
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BRIAN ROTH – Guitar, Bass, & Music Theory Instruction.
Brian is an award winning composer and sound designer who graduated with a degree in music from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 and has since performed in rock bands, jazz ensembles, and orchestras as both a guitarist and bassist. He lived and worked in Los Angeles for twenty years in the entertainment business composing and producing music that has been heard on every major network including work for shows like CBS’s Person Of Interest, FOX’s American Idol, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, CW’s The Flash, and Hard Knocks on HBO among many others. As a sound designer, Brian has produced thousands of commercials for everyone from Disneyland to Doritos and even worked on three Emmy winning documentaries. In 2014 he was honored to win the gold Promax award for best use of music and sound with an ad he produced for ABC’s Agents of Shield. Brian loves to share what he learned with the next generation teaching guitar, bass, music theory, and studio basics.
LEAH BRZYSKI – Voice & Piano
Leah is currently a senior in the music department at MSU where she is studying both vocal performance and music education. She started her music studies in 2nd grade by taking piano lesson in her hometown of Rochester Hills, Michigan and then later adding in years of private voice studies. While working on her bachelor’s degree she has performed as a soprano with the MSU State Singers, the MSU Chamber Choir, the Women’s Chamber Ensemble and has had prominent roles in the MSU Opera Theater. In 2015 she was honored to perform as a soloist in the VIPA festival in Valencia, Spain. She has been a section leader and substitute conductor for several Lansing area church choirs, is a member of the ACDA (American Choir Director’s Association) and is a busy piano accompanist for the MSU Solo & Ensemble program. Leah is fluent in Spanish and enjoys teaching all ages.
DILEK ENGIN – Violin, Viola & Dulcimer Instructor
Dilek is currently pursing a doctorate of music arts in violin performance at Michigan State University. She got her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University and her master’s degree from Marshall University in West Virginia. Dilek has performed as a violinist and violist with dozens of orchestras including the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera, and the Holland Symphony Orchestra. She has played in numerous performances, festivals and concerts and has won several awards including performance based scholarships and a graduate assistantship at Marshall University. Along with years of teaching stringed instrument she is also a skilled dulcimer player, playing and teaching both mountain and hammered dulcimer.
KEANCE GARCELON – Piano Instruction.
Keane is studying music at MSU. (Full Bio Pending)
COLIN MCCUNE – Early Childhood and Trombone Instruction.
Colin is a graduate of MSU with a degree in music and early childhood education. (Full Bio Pending)
EDUARDO FARIAS – Trumpet Instruction.
Eduardo is studying trumpet performance at MSU. (Full Bio Pending)
JAKE ZEMLA- Percussion Instruction.
Jake is veteran of the mid-michigan music scene. (Full Bio Pending)
VIRGINIA MEEKS – Beginning Piano
Virginia is a graduate of the music program at Eastern Michigan University. (Full Bio Pending)
CLAIRE ROSS – French Horn
Claire is studying french horn performance at MSU and comes from a family of music teachers. (Full Bio Pending)
JENNIFER PITTMAN – Cello Instruction.
Jennifer is currently pursing a doctorate of music arts in cello performance at Michigan State University. Jennifer comes from a family of musicians and began playing cello at the young age of 9. She got her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and her master’s degree from Florida State University. She has played in numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Lansing Symphony, Tallahassee Orchestra, and the West Michigan Symphony. Her awards include national third place and Tennessee state winner with the Apollo and Music City Trios at the Music Teachers National Association as well as graduate assistantship positions at Florida State University and Michigan State University. She hopes to instill in her students both a love of the beauty of music and an appreciation for the process of learning herself.
TODD LONG – Drums & Percussion
Todd is a life long veteran of the live Michigan music scene. He grew up in Muskegon Michigan where he first developed his love for drums from his mother. He continued with private lessons throughout high school excelling in marching band and jazz ensemble. He went on to play drums in several popular touring Michigan bands including Dutch Henry, Molly, The Star Darts, and The Verve Pipe. He has been honored to share the stage with such acts as the Goo Goo Dolls, Colbie Calliet, Lifehouse, Lit, Everclear, and many other national recording artists. He has played at music events like SXSW, NXNE, and the Eat’m Music Conference in Vegas and has clubbed coast to coast from the infamous CBGB’s in New York to LA’s famous Whiskey. His music has been heard on such shows as Dawson’s Creek, MTV’s the Real World, Party of Five, and Man vs. Food. Todd’s love of music is infectious and he looks forward to sharing that love with his percussion students.
TRENT HARRIS – Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophone
Trent is a saxophonist from Jackson, Michigan. He began studying classical piano at the age of 4, and then saxophone at the age of twelve in the Jackson Public Schools. Trent has studied both classical and jazz saxophone extensively, including studies at Albion College, Boston’s Music Maker Studio, and with master jazz pedagogue David Bloom at Chicago’s Bloom School of Jazz. After returning from his time spent in Chicago, Trent became a fixture on the mid-Michigan music scene freelancing on saxophone with a number of jazz groups, ensembles, and bands including Dr. Professor Leonard King Orchestra, the Metro Detroit Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Keller Orchestra, the Jackson Jazz Ensemble, the World Class City Band, and the Rhythm Ramblers, Mainstreet Soul, and various other ensembles led under his own name. Trent has strong improvisational skills that he loves to share with his students. Trent teaches both classical and jazz saxophone to students of all levels of ability.
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