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BRIAN ROTH (Instructor for guitar, bass and music theory)
CHARLOTTE DARR (Instructor for voice)
DILEK ENGIN (Instructor for violin, viola, and dulcimer)
KEANE GARCELON (Instructor for piano studies)
LISA SUMMERS (Instructor for piano studies)
EDUARDO FARIAS (Instructor for trumpet studies)
JAKE ZEMLA (Instructor for drums and percussion)
VIRGINIA MEEKS (Instructor for beginning piano studies)
RANDY HOLT (Instructor for guitar, bass and Ukulele)
TODD LONG (Instructor for drums and percussion)
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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.
CHARLOTTE DARR – Voice & Piano
Charlotte is a vocal performance and music education major at Michigan State University. She has been involved in the Opera Theatre program at MSU since 2015. She is a member of the University Chorale and Women’s Chamber Ensemble and is the Vice President of the MSU American Choral Director’s Association. She started with music as a bassoon player in the 6th grade but found that the expressive capabilities of the voice drew her to studying vocal performance. She is looking forward to instilling confidence and sharing her love of music and voice with all of her students.
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)
LISA SUMMERS – Piano Instruction.
Lisa, a Michigan native, received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Michigan State University and is currently working on her doctorate in piano performance at MSU. She is also pursuing a second master’s degree in piano pedagogy. Lisa is participating in the Fifth House Chamber Ensemble Residency as a member of the Oculus Trio. She performs in collaborative and chamber ensembles and recently participated in the Todi Encore Music Festival in Italy. Lisa has been teaching private piano lessons for over four years and hopes to increase her student’s joy of music as well as their fundamentals and technique.
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)
RANDY HOLT – Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Randy is an experienced guitar teacher from northern Michigan. He studied music at Ferris State. (Full Bio Pending)
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.
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