Nikoletta Metropoulos

Nikoletta (Nikki) Metropoulos graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance.
Nikki teaches Orchestra, Jazz band, and Wind ensemble in middle and high school settings.
Nikki teaches beginner through advanced students and excels in preparing students for competitions such as solo and ensemble, county, and state competitions.
She looks forward to teaching her future students!

Jeremy Reynolds

Jeremy has been teaching privately and in group settings for well over 10 years. Having been a performing musician in over 26 states, and producing for many years.
Jeremy has a great perspective on teaching. With his classical training and performance experience Jeremy will help escalate your playing and musicianship to the next level while keeping the learning experience interesting and most importantly fun!
Jeremy has studied music at the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in Jazz, Pop, Fusion, Country and Rock.

Royse Bassham

Royse has been a professional performer and educator for over 25years. He is a graduate of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA and studied with notable drummers such as Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, and Glenn Meyer.
Royse is well-versed in rock, jazz, latin, drum corps, and double bass styles. He tailors each lesson to the needs of the individual with an emphasis on reading, technique, feel, and practical musicianship.
He can be seen regularly with the classical rock fusion band The Hubbtones.

Melissa Jane

Melissa Jane teaches contemporary vocal styles including: pop, rock, R&B, gospel, and country, as well as musical theater.
Melissa also teaches beginning to intermediate piano students.
Melissa has a fun, friendly approach to teaching and is focused on helping each individual student reach their personal goals for singing or playing – whether it be just for fun, a career, or somewhere in between. Melissa has earned awards for excellence in Show Choir and Concert Choir and has received multiple scholarships for her education at Berklee, including the Abington High School Music Department Scholarship. She has been nominated Boston’s Best Independent Artist and is the recipient of an Artist Sponsorship at Bristol Entertainment in Boston.

Genna Bingochea

Genna has been teaching and performing in the Tampa Bay area for well over 14 years.
Genna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music Theater and Dance.
She has also completed music education classes and workshops, including vocal pedagogy, and a Masters course for teachers of singing.

Erich Barganier

Erich is a music teacher, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has taught music for 7 years through the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program, New College of Florida, multiple private music academies, and is a private instructor. Erich was formally trained on orchestral strings, guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, Appalachian dulcimer and more and has over a decade of performance experience covering a wide range of genres, including jazz, bluegrass, classical, rock, and more. He is a dedicated teacher who combines the fundamentals of music theory with a fun, dynamic approach to each instrument. With Erich’s wealth of experience, beginner and advanced students can evolve as a musicians and performers.

Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone is a veteran musician and instructor with over 25 years of experience playing
and teaching the electric bass and guitar covering a variety of styles of music.
During his career as a professional musician, Jeff has had the opportunity to study with
some of the finest musicians and educators in the country including jazz bassist/
composer Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), studio legend Willie Weeks
(George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones), and renowned jazz instructor Char-lie
Banacos (Jeff Berlin, Mike Stern, Michael Brecker).
Jeff is also a studio bassist and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television
commercials as well as CDs including the latest release by Healing Sixes which featured
the song “Fine Time” with blues guitar legend Joe Bonamassa. He recently appeared
on the soundtrack for the documentary film “Come Together: A Beatles Tribute” and also
traveled to Europe to record with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Tracy Chapman)
and engineer Paul Corkett (Radiohead, The Cure).
Jeff has performed at some of the top venues across the U.S. including: Tampa Bay
Blues Fest, Arlene’s Grocery NYC, House of Blues Chicago and Eddie’s Attic Atlanta.
His current and former students include members of jazz bands and orchestras from
Ball State University, Indiana University, University of Indianapolis, Purdue University
and Berklee School of Music in Boston.
In addition to giving private lessons at Sam Ash Music Center, Jeff is also one of the Ash Rock Band program instructors.

Susan McCann

Susan is a professional Pianist and Vocalist from New Zealand, with over 30 years performing and over 15 years teaching experience.
Susan teaches all levels of piano and voice from beginners to professional level.
Susan has completed the Royal Academy of Music of London exams, and has performed as a soloist, with bands, and has had many television appearances.
Susan teaches classical piano and specializes in modern and jazz piano techniques.
Susan teaches all styles of vocals including pop, light classical, musical theatre, jazz and heavy metal and power vocal training.

Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders is quite an established musician and teacher! Joe has been instructing on Bass and Guitar for well over 10 years and teaching all aspects of playing, including scales, modes, sight reading, and chord theory.
Joe is comfortable teaching beginner through advanced students and will help you reach your goals whether it’s becoming a professional player or strumming your favorite song. As well as performing nationally, Joe has performed in NY at the famous Bitter End, and CBGB’s and locally at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Skipper’s Smokehouse and the Tampa theater.

Kristy Leggett

Kristy started studying the guitar at 9 years old and Voice shortly after.
Born and raised in Dunedin, Florida, she went on to graduate from St. Pete College majoring in Music, focusing on Classical Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Theory and Voice.
Kristy has been teaching Guitar, and Bass for over 20 years.
She teaches all styles of music including Rock, Classical, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Pop and Country.
Kristy has played and performed in the Tampa Bay Music scene for over 15 years.
Currently, Kristy is playing Bass and Sings in the popular band,
“Wild Ginger”.

Mike Tzigos

Mike has been drumming for over three decades.
His experience has helped him become a much sought after player and teacher in the Tampa Bay area.
Mike has been teaching drums for over 15 years. Part of Mike’s strengths include being patient, friendly and personalizing each lesson for each student’s individual needs.
Mike has shared the stage with numerous national acts and has performed and recorded with a number of successful local artists.
Currently, Mike performs with the local band Offshore Riot.

Tony Raiano

Tony started playing music professionally at the young age of 12. Tony continued working his way through high school while teaching and performing on guitar and bass.
At 18, Tony moved to Florida and began teaching around the Tampa and surrounding areas.
Tony is an in-demand teacher and continues to perform professionally with his band Tropical Heat.
Tony teaches all styles of guitar and bass and uses a very simple teaching philosophy that will help all students, whether being a beginner or advanced.