Teaching the Suzuki method of Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice and Guitar, Virginia Thompson is more than qualified in teaching students as young as three years of age and up.
Virginia studied music education at the University of South Florida and performed with the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
For many years, Virginia was the musical director at John Hopkins Middle School, performed with the Suncoast Symphony, the Summit Music Society, and has performed for over 25 years with the Tampa Bay Symphony.
Virginia has also performed live with such greats such as Vic Damone, Jane Powell, Al Hirt and guest conductor George Steinbrenner.
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 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.
Dawn graduated from Rollins College in 2005 with a BA in Viola performance on a full scholarship. She has been playing for over 25 years and teaching for 15 years. In 2005, Dawn was the principal Violist for UCF and has performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra and the Space Coast Pops Orchestra. Currently she is in the 1st Violin Section of the Tampa Bay Symphony and also performs in the Pinellas String Quartet. Dawn is also the leader and director of our Kapok Strings program, which is always holding auditions.
Dawn received her Suzuki Certifications at ECU in 2007 and her primary focus is creating the next generation of symphony players. She also coaches Gypsy, Irish, Bluegrass and Rock fiddling.
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 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 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 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,
Born and raised in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, Leo has an extensive career as a music teacher and active musician (both live and recording).
Working full time in different music schools and in his private studio in Buenos Aires, with an
average of 50/60 students a week.
Leo has played in many ensembles including Tango, classical guitar, to rock cover, tribute and original bands. Leo has had many TV appearances and has toured Argentina many times.
Leo moved and settled in the U.S. in 2010. Leo keeps working as a performer and teacher, doing live and studio work, as well as helping others to enjoy the blessing of music.
Leo teaches Guitar in all its forms (Classical, Acoustic and Electric) as well as Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin and Banjo.
Andrea earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University.
Andrea has performed as principal Alto Saxophonist with the American Saxophone Orchestra in Paris and as an Alto With the Choirs of the United States of America at the World Expo in Shanghai.
Andrea teaches all ages on Brass, Woodwinds, Double Reeds, Strings, Guitar and Piano.
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.