Lois Damron has a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance and music education from the University of Akron. She has over 30 years of experience teaching piano, violin, and viola lessons to both children and adults. She has played in various orchestras throughout Ohio over the years including the Akron, Canton, and Stow Orchestras.
Lois recently moved to Florida from Akron, Ohio to be closer to her grandchildren. Her goal is to help make learning music fun for all ages. Teaching music in schools and private lessons throughout the years has helped her fine tune these skills.
At the age of 12, Nderim started studying guitar. Discovering a natural talent for music, at 14 he played bass guitar at Clearwater’s first Jazz Festival, Capitol Theatre, 1980.
He is considered one of the world’s most proficient ambidextrous guitar players, and was featured on Steve Vai’s GuitarTV.com Best of the Best. Continuing his lifelong passion to play, he has played many large stages opening for national acts such as Styx, 3 Dog Night and the Fixx, and also opening for the Doobie Brothers in 2016!
Nderim has taught guitar professionally for the past 10 years. Young and old, his teaching style fosters an enjoyable learning experience. His specialty is Blues, Rock, and Metal improvisation.
Kyle Sareyani a.k.a. Mr. Whiskers has been a musician for 20 years with degrees in musical composition and performance from the University of Maine at Farmington.
Thus far, he has performed in half of the United States with a variety of musical acts and ensembles ranging in the avant-garde to classical to funk.
Having been immersed all things music for his entire life Kyle is excited to be teaching students of all styles, all levels, and all personalities!
Ms. Lauren graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where she studied under the first chair cellist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Her early education of music was formed at Florida State University by being apart of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra for 5 years. Among teaching, she is also a gigging and recording artist performing in local communities. She has a drive and passion to help others with their goals in music. Her music was even featured in a NASA documentary!
Jessica is a classically trained musician who has completed studies in Voice at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts as well as the MIRA program. She has completed her AS in music at SPC and has been teaching privately for a few ears. She is a full time musician with over a decade of gigging experience both locally and across the state of Florida.
She is a very passionate individual and uses a unique approach for creating a fun and engaging experience for her students of all styles and ages. She looks forward to meeting her new students and guiding them as they grow into the musicians they want to be.
Johnny Whiteside attended Full Sail University at the age of 18 and immediately began interning under top producers in Los Angeles. Playing drums and guitar his whole life, he was immersed in music and ready to continue music as his career. He has worked out of studios across the country specializing in various genres including Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Country. In 2015, at the age of 28, Johnny became an Adjunct Instructor at Sanford Brown College in Tampa. He has also trained as a mentor for Recording Connection with Cleartrack Studios right here in Clearwater. Johnny now produces music out of his personal studio.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Corey has been playing for over 34 years and teaching for over 29 years. He holds a music degree in Classical Guitar. Corey has been performing professionally in both groups and solo, in the club circuits in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Southeast. Corey currently performs a solo act at various local venues and select private functions.
Corey was the proprietor of his own music school and has taught for the Hernando Fine Arts Council and the Y Arts Program for Troubled Teens. His dedication to his craft is evident by the full roster of students he keeps. Corey also rehearses and coaches bands to help perfect their skills.
Corey teaches guitar, bass, piano, drums and band coaching. He teaches beginner through advanced students in all styles.