Matthew Lee has been playing and teaching music for almost 25 years. His diverse and extensive background in many styles, which ranges from Country to Hard Rock and everything in between, has landed him several touring gigs throughout the country and in Europe. He has two Bachelors degrees in Music Recording and Music Business from the University of Wisconsin. He has lived in Nashville for a decade playing on records, performing live and teaching. Matthew’s playing has been featured on network tv including ABC’s “Nashville” and several times on the Grand Ole’ Opry.
Deena Rizkalla is an enthusiastic educator and performer who looks to bridge cultural gaps and forge friendships with different styles of music. Growing up in a suburb of Washington, D.C., Deena began playing the violin in her elementary school music program. Participating in school orchestras from an early age inspired her to go on to become a music educator herself, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During college, Deena was introduced to playing other styles of music such as Old Time and jazz, and became fascinated by how different cultures interacted with music. After graduating, she stayed local and began teaching strings in Title I schools. Currently, she just finished performing a year-long tour with the cast of Barrage 8, a show that combines singing and dancing with playing multi-genre music on string instruments. Deena has also been a participant at music festivals such as Brevard and Green Mountain, and has been a performer at the Silkroad Project’s Global Musician Workshop. This year she is excited to have just moved to Nashville and discover all of the opportunities this exciting city has to offer.
Dustin has played drums for 14 years and bass for 9. Since then, he has lead over 20+ bands and ensembles, and taught well over 200 students of ALL ages. He has arranged, directed and choreographed several groups as both a member and a teacher, instructed 5 high schools, 3 middle schools, a private music academy, and tons of private students. He is classically trained from well over 30-40 teachers and programs from universities to recreational ensembles. Fluent in many genres and styles. As a percussionist, he specializes in rudimental studies with application to drum set and hand percussion. His foundation is set from experience in both summer and winter drumline. As a bassist, he specializes in finger and slap technique, with several elements of music theory and a compositional approach.
Natalie Lovejoy is a composer/lyricist, vocalist, and pianist from Annapolis, MD. As a songwriter, her work has been performed in New York at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, and Off-Off Broadway, as well as in L.A. and San Diego. Her musical Deployed was a semi-finalist at the 2016 New York New Works Festival and is currently under development for a national tour. She studied classical voice at the Peabody Conservatory has performed regionally in musicals and vocal competitions in addition to performing as a singer/songwriter. She began studying piano at age six and has worked as an accompanist and music director. Natalie has been teaching music since 2006, most recently at the Bergen Academy of Music and Art in Oradell, NJ. She loves teaching all ages and tries to foster a life-long love of music-making in her students. Education: New York University (Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition), Catholic University (Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater), the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Johnny Mercer Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University. Professional Member: ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild.
Hailing from North Carolina, Charlie began his musical journey at the age of 13. He later studied music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and has continued to learn and broaden his skills and knowledge of the instrument today. Charlie has been a professional guitarist and bass player in both his hometown of Asheville and here in Nashville for the last six years. Most recently he served as lead guitarist for country artist Ray Fulcher on a national tour and have spent time on the road with artists such as Luke Combs, The Cadillac Three, Kid Rock, Shooter Jennings and many more. Teaching both guitar and bass, Charlie specializes in Rock and Roll, but also teaches blues, country, and many other genres of music and styles. He takes pride in teaching not just the intricacies of any one style but approaching the basics of guitar and helping understand how musicality applies to the instrument in a way that can progress into any style of playing.
Rachel is a classically-trained private vocal instructor. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where her areas of study included classical and jazz vocal techniques, classical music, and the recording industry. She utilizes vocal techniques in relation to breathing, support, placement, and control in order to help commercial and classical vocalists learn to sing in a way that is beneficial to the voice long term, while also improving the quality of the voice. Rachel is also a songwriter and enjoys playing folk rock music. Whether through lyrical content or the expression of the voice, Rachel has a passion for sharing stories and connecting with people through the process of music-making.
Piano/Beginning Ukulele/Beginning Gutiar/Music Theory/Songwriting, Tysa Goodrich began performing in coffee houses at age fifteen. She pursued a bachelor’s in music theory and composition at Ohio State, then went out on tour as a keyboardist-singer-songwriter, traveling through 26 states and Canada with rock band “Blue Max” and show group “Little Rock.” After six years on the road, including studio work in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her career, performing at noted events such as Jerry Brown campaign rallies, “March of the Animals” in Washington DC, the Troubadour and other Hollywood showcase rooms, and sang Star Spangled Banner at Dodger Stadium. She has composed music for films, including end-credit songs, and produced two instrumental CDs. Tysa has returned to the midwest after 30 years on the West Coast, and is currently recording a singer/songwriter album.
Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught over 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. David Fisher has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do.
College and 40 years of professional teaching have equipped David for all kinds of students and all kinds of music. Including theory and improvisation. If your serious about learning you owe it to yourself to study with David.
Nashville session drummer Brian Czach (pronounced “Zack”) has experience playing in every imaginable musical setting, from live shows, film & TV scores, artist sessions, tours, dance bands, and live theater. A graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in percussion performance, Brian has lived in NYC, Las Vegas, and now Music City, performing and teaching lessons for almost 20 years. With an extensive jazz background, Brian can help the intermediate to advanced drummers realize their full potential at the drum kit, including reading, soloing, phrasing, playing to click, developing a groove, and so much more. Brian also specializes in the fundamentals of hand technique (both matched and traditional grip), and applying the rudiments to the drum set. Set up your appointment today!
Pamela Gadler has received training from multiple private instructors, professional musicians and the vocal coach at Sony Records Nashville. Pam’s diverse musical background includes influences of folk, bluegrass, and Western songs. She has toured with country artist Doug Stone, playing keyboards and singing background vocals; she’s been a featured house band artist at the Wildhorse Saloon and her band performs regularly for games and events for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators.
Pamela has taught private music lessons for over seven years and has worked as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words and Music” songwriting program. Whether you are just wanting to learn an instrument for your own enjoyment or perform on stage, Pamela tailors each student’s lessons specifically to help you achieve your goals.
From a small town in New England, Neal holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He has taught private music instruction for more than 6 years on a wide variety of instruments including guitar, voice, piano, brass, percussion and strings.
Aside from teaching, Neal is very passionate about songwriting. His musical tastes range from Led Zeppelin to Duke Ellington to Beethoven. His absolute favorite is the music of The Beatles.
Mark has taught at the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology, located at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA., after graduating with honors. Mark now lives in Nashville, where he has experienced every aspect of the music industry, including extensive touring and recording sessions. Mark currently teaches all levels and styles of guitar lessons. He also offers bass guitar and mandolin lessons.
As a student of Mark Caviness, you will benefit from his experience of teaching hundreds of students and performing in many different venues and formats. He specializes in personalizing lessons based on the student’s level and desire.