Donnie is a professional drummer and drum set teacher located in Nashville, TN. After studying Percussion Performance at West Virginia University and gigging with regional acts in the Pittsburgh area early on, he decided to eventually make Nashville his home. He’s currently at the drum helm for several emerging artists and over the past several years, Morris has been on the road supporting some of country music’s biggest acts. Playing an average of 250 shows a year, Morris can frequently be found drumming in the famous honky-tonks and other venues in Nashville as well. Donnie teaches all drum set styles including Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Latin, Blues etc., as well as song charting and reading; playing to click tracks; rudiments and snare drum studies.
MarVelous began his musical journey at the age of 14 at Whitehaven High School. He pursued his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Tennessee State University. While at TSU, MarVelous had the opportunity to be a part of the internationally known Aristocrat of Bands and Jazz Collegians. Being a part of those organizations opened many doors including touring Columbia, South America and performing at the 2013 Medellian Flower Festival. In addition, MarVelous has had the opportunity to performing in our nation’s capital at the Kennedy Center and the White House at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. He served as the President of the Eta Xi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity of America where he pushed the motto “Advancing Music in America”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Chris is an active performer and educator throughout the Southeast and a frequent performer with the Nashville Symphony. Chris has also performed with major acts including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Ricky Skaggs, Glen Campbell, Bernadete Peters, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Louis Bellson and many others.
Chris can teach all styles to all ages in all levels. Chris uses advanced technology as well as basic learning tools to conform to whatever teaching strategy is needed per each individual student. Chris holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from University of Colorado and has done graduate study at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Chris has taught for over 28 years professionally all ages from 4 to retired seniors. He has had students go on to sign major label recording deals and graduate from such schools as Berklee and G.I.T.
Chris teaches many styles: Rock, Pop, Modern Country, Metal, Songwriting, Flamenco, Gypsy, and other World/Ethnic styles. He is versed in both electric and acoustic and teaches both with a pick and fingerstyle. He also teaches music theory and recording techniques for guitarists and can help any student play his/her favorite songs.