Michael Davis

Michael Davis graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Jazz Studies Percussion Performance. He majored in percussion, but he also plays guitar and bass. During his time at GMU he played drum set in the DC metro area with various Big Bands, Jazz combos, Rock groups, R&B bands, and theater companies. After graduating from GMU, Michael joined the United States Marine Corps Band. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and had the opportunity to perform throughout Asia and the Pacific.

While in the Marine Corps Band he was given the opportunity to play at the Virginia International Tattoo, where he played snare drum for the Quantico Marine Corps Band drumline and won 1st place in drumline battles. He also performed at the Japan Self-Defense Force Marching Festival in Tokyo Japan, The 72nd Guam Liberation Day Parade and Celebration, Ground-Zero and 9-11 Memorial Ceremony, the Marine Corps Marathon, and NFL football games. Michael is well versed in Concert and Marching percussion, as well as Mallet and Drum set performance.

Michael has a unique approach to teaching drum set that is customized for every student. He emphasizes the importance of practice and skill development that will be applicable to drum set performance. Michael’s students develop the skills to perform confidently and appropriately while also growing as a musician and an artist. Michael looks forward to working with you on developing your percussion skills.

Travon Williams

Travon Williams is a percussionist and music educator. From the age of 4 he had been mentored by great minds within the world of drums and music. Through his training he has acquired skills of 4 snare drum marching techniques, bongo/hand drum accompaniment, drum set, jazz and concert percussion. During his high school years he served as the Tenor Section Leader of the Highland Springs High School Band, 2009-2013. Here is where he learned diversified skills in the world of drumming as the house drummer for all school events home and away (theater, drama club, jazz and pep band).

Travon has performed nationally with recording artists whose genres range from jazz, gospel, and concert percussion. Since graduating, Travon’s career has led him to become a part of a successful rock wedding band, The Commonwealth RVA, that has been fortunate enough to tour the East Coast since 2010. In 2014, Travon had the opportunity to accompany world renowned recording artist Plunky and the Band, and Earnest Pugh on a separate occasion during their summer tours, traveling throughout North America. He is well versed in studio session work and he has the privilege of studying many different drumming and music styles as well as technical and conceptual theories.

Aside from drums and percussion, Travon also play upright bass and is currently mastering the piano. He strives to be the best teacher he can be, which means he is also still learning and finding new ways to apply all that he learns to his lessons. Over the last 8 years Travon has been teaching students of all ages, from 3 year old beginners, to young adults in search of a hobby or aspiring professional musicians, to adults in search of a creative outlet. Travon customizes his lessons to the individual and will help you reach your goals!

Megan Walter

Megan Walter started learning piano at the age of 7 and has since studied under Janet Atkinson and Martha Puig. She started teaching at the age of 15 and has since been teaching from her home studio. Megan has over 8 years of experience teaching students of various ages, levels, and even languages as she is currently fluent in French, proficient in Spanish and Haitian Creole, and learning Chinese.

Megan’s teaching style consists of a mixture of songs, music theory, practice, and fun. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student’s learning style – whether it is auditory, visual or kinesthetic – according to the student’s personality and the style of music they most enjoy. Hard work and fun is combined in learning songs, memorization games, fun challenges, and rewards.

Larry Cauley

Larry Cauley is a percussionist and music educator. His experience includes rudimental percussion, drum set, and concert percussion. He has performed in the U.S. and internationally, including with The Cadets Drum Corps in the snare-line as their section leader, at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida as a percussionist in the millennium celebration parade “Tapestry of Nations”, and as a lead performer in the percussion group “6 to 1” during tours of South Africa and Taiwan. As an educator, Larry has taught orchestra, band, class guitar, and music theory at the high school level, and is a former assistant band director at The University of Virginia. In 2010 he helped start and performed with The Philadelphia Eagles Drumline. He currently teaches strings and choir at John Rolfe Middle School, and is the assistant band director for “The Peppas” band at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Larry studied music at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, and received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He has studied saxophone, percussion, piano, and music theory, and is admired for his comprehensive experience in multiple genres of music and musical instruments. Larry has experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels, from pre-kindergarten to adult, beginner to students with advanced facilities.

Larry admires talent, but builds his teaching philosophy around hard work, persistence, and desire. He approaches each student with an objective of achieving a balance between time-tested methods verses each student’s individual goals. He is a passionate teacher excited to share his knowledge with students of all backgrounds, ages, and ambition.

Steve Lazar

Steve Lazar is a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Ukulele, Violin, Cello, Mandolin, Trumpet) and music educator new to the Richmond area. He has a passion for performing and teaching and enjoys playing in all musical styles including Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Irish, Blues and Rock n Roll. His musical endeavors have allowed him to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and he has performed at numerous local and national music festivals such as Lockn’, Riverbend Music Festival and Floydfest. He has shared the stage with Kansas, 38 Special and Foghat and has performed as a studio musician at numerous studios including Gary Paczosa’s studio in Nashville.

Steve Lazar received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Old Dominion University in 2009 where he studied guitar, bass, piano, and saxophone. He has taught private lessons for 13 years in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. He was the Orchestra Director at Cape Henry Collegiate where he taught orchestra and percussion ensemble in addition to private lessons. Steve currently plays bass in Big Virginia Sky, a regional Americana/bluegrass band, as well as being a sideman for a number of local musicians.

In his lessons, Steve focuses on goal oriented learning where the focus is the interests of the student combined with proper playing technique and FUN, because learning music is a lot of fun! Steve has taught students of all ages and levels is always excited to work with experienced or beginning students.

Amy Drossner

Amy Drossner’s parents gave her a flute for Christmas at 13 years old, and she has been playing the flute ever since. She began taking private flute lessons in junior high school and played in her high school concert and marching bands. She continued on to Florida State University where she was a member of the Florida State University Marching Chiefs and learned much about marching rudiments and techniques.

Amy has been a member of several community concert bands performing throughout the local area. A teacher in the public school system, Amy has been an active supporter of the high school music program at the school where she teaches, helping or sometimes sitting in with the flute section in the concert band and helping the marching band with marching rudiments and techniques on the field. She occasionally is a guest performer with EverWilde Band, playing flute on select southern rock and country songs. She also has recently developed an affinity for playing the ukulele and she enjoys sharing her passion for music with those who wish to learn.

Amy has taught languages in the public school system for many years, and having been a student in a music lesson room herself she understands how students learn. She values the importance of getting to know her students – whether in the classroom or in the lesson room – and helping them to achieve their goals.

Peggy Weston

Peggy Weston is a vocalist, actress, arts consultant, and educator. She brings her distinct vocal style to a broad repertoire extending from jazz, to R&B, pop and Broadway. Peggy has performed in the U.S. and internationally in clubs and concerts, television and films, on radio and commercials, adding solo vocal recordings. Her television special Peggy Weston at The Brussels Jazz Club has aired several times in Europe. She has often shared the stage with international jazz artists such as Clark Terry, Kai Winding, Bud Freeman, Eddie Harris, Kenny Werner, Stan Getz’s Quartet, and Toots Thielemans. Peggy is as comfortable performing in an intimate jazz club as she is on a large concert stage.

Peggy studied music and theatre arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, later graduating from Union Institute & University Vermont College with a BA in Business Management focusing on Arts Management. She studied voice in Northern Virginia with Dr. Harold Connell and Jane White. Peggy is admired for her versatility in singing. She attributes this to her studies, the broad diversity of her singing experiences, and a desire to learn and to communicate with people of all tastes.

Peggy is a gifted teacher who is highly respected and loved by students, parents and colleagues. She provides her students with excellent vocal and music skills while supporting their individuality and confidence. She carefully designs lessons to suit each student’s needs, whether beginners or professionals. Peggy’s knowledge, skills, and extensive experience in both the creative and business aspects of the performing arts make her a valuable consultant in her business, Weston World Productions, LLC. She seeks opportunities to share what she has learned and continues to learn in a lifetime in the arts.

Erin Cook

Erin Cook has been passionate about music since she can remember: singing as a toddler and starting piano lessons at the age of five. Throughout grade school Erin continued piano lessons and sang whenever she could, including joining a barbershop chorus with her mom while in high school. As a pianist, Erin participated in many festivals, recitals, and technical skills events.

Erin’s love of music led her to a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Outside of class Erin filled her time by accompanying choirs at school, playing the piano for various churches, directing student-run a cappella groups, and forming chamber ensembles with friends who played other instruments. Barbershop was also in the mix wherever life took her.

Erin has taught music students of all ages privately, in the public school system, and as the director and/or pianist of community and church choirs. She knows the value of getting to know each of her students and helping them toward their goals. While passionate about teaching music theory and sight-reading, she gets most excited when it comes to teaching musicality and making the music come to life.

Noah Stidham

Noah Stidham has been playing music for over 10 years. His main focus is on guitar, mandolin, and piano, but he plays and teaches a variety of stringed and keyboard instruments including electric bass, double bass, ukulele, and organ. Noah was the jazz band guitarist and pianist at his high school as well as the choir pianist. He has taken advanced guitar and music theory lessons with Danny Knicely (Furnace Mountain), Pat Donahue (solo guitarist, guest on “A Prairie Home Companion”), Greg Ruby (gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso) and others. He currently manages a local band called “The Mailmen” as well. 

Noah takes a holistic approach to music and music education. He also places heavy emphasis on theory for students wishing to go further in depth during their study. He tries to not only help students achieve their musical goals, but to help expose every aspect of musical brilliance in the blossoming student or the well-seasoned player through discographies and music history.

Micah Lee

Micah Lee became an instructor under the strangest of circumstances. He was once a percussionist in middle school that was transitioned to trombone. Then after his 2nd year in high school, he ended up on tuba. Micah had very little experience playing this horn, yet took on the challenge of majoring in Music Education at Virginia State University.

During his years at Virginia State, Micah learned the secrets to unlocking musical potential in students who may not have had a proper foundation. He became a low brass specialist with a concentration on tuba. He performed with many of the university’s band and choral ensembles and grabbed every morsel of knowledge he could so he could give it back to his future students.

Currently, Micah teaches at two middle schools in the Richmond area where he is the band and orchestra director. As director, Micah believes in a strong musical foundation rooted in theory and consistent application. He wants his students to enjoy all aspects of music and have fun learning as much as they can!

Jason Kincy

Jason Kincy is a woodwind doubler on Clarinet and Saxophone originally from a small island in Washington state, who has found himself in the midst of Richmond’s thriving music scene. His incredibly diverse musical background has afforded him the opportunities to perform in a litany of performance scenarios, both as a freelancer, and as a part of a band he co-founded, Simple Minded Symphony. These performances include classical chamber and full-size ensembles, musical theatre, local religious organizations, small jazz ensembles, big bands, rock bands, and many more. The settings of these performances are as varied as the music itself, ranging from nightclubs and venues to music festivals and performance halls.

Jason is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s in Classical Performance at Virginia Commonwealth University, while also pursuing jazz and audio production avenues. His close work with VCU’s world-class faculty has armed him with a diverse and well-rounded understanding of classical and jazz performance, as well as education. His work as a freelancer and band member/leader has also given him a wealth of knowledge on the business side of music, and how to market yourself in the ever-changing, hyper-competitive profession that is the music industry.

Jason believes that with proper guidance, anyone can hone the musicality that we all intrinsically possess. He’s comfortable working with students both young and old, experienced or beginner. His hope is that each student walks away with a clear understanding of their strengths and limitations, and how to exceed and improve on them.

Max Barrett

Max Barrett is a freelance upright and electric bassist based in Richmond, VA. Max has an extensive background in classical, jazz, rock, and bluegrass bass performance. Growing up in Northern Virginia, he began public performance on upright bass at the age of 9.

Max holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from James Madison University. He has Studied with: Millie Martin, Glenn Dewey, Sam Cross, Karine Chapdelaine, Michael Priester, Chunyang Wang. During his academic career at JMU, Max has had the opportunity to perform as the primary bassist with the JMU Jazz Ensemble, the JMU Symphonic Orchestra as principal bassist, The JMU Wind Symphony, and several jazz combos. Through the JMU Jazz ensemble, Max has had the privilege to perform with amazing artists such as: Nate Smith, Jim White, Joe Sullivan, Matt Niess, Bob Hallahan, Chuck Dotas, Andy Connell, David Pope, and John D’earth. In the JMU Symphonic Orchestra, Max was able to perform with Patti LuPone.

Max has taught students with a wide range of backgrounds and styles spanning in age from 9 to 50. He has worked as a camp counselor and clinician for the James Madison University Spring String Thing orchestra camp. Max’s custom approach to each student allows the student to pursue the music that interests them most. From beginners to hobbyists to developing professional musicians, Max will create your individualized path to musical success.