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Jason Valdez

Jason Valdez first picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and has been playing ever since. He graduated from University of North Texas with a bachelors in Jazz Guitar Performance.
Jason is highly skilled in music theory and jazz guitar, as well as rock/pop and blues. He is flexible with students, knowing that everyone learns differently, tailoring each lesson to each student’s needs. He has
a laid back approach which makes each lesson fun and helps build the confidence of new and seasoned players.
You might have seen him performing locally with: The Marcy Grace Band, The Kara Stevens Band, The King William Jazz Collective led by
Bill King and The San Antonio Jazz Orchestra.

John Godoy

John is a gifted Drum instructor who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music and Master’s Degree from Julliard. He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Grand Opera and San Antonio Symphony.
Presently, John serves as Principal Timpanist for the Corpus Christi Symphony and is Assistant Timpanist for the Victoria Symphony and locally directs The UIW Percussion Chamber Group.
Want to learn to play the drums or become a better player? Then come take lessons with the best!

Pedro Valenzuela

Pedro hold’s a Bachelor of Music degree from the Texas Lutheran University School of Music where he specialized in Voice Performance while also studying Piano, Trumpet and Euphonium. Pedro teaches Bel Canto singing as a stable foundation for a wide range of singing styles ranging from opera, music theater and pop. Many of his high school age students have performed in TMEA’s All-Area and All-State choirs and preformed a solo work or in an ensemble at the TSSAE contest. Pedro is active as a vocalist but you will often find him leading church worship services, both contemporary and traditional, all throughout Texas Hill Country.
Pedro loves teaching students from all backgrounds and musical interest, his goal is to help you reach yours!

Rudy Cassilas

Rudy Cassilas studied Jazz and Classical Guitar at SMU. His background includes performing on Radio & TV and being featured in nightclubs in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Over the years he’s played 1000’s of gigs and knows 1000s of songs.
In San Antonio he worked at RBC and Southern Music Publishing as ‘The Guitar Expert’. He has years of experience teaching Rock, Country, Funk, Jazz & Latin mixed with Flamenco. When it comes to teaching, he’s great at making lessons fun and helping students to relax and learn.
He’s not happy unless you’re happy!

Isai Trejo

Isai Trejo has been playing the violin for 14 years. In addition to teaching the violin, he plays the cello, the ukulele, the didgeridoo, the drums, and is a technically versatile rapper and beat-boxer.
He has performed solo parts in concertos, at banquets, graduations and weddings in and around the San Antonio area.
Isai loves teaching students on all levels, making lessons fun and helping everyone reach their musical goals.

Savannah Feher

Savannah Feher picked up her first set of drumsticks at the early age of 5, along the way she also learn to play the Piano, Guitar, Violin and a few Brass Instruments. At the age of 14 she was the drummer for her Church band, and 1st chair percussionist in middle school.
At Earl Warren High School, Savannah was in Marching band, Wind Ensemble, Winter Drumline, and theatre.
Now in College at University of Incarnate Word, she studies Music Therapy, while also performing in the Marching Cardinals Drumline.
Savannah’s experience with Marching Band techniques makes her an excellent instructor for band students!
 

Chris Purcell

Chris Purcell, you might recognize Chris from American Idol (2007) or Rock Star: INXS (2005).
He specializes in teaching guitar, bass and voice to beginners and/or serious performers looking to hone their skills. Whether your goal is to slap the bass like Flea, shred the neck like Steve Vai or be the next contestant on The Voice, he’s got the experience you want in your corner.
Chris loves teaching all genres of music, ranging from classical to heavy metal with lessons that are fun and informative, as he helps you become the musician you’ve always wanted to be!

Katrina Curtiss

Katrina has been performing for over 20 years as a solo guitarist/singer/songwriter.
She has traveled internationally as a performer and guitar teacher with her backpack and guitar over her shoulder, always looking for new ways to play and teach.
Katrina helps you learn what you want to play as quickly as you can learn it and focuses upon each students strengths to encourage their abilities while helping them understand the “mystery of music.”
She believes that each lesson should be fun!

Mike Baez

Michael began his life as a drummer at the early age of five when his grandfather started teaching him drums and how to read music. He attended Texas A&M as a music major. Followed by thirteen years working on the road fine tuning his skills.
He studied with many well known teachers such as Ralph Hardimon, Richard Wilson, hand developement, Ed Soph, Jamey Abersold Camp, Chuck Silverman, Latin drumset, George Padilla, Latin Percussion and Chris Adams, author of The New Breed II. He has been teaching and playing locally for ten years.
Michael’s specialties are drumset-all styles, Snare drum- Mallets-marimba, Latin percussion basic-congas.
Mike teaches many of the Roland V Drum classes and Keyboard

David Garcia

David Garcia graduated with a masters in music and a masters in school administration from Texas State University and taught public school and college music.

David Teaches beginning to intermediate woodwinds and brass.