As the Director of Nashville Music Academy, West Virginia native Tatia Rose also serves as a classical piano instructor whose teaching style reflects classical training since age 7, a Bachelor’s in Music from West Virginia University, and 15 years of teaching experience. Rose has also developed a unique music program for children and adults with Special Needs, which was inspired by advocacy work with Autism Speaks. In 2013, she received an award from the Office of The Mayor of Nashville - (Artist Award, presented by Mayor Karl Dean) issued by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People With Disabilities. She is also an active member of the National Recording Academy and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Nashville Acting Coach / Vocal Teacher
Janine Le Clair is among Nashville’s best as an Acting Coach and Vocal Teacher, having built a solid reputation over the last number of years as a Music Row resident talent. On stage, Le Clair has played leading-lady for professional musical and productions internationally, such as The Sound of Music, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Secret Garden, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Annie to name just a few. Le Clair also has vast on-camera talent experience acting in network television commercials for financial institutions, home furnishings, restaurants and tourist destinations as far away as Australia. At her roots, Janine Le Clair hails from Ontario Canada where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theater degree. She was in good company as one of just 17 individuals accepted from across the country into this triple honors program in acting, voice and dance. From a humble small town upbringing, Le Clair earned her education through a scholarship based on her exemplary achievements. Janine Le Clair excels as a teacher herself and now marries her talent and enthusiasm to help others. Sharing her time and experience as a professional Acting Coach and Vocal Teacher is just one way in which she gives back to the community and honors all of her great teachers and mentors. She teaches under the principles of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Meisner and specializes in improvisation and comedy. Le Clair's personality is warm and inviting and her professional coaching style is patient, fun and goal effective.
Nashville Drum Instructor
Nashville Drum Instructor, Phil Yochum was born in Australia and raised in Colorado. He began his rhythmic journey through dance by studying tap/jazz and swing. West Coast Swing dancing took him to L.A. where he competed on a national level. He studied drumset throughout high school with session drummer Dennis Holt and upon graduation, Phil moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Percussion. There he was exposed to different genres of commercial and classical music under the instruction of Brian Fullen, Chester Thompson, Todd London, Dr. Chris Norton and Derico Watson. Drumming for Belmont's Show Choir, Rock Ensemble and Jazz String Septet pushed Phil to master a variety of genres. This experience solidifies Phil Yochum as a premier drumming coach. You’ll gain valuable drum lessons and instructions from this seasoned pro. Phil also works with special needs’ children to incorporate rhythm and motion, allowing them to bypass their verbal/social restraints to express themselves freely.
Nashville Woodwinds Instrument Coach
Originally from Peru, Nashville-based Michael Gutierrez has 20+ years of training, professional gigs, and teaching experience with woodwinds including saxophone,flute, and clarinet. Studying under Belmont’s Associate Dean of Music Dr. Jeff Kirk, the Head of Jazz Studies at MTSU Don Aliquo, and University of Maryland’s Head of Jazz Studies Chris Vadala, Michael has developed a broad range of classical technique, jazz theory, and improvisational skills that place him at the forefront of Nashville’s music scene as a woodwind instruments coach. Michael has performed and/or recorded with such artists and bands as 5-time Grammy winner Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Steve Cropper, Black Mozart Ensemble, and the Nashville Symphony and has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Schermerhorn, Opryland Hotel, Live on the Green, and TPAC. Bringing his passion for all musical styles to each lesson, Michael shares his knowledge and talent with each student, enabling them to gain confidence and master any musical situation they encounter!
Nashville Acoustic Guitar Lessons - Instructor
Rebecca Frazier received a B.A. in Music from the University of Michigan. She has been on staff at Nashville Music Academy since 2008 and has taught music workshops across the U.S. and Canada since 2004. As an award-winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Frazier came to national attention in 2006 as the first female on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and was later picked up by Compass Records for her flatpicking/songwriting solo showcase When We Fall (2013). The album received heavy airplay on SiriusXM Radio and peaked at #3 on the national Roots Music Report Chart. Other honors include Rebecca’s 2009 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award for her work on the Daughters of Bluegrass’ Bluegrass Bouquet album, and Rebecca’s feature appearance singing “Keep on the Sunnyside” on Hank William’s biopic, 20th Century Fox The Last Ride movie soundtrack released by Curb Records in 2012. Rebecca is a founding member of Hit & Run, the first and only band to win all three major bluegrass band contests—Telluride (2003), Rockygrass (2002), and SPBGMA (2005) Festival Competitions.
Nashville Drum Lessons - Instructor
Chris Leidhecker began learning drums in elementary school in Williamsport, PA from his father, Bob Leidhecker. He continued playing both drums and piano in his hometown until leaving to earn his B.S. in Music Education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has played for bands, singer-songwriters, jazz combos, big-bands, churches, concert bands, orchestras, and musical theaters in various places around the U.S., including a year spent playing with some of the SF Bay Area's best jazz musicians. As a composer and arranger, Chris has primarily written for marching bands and has had multiple percussion ensemble arrangements published with drop6 Media, Inc. Chris comes from a family of music educators and has a passion for providing drum lessons as an instructor while delivering dynamic music education.
Nashville Guitar Instructor - Music Lessons
With a well-rounded musical background in rock, funk, blues, pop, gospel, country and jazz, Adam brings a unique style to his guitar and slide playing. A native of Akron, Ohio, Adam moved to Nashville to obtain his Master’s Degree from Belmont University. Adam has also studied guitar with Jack Pearson, Guthrie Trapp and Alfons Kettner. Adam’s teaching philosophy is to connect with a wide array of people, develop music lesson plans for students at different levels of experience and find a common platform to communicate the materials at hand. He makes it a priority each day to become a better instructor while guiding his students in new directions. Teaching guitar and slide are his primary focus, but he teaches music theory, bass and ukulele as well. Adam frequently plays around Nashville with various bands and artists. Be sure to ask him when his next gig is at your lesson!
Nashville Banjo Lessons - Music Education
Music education teacher, Brian Fesler, has taught over 14,000 lessons to everyone from beginners to very advanced players, age 6 to 80 or more. Moving to Nashville at 19, he soon found himself an endorsing artist for the Gibson Guitar Company. Later he toured with Lonesome River Band and appeared on its "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" album. After two years with Dusty Miller, a game-changing band consisting of Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Barry Bales and Tammy Rogers, Brian moved on to perform with David Harvey (Wild & Blue), Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, and the Charlie Sizemore band. Relocating to Minnesota, he toured, performed and recorded with the best in the area. He's been featured on numerous artists' recording projects, including Chris Silver, fiddler Brian Wicklund and Wisconsin favorite Highwater. He has also recorded with bands outside of the traditional bluegrass vein, such as Taconite Haven, Arcana 81, Spy Mob and the Lorie Line Pop Orchestra. In January 2002, Brian became a regular member of Becky Schlegel's touring group, and appeared on five records with her, co-producing four of them. Following the success of Becky's album "Dandelion" and several trips to Nashville to promote it and appear at the IBMA convention, Brian returned to Nashville in the spring of 2009. He currently teaches banjo lessons and is preparing for a new CD release.
Nashville Voice, Piano, Guitar, & Songwriting Instructor
Michaela received a BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music as well as a BA in Social Inquiry from Eugene Lang College in New York, NY. After tutoring through college, Michaela began offering private lessons in 2009. Her focus is on vocal technique, health and performance as well as beginner guitar, piano and songwriting with clients ranging in age from 4 to 60. She has worked in New York City public schools through various arts programs including Brooklyn Philharmonic's SmartArts, providing music classes to under-served students ages kindergarten through 8th grade. She is a published author with Mel Bay Publications (First Lessons: Voice; The Singer/Songwriter Manual; Killer Technique: Voice) and teaches workshops as well as lectures on voice, songwriting and building self-esteem through musical creative expression. In addition to private voice, piano, guitar and songwriting lessons, Michaela is a recording artist and touring musician. Her most recent album, Ease My Mind, was released on Kingswood Records in April 2014 and received critical acclaim from the New York Times to Rolling Stone Country with The Village Voice naming it one of the best Country Albums of 2014. She has appeared at notable festivals or stages including The Bluebird Cafe, Americanafest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest, Floydfest, SXSW and shared the stage with artists Brandy Clark, Pete Seeger (Peter, Paul and Mary), Spirit Family Reunion, Mandolin Orange, Leyla McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and others.
Nashville Voice and Piano Instructor
Dani Elliott is a Nashville transplant from NYC and has been enjoying her time so far in music city. She has been teaching both piano and voice lessons to children and adults for over 8 years. Dani is a singer and piano player and in addition to her own project, has played with artists such as Miley Cyrus, Amos Lee, Sheryl Crow, Allen Stone and more. She recently had an original song of hers featured in a trailer for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' home theatre release and enjoys collaborating with other artists and writers in Nashville and beyond.
Nashville Cello Instructor
A native of Salina, Kansas, Hannah began studying cello at the age of eight. Throughout her time in primary and secondary school, Ms. Koshgarian performed with the Salina Youth Symphony, the Bethany College Orchestra, and the Hutchinson Symphony. After graduating in 2010, Hannah spent her first two years of college at the University of Kansas, where she performed with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra. Hannah transferred to Fort Hays State University in 2012, where she continued to study cello through private lessons, as well as performing with the Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, and various musical and opera pit orchestras. She also spent many of her collegiate years playing with various contemporary worship teams and chamber ensembles in the area. Ms. Koshgarian was the 2014-2015 recipient of the Edwin Moyers Orchestra Award, given each year to an exemplary string student. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology. Since relocating to Nashville in 2015, Hannah has continued her playing with the Spring Hill Orchestra, various worship teams, and several recording artists throughout Nashville. She is ecstatic to be able to share her passion for cello with the youth of Nashville
Nashville Trumpet Instructor
Nick Haynes is a trumpet teacher and professional horn player based in Nashville, TN. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance. As a professional player, Nick has toured and performed with such groups as MercyMe, Tim Akers & The Smoking Section and Denver & The Mile High Orchestra. He also works regularly as a session player in Nashville. In addition to teaching trumpet, Nick also instructs on French horn, euphonium, trombone and tuba. When he's not playing professionally or teaching private music lessons at Nashville Music Academy, Nick coaches marching bands and teaches master classes at various Nashville middle and high school institutions.
Nashville Piano, Organ, Bass, Vocal Instructor
Kery "KG" Greene born in Memphis, TN; grew up in Lawton, OK where he received formal instruction in choral and piano studies as a teenager. He had led music departments for liturgical services in Oklahoma for 20+ years, before moving to the Music City in 2007, to pursue a career as a professional musician. Since that time, He's toured and performed with country music artists Maggie Rose, Jon Pardi, James Otto, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks and Love & Theft; he's also appeared and performed on the network television series "Nashville" for 2 seasons alongside stars; Christina Aguilera, Hayden Penetierre and Steven A. Tyler.
Nashville Violin Instructor
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Leandria was no stranger to music. Born into a family of musicians, she was inspired from childhood to participate in numerous orchestras, camps and competitions. In 2012 she received her bachelors in Commercial Music Performance in violin from Tennessee State University. Since then, she has applied her talents extensively, having traveled as far as the UK and Italy for workshops and classes. Closer to home, Leandria has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr, and Tye Tribbett and has worked on projects with Yamaha, EMI, and Live ON Stage. She enjoys all playing as much as she enjoys teaching with a studio bursting with students of all ages. Leandria is an instructor of private viola, fiddle and violin lessons.
Nashville Drum and Marimba Instructor
Ben Andrews is an award-winning drummer, percussionist, and educator based in Nashville, Tennessee, offering drum and marimba lessons at Nashville Music Academy. Ben started playing drums at age 10, and has since played in chamber groups and bands around the world. He's shared the stage with artists such as Chubby Checker, Matt Maher, Kyle Kupecky, Will Stoltz, Michael Burritt, Chris Deviney, and others. In the classical realm, he's won multiple concerto competitions, including the National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the United States Army Band. He graduated as the Presser Scholar (equivalent to valedictorian) from West Chester University in December 2014 with degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance. Ben has had the opportunity to study with some of the world's greatest percussionists and drum set artists, including Valerie Naranjo (SNL house band, Lion King on Broadway), George "Butch" Ballard (Duke Ellington, Count Basie), and Derico Watson (Victor Wooten). Whether it's soloing on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol building, or accompanying a Sunday evening youth service, Ben hopes that his music spreads love and joy to everyone who hears it.
Nashville Piano and Vocal Instructor
Jamie Hawkins is a private instructor of piano and vocal lessons at Nashville Music Academy. In addition to teaching private music lessons at NMA, Jamie is also the choir director at Independence High School in Williamson County. Before moving to Nashville, Jamie was a high school choir director in South Carolina, where his choirs earned top honors and awards. His choral groups have performed onstage at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, Nassau, Bahamas, Hilton Head Island, and also had the opportunity to perform onstage with the classic rock band, Foreigner. Aside from choral conducting, he is an active pianist. Some of his favorite piano performance opportunities include Schumann's Piano Concerto in A-Minor and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. Jamie has also been heavily involved in musical theater as a director, music director, and actor. His favorite roles include Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Anderson University (South Carolina) where he majored in piano and voice, Master of Education from Clemson University, and has furthered his vocal, piano, and conducting studies at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Westminster Choir College. Most recently, he was excited to discover that he's been named a quarterfinalist for a Grammy Award in Music Education.