Rebekah Trevelise, founder (piano ages 3 - adult, group piano classes, private piano lessons, KiddyKeys classes, Occupational Octaves lessons, composing/arranging/songwriting)
Ms. Rebekah began formal piano instruction at the age of 4, and started teaching piano to students at the age of 15. Upon completing her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Music Education (piano principal) from University of Texas at San Antonio, Rebekah continued to teach students. She joined the Austin Chamber Music Center in 2010, and performed with many different chamber music groups. In 2013, Contagious Harmony, a professional flute and piano duo, was founded, of which Rebekah was the pianist. Rebekah is currently becoming certified as an Occupational Octaves piano instructor in order to provide piano instruction to students with special needs of all ages. Rebekah also recently became a licensed KiddyKeys instructor and is currently exanding KiddyKeys class options for local preschools in Austin.
~teaching style: low pressure, moderate intensity and structure, specializes in young children and students with special needs.
Greg Giacona(private piano lessons ages 7 - adult, theory classes, MIDI music production classes)
Greg Giacona was born in Galveston County on Oct. 22, 1964. The son of an Italian immigrant and a native Texan, he grew up in a very diverse household. At age 5 he began piano lessons and immediately fell in love with music. With parents who both loved music passionately, although of differing styles, Greg was exposed to the music of Chopin to the Beatles and everything in between! As he progressed through his studies Greg entered 7th grade and promptly joined the band, where he played trombone. Although he loved the symphonic band, the piano held his primary interest. Through his band participation, Greg had the opportunity to join the stage band as pianist. This is when he caught the jazz bug!! So, at age 12 or so, Greg had his first group experience with pop and jazz music as pianist. Years later, after enjoying rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues, a college jazz instructor introduced Greg to the genius of pianist Bill Evans and other key jazz pianists. At this point everything changed! This exposure to such a rich harmonic language diverted his musical direction towards this beautiful genre. Make no mistake, Greg still loved pop and rock, but now he was able to merge a deeper sense of harmony and complex rhythms with these mainstream styles.
In 1993 Greg began writing music he felt the world needed to hear. It was unusual in that these tunes were a little bit of everything-pop, jazz, funk and classical. This culminated in the release of "People and Places" in mid-1999. Greg also released another original music collection in 2003, “We Dream As One” again, self-produced but enlisting the aid of a few music friends.
Greg also lived in Dallas, performing with his jazz piano trio, directing several praise bands, and running a home-based recording studio, producing music for various churches, singers and songwriters. Greg has been on staff since Oct. of 2008 at Kingsland Baptist Church as assistant director of contemporary music. In Dallas, he was also an instructor at MediaTech Institute, where he taught music theory/songwriting/production. MIDI and digital audio production techniques were a centerpiece of that course curriculum. From 2013 to 2016 Greg was an adjunct faculty member at Houston Community College where he instructed similar music and audio production courses.
You can hear Greg perform solo piano and with various jazz/pop groups around Houston and Austin. Greg is also an experienced private piano instructor with 25+ years in the piano studio with students of all ages and levels. Recently, Greg has been re-arranging classical piano favorites in pop and rock styles. He’s still producing various projects in his home studio, and having a great time using all the latest technology to create quality music!
~teaching style: moderate pressure, specializing in jazz, rock, and pop styles, concentrated focus on technique and music theory.
Yu-Chien Huang (private piano lessons ages 5 - adult, group piano classes)
Born in Taiwan, Yu-Chien Huang began her musical studies at the age of twelve. She earned her Masters of Music in Piano performance from Texas State University. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Texas Tech University, with an emphasis in piano pedagogy. Prior to studying overseas, Ms. Huang received the national certificate of education and had extensive music teaching experiences for ages from 5-14 years old. During the doctoral program, she taught group piano classes and private lessons for non-music major students in Texas Tech University from 2011-2014. In the collegiate chapter of TMTA (2013), she presented her first study from the pedagogical and scientific point of view in teaching: “Strategies of Teaching Syncopation for Beginner to Early Intermediate Level”. Ms. Yu-Chien is a member of MTNA and loves absorbing more music teaching information; moreover, she has been covering her research from diverse perspectives: neuroscience, psychology, and piano pedagogy, which will be helpful for piano teachers to understand students’ difficulties and capabilities in order to assist students finding their own paths to the success of learning music. Besides focusing on piano teaching, Yu-Chien loves to spend time playing chamber music with music friends, attending outdoor activities, and exploring the world of programming.
~teaching style: low pressure, moderate intensity and structure, focus on technique.
Courtney Pierce ( private piano lessons ages 3 - 15, private voice lessons ages 5 - adult)
Courtney knew at a very young age that music wasn't to be pursued as just a hobby, but that it encompassed everything about her as a person. Courtney was playing around on her little keyboard by age two, and by age six, was introduced to private piano lessons. After studying piano and developing a solid musical backbone with the help of her wonderful teachers, Courtney took up dance and voice lessons and learned that music could be applied to many different things! Courtney began her professional career as a singer/dancer at Six Flags over Texas at age sixteen, and worked there for six years where she developed an even stronger love of performing. Courtney attended The University of North Texas where she studied Choral Music Education Grades K - 12. She was a member of UNT's A Cappella Choir and Collegium Singers for three years. Courtney has toured Taiwan and England with both A Cappella and the UNT Wesley Foundation. It brings Courtney great joy to help young children develop their piano and singing skills early on. Working several years as a Montessori preschool teacher solidified Courtney's true passion for working with youngsters. Last year, Courtney obtained her certification in Music Together, a music curriculum specially designed for young children. Courtney is also a founding member of "Tinsel Singers", a professional Christmas caroling company based in Austin. Courtney is so humbled to get to help students along in their musical journey, and to show them that learning how to play piano and sing can be just as fun as it is rewarding! Courtney uses WunderKeys curriculum and Alfred's Music for Little Mozarts for preschoolers age 3-5, as well as Piano Pronto method and supplemental materials with her students.
~teaching style: low pressure, moderate structure/intensity, loves to play musical theory games with her students to reinforce concepts learned.
Krysti Subieta (private piano lessons ages 3 - adult, ukelele, guitar, voice, songwriting, KiddyKeys classes)
Ms. Krysti loves teaching preschoolers around Austin, including Mariposa Montessori School, White Bird Mintessori, and Austin Tinkering School. Her self-developed group music classes, detailed communication with parents and her passion for teaching children has led to a huge growth of students in the S. Austin area where she teaches. Ms. Krysti currently gives private music lessons to students of all ages starting at the age or 3, on a variety of instruments including piano, ukulele, guitar, and voice. Her engineering background gives her a unique way of explaining the physics of sound and electronics to young children, who are so filled with scientific questions!
Ms. Krysti is classically trained, and has also explored the world of improvisation and contemporary music in private lessons and master classes. Ms. Krysti believes learning piano at a young age is key to understanding music theory, and skills learned on the piano can be transferred over easily to other instruments. In addition to being a nurturing, motivating mentor, she is also a performing artist and composer. Her new album "Find Yourself" features rich examples of her piano and vocal talents.
~teaching style: low pressure, moderate structure, loves exploring all facets of music with students.
Hannah Sansavath (private piano lessons ages 5 - adult and private violin lessons ages 6 - adult)
Hannah began classical piano training (Russian style) at the age of 4 and began teaching piano lessons her freshman year of college. She also began classical violin training at the age of 12 and began teaching violin at the age of 15. Her freshman year of high school, Hannah became the youngest member of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist and continued playing with them until she graduated college. Hannah has competed annually in music theory, piano, and violin events at the local and state level, always bringing back awards and accolades. During her undergraduate work, Hannah was honored from 2013 - 2016 as the most outstanding musician. She graduated with a BA in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Austin College.
Hannah's teaching style for piano uses Russian pedagogy, while her teaching style for violin uses European pedagogy while also incorporating other sources like Suzuki and Doflien method and techniques. Hannah places emphasis on music theory so that her students can better understand both the mechanics and musicality of their pieces. She believes that instilling the love of music within her students is the most important aspect of learning any instrument. She hopes to inspire students to develop and follow their own musical dreams.
~teaching style: moderate structure and intensity, moderate pressure, theory and technique focus.
Chrishawn Michelle Floyd (KiddyKeys classes, private voice and piano lessons)
Ms. Floyd is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in Vocal Performance. Ms. Floyd hails over fifteen years of teaching experience in the public, public charter and private schools of Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Texas. She has also been a teaching artist for the Kennedy Center Disney Musicals of Washington, D.C. Hispanic Alliance, KidsActing and Creative Action of Austin, Texas. Ms. Floyd has taught private voice and piano for ten years in various institutions including the Guitar Center Studios of Austin, Texas. Ms. Floyd speaks Spanish and enjoys being a fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Ms. Floyd uses primarily WunderKeys, Piano Pronto, and Supersonics Piano method/supplemental books in her private piano lessons.
Trevor Shaw (private voice, guitar, trombone, drum set, composition, KiddyKeys Administrator)
Trevor Shaw is an established composer, conductor and performer. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas music school, where he played trombone in the renowned One O'Clock Jazz Lab Band. Since graduating, Trevor has become heavily involved in the world of choral music. He has led choirs throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. His choral and instrumental works have also been performed by many church choirs, professional ensembles and collegiate choirs across the U.S., the U.K., South Korea and Australia. He is the principal conductor and co-founder of the Inversion Ensemble, an Austin-based choral group dedicated to performing new works by Texas composers. Trevor is also very active as a private music instructor, a singer and multi-instrumentalist, and maintains a widely-read music blog. He is co-owner and exclusive arranger of the professional a cappella company, Tinsel. His original compositions are published by See-A-Dot Music Publishing and Kagarice Brass Editions.
Detelina Vuchkova (KiddyKeys classes, private piano lessons)
Ms. Lina has been successfully touring Europe for 14 years as a lead singer and piano player since her graduation from Higher musical Pedagogical Institute. She has been performing on the Scandinavian stages of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, and her native country, Bulgaria. For the last year, she has been teaching children in the early childhood education field in local preschools, and is a proud mom of an almost 3 year old daughter. Ms. Lina provides fun, engaging KiddyKeys classes to preschools in the Austin area and private piano lessons in the Steiner Ranch area.
Avery Rogers (KiddyKeys classes, private piano lessons)
Avery Lea Rogers is an Austin based singer, pianist, writer, composer, and actress. She graduated with a degree in Theatre in May 2016 from Southwestern University where she remained dedicated to music by taking many music classes including theory and vocal pedagogy, and was a member of the Southwestern University Chorale directed by Dr. Kenny Sheppard all four years. She began piano lessons at the age of 4 and began singing lessons at the age of 12. At Southwestern she took private classical voice lessons with Dr. Dana Zenobi and private classical piano lessons with Dr. Pam Rossman. Apart from being a classically trained singer, she has extensive experience in musical theatre/belt style and has been cast in many musicals such as Luisa in The Fantasticks, Louise in Gypsy, and Heidi in [title of show]. She was a member of the Texas All-State Choir in 2012 and was a NATS Semi-finalist in Spring 2014. She is currently in the early stages of her personal project recording music and performing with her band.