Rebekah Trevelise, founder (piano ages 3 - adult, group piano classes, private piano lessons)
Rebekah Trevelise 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 to moderate pressure, moderate intensity and structure, specializes in intermediate through advanced piano students, piano classes
Rachel Browne (private piano and harp lessons, KiddyKeys classes, theory classes)
Rachel Browne served as the principal harpist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia in the city of La Paz for 10 years.There, she also taught music theory in Boliva’s National Conservatory and in the NSO’s own Taller de Estudios Orquestales. Her article “Playing the Harp in Bolivia,” was published in the American Harp Journal in 2007, and she was honored with a medal from the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia for her contributions to national culture and education. Rachel began her musical studies as a pianist, giving her first recital at just 4 years of age, and continuing piano studies throughout high school and college.Rachel holds a Masters in Music from The University of Texas at Austin, where she enjoyed performing with the San Antonio Opera, the Round Rock Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Ball State University, where she was a Whitinger Scholar (awarded for academic excellence, creativity and leadership) and studied with Professor Elizabeth Richter. While a student, she won first place in the Undergraduate Soloist Competition, giving a recital in Osaka, Japan in 2003 at the Osaka Women's University, and studied a semester of Music and Humanities in Vienna, Austria.Rachel was a first-place winner in the Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition, in the American Harp Society Competition, and received the Alliance for Excellence Award in the Performing Arts. As a teacher, Rachel hopes to inspire musicality, confidence, and heightened mental awareness, since music provides a pathway to all ideas and feelings. In addition to teaching piano lessons, she also leads lessons and master classes every summer in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she is a Faculty member at the Rocky Mountain Springs Harp Program.
~teaching style: low pressure, low to moderate intensity, loves making music theory come to life!
Greg Giacona (private piano lessons, composing/arranging, MIDI and digital audio music production)
Greg has been playing the piano since 5 years of age and pursued extensive classical and jazz piano study throughout his college years culminating in a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Piano Performance from Texas Southern University. He holds several professional musician jobs ranging from piano solo to many group types (including his own Austin-based piano/cell duo, Paradiso Piano/Cello), performing in styles from pop to jazz to classical to blues, etc. He also currently does music production services out of his privately owned studio in Bee Cave, and leads worship on Sundays at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, TX. Greg also teaches private piano lessons to all ages and abilities.
~teaching style: moderate pressure and intensity, specializes in classical and jazz with advanced students, building confidence and developing the musician in their artistry.
Lisa Guet (viola and violin instruction, KiddyKeys classes)
Lisa Guet is a violist from France who received her bachelor degrees in Paris in viola teaching, viola performance and musicology. Lisa has performed with the Orchestre National d’île de France led by E. Mazola, orchestra Les sciècles led by F.X Roth, orchestra Ostinato in Paris, and orchestra Sostenuto during some festivals.
Lisa has taught violin and viola since 2013 in music schools and since 2015 in a conservatory in Paris. During her training to get her degree in viola teaching, she learned that students love to learn with a fun and engaging approach, and that it’s important to adapt and choose the right method according to the student.
Lisa also taught violin in preschool and Musical Awakening classes for 3 to 5 years old children in France. She teaches private viola and violin lessons, as well as KiddyKeys preschool classes throughout the Austin area.
~teaching style: low to moderate pressure and intensity, specializes in young children for keyboard prep and violin/viola students of all levels
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.
Trevor Shaw (private voice, guitar, trombone, drum set, piano, and composition)
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.
~teaching style: low to moderate pressure and intensity, provides well-rounded instruction in an engaging manner
Detelina Vuchkova(KiddyKeys classes, private piano and voice lessons ages 3 - adult)
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 a 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.
~teaching style: low to moderate
pressure, fun, patient, and engaging (loves to incorporate theory games when new musical concepts are covered during lessons)
Avery Rogers (KiddyKeys classes, private piano and voice lessons ages 3 - adult)
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.
~teaching style: low to moderate pressure, love to encourage and finds personal application with each student
Wendy Dewerse (private piano and voice lessons ages 4 - adult, KiddyKeys classes)
Wendy Dewerse holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from John Brown University and has been certified to teach music in the state of Texas for 26 years. She has taught elementary music in Round Rock ISD and private piano lessons from her home, as well as children’s choirs and youth worship bands on a volunteer basis. Married for 27 years, she is the mom of five amazing young people aging from 13 to 22, all of whom have been homeschooled. She loves sharing her passion for music with children and adults of all ages.
~teaching style: low to moderate pressure, loves to sing and play duets with students, and teach lead sheets for praise and worship