Richard Stolfi

Richard Stolfi originated from New Jersey after being a professional guitar instructor for many institutions such as the Academic Music Conservatory, Park Music Conservatory, as well as being a private instructor for many years within the region. He’s been trained on classical guitar, songwriting, ear training, jazz, harmony, and rock guitar since 1999, and has taught private and group lessons for over 10 years.
Richard also has been involved with playing the guitar for over 40 yeas, gigging and performing at many venues; whether as a solo artist or band, his bands include Audience, Innovations, and currently Rockland County.
While he teaches a variety of genres, his main focus is folk and rock, and his techniques cover traditional and fingerpicking. Any teen or adult who would like to learn from the beginning or hone their skills with songwriting or any of these styles will do well with Richard Stolfi.

Jimi Fritz

Jimi Fritz has been a local guitar professional since 1990. Formally trained by Steve Curtis and Marco Castillio, he also studied at Denver Guitar Institute, Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, and Dallas School of Music. Since then, he’s taught around the DFW to all ages in private studios as well as becoming the lead guitar instructor for an institution for over 5 years!
As a performing musician, Jimi Fritz travels with his band Creeper and many other of his side projects. He has also recorded with multiple Dallas studios and accredited producers such ar Dito Godwin and Chris Bell Creeper.
Jimi Fritz specializes in metal and rock, yet also teaches classical, blues, country, and pop to any age, regardless to the beginner or advanced musician. His goal: “to promote, encourage and inspire others to pursue music by way of playing and mastering an instrument such as the guitar”.

Rich McBain

Rich McBain has been studying, performing and teaching classical piano for more than 25 years. Born in Dallas, Rich studied locally at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts while simultaneously studying privately at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Dr. David A. Karp. He then furthered his training at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with the chair of the piano department, Paul Schenly and critically acclaimed concert pianist, Sergei Babayan.

Rich has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist and collaboratively as a chamber musician and accompanist. His range of teaching experience includes children with special needs, competition level musicians and adults just looking to fulfill life long dreams of learning to play the piano for pleasure.

David Wooldridge

David Wooldridge is a highly accomplished guitarist and instructor. He studied music theory at Eastfield college, later teaching at Pearson music, Bruce music, and private lessons. From 1960’s through the 1980’s he performed in various groups such as Hudson Bay, Rocksgarden, and Powerline. He also performed with Mickey Driscol at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth.
He specializes in rock, country, blues and jazz, alonside his teaching style concentrating on dexterity excersises and fretboard knowlegde along with music theory and general knowledge of music. Great for young teens and adults who want to get past the beginner stage.

David Wilson

David Wilson is a skilled guitarist skilled in many styles. He started playing at age 12 with a deep love for Blues and Rock music. Although he hasn’t had any formal music education, he has spent many years studying music theory and developing his craft. He was the lead guitarist and songwriter for local band King for President before he began making his rounds in the Dallas blues scene. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Whittington, Texas Slim, and Lance Lopez. He is now involved in several projects around the metroplex: BJ & The Kings, Beaux Dove & Skruff, Sister Grove, Adrew Crain Band, Electrik Ants, JDM Trio, and BadKid as the Bassist. David has also developed a love for Jazz and is consistently learning new tunes as well as improving his skills as a musician and teacher. “Music is my life and I firmly believe in its power to bring people together. I love sharing my knowledge of music and helping others progress in their path.”

Erin Doyle

Erin Doyle is a multi-instrumentalist from Overland, Kansas with a love of music and teaching. Graduating from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, she studied flute under professional Jean Larson Garver, also known as the former principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and received her Bachelor of Music Degree in flute performance and her minor in arts management. Within her time at SMU she also studied piano, saxophone, clarinet, and jazz flute. Now residing in Dallas, Texas, Miss Doyle sings and plays flute and piano for church services at SMU, St. Monica, and other surrounding churches. She is currently a piano accompanist for the Junior League of Dallas and other choirs, and is involved with the Dallas community as she plays woodwinds and piano in local bands. Other skills of Miss Doyle include the knowledge and performance of multiple genres, sight reading, and improvising. In her free time Miss Doyle enjoys playing saxophone on street corners and making covers of songs by Ben Folds and Queen.

Erin Doyle is a proud instructor here at Sam Ash in Dallas’ Learning Center where she excels in teaching children and young adults alike. Using her prior knowledge of music performance, she can teach a variety of genres, basic and skilled techniques on all instruments on her repertoire to all her students.

Adam Baxter

Adam Baxter comes from a musically inclined family, with his father a music director and his mother a singer. “I personally started out singing in 1985 at the age of five, and then started taking piano lessons at age nine, and saxophone at age ten”, he remembers. He graduated from Friends University in Wichita KS in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music where he was trained on the saxophone, the bassoon, guitar, bass, didgeridoo, drums, trumpet, trombone, cello, and extended his vocal range to cover up to four octaves. Adam is a performing musician, currently as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the local Nu-Metal band Without Sacrifice, playing all over DFW and the surrounding region regularly. Adam is one of our many guitar instructors who not only instructs for advanced levels, but can teach beginners from the very start.

Mojgan Misaghi

Mojgan Misaghi has been playing and studying classical music for 12 years. She began private violin lessons as a child in her hometown in Iran and studied violin performance at Art Conservatory. Her skills developed quickly leading her to a membership in the Tehran Junior String Orchestra at the age of 14.
Mojgan eventually moved to Austria and studied violin performance at the Vienna Conservatory under the tutelage of noted violin master Prof. Konstantin Weitz. She moved to Dallas in 2016 and began teaching students violin, viola and music theory.

Mojgan is able to teach students of all ages, whether they are complete beginners new to the instrument or more experienced musicians striving to take their playing to the next level. Her goal is to empower each student to explore their instrument’s personality and nurture and develop their performance skills.

Joe D’Angelo

Joe D’Angelo is a professional drum and vocal instructor originally from Piscataway, New Jersey who earned a reputation in the New York City, Jersey Shore, and Philadelphia areas as a popular “go-to” musician and vocalist. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Essentially a blues-rock drummer, Joe is known for his deep pocket and heavy sense of swing and funk with a powerful back-beat. Also a gifted singer, Joe can sing lead or harmony while playing drums or work “out front” as a lead and background singer, portraying an emotional and charismatic presence.

Joe has studied with Jazz legend Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Group) and R&B legend Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin). His extensive performance resume includes touring and concert stage time shared with nationally known artists. Lately, he is less on the road and more working out of his home base in Dallas, playing a few nights a week with regional and local artists.

Joe has been teaching drum and vocal students for over 20 years. He owned and operated his own teaching studio in his native New Jersey before joining the team at Sam Ash Learning Center, Dallas.

Jan Ryberg

Jan Ryberg has been a performer and educator in north Texas for the past thirty-five years.  He has performed with the Dallas Opera, the Ft. Worth Opera, the Dallas Bach Society, the Richardson Symphony, and the guitar societies of both Dallas and Ft. Worth.  He also performs with a variety of small ensembles including the Old Vienna Quartet, the New Chamber Trio, and the Ft. Worth Guitar Society Quartet as well as playing numerous solo concerts. 
Jan is an accredited teacher with a Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In addition to teaching at the Sam Ash Learning Center, he is a guitar instructor at Tarrant County College and Richland College.

Bryan Hansard

Recruited by several top music colleges, Bryan attended Texas Tech University on a percussion scholarship, ultimately earning a BBA in marketing and a minor in performing arts. Bryan has recorded and toured the US with award winning acts while based both in Dallas and Fort Lauderdale. He has a performance background in multiple styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country. Bryan has over 20 years of experience as a music educator and percussion instructor for large music retailers, for his own drum studio and for public schools. Bryan can actively engage beginning, intermediate and advanced level students and compel them to exceed their goals and reach their full potential!

Gary Barkey

Gary Barkey holds a bachelor and master of music degree from the University Iowa, where he studied trombone with Dr. John Hill. As a Doctoral candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, Denton (1975-78) he studied with Leon Brown. He has played trombone for over 50 years, and his private teaching experience dates back to 1975. He recently retired from Dallas ISD as an elementary and middle school band director in June of 2013. Though he teaches the classical approach to technique and tone, his experience as a soloist and as a member of show bands, jazz bands, dixieland groups, and classical orchestra, enables him to offer a variety of styles. He currently performs with the Local 72-147 American Federation of Musicians; New Texas Symphony Orchestra, principal trombonist; Cathedral of Hope orchestra, principal trombonist; Buddy’s Big Band (Ft. Worth) lead trombonist; Substitute trombonist with Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a member of Jazz Monsters, (Ft. Worth), North Richland Hills Symphony Orchestra, principal; Staff musician at Tanner Recording Studios in Memphis, TN; military service as a U.S. Air Force bandsman. Performances with the Air Force concert and jazz bands and the University of Iowa Symphonic band have led to venues on three continents; most of western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Libya Africa, the Carribean, and much of southeastern United States.