John Bennett

John Bennett is a saxophone, clarinet and beginning piano music teacher. His experience in music has led him from the Haight and Ashbury clubs of San Francisco to the Richmond jazz festival. Some of the groups he’s played with include Rock and blues bands, latin/rock groups, 9 piece original funk group (funky citizens), Lucky Diaz and the High Rollers (swing/ska), Entourage (smooth jazz), the music makers (big band/60s/70s) and currently plays with Chan Hall (jazz keyboardist).

John graduated from San Joaquin Delta college in central California with an Associates in humanities with primary studies in music theory, classical technique, jazz improv, composition and arranging.

John studied with Mike McMullen, an accomplished saxophonist and clarinetist who studied with jazz legend Joe Henderson and received classical training and theory from Slovenian composer Maximillan Simoncic.

John’s teaching techniques come from various sources including the inner game of music, strategies that work and developing your own saxophone sound. As a “music coach” as he states, John’s philosophical approach is the progressive and continual development of the personal connection of music to the student. John teaches a wide range of students from the hobbyist to the career path oriented student.

Curvey Reid

Curvey Reid is a percussionist, pianist, composer, band leader, and Educator. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Performance from Virginia State University. Curvey studied percussion with Dr. Andy Harnesberger, Dr. Greg Gianoscoli, Raul Rekow and Giovanni Hidalgo. He has also received piano instruction from Professor Bukner Gamby, Dr. Donna Whitehead, and Debo Dabney. He performs exclusively on Sonor Drums, Musser Piper Vibraphone, Adams Marimba, LP Congas, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks and mallets.

Curvey has performed solo at the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and toured throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe. Currently he plays drums for Premiere Band and he is the band leader for Curv Appeal (in which he is featured on Congas and Vibraphone). Most recently, Curvey Reid can be seen playing drums on a Virginia Lottery Commercial.

His band, Curv Appeal, has opened up for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Will Downing, AWB and has shared the stage with several other known artists. In addition to performing for several Jazz Festivals, Curv Appeal has also been voted the best band of the year for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 for TV 6.

He has provided educational instruction to many high schools and universities throughout Central Virginia as well as nationwide. Educational instruction to include, drum line instruction, percussion camps, and private lessons. He is a highly sought out musician and educator who loves teaching music makers and serious students who are pursuing their own careers in music.


Rebekah Danielson

Rebekah Danielson is a classically and bio-mechanically trained musician and performer. She studied voice, piano, violin, music theory and ethnomusicology at Mount Holyoke College, where she was a Frances Perkins Scholar. Rebekah comes from a musical family and began taking lessons when she was three years old.

Rebekah grew up singing with children’s choirs and when she was sixteen she graduated to adult choirs. In addition to her choral experience Rebekah has performed in musicals, A Capella and small ensembles and as a soloist. Rebekah has experience teaching music to children, teens, adults and mentally/physically disabled individuals.

In 2014, Rebekah taught music at Mount Holyoke College as the Assistant Choral Director, after which she moved to Richmond Virginia and started a private music studio while focusing on her performance career. In 2016 Started an Online Music School and couples that with her in person training. As Rebekah’s love for music education grew through her private studio, Rebekah decided to focus on building a music school that balances rigorous music instruction with the joy and healing powers of music.


Aidan Epply-Schmidt

Aidan Epply-Schmidt first picked up the guitar in high school and hasn’t put it down since. His musical interests started in the hard rock and metal genres but quickly expanded to include blues, jazz, classical, and progressive music. Inspired by his own guitar instructor, Aidan decided to pursue music in college and studied at multiple schools including Amherst College and Gettysburg College’s Sunderman Conservatory of Music. He graduated with a B.A. in music theory and composition.

Aidan’s teaching philosophy is outlined by the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. His goal is to give each student the necessary tools to tackle any piece of music they desire. This includes not only playing technique but also the knowledge to understand the inner workings of the music being played. In short, Aidan aims for his students to know how to play, what they are playing, and why they are playing it. Aidan creates a custom lesson plan for each student according to their goals, needs, and musical tastes. His approach emphasizes encouragement and student feedback to provide a positive and long-lasting relationship with music.

Travon Williams

Travon Williams is a percussionist and music educator. From the age of 4 he had been mentored by great minds within the world of drums and music. Through his training he has acquired skills of 4 snare drum marching techniques, bongo/hand drum accompaniment, drum set, jazz and concert percussion. During his high school years he served as the Tenor Section Leader of the Highland Springs High School Band, 2009-2013. Here is where he learned diversified skills in the world of drumming as the house drummer for all school events home and away (theater, drama club, jazz and pep band).

Travon has performed nationally with recording artists whose genres range from jazz, gospel, and concert percussion. Since graduating, Travon’s career has led him to become a part of a successful rock wedding band, The Commonwealth RVA, that has been fortunate enough to tour the East Coast since 2010. In 2014, Travon had the opportunity to accompany world renowned recording artist Plunky and the Band, and Earnest Pugh on a separate occasion during their summer tours, traveling throughout North America. He is well versed in studio session work and he has the privilege of studying many different drumming and music styles as well as technical and conceptual theories.

Aside from drums and percussion, Travon also play upright bass and is currently mastering the piano. He strives to be the best teacher he can be, which means he is also still learning and finding new ways to apply all that he learns to his lessons. Over the last 8 years Travon has been teaching students of all ages, from 3 year old beginners, to young adults in search of a hobby or aspiring professional musicians, to adults in search of a creative outlet. Travon customizes his lessons to the individual and will help you reach your goals!

Steve Lazar

Steve Lazar is a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Saxophone, Ukulele, Violin, Cello, Mandolin, Trumpet) and music educator new to the Richmond area. He has a passion for performing and teaching and enjoys playing in all musical styles including Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Irish, Blues and Rock n Roll. His musical endeavors have allowed him to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and he has performed at numerous local and national music festivals such as Lockn’, Riverbend Music Festival and Floydfest. He has shared the stage with Kansas, 38 Special and Foghat and has performed as a studio musician at numerous studios including Gary Paczosa’s studio in Nashville.

Steve Lazar received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Old Dominion University in 2009 where he studied guitar, bass, piano, and saxophone. He has taught private lessons for 13 years in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area. He was the Orchestra Director at Cape Henry Collegiate where he taught orchestra and percussion ensemble in addition to private lessons. Steve currently plays bass in Big Virginia Sky, a regional Americana/bluegrass band, as well as being a sideman for a number of local musicians.

In his lessons, Steve focuses on goal oriented learning where the focus is the interests of the student combined with proper playing technique and FUN, because learning music is a lot of fun! Steve has taught students of all ages and levels is always excited to work with experienced or beginning students.

Amy Drossner

Amy Drossner’s parents gave her a flute for Christmas at 13 years old, and she has been playing the flute ever since. She began taking private flute lessons in junior high school and played in her high school concert and marching bands. She continued on to Florida State University where she was a member of the Florida State University Marching Chiefs and learned much about marching rudiments and techniques.

Amy has been a member of several community concert bands performing throughout the local area. A teacher in the public school system, Amy has been an active supporter of the high school music program at the school where she teaches, helping or sometimes sitting in with the flute section in the concert band and helping the marching band with marching rudiments and techniques on the field. She occasionally is a guest performer with EverWilde Band, playing flute on select southern rock and country songs. She also has recently developed an affinity for playing the ukulele and she enjoys sharing her passion for music with those who wish to learn.

Amy has taught languages in the public school system for many years, and having been a student in a music lesson room herself she understands how students learn. She values the importance of getting to know her students – whether in the classroom or in the lesson room – and helping them to achieve their goals.

Peggy Weston

Peggy Weston is a vocalist, actress, arts consultant, and educator. She brings her distinct vocal style to a broad repertoire extending from jazz, to R&B, pop and Broadway. Peggy has performed in the U.S. and internationally in clubs and concerts, television and films, on radio and commercials, adding solo vocal recordings. Her television special Peggy Weston at The Brussels Jazz Club has aired several times in Europe. She has often shared the stage with international jazz artists such as Clark Terry, Kai Winding, Bud Freeman, Eddie Harris, Kenny Werner, Stan Getz’s Quartet, and Toots Thielemans. Peggy is as comfortable performing in an intimate jazz club as she is on a large concert stage.

Peggy studied music and theatre arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, later graduating from Union Institute & University Vermont College with a BA in Business Management focusing on Arts Management. She studied voice in Northern Virginia with Dr. Harold Connell and Jane White. Peggy is admired for her versatility in singing. She attributes this to her studies, the broad diversity of her singing experiences, and a desire to learn and to communicate with people of all tastes.

Peggy is a gifted teacher who is highly respected and loved by students, parents and colleagues. She provides her students with excellent vocal and music skills while supporting their individuality and confidence. She carefully designs lessons to suit each student’s needs, whether beginners or professionals. Peggy’s knowledge, skills, and extensive experience in both the creative and business aspects of the performing arts make her a valuable consultant in her business, Weston World Productions, LLC. She seeks opportunities to share what she has learned and continues to learn in a lifetime in the arts.

Erin Cook

Erin Cook has been passionate about music since she can remember: singing as a toddler and starting piano lessons at the age of five. Throughout grade school Erin continued piano lessons and sang whenever she could, including joining a barbershop chorus with her mom while in high school. As a pianist, Erin participated in many festivals, recitals, and technical skills events.

Erin’s love of music led her to a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Piano Performance from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Outside of class Erin filled her time by accompanying choirs at school, playing the piano for various churches, directing student-run a cappella groups, and forming chamber ensembles with friends who played other instruments. Barbershop was also in the mix wherever life took her.

Erin has taught music students of all ages privately, in the public school system, and as the director and/or pianist of community and church choirs. She knows the value of getting to know each of her students and helping them toward their goals. While passionate about teaching music theory and sight-reading, she gets most excited when it comes to teaching musicality and making the music come to life.

Noah Stidham

Noah Stidham has been playing music for over 10 years. His main focus is on guitar, mandolin, and piano, but he plays and teaches a variety of stringed and keyboard instruments including electric bass, double bass, ukulele, and organ. Noah was the jazz band guitarist and pianist at his high school as well as the choir pianist. He has taken advanced guitar and music theory lessons with Danny Knicely (Furnace Mountain), Pat Donahue (solo guitarist, guest on “A Prairie Home Companion”), Greg Ruby (gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso) and others. He currently manages a local band called “The Mailmen” as well. 

Noah takes a holistic approach to music and music education. He also places heavy emphasis on theory for students wishing to go further in depth during their study. He tries to not only help students achieve their musical goals, but to help expose every aspect of musical brilliance in the blossoming student or the well-seasoned player through discographies and music history.

Micah Lee

Micah Lee became an instructor under the strangest of circumstances. He was once a percussionist in middle school that was transitioned to trombone. Then after his 2nd year in high school, he ended up on tuba. Micah had very little experience playing this horn, yet took on the challenge of majoring in Music Education at Virginia State University.

During his years at Virginia State, Micah learned the secrets to unlocking musical potential in students who may not have had a proper foundation. He became a low brass specialist with a concentration on tuba. He performed with many of the university’s band and choral ensembles and grabbed every morsel of knowledge he could so he could give it back to his future students.

Currently, Micah teaches at two middle schools in the Richmond area where he is the band and orchestra director. As director, Micah believes in a strong musical foundation rooted in theory and consistent application. He wants his students to enjoy all aspects of music and have fun learning as much as they can!

Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley has been playing saxophone for almost ten years. He is attending Virginia Commonwealth University in pursuit of a degree in Jazz Studies and Performance, where he has been on the Dean’s List every semester and recently received a Jazz Scholarship. Michael is a prominent soloist in the VCU Peppas and performs with the top VCU Jazz Orchestra. He also plays with the alternative rock/fusion band Bonne Chère.

Michael is proficient in both jazz and classical playing styles. He works with students of all ages and skill levels and has experience working with special needs children. Michael believes in making learning fun and exciting for his students. He caters to the needs of each student and comes up with personalized learning strategies for each. He also incorporates goals and milestones into lessons to keep his students excited to learn and for them to have something to set their sights on. Being able to share his passion for music with others and encouraging them to be the best that they can be is of the utmost importance to him.