Music Instructors

Each of our instructors hold advanced music degrees, or decades of performance experience, and are carefully selected for their teaching abilities. 

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Adela Jacobsen


Adela has been with Avalon for the past 8 years, and holds a Master’s degree in Piano Performance.  She has been teaching for the past 30 years, and loves helping people play the piano.


Simon Buckner 

Guitar, Bass

The owner of the school actively posts guitar and bass instruction videos on YouTube, where his lessons have been viewed almost 1 Million times during a 12 year period.


David Saborio

Guitar and Piano

David is a graduate of Berklee School of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance.  He specializes in Jazz and Shred guitar, and enjoys teaching all ages of students.  He enjoys teaching piano to beginner and intermediate students.

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Isiak Holiday Jr.

Voice and Piano

Isiak was previously the Choral Director at Royce City High School.  During that time he constantly improved both the men's and women's UIL competition rankings, finally attaining a 1 ranking.  Isiak teaches both voice and piano for beginning, intermediate and advanced students


Maria Sousalima

Voice and Vocal Coaching

Maria enjoys teaching young students who are just starting to find their voice; middle and high school students who wish to develop their vocal capabilities for choir, plays and musicals; and mature students who have always wanted to sing but just never had the time.

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Renata Duff


Renata has been teaching locally for the past 6 years, and splits her time between her own private practice, and our school.  Renata enjoys teaching students of all ages in the art of piano playing, with an emphasis on the proper technical instrument playing skills, music theory and musicality.  


Paul Piper

Drums & Percussion

Paul is a professional touring musician, studio session drummer, currently performing with Michael Martin Murphey.  He's been teaching for the past 20 years and brings a vast amount of experience to our school.


Shona Richardson


Shona holds an honors degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University, and has been teaching piano for over 15 years.  She has a deep interest in traditional Irish music and often volunteers in the "Harp for Healing" program.

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Andrew Segrest

Piano & Organ

Andrew teaches piano & organ for Avalon. He earned his Masters Degree of Music from U.N.T. and enjoys teaching all levels of players, from beginners, all the way to advanced performers preparing for competitions.  Zoom Only

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Steve Gottlieb

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin

Steve is currently earning his Ph.d in Guitar Performance from U.N.T.  He specializes in classical guitar and teaches beginners, intermediate and advanced players. He excels at sight reading, music theory and physical technique.

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Friederike Lehrbass


Friederike Lehrbass is a Suzuki certified violin instructor who taught at the University of Redlands for 4 years.  She has studied with many notable violin instructors including Ed Persie, Nona Pyron and Noemy Wheeler when she lived in California.

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Dennis Fratti

Bass & Cello

Dennis has recently moved to Wylie from the North East, and brings with him over 20 years of Double Bass, Orchestral Bass and Cello experience.

Dennis' experience spans over 20 years including teaching at the university, high school and private level.


James Alers

Violin & Viola

James has 23 years experience playing violin and 10 years teaching. He has experience teaching all ages and enjoys motivating his students by incorporating music they like, while making technique fun. James recently moved to Dallas from Massachusetts.


Kyle Cornelison


Kyle has been playing piano for over 15 years, and is currently enrolled in college earning his Piano Performance Degree.  He specializes in teaching sight reading, correct technique, and helping students accomplish their piano goals.

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Drums & Percussion



Rachel Thompson

Piano, Saxophone, Flute

Rachel holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Physics, and a Masters in Education from UNT.  She has been teaching piano and voice in Garland, Richardson and Killeen ISDs.  She specializes in teaching 3 instruments for us, Piano, Saxophone and Flute.

Music lessons in-person, or online via Zoom