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Meet Our Talented Instructors in Wylie & Allen TX

At Avalon School of Music, our instructors across all instruments are truly exceptional. With a diverse group of teachers boasting advanced degrees and decades of experience, they create a warm and encouraging environment where students thrive. Their expertise spans various musical styles and techniques, ensuring that each student receives personalized guidance tailored to their unique learning journey. Whether beginners or seasoned players, our instructors inspire a love for music while nurturing talent and fostering growth.

Isiak - Music Instructor

Wylie - Piano & Voice


Isiak brings a wealth of experience and a heartwarming personality to his teaching. With a passion for nurturing budding talents, Isiak imparts his expertise in both voice and piano, welcoming students of all levels with open arms. With a knack for fostering a supportive and inclusive atmosphere in his classes, Isiak's dedication goes beyond excellence in performance, ensuring every student feels valued and encouraged.

Rachel - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


Rachel brings a unique blend of expertise, with undergraduate degrees in Music and Physics, as well as a Masters in Education from UNT. Her extensive experience teaching piano and voice in various school districts, including Garland, Richardson, and Killeen ISDs, reflects her dedication to nurturing students' growth and passion for music. With her keen attention to detail, Rachel ensures each student receives personalized guidance and support, fostering a warm and enriching learning environment tailored to their individual needs.

David - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Guitar, Piano


David, a graduate of Berklee School of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance, is not only an accomplished musician but also a wonderful person to learn from. David delights in sharing his passion for music with students of all ages. David finds joy in teaching piano to beginners and intermediate learners, making him a versatile and caring instructor who goes above and beyond to ensure his students' success and enjoyment in their musical journey.

James - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Violin, Piano


James has over 12+ years of teaching experience, has honed his skills under the guidance of several acclaimed musicians. He studied violin with Grammy Nominated violinist Jesse Mills at The Longy School of Music and has a rich background in piano, having been taught by Curtis Institute of Music Graduate, Reiko Aizawa. Additionally, he enjoys sharing his expertise with piano students with beginner through intermediate lessons, enriching their musical journeys.


Wylie - Piano, Voice


Mary is a seasoned piano instructor with over 35 years of experience, fostering a deep passion for music in students of all ages and skill levels. Her journey with the piano began at the age of 7, sparking a lifelong dedication to mastering the instrument. Throughout her career, Mary has honed her expertise, earning a BA in music education with a minor in piano. Her warm and nurturing demeanor creates a welcoming environment for students to explore the joys of music.  Whether guiding beginners through their first notes or helping advanced pianists refine their technique, Mary's love for teaching shines through.

Dennis - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie & Allen - Cello, Double Bass, Electric Bass


Dennis hails from the North East and has quickly become a cherished member of our community here in Wylie & Allen. With over two decades of expertise in Double Bass, Orchestral Bass, and Cello, Dennis brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his teaching. His warm and welcoming demeanor fosters a sense of belonging, making every student feel valued and supported. From university classrooms to high school halls and private lessons, Dennis has been shaping aspiring musicians for years, and we're thrilled to have him as part of the Avalon family for several years now.

Daniel - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Allen - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass


With almost twenty years of experience, Daniel brings unmatched passion and experience to all aspects of his music. As a gifted performer from Irvine California, He specializes in rock and metal but adds a distinct blues-style undertone and musicality to his playing. Daniel attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood California from 2006-2007, learning all aspects of music—both artistic and technical. He has since implemented that in his fifteen plus years of teaching, encouraging students to both learn and love music.

James - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Allen - Guitar


With over four decades of strumming experience, James has been sharing his passion for music since 1988. From rocking out on stage to laying down tracks in the studio, he's got you covered across various genres like rock, jazz, blues, and classical tunes. James believes in making music education fun and accessible. Whether you're just starting or looking to fine-tune your skills, he offers a warm and comprehensive approach. Get ready to dive into music theory, refine your technique, train your ear, and learn some awesome songs along the way. Join James on a musical journey that's as enjoyable as it is enriching!

Siyu - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


Siyu's passion for piano spans over 20 years, infusing his teaching with rich experience and a deep understanding of classical performance and sight reading. His warmth and enthusiasm make learning enjoyable for students of all ages, and he divides his time between sharing his expertise at Avalon and his private studio. Additionally, it's worth noting that Siyu is fluent in both Mandarin and French.

Ann - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Allen - Piano


Ann has over 35 years of teaching experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Music. She has taught various music courses at Victoria College and Trinity Episcopal School. As a church organist/choir director, she has guided students to achieve notable success in competitions and festivals, including significant scholarships. Ann fosters a love for music and beauty in her students, creating an encouraging environment, especially during adolescence. She believes in the joy of making music together and sees music as a timeless gift that enriches lives indefinitely.

Kaden - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


Kaden, with 10 years of piano experience and the younger brother of former instructor Kyle Cornelison, exhibits remarkable talent and dedication. Kaden enthusiastically teaches students of all skill levels, sharing his advanced understanding of music theory and prioritizing the development of proper technical skills from an early age. With his passion for music and nurturing approach, Kaden is an exceptional instructor committed to fostering a love for piano in his students.

Jason - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Clarinet


Hailing from Garland, Jason, with a B.A. in Music Education & Performance from California State University, exudes warmth and enthusiasm in his teaching approach. With a genuine love for music and performance, he joyfully imparts his knowledge to students of all ages, creating a welcoming and encouraging environment. Alongside his expertise in woodwind and brass instruments, Jason's nurturing personality ensures a fulfilling and enjoyable learning experience for every student.

Steve - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin


Steve has over 10 years of teaching experience and is a true gem in our community. Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Guitar Performance at U.N.T., he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his teaching. Specializing in classical guitar, Steve warmly welcomes beginners, intermediate, and advanced players alike. His strengths lie in sight reading, music theory, and physical technique, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience for all his students.

Maria Voice Instructor

Wylie - Voice


Maria, a seasoned instructor with professional Opera experience in Brazil, finds fulfillment in guiding students of all ages and backgrounds on their vocal journey. She particularly delights in teaching young beginners as they discover their voices, as well as middle and high school students seeking to enhance their vocal skills for choir, plays, and musicals. Additionally, Maria warmly welcomes mature students who have long harbored a desire to sing but haven't yet found the opportunity to pursue it. Her passion for teaching shines through as she helps each student unlock their full potential.

Heather - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Allen - Voice


Heather, a lifelong singer with a deep passion for music, has devoted over thirty years to studying voice and sharing her expertise for more than two decades. Along her musical journey, she has been guided by esteemed mentors such as Kim Childs, Virginia Botkin, Dr. Joni Jensen, and Anne Jackson, enriching her own understanding and teaching approach. Holding a BA in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University,  further enhancing her teaching prowess. Heather's warmth and genuine connection with her students are evident in every lesson she conducts. She not only imparts technical knowledge but also fosters a supportive and nurturing environment where students feel encouraged to explore and express themselves freely.

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Allen - Piano, Voice


With over 50 years of piano expertise, Joan holds a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Florida and a Master's of Music from Southern Methodist University. She has enriched church services for a quarter-century with her musical talents. As an instructor, she's passionate about nurturing students of all ages and levels in piano and vocal studies. Joan creates an encouraging environment where students flourish, drawing from her extensive experience. She believes in the transformative power of music, fostering a lifelong love for it in her students and enriching lives indefinitely.

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Allen - Piano, Voice


Dina, a seasoned Piano & Voice Instructor, brings a wealth of warmth and expertise to her teaching practice. Hailing from Moscow, Russia, she holds a Master's Degree from Music College in Russia, with specialized training in Piano (Methodic of Teaching Piano), Theory, and Voice. With over 50 years of teaching experience under her belt, Dina has honed her craft to cater to students of all ages and skill levels. Dina's approach is as nurturing as it is knowledgeable, creating a supportive environment where students can flourish and find joy in music.

Justin - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


Justin, a composer and multi-instrumentalist, radiates a genuine love for music in all its forms, both in his own playing and in his teaching. Over his 10 years in the music industry, he has lent his talents to diverse projects, crafting music for renowned companies like Adidas, as well as animations, short films, and video games. With his wealth of experience and contagious passion for music, Justin is eager to empower his students to shine like rock-stars!

Shona - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


Shona, holding a degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University, possesses over 15 years of experience in teaching piano. Particularly notable is her remarkable talent in working with young children, where her patience and warmth shine. Alongside her passion for traditional Irish music, she generously volunteers in programs like "Harp for Healing," demonstrating her commitment to using music as a tool for positivity and healing.

Eliana - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Piano


As a dedicated musician, Eliana is deeply passionate about both writing and performing music! Eliana thrives on sharing her passion and knowledge with others, tailoring the teaching approach to suit each student's unique learning style. Her goal is to inspire and empower my students to explore their musical talents and achieve their fullest potential. With over ten years of experience in piano, she has developed a strong connection with her students, guiding them with patience and enthusiasm.

Friederike - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Violin (Suzuki Method)


Friederike is a seasoned Suzuki certified violin instructor with over 25 years of experience, but she's also an exceptional educator who brings out the best in her students. Her dedication to her craft is evident in her training with esteemed mentors like Steve Griffing, and renowned Suzuki teacher trainers Ed Sprunger, Daina Staggs, and Charles Kriegbaum. Beyond her teaching commitments, Friederike finds joy in participating in orchestras and worship bands

Paul - Music Instructor - Avalon School of Music

Wylie - Drums


Paul, a professional touring musician and studio session drummer currently performing with Michael Martin Murphey, is not only highly skilled but also an exceptionally patient instructor. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our school. His passion for music shines through in his teaching, inspiring students to reach their full potential, while his patient guidance ensures that every student feels supported and encouraged on their musical journey. Paul's commitment to his students' growth and development makes him a beloved and effective teacher at our school.

Maci Vioin Instructor

Allen - Violin


Maci Johnson is a 16 year violinist and a sound engineer graduate from the SAE Institute of Technology, New York City, New York. Post graduation, she has mastered her craft by continuing her music endeavor as a Music Director. While arranging performances and teaching violin, shes learned that anyone can learn at any age. She advocates and spreads the message of the exploration of music at any level.

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