Instructors

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Amanda Giese (Voice)

Amanda graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.S. in Theater and Vocal Performance. She was on the Voice and Theater faculty at Patel Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Tamps and teaches music and theater at the Woodruff Academy in Winter Park. She is a professional actress and singer with credits in lead roles at regional theaters across the country. She has been a featured vocalist for Big Bands in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and lead performed in the “Golden Horseshoe” Show at Disneyland, California for 3 years. Amanda has over 15 years of experience in voice, acting and performance coaching.

Scott White (Saxophone & Clarinet)

Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at the University of Florida. He has played sax, clarinet and bass guitar for the past 35 years in Central Florida and has taught clarinet and sax for over 25 years in this area. He is a Florida Bandmaster’s Association member and adjudicator and is owner of Music Shack.

Trey Cross (Percussion and Drum Set)

Trey is well versed in all styles of music on the drum set, including jazz, funk, Latin and rock. He has experience in orchestral and marching percussion and has taught high school and middle school percussion sectionals for years. He has performed in musical theater shows with several groups and jazz venues in Southwest FL and Central FL, as well as performing symphonic music at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He teaches mallet, Latin and marching percussion (snare, bass and quads) and accessories as well as drum set.

Skid (Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica)

Skid has been a professional musician and private teacher since 1974 and continues to play professionally in Central Florida. He teaches all styles of music, from rock to country to jazz. He teaches his students to read, improvise and play by ear. Skid is a very patient and effective teacher with all age groups from children to adults. He has helped several students win scholarships in music over his years of teaching and has written and published a guitar method.

Katherine Nicklin (Flute, Recorder)

Katherine Nicklin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and Master of Arts in Music Education from UCF. She is the Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Valencia Community College and Lake Highland Prep. A professional freelance musician, Ms. Nicklin performs frequently with orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups. As a flute and recorder specialist, instructor, clinician, and adjudicator in central Florida for over 30 years, her students have achieved numerous local, state and national honors. She is a member of the National and Florida Flute Associations and American Federation of Musicians. She teaches all ages, from young children to adults.

Matt Tavera (French Horn)

Matt has a Bachelors in Music Education. He has been the marching assistant to the FSU marching band and assistant director at Cobb Middle School in Panama City. He is currently the brass instructor at Teague MS, Greenwood Lakes MS and Tuskawilla MS. He is sought as a Horn Clinician throughout Florida. He has played with the Tallahassee Symphony, Simphonia Gulf Coast and the Panama City Pops.

Daniel Bevan (Low Brass)

Daniel is a graduate of UCF with a BA in Music Education. He has been a low brass instructor and clinician for 6 years throughout Central Florida. He is a marching band clinician during marching season. He has performed with several ensembles in and around the Orlando area. Daniel enjoys teaching trombone to people of all ages.

Julie Kogan (Violin)

Julie earned a BA degree in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona. She studied with Theodora Mantz MacMilan, founding member of the Lenox String Quartet and John Kendall, Suzuki Master. Julie is experienced in a wide variety of musical genres and has taught privately and in professional studios for over 30 years. She has performed professionally with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Company Orchestra, Mariachi Cobre of EPCOT, Winter Park Musical, Winter Park Playhouse, Orlando Klezmorim, The Grateful Klez and Mariachi Magia. Currently see her performing with the Mariachi Festivo.

FOR BEGINNERS

Within six months, you will learn the basics and be able to:
• Read sheet music
• Understand and play scales and arpeggios
• Guitar students will learn how play simple chords
• Understand how to practice

FOR THE INTERMEDIATE PLAYER

Intermediate students will learn to play songs and improve their technique.
• Practice regularly — 30 minutes per day, or two hours per week
• Continue with regular private lessons
• Play with friends and watch other musicians perform