My endless passion for music has led me to become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. I enjoy working with students of all skill levels in a variety of musical styles. Performing and teaching music professionally since 2001, my attention to detail & fundamentals provides a strong musical foundation. I strive to make lessons fun while maintaining a structured approach. Outside of teaching, I enjoy writing, recording, and performing original music with my bands, Keiko and Olive & Willis.
• BA Music Performance, Sam Houston State University
• Former Music Director, Community of Faith Church
concert / marching percussion, drumset
I am a percussionist currently based in Houston, TX. Before focusing on classical music in college, I was passionate about the marching arts and participated in D.C.I. and W.G.I. while in high school. More recent summer experiences have included fellowships at the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, Texas Music Festval , and a summer at the Round Top Music Festival Institute. I have had the pleasure of performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. With 3 years of experience as a private lesson teacher, I enjoy teaching students ranging in experience from absolute beginners to high school seniors moving on to major in music.
• Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance, University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music
• Master's Degree in Percussion Performance, The Juilliard School
concert / marching percussion, drumset
Based out of Houston, I have worked with students at several successful band programs including Dekaney HS, Langham Creek HS, Spring HS, The Woodlands College Park HS, and Bridgeland HS, as well as several middle schools. Since moving to Texas, I have had success with several of my percussion students qualifying for TMEA Region, Area, and State level bands. I am committed to music education and have made teaching percussion my life's work.
• Bachelor's Music Performance, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
• Master's Music Performance, Temple University
I am passionate about music. Holding a bachelor of musical arts in saxophone performance from Sam Houston State University, I have over 6 years of experience teaching students in the Houston area, including 3 years teaching All-State qualifying saxophone players. In addition to my work as a saxophone teacher, I have recently joined the Talent House team as a guitar instructor. I am active in the Houston music scene, performing at local venues, such as White Oak Music Hall and House of Blues, in 2 separate, touring bands on both saxophone and guitar. Being a part of The Talent House team is extremely exciting for me because I love the learning and growth that happens on both sides of each lesson.
• BA Music Performance, Sam Houston State University
bass, guitar, piano
I was born into a musical family. I was introduced to various musical styles at a young age such as; Classical, Opera, Folk, R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Blues, etc.. My mother is a classically trained pianist and an accomplished vocalist. Her love for music transferred to all of her children. There were constant sounds of piano, drums, trumpets, guitars, and singing at home. I began playing trumpet for my school band at age 7 and continued to perform in marching and symphonic bands throughout Junior High and High School. I transitioned to bass guitar at age 15 and began performing in local bands in my hometown. I have been touring internationally since 2003 with grammy award winning artists Israel and New Breed, Marcos Witt and Many others. I consider it a privilege to teach and inspire future generations to pursue their musical passion fully.
• Bass, The Woodlands United Methodist Church
I am a classically trained singer from Houston, Texas. I have been teaching voice since 2019 and I am so excited to be teaching at The Talent House. I want my students to gain confidence and be able to reach their full potential in music. I hope to give technical guidance and teach vulnerability, patience, practice, artistry and empathy to every one of my students. I want my students to be challenged in new ways and discover their natural abilities through the discipline of music. My love for music began here in Cypress singing in my high school choir. I found my love for operatic performance at Lone Star College and eventually transferred to the University of North Texas to major in vocal performance. I have a passion for many genres of music, specifically classical, choral and musical theater styles of singing. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school for operatic performance and eventually sing on stages internationally. For now, I am so blessed to be able to impact the hearts and minds of our future musicians by inspiring them to become the musician they aspire to be. For more information about me as a performer, check out my website: bayleekilgore.com.
• Bachelor of Music in vocal performance, University of North Texas
voice, violin, piano
As a classical singer, I'm driven to achieve excellent artistry in my music with passion and sincerity. I strive to share my love of music and help my students define and reach their goals while gaining confidence technically and creatively. I have experience working with students of all ages and levels across multiple instruments, and love discovering the best ways to connect and grow with them. My love of singing extends to a variety of genres including folk, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. Being able to share different styles of music with my students and see their curiosity and excitement fuel their growth is one of my favorite aspects of teaching. I grew up in Houston performing musical theatre and playing violin, and discovered opera and early music in college. I've sung professionally with Minnesota Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, and Austin Opera in addition to being a featured soloist with Austin Baroque Orchestra and a finalist in competitions such as Hal Leonard and The American Prize.
• Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Southwestern University
• Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Indiana University
• Staff Singer, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church
My appreciation and love for all styles and levels of music continually inspire me to share through several mediums, especially teaching. Something I've always loved about teaching music is the joy that it brings me. Sharing my love for music and skills with my students is one thing, but to see them grow from it and eager to learn more is so rewarding. When I can get my students excited about learning, then I know I'm doing something right. I have 10+ years of teaching experience instructing all skill levels and ages, and I have performed both locally and internationally, while writing and recording with others and performing a variety of genres ranging from motown, jazz, blues, rock, and popular music.
• Bachelor in Piano Performance, Houston Baptist University
• Keys, Second Baptist Church
voice, guitar, piano, ukulele
I strive to meet each individual student where he or she is in their own unique process and work with them to achieve their goals. I have high expectations for my students and do my best to challenge and encourage them to meet their fullest potential. With over eighteen years of experience, I am proficient in many different styles such as rock, blues, bluegrass and country. Outside of teaching, I enjoy leading worship Sunday mornings at Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
• B.A. in Music, Indiana Wesleyan University
• Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance, Rice University
• Worship Leader, Chapelwood United Methodist
I’m a Houston native who has been teaching in the Greater Houston area for 5+ years. I have a strong passion for teaching my students and helping them thrive at competitions. This shows at the academic level with the majority of my students winning district, region, and even area / state level auditions. One of the things I love about teaching is how my students help me to grow as a teacher. They present new and fun challenges for me as a musician and as a person. I am proficient in both classical and jazz styles. I have had the honor to record with legendary jazz trombonist Bill Watrous, as well as playing with other great jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, John Fedchock, Ed Soph, and many others. Outside of teaching, I enjoy playing local gigs with my trio, Montes Trio.
• BA Saxophone Performance and Emphasis in Jazz, Sam Houston State University
viola, violin, piano, ukulele, voice
I am a violist and native Houstonian that has been teaching and performing in DFW for the past few years. I am currently finishing my degree in music education at Sam Houston State University. I started my musical journey at the age of five on violin. At the age of eleven I switched to viola and was soon to add voice while continuing the piano. I have been teaching orchestral strings, and piano for about five years and have had the opportunity to perform throughout Texas. Although performing is a passion of mine; my true joy comes from seeing my students reach their musical goals. Many have been successful performing in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, Youth Symphony of Denton, and All-Region Ensembles. I strive to teach my students an appreciation for music, a strong technical foundation, and to create music they love.
• Music Education Major, Sam Houston State University
voice, guitar, bass, drums, ukulele
I am a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Houston, TX. I started my guitar and vocal studies in 2003 when I was asked to sing at church. This led to a long musical career as a worship leader and instrumentalist, as well as a choral singer and director. When I began playing guitar, I quickly formed and joined as many bands as possible to hone my craft. I believe that one-on-one lessons are hugely beneficial to musicians of all levels. The structure of private lessons is what led me to proficiency in guitar, electric bass, drums, and vocals. I believe that everyone can learn to be a musician if they are provided with a patient teacher. I strive to lead students to discover music at a pace that is challenging, but not overwhelming. To me, it is important to be well rounded, and as such I have spent my years learning as many different styles as possible.
• BA in Choral Music Education, UNT
• Multi-Instrumentalist, San Jacinto Church
• Former Touring Bassist / Back-Up Singer, The Powell Brothers
guitar, drums, percussion, bass, song writing
As drummer/percussionist for fourteen years and guitarist for eleven years, my experience playing in marching bands, worship bands, and in local shows has given me me much knowledge to share through teaching. I've enjoyed teaching private lessons for 5 years now and I love watching a student nail something that they swore up and down was too hard for them to learn. I am very patient and given enough time, encouragement, and practice, I can help any student become a better player with the end goal of self-sufficiency. I try to teach how to learn, not just how play. Outside of teaching at The Talent House, I love to write original music and perform around Cypress, Tomball, and Houston.
• Worship Leader, Good Shepard UMCB
Born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, I began my drum studies at the age of 12 at Zimbo Trio Music School and later moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. I have been playing drums professionally for over 30 years and have over 20 years of teaching experience, including New York University and Columbia. I specialize in latin/jazz styles, but enjoy teaching all genres and skill levels beginner - advanced. Outside of teaching, I enjoy performing with my group, Adriano Santos quartet. I am currently an artist endorser for Vic Firth sticks, Canopus drums, and Istanbul Agop cymbals. For more information, feel free to visit my website, www.adrianosantos.com.
• Bachelors degree, Berklee School Of Music
• Drums, Second Baptist Church
I first discovered my love for music at the age of 9 and have been playing guitar professionally & teaching for over 10 years. Over the past 10 years, I've had the opportunity to study various styles such as classical, pop, jazz, blues (delta & bottleneck) and rock. I custom tailor my lessons according to each students needs, desires, strengths, and weaknesses. I believe keeping good time, knowing/using the basics, and learning at the right pace are key factors in building a good foundation on an instrument. I desire to not only teach my students how to play guitar well, but how to communicate with music & to play in their own unique way. It is very special to me that I get to pass down what I know, and to see students learn and progress in the art of music!
• BA in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music
• Guitar, United Methodist Church Woodlands & Second Baptist
concert / marching percussion, drumset
I am a native Houstonian, graduating from Langham Creek Highschool. Growing up in the Cypress area, I gained a massive passion for music, percussion and marching band. I am currently an active percussionist/drummer, singer/songwriter and producer in Houston, and graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Percussion Performance, where my passion for music was grown and refined.
Teaching lessons in Houston since 2017, I have been fortunate enough to see great success with my students. I've had multiple All-State percussionists, four of which were from 2020 and took four of the five available spots at All-State. I've also had more than a dozen Area musicians, as well as fifty Region Band qualifying students across High School and Middle School. Beyond Highschool, I have had three students go on to audition and be accepted to the TCU School of Music.
The most important thing in private lessons in my opinion is setting goals. It is all about setting the right goals for the right student and being supportive but fair along the way. Through this method of teaching lessons I’ve found that students end up taking more ownership over the music than they might have without being in lessons, and they end up being the one who fuels their own success and progression. I’m super excited to be joining The Talent House, and I look forward to the great things we’ll get to work on together!
• BA in percussion performance, Baylor University
guitar, piano, bass, violin, viola, ukulele, song writing
I truly have a love for people and for teaching. I enjoy seeing my students get better, shaping their skills, sharpening their minds with their daily practice, and challenging them to be better. I’m firm with techniques but flexible in creativities. “Beautiful home is built on strong foundation” is my teaching philosophy. My passion for teaching over the past twelve years has helped students continue their studies at Berklee College of Music, among other universities. I have collaborated through song writing, arranging, recording, producing, and performing with variety of bands and artists in the Chicago, Nashville, and Texas areas.
• BA in Classical Guitar Performance, University of Illinois at Chicago
• Masters Studies in Classical Guitar Performance, Roosevelt university
• Music Director, Second Baptist Church