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
voice, marching percussion, piano
I am excited to be a new member of The Talent House faculty. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, I received my undergraduate degree in voice performance from the University of Alabama before moving to Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a Master of Music degree in voice from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. While a graduate student of CIM, I studied under the direction of Dr. Dean Southern and performed in such roles as Figaro and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s classics, Le nozze di figaro and Cosi fan tutte. In April 2018, I was selected to represent the CIM voice department in a conservatory concert series at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where I sang art songs by Dmitri Shostakovich. I am an Eagle Scout, a member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity, and an avid marching percussionist, having marched multiple seasons in DCI and as a member of the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band.
• BA in voice performance, University of Alabama
• Master of Music degree in voice, Cleveland Institute of Music
• Bass section leader, Church of St. John The Divine
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
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
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
violin, viola, voice, piano, ukulele
Hailing from the small island of Puerto Rico, I come from a very vibrant culture that revolves around music. My background is a major driving force in how I became the aspiring artist I am today. During my music studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio, I had the pleasure of working with with San Antonio Symphony member Dr. Stephanie Westney, and was a member of the UTSA Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Eugene Dowdy. I was also the lead female vocalist of the UTSA Jazz Ensemble. I have several years of teaching experience through the UTSA String Project, Antonio Strad Violin, and private lessons. Throughout my musical career, I have had the opportunity to perform locally and internationally, as well as study at the Conservatory of Paris with the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra. My goal is to ensure the growth and education of young artists and musicians.
• BM in Music Marketing, The University of Texas at San Antonio
• Worship Leader, RVBATO
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
violin, viola, piano, ukulele
Passionate about violin technique, music history, and musician's wellness, I love passing on what I know to my students. By equipping my students with the technical and musical tools they need, I help them blossom into independent musicians with a life-long love of music. Whether preparing for college auditions or just starting out, I seek to meet my students where they are and set them up for success. Since beginning my own journey with the violin, I've trained at institutions such as Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival, the Dylana Jenson Workshop, Musica Montin, the MasterWorks Festival, and the Center for Early Music Research and Performance at SHSU. In both my academic and professional careers, I focus primarily on chamber music, historically informed performance practices, and orchestral work. In the past year I've performed with the Woodlands Symphony, Legacy Baroque, the Conroe Symphony, the SHSU Symphony at TMEA, and with my fellow faculty members at the Woodlands Chamberfest.
• Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Violin Performance, Sam Houston State University
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
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
voice, piano, ukulele
My passion and love for music has inspired me to share my skills with students so they can feel the same. When the joy that music brings me is passed on to students, it is so rewarding. I find that making lessons exciting while maintaining structure is the perfect formula for musical and creative growth. I believe that letting every student learn at their own pace and in their own way instills creativity. In addition to teaching, my life is enriched with worship leading, songwriting, co-writing, performing, and recording music.
• Music Studies, Lone Star College
• Worship Leader, Houston