Teachers

Danielle Ryce

Violin Teacher

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Danielle Ryce is enthusiastic about encouraging a strong foundation in theory and technique to have the ability to play many genres. A Loyola University Of New Orleans graduate of ‘14, Danielle has a degree in Violin Performance and Music Industry. At Loyola, she participated in both the Loyola Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, conducted by Dr. Jean Montes. In her senior year, Danielle held the position of Concertmaster in chamber orchestra. She studied under Ann Taylor Casadaban growing up in Slidell, and with Rachel Jordan at Loyola. Both instructors are past members of the LPO. In addition to classical ensembles, Danielle co-leads a band called Nyce!, a pop-rock group of original music in which she sings and plays violin. You can also catch her in the Quarter or on Frenchmen on the weekends, playing with her band & other original groups or singing jazz.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Violin
  • Intermediate Violin
  • Advanced Violin
My Schedule
Tuesday 3:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm-8:00pm
Thursday 3:30pm-8:00pm

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Antoine Diel

Classical & Jazz Voice

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Antoine Diel is an actively performing vocalist & bandleader based in New Orleans.  He performs a wide variety of genres and styles of music including jazz, blues, gospel, classical, folk, pop, r&b and soul.  He is the leader and frontman of the band the Misfit Power (in all it’s different incarnations) and performs in many different venues around town.
 
Antoine was born in Manila, Philippines, hailing from a musical family he started singing when he was 5 years old at church and various regional competitions.  He grew up in Los Angeles and continued singing in high school and ultimately earned a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Vocal Arts/Performance.

Antoine, as a classical tenor, has sung with LA Opera, St. Cecilia Opera, USC Opera and the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. Antoine has also been a member of the Three Filipino Tenors, the Orchestre Surreal and the New Orleans Orchestra and Cabaret Show Vaud & the Villains.  As a musical theatre artist he has performed across the country in many different shows including Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, The King & I and various world premieres.  He also has credits as a voice over/ADR artist for a number of movies, tv shows and soundtracks.  For more information please check out his website http://www.antoinediel.com

Antoine has been teaching privately for many years and is very happy to join the Spreading the Music team.

Courses Taught

  • BEGINNER JAZZ VOICE LESSONS
  • INTERMEDIATE JAZZ VOICE LESSONS
  • ADVANCED JAZZ VOICE LESSONS
  • BEGINNER CLASSICAL VOICE LESSONS
  • INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL VOICE LESSONS
  • ADVANCED CLASSICAL VOICE LESSONS
My Schedule
MONDAYS 11:00AM-6:00PM
TUESDAYS 11:00AM-6:00PM
WEDNESDAYS 11:00AM-6:00PM
THURSDAYS 11:00AM-6:00PM

Morgan Stewart

Woodwind Teacher

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Morgan Stewart is an active musician and educator in the New Orleans area. Originally from New York City, she moved to Philadelphia after graduating from LaGuardia High School for Music and Performing Arts, to pursue a degree in music education at Temple University. Immediately upon receiving her Bachelor of Music, she accepted a position to serve as a Woodwind Specialist itinerant teacher for the School District of Philadelphia. She went on to receive her Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Loyola University New Orleans. Her principal teachers have included Dr. Stephanie Thompson, Victor Goines, John Reeks, Renee Rosen, Cheryl Y. Boga, and Lawrence Wagner.
As a musician Morgan has participated in clarinet master classes with Paquito D’Rivera, Anthony McGil, Mariam Adam, and Paul Demers. She performs regularly with various chamber groups in the Greater New Orleans area and has collaborated with Grammy nominated producer, and composer, Khari Mateen on his album Wait for Sunrise.
As an educator, she has a private woodwind studio and teaches music within the Orleans Parish School Board charter school system.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Clarinet
  • Intermediate Clarinet
  • Advanced Clarinet
  • Beginner Flute
  • Beginner Sax
My Schedule
Friday 4:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm-7:00pm

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Amy Mackie

Piano Teacher

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Her mother, a music teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, first exposed Amy to piano at the age of three. Soon after, she began formal piano lessons in Anchorage, Alaska with Vicki Arnold. Later, she continued lessons in Anchorage with Ann Fernandez. 

Amy performed in the National Piano-Playing Auditions organized by the American College of Musicians annually from primary school through high school. She furthered her music studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she studied with pianist Bernard Rose. Piano has always been an integral part of Amy’s life, and she shares the joy of music with her students with great pleasure.

Amy holds a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Bard College. 

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Advanced Piano
My Schedule
Mondays 3:30pm-8:00pm
Tuesdays 9:00am - 5:30pm
Thursdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thursdays 4:30pm-5:00pm
Thursdays 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Ricky Sebastian

Drum Teacher

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Ricky Sebastian is one of the premier musicians and music educators in the New Orleans area.  Born in Opelousas, Louisiana, Ricky started taking drum lessons at the age of eight and excelled due to the tutelage of two great band directors: Carl DeLeo and Carl Schexnayder.   He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana on a full scholarship and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on a partial scholarship.   He has gained experience in  playing different styles of music such as Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Traditional New Orleans music, Carnival music, Brazilian, Reggea, Calypso, Funk, Rock, R&B, Cajun, and Zydeco.    Over 18 years, Ricky built a career in New York City as an “in demand” recording and touring artist with a who’s who in the Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Funk, and Fusion genres. Ricky taught private lessons and group classes  for the infamous “Drummer’s Collective”, and “The New School for Social Research”, both located in New York City. He moved back to New Orleans in 1998 and was the head percussion instructor at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis for the following six years and is currently an adjunct instructor there.  He is also on the faculty of the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music, and the Spreading the Music, both in New Orleans. He also spearheaded “The World Music Ensemble” and “The UNO Percussion Ensemble”.  He released his first CD as a leader in 2001 entitled “The Spirit Within” on STR Digital Records featuring the likes of Donald Harrison Jr., Bill Summers, Steve Masakowski, Randy Brecker, and Peter Martin.  He has also released a drum set instruction book/CD entitled “Independence on the Drum Set”, published by Hal Leonard in 2005.  He is an active clinician for Zildjian cymbals, LP percussion, Remo drumheads, Pearl Drums, and Pro-Mark drumsticks.

Read more about Ricky Sebastian Here!

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Drumset Lessons
  • Intermediate Drumset Lessons
  • Advanced Drumset Lessons
  • Mastering Rhythm on All Instruments and Voice

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Claire Givens

Jazz & Classical Voice

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Claire Givens is a singer, band leader, and songwriter based in New Orleans, La. Raised in Louisiana by classically trained musician parents, Claire has participated in All-State, National, and Regional Honor Choirs since she was in elementary school. Claire studied Music Education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She then developed a love of jazz music after being selected as the vocalist for the Northwestern Jazz Band. After moving to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Claire earned a degree in Vocal Music and Musical Theatre playing lead roles in Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Die Fledermaus, and The Old Maid and the Thief. Claire was featured as a soloist in the world renowned composer Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Fly to Paradise video which has over a million views. Claire spends her time singing at Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church and leads the jazz band Claire & the Company along with the electronic contemporary project People Museum.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Jazz Voice Lessons
  • Intermediate Jazz Voice Lessons
  • Advanced Jazz Voice Lessons
  • Beginner Classical Voice Lessons
  • Intermediate Classical Voice Lessons
  • Advanced Classical Voice Lessons
My Schedule
Sundays 12:00pm-6:30pm
Mondays 10:00am-6:30pm
Tuesdays 10:00am-6:30pm
Wednesdays 10:00am-6:30pm
Thursdays 10:00am-6:30pm

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Oriel Romano

Cello & Piano Teacher

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Oriel Romano is one of the leading music educators in New Orleans today. She first started playing piano with her grandmother when she was 4 years old. By the age of 7, she began formal classical piano training in Syracuse, New York with Mary Dean Landers. She then continued classical lessons through middle school, and then studied jazz piano for two years with Rick Montalbano after joining her high school’s jazz band. Towards the end of her high school career, she returned to classical piano and deepened her skills with Linda Auser.

As an avid music lover, she started playing the cello in the third grade. She studied with a number of teachers over the years including three members of the Syracuse Symphony: Maureen Macero, George Macero, and Greg Wood.

Ms. Romano studied music at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, New York where she was accepted into both the piano and cello programs. She decided to major in cello and had the outstanding opportunity to study with Natasha Farney. She currently holds a B.S. in Childhood Education with a music concentration. She also possess an ESL add-on certificate which has allowed her to share her skills with a very diverse student population. Music has been her life passion from a very young age. She hopes to share this passion with as many fellow musicians as possible.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Cello
  • Intermediate Cello
  • Advanced Cello
  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
My Schedule
Mondays 4:00pm-5:30pm
Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:30pm
Friday 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-8:00pm

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Aaron Walker

Drum & Percussion Teacher

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Torontonian born transplant, Aaron Walker, has called New Orleans home since the summer of 2011. Aaron grew up playing a variety of instruments: oboe, piano and tenor saxophone, but ultimately landed on the drum set and has over 15 years playing experience.

Mr. Walker studied Jazz Studies at York College in Toronto. While attending, he was exposed to both folkloric Ghanaian and a variety of Brazilian musics: Samba, Afoxé, Maracatu, Partido Alto, to name a few. Upon moving to the south, Aaron got his start in the New Orleans music scene playing with Soul/Funk/Jam act, Gravy, with whom he has toured and played across the United States.

Aaron plays several New Orleans bands including Afro-Brazilian street band, Batebunda, Space-funk/Fusion act, and with Country-Pop singer Alexes Aiken. He also leads his own organ trio Organami and funk band The Resident Aliens. Mr. Walker is an enthusiastic teacher who specializes in R & B, fusion, rock, jazz and Latin styles of music among others and also teaches pandeiro, conga, shekere and a variety of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban percussion instruments. He offers a hands on approach and his students create their own rhythms in their first lesson. He is passionate about his students and wants to make sure they Spread the Music. You can check out his weekly beats on his Instagram page @beatwalker07. He also makes a pretty mean omelette.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Drumset/Percussion
  • Intermediate Drumset/ Percussion
  • Advanced Drumset/ Percussion
  • Brazilian World Music
My Schedule
Monday 10:00am-7:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am-2:30pm
Tuesday 6:30pm-7:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm
Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm

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Bo Dingus

Trombone & Bass Trombone Teacher

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Mr. Dingus was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in LA, Riverside and Orange Counties  This included taking paying jobs as a musician, taking part in the ensembles at the schools he attended, and marching with the Kingsmen, the Freelancers, and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

As an adult, his symphonic experience includes performing or holding positions with The Reno Philharmonic, The Nevada Opera Orchestra, The Ruby Mountain Symphony, and The Great Kansas City Philharmonia. His commercial work includes various recording sessions, positions with The Reno Jazz Orchestra, Reno’s Big Swing and the Jazzhuas Big Band as well as backing up Jack Caudill, Madeline Eastman, Davis Gaines, Chief Red Hawk and Robert Goulet. He is also a chamber musician and had performed with many smaller ensembles in numerous settings.

His primary teachers are Mr. Robert F. Sanders, Los Angeles Freelance musician, and Dr. A.G. McGrannahan III from the University of Nevada on Bass Trombone; Dr. Peter M. Vivona from Northern Arizona University on Tenor and Bass Trombones; and Mr. David Pack from the Phoenix Symphony on Tuba. He has also studied with Mr. Leonard Neidhold from the University of Nevada, Mr. David Ridge from the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Gerry Pagano of the St. Louis Symphony and Mr. George Roberts.

He is an active educator and has given master classes in states across the Midwest and West Coast. An active adjudicator, he has judged Solo/Ensemble festivals, Marching Band, and Indoor Drumline/Color Guard competitions.

His academic interests include Brass Pedagogy, acquisition of Trigger Range and Low Register Technique on Bass Trombone, the Evolution of Trombone design and manufacturing and the Health Implications of Playing Brass Instruments.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Trombone & Bass Trombone
  • Intermediate Trombone & Bass Trombone
  • Advanced Trombone & Bass Trombone
My Schedule
Monday 2:00-6:00pm
Tuesday 2:00-6:00pm
Wednesday 2:00-6:00pm
Thursday 2:00-6:00pm
Friday 2:00-6:00pm

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Joshua Starkman

Guitar Teacher

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Josh Starkman, a Miami native, moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2010 to begin his masters degree in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. During his time at UNO he studied under Steve Masakowski, Brian Seeger and Hank Mackie. Also during his time at UNO he had the chance to conduct master classes in the cities of Medellin and Manizales, Colombia. He finished his degree in May of 2012 and currently plays frequently around New Orleans. Other teaching experiences include summer camps at Florida State University and Broward Arts Camp as well as various private students. Josh is an incredible teacher and puts his students at the heart of his lesson planning. By then end of his lesson students will be able to play the music they love, understand their relationship to chords and perform for their friends and family.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Guitar
  • Intermediate Guitar
  • Advanced Guitar
My Schedule
Monday 3:00pm-4:00pm
Monday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:30pm
Wednesday 3:00pm-4:30pm
Wednesday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday 4:30pm-6:30

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Taylor Smith

Double Bass Teacher

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Taylor Smith is an actively performing bassist, vocalist and bandleader based in New Orleans. He professionally performs a wide variety of genres and styles of music  including classic rock , Haitian folk, avant-garde jazz, Klezmer, Cajun, Calypso, and traditional New Orleans music.

Taylor is the bandleader and musical director of The Roamin’ Jasmine, an eclectic six-piece New Orleans jazz ensemble,  which performs locally on a weekly basis, and also tours nationally and internationally.  In addition to playing bass and singing in the group, Taylor also selects and arranges the music, and composes original works of his own.

Taylor has also toured nationally and internationally with  prestigious local artists such as Leyla McCalla, who was a former member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate drops, and whose own solo music explores Haitian Folk music, Louisiana Creole/Cajun French tunes and her original songs.  Taylor also regularly performs with Grammy-winners David Doucet and Al Tharp of Beausoleil, who can  be found frequently performing on Monday nights at the Columns Hotel in New Orleans.

Taylor has been performing professionally as a musician since he was 14 years old. He received a scholarship to attend the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Florida which has been consistently ranked by US News and World Report in the top two for its jazz program.  There he studied music composition, audio recording and production, and jazz bass. After a spring break visit to New Orleans, he fell in love with the city and its unique musical culture and decided to move here as soon as he graduated in 2010. He has become a constant contributor to its unique musical culture ever since.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Double Bass
  • Intermeditate Double Bass
  • Advanced Double Bass
My Schedule
Monday 9:00am-6:30pm
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Kelby Sappington

Flute Teacher

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Born and raised in Orange County, Virginia, Kelby first picked up the flute at the age of eleven when she joined her middle school band. Under the tutelage of her middle and high school directors, Nicole Miller, Jeffrey Tylutki, and Lauren Visel, Kelby excelled as a flautist, and in 2009 she was selected to attend the Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts. By her senior year, Kelby became the first student from her high school to make the Virginia All State Band and Orchestra.

After high school, Kelby received the Courtney Adams Music Scholarship to attend Franklin and Marshall College to study music. While at Franklin & Marshall, Kelby performed in multiple ensembles including the F&M Chamber Singers, the F&M Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the F&M orchestra, and the college’s top instrumental ensemble the F&M Philharmonia. As a junior Kelby was awarded the prestigious Nolt Music Award, providing a $3000 grant allowing her to pursue a yearlong rigorous study in conducting, in which she conducted the difficult Symphonie Fantastique under the mentorship of her orchestra director and conducting professor Dr. Brian Norcross.

Upon graduation from Franklin & Marshall, Kelby was accepted to the 2014 Teach for America Corps, where she went on to teach high school band and general music in Humphreys County, Mississippi. Over the next two years in Mississippi, Kelby discovered a passion in teaching music to students of low-income communities. After finishing her two years in Mississippi, Kelby moved to New Orleans to teach music and take in the rich and diverse music culture, and she looks forward to continue sharing her passion of music with her students here.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Flute
  • Intermediate Flute
  • Advanced Flute
My Schedule
Mondays 9:00am-8:00pm
Tuesdays 9:00am-8:00pm
Wednesdays 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursdays 9:00am-8:00pm
Fridays 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am-8:00pm

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Jenna McSwain

Piano & Voice Teacher

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Pianist, vocalist and composer Jenna McSwain began forging her own path as a musician from her childhood when she led her sisters, four of them in all, to perform spirituals throughout the low country of South Carolina. By the time she was attending high school at Charleston County School of the Arts, she was playing piano and singing professionally in esteemed Charleston music venues. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, making jazz piano her focus while also studying classical piano, voice and Portuguese, the language of her Azorean ancestors and of the Brazilian music she loved. McSwain has opened concerts for Patti Austin, Ramsey Lewis and the New York Voices, and she has performed with Houston Person and Marian McPartland, to name a few. She celebrated the release of her debut album, Wax and Wane: Songs Without Seasons in late 2013. In addition to being an active performer in the New Orleans jazz scene, she sings and plays piano in two progressive rock bands, Bionica (www.bionicaband.com) and Toonces (https://www.facebook.com/Toonces-898901446846785/). McSwain shares her zeal for music as an educator, and has taught college courses at the University of South Carolina and Northwest College. She enjoys being a part of New Orleans’ vibrant community, where she teaches private voice and piano lessons at the Thibodeaux School of Music. She and her husband are thrilled to be expecting their first child in 2016. For more information, visit www.JennaMcSwain.com.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Voice
  • Intermediate Voice
  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Advanced Piano
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Evan Paydon

Electric Bass Teacher

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Evan is a professional musician who plays electric and upright bass, and teaches bass and adaptive music lessons. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee which allowed him to work for 6 years as a behavioral therapist treating autism. While at UWM, Evan also studied and played jazz, and was an understudy of the legendary Bill “The Buddha” Dickens and Neal Chandek. Evan performs professionally in numerous groups both regionally and nationally, applying his skills and experience to a variety of genres including, but not limited to: jazz, blues, gypsy jazz, rock, pop, R&B, soul, neo soul, urban jazz, latin, funk, reggae, avant garde and improv. Evan has over 4 years of experience teaching beginning to advanced students in a conservatory setting. His students have went on to receive scholarships from Berklee School of Music and have learned the value of playing music as an enriching life long experience. He has recording credits on over a dozen albums, was awarded Bass Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry in 2015, in 2013 was a featured solo performer at MKE Bass Day, has performed at the NAMM show as a soloist on various occasions and was voted Runner-up for Best Jazz Artist by the Shepherd Express. Evan’s relationship with music is significantly informed by improvisation. He believes it is the responsibility of a musician to become an open window through which this language can pass, and to understand music as the contribution of an articulate dialog to a greater conversation, the topic of which is betterment of self and community. (www.evanpaydon.com).

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Electric Bass
  • Intermediate Electric Bass
  • Advanced Electric Bass
My Schedule
Monday 9:00am-5:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm
Friday 9:00am-8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm

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Jennie Lavine

Clarinet Teacher

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You can find Jennie Lavine around town performing klezmer, early jazz and Brazilian choro. She is the founder of Klezmephonic, an Ann Arbor-based klezmorim; she has been a member of the Capitol City Opera Company in the Atlanta area and swing, blues, and klezmer groups throughout the U.S.

Of her teaching philosophy, she says, “I believe a foundation in classical technique is invaluable for branching off into other musical styles. I’ve taught students of all ages over the past ten years, and I like to help people find music that ignites their creativity and inspires them. I especially enjoy guiding young minds and ears.”

Her teaching is individualized to the students, their interests, their background in music and the way they learn. The beauty of one-one-one lessons, she says, is the flexibility to tailor her teaching style to be in tune with the student’s.

Jennie has a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, where she had the good fortune of studying clarinet with Ted Gurch, assistant principal clarinet of the Atlanta symphony. She also studied with Richard Faria, professor of clarinet at the Ithaca College School of Music, for six years. Other influential teachers include Robin Seletsky and Seth Kibel.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Clarinet
  • Intermediate Clarinet
  • Advanced Clarinet
My Schedule
Monday 9:00am-2:00pm
Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-2:00pm
Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Friday 9:00am-2:00pm
Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday 1:30pm-8:00pm

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Ellie Crandall

Voice, Piano & Guitar Teacher

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Ellie Crandall is a dedicated and accomplished vocalist with a high level of experience in classical and jazz performance. She holds a strong passion for all things musical, following the belief that music can change lives for the better.  Ellie provides students with building techniques to develop talent and creativity within themselves engaging in one-on-one and in small group sessions.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Voice
  • Intermediate Voice
  • Advance Voice
  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Beginner Guitar
My Schedule
Mondays 3:30PM-8:00PM
Tuesdays 3:30PM-8:00PM
Wednesdays 3:30PM-8:00PM
Thursdays 3:30PM-8:00PM
Fridays 3:30PM-8:00PM
Saturday 9:00PM-1:00PM

Anuraag Pendyal

Piano & Cello Teacher

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Anuraag Pendyal, a native of Durham, NC, moved to New Orleans in October 2015 after two years of playing and teaching music in Washington, DC. He has played piano since he was five years old and cello since he was 13, and he has performed both solo and in ensembles across a varied spectrum of genres and styles, including jazz, classical, hip-hop, bossa nova, and blues. Through traveling, he has been exposed to the musical perspectives of traditions from Southern Morocco to Anatolia to India, and aims to impart to his students both a technical understanding of theory and their instruments as well as an awareness of the diversity of musical experience and its interdisciplinary value. Anuraag graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 and performs frequently around New Orleans with a number of groups.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Cello
  • Intermmediate Cello
  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Advanced Piano
My Schedule
Monday 12:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 12:00pm-6:30pm

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Sam Dickey

Guitar Teacher

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Growing up in the contrasting environments of Northstate California and West Africa, Sam Dickey first started playing guitar at age ten. He went on to earn a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music and a Masters from Wesleyan University. Sam’s teaching experience includes leading an ensemble at Wesleyan, master classes at Lafayette Sumer Music Workshop and Jalopy School of Music, and extensive private teaching. He has studied under Mick Goodrick, Dave Tronzo, Djelimady Tounkara, and Rick Peckham. As a performer, Sam has worked with Toumani Diabaté, Dayna Stephens, Tank and the Bangas, and Toubab Krewe.

Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Guitar Lessons
  • Advanced Guitar Lessons
My Schedule
Monday 11:00am-2:00pm
Monday 4:00pm-6:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am-2:00pm
Tuesday 4:00pm-6:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm-6:30pm
Thursday 11:00am-2:00pm
Thursday 4:00pm-6:30pm
Friday 11:00am-2:00pm
Friday 4:00pm-6:30pm

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Violeta del Río del Castillo

Piano Teacher

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Violeta started playing piano when she was 6 years old. She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid at the age of 17 in Classical Piano Performance. Throughout this whole period, the Argentinian teacher Noemí Novara, formal student of the famous Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, taught Violeta and became her teacher and mentor. With Noemí, Violeta won several National piano competitions and one International. She also works as a piano assistant in several different conservatories around Madrid.

 

In 2015 she lived New Orleans, where she is an active performer around town, and taught in several schools, such as the University of New Orleans, The New Orleans Jazz Institute and the one she taught last and will be joining back whenever she returns, Spreading the Music School.

 

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Piano Lessons
  • Intermediate Piano Lessons
  • Advanced Piano Lessons
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Sam Craft

Violin Teacher

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Sam Craft began studying violin as an elementary school student and continued instruction at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.  Sam graduated from Loyola University, where he received a degree in Violin Performance in 2009.  In addition to being an avid performer in classical contexts, Sam stays busy performing with rock bands, backing artists in the recording studio, and playing traditional jazz with numerous ensembles.  Sam is one half of the internationally-touring indie-pop duo Alexis & the Samurai as well as the Louisiana French 7-piece Sweet Crude.  Some other artists Sam has collaborated with include Irma Thomas, Cowboy Mouth, The Cowsills, GIVERS, Marianne Faithfull, Edwin McCain, and more.

Courses Taught

  • Violin - Beginner
  • Violin - Intermediate
  • Mandolin - Beginner
  • Theory/Composition
My Schedule
Monday 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm

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Candace Crawford

Owner & Teacher

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Candace Crawford is the owner and founder of Spreading the Music Schools and a private music teacher. She graduated with her bachelors in Music Education and Oboe Performance at the outstanding Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.  She specializes in oboe/English horn, violin and piano and has an extended private music studio. Ms. Crawford has a wide range of experience in teaching large bands and orchestras, chamber music, instrument specific sectionals and group lessons, All-County and All-State preparation, conducting, instrumental repair and reed making. Her goal is to continue to dynamically spread the music to all who will listen. Her deep passion for a high quality teaching, in-depth lessons, planned instruction, and inspiring both student and teachers continues to drive her to increase enrollment and create innovative classes.  Ms. Crawford can be contacted at ccconservatory@gmail.com. Please contact her directly if you have any questions or concerns about enrollment, billing, teacher pairing, classes or events.

Courses Taught

  • Beginner Piano
  • Intermediate Piano
  • Beginner Violin
  • Intermediate Violin
  • Beginner Oboe
  • Intermediate Oboe
  • Advanced Oboe
  • Beginner Flute
My Schedule
Monday 10:30am - 2:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am- 6:00pm
Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-3:30pm
Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm

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Tristan Gianola

Administrator

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Tristan Gianola is a guitarist and composer, recently relocated to New Orleans, LA from Seattle, WA. Working in many styles and genres, Gianola flexes his versatility as a guitarist while rooted in his studies of contemporary classical composition at Cornish College of the Arts. With many styles and sounds in his fingers and compositions, genre bending meets aggressive and unpredictable bombast in Gianola’s music. For the last three years in Seattle, Gianola worked closely with composer Wayne Horvitz in curating live music for The Royal Room, a music venue in Seattle’s South End.

  • “If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be”

    Lauren Myracle
    Music Teacher
  • “Part of it is getting to work one on one with these kids. Rounding out their brain and watching them grow up at the same time. I get to develop relationships with these kids as they grow and get to share with them my favorite thing ever. They don’t get that with their teachers at school. Those teachers have a little bit more on their plate. Getting close to these kiddos is fun!”

    Jenna McSwain
    Spreading the Music Piano Teacher
  • “As teacher it helps to give back. I grew so much respect for my teachers. Having a dedicated teacher who is invested in their student is something that I always wanted to give back, because I received that. My teacher made me want to be a teacher and helped me see how important it is to expose kids to as much as possible.”

    Morgan Stewart
    Spreading the Music Woodwind Teacher
  • “Music can affect people in a way nothing else can. You can play music to someone who doesn’t have the knowledge but it still have a positive valuable reaction. Either it be their mood, emotion or intelligence”

    Evan Paydon
    Spreading the Music Electric bass teacher
  • “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I spread the music, WE spread the music, it’s what we do. It is the most intrinsically valuable, powerful and rewarding experience you can possibly offer someone. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?”

    Candace Crawford
    Owner
  • “I started playing my first instrument when I was 34. I just went for it! I couldn’t bear to hear my self say ‘I always wanted to play the guitar’ again. And it was the best thing I could have ever done for myself. I would never turn back”

    Jorden Black
    Current Spreading the Music Student