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Carla H. Pratt – Owner

Carla has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Pedagogy (April 1985, GPA 3.80; also from BYU)

Carla has run a very successful private music studio for voice and piano students for more than 30 years. She has also worked as an Elementary School Music Specialist in Highland Utah, and was a Kindergarten teacher in Draper Utah.  She is currently a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Dennis & Carla are both highly committed and passionate about music and helping students be successful in their musical pursuits!

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Dennis V. Pratt – Owner

Dennis has a Bachelor’s (April 1985, GPA 3.80 with honors—Cum Laude) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (August 1988, GPA 3.86) and another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (June 1998, GPA 3.98), all from Brigham Young University.

Recent job functions: Dennis was a very successful Instrumental Music Teacher for 12 years in Provo School District.  He also worked as a highly successful Principal in the Provo School District for 18 years. He still holds Utah State Teaching and Administrator Certifications. He is now retired, but plans to work at least 12 more years. Dennis also taught music students privately for several years, and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Amy Dialogue – Office Manager

Amy was born and raised in Draper and currently resides in Bluffdale. As a child she began piano lessons with one of the most accomplished teachers in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. She ultimately decided that she would rather sing than play piano so Amy participated in several choirs and sang extensively in a quartet with three of her friends. In her 20’s, Amy took on the roles of a wife to her amazing husband Daniel and also as a mother to Nathan and Lindsey who are now young adults. Because of her love of music, she encouraged her children to participate in music themselves. Her son discovered a real talent for playing the trumpet and ultimately played with the American Heritage Lyceum and in the Nauvoo Brass Band.

From her humble beginnings in the workforce working on cars at her father’s garage, Amy now has many years of experience as an Office Manager and is looking forward to performing this role for Prattland Music Adventures.  She’s excited to be near something she’s always loved—music!

IMG_0465.jpegVictoria Mancuso: Office Assistant

Victoria Mancuso is thrilled to be working with Prattland Music Adventures.  She is a Choral Music Education major at Utah Valley University and has recently been involved with UVU Opera.  Previous credits include the roles of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, Fantine in Les Miserables, Frosch the Jailor in UVU’s Die Fledermaus, and most recently Sophie Sheridan in the Taylorsville Arts Council’s production of Mamma Mia!  Victoria also performs regularly as a member of the UVU Chamber Choir.  She has been a featured soloist for Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God with Witness Music as Mary Mother.  Victoria is actively involved and passionate about performing and teaching around the community.

Learn More About Our Music Teachers!

Piano Teachers

Voice Teachers

Guitar, Banjo, & Ukulele Teachers

String Teachers

Woodwind Teachers

Brass Teachers

Drum Set & Percussion Teachers

Teachers of Children’s Chorus and Elementary Music Classes

Piano Teachers

AliceAlice Hyoung: Advanced Piano

23-year-old Alice Hyoung is from Los Angeles, California. She began her musical journey at the age of 4 by taking piano lessons from her mother, Okhee, and quickly demonstrated a deep passion for music. Shortly thereafter, she studied with Han Hak Soon, Howard Richman, and Rufus Choi. She has performed in her school orchestra as first chair violist, and participated as a pianist in her high school jazz band. She graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2012.

Her study of music has been rewarded by a scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation. She placed as a top winner in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival in various categories, including open Chopin. Later, she would place fourth in the International Liszt Competition. Alice made her orchestra debut as a piano soloist with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and has continued to place as the top winner in concerto competitions such as: the Gail Newby Concerto Competition (2011), the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Young Artists Competition, performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2012), the Utah Philharmonic Concerto Competition (2016), and the BYU Concerto Competitions, performing with both the BYU Symphony and Philharmonic (2016, 2017). Alice has performed in Beijing, China, as part of the Two Cranes Music Festival, and participated in a master class in New York, taught by Oxana Yablonskaya.

After her freshman year in college, she served in Boston for 18 months as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Alice believes that music is a conduit to divinity and hopes to use it to worship God and demonstrate compassion for listeners. She is currently studying with Dr. Stephen Beus at Brigham Young University and hopes to establish a career as a concert pianist and teacher in the future.

BusinessPhoto.JPGPaige Stephenson: Advanced Piano & Piano

Paige Stephenson’s journey with the piano began with her first lesson at the age of nine. She has since been selected to play in the UMTA Timpanogos chapter Honors Recital and was also chosen as a finalist in the Piano Marvel YouTube Competition. She is the recipient of the Gerald B. Tracy Memorial Piano Endowment Scholarship in the School of Music at the University of Utah.

Paige has taught piano lessons for four years and loves the positive impact that music can have.  She volunteered in the Utah Piano Outreach Program, where kids were able to take group lessons on the fundamentals of the piano.

A native of Salt Lake City, Paige Stephenson is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, studying piano performance and pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Andrew Staupe. Paige previously studied with Cheryl Norman.

Christian Lucy 4-18Christian Lucy: Piano

Christian has been playing piano for the last 17 years, studying classical and jazz growing up. Christian has been teaching piano for the past four years and is a full time piano teacher and musician. Christian primarily plays in several bands ranging in styles from extreme metal to ska to top 40 to jazz and funk in Salt Lake, and frequently gigs and does session work in addition to teaching.

Christian has toured all over the west coast and has made it as far east as Biloxi, Mississippi playing in bands. Notable performances include the 2016 Stadium of Fire, the 2016 Utah Parliament on Spirituality convention, and playing alongside Aaron Gillespie of the rock band Underoath. Christian enjoys teaching students of all skill levels, and specializes in arranging, improvising and composing. Christian’s philosophy when it comes to teaching is to adapt his teaching methods to each student and to help his students enjoy the learning process as much as the playing process.

Megan Malan 4-18Megan Malan: Piano

Megan Malan was born and raised in Draper, Utah.  She found her love for music at the young age of 6 when she began piano lessons.  For the past 14 years, she has continued to explore other instruments including voice, viola, and organ, but piano will always be her favorite.  After working toward a degree in Accounting for 2 years, she realized she missed being around children and decided to change directions. She is currently working toward a degree in Elementary Education and hopes to become a music teacher in an Elementary School!

Jordan Allen 4-18Jordan Allen: Piano

Jordan Allen, age 21, has been working to help youth learn music for the better part of the last half of his life.  He has put in over 200 hours of community service working as a music director in local community musicals and has loved every minute of it!  Since learning to play the piano in middle school, Jordan has used his talents to accompany South Valley Youth Theater musical productions, West Jordan High School Choirs, and (most recently) accompanying the UVU Men’s Choir.  Jordan loves working with children!

Bretton Floyd- Voice & Piano 7-19.jpgBretton Floyd: Piano & Voice

Bretton Floyd has a bachelor’s degree in piano from Utah Valley University. He is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in opera performance with Christopher Holmes at UVU. Bretton has sung several roles in UVU operas (currently performing the role of Escamillo in UVAA’s production of Carmen).  Bretton’s piano credits include serving as a rehearsal and pit pianist for musicals at UVU and Midvale Arts Council. He has also performed as the principal accompanist for Salem Hills High School.

Emry Kunzler- Voice & Piano 7-19.jpgEmry Kunzler: Piano & Voice

Emry made her on-stage debut at three years old, when she sang the Alphabet Song for a preschool talent show. She hasn’t stopped making music ever since. In the twenty years since, she has taken private piano and voice lessons, as well as participated in every choral and instrumental ensemble she can find. In high school, she competed vocally and made the regional and all-state choirs in her home state of Arizona. She is currently finishing a degree in music education at Brigham Young University and has taught private voice and piano lessons since 2012. When she isn’t making or teaching music, Emry enjoys cooking, reading, and hiking with her husband.

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Voice Teachers

Rebekah Lindsley 4-18Rebekah Lindsley: Voice

Rebekah is a graduate from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. During her undergrad she served as assistant choral director to the UVU Chamber Choir and UVU Men’s choir, and did a semester of student teaching abroad in Bern, Switzerland. She was also asked to direct various productions for the school including three variety shows and one opera.

Prior to attending UVU, Rebekah was a student at both Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Rebekah has taught private voice and choir in various capacities in the community for over fifteen years and specializes in conveying techniques and skills that can be applied to all genres and styles of music.

Rulon Galloway 4-18Rulon Galloway: Voice

Discover Velocity Voice!  Learn to sing from the bottom up. Expand your horizons and become your own best critic in far less time. Rulon’s professional performance credits include recording and challenging repertoire ranging from Opera & Musical Theater to Vocal Jazz. While providing students with new perspectives on vocal production his personalized instruction and easy to implement coordination exercises are based on a hybrid SLS / Bel Canto singing style that preserve your unique sound while dramatically expanding range, maximizing acoustic output and building vocal health and stamina from the inside out. His philosophy:  Sing beautifully & efficiently and make life-long singing your ultimate goal.

Carlie Beckert 4-18Carlie Beckert: Voice

Carlie Beckert is a Junior at UVU studying Vocal Performance and Music Education. She has been a singer and performer since she was 12 and has performed in many musical theater shows and operas. She loves working with new and experienced singers and just loves making music and helping others to share their gifts.


Sheryl Moser pic 6-18.jpgSheryl Moser: Voice

Sheryl Moser has been passionate about music her entire life. She began piano lessons at the age of 5, and at the age of 15, accompanied her teacher, Dr. David Glen Hatch, on a piano concert tour through Spain. In addition to piano, Sheryl was involved with choirs as soon as she could. She sang in her school choir from grades 4-12, becoming a TA and helping run rehearsals her junior and senior years of high school.

Sheryl graduated with a BMA in Vocal Performance from BYU-Idaho, where she was very involved in the music program there. She performed in many shows, including Gianni Schicchi, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Mikado, Carmen, Orpheus in the Underworld, and more. During her last few semesters of college, Sheryl taught voice lessons to the first semester voice students, in collaboration with a faculty member. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, she auditioned, and began singing as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, where her love for music is able to thrive.

Sheryl now has 6 years of teaching experience, and brings an energy to voice lessons that helps to fuel students and push them to excel. Though classically trained, she loves teaching musical theater as well, focusing greatly on the technical foundations for healthy sound no matter the genre. Sheryl teaches students ages 13 and up, and loves sharing the joy of music with everyone!

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Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele Teachers

Terrell Baker 4-18Terrell Baker: Guitar & Ukulele

Terrell has been involved in music from a young age, beginning with the voice. He has been singing in productions, performances and choirs from a young age. He is a singer at heart, but has also played the guitar since about the age of 12.

Terrell is currently two years into his Commercial Music Degree at UVU with an emphasis on voice. He has also spent time studying production, composition, jazz, guitar, and piano. He was a top three finalist at two NATS voice competitions in 2017 and 2018, and also currently performs at UVU with the band Sonic Exchange.

IMG_5378Joshua Card: Guitar

Joshua has been playing guitar for 7 years. He began by teachng himself for the first year and a half, and then studied under Michael Dowdle, a nationally acclaimed studio guitarist, for several years. Joshua is well versed in several different styles including folk, pop, and rock. Joshua has played in many bands throughout the years in many different venues. He has played in acoustic sets as well as hard rock bands. As a singer-songwriter, Joshua has explored the world of music theory extensively, and has recorded several original songs.

Joshua has taught guitar for Prattland Music Adventures for just under a year, and has taught students from many different age groups and skill levels. He studied Music Education for a year and a half at Utah Valley University, where he gained his knowledge of music theory and many teaching skills. He is currently studying at Brigham Young University.

Grant Cagle- Guitar 5-18.jpgGrant Cagle: Guitar & Ukulele

Grant Cagle is a Sophomore at Brigham Young University studying Latin American studies and pre-dental. He is from East Texas and has been involved in music since early childhood. At 6 years old he began taking violin lessons (focused on country fiddling). At age 11 he began to learn the guitar and has been hooked ever since, playing and performing in diverse styles including (but not exclusively) classical, bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. His love of music and learning led him to learn many other instruments including drums, trumpet, mandolin, and basically any instrument he can get his hands on. He has participated in many music competitions with various instruments. He has spent much time performing in concert halls as well as coffee shops. He loves teaching, especially music, and constantly learns in order to improve his teaching.

IMG-2112.JPGZach Boorman: Guitar (Acoustic & Electric: All Styles, Including Jazz) & Sound Engineering

Zach is a world class musician with a track record of state and national music awards including three UMEA All State awards, and a Downbeat Magazine award for “Best Rock/Pop Group in the Nation”. He is currently playing guitar professionally with Changing Lanes Entertainment and studying commercial music at UVU.

As well as performing regularly, he works as a sound engineer and producer at the nationally recognized Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse for their pro bands and junior high school groups. He is certified by Avid Technologies in Pro Tools, and is proficient in FL Studio, his two favorite digital audio workstations. He regularly produces records in his studio and is willing to teach lessons in production and sound engineering (live and in the studio) as well as intermediate to advanced lessons on any style of guitar.

Alec Tambo- Guitar 7-19.JPGAlec Tambo: Guitar (Electric & Acoustic)

Alec is from Reno Nevada where he grew up and developed a love for music of all genres. He began in piano and viola and then learned bass before he discovered that the guitar was his voice. Alec is in a party band in which he plays the guitar and sings and currently attending UVU where he is in the commercial music program. Alec loves to be in the outdoors to hike and camp.

Jacob Christensen guitar 7-19.JPGJacob Christensen: Guitar (Acoustic & Electric)

Jacob started playing the guitar more than ten years ago, and has loved it ever since!  He performs locally and is an advanced guitar player. He is mainly inspired by the legends of rock and blues, but he now studies all styles of music on guitar.  Nothing makes him happier than music, except for the joy of sharing it with others. He loves kids, and loves seeing them light up when he shares his music with them!  He is currently in a great up-and-coming band called “Goose,” that recently won the BYU Battle of the Bands. He is studying actuarial science and statistics at BYU.

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String Teachers

Devan Maria Freebairn picture 9-18.jpgDevan Maria Freebairn: Viola & Violin

Devan Maria is a freelance violist and violin/viola instructor. Fresh out of Boston, Devan holds a Master’s degree from the prestigious New England Conservatory where she studied with Dimitri Murrath. She also holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Brigham Young University where she studied with Dr. Claudine Bigelow. Performing has always been a part of Devan’s life, she began learning the violin at age 5, switching to the viola after high school for her college studies. Devan has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States as well as throughout Europe as a soloist, part of chamber groups, and with the BYU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra and Baroque Ensembles. Devan received an Entrepreneurial Musicianship grant last year and has been working on publishing a collection of sheet music for viola called the Devan Maria Viola Hymnal.

Devan loves to teach. Her private students have been placed in advanced ensembles and she has been praised for her patience and creativity. Devan has also coached at the Lyceum Youth Music Festival. She loves helping bring music to the next generation, as well as helping adults develop musical skills. When not performing, playing weddings, or teaching, Devan can be found traveling, spending time with family, exploring nature, or curled up with a good book.

Serena Clement- Violin 7-19.jpgSerena Clement: Violin 

Serena Clement graduated Summa Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors of Music in violin performance in May of 2019. During her time at UVU, she studied violin under the instruction of Yeagi Broadwell and served as the principal second violinist in the UVU Symphony orchestra. She also studied pedagogy with Cynthia Richards and Dr. Donna Fairbanks. Throughout high school and college, she attended many masterclasses taught by world renowned musicians Igor and Vesna Gruppman. During the summer of 2019 Serena was chosen to be one of 16 musicians to attend the International Musicians Academy Festival studying and performing with violinist Blanka Bednarz and the Vidin Sinfonietta.

Serena started teaching violin while in high school and loves helping students progress to reach their goals. Serena sees it as her responsibility as a teacher to be a guide for her students in helping them discover and experience the joy that music making can bring. She believes that the greatest improvements come when students begin to cultivate honesty, hard work, and kindness. Aside from music Serena also enjoys playing tennis, cooking, biking, and spending time with her family.

AnnaLee Henderson pic- Violin 8-19.jpegAnnaLee Henderson: Violin

AnnaLee has played violin for 15 years.  Her first love of music came when she ran her bow across the violin strings and listened to the sound of the ringing tone.  She studied under Aubri Stagg, Nicole Macias, and Dr. Donna Fairbanks. Some of her fondest memories are playing with hundreds of students at the Gala concert in Salt Lake City. In 2014, she entered the Utah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Student Solo Competition and won, soloing with them in February of 2015 with Dr. Cheung Chau.  Deciding that she wanted to continue to study under Dr. Cheung Chau in ensembles, she attended Utah Valley University in the fall of 2015 and she recently completed a Bachelors in Violin Performance. During the 4 years she studied at UVU, she has held numerous leadership positions as 1st chair in small ensembles, 2nd chair, and Concertmistress in the UVU Symphony.

AnnaLee has studied solo repertoire with Dr. Donna Fairbanks, covering various styles and composers.  She entered many competitions and was praised for “her sound”! She taught Suzuki method as a private teacher for 5 years, and supplements it with other materials such as the Kodaly method (adapted for strings).  She has a passion for helping students learn to be complete musicians from the start.

AnnaLee has a vision of creating an environment where music thrives at its best both in her studio and in her own studies.  She believes in music for health and happiness.

Ambrynn Bowman 4-18Ambrynn Bowman: Cello

Ambrynn Bowman is one of 3 cellists in her musical family. With two professional musician parents, music has always been a major part of her life. Because of this background, she is very comfortable with all aspects of musicianship, not just cello playing. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Utah, studying with John Eckstein and Pegsoon Whang of the Utah Symphony.

Ambrynn has taught people of all ages– it is never too late to start learning music! She regularly performs as a freelance musician in the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys, with professional ensembles such as the Utah Baroque Ensemble, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, Salt Lake Choral Society, among others. She has also performed in different venues in Italy.

Ambrynn has recorded CD’s and performed live with local professional musicians such as The Piano Guys, David Archuleta, Jenny Oaks Baker, Lexi Walker, Alex Boye, Peter Breinholt, and others. She has received numerous music awards and recently her piano trio, Trio Gilgal won the internship position hosting The Lee Trio at the University of Utah Summer Chamber Music Workshop.

Ambrynn enjoys teaching at Prattland Music Adventures, and seeing her students progress musically.

Lettie Miller- Cello 7-19.jpegLettie Miller: Cello

Lettie has lived in Utah, Texas, and New Mexico.  She is the youngest of 6 girls. She started her cello career when her mom decided to have her last, and possibly favorite child, play her favorite instrument (the cello).  All of Lettie’s siblings had played band instruments or the violin. When she was 11, Lettie joined her first orchestra, and never looked back. Lettie has been a member of the Young Artist Chamber Players, Utah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salty City Cello Band, and in recent years, the BYU Philharmonic orchestra. She is a music education major, and will graduate in April 2020.  She believes that any person can learn to play an instrument at any age, and works hard to prove herself right!

Lettie loves being part of musical pit orchestras and symphonies, but when playing solo works, she tends to prefer the romantic composers.  In her spare time, Lettie likes to read, draw/color, and play with her two kittens, Berlioz and Sibelius.

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Woodwind Teachers

Ashtyn Keith flute 7-19.JPGAshtyn Keith: Flute

Ashtyn has been playing the Flute 12 years. She has been in the music program at UVU for 3 years studying Flute performance. She has taken private flute lessons for 7 years and has learned from 3 different and all very qualified teachers who have given her the tools she needs to teach well and to continue to progress as a Flautist. She has taught Flute privately since she was in high school, starting with people in her neighborhood for service and eventually expanding to teaching classmates in her band program. After high school she was woodwind staff in her old high school marching band and continued to teach marching band for 4 years after she graduated from high school. She also plays a few other instruments including the Piccolo, Saxophone and the Mellophone. In October of 2017 and January of 2018 she won two separate concerto competitions in Utah Valley and had the opportunity to play with the UVU symphony and the Utah Valley symphony as a concerto soloist winner. She went to South Korea last summer and took a lesson with the principal chair flautist of the Seoul Symphony and after doing so decided she would like to finish her study of music over in Korea, hoping to expand her musical knowledge and abilities in a place with new ideas and perspectives.

Jacob Hammer- Clarinet & Sax 7-19.jpgJake Hammer: Clarinet & Saxophone

Jake grew up on the central coast of California, and has been in love with music since starting piano lessons at 6 years old. He started playing clarinet in his elementary school band in the 5th grade, and picked up the saxophone a couple years later. He fell in love with jazz music while baritone sax with his high school jazz band. After graduating from high school, he began teaching private clarinet and saxophone lessons while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels.

Jake received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State University, Northridge in Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance in 2015, and his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance in 2019. He has played in funk and rock bands, jazz combos, New Orleans jazz bands, and pit orchestras for musicals.

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Brass Teachers

Rachel Colton 5-18Rachel Colton: French Horn & Piano

Rachel Colton has been involved in music her whole life. She has been playing the French horn for 9 years and piano for 18 years among other instruments she plays for fun. Rachel has marching band experience with state champions Bingham High School and knows the marching french horn equivalent instrument- the mellophone.

Rachel is working towards a degree in Music Education and Film Score Composition currently with Salt Lake Community College. Rachel plays in the Taylorsville Symphony, aspires to play with more groups in the valley and to teach her knowledge and skills on piano and brass instruments.

Seth Housley- Trumpet 7-19.JPGSeth Housley: Trumpet

Seth has been playing trumpet for 14 years all throughout middle school, high school, and college.  His dream is to play in a professional symphony orchestra, and he is working very hard to achieve this goal.  He has extensive experience in classical orchestras, concert bands, solo repertoire, “pit” orchestras (musicals), brass quintets, jazz bands, and jazz combos.  He has experience with Bb, C, Eb, and piccolo trumpets.

His goal as a trumpet teacher is to help young players develop their skills and open their eyes to what it means to be a trumpet player and to the many opportunities available to them. He wants to help students achieve their goals, and improve the quality of trumpet playing in Utah.

Seth is a senior at BYU studying trumpet performance with Dr. Jason Bergman (the best trumpet teacher in the state).  Seth’s hobbies include: digging holes, hiking, astronomy, Star Trek, and speaking Chinese with his wife while making Chinese food.

Spencer Jarrett pic 11-18.jpgSpencer Jarrett: Trombone

A native of Highland Utah, Spencer began his musical journey like many of his peers in the area – with mandatory piano lessons that he didn’t give much thought to. In an Elementary music class, Spencer heard a very short clip from Copland’s “Rodeo” and wouldn’t leave his mother alone until she purchased him an album of Aaron Copland’s music that he still hasn’t put down and which interested him in playing percussion with his elementary band class. The floodgates on Spencer’s musical passion didn’t open until a couple of years later when he was dropped off an hour early at a percussion summer camp and while wandering the halls heard a trombone class in progress – he went home with a trombone that very day and has rarely put the instrument down since.

Spencer’s early dedication (obsession perhaps being the better word) led him to join and do everything within reach. Initially passionate about Jazz, by High School, Spencer had dedicated himself to classical and orchestral performance. He was fortunate to be a private student of several members of the Utah Symphony trombone section, including some who have moved on to top playing and teaching positions internationally. Spencer participated in the Tanglewood Institute Orchestra, where he was able to work alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with famous conductors and soloists including John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma.

These days, Spencer is pursuing a degree in Philosophy from BYU, but still is a member of the BYU Philharmonic and several chamber ensembles. He especially enjoys playing in the pit for professional ballet and opera productions and hopes to one day make this his career. He has maintained an active private lesson studio and enjoyed the success his students have had in Solo Festivals, Ensemble Placement, and All-State groups.

David Montrose 4-18David Montrose: Euphonium & Tuba

David Montrose is a Tuba performance artist, composer, arranger, and audio engineer who is currently a Junior year student studying Commercial Music at UVU.

Prior to attending UVU, David was section leader of the Tuba section in the American Fork High School Marching Band, the most prestigious high school marching band in the state of Utah. He marched in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in 2011 and competed in the BOA Grand National Championships in 2013 with American Fork placing 17th in the nation. He also was awarded a Superior rating for a State-level solo performance in 2014. He then studied at Snow College, which is partnered with Julliard School of Music, to obtain his Associate degree in Commercial Music.

Throughout his educational career, Tuba has been a major part of his studies. He has developed technique and musicality in Tuba performance by studying with several industry professionals including Mike McCawley, principal Tuba player of the Ballet West Orchestra, and Dan Bachelder, Doctorate in trombone performance and music professor of BYU for over 40 years. While attending Snow College, he was the principal Tuba player in numerous ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Tuba/Euphonium Choir. He has been awarded Exceptional Performance Scholarships as well as Academic Excellence scholarships at both Snow College and UVU.

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Drum Set & Percussion Teachers

Chris Burt on Drums & Percussion 3-18Christopher Burt: Drum Set & Percussion

Chris has been involved in music since the age of five, when he began his first lessons on piano. Now at the age of twenty seven, he is actively pursuing a career in music. Chris plays the drum set, percussion, piano, guitar, and bass guitar. He treats performing, composing and teaching as equal passions.

In 2017, Chris graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from BYU-Idaho. He is currently applying to pursue a master’s degree. Chris has been involved in school bands, orchestras, and jazz bands since the sixth grade and in numerous rock, pop, and jazz bands all along. He has performed with Midas Whale, Jake Chamberlain, The James Densley Band, Impressions Jazz Combo, Paul Cave, and many others. He is currently an independent drummer and composer in the Salt Lake Valley.

Josiah Pugmire 4-18Josiah Pugmire: Drum Set & Percussion

Josiah has been playing and performing on drum set and percussion for 15 years. He currently plays with the UVU jazz orchestra, the UVU commercial group Sonic Exchange, the UVU percussion ensemble, and the small group UFA. He has played in various school combos in the past as well as the UVU Green Man group and the official Utah Jazz Drumline.

Josiah has two years of teaching experience, most of which has been for drum set. He is proficient in jazz, rock, funk, Latin, and world styles. He has also taught pitched percussion on vibraphone, bells, and Marimba. Josiah is also proficient in arranging and composition, having arranged pieces for various UVU groups as well as scoring for local films.

Josiah has studied with Pancho Romero and Fred Bugbee at New Mexico State University. At UVU he has studied with Dr. Doug Smith, Dr. Alex Heitlinger, Jay Lawrence, Gavin Ryan, and Steve Lyman.

In 2015 Josiah won the Utah Day of Percussion Drum Set competition Solo Drum Set Competition as well as the Drum Set Competition competing against drummers from all of Utah. He is currently on full ride scholarship at UVU and is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2019 with a degree in Commercial Music.

Alec Lowe- Drumset 7-19.PNGAlec Lowe: Drumset & Percussion

Alec has performed with dozens of bands and has performed and toured both internationally and domestically since age 15. His first teaching experience came at age 16, and his first experience recording in a studio was at age 14. He’s been in and out of studios regularly since. He now owns his own studio where he has recorded on countless singles and dozens of albums. As well as performing on recordings, Alec has also mixed and produced several albums and singles, which is his second passion.

He is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Commercial Music from Utah Valley University and is President of the UVU Percussion Club. Since 2018 he has been studying world music and hand drumming to better understand the history, techniques, cultural influences, and pedagogy of the percussive arts, and he has plans over the next several years to study traditional forms of drumming strait from their sources in Ghana, Turkey, Cuba and Japan.

Alec is currently performing with progressive psych-rock band Telesomniac, pop-rock group Shrink the Giant, progressive metal project Construct Tyrants, pop-rock band Ellery, a corporate event pop cover band, UVU’s Sonic Exchange, the UVU Screaming Wolverines Basketball Band, and the UVU Percussion Ensemble.

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Teachers of Children’s Chorus and Elementary Music Classes

Linda Seamons- Children’s Music 7-19Linda Seamons: Children’s Chorus, Instrument Exploration, Elementary Ukulele, Elementary Recorder, & World Drumming

Linda got her bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University in secondary instrumental music education and a master’s degree at Brigham Young University with an emphasis in early childhood music where she wrote a curriculum for parents and toddlers. She ran early childhood music classes for many years in various places. Since starting Kodaly certification, she has taught K-6 elementary music and choirs for the last 10 years in the Provo School District.

She is fully Kodaly certified, and also has some certification in ORFF method and World Music Drumming.  She was named a teacher of the year in the Provo School District in 2016. She especially loves teaching ukulele, recorder, and world drumming.

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