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.
Carla H. Pratt – Owner
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!
Learn More About Our Music Teachers!
Alice 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.
Paige 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: 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: 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: 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!
Adam Elinkowski: Piano & Songwriting
Adam Elinkowski is a Junior at UVU studying Commercial Music and Digital Audio. He has been playing the piano since he was 8 years old and writing music since he was 11 years old.
His band Mere Image took first place in the 2012 Ogden Standard Examiner Battle of the Bands, and first place in the 2012 Utah PTSA Battle of the Bands. He also took first place in the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Contest for the state of Utah with his choral composition “Give Me Courage.” He was awarded the Sterling Scholar award in music from Layton High School. In January 2018, he released his debut EP “And So It Begins…” with his band BLIX10.
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Kahli Dalbow: Voice
Kahli Dalbow is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she got her start singing professionally with the Pittsburgh Opera at the age of 15. She is now 26 and has obtained her BFA in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, and her MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. Kahli is classically trained, but has also performed in many musical theater productions, jazz ensembles, and pop music performances.
Kahli has been teaching private voice lessons for 5 years and loves helping passionate, enthusiastic students improve their vocal talents. With her strong understanding of how the voice functions, Kahli is confident she can help anyone who is willing to work hard to sing well. She has worked with ages 7-60 and has many students who have found success receiving desired performance opportunities, and being accepted into competitive choirs and degree programs. Her upbeat personality and passion for singing comes through in her teaching, and she is able to create a fun environment while also pushing her students to achieve their goals.
Rebekah 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: 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: 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: 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!
Guitar, Banjo, Ukelele Teachers
Terrell 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.
Speedy Beers: Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, & Classical), Violin, & Banjo
“Speedy” Beers has been teaching music on many instruments for over fifty years and has taught many professional musicians. He is a very patient teacher with excellent teaching and communication skills, and caters to students’ needs at all levels. Whether you’re a beginner with no experience at all, an experienced player who would like to move up to a higher level of playing, or a parent looking for a good guitar teacher for your child, Speedy can help.
Speedy has been playing professionally in theatre, jazz, and classical groups for the past forty years. His quick start method gets beginning students playing music right away.
Speedy Beers studied classical violin with Don Samuelson at the University of Washington, Larmar Barus at Ricks College, with Paval Farkus at University of Redlands, and with Leslie Stringer of the Redlands Symphony. He studied classical guitar from Seko Sesoko, a Brazilian guitarist, and Jazz guitar from studio recording musicians Howard Roberts, Joe Pass, and Horace Hatchett.
Speedy has played violin in Ricks College Orchestra, the Redlands College Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Palomar Symphony in San Diego, and the North Coast Symphony in also San Diego.
Speedy has played guitar with the Woody James Big Band and Hall of Fame Orchestra, and played classical guitar professionally for weddings and dinner parties. Speedy has played guitar with a variety band called Sound Investment and other Rock, Blues and Jazz bands.
Speedy’s theater performance experience includes playing violin for such shows as Annie, Hello Dolly, Chess, Cinderella and more. He also played guitar in theater performances of South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, and the Marvelous Wonderettes.
Joshua 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 & 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.
Jennifer Cox: Violin & Viola
Jennifer Cox earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance & Pedagogy from BYU, where she to serve as concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra and toured extensively throughout the United States with the Chamber Orchestra. She was awarded for her excellence in performance, honored for Outstanding Service to the Chamber Orchestra, and taught as an Adjunct Violin Instructor. Jennifer was a featured soloist at the BYU Music School’s Convocation Graduation Ceremonies when she graduated.
Following her graduation, she taught junior high school orchestra classes. Her orchestras earned the highest marks for superb performances in various festivals. While in her 2nd year of orchestra teaching, she was honored as “Teacher of the Month.”
Jennifer has performed in 19 states throughout the USA in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California. Jennifer has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole, Warren Hill, Jenny Oaks Baker, Kurt Bestor, Mack Wilberg, and John Rutter. She has also performed as a violin soloist in meetings featuring inspirational guest speakers Sheri Dew, Alan and Suzanne Osmond, and prominent religious leaders. Other memorable performances include for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, prominent Utah state government officials, and national military officers.
Jennifer currently teaches private violin and has over 25 years of violin teaching experience. Her students receive high rankings and earn honors in festivals and competitions, have been section leaders and concertmaster of youth symphonies, and some have gone on to major in music in college. Jennifer performs as a first violinist in the Utah Millennial Choirs and Orchestra and Utah Valley Symphony and has performed in several symphony orchestras in California and Utah. Jennifer performs frequently as a freelance musician in professional and volunteer orchestras, music ensembles, and as a soloist. Jennifer and her husband Ken are the parents of two incredibly talented children who are both pursuing degrees in music.
Nate Phillips: Violin & Viola
Regarded as a “terrific violinist,” an “excellent soloist,” and an “excellent player of Paganini,” Nate Phillips began playing the violin at the age of 9. In the past Nate has taken lessons with Hyeri Choi (former faculty at the Eastman School of Music), Eric Grossman (employee at the Juilliard School), Richard Ferguson, and Doug Hansen. Nate Currently studies with Alice Coulam and world-renowned teachers Igor and Vesna Gruppman through the Gruppman International Music Institute.
As a teacher, Nate’s principles can be summed up into 3 things: 1) Nurturing and loving his students into success; 2) making the violin become a passion/hobby for his students, not a chore; and 3) exploring with his students to find the most comfortable ways to play the violin based on the individual physical and mental makeup of each student. He achieves the latter by using the various methods he has been taught by his teachers. These methods include: Russian technique (Leopold Auer and Yuri Yanklevich), the ‘American’ Franco-Belgian technique (Ivan Galamian), ‘Traditional’ Franco-Belgian technique (Eugene Ysaye), and Hungarian technique (Kato Havas). Nate uses these methods to show his students many different perspectives of achieving virtuosity in the most comfortable way possible.
As a performer, Nate has performed across the United States as a soloist with orchestra and as a recital soloist, performing works by: Bach, Barber, Bruch, Copland, Menken, Mozart, Paganini, Saint-Saens, Sarasate, and Vivaldi. At the age of 14 Nate was also invited to perform in Carnegie Hall.
Devan Maria: 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.
Ambrynn 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.
JoLynn Perez: Cello
JoLynn Perez is a Junior at BYU majoring in Spanish Translation with a minor in Music. She began discovering her love for music when she was 4 years old and through exploration found her passion in the cello when she was 12 years old. Since starting the cello she has played in various orchestras including her high school orchestra, the Utah Valley Youth Symphony, and currently BYU’s Symphony Orchestra. She has performed, and received outstanding scores, in the Utah Valley String Festival for 7 years and continues to study music through BYU. Her passion for music and teaching have inspired and motivated her to excel at what she does and continue to improve her teaching and playing abilities. She is excited to share her love of music and the cello to her students and help them in their discovery of their love for music!
Chris Morgan: Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello, & Guitar
Chris grew up in Melbourne, Florida, and has been playing music for most of his life. He began at age 9 with the drums and piano. Over the years, he picked up the cello, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, and several others (that he doesn’t play as well). He studied cello performance at the University of South Florida, BYU-Idaho, and BYU, before finally graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in commercial music from BYU.
Chris has played cello in several different college orchestras, including two Baroque ensembles. He also played guitar in high school jazz band, and various rock and pop bands. On the bass, Chris played with BYU’s jazz band “Synthesis,” and continues to play professionally in the local area with various groups.
Currently, Chris works full time as a musician – playing, teaching, composing, arranging, and producing music. He is a husband and father of three.
Emily Cordner: Flute
Emily asked her parents to begin playing flute when she was six years old. Her older siblings wanted to play the piano and harp, so her parents were excited when she wanted to play such a small instrument! She plays piano, flute, and has sung in choir and as a soloist. She studies flute performance with Rebecca Chapman at Utah Valley University. She has participated in many music festivals and competitions. She is always excited to learn more about music and the fine arts. She loves the power music has to help us feel and connect with others on a deeper level.
Lucas Deal: Clarinet & Saxophone
Lucas is a Salt Lake City native and is about to graduate with a degree in Clarinet Performance from BYU. He has been playing clarinet for around eleven years and has loved every moment of it. He has had the opportunity to play in the BYU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucas started to play the saxophone soon after the clarinet and has been in big bands including Synthesis and combos ever since. He is currently working hard toward his dream of becoming a Jazz professor.
Lucas has been married since November of 2015. He and his wife have a handful of a toddler named Louis and he loves to spend time with his fledgling family.
Steven Ramos: Saxophone, Guitar, & Ukulele
Steven is currently a senior in commercial music major at UVU as well as associate producer of the internationally recognized Crescent Super Band. He attended UCAS (Utah County Academy of Sciences) where he graduated with his high school diploma as well as his associates degree (2014) Shortly afterwards he served an LDS mission where he became a licensed ESL teacher as well as fluent speaker of Mongolian.
Proficient in classical and contemporary styles on saxophone, Steven has played alongside professional musicians such as Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band), Victor Wooten (Flecktones), Randy Brecker (Brecker Brothers), and many more.
As a lover of music he produces local artists, DJ’s parties, teaches guitar, ukulele and ear training lessons.
Chris Wilson: Saxophone (alto, tenor, & bari), Clarinet, & Flute
Chris Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist with diverse experience and an emphasis in woodwinds. After graduating from Timpview High School after four years with legendary band director David Fullmer, Chris studied saxophone and music education at BYU, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2009. He then taught band and guitar for eight years at Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, UT. During his tenure, he completed a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah and performed in various venues throughout Utah on saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, guitar, and piano. In 2017, Chris resigned his teaching position at MMHS to begin a Doctorate Program in Saxophone Performance at the U of U, where he is currently assisting in the Music Education Department.
Chris currently resides in Eagle Mountain with his wife Natalie and their daughter Kendra.
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Amy Johnson: Trumpet & Bugle
Amy Johnson is currently a senior at BYU studying music education with an emphasis on trumpet. She has been playing trumpet for 12 years. In those 12 years, she has played with the Utah Wind Symphony Youth Ensemble, the UMEA All-state band and orchestra, BYU Wind Symphony, BYU Symphony Orchestra, and other chamber ensembles.
Amy has received the Utah Ambassador of Music award and Heritage Music Festival Outstanding Soloist award.
Amy has a love of teaching and loves to share music with her students. She spends most of her time teaching her private students as well as teaching brass with a local high school marching band. She loves her work and looks forward to graduating and getting a job as a high school band director to share her love of music with her students.
Sam Evans: Trumpet & Bugle
Sam is a success story for those young students who quit piano lessons at a young age. After his two-year hiatus from music, he started playing the trumpet in a beginning band at 11 years old. For him, this was the right fit—he worked hard at the trumpet, quickly rose to the top of his public school bands, and even started teaching himself piano again. His love for music has been a characteristic of his life ever since the trumpet became a part of it.
Sam is three years deep into his Commercial Music Degree at Brigham Young University (as of 2018). He has a passion for arranging and composition, and long-standing experience in Jazz and Classical performance. He currently plays in the Wind Symphony, Synthesis, and the Jazz Combos at BYU.
Rachel 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.
Danny Burt: Trombone
Danny Burt is an energetic and committed music teacher. The son of a classical singer, he was enrolled in piano lessons before the age of three. His love for music grew through his childhood and blossomed as he began playing the trombone with his 6th grade band.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance in April 2018, Danny has committed his life to the study and performance of music. After high school, he was given the prestigious full-tuition Emerson Fellowship to spend a summer studying at the Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. A performer in the top jazz, orchestral, and wind band ensembles at BYU, he has travelled to Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, the Baltics, Scandinavia, and the Philippines on tour with those groups, even being featured as a soloist. He is equally at home in classical music as he is in jazz, salsa, pop, hip hop, and rock settings, and can often be seen performing in such ensembles around Salt Lake and Utah County. He also writes and arranges music and directs his church choir.
He began teaching trombone lessons to fellow students while still in high school. Since that time, he has taught students at many ages and playing abilities, teaching everything from playing a first note to perfecting college level solo literature and orchestral music. He has also begun teaching very young children about music in a classroom setting. He hopes to turn this passion for teaching music of all kinds into his life’s work.
David 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.
Drum Set & Percussion Teachers
Christopher 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: 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.
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