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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.

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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!

Learn More About Our Music Teachers!

Piano Teachers

Voice Teachers

Guitar, Banjo, & Ukelele Teachers

String Teachers

Woodwind Teachers

Brass Teachers

Drum Set & Percussion Teachers

Piano Teachers

Alex Blackham: Piano

Alex has been playing piano for 18 years and it’s one of his favorite pastimes.  He loves Bösendorfers and playing on concert grands. He won 5 piano competitions within Utah, and loves to play anything from classical music to modern age.  He often plays for BYU dinners and events. His favorite songs to play include: Rhapsody in Blue (yes, all 32 pages), Clair De Lune, Presto Agitato, Fantasie Impromptu, and songs that he arranges himself.

Alex teaches students of any skill from beginner to advanced and loves to help his students find songs that they love to play.  He’s all about making sure the student’s enjoy piano while they improve. He loves the piano and hopes to instill that same love into each person he teaches.

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.

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.

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!
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Voice Teachers

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.
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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.
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String Teachers

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.

Susanna Hanson: Violin, Viola, Cello, & String Bass

Susanna Hanson is an experienced violinist with a degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from BYU.  She studied with Max Mandel, Ruth Johnsen, Barbara Williams, and Nell Gotkovsky. She has more than 10 years of experience teaching in both the public school system as well as privately.  Her students report rapid growth and progress in both their playing technique and performance level.
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Woodwind Teachers

Haylie Hyde: Clarinet

Haylie Hyde has been playing the clarinet for 12 years and has been teaching private music lessons for about 5 years. She went to American Fork High School where she participated in the band program as a section leader and drum major for the marching band. There she received the John Phillip Sousa award for her leadership and service to the band program.

Later, Haylie attended BYU where she played in the Symphonic band for 1 year as first chair clarinetist and with the Wind Symphony for 3 years. She had the opportunity to travel to Mongolia, Japan, and Korea while performing with the BYU Wind Symphony. She recently graduated from BYU with a degree in Music Education and is thrilled to be working with Prattland Music Adventures!

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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Brass Teachers

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.

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.

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.
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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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