About our Faculty

From decorated recitalists to award winning composers including members of the Dallas Symphony and National Touring Artists, our faculty is dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. We are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. Our faculty have instrument specific university degrees from prestigious institutions such as Universtiy of North Texas, Berklee College of Music and many others.. In addition, faculty members have warm personalities and are dedicated to teaching you the style and genre of music that you want to learn.

Antwan Altman

Antwan grew up performing music in a town of Meridian, MS! He and his wife has been living in Dallas, TX for at least 5 months. He’s a graduate of the University of Southern Miss with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies on the Saxophone. Antwan was a head middle school Band Director and also an assistant high school director for 3 years in MS. Learning to play and to be able to teach all wind instruments, piano, and percussion/drums was a very challenging, but humbling experience! Antwan always had a passion for performing, but also love teaching just as much. Students need a mentor in their life to show them how to succeed not just musically, but with life challenges as well, and this is why Antwan is apart of Creative Soul Music School!

Rebekah Anthony

Rebekah Anthony, from Godley, Texas, is a pianist, singer, songwriter, and has recently dived into the world of playing the cello as well. She is a recent graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas where she received her bachelors degree in music business. She began playing piano approximately ten years ago, not knowing that this side hobby would develop into a deep passion for music. Her primary instrument of study while in college was piano, although she also participated in either Chamber Choir or Select Women’s Ensemble for the entirety of her time at Tarleton, and had the great honor of traveling to New York City with the Tarleton Chamber Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall. Rebekah also began playing piano on the worship team at her church in Granbury, Texas five years ago. Here Rebekah realized the power of music and how it can transform lives. She now is a co-lead singer and songwriter on the worship team, known as The Beloved, and they are very excited to record and release their first album later this year. Becoming a lead singer for the team, however, was quite a bit of a journey for Rebekah. Rebekah has loved to sing ever since she was a little girl, but was always too afraid to sing publicly. That all changed a few years ago when she attended a songwriting retreat held by the worship team she was playing piano for. At this retreat she wrote a song and through much coercion sang it to the team. Little did she know this simple act would create a profound effect in her life. Not only did the band learn the song, but she went on to lead it at church, thus beginning her journey to becoming a lead singer in the group. She later went through the process of copyrighting that song, which will be featured on the group’s upcoming album. This song would then lead to a new passion for Rebekah- songwriting- as well as a new mission to help other musicians who struggle with fear and insecurities to realize their full potential and accomplish their dreams. Rebekah is excited for her present and future musical adventures and would love to see her students excited about their musical journeys as well! She is very excited to be a part of Creative Soul School of Music and the amazing mission they have to impact lives through music.

Ashley Ashton

Ashley VanArsdel has been playing piano since the age of 7, and also continues her music education to this day. She comes from a musical family: her dad was a bass singer in a quartet, both of her grandparents were professional pianists/organists, her grandpa played at a huge church for 30+ years. She picked up guitar in high school at the age of 16 in high school, and has played guitar on many of her own recordings over the years. Ashley is a working local musician, and while she has also played frequently in New York state, she is currently playing as a solo act and with her band Tripweather, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Ashley has played keys with several Fort Worth bands, including Saloon Piano, Blurry Street and more. She has been teaching piano since 2002, and loves nothing more than to see her students succeed in music. Ashley firmly believes that piano will help you with any instrument you are trying to play, or just music in general, you can't go wrong with piano!

Cydney Barnes

My name is Cydney Barnes. I am 26 and I will be graduating with my Bachelors in Music and Worship Ministry in December 2017. I have been singing for as long as I remember, I also play the piano, ukulele, and I've written a few songs. My favorite movie is a tie between the Avengers series and Beauty and the Beast. I really love to watch kids grow and see how they see the world around them. I think a child's imagination and creativity is a wonderful thing that should be nurtured. I can't wait to help you child use music as an outlet for their creative mind.

Natalie Beck

Natalie Hoffman is a musician originally from Haughton, Louisiana. She was born into a musical family and started singing at her church in multiple settings ever since she can remember. She started taking piano lessons when she was 8 years old, and eventually switched to playing flute a few years later. With 15 years of flute, 11 years of piano, and 7 years of guitar experience, Natalie gives much versatility to her music. In May 2011, Natalie graduated from the Northwestern State University School of Music with a Bachelor's degree of Music in Flute Performance. Currently, she is studying at Texas Woman's University in Denton Texas to obtain a Master's of Music degree in Music Therapy. Her desires are to become a Board Certified Music Therapist and work with adults and children with various disabilities. Throughout her years of undergraduate and graduate school, Natalie has almost 10 years of experience leading worship in various settings. In these settings she has sung and played flute, guitar, piano and keys, bass guitar, various percussion instruments, and accordion. She was a member of the 2007 Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus which toured for a month in six European countries. She has led worship at the Baptist Collegiate ministry at NSU, First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, First Baptist Church of Rosepine, Pine Cove Shores Summer Camps, Grace Point of Little Elm, and is currently one of the worship leaders at Christ Community Church in Denton, TX which traveled to India to put on a week-long worship conference in the city of Bangalore.

Michael Peterson

When Michael Peterson sang Come Together at a sixth grade concert and heard whoops and hollers of appreciation he knew he wanted music and performance to be a big part of his life. Michael comes from a musical family, with a dad who’s a professional musician, a brother who’s an award winning pianist and percussionist, and a sister who sings and performs on guitar. Michael started on bass (thanks to Paul McCartney as well as his dad’s promise that bass players work a lot) and has held down the bottom in his own band MP3 and the Jeh Horton Band as well as lending his talents to area schools’ music departments. Fascination with music theory and chord structure brought Michael to guitar a few years later. A versatile guitarist, he plays both acoustic and electric in all styles. Michael has applied his guitar talents to MP3 and held the guitar chair in his high school Jazz Band. He has also performed duo/solo gigs as a guitarist/vocalist. Peterson is also a vocalist in many styles, including classical, opera, and rock and roll. He studied under the esteemed TCU voice professor Dr. Scott Ferrell, learning the voice mechanics and techniques necessary for any genre of vocal music. He is the lead singer of his own classic rock group MP3 and has solo and ensemble experience in choir and Broadway musical styles. Michael loves teaching as much as performing: “Besides sharing my love of music I enjoy seeing a concept finally click in a student’s mind,” says Peterson. “I know the thrill of that feeling when something you thought was impossible becomes possible, and I like to see that thrill in students.”

Devon McCauley

Devon McCauley, from Burleson, Texas, is a musician specializing in old time fiddling and acoustic “Swing Rhythm” guitar accompaniment. The old time Texas style of fiddling is Devon’s favorite along with Western Swing and bluegrass. From very early in his career he listened endlessly to various musicians and bands, enjoying and studying their styles and techniques. His collection of music ranges from MP3’s to 78 RPM phonograph records. His guitar studies have expanded beyond Texas style fiddle accompaniment to include swing, jazz and country music from the 30’s thru the 60’s. His musical influences include fiddle players such as Benny Thomasson, Norman and Vernon Solomon, Terry Morris, Herman Johnson, Orville Burns, Paul Warren, and Tommy Jackson, to name a few. His favorite guitar players include the likes of Eldon Shamblin, Billy Strange, Homer Haynes, Joey McKenzie, Royce and Ray Franklin, Omega Burden and Freddie Green. Currently Devon plays gigs and contests around the state as well as teaching private lessons!

Caitlin Lusk

Caitlin was born and raised in the DFW metroplex and has been involved with music and children for nearly 5 years. She’s performed in talent shows, school choir competitions and church events since the age of 13. While many may enjoy working with children, they are Caitlin’s heart and delight. At the age of seventeen, Caitlin became an assistant director for a ministry called Children of Glory where she helped direct children’s worship teams and services. Since then, she has been involved with multiple worship teams and children’s ministries, dedicating herself to the development of children through the expression of music. Caitlin teaches piano, knowing that one gains so much more than just the ability to play the instrument. How valuable is it to learn a skill that ultimately improves speech, language, memory, attention, and even the ability to convey your thoughts better vocally? She has a deep love for music and is excited to teach this valuable skill to children whodesire to develop their creative souls through lessons at Creative Soul School of Music.

David Smith

With a music degree from the Conservatory of Music in Havana, David is one of our internationally acclaimed musicians, having toured all over the world with multiple artists and a broad range of venues. His positive outlook, upbeat and encouraging attitude is contagious to our Creative Soul Team and an inspiration to his students. As a Band Leader, music producer, drummer & percussionist he has traveled the world touring with International Jazz Artist Brooks Giles & British Rock Band Contraplans, China artist Lee Rong Hao, Amanda Wood from Canada the Groove System Drum Clinics, shows in Beijing with Trina Johnson Finn, singer from Sly and The Family Stone, the Green House Studio, Bertie Higgins, Jackson Twins. He performed on the TV Show with the Pianist from Germany Joja Wendt at BTV. He's also performed at multiple international festivals such as the Shanghai Jazz Fest with Artist Jay-Dub and Donghai Music Festival with Nancy J Brown, the Beijing Music Festival, also teaching Drum Clinics at Beijing School of Music, and helping produce album projects for Amanda Wood in Beijing.

Xavier Joseph

Xavier Joseph, baritone, is a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a MM in Voice Performance. He was in the studio of mezzo-soprano, KXavierJosephbaritone.jpegathryn Hartgrove. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Oakwood University where he performed leading roles in The Old Maid and The Thief and Too Many Sopranos, scenes from Cosi fan tutte, and toured extensively with the world renowned Oakwood University Aeolians. In the summer of 2010 Xavier auditioned for and was accepted to the Manhattan Summer Voice Institute at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at the program he studied with Maitland Peters and performed in a scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2011 Xavier participated in the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and sang the role of Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sung a scene from Bizet’s Carmen. While at GSU Xavier sang the roles of King Melchior in Amahal & the Night Visitors andBartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the summer of 2012 Xavier returned to the Harrower Workshop and sang the role of the 2 nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In October of 2012, Mr. Joseph was afforded the opportunity to perform in Beijing, China, where he participated in a musical exchange program at Renmin University. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Joseph performed the role of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women. Since graduating from GSU, Mr. Joseph has performed the roles of Peter in Hansel und Gretel with the Portland Opera Workshop, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with The Vancouver Coaching Experience. In 2014, Mr. Joseph made his Capitol City Opera Debut as Pritschitsch in Lehar’s Merry Widow. 2015 saw Mr. Joseph making his debut with New Fangled Opera in New Orleans, LA, where he sang Ethan in the new opera, New Orleans Haunts by young composer, Phillip Seaward. Beginning in January 2016, Mr. Joseph will be performing with the Dallas Opera Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Alexander Rom. Mr. Joseph is currently in the studio of baritone Dale Dietert of Southern Methodist TX, and is excited to teach at Creative Soul in Ft. Worth, TX as well.

Johnny Garcia

Drums/Student Bands Born and raised in Texas, Johnny Garcia started his musical passon at the ripe age of 13. With musical influence ranging from jazz to country to metal, his vast musical knowledge has allowed him to confidently persue the craft of audio engineering as well as the art of music production. Studying the drum set under jazz director Philippe Baugh and marching snare/tenors, Johnny learned the discipline of drumming which catipulted him to play with numerious well know artst in the metal industry ranging from, All That Remains , Memphis may Fire, Of Mice and Men and many more. With over 11 years of musical experience and 6 years of live performance experience Johnny believes everyone has the ability to create music with a little bit of dedication and practice.

Cody Miller

Cody began learning guitar over ten years ago, coming to quickly appreciate and emulate the styles of those who were influential to him such as John Mayer, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, and others. For Cody, playing and studying guitar is concerned with entering a conversation that has been taking place for generations. Cody studied first under Robert Gibbs of Sumter, SC where Cody attended high school. In order to prepare for a music degree, Cody began taking lessons on classical guitar with Alma Sehic and Brett Floyd of Columbia, SC. Cody also began taking 7-string jazz guitar lessons from Jerry Sims in Columbia, SC. Jerry Sims is a local music store owner in Columbia and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Cody also attended a summer program. Cody began pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of South Carolina in 2011. Cody’s time at USC was spent studying music theory and guitar performance in both classical and jazz guitar under the distinguished professors, Bert Ligon of UNT and Christopher Berg. In addition to having much experience in classical guitar performance as part of his education at USC, Cody maintained a profitable and much sought after solo guitar career in jazz guitar. Cody played at many venues as a solo artist in the Sumter and Columbia areas of South Carolina. Inboth high school and college Cody also performed and served in many churches as both a lead and rhythm guitarist. In addition, Cody performed for over four years in special orchestral environments on guitar in events such as the singing Christmas tree. Cody joins us today in Texas as he pursues a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Chelsea, have been married since they graduated from college in 2015. Cody and Chelsea enjoy reading, studying, teaching, serving, and like to do as much hiking with their dog as possible.

Jillian Wyatt

Jillian developed a love for music at a young age. She began playing piano when she was four, and when she picked it back up at a later age, she realized she didn’t want a life without music and began to pick up other instruments such as violin, guitar, ukulele and mandolin. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Music Business at Evangel University. Her main goal is to individualize lessons to the student and tailor to their needs. Her dream is to continue composing music and grow her music producing abilities. Her engaging and upbeat personality, and patience with her students makes her a top notch Creative Soul Instructor. Her love for teaching and going the extra mile in lessons and life is an inspiration to her students and team.

Priscilla Gray

Priscilla Gray is a musician with a musical education and performance background of over 20 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Priscilla first fell in love with music through jamming out to country and oldies with her family. She was inspired to pick updrums at age 6 while watching a father and son play music together and of course... watching the movie That Thing You Do. Her passion for music has led her to learn, play, and teach drums, guitar, piano and bands in over 40 countries. Priscilla has made Texas her home since 2014 and is involved with local musicians and churches in the area. Her passion, whether teaching private students or bands, is to provide a way that each person is valued for who they are and is encouraged in their unique musical passions. Priscilla joined the Creative Soul team in 2017 and is loving it!

Alan Turbeville

Alan Turbeville is an established musician with performance and educational experience in virtually all genres of music from blues to classical to modern pop to his specialty—jazz. He began training in piano at the age of 5, eventually taking lessons from McLennan Community College music professor Bill Howard and University of North Texas prestigious One O'Clock Lab Band alumni Richard Thomas, from whom he received much of his jazz influence. He continued his educational career at UNT, receiving a Bachelor's of Science degree in 2015 in Learning Technology with specific studies in Music Production and Sound Design and a minor in Music. Alan also completed the UNT College of Music Theory and Aural Skills requirements to become Theory Proficiency Exam (TPE) Certified. After completing his degree at UNT, Alan enrolled in Point Blank Music College in London and received accreditation (Edexcel Level 3 Certification) in Electronic Music Production and Ableton Live DAW software. Alan has been performing in solo acts and with his twin brother, Nash, since they were 5. Alan has expanded into venues across Texas including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Paris, Tyler, and Waco. In 2010, Alan and Nash collectively won the Student Musicians of the Year award from the Music Association of Central Texas (MACT). The same year, the duo took first place at the "Heartland's Got Talent" competition at the Heart of Texas Fair. Although Alan specializes in piano, he has also been trained in voice (solo and choral work), trombone, melodica, various percussion, music notation, and music production. He has helped lead many different worship groups throughout Texas, particularly at Church Under the Bridge in Waco, serving for many years as an accompanist. He has worked and still collaborates with many musicians/groups throughout Texas, while taking in students under his wing who want to learn the same unconventional yet effective mixture of ear training and music theory with practical piano pedagogy or any other available proficiency of preference.

Matthew Boden

Matthew Boden has been playing guitar for half of his life. He started out with music playing tuba for school band and passion sparked and the flame grew larger from there. Always a lover of rock n roll, he naturally bought an electric guitar and started a band with his friends in middle school. Halfway through his high school career, Matthew became a Christian and saw a new opportunity to use his gifts in music. He started playing bass at his church and eventually became the worship leader for the youth group and played drums, guitar, and bass on Sunday mornings. From then on, Matthew knew he wanted to help people worship Christ for the rest of his life. He received a BA in Christian Studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. During his time in the area, Matthew played with artists such as Adam Fischer, Hunter Rea Band, Jenna McDaniel, Oh Infamous City, and Embrace the Distance. In addition, he helped lead hundreds of worship services either leading on guitar and vocals or playing other instruments. Matthew then got married to his wonderful wife, Jessica, and moved to DFW to attend Dallas Theological Seminary for an MA in Media Arts in Worship. He is currently in that program and is making music under the name of Spirit Bear, which has an album called Moonlight EP on Spotify,iTunes, etc. He is excited to be a part of the Creative Soul team!

Jean Bougazelli

My name is Jean Bougazelli. Born and raised in Dallas, TX and I’m 29 years old. I just graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Technology. I have been playing guitar for about thirteen years and have been playing in local bands for about seven years. Helping kids find their niche and growth potential is truly aspiring. Being able to cater to the needs of kids and find what works for them will be a joy. Creativity is the name of the game, and nurturing at an early age will only transcend when older if given the skills to succeed. Let’s create beautiful music and have a fun time in the process.

Jerome Bristow

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Rowdy Carter

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Aidan Garcia

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Josiah Horton

Josiah Horton, tenor, graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Howard Payne University, where his primary instrument was voice and his secondary instrument was piano. This degree focuses on how to play and understand multiple instruments as well as teaching and leading the instruments to a various age group. At Howard Payne, Josiah worked in the precollege program and taught guitar, and Josiah was awarded the Outstanding Upper Class Vocalist. Currently Josiah is working on a M.M.C.M. Voice Pedagogy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This degree focuses solely on how the voice operates and how to teach voice to others. Josiah has played guitar and piano for over ten years now starting before his academic pursuits. Josiah has a passion for teaching and wants his students to learn not only how to play, but how to be musicians. His number one goal for a student is to allow the student the freedom to perform music, and not be afraid of failure.

Jonathan Lowell

Jonathan is a Singer/Songwriter from Fort Worth, Texas. Jonathan started learning guitar when he was 8 years old, and sang in choir and played in the band all throughout high school. He started guitar because of his love of blues and folk music. He went to UNT to major in music therapy. The idea of using music to help people sounded very fulfilling to him. He worked at children's camp in Athens, Texas for two years and volunteered there countless times for the past seven years. Working at the camp instilled his love of working with kids especially in a music environment. When Jonathan isn't playing music, he's probably watching movies! He loves film, and welcomes any movie knowledge challenges you have for him. Jonathan also has the incredible talent of being able to whistle and hum at the same time. Jonathan loves and can respect all types of music, but his favorite to play and sing are Blues and Folk music. He has two dogs named Sassy and Ginger. Jonathan loves the idea of introducing music into kids lives. He believes music is the ultimate way a kid and express themselves, and that's important for every child's development. "Where words fail, music speaks"

Jessica Ramirez

Jessica Ramirez was raised in Houston, Texas where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, specializing in vocal arts. From 2010 to 2014, she attended the University of Texas at Arlington, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Music with a concentration in Choral Studies and with a teacher’s certification in the state of Texas. Jessica specializes in teaching classical and choral singing along with beginner piano. Jessica believes in focusing on proper technique and solidifying basic musical concepts, like rhythm, sight reading, and posture, to ensure musical success. Jessica truly enjoys teaching her beginner piano and voice piano students along with her early childhood Makin’ Music and Lil’ Soul Rockers classes at Creative Soul Music School. Jessica currently lives in Hurst with her husband, Will, and their dog, Beowoof.

Erica Rosemand

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Derrada Rubell-Asbell

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Simon Flory

Learning to sing from his mom while sitting on the piano bench at her teaching studio as a child, Simon wanted to play along. Piano soon gave way to his first guitar, his first rock band and school orchestra. After high school, Simon attended DePauw University, where he studied creative writing, theatre, piano, jazz guitar, violin and competed in the harrowing track and field discipline known as “steeplechase”. After school, Simon landed a job at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music where he taught and studied fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass and guitar from some of the world’s best educators of American folk music. Before finding a home in Fort Worth, Simon made stops in the Arkansas Ozarks and Austin where he taught both at The School of Rock and developed an early childhood music and movement curriculum for preschools based on music from his Kindie (kid + indie) Rock band “The Que Pastas” while also touring internationally with the country bluegrass band “High Plains Jamboree”. “Experiences and travels aside, teaching remains a true passion; to create a fun filled learning environment that can change lives one half-step at a time!”