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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.

Cydney

Cydney, age 26, graduated with a Bachelors in Music and Worship Ministry in December 2017. Singing for as long as she can remember, she also plays the piano, ukulele, and enjoys songwriting as well. Her favorite movie is a tie between the Avengers series and Beauty and the Beast. She really loves to watch kids grow and see how they see the world around them. She believes a child's imagination and creativity is a wonderful thing that should be nurtured. She can't wait to help your child use music as an outlet for their creative mind.

Michael P.

When Michael 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.”

David

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.

Johnny

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.

Alan

Alan 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.

Aidan

Aidan has taught at Creative Soul for nearly 9years and has a true love for teaching, performing & recording. He has performed locally with his band that has gotten acclaim in the Star Telegram & shares a Recording Company with his brother Johnny (who also teaches with us!). Aidan teaches Guitar/Bass/Drums/Trumpet/Uke & leads several of our Student Bands!

Erica

Completing her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education this Year, Top 10% of her Class, Received Honors for University Singers, 9 years of (classical) vocal training

Phebe

Phebe has her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Mississippi College. She has been featured in a wide variety of musical productions including Showboat, Songs for a New World, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She also has served as soloist and soprano section leader at Fondren Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. She has taught classes in music appreciation and music theory, as well as voice and piano lessons. She teaches voice and piano at Creative Soul. She believes in the importance of teaching each individual student in the way that’s best for them! Feeling comfortable, learning to perform, and having fun are all very important parts of becoming a musician!

Traysa

Traysa has been playing violin for 17 years, and has been teaching for nearly 10 years. She enjoys teaching all ages the joy of learning to play violin. To optimize performance ability, she strives to teach the proper techniques and music theory as well as encourages the student to work on trouble areas, while moving them along when they are ready to do so. Traysa teaches the traditional method, and uses fiddle music as well as folk and classical. She also plays violin at her church, and plays in a local orchestra. She loves to watch her students grow musically, and see how much they have progressed.

Meredith

Meredith is a singer, pianist and ukulele player new to the DFW area. For the past 3 years she has been teaching voice, piano and ukulele with Bossier Parish TAP Music program. Before that she graduated in 2015 with a BA in Sacred Music from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA. Her performance history includes: premiering “Flowers of the Graves of War” at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Centenary College Choir (CCC), singing in St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican with the CCC, touring and singing at several cathedrals and church’s in Italy (2013), serving as a soloist in church’s across Germany, Czech Republic and Vienna with the CCC (2015) and serving as the soloist on several occurrences for the chamber group Camerata. Meredith also enjoys performing in Musical Theater and recently played Nancy in “Oliver!” at Emmet Hook Center Theater in Shreveport, LA. Aside from her performance experiences Meredith has loved teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. She has also served as the Youth Choir Director and Youth Bell Choir Director at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport. In her lessons with students Meredith likes to encourage students to find their true voice and teach them to enhance their voices to the best of their abilities.

Jiazhi

Mr. Jiazhi holds a B.M. from Texas Christian University and M.M. from University of Texas at Austin. A native from China, Mr. Zhang start learning violin at age of 4. He came to Texas Christian University under full scholarship. During his undergraduate study, Mr. Zhang performed at Buenos Aires, and Rosario in Argentina; and Bass Hall at Fort Worth with the TCU Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Dean’s List award recipient at TCU College of Fine Arts. In his graduate study at UT, Mr. Zhang was awarded the David and Mary Winton Green Chair Scholarship. Mr. Zhang played in various master classes such as Biguel Harth-Bedoya, Alex Carr and Karen Gomyo. He is also an active solo violinist in well-known music festivals namely National Orchestra Institute+Festival and Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard School. Mr. Zhang love to join the orchestra while in school, he has played as associate principle at Temple Symphony Orchestra and San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zhang has had much experience with violin pedagogy. His teaching philosophy includes using Suzuki Method of Violin Pedagogy and Project Beautiful Sound on violin. Currently Mr. Zhang is pursing his doctoral degree in violin performance at University of North Texas.

Kyle F.

Kyle has been playing in bands since 2007, his first experience being with playing with the Trinity Bible Church youth group praise band. In high school, he joined his first band Strive, Atlantis! which gave him his first taste in the music scene in North Texas. Kyle went to Texas Christian University where he got a B.S. in Film, TV, & Digital Media and a minor in Music. He still continues to take lessons from Kyp Green, the jazz bass teacher at the TCU school of music. Kyle works for Afallon Productions doing live sound, box office, show promotion, and other things in addition to teaching. His bands include I Am Clark Kent which was nominated for the Fort Worth Weekly's Best "Avant-Garde/Experimental" act in 2016. Ladybug, which is a math rock fusion trio that just released an EP titled "Love Songs" this past August. Kyle's newest project is a funk & jazz fusion collective compromised of musicians from TCU and the Fort Worth Music Scene. He is also working on his first soundtrack for a short film being made in the TCU Student Film Association. His favorite genres include jazz, funk, 90s country, indie rock, and many more. Kyle stays busy writing and playing different types of music, something that one of his heroes, Michael League of Snarky Puppy, told him was the key to being a great bassist and musician.

Taylor-T

Taylor is currently studying Music Education from the prestigious music program at University of North Texas. She UNT choir member 2017-2018 & a worship leader at her church as a vocalist/pianist for past 5 years. She grew up in Springtown, Texas where she was an active participant in theatre and choir. Her other accolades include: UNT University Singers Choir member 2018-2019 - On Stage Chorus - The Cunning Little Vixen Received gold at TSSEC State Solo and Ensemble competition all years of high school Outstanding Performer Award senior year Received a chair in the 2016-2017 Southwest American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir in Kansas City Nov 2018 Received a chair in the TMEA All-Region, Area, and 2017 All-State Choir Her main passion is teaching and we are excited she’s a part of our Creative Soul Team! Taylor is also a member of the worship team at Trinity Fellowship church in Decatur where she plays piano and sings. Taylor loves working at Creative Soul Music School because it gives her an opportunity to teach kids how to play what they feel and be free with their musicianship.

Mary

Earning her Bachelor's Degree in Sax Performance, Mary is currently continuing her music pursuits at TWU working on her Master's Degree in Music Therapy. With a love for teaching, Mary also brings much Musical Theatre experience as well. We are excited to have her on our Creative Soul Team!

Jake K.

With a Music Production Certifcation from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Jake is a great addition to our Creative Soul Team! Jake enjoys applying elements of music theory to create musical tones and structures, including harmonies and melodies. He enjoys making music and sharing it through performance and improvisation. He has a passion and drive to succeed and wants to inspire others in their success as well.

Monica S.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business from Dallas Baptist University, Monica has a love for teaching & helping students achieve success in their music pursuits. She enjoys teaching vocal techniques alongside how to read music & also serves as a Worship Assistant at Fielder Church in Arlington, Tx. We're excited to have her on our top notch Creative Soul team!

Matthew G.

Matthew is currently earning his degree in Music Education from UTA. Some of his honors include: NBC 5 News Interview ( 2016), String Quartet Performances at Dallas Heritage Village ( 2019 ), Performances at Bass Hall with Fort Worth Youth Orchestra UTA Music Department & his Yearly Scholarship at UTA. Mathew has a love for helping others achieve success in their music education & We're excited to have Mathew on our top notch Creative Soul team!

Bradley

With a Bachelor's Degree in the Arts, Bradley has a passion for performing & sharing his craft with others. You can see Bradley performing in various local performance venues such as Casa Manana and others! We're excited to have him on our top notch Creative Soul Team!

Elan

Currently working on his Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music, Elan loves to teach any genre of music & is a performing local musician & Bass Player for Dillan Poe, performing in varoius Summer Tours at the Hamilton Dove Fest, & opening for Parker McCollum & Kody West. He earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award & the Berklee College of Music World Tour Scholarship. He also is the Bass Player for Danny Durress, & participates in local church Worship Bands such as First Baptist Church of Burleson & in Joshua. He loves motivating his students to hit achievement marks. We're excited to have him on our Creative Soul top notch Faculty Team!

Gordon

Studying Education at the Musicians Institute and working as a Youth and Young Adult Music Director at Shield of Faith Christian Center for 8 years, Gordon has a love for learning, teaching & directing kids and adults alike. He enjoys helping students develop a love and appreciation for music and joy into becoming into the musicians they aspire to be. We're excited to have Gordon on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Charlene

A member of the Motown Records family, performing & co-writing with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson & other greats, & with a #3 Hit on the Top 100, Charlene's bio is best read on here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlene_(singer) Early recording career She was born as Charlene Marilynn D'Angelo, which was later shortened to Charlene for her record label. In 1973, she signed with Motown and, using the moniker "Charlene Duncan", released two unsuccessful singles: "Relove/Give It One More Try" (M 1262) in July 1973[1] and, in January 1974, a cover of "All That Love Went to Waste" (M 1285) from the film A Touch of Class.[2] Charlene sought to find her niche at Motown by writing her own songs, doing demos for other artists (including Michael Jackson's "One Day in Your Life") and working with different producers and writers before finally being teamed-up with Ron Miller.[3] When her self-titled debut album (P6 10015S1) was released in November 1976 on Motown's Prodigal label, Charlene had dropped her surname (but, confusingly, the album still had "Charlene Duncan" printed on the spine).[4] In March 1977, the first single "It Ain't Easy Comin' Down" (P 0632F) went to #97 on the Hot 100 (and #23 on the AC chart). In May 1977, an album entitled Songs of Love (Prodigal, P610018S1) (with cover artwork by Patrick Nagel) was issued. It was a repackaged version of the Charlene LP with "Freddie" (an apparent tribute to Freddie Prinze, who had died that year) replacing "Shake a Hand" and the songs re-sequenced. Also, there is no spoken bridge in "I've Never Been To Me".[5] "Freddie" was released as a single (P 0633F) and reached #96 in the Hot 100 (and #40 on the AC).[6] A third single from the Charlene-Songs of Love collections would turn out to have not only an unusual lyrical evolution but also an unexpected chart odyssey. The lyrics to "I've Never Been to Me" were originally written by Ron Miller from a male perspective, but he rewrote them from a woman's viewpoint for Charlene, and on her debut album the ballad was recorded with a controversial narration to underscore the song's sentiment. On Songs of Love, the track omitted the spoken bridge; however, when this take was released as a single (P 0636F), it spent only three weeks in the Hot 100, peaked at #97 in October 1977 and then bounced off the chart.[7] When the song was revived in 1982, the rendition with the monologue (from the Charlene LP) was being played on the radio, so it was the version that Motown reissued. In 1978, a Charlene recording entitled "Are You Free", again produced by Ron Miller, appeared as a promotional single for the music label Ariola Records America. In addition to the Charlene/Songs of Love project, Charlene recorded a full album's length of material for Motown that was never even issued. In June 1980, Motown released one more single, "Hungry / I Won't Remember Ever Loving You" (M 1492F). The track "Hungry" was taken from the stage musical Daddy Goodness[8] and both cuts on the single were from the same collaborators of her biggest hit; however, this attempt failed and Motown decided to release the singer from its label.[9] Success of "I've Never Been to Me" Charlene recorded "I've Never Been to Me" in 1976, and the single reached #97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1977. When released again in 1982, the single (1611 MF) spent 23 weeks in the Hot 100, peaked at #3 and stayed there for three weeks.[6] It also reached #7 on the AC and #60 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song has been her only Top 40 hit. In 1982, Scott Shannon, a disc jockey then working at Tampa radio station WRBQ-FM, began playing the version from the Charlene album (with the original spoken bridge) at the behest of his girlfriend, and response from local listeners was such as to motivate Shannon, a former Motown employee, to alert Motown president Jay Lasker of the track's hit potential. By this time, Charlene had lost her recording contract, moved to England and was working in a sweetshop in Ilford near London. Upon locating Charlene, Lasker personally telephoned her to invite her to re-sign with Motown in order to facilitate the re-release of "I've Never Been to Me". In 1976, Charlene's legal name was Charlene Duncan from her marriage to record producer Larry Duncan; by the time the song was re-released in 1982, her name was Charlene Oliver by her subsequent marriage to Englishman Jeff Oliver. The song's video was filmed at Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England, with Charlene appearing in her actual wedding dress. "I've Never Been to Me" was one of the year's biggest hits and experienced international success, reaching the #1 spot in the UK, Canada (4 weeks), Ireland (3 weeks), and Australia (6 weeks). It was also a Top Ten triumph in Norway, Belgium, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.[10] In addition, "I've Never Been to Me" became Motown's first Top Ten hit by a white female singer. (Only after leaving and suing Motown Records did Teena Marie score in 1985 with "Lovergirl".) Charlene even became one of a handful of artists on Motown Latino when she issued a Spanish-language cover of her hit called "Nunca he ido a mi" (1624LF). The concurrent release of her album, I've Never Been to Me (Motown 6009 ML), was also relatively successful, peaking at no. 36 on Billboard's Top 200. The LP mixed previously recorded tracks with some new material and featured two different covers: one showed Charlene in an elegant white dress with a bow and the other used her image in a moody pastel rendering. Over the years, memorable performances of "I've Never Been to Me" have appeared on TV shows such as Will & Grace and Desperate Housewives and in movies such as Shrek the Third in 2007 and You Were Never Really Here in 2017.[11] In the 2018 episode of Splitting Up Together entitled "Asking for a Friend", Jenna Fischer's Lena longingly begins singing the song to her children, prompting her youngest son, Milo, to question aloud if his mother is having a nervous breakdown. A popular choice for female impersonators, "I've Never Been to Me" was spotlighted as the opening number to the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The cinematic satire showed Hugo Weaving lip-syncing in drag to Charlene's vocals. Charlene's original version of the sentimental ballad is also included on the soundtrack. Subsequent recordings and releases "It Ain't Easy Comin' Down" was recycled on the I've Never Been to Me LP and re-released as its second, follow-up single (1621 MF). The 1982 bid bubbled under at #109 and affixed an ending harmony, "It ain't easy without you," which is not on the album version. This rendition (with the extra harmony) was also used in the 1982 film, The Last American Virgin. Although the original Virgin compilation did not contain the cut, it has since been added to extended editions of the soundtrack, including 2004 and 2012 re-issues. When Charlene re-signed with Motown in 1982, Motown agreed not only to the mainstream production of a brand new album of material but also to the US release of a religious set she had already started with Chapel Lane Records in England.[12] The 1982 outing, The Sky Is the Limit (Motown 6024 ML), offers reflective gospel music with several songs penned by Charlene herself plus a cover of Lionel Richie's "Jesus Is Love". Toward the end of the year, Charlene also released a new single, "Used to Be" (1650 MF), a duet with Stevie Wonder which the authors-composers of "I've Never Been to Me" also wrote and composed. But it stalled in the Hot 100 at #46 (and reached #31 on the AC and #35 on the R&B). However, "Used to Be" did go to #13 on the Swiss Hitparade charts in December 1982.[13] The controversial lyrics of "Used to Be", which lamented an uncaring, self-centered society, caused some radio stations in the U.S. to refuse to play the single and facilitated its actual ban in the U.K. The lines deemed most unacceptable were delivered by Wonder in the song's first verse: "Have another Chivas Regal/You're 12-years old and sex is legal."[12][14] Peaking at #162 on Billboard's Top 200, Charlene's corresponding Used to Be album (Motown 6027 ML) was not as successful as the I've Never Been to Me LP. Highlights of Used to Be included a rendition of "You're Home", which had previously appeared in the stage musical Daddy Goodness[8], and a cover of "Heaven Help Us All", originally popularized by Stevie Wonder. Whereas Wonder's version of "Heaven" used the terms "black man" and "white man", Charlene's take altered the words to "poor man" and "rich man". Both "I've Never Been to Me" and "Used to Be" were ranked the third and fourth worst records of all time by Jimmy Guterman and Owen O'Donnell in their 1991 book The Worst Rock n' Roll Records of All Time. In 1984, Charlene co-produced a new LP, Hit & Run Lover (Motown 6090 ML), which showcased primarily up-tempo dance music and separated her from perennial producer Ron Miller and the Miller-Hirsch writing team responsible for much of her catalog. Although Charlene was offered the power ballad "We Belong", which soon after became a big hit for Pat Benatar, the song's inclusion on the album was opposed by executive producer Ray Singleton.[3] Motown furthered its attempt to revamp Charlene's image to appeal to new audiences by highlighting her in a segment of the film The Last Dragon, which was under development by Motown founder Berry Gordy. She and other Motown artists, including DeBarge and Vanity, were strategically placed in the film to appeal to the MTV craze of the time. Charlene's catchy pop song "Fire" was used along with a music video depicting her as a goddess. Although the film managed to improve some of the other artists' notoriety, by this time, Motown was turning to artists that were offering up the New Jack Swing sound that would dominate the late 1980s and early 1990s, leaving Charlene and many Motown artists behind. Charlene's appearance in the film did not improve her popularity, and she was dropped from the Motown roster once again in 1985. Attempted career revivals and most recent updates As of 2012, Charlene was residing in her native California with her family, and she was still recording. Under the name Charlene Oliver, she launched a website where her new dance/club/house music could be downloaded,[15] and which included such new releases as "Broken Women," "California Dreamin' (Dance)," "Emotional Scars," "I Wanna Be A Woman," "I Was You," "I've Never Been To Me (Dance)," "Oh Cecilia," "Sea of Tranquility," "Spirit of Woman," "Symphony For A Broken Piano," "There I'll Be," "(Why Can't) Time Stand Still" and "Used to Be," the last of which featured Stevie Wonder.[citation needed] In 2012, Charlene revamped a new video, attached to her club mix of "I've Never Been To Me", which could be found on media outlets such as YouTube. Charlene also wrote two books, which she also sold via her website. In 2013, Charlene was scheduled to release a new album through Gotham Records after a single called "Heard You on the Radio" became available on iTunes on October 22, 2012.[16] Legacy Because of her one big hit, Charlene became known as a high-profile one-hit-wonder. In 2002, she was featured on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders show, where she ranked #75. It was stated in the program that her entry "expresses the post-'70s hangover." In 2006, "I've Never Been to Me" was released on SingStar Anthems, one of the popular SingStars.[citation needed] Charlene has re-released the song in the form of a downloadable dance remix.[17][18] Pandora Radio features a "Charlene" channel that includes songs such as "Johnny Doesn't Love Here Anymore", "If I Could See Myself", "Can't We Try", "Hey Mama" and others. Personal life Charlene has been married twice. She has three daughters.

Brady

Studying Music Education at the University of Guanjuato, Brady is bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and has a passion for teaching & music. He won the Jazz Choice Award 3 years in a row in High School and was All Region Band. As a Percussion Section leader for the Jacksboro Purple Pride Band, Brady's excitement for drums continued. He also won a Battle of the Bands competition with his local band. He can't wait to help cultivate a love for learning an instrument in our students.  With an upbeat, engaging personality and fire to teach music, Creative Soul is ecstatic to have Brady on our top rated Teacher Team!

Christy

Christy has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the prestigious Music Program at the University of North Texas. With a love for kids and teaching, she taught Middle School & Elementary Choir. With an engaging personality, students love, Christy is excited to be a part of our Creative Soul Faculty Family!

Jake A.

As a Youth Worship Leader at his church, Jake loves leading bands & musical groups to success. Originally from Tennessee, he attended Cross Style School of Practical Ministry, helping work with the homeless to serve dinners regularly. Jake is excited to teach more students here in Texas how to play the Guitar & Bass. Creative Soul is ecstatic to have him on our amazing Faculty Team!

Dexter C.

With a Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Texas Wesleyan University, Dexter C. has a love for teaching guitar that he can't wait to pass on to his students! As a local freelance musician, and Lead/Rhythm Guitarist for Big E & The Funkytown Express, Dexter C. gives relevance to his teaching by performing locally at venues around DFW. His awards include Silver Medal at ACT-SO National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada (2014) & Presidents Honors Concert 2017, 2018, 2019 with his university. He also has a love for community service, volunteering for local organizations such as Rebuilding Together & Habitat for Humanity, has served Nursing Homes through performances & a designer/muralist at North Crowley High School. In his commitment to community service, he also volunteers with Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. We are excited to have Dexter on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Jackson

A musician & performer at heart, Jackson loves teaching music & training students in pushing themselves to the next level in their lessons. Performing in choirs & bands since he was 8 years old, Jackson brings the elements and importance of performance as well to his instruction. He was vocally trained in everything from opera to scream and enjoys teaching a variety of musical genres tailored to each student's goal sets. Studying at University of North Texas, we are excited to have Jackson on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty!

Courtney

Courtney has a Master of Music Degree from the University of Houston in Violin Performance & her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from UTA as well! She enjoys performing as a violinist for various local Orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Victoria & San Angelo Symphony Orchestras. As a private lesson teacher for many years in the school system, Courtney has taught scales, etudes andother exercises necessary to help students advance their skills on theirinstrument, while along with preparing students for UTASolo & Ensemble Contest and orchestra chair tests. She also provides instruction forstudents auditioning for All Region and All State Orchestra auditions. She also is a section violinist for First Baptist Church in Dallas. Her other accolades include: the Texas Music Festival (Houston, Tx), UTA Solo Competition Winner, & award winner from Meadowmount School of Music in New York. We are ecstatic to have Courtney on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Angel

Angel was a musician for the US Army All-American Marching Band. He was hand selected to play among top musicians across the United States to form a 125-member All-American Band. As a Multi-tenor percussionist of All-American Drumline, he trained and learned from elite musicians and educators to perfect a half-time show & performed the half-time show for All-American Bowl football game live on NBC TV Network. He was also the Percussion Lead for Regnum Christi & received Outstanding Percussionist Award & 2nd place - Percussion ensemble competition for Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Outstanding Muti-Tenor for the Drums Lonestar competition & 1st place - Plano Drumline Competition & 1st place - Lonestar Drumline Competition. He also was a Lead Percussionist for Music Ministry, organized and helped lead worship for events, and coordinated music rehearsals along with musical accompaniment, Performed for church events, spiritual retreats, and outings & served as a mentor for youth 1st- 12th grade. We are excited to have Angel on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Roland

Having spent decades in as a Music & Band Director in School ISDs, Roland is excited to continue to help our students meet their musical learning goals at Creative Soul! With experience teaching all instruments - from piano to wind instruments to trumpet, flute, clarinet, oboe, tuba you name it! - Creative Soul is ecstatic to have him on our top notch Faculty Team!

Catey

Catey has a Bachelor or Arts in Music & Media & Piano Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Arlington. With vast teaching experience, Catey is ecstatic to be on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Mary Jane

Mary Jane has a vast and deep teaching experience, having taught in local ISD's for the past 29 years in Texas. As a choir director and teacher, she has a love for helping her students reach success and achieve their goals. We are so excited to have Mary Jane on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Sophia

Finishing up her Bachelor's of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Women's University & earned her Associate of Arts in Music from San Jacinto College. She is a Choral Performer for Texas Music Educators Association, having performed with one of select few women’s ensembles to perform at the centennial annual conference. She also is a Choral Performer with the American Choral Directors Association, and performed with the TWU Concert Choir at the sixtieth national conference. With years of experience as a performing artist and a love for helping others, Sophia is enthusiastic & recognized for musical proficiency and scholarly achievement. Creative Soul is ecstatic to have her on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Kelsey

Currently majoring in Music from Texas Woman's University, Kelsey is working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Arts & Music. With a love for teaching & all things Violin, Kelsey has worked with students of all ages, including from Pre-school through High School. She performed locally as an Orchestra Member for the Arlington Youth Symphony Orchestra (2012-2016). She also attended the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. We love having Kelsey on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Caleb

Caleb has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Southeast Missouri State University. He graduated with a 4.0 Grade Point Average and loves to achieve, with honors and awards including the Outstanding Piano Composer Award, the Duane Langley Musician Award & honors in Choral Conducting, Aural Skills II, & 20th Century Technique. He also enjoys his time as the Associate Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church of Alvarado. We're ecstatic to have Caleb on our top notch amazing Creative Soul Faculty!

William

With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the world renown University of North Texas Music Program. He has a love for teaching multiple instruments & strives "to establish a warm, welcoming environment where students feel encouraged to express themselves musically while also learning fundamental concepts." We are ecstatic to have William on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Rachel

Rachel is current earning her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Tarleton State University & University of North Texas. She was in several marching bands & orchestras, including The Sound and the Fury Marching Band & The Green Brigade Marching Bands, . She is also a member of the Denton Bible Orchestra and helped with Tarleton Hosting UIL for band and choir. She also has experience as an Orchestra Member for Methodist Church of Big Springs. With her fun personality and creative nature, we're ecstatic to have Rachel on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Kalina

Currently working towards earning her Vocal Music Education degree from TCU, Kalina believes in the importance of kids and adults alike learning music. The oldest of six children growing up, Kalina brings a fun and energizing personality to her teaching & Creative Soul is excited to have her on our top notch teacher team!

Erik

Studying Modern Music in Drums from Visible Music College, Erik is a professionally trained drummer with 15 years experience in stage performance. As a Musician and drummer for worship team at Munger Place Church in Dallas, Christian Ministries Church & Plymouth Park Baptist Church, he also performed worship nights with a Dallas Jazz Quartet. With experiences in most playing styles, including Rock/Pop, Alternative, Jazz, Latin, Hip-Hop/Rap, and Worship, Erik has mastered the 40 drum rudiments, as well as having the ability to sight read drum charts in the genres listed above. He also enjoys transcribing drum charts using Finale. He is excited to help more young musicians develop their craft on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Morgan

Morgan has a love for singing & music and is currently earning her Bachelor's in Music at the University of Arlington. She is part of University Singers at UTA, with performances as the lead role, songwriting & contributions to arrangements for RISE A Cappella, I'll Live Project, Ragtime! The Musical, & Google It. She's also worked on composing for TCC Choir. Her other achievements include: TMEA Two Year College All State Choir 2015-2017, 2nd Place Quarter Finals ICCA 2018, 1st Semi-Finals ICCA 2018, 4th Nationals ICCA 2020, 1st Place Quarter Finals ICCA 2020 & A&R Team for UTA Student Records. We're excited to have Morgan on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Simeon

Simeon is a master of many musical skills, with a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a Jazz Performance Concentration from the world re-known University of North Texas Music Program. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and is currently working on his Master of Music in Jazz Arranging and Composition from UNT as well. His awards and honors include - UNT President’s List (2016-2020), UNT Academic Merit Scholarship (2016-2020),Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society’s Achievement Award for cross-genre programmatic composition“The Diver” (2020), UNT Innovative Music Programming Award (2017), Published in a Journal viaNSHSS (2016), Selected as Lead Alto for Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band (2014 and 2015). With a love also for Composition, Simeon enjoyed his role in the RODRICK CONNOLLY BIG BAND, in CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. He also has served as a volunteer in refugee work in South Africa with International Mission Board (“IMB”) & as volunteer church musician at Claremont Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa from 2007-2016. We love having Simeon on our Creative Soul top notch Faculty!

Tyler

Tyler is currently earning his Bachelor's of Arts in Music Degree with a Vocal Emphasis from the prestigious Texas Christian University locally. With a diverse musical background, Tyler is proficient also in composing and arranging a multitude of genres, including pop, rock, jazz, classical, andcountry music & even Beatboxing & Vocal Percussion! He has a love for teaching & a commitment to communicating in a way students can understand and process their learning in a fun, engaging community and environment such as Creative Soul! He has been educated in courses such as Music Theory, Ear Training, Diction for Singers, and Music Education, Conducting, Fundamental Instrumentation Techniques, and Composing/Arranging. He was a student conductor for his High School Choir at A&M Consolidated High School. He was also a Section leader, Vocal Percussionist, and arranger for award-winningacapella group, A-Side. He also aided as a School music Librarian for 2 years, involved sorting, indexing, and cataloguing sheet music for future use. Creative Soul is ecstatic to have Tyler on our top notch Faculty Team! 

Allison

With a heart for teaching and working with kids, Allison is currently earning her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas of Arlington. She was a Supplemental Instruction Leader at Tarrant County College. She also has a love for other performing arts in directing,stage management and other technical aspects of theatre, acting as Elsa in English Children's Gala Musical with Korean Musical Company in Busan, South Korea. She also had professional acting experience at Hardin-Simmons University & other venues such as Casa Manana. She was awarded All-Star Cast and Honorable Mention All-Star Cast by UIL One-Act Play & a Superior rating on multiple UIL State solos and ensembles. She also was part of the audition-only TMEA All-District and All-Region choirs.

Graham

Graham has Bachelor's Degree with Secondary Teaching Certification from University of Texas at Arlington. He enjoys tutoring kids one on one, and has worked in FWISD teaching a variety of ages and areas. We're ecstatic to have Graham on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Colton

Colton is a pianist and vocalist who relocated to the DFW area from Victoria, Texas. Though having worked three years as a process engineer at a chemical plant, he maintained his passion for music that began at age 9 when he began piano lessons. In Victoria, he participated in multiple worship groups as a freelance worship pianist, and he led worship for 5 years at his home church, Martin Luther Lutheran Church. He also was the keyboardist for a band called Redeem a Nation in High School, and he participated in choir and men’s chorus during high school and college respectively. No longer living in his hometown, Colton is ready to take his music career to the next level, aspiring to be a full-time indie musician and songwriter. His specialties include classic rock, contemporary Christian, video game music, and his own original songs. He also plans to learn violin in the near future, taking his inspiration from Lindsey Stirling, so look out for possible violin lessons in the future as well! He is excited for the new opportunities that he will have to grow as a musician and as a person, as well as the opportunities to help others of all ages do the same. Colton feels that musicians need to learn to be forgiving of themselves and of others during practice and during performance. This way, they can can learn from their mistakes and grow rather than allow the mistakes to weigh them down and to prevent them from going forward.

Donicio

Donicio has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming. He has a Teaching Certification in Music for K-12, and a love for all things teaching music! He worked with UW Presents, a cultural presenting series at the university - overseeing audience and performance logistics, accommodating performer and patron needs, and helping to make the performances a success. As a Music Theory Instructor at the University, he taught and reviewed material for aural theory at a collegiate level. He has also counseled 6th-12th grade music students, and worked with the Grand Teton Music FestivalStage Crew. He also served on the University of Wyoming Student Advisory Council, was President of the Jazz Advocates of Wyoming, Vice President of the National Association for Music Education, & performed as a Musician for the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble (2016 - 2020), Dizzys Club Coca-Cola: WJE with Terell Stafford (2017), WJE: Winds of the Snowys (CD) (2018), Jazz Educators Network: WJE with Terell Stafford (2019), New Image Band (2012 - current), Basmati Band (2017 - current), Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra (2019), UW Wind Symphony (2016 - 2019). We are ecstatic to have Donicio be a part of our top notch Creative Soul Faculty Team & Family!

Caleb U.

Caleb is a worship leader, minister, vocalist, music educator, and choral conductor who has a love and passion for music to be used in the church and the academy. He is a native of Springdale, Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education degree from the University of Arkansas (graduated May 2019), and is currently a Master of Music in Worship Leadership student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he currently sings in the Southwestern Singers and plays French horn in the Chapel Orchestra. His voice teachers include Donna Rollene, Dr. Christopher MacRae, and Marsha Anderson. Horn teacher included Dr. Timothy Thompson. Most of his expertise includes gospel and church music traditions, contemporary worship music, classical music, opera and oratorio arias, art songs, german lied, and musical theater. When he is not teaching or going to class, you can find Caleb serving on the worship staff as the music intern at First Baptist Church of Keller, Texas. He also enjoys to fish, hunt, hammock, hanging out with friends and family, collecting hymnals/sheet music, listening to music, learning new instruments, cheering on his Arkansas Razorbacks in any sport, and enjoys being a dog dad to a young corgi puppy.

Meghan

With a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition and Technology from Texas Christian University, Meghan has a love for all things music, teaching & recording. Working at Cakemix Recording in Dallas under Bruce Faulconer, who wrote the music for Dragon Ball Z, Meghan enjoyed notating scores, assisting with setup/teardown of recording sessions, & orchestrating piano arrangements, recording live sessions, mixing & mastering music recordings. She was a participant for the NYU Screen Scoring Workshop at New York University, studying with Mark Snow and Michael Levine, and getting a score recorded remotely by the Prague Orchestra. She also was a participant in the Palomar Film Music Workshop, in San Diego, CA to study film scoring with professionals such as Larry Groupe, RogerNeill, Bill Piyatut, George S. Clinton, Rick Martin, and Garry Schyman where she held a recording session with an orchestra at Studio West, in San Diego. She was also a member of the Frog Symphony & Society of Composers at TCU. We are excited to have Meghan on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty Team!

Jessica

Jessica has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has 9 years of music training accompanied with 15 years of volunteer work in churches as the lead pianist with fellow orchestra. She loves working with kids and helping her students through a holistic approach to music instruction that promotes the student's physical, mental, and emotional development. She says she is also "passionate about the increase in quality of life and improvement of students' sense of self-worth and self-esteem through music learning."  Creative Soul is elated to have Jessica on our top notch Faculty team!

Luke

Luke has a love for all things Drums, teaching & music! Currently studying at TCC, Luke has a positive attitude that is inspiring to his students. He started Percussion through Marching Band in Middle School and loves to team with others to help them achieve their goals for success. We are excited to have Luke on our Creative Soul outstanding faculty!

Jay

Jay studied Music Education at the University of Texas at Austin and Huston Tillotson University. As a diverse musician in many instruments, composer and arranger, he has worked in various churches as an organist & Minister of Music. His other accomplishments include: Music Director for A Night of Worship with Christi Tillman (Dallas), Music Director for the Eastern Star M.B.C. New Years Concert (Dallas), Organist for the Full Gospel Holy Temple choir musical (Dallas), Organist/clinician for kindgom Life C.O.G.I.C. Pastor's anniversary (Brooklyn), Accompanying Gospel recording artist Christi Tillman (Dallas), Organist for the New Independant Baptist Church anniversary (Dallas), Music director for the Annual Choir Concert at Sanctuary of Deliverance C.O.G.I.C. (Austin), Performed at Annual Martin Luther King,Jr Celebration (Bastrop), Accompanied Roland Carter at Huston-Tillotson University (Austin), Accompanied the Huston-Tillotson University & University of Texas joint Black History Concert (Austin), Performed at Second Baptist with the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir (San Antonio), Performed at Riverside U.M.C. with the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir (Houston), Accompanied composer Stacey Gibbs at Huston-Tillotson choir festival (Austin), Performed at Huston-Tillotson University's honors convocation and commencement (Austin), Arranged and conducted the orchestra for the East Macedonia American Baptist Church 75th Church anniversary (Houston), Performed at St. Luke U.M.C. for the church anniversary (Dallas). His Awards include - 2015- Key of Gospel Nomination (Musician of the year), 2016- Key of Gospel Nomination (Musician of the year), 017- Homegrown Gospel Awards (Organist of the year), 2018- Key of Gospel Nomination (Musician of the Year), 2019- GMWA Dallas Chapter Trailblazer Award (Nomination). We are ecstatic to have Jay on our outstanding Creative Soul Faculty!

Josh

Josh graduated Summa Cum Laude from Louisiana College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Leadership Degree. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth TX towards a Masters of Music in Worship Leadership. He has nearly 10+ years of classical & collegiate training on various instruments, 8+ years in Marching Band (Percussion Section), 2+ years music theory training conducting training & conducting church choir experience. He has well trained ears, with Innate sense of Perfect Pitch, which is a heightened discernment of notes, intervals, and intonation. He also enjoys Composing, having written over 25 songs written, over 35 co-written/arranged, many more in progress. His leadership training includes: Student leader of Louisiana College Chapel Band, Leader of LC Baptist Collegiate Ministry Worship, Leadership in churches, student and music ministry, Leadership of an independent band, Levi Square & Independent study of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. His internships included Music Ministry & Worship Leading at First Baptist Church & Longview Baptist Church in Lousiana. Creative Soul is elated to have Josh on our outstanding Faculty Team!

Patrick

Patrick has a Bachelor's Degree from the prestigious Texas Christian University. He has a love for everything Guitar & Bass and has experience in training & teaching on those Instruments for 15+ years. He loves to improv and composing in any key. We are excited to have Patrick on our outstanding Creative Soul Faculty!

Roslyn

Roslyn has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education & her Teaching Certificate from University of Texas at Arlington. As a Minister of Music at Spirit Fellowship for several years, she also lead, wrote songs, prepared and performed as a musician for morning Worship services. She also trained and and organized songs for Dfw radio choir.  With a heart for teaching students of all ages, Roslyn also has experience performing skits, monologues, in motivational speaking encouraging young teens. She believes in the important impact of music, in which "Music has a way of warming and opening the hearts of individuals. I have been very fortunate because my music career has allowed me to travel abroad and because of that, I've been able to encourage people from all walks of life." We are ecstatic to have Roslyn on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty Team! 

Mark

Mark studied Music Education at the prestigious University of North Texas. With a heart for people and teaching, Mark is classically trained. He also taught Elementary Piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His other achievements include THCA Activity Professional of the Year (2015). We are excited to have Mark on our Creative Soul Team!

Anthony

With a love for teaching, Anthony was admitted to the Berklee College of Music and has performed locally with his radio acclaimed Bands for the past 7 years. His bands have performed on the radio in DFW and Houston Markets both on 89.3 FM KNON and 97.1 The Eagle. He also showcased solo work on Deep Ellum Radio and 89.3 KNON. His other achievements include the Highest Honor for Ethics & Integrity, as well as an Excellence Award, through his earlier career in Manufacturing of Robotics. His love of music began at age 7 due to an inspiring story of a car accident where he incurred injuries to his hands, and he began classical training at age 11. He also enjoyed his experience through his High School Marching Percussion/Jazz Piano/Percussion Ensemble/Orchestral Ensemble Training. We are ecstatic to have Anthony on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Leigh

Leigh received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon Institute and her Masters Degree in Music from the University of Texas. She is a founding member and first violinist of the Tosca String Quartet. She has toured the world twice with David Byrne and the Tosca Strings. She has performed and recorded with David Byrne, Ray Benson, Bob Schneider, Dixie Chicks, Kip Winger, Blondie Chaplin, Heather Greene and Susanna Baca, and has played on the soundtracks for Waking Life (2001) Ladron, Borderland, and El Cantante and the PBS documentary Last Best Hope. She is also a member of Govertango, BARBWIRE, American Repertory Ensemble, Golden Hornet Project, Erik and the She-Wolves, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. An avid tango violinist, she has participated in master classes in Buenos Aires by renowned tango violinists Mauricio Marcelli and Raul Gallo. She was nominated for the Austin Critic’s Table Award for her performance of Augusta Read Thomas’ Spirit Musings. Creative Soul is ecstatic to have her on our top notch faculty team!

Morgan W.

Morgan enjoys teaching a diverse instrument array including Guitar, Bass, Ukelele, Mandolin, & Violin. Playing instruments since the age of 7, she also is a local performer in various bands in bluegrass, folk, country, and blues for the past 6 years. Teaming with our Creative Soul Mission to bring families together through music, she also delights in performing locally with her father in venues around DFW. She loves to see her students enjoy each lesson and take "a new skill that they can bring home" each week! We are excited to have Morgan on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Maren

Maren is currently earning her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at the University of Texas at Arlington. She started playing violin at six years old and, after years of playing as a hobby, knew in high school that it was something that she wanted to pursue as a career. While at UT Arlington, she has been section leader multiple times, been awarded Outstand Music Freshman, and earned multiple music scholarships, as well as been fortunate to have many fantastic performing opportunities. One of her most memorable experiences was playing as section leader in the college’s production of the operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Maren is interested in all types of music, from classical to classic rock, pop to folk, and everything in between. She loves sharing her passion for music with others in any way possible."

John

An avid musician & performer, John has 34 years of professional performing experience in various bands locally in DFW. He enjoys teaching a variet of music including Piano, Guitar, Drums & Bass. As a dad, John shares our mission for growing young minds musically and understands the important impact of music on so many families. We are ecstatic to have John on our amazing Creative Soul Faculty!

CJ

CJ has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Point University in West Point, GA. He loves to teach all ages of students from little ones through adults to further develop their understanding and appreciation for music. His instructing goals are to develop a fun, relaxed, and creative learning environment and tailor lessons to each student's learning ability and individual interests, allowing each student to grow towards his or her full potential. He also enjoys partnering with parents to develop student progress and good practice habits, and enhances students' understanding of music theory through professional resources. He has served as a Musician for various local & abroad churches including Grace City Community Church, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and others, helping to work with Choir Leaders & Ministry Directors to ensure smooth services. We are ecstatic to have CJ on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Leanna

Leanna is currently earning her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the world famous University of North Texas Music Program. She enjoys being involved in the UNT "String Project" in which UNT music students teach elementary and middle schoolbeginner orchestra classes, teaching students new music and instilling a love for music. We are ecstatic to have Leanna on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!

Tanner

Having graduated from the famous Berklee College of Music with a Degree in Guitar Performance/Jazz Composition. Tanner is also an experienced Professional Musician, Bandleader and Composer with 7 years of training and extensive performance experience. With a love for teaching, he has a strong desire for students to succeed.  He skillfully balances maintaining discipline with warmth during rehearsals, leading Contemporary Worship Bands at First United Methodist Church in Arlington. He also composes and performs in many musical genres and styles. We are ecstatic to have Tanner on our top notch Creative Soul Faculty!