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

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!

What Antwan Teaches:
Student Bands
Orchestra Instruments
Drums/Percussion
Piano
Trumpet
Saxophone
Flute
Clarinet

Rebekah

Rebekah, 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.

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.”

Devon

Devon, 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

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

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.

Jillian

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

Priscilla 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

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.

Alexandra

Alexandra was raised in St. Clairsville, Ohio and has recently made the move to Texas! An early love of performing landed her in intense voice, piano, and performance training for a total of 14 years. In high school, this combination led to her being highly involved in the admired musical theater program for 4 years at her high school, while also making a name for herself as an artist all over her community. Alexandra’s experiences have led her across the world, from a two-week vocal performance tour of the United Kingdom, to Los Angeles to open for Grammy Award-winning Pentatonix at the inaugural summer of A Cappella Academy, and then to living in LA for a summer internship at Copeland Entertainment…To collegiate musical roles, and acting as the director of the musical theater department of a touring performance company tour! And finally, completing her degree in May of 2018 at Ohio University as a Music Production & Recording Industry major. At Ohio University, she acted as Music Director for the all-female a cappella group The Tempo Tantrums for two years, while also working on and producing her own music! These experiences and the connections grown from it have prepared her for her future in music, promoting her personal mantra and goal of “spreading the light of music”. Her goals include making an inclusive, hands on teaching environment that makes students feel challenged and enriched, but mostly talented and passionate about the work they are doing! Her love for music has motivated her to showcase how music can light up the world and she is so excited to share her insight and talent with the passionate people of Creative Soul!

Jerome

Starting with Jazz Band in High School, Jerome, grew to becoming Leader of the locally famous band Spoonfed Tribe Band for the past 20 years! He Co-Produced all 9 Albums with this band. He also performs with another locally acclaimed band 57 Sauce for the past 10 years. He has been teaching for 10 years, several of which have been at Creative Soul. He has a passion for helping students grow in their music potential through individual lessons and in group setting such as our group classes & bands. To learn more about Jerome, check out this article made about Jerome in the Dallas Voyager - http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-brandon-jerome-bristow-spoonfed-tribe-fort-worth/

Rowdy

Rowdy, an accomplished Guitarist, has been teaching at Creative Soul for over 4+ years! He also has much experience performing locally with his band.

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!

Jonathan

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"

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!

Simon

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!”

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.

Shondalla

Shondalla, from Albany Georgia, is a classically trained violinist. She specializes in classical, jazz, R&B, and pop music. Music had always been a part of Shondalla's life. She grew up listening to classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Her music influences include Yanni, Karen Briggs, Damien Escabar, Lindsey Stirling, just to name a few. Shondalla is currently a performing violinist. She loves to teach the art of the violin and she loves leaving her students encouraged and inspired to be great. She is excited to teach at Creative Soul Music School in Keller/Watauga and Southlake!

Taylor

Taylor, originally from Miami, grew up in a small mountain town in Georgia and recently moved to Texas with her husband to continue studying music. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music, focusing on vocal studies, and will be working on her Masters degree in Voice Pedagogy at Southwestern Seminary. She has been a singer most of her life and also plays piano. Taylor has sung in many musicals and ensembles, as well as performed in solo recitals. She has sung various styles and genres and loves teaching them to her students. Teaching music is her passion and she can’t wait to watch her students grow!

YuanYuan

Yuanyuan Que, a professional pianist, qualified and experienced music teacher, music composer and poem writer, graduated from University of North Texas and earned degree Maser of Music in Piano Performance, related field in Piano Pedagogy. Her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance was earned from Sichuan Conservatory of Music. Her teaching is patient, happy and effective. She loves and enjoys teaching. She is very happy to share her knowledge and to keep learning new things. Her basic teaching philosophy is passion, purpose, creativity and growth. Using her passion to teach, share, give and lead students to find the real meaning of their lives; plans what she is going to do for her teaching; fosters and motivates students’ creativity; keeps herself humble to grow and learn in every day. She worked as piano instructor in YueBa Music Training Institute and Xingkong Music Training Institute.

Jeannie

Jeannie is a classical soprano pursuing dual degrees in vocal performance and music composition at Texas Christian University. She grew up in the Fort Worth area taking music classes from Travis Academy of Fine Arts and studying voice under such renowned instructors as Dr. Sheila Allen, Beverly Hoch, and Elizabeth Woollett. She went on to receive awards in several prestigious national voice competitions including Classical Singer, Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, and National YoungArts Foundation and currently studies with David Brock and David Gately at TCU. She has performed leading roles in opera and musical theater such as Amahl And The Night Visitors, Hansel And Gretel, L’elisir D’amore, Mary Poppins, and Phantom. Besides classical voice, Jeannie also has a diverse ability to sing in a multitude of different genres including musical theater, jazz, contemporary Christian, and pop. In addition, she’s studied piano for nine years, winning several awards throughout high school and has a love for songwriting and composing music in all styles. Music is Jeannie’s greatest passion, and she strives to inspire others to find joy and fun through music making.

Jacob D.

Jacob, a drummer and recent graduate of the University of Texas Arlington, has been playing drums for about 12 years now and taught lessons for the past three years. He loves sharing his passion for music with others and looks forward to exploring the world of creative possibilities with all of his students at Creative Soul.

James

James grew up in Abbott, Texas and started playing guitar at the age of 7. He was raised listening to a wide variety of music including country, rock, blues, and even gospel quartets. James has had 3 guitar teachers that were UNT alumni and a piano teacher that has taught German at Baylor for over 35 years. He is also a UNT alumni with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in music. James has always had the desire to learn and uses his knowledge of biomechanics along with his musical knowledge to teach both musical theory and technique on an instrument. These skills, coupled with a passion for teaching, are why James is a member of the Creative Soul team!

Gary

Gary began his career as a member of the Texas Boys Choir at the age of 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Gary was a first chair baritone in the TEMEA and all State Choirs from 1994-1996. He graduated as Valedictorian of the summer graduating class from Paschal High School in 1996. Gary went on to study Music Education at both Weatherford College and the University of North Texas. In the 2000's, Gary spent his time as a touring musician and recording engineer for such credible names as Universal Music Group, Capital Records, Clear Channel Radio,Nazareth/ Manny Charlton, The Monkees/Peter Tork, Penny Gilley, Tim Bogert, Mark White, Luis Conte, Danny Bonaduche, Mel McDaniel,Def Leppard/ Vivian Campbell, Jerry Best, Wilfredo Reyes Jr., Private Island Trax, Brian Friedman Digital, Gari Sound, Mad Dog Studios, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney Studios, CBS Radio, The Santa Clarita Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, and was also the Music Director for the Santa Clarita School for the Performing Arts. Gary also has two Grammy Awards for recording engineering, 6 Emmy Awards for sound and 2 Oscar nominations for sound effects.

Zeke

Ezequiel is a freelance musician born in Dallas, Texas. Ezequiel began his musical career on the drum set. As a young musician he began performing at local churches and his high school. Ezequiel began his college career at Eastfield Community College. There he played with the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Oscar Passley. He also studied Jazz Bass with Carlos Rengifo. While at Eastfield, Ezequiel was nominated for the Alice Jones Berding Memorial Award in Music. Ezequiel ended his studies at Eastfield in 2017 and in that same year began attending the University of Texas at Arlington. Today, Ezequiel is continuing his studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. He works as a free-lance musician. He also plays every Sunday at Trinity Harvest church and with party bands Off the Rekord and Intensity.

Nathan

Nathan Wilks is an American composer, pianist, and guitarist living in DFW. He is a graduate of the University of Utah (Ph.D) and Texas Christian University (MM), and for well over a decade he as taught hundreds of students across the country including college classes, academic seminars, and private lessons. His doctoral dissertation on repetition in rock/pop music has been of interest to musicians both inside and outside of academia. As a composer, Dr. Wilks has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions including the Salty Cricket Audience Choice Award and the Durington Composition Prize.

De Anna

De Anna is a singer, songwriter in the DFW area. Her repertoire of work includes vocal performance, session singer, worship leader, theatrical performer and NSAI songwriter. De Anna started singing at an early age. She studied music education at UT Arlington. Studied The Art of Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with Certificate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. She has studied under celebrity vocal instructors who have trained Mickey Guyton, Kelly Clarkson, and artists who have been heard on Disney and Nickelodeon. She is currently taken under the wings of an award winning songwriter in Nashville and training with a piano professor at TCU. De Anna emphasizes vocal strength, health, flexibility and phrasing according to the vocalist genre and style.

Yuan L.

Born near Beijing, China, Yuan began formal Piano study at the age of six. She excelled under the tutelage of several university music instructors and artists. Piano performance was emphasized from grammar school through college, and Yuan has performed on the international stage as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After graduated from Texas Christian University with Bachelor of Music in Piano-Performance, Yuan is now pursing her Performer’s Diploma at Southern Methodist University. In March 2016, she won the First Prize in the Collegiate Group of the First Kuleshov International Piano Competition, and was invited to give a concert in the University of Central Oklahoma. Yuan loves people and loves the piano. She will inspire and delight you with her talent and her teaching skill.

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.

Kayla

Kayla is a creative and musical pianist from the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Before coming to Creative Soul Music School, Ms. Scales has taught piano for several years & with the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Kathmandu, Nepal. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington where she studied under Dr. Young Hyun Cho and Dr. John Solomons. Outside of teaching lessons, she has worked as a session musician for various local musicians and composers, as well as performed at small gatherings. Her teaching technique relies heavily on demonstrating music, exercises, and technique for students, strengthening common weaknesses through exercises such as Hanon, and using music theory to reinforce piano technique and musical interpretation. She teaches total beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Whether it is your first time at the piano or you are preparing for your college audition, Ms. Scales is prepared to guide you every step of the way.

Mona

Mona has a Bachelor’s Degree from Iran, and is working on earning her second Bachelor’s Degree from UTA. Her love for music drives her to pursue future fields in music along with medicine. She has been playing piano for several years & enjoys teaching where she can see her students learn to love an instrument and playing from the heart. She believes music comes from the inside to express feeling. She also attests “Music is a healer and helps you to feel fresh and happy and this is what I’m telling my students to enjoy what you play.”

Jiazhi

A native from China, Jiazhi began playing the violin at age 4. In 2006, he got admitted by the Attached Middle School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music. During six years at Shenyang, he has received prestigious student grant and elite violinist award. Mr. Jiazhi came to the United States in 2012 where he went to Texas Christian University under full scholarship. During school, he joined the Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra and performed at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Buenos Aires and Rosario in Argentina. He was also a Dean’s List reward recipient during undergraduate program. While he was in college, Mr. Jiazhi also devoted his talents to the church and community. He joined the orchestra of Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth from 2013-2016. After graduate with a B.M. degree at TCU, Jiazhi got admitted by the University of Texas at Austin under David and Mary Winton Green Chair Scholarship. After moving to Austin, Mr. Jiazhi expanded his career with violin pedagogy and symphony orchestra. He also plays as a violinist at the Temple Symphony Orchestra during 2016-2017. In the summer of 2017, he participated Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard School in New York. Mr. Jiazhi received his M.M. degree in May 2018 and return back to TCU for Artist Diploma program.

Kyle

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.

Michael F.

Born February 27th, 1992 in Austin Texas, Michael has ever since been surrounded and submerged in music culture. His love for blues could be seen as early as the turn of the century, 8 years old, in his first guitar lessons playing along with the song in his heart- the blues. Since then, having released several albums of multiple genres, and the a.k.a. “Sly Fox”, has preformed original music and covers all around the country. Covering genres such as folk, bluegrass, rock n roll, rhythm and blues; and instruments such as the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass, Michael is dedicated to training and teaching the next generation of talented upcoming kids who are ready to learn. ”

Morgan

Morgan grew up in Flower Mound, Texas and participated in musical theatre around the Dallas area until she went to college at Oklahoma City University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in musical theatre. While in college, she learned piano and guitar and found a love of performing folk and pop music, which she continues to do today. When she isn't teaching, she performs in plays and musicals around the DFW area. Morgan has been lucky enough to teach for a few years now, and she is excited to join the team at Creative Soul. Whether she's teaching voice, piano, or guitar, she loves to get to know her students through song, working on pieces that bring out what that student loves about music!

Sarah

Sarah has a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance & 4+ Years of Teaching Private Piano Lessons! She has a fun energy and committed passion for her teaching! Her full bio coming soon!...

Anthony

Anthony has 8 years of experience in honing his craft to prepare for teaching. He also has training & experience with student band & children's programs & is excited to join our team!

Dexter

Dexter is currently completing his Bachelor's Degree from the prestigious music program at the University of North Texas. He has a love for drums & teaching, and currently teaches the Tuesday Marching Band at UNT. We are excited to have Dexter on our team!

Tim

A Music Major & Bachelor's Degree in Arts, Tim also holds a Texas Teacher's Certificate and shares a love for teaching. He finds great joy in both learning, and helping others, and has the mindset that anything can be taught, as long as you understand the learner, and approach the content in a way that they understand. He brings this attitude to his students and projects an enthusiasm for learning so they can grow and share in a passion for knowledge. He has played drums, guitar, and bass in various rock bands for the past fifteen years, and is excited to be on our Creative Soul top-notch team!

Elaine

Elaine’s love of the violin began at the age of seven when she was introduced to the orchestra in elementary school. She continued performing and studying music into college at Grambling State University where she performed with the Symphony Orchestra and GSU String Quartet. Elaine’s love of music is seen most while on stage bringing classical music to life. Her passion has led her to the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving where she performs Today. She also has performed with the Fort Worth Youth & Civic Orchestras, Grambling State Symphony Orchestra, & Sinfionietta Orchestras. She has a love for teaching as well and plans exercises for students private practice time focusing on complete musicianship including bowing techniques, scales, music theory, and technique. She enjoys creating lesson plans specific for each student and is excited to work with new students on our Creative Soul Team!

Ida

Ida currently teaches at a local ISD school in Grapevine. On the weekends, she enjoys teaching Guitar & some of our group classes in Student Bands, & our Makin’ Music Mommy Baby Classes. She has a passion for teaching & we enjoy her on our Creative Soul team!

Cade

Cade is currently a Music Major, studying music at TCC. Fun fact about Cade: he began his love for music when he started drum lessons in our Creative Soul Music Program in 4th grade! He studied drums, guitar & piano with us for several years, developing a passion for learning & getting memorable & valuable experiences through our Student Band Program classes & events. Cade performed at several venues with us in our Student Band Program and even graduated to interning with us in later years. He is now earning his degree in music at college, continuing to hone his craft on the drums and shares an excitement for teaching young children where it all started for him at our schools! Creative Soul is blessed by his story and we love having Cade on our team!

Tim P.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts, Tim has a passion for teaching music to kids and adults of all ages. He has extensive knowledge & experience in a variety of areas, including Music Composition, Music Performance, Music Directing, & music leadership experience in various churches. With a focus on excellence, solutions, & creativity, Tim is a great addition to our Creative Soul Team.