Our Creative Soul Fort Worth Instructor Team
When Michael Peterson sang Come Together at a sixth grade concert and heard whoops and hollers of
appreciation he knew he wanted music and performance to be a big part of his life. Michael comes from
a musical family, with a dad who’s a professional musician, a brother who’s an award winning pianist
and percussionist, and a sister who sings and performs on guitar.
Michael started on bass (thanks to Paul McCartney as well as his dad’s promise that bass players work a
lot) and has held down the bottom in his own band MP3 and the Jeh Horton Band as well as lending his
talents to area schools’ music departments.
Fascination with music theory and chord structure brought Michael to guitar a few years later. A
versatile guitarist, he plays both acoustic and electric in all styles. Michael has applied his guitar talents
to MP3 and held the guitar chair in his high school Jazz Band. He has also performed duo/solo gigs as a
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.”
Violin/Guitar/Mandolin/Uke/Bass Instructor @ Ft Worth
Devon McCauley, from Burleson, Texas, is a musician specializing in old time fiddling and acoustic “Swing Rhythm” guitar accompaniment. The old time Texas style of fiddling is Devon’s favorite along with Western Swing and bluegrass. From very early in his career he listened endlessly to various musicians and bands, enjoying and studying their styles and techniques. His collection of music ranges from MP3’s to 78 RPM phonograph records.
His guitar studies have expanded beyond Texas style fiddle accompaniment to include swing, jazz and country music from the 30’s thru the 60’s. His musical influences include fiddle players such as Benny Thomasson, Norman and Vernon Solomon, Terry Morris, Herman Johnson, Orville Burns, Paul Warren, and Tommy Jackson, to name a few. His favorite guitar players include the likes of Eldon Shamblin, Billy Strange, Homer Haynes, Joey McKenzie, Royce and Ray Franklin, Omega Burden and Freddie Green.
Currently Devon plays gigs and contests around the state as well as teaching private lessons!
Piano/Guitar/Little Soul Rockers @ Ft Worth
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.
Xavier Joseph, baritone, is a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a MM in Voice Performance. He was in the studio of mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Hartgrove. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Oakwood University where he performed leading roles in The Old Maid and The Thief and Too Many Sopranos, scenes from Cosi fan tutte, and toured extensively with the world renowned Oakwood University Aeolians. In the summer of 2010 Xavier auditioned for and was accepted to the Manhattan Summer Voice Institute at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. While at the program he studied with Maitland Peters and performed in a scene of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2011 Xavier participated in the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and sang the role of Maestro Spinelloccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sung a scene from Bizet’s Carmen. While at GSU Xavier sang the roles of King Melchior in Amahal & the Night Visitors andBartolo in Le nozze di Figaro.
In the summer of 2012 Xavier returned to the Harrower Workshop and sang the role of the 2 nd Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In October of 2012, Mr. Joseph was afforded the opportunity to perform in Beijing, China, where he participated in a musical exchange program at Renmin University. In the fall of 2012, Mr. Joseph performed the role of John Brooke in Adamo’s Little Women. Since graduating from GSU, Mr. Joseph has performed the roles of Peter in Hansel und Gretel with the Portland Opera Workshop, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with The Vancouver Coaching Experience. In 2014, Mr. Joseph made his Capitol City Opera Debut as Pritschitsch in Lehar’s Merry Widow. 2015 saw Mr. Joseph making his debut with New Fangled Opera in New Orleans, LA, where he sang Ethan in the new opera, New Orleans Haunts by young composer, Phillip Seaward. Beginning in January 2016, Mr. Joseph will be performing with the Dallas Opera Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Alexander Rom. Mr. Joseph is currently in the studio of baritone Dale Dietert of Southern Methodist University. Xavier teaches at 4/4 School of Music in Plano, TX, and is excited to teach at Creative Soul in Ft. Worth, TX as well.
Born and raised in Texas, Johnny Garcia started his musical passon at the ripe age of 13. With musical influence ranging from jazz to country to metal, his vast musical knowledge has allowed him to confidently persue the craft of audio engineering as well
as the art of music production. Studying the drum set under jazz director Philippe Baugh and marching snare/tenors, Johnny learned the discipline of drumming which catipulted him to play with numerious well know artst in the metal industry ranging from, All That Remains , Memphis may Fire, Of Mice and Men and many more. With over 11 years of musical experience and 6 years of live performance experience Johnny believes everyone has the ability to create music with a little bit of dedication and practice.
Cody began learning guitar over ten years ago, coming to quickly appreciate and emulate the styles of those who were influential to him such as John Mayer, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, and others. For Cody, playing and studying guitar is concerned with entering a conversation that has been taking place for generations.
Cody studied first under Robert Gibbs of Sumter, SC where Cody attended high school. In order to prepare for a music degree, Cody began taking lessons on classical guitar with Alma Sehic and Brett Floyd of Columbia, SC. Cody also began taking 7-string jazz guitar lessons from Jerry Sims in Columbia, SC. Jerry Sims is a local music store owner in Columbia and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Cody also attended a summer program.
Cody began pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of South Carolina in 2011. Cody’s time at USC was spent studying music theory and guitar performance in both classical and jazz guitar under the distinguished professors, Bert Ligon of UNT and Christopher Berg. In addition to having much experience in classical guitar performance as part of his education at USC, Cody maintained a profitable and much sought after solo guitar career in jazz guitar. Cody played at many venues as a solo artist in the Sumter and Columbia areas of South Carolina. Inboth high school and college Cody also performed and served in many churches as both a lead and rhythm guitarist. In addition, Cody performed for over four years in special orchestral environments on guitar in events such as the singing Christmas tree.
Cody joins us today in Texas as he pursues a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Chelsea, have been married since they graduated from college in 2015. Cody and Chelsea enjoy reading, studying, teaching, serving, and like to do as much hiking with their dog as possible.
Ashley VanArsdel has been playing piano since the age of 7, and also continues her music education to this day. She comes from a musical family: her dad was a bass singer in a quartet, both of her grandparents were professional pianists/organists, her grandpa played at a huge church for 30+ years.
She picked up guitar in high school at the age of 16 in high school, and has played guitar on many of her own recordings over the years.
Ashley is a working local musician, and while she has also played frequently in New York state, she is currently playing as a solo act and with her band Tripweather, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Ashley has played keys with several Fort Worth bands, including Saloon Piano, Blurry Street and more.
She has been teaching piano since 2002, and loves nothing more than to see her students succeed in music. Ashley firmly believes that piano will help you with any instrument you are trying to play, or just music in general, you can't go wrong with piano!
Hunter is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Texas. He began playing the flute at
age 8, guitar and vocals at 13,
and finally piano at 17. He was taught voice and piano by Myron Ice (vocal coach of Mitch and Kirstie of Pentatonix) for 5 years. He recently has earned his bachelors
degree in vocal performance and passed the state piano proficiency exam. He has performed lead vocals in such bands as Polyphia (Equal Vision Records) and Vita Versus. He has both shared the stage and opened for such acts as Daughtry, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, and Falling In Reverse. Hunter has written and sung the lead vocals on 3 different albums of varying genres. He was part of the Texas All-State Mixed Choir in 2012. Hunter has performed in such musicals as Sweeney Todd and Urinetown. He currently sings for the Dallas-based rock band Lightfall. His fiancée, Savannah Low (former American Idol top 24), and him run a professional social occasion performance LLC called Hunter&Savannah that was started in the Summer in 2015. He believes in helping to create musicians that are well rounded and have a true love for music. He enjoys working with students of all ages and walks of life!
Rebekah Anthony, from Godley, Texas, is a pianist, singer, songwriter, and has recently dived into the world of playing the cello
as well. She is a recent graduate of Tarleton State University in
Stephenville, Texas where she received her bachelors degree in music business. She began playing piano approximately ten years ago, not knowing that this side hobby would develop into a deep passion for
music. Her primary instrument of study while in college was piano, although she also participated in either Chamber Choir or Select Women’s Ensemble for the entirety of her time at Tarleton, and had the great honor of traveling to New York City with the Tarleton Chamber Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Rebekah also began playing piano on the worship team at her church in Granbury, Texas five years ago. Here Rebekah realized the power of music and how it can transform lives. She now is a co-lead singer and songwriter on the worship team, known as The Beloved, and they are very excited to record and release their first album later this year. Becoming a lead singer for the team, however, was quite a bit of a journey for Rebekah.
Rebekah has loved to sing ever since she was a little girl, but was always too afraid to sing publicly. That all changed a few years ago when she attended a songwriting retreat held by the worship team she was playing piano for. At this retreat she wrote a song and through much coercion sang it to the team. Little did she know this simple act would create a profound effect in her life. Not only did the band learn the song, but she went on to lead it at church, thus beginning her journey to becoming a lead singer in the group. She later went through the process of copyrighting that song, which will be featured on the group’s upcoming album. This song would then lead to a new passion for Rebekah- songwriting- as well as a new mission to help other musicians who struggle with fear and insecurities to realize their full potential and accomplish their dreams.
Rebekah is excited for her present and future musical adventures and would love to see her students excited about their musical journeys as well! She is very excited to be a part of Creative Soul School of Music and the amazing mission they have to impact lives through music.
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.
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