Established in 2001, our teaching studio currently has four instructors. All are degreed professional musicians in the Greater Pensacola area and have extensive teaching experience. For more information or to schedule lessons please contact us.
GUITAR, MANDOLIN, BANJO, UPRIGHT BASS, FIDDLE
Caleb Dennis began playing fiddle at age 10. Shortly after, he was hired to play fiddle as a member of “The Legendary Sullivan Family”, first family of Bluegrass Gospel music. During his time with the Sullivan Family he added Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, and Upright Bass to his list of instruments.
Mr. Dennis has been a recipient of the “South Alabama State Fiddle Champion” award, and has become an accomplished banjo player, playing alongside the biggest names in the business such as “Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver”, “Rhonda Vincent”, “The Lewis Family”, “Dr. Ralph Stanley”, “Jimmy Martin”, “Carl Jackson”, and “Larry Cordle”. Caleb has also been a performer at Branson Missouri’s famed “Silver Dollar City”.
Motion Physiology, Tone Production
Ms. Koehler, shop owner, is providing on a limited basis sessions to analyze, assess, and correct problems students may be encountering with tone quality and/or physical discomfort. As players age, many find that arthritis is a threat to their continued playing. Ms. Koehler explores options to traditional playing form that may extend their playing years. Students of any age can have tone production that is less than pleasing. There are many causes for this: poor playing form, physical pain, undeveloped techniques, or even stress. These sessions will be limited to one or two per student. Ms. Koehler has a Music Education degree and thirty-eight years of experience as a luthier and teacher. She is acutely aware of the physical dynamics of both player and instrument in the production a good musical tone.
Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Piano
Ms. Michele Clark is the newest addition to our teaching staff. Ms. Clark began singing at age10 and started her musical career in Pensacola, Florida where she was a member of the Bi-Centennial Singers. She took up guitar in 1991 to accompany herself while singing. Michele has a degree in Psychology from Mississippi University for Women and has been teaching music for over 18 years. She teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass guitar, and piano to children and adults from ages 5 to 75. She taught guitar to Ruby Jane Smith, the youngest person ever to appear on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Ms. Clark also has been awarded Best Band in Southern Voice Awards 2009.
Violin, Viola, Piano
As concert master of her high school orchestra and recipient of the NOSA Orchestra Award, Salina Keller started teaching fellow high school students violin lessons at a young age. She continued musical studies earning a Bachelor and Masters in Music degree in violin performance, at Northern Illinois University. She has been teaching violin, viola and piano in private music studios since 2010.
Her University studies include coaching from the Vermeer and Avalon Quartets on violin and viola.
She has performed with orchestras such as The Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern Summer Orchestra, and Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Keller has also attended the Suzuki certification program at the Aber Suzuki Center of University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She enjoys students of all ages and shares tips on music in all genres from classical to fiddle and folk, to today's popular tunes from trending movies and TV series.