Established in 2001, our teaching studio has grown to five instructors. All are professional musicians in the Pensacola area and have extensive teaching experience. For more information or schedule lessons please contact us.
Mr. Baker is a Music Education major at the University of West Florida. He is a member of Rungie Strings and performs regularly with various church groups. He teaches beginning bluegrass and classical bass.
Violin / Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Mr. Fink has been with our studio since 2002. He is well known in the Pensacola area as a accomplished and versatile musician. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a major in flute performence and a double minor in violin and piano. He is a winner of the University of Florida Concerto Competition and four time South Alabama State Fiddle Champion. He has opened for Allison Krause, David Grisman, Galactic, Spin Doctors, and the Whalers. Mr. Fink has performed with bands such as Luna Mantra, Suburban Shakedown, Mojo Creole, and Smooth Cooper. He currently performs at Rosie O'Grady's "Dueling Pianos" in Seville Quarter.
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-five years of experience as a luthier. She is acutely aware of the physical dynamics of both player and instrument in the production a good musical tone.
Ms. Keller is new to Pensacola. She is a graduate Tolane University with a Masters Degree in violin performance. She has experience in the Suzuki method. We are very excited about the addition of Ms. Keller to our teaching staff.
Mr. Souza joined Ye Ol' Fiddle Shoppe in January 2014. He is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. He is well known in the music community for his playing and teaching ability. He is the driving force behind our "Bluegrass Pickin' Night" available for our students as an opportunity to gain performance experence.