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  brianemmelBrian Emmel-Bass Guitar, Guitar,Mandolin, Songwriting

Brian has been teaching privately since1991 and has dedicated his career to music education. Brian graduated from the Musician's Institute and studied under such influential bassists as: Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis, Tim Bogert, and Steve Bailey.

Brian has published multiple books and DVD’s for Hal Leonard Publishing as well as conducting Clinics to promote his highly acclaimed teaching methods. Brian has been a columnist for various bass and music periodicals and received raved reviews in Bass Player Magazine for his published works. Brian also performs professionally for various Artists in Nashville and L.A. and is a songwriter and producer with many achievement awards.

Here are some of Brian's published works available:


Steve Frey- Guitar Instruction


Steve has been playing guitar professionally for 20 years and most recently completed touring the U.S. and Canada with the Multi-Platinum Country group Blackhawk. Other artist's include Andy Childs, Rebecca Lynn Howard, 2005 Nashville Star winner Erika Jo and many Nashville songwriters and artists. He studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Having played literally thousands of gigs across the US, Steve brings a great deal of experience and a genuine desire to teach and to be a positive influence on aspiring guitarists. Steve will be teaching private guitar lessons as well as group classes and workshops.





Missy  MacQuarrie-Voice, Piano, Guitar


Missy is a multi-talented vocalist·and vocal coach experienced in guitar and piano. Since graduating from world-renowned Berklee College of Music in 2003, Missy has·performed with·live with bands (SanDiego IndieMusicFest, CBGB's)·

and·as a solo·acoustic artist across the country, as well as teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.· Graduating as a Professional Music Major, Missy focused on Music Business and Songwriting and uses this background·in addition to Music Theory to help·her students to become well-rounded musicians.·As a professional musician, Missy has worked as a back-up vocalist (Nashville Star/ American Idol Kristin Macnamara, Ashlee Hewitt),·acoustic guitarist (Katie Armiger, Cold River Records), demo-singer,·and a contracted songwriter (Megatraxx, LA).··Missy studied under top-notch vocal coach, Mark Baxter (Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Journey) and·utilizes Baxter's techniques in conjunction with her own to help singers of all levels and styles.


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Frank Bayon- Drums, Percussion

Franks teaching history began in 1987 at “Guitar Center” (Los Angeles). Later, “Colorado Drum·Institute” (Denver), “ABC Music Academy” (San Francisco), and currently teaches at “Grand Staff Music School”·(Nashville).

His first instructor, at age 9, was an understudy·of the late great Louis Bellson. Frank quickly began playing in band programs from: concert, stage, jazz,·and ultimately became Drum·Capt. for·Burbank High School·Marching Band.·His studies later led him to·renowned music schools:·“The Larry Larson School of Music”, “PIT”, and “The Colorado Drum Institute”. Frank was involved in organizing and performing drum clinics and events with drum·legends:··Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa,·Missing Persons, Korn),·Sony Emory (Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan), Steve Smith (Journey). Frank has performed and recorded with·icons such·as,·Ambrosia, Missing Persons, Berlin and Tower of Power.

Frank is also involved and performs for notable charity organizations "The TJ Martell Foundation", "The Foundation for the Jr. Blind”, “LDHH” for the deaf, Williamson counties recreation departments, "Kids on Stage".drum inst20131012 164005-1

Cristi Burkeen-Violin,Viola,Piano

Crist holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance concentrating on viola from Middle Tennessee State University. She has been trained classically since the age of 11 and have performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles since high school.  For the last four years she has been a member of the Nashville Philharmonic Community Orchestra in Nashville and currently perform with the Murfreesboro Symphony as a second chair member.

Cristi has been teaching violin/fiddle and viola for over four years and I know it is a passion that is only matched when performing, and she loves meeting new people.   
I currently I have students of all ages and levels of playing experience and welcome the opportunity to get to know you as well!!   

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Camee Burdin-Voice, Piano 

Camee is a recent graduate from Greenville College where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Christian Contemporary Music with 3 emphasis in Vocal Performance, Worship Arts, and Studio Recording. She has been teaching vocal and piano lessons for the past 5 years. Much of her teachings have come from a variety of coaches for over 17 years. Camee has performed in many bands, groups, and choirs including, but not limited to, punk rock, classical, pop, hard rock, gospel, and funk. She is currently a Worship Arts intern as well as working independently  on her songwriting and personal projects for her artist career. Having experienced many of the stages of building a music career, Camee loves to help and guide others to achieve many of the goals they have set for their own musical futures no matter the genre or style of music.Greeville_logo



Layne Ihde-Trumpet, Trombone,French Horn,Baritone EuphoniumLayne,Piano 

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (Major: Trumpet, minor: Piano) from Taylor University, IN, Layne Ihde relocated to Nashville, TN and spent 15 years fronting three different indie rock bands, shouldering the bulk of the song writing responsibilities across 4 EPs and 3 full albums, of which, 37 songs are published through ASCAP. 

‘One Forty One’ won the first ever nationwide internet battle of the bands hosted by a major label in 1998, garnering them a development deal with Sony. Brit pop inspired ‘ide’ released ‘Apologies For Spilling Paint’ on Fabtone Records in Japan in 2006 and had songs ‘Tired of Waiting’ placed on ABC Family’s ‘Greek’ and ‘Something Going On’ placed on hit show ‘Kyle XY’ which is still currently in syndication around the world. They released the EP ‘A Clear Light’ in 2008 and were later courted by Decca Records in NY. 

From ‘ide’ emerged a more raucous, energetic power trio ‘The Antennas’ who put out their self-titled debut on Popjinx Records in London in 2009, releasing the single and video for ‘You Really Bring Me Down’ in the UK and Europe. They followed up with the full length ‘Fax Armada’ in 2011. 
Currently, Layne plays trumpet, guitar and sings with ‘kindie rock’ band ‘The Happy Racers’ who feel that children’s music can still be fun without being dumbed-down or overly silly and parents everywhere rejoice! They incorporate music education with literacy in public school systems across the U.S. 

Layne currently teaches instrumental music, conducts private lessons and directs bands part time at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville and continues songwriting for pitching to artists, tv and film. He instructs in trumpet, voice, basic guitar, bass, piano and music theory. 




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