The private lesson staff includes degreed educators that are interviewed and selected by CISD Band Directors. Our lesson teachers have doctorate and master degrees in their field of expertise! Individual instruction is extremely beneficial due to the one-on-one teaching environment. The private teacher is able to design a program that meets each individual student's needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability. Professional teachers on each instrument will be available to teach these lessons during band class & before or after school.
Much of the individual success throughout the East Band Program can be attributed to the high number of students enrolled in the private lesson program that take from our superior private lesson staff.
Reasons to Enroll in Private Lessons:
Be a part of an accelerated program
Opportunity to be taught 1 on 1 by a professional instrumentalist
Soyeon Ko appears as flutist/Piccoloist and orchestra chamber player throughoutthe United States, Germany, Rumania and Asia. She is currently Principal flutist of the UNT Concert Orchestra and in doctoral program and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas.She has also been a member of the National American Wind Symphony, Peabody Concert Orchestra, St. Ann Perish Chamber as a soloist and Richardson Symphony Orchestra as a guest piccolo player (played Beethoven 9th symphony). She has been teaching in Dallas area including Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, currently Coppell ISD. She also performs with the Mercy Trio every summer season. She earned a masters degree in Piccolo performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Flute and Piccolo performance at the University of North Texas.
Will Smith is a freelance oboist and private teacher based in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Originally from Coppell, Mr. Smith was a student of Sally Bohls. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Baylor University where he was a student of Dr. Doris DeLoach, as well as a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from New England Conservatory where he was a student of John Ferrillo (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Anne Gabriele (Los Angeles Philharmonic). While living in Boston, Mr. Smith performed as a member of the Weston Wind Quintet, East Coast Scoring Orchestra, Boston Young Composer’s Ensemble, and Boston Chamber Symphony. He has been a student at The MasterWorks Festival and Brevard Music Center summer institutes and an instructor at the Baylor University Summer Music and Bocal Majority/ Operation O.B.O.E. camps. Mr. Smith holds a small studio of private oboe students in Coppell ISD and works as an interior decorator in the Dallas area.
Sara McCallum is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in bassoon performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has performed with the Champaign Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia de Camera and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Sara was born and raised in Texas where she attended Texas State University, receiving a bachelors of music in bassoon performance and the University of North Texas, receiving a masters of music in bassoon performance. While in Texas she was a member of the Meridian Chamber Players, Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Illmari Winds Quintet. Major teachers include Daris Word-Hale, Kathleen Reynolds and Timothy McGovern. She is an instructor for the Bocal Majority Bassoon Camp and the current private lesson instructor in Duncanville ISD, Southlake Carroll ISD and Coppell ISD. In the summer of 2011 she performed with the Franco American Vocal Academy, touring the south of France with a production of Offenbach’s, Le Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein. She spent the summer of 2012 as a faculty member for the CICA International Music Festival serving as principal bassoon in the festival orchestra as well as teaching master classes and performing in many chamber concerts. Miss McCallum has an active studio of over 50 students and hand makes reeds for her private studio and several school districts.
Quan Guo is currently working on his doctoral degree in saxophone performance at the University of North Texas. He did his undergraduate study at Xing Hai Conservatory of Music in China from 2006 to 2010, and then obtained a masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Mr. Guo has performed with several great ensembles, such as Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band at the University of North Texas, Jazz Ensemble III and Wind Orchestra at the University of Central Oklahoma, Wind Philharmonic at Oklahoma City University and Wind Symphony at Xing Hai Conservatory of Music. He started teaching saxophone when he was a freshman in 2006, and now is his second year at Coppell Middle School East as a saxophone private instructor. Mr. Guo also teaches for Allen ISD and Farmers Branch ISD.
Dr. Hunt is entering his second year as the private trumpet teacher at Coppell High School but has been teaching privately since 2008. He recently completed his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance at Arizona State University where he was the teaching assistant for Professor David Hickman. Dr. Hunt was also a first-call substitute with the Phoenix Symphony while living in the greater-Phoenix area, performing with the PSO, Tucson Symphony, and Arizona Opera over 30 times in three years. Before moving to Arizona, Hunt completed his Masters in Trumpet Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Miranda George has been a freelance trumpet player and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for more than 17 years. Her performance experience has allowed her the opportunity to share the stage with world renowned artists such as Andre Watts, Sylvia McNair, Leonard Slatkin, John Clayton, Frank Greene, Wayne Bergeron, Allen Vizutti, Bobby Shew, Terell Stafford, and Dennis DiBlasio. She has also performed alongside members of the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, the Dallas Winds, and Dallas Opera orchestras. She has played in the pit orchestras of numerous musicals, including several performances in the national tour of 42nd St. Miranda George worked on the trumpet faculty of UT Arlington from 2012-2017. She earned her Doctorate at the University of North Texas, where she was a member of the seven-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Prior to her doctoral study at the UNT, she received her Master of Music degree from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Miranda George is an active writer and lecturer on the topic of performance confidence in musicians. She has received invitations to speak in schools, universities, and in large music education conferences such as the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the Midwest Clinic. In addition to her career as a trumpet performer and teacher, Miranda George is the voice teacher at Coppell Middle School East as well, with over 15 years of experience working as a soloist and choral director in area churches.
Dr. Andrea Denis was excited to become part of the brass faculty at TWU starting fall 2016. Dr. Denis is a recent DMA graduate from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where she studied with Chris M. Smith. While studying at Texas Tech, she received a teaching assistantship and a CH Foundation Doctoral fellowship. Her past teaching positions have included Eastern New Mexico University, East Texas Baptist University, Kilgore College, and Tyler Junior College, as well as teaching in public schools throughout East and West Texas. Dr. Denis received her masters and undergraduate degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, studying under Dr. Charles Gavin. She has also judged on numerous panels for middle and high school all-region auditions in Texas.
Not only is Dr. Denis an educator, but she is also an avid performer. She has played and held positions with Lubbock Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Plainview Symphony, and the East Texas Symphonic Band. Dr. Denis was also the winner of the MidSouth Horn Graduate Solo Competition in 2014, and in the summer of 2015, she attended the Nebraska Chamber Music Institute as a member of the Texas Tech Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She has also performed at numerous conferences including both the MidSouth and the Southeast horn workshops, TMEA, the International Horn Society Conference, and the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. Often performing works by new composer, Dr. Denis premiered David Frost’s City on Fire in 2015.
Her professional organizations include the International Horn Society, the College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Trombone - Jon Bohls 972-394-0374 - email@example.com
Jon Bohls is a professional performer and private teacher in the Dallas Metroplex. Jon was a successful band director for 19 years having taught in New Braunfels, Lubbock, and Carrollton. He is currently in his 20th year of private teaching and now has a studio of 70-80 trombone students. He is the Bass Trombone with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. He has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Richardson Symphony, Garland/Las Calinas Symphony, Pete Peterson's Collection Big Band, Sambuca Big Band, and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Jon is the festival director for the International Trombone Festival. He directs and performs with the Dallas-area based trombone ensemble, Slide Show. Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas Lutheran College and a Master of Music Education Degree from Texas Tech University. He has studied trombone with Bryce Taylor, Cal Schulz, Robert Deahl, Royce Lumpkin, and John Kitzman.
Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher based in Dallas, Texas. He was an adjunct faculty trombone instructor at Arizona State University from 2011-2015 and was the interim Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University from 2011-2012. Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires based at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and videos by premier ensembles from the USAF Academy Band and the USAF Band Washington DC. Ryan has performed as a featured artist at international music conferences, festivals, and before audiences throughout the United States. Industry reviewers of his recordings and compositions use phrases such as: “world-class”, “stellar”, “amazing” and “as good as it gets” to describe his trombone playing and writing style.
Euphonium - Donald Bruce 940-735-1414 - firstname.lastname@example.org Donald Bruce is active throughout the DFW area as a performer, clinician and private teacher. Mr. Bruce's students have enjoyed tremendous success in various district, city, region, area, and all-state band auditions. Several former students have gone on to pursue euphonium and music education at the university level. Donald came to the DFW area in 2003 to study music education and euphonium performance at The University of North Texas with world renowned euphoniumist, Dr. Brian Bowman. Mr. Bruce completed his undergraduate degrees in 2009 and worked as a band director in Frisco ISD from 2009-2013. He also earned a masters degree in euphonium performance from UNT in 2015. Currently Mr. Bruce works as the professor of Euphonium at the University of Texas at Arlington and is a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at The University of North Texas. In addition to his university teaching, Mr. Bruce teaches lessons for Frisco ISD and Coppell ISD.
Originally from South Korea Mr. Jung Moo Lee is an active freelance tuba player and private teacher. He is a tuba player with Center Stage Brass and private instructor of Trinity High School, and Grapevine High School. He has performed with large ensembles, such as North Texas Wind Symphony, Meadows Wind Ensemble, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and Daegu Symphony Orchestra, and chamber groups, such as Sounding Brass, Texas Dixieland Band, and North Texas Tuba Ensemble. Mr. Lee earned degrees from Kei-Myung University (BM: Tuba Performance), University of North Texas (MM: Tuba Performance), and Southern Methodist University (MM: Instrumental Conducting) each with a full scholarship, and currently he is working on his dissertation for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UNT. He was a Teaching Fellow at UNT for teaching undergraduate and graduate tuba students, coaching brass chamber ensembles, and conducting undergraduate tuba/euphonium ensemble. His primary tuba teachers are Don Little, a regent professor of tuba at UNT, and Matt Good, a Principal tuba player of Dallas Symphony and tuba professor at SMU.
Eric Martin is an in-demand performer, educator, and composer living in the Dallas area. He is currently teaching in the Coppell school district. In addition to these schools, he also acts as the front ensemble director and arranger for the University of Texas at Arlington Marching Band. His compositions have been premiered across the country, including at such events as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference. Eric is also the author of the book Sight-Reading Skills for the Mallet Percussionist published by K. Wylie Publications. As a performer, Eric has shared the stage with such musicians as Elvis Costello, Maureen McGovern, Glen Campbell, Rosana Eckert, and Ed Smith. He currently performs with his own Eric Martin Trio.