Janet Allison: Piano

$119/Month, In Person

Janet Allison is a transplant native of Greenville having been in the area since 1994. She has played the piano and flute for over 20 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from USC Upstate. When she isn't teaching music lessons, Janet teaches 4k at Lake Forest Elementary. This is her 15th year as a public educator and 9th year teaching in Greenville County. When Janet isn't teaching elementary school or music lessons, she enjoys performing in musical theatre and concert events. 



Zac Bolton: Guitar + Ukulele + Bass

$99/Month, Virtual + In Person

Zac Bolton is a South Carolina native who has been teaching and playing for over 20 years. Zac attended Winthrop University where he attained his Bachelors of Arts in music. He is proficient in jazz, rock, country, blues, and has also studied classical guitar. While guitar is his primary instrument, Zac also teaches electric bass and ukulele as well.
Zac balances his teaching schedule at Pecknel with a busy performing calendar. He plays with various groups of contrasting styles throughout the Carolinas and is very active on the Greenville music scene.



Matt Camastro: Piano

$159/Month, In Person

A San Francisco native, Matthew Camastro is a piano teacher who finds his greatest reward in helping others discover a love for music. Matthew teaches a healthy technique that uses the body naturally and allows for easy virtuostic and expressive playing. With the right tools, a pianist can overcome difficult passages and play with the complete freedom. 

Throughout his career, Matthew has preformed extensively across the United States, performing solo programs in New York, California, South Carolina, and other states. Also, he performed in numerous masterclasses for faculty of the Chicago Conservatory, Queens College, the Royal Conservatory in Denmark, and the Golandsky Institute.

During his time at Bob Jones University, Matthew placed first in the annual program-wide music competition in 2019 after reaching finals the year before. On the collegiate level, he has collaborated with soloists on over a dozen solo recitals and masterclasses, and accompanied several collegiate, community, and church choirs.

In his undergraduate degree, Matthew studied with Ed Rea and Dr. Lorri Turcios at Bob Jones University and earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College in Queens, New York. He currently studies with Edna Golandsky, the leading authority of the Taubman Approach to playing piano.

Carlos Diaz:  Guitar + Banjo + Ukulele + Piano

$109/Month, Virtual + In Person

Carlos has been playing and teaching music professionally for 15 years. He earned his Associates in Music from Broward College with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and studied Classical guitar at Florida International University. He is currently the Music Director at his church and enjoys sharing his passion for music and learning by teaching young and old alike. He loves playing Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, nerding out on music theory, and helping his students learn to play the music they love while also giving them the foundations of music theory to become solid musicians. 

Carlos teaches guitar to all levels and bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and piano to beginners.


Christina Frederick:  Piano

$129/Month, Virtual + In Person

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Jonathan Freeman: Trumpet + Baritone/Euphonium

$99/Month, Virtual + In Person

Jonathan Freeman is a North Carolina native and is pursuing a degree in Music Education with a focus in trumpet at Bob Jones University. With over 9 years of experience playing, he has studied with Dr. Jonathan Poquette of Elon University and currently studies with Dr. Bruce Cox at BJU. He has experience playing different band settings, from brass ensemble groups, to full wind band. He has also done extensive brass solo competition for the NCCSA Fine Arts Competition and also for the BJU Fine Arts Festival. Jonathan also has served in a church setting starting at Beacon Baptist Church in Burlington, North Carolina. Currently, he participates in the BJU Symphony Orchestra, BJU Symphonic Wind Band, the BJU Trumpet Choir, and also leads a brass chamber group at BJU.


Brandon Gallagher: Percussion + Mandolin + Ukulele + Guitar

$99/Month, Virtual + In Person

Brandon is a graduate of the College of Charleston where he studied music theory and percussion under Quentin Baxter. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music, and has been playing for 22 years. He teaches all levels of percussion, as well as beginner guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Brandon believes in helping his students discover and develop their own style while incoorporating music theory, ear training and music history into all of his lessons. Brandon is also active in the Greenville music scene. You can catch him playing throughout the upstate with The Trevor Hewitt Band. 



Jonathan Harris: Violin + Viola

$109/Month, In Person

Jonathan is in his last year of study at Bob Jones University as a Music Education Major. He started violin in his late teens and understands the struggles of new concepts to older students. Coming from a multicultural background having grown up in Argentina, he can also teach Spanish-speaking students. His desire is to see students succeed and enjoy their instrument. He enjoys performing folk songs and discovering the lesser known composers so as to encourage a well-rounded view of music.




Jenith Mark Isreal: Piano

$139/Month, In Person

A 25-year-old from Mumbai, India, Jenith Mark Isreal is a professional music instructor who finds the greatest reward and solace in music. Raised in a Christian family, Jenith enjoys playing church hymns, having performed the same back in his native home in India.

With his vast four years of teaching experience, Jenith is a qualified trainer and has previously managed three different international schools training Grade 3 to Grade 10 learners. He is conversant with the various recitations and has been a competent host for diverse recital shows where his experience has been well appreciated. He has trained students on four-part harmony with exclusive classical and contemporary piano skills accompanied by private practicals to sharpen and fortify their capability. 

Jenith has a rich educational background, having pursued a Bachelor of Music with his expected graduation set for December 2023 from Anderson University. His prospects to serve a larger audience have seen him learn different languages. Jenith is a multilingual and has a good grasp on English, Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil. He is also a beginner in the Spanish language and will soon widen his audience to ensure his skills can be felt and appreciated across several cultures.

Brenda Keen: Piano + Voice

$159/Month, In Person

Dr. Brenda B. Keen received her training under the faculty at Bob Jones University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, with a piano proficiency, in 1981, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 1991, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction within the fields of Choral Music and Theology in 1998. She studied piano with Dr. Mark Parker. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Dwight Gustafson, Roger Buchanan, Fred Coleman, and Dr. Warren Cook. She has also studied vocal technique with Myrna Reynolds, Susan Mardinly, and Chai Lin Yuah of the Hartt School of Music. She has sung for seven years with the Hartford Chorale, including solos roles, under the direction of Henley Denmead, and the Hartt Chamber Singers under Dr. Gerald Mack. In 2007, Dr. Keen founded the New England Girls' Choir. Under her direction, NEGC performed in such notable venues as Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeline in Paris, France, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, and Bruton Parish in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. In the summer of 2010, she taught Choral Directing and Voice Production classes while touring with the Majesty Music College in Chicago and Philadelphia. In the spring of 2013, she was selected to be the choral director for the Treble Choir participating in the Northern Region Music Festival. Dr. Keen has had 37 years of teaching experience including leading choirs, ensembles, and soloists to first place finished in national contests. She is currently teaching voice and piano at The Academy of Majesty Music and is on faculty at Bob Jones University teaching voice.

Rebecca Payne: Voice

$99/Month, Virtual + In Person

Becca Payne is a Greenville, SC native who has been singing as long as she can remember. A graduate of the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, she was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Memphis where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance. After college, Becca began one on one vocal coaching and performing locally. She has particiated in productions with several companies in the upstate including Centre Stage, The Younts Center for Performing Arts, GLOW Lyric Theater, and The Market Theatre. With over 10 years of experience, Becca is looking forward to helping singers of all ages develop their voices and singing technique.



Wilson Stokes: Electric Bass

$99/Month, Virtual + In Person

Wilson Stokes has been a resident of Greenville, South Carolina his entire life, and has been playing electric bass for four years. He is an up-and-coming musician, currently attending the Fine Arts Center of Greenville.





DelShaun Talley-Bowens: Flute + Clarinet (Beginner)

$129/Month, Virtual + In Person

DelShaun is a Greenville, SC native and has been teaching for five years. She graduated from Limestone University with her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, making her the very first black woman with that degree from the institution. While there, she performed with the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and steel pan ensemble. She also had the pleasure performing with nationally ranked WGI ensemble, Saints Percussion, where she played bass drum, synthesizer, and vibraphone. During her studies, she had the opportunity to be the woodwind caption-head at both Greenwood High School and Chesnee High School and teach musical techniques at Gaffney’s Village School. While at Pecknel Music, she looks to continue to build her wealth of musical knowledge.


Leigha Turner: Saxophone

$119/Month, In Person

Leigha Turner is a University of Georgia music education graduate from Greenville, South Carolina, where she graduated from the Fine Arts Center and Travelers Rest High School. She studied privately on saxophone in high school with Mary AllyeB Purtle and chamber music with Dr. Gary Robinson for four years. She has attended the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival and studied with Professor Joe Lulloff and Dr. Henning Schröder. She has also performed in a masterclass for Chien-Kwan Lin. While at UGA, Leigha has performed with the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, the Wind Symphony, and Rush Saxophone Quartet. In her second year at UGA, she formed the Avante Quartet - a mixed chamber ensemble with flute, cello, violin and saxophone.



Tom Wheat: Woodwinds

$129/Month, Virtual + In Person

Tom Wheat moved to the Upstate from Nottingham, England in 2011. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and gained his teaching degree from Nottingham Trent University.
Tom has been teaching for 22 years in schools, colleges and private studios. He joined Pecknel Music in 2017.
Tom combines his teaching with a busy performing schedule, playing in many difference venues across the U.S. and beyond.

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