Janet Allison: Piano + Flute + Voice

$119/Month, Virtual + 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 14th year as a public educator and 8th year teaching is Greenville County.

When Janet is isn't teaching elementary school or music lessons she enjoys performing in musical theater 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. He is also the lesson coordinator for Pecknel’s Greenville location.
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.

 

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

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Jonathan Freeman: Trumpet + Euphonium

$99/Month, Virtual

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

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Nick Hawkins: Piano + Voice + Violin

$109/Month, Virtual + In Person

Nick Hawkins is a native of Greenvile, SC where he began his journey with music as a vocalist in his local gospel choir at Tabernacle Baptist Church. After graduating from the Fine Arts Center, he attended the University of South Carolina on full scholarship where he attained his bachelor's degree in vocal performance. While in college, Nick began teaching private lessons. He also maintained a busy performance schedule, including roles as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Der Vater in Hans and Gretel. After graduating from USC, Nick continued to perform a wide variety of theatrical roles throughout the country.
Nick maintains his private voice and piano studio with a musical background that includes 18 years of experience as a pianist and 10 years of experience as a violinist. His goal as a teacher is to give musicians the tools that they need in order to make the music that they love in a healthy way.

Amy Hazlett: Bassoon

$149/Month, Virtual + In Person

Amy Yang Hazlett has served as principal bassoon with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 2006. She was featured as a soloist with the orchestra in Mozart's Bassoon Concerto under the baton of music director and conductor Edvard Tchivzhel in January 2009.

Born in Taiwan, Hazlett was chosen as principal bassoon of the Taichung Philharmonic Orchestra in Taiwan at the age of 18. She came to the United States as the winner of the Evergreen/Maryland Governor Scholarship Competition. She has held the position of principal bassoon with the Augusta Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and The Woodlands Symphony in Texas. She has also served as second bassoon with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She was co-principal bassoon with the Missouri Festival Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Hazlett has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, the Key West Symphony, and the Iris Symphony.

As a soloist, Hazlett was chosen to participate in the 48th Prague Spring International Competition. She was also the winner of the Mary Graham Lasley Competition and the Baltimore Music Club Senior Woodwind Competition. She was a Finalist in the Koussevitzsky Competition in New York City, and the Curtis Institute Young Artist Competition in Philadelphia.

 

Betsy Myers: French Horn

$179/Month, Virtual + In Person

Elizabeth (Betsy) Myers is a band director at Gettys Middle School in Pickens County School District. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education as well as a Performance Certificate in french horn. Upon graduating, she received the Vandoren Award for most outstanding graduating music education major. Following graduation, she became the Band Director for Belton and Honea Path Middle Schools, where she taught for five years. She also recently completed her Master's of Instrumental Conducting degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. In addition to her love of teaching, Ms. Myers is an avid performer and member of several regional orchestras and chamber ensembles.

 

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.

 

Sarah Plyler: Piano

$109/Month, Virtual + In Person

Sarah Plyler began piano study at age 11. She attended North Greenville University in South Carolina where she studied with Dr. Lilia Stoytcheva and Fabio Parrini. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano in 2010 and soon after opened her own studio in Villa Rica, a small city west of Atlanta, GA. While in Villa Rica, her studio grew to 38 students and was awarded the Best In Villa Rica Award in 2019.
As a licensed Musikgarten teacher, Sarah brings her experience with young children and knowledge of musical development to enhance lessons. She has worked with children as young as three years old all the way up to senior adults in both group and private settings. She has also worked with students with special needs.
Sarah and her husband, Casey, have recently relocated to Greer from their former home in Georgia.

 

Hannah Riley: Violin + Viola + Cello

$119/Month, Virtual

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Joseph Ritchie: Trombone + Baritone

$129/Month, Virtual + In Person

Bio Coming Soon.

 

Wilson Stokes: 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 + Saxophone (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, Virtual + 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

$119/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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