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Adam Irubor

I am an accomplished musician who lives in Sugar Land, but has traveled extensively. When I am not teaching or studying music, I love to attend concerts, play my instruments, or attend football and other sport events. I love classical music, as well as Jazz and Blues. The best part of teaching is helping students realize their potential in music performance.

EDUCATION

B.A. Music, Houston Baptist University (2005-2012)
Outstanding Pianist Award, Houston Baptist University (2012)
Outstanding Violinist awards, Houston Baptist University (2012)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2008-present)
Teacher, West Oaks Music Center, Houston (2008-2010)
Teacher, Rockin' Robin, Houston (2010-2012)
Teacher, Colony Music, Houston (2006-2012)

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Ahmed Yaqot

I am a highly energetic and enthusiastic individual, trained as a teacher of music. I love creating music programs and working with various television stations in performing music for plays. My native language is Arabic, but, my English is very good. I am dedicated to providing the best music education for all students of any age.

EDUCATION

Master of Music Degree, Conservatory of Baghdad (1993-1998)
Instructor of Music Degree, Baghdad University (1999-2002)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Musician & Performer, Jordan TV, Jordan, Amman (2009-2013)
Instructor of Music, Rosary College, Jordan, Amman (2003-2009)
Musician & Performer, Baghdad TV, Baghdad, (1993-2002)

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Alexandra (Alex) Eisa

During my eleven years of classical music training, I fell in love with music. I love to play teach private piano lessons. I am also passionate about teaching groups piano lessons. I was a worship leader at Lakewood Church for several years, which involved creating setlists, planning worship services, singing, directing rehearsals, and playing keys. I am excited about working at a place where I can use my passion for music to inspire others.

EDUCATION

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2016-present)
Apprentice, Harmony Road Music Education System (2016)
Studied with Emily Eisa, Piano Instructor, Houston (2016)
Studied with Phyllis Freeman, Piano Instructor, Houston (2001-2012)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2016-present)
Worship Leader, Lakewood Church, Houston (2010-2014)

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Bob Suttie

I have sung and played music since the late 50’s. While in high school, I was chosen for the all-state orchestra and all-state choir. I have directed four different church choirs and played cello in the Sugar Land Symphony Orchestra (now the Fort Bend Symphony). I play many instruments and appreciate many kinds of music.

EDUCATION

Coached by Bobby Jones Czech Band (1989-2007)
Mackinac College, Michigan, (1968-1969)
B.A. Elem Ed, Metropolitan State College, Denver (1974)
MA Education, Prairie View A&M Univ (1988)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Ft. Bend Music Center, Houston (2013-present)
Teacher, Westlake Lutheran Prep Academy, Katy, TX (2010-present)
Director, Fist Colony Home School Ensembles (2011-present)
Band Leader, Czech Polka Band, Houston (2007-present)

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Chandra Phu

As a piano and violin teacher, I love working with children and adults of all ages. Teaching music allows me to use my skills and experience to the fullest. I have 16 years of piano performance, 16 years of music theory instructions, and 8 years of violin performance. I am currently a violinist at Friendswood United Methodist Church.

EDUCATION

University of Houston (2009-2012)
European Conservatory of Music, Liceo, Barcelona (2006-2008)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Ft. Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Violinist, Friendswood United Methodist Church (2007-present)

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Cindy Tan

I am a classically trained instructor and member of the Houston Music Teachers Association. I have a Master of Music and Music Education from University of Houston, and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Nanjing Teachers University in China. I teach many forms of music, but I especially enjoy giving children a solid background in the classics.

EDUCATION

Masters Music Ed, University Of Houston (1995)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2004-present)
Private Instructor, Home Studio, Houston (1991-present)
Piano Teacher Anybody Can Play, Houston 1995-1998)
Assoc.Prof, Nanjing Teachers University, China (1986-1991)

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Dan Nguyen

I am a professional organist, vocalist, and pianist. I was a paid church organist at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament for over seven years. I also studied the harpsichord and enjoy singing in various choirs around town. I love teaching piano to students of all ages. Currently, I am the Music Director at St. Christopher Catholic Church.

EDUCATION

BA Music Degree, University of Houston (2012-2016)
BA English Literature Degree, University of Houston (2012-2016)
Studied with Dr. Dakin Chamberlain, Concert Pianist (2006-2012)
Studied with Professor Nancy Metzger, Concert Organist (2012-2015)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2015-present)
Music Director & Organist, St. Christopher Catholic Church, (2012-present)
Singer & Section Leader, Men’s Chorus, University of Houston (2012-2015)
Private Piano Instructor, Houston, Texas (2012-2015)
Organist, Cathedral Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA (2010-2012)

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Emily Eisa

I fell in love with music at a very early age, starting classical piano lessons at age 6; constantly setting up living room performances for my parents. I'm grateful for the experience I've gained through 13 years of classical piano training, acting in musicals, and years of choir. Nothing brings me greater joy than sharing my heart through writing and recording my own music, and teaching students of all ages. I also enjoy traveling, sketching, and a good cup a' joe.

EDUCATION

Yamaha Music Education System Certification (2016)
Harmony Road Music Education Certification (2016)
Student, Instructor Michael Mellett, vocals (2014-2015)
Student, Instructor Phyllis Freeman piano teacher (2011-2015)
Student, Instructor Dr. Doris Harrell, piano (2008-2011)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2015-present)
Private Instructor, Home Studio, Houston (2011-present)
Vocal Instructor, Lakewood Church, Houston (2013-2015)

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Gloria Martinez

I started taking music lessons when I was eleven years old. I lived in Crosby, Texas, and loved playing the piano. Although classical music is my preference, romantic and jazz compositions are very dear to my heart. My favorite composers are Stravinsky, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Mozart. When I am not teaching, I relax by attending broadway shows, operas, and ball.

EDUCATION

Music Education, University of Houston (1990)
Music Education, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, TX (1987-1989)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2015-present)
Music Instructor, Several Churches (2001-2008)
Music Instructor, Crosby High School (1999-2001)
Music Instructor, Kingwood Music School (1996-2000
Music Instructor, Albright Middle School (1995-1998)
Music Instructor, LaPorte High School (1992-1993)

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Kaori Becker

I am a professional classical pianist who was educated in Folkwang hochschule, in Ruhrgebiet, Vienna, and Zurich. I received a Music of Art Degree from Musashino Music Academy of Japan in 1978. After a seventeen-year career of teaching and performing on the piano, I met and married my husband in Japan. Currently, I teach classical piano 5-days a week at Fort Bend Music Center in Houston.

EDUCATION

Classical Piano Perform Diploma, Essen Univ, Germany (1979)
Associate Music Degree, Musashino Academy, Japan (1978)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2010-present)
Teachers-2-Go, Houston, Texas (2007-2010)
Lizzie's Music School, Houston, Texas (1995-2007)
Kaori's Music School, Japan (1974-1979)

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Kennen Kelley

One of my greatest joys in life is teacher music lessons. I love to see the reaction of students when they learn to sing and play piano. During certain times of the year, I help high school students prepare solos for the Region 10 competitions and UIL contests. When I am not teaching, I love to sing in the chancel choir during Wednesday rehearsals and Sunday performances.

EDUCATION

B.A. Music Education, Lamar University (2015-present)
Teacher Certification, Lamar University (2015-present)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center (2015-present)
Voice/Piano Instructor, Beaumont Music Studio (2013-present)
Music Instructor, Kountze High School, Beaumont (2012-2013)
Music Instructor, West Orange High School, Orange (2011-2012)

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Laura Pratt

I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music Education and All-level Teaching Certificate. I love to teach voice and piano and is also proficient in woodwind instruments. My hobbies are gardening, reading, and playing with my grandchildren. My favorite music styles include Pop, Classical, Broadway, Christian, and Country. I love to teach music to children because it broadens their minds and challenges them to excel to their highest potential.

EDUCATION

B.Music Ed, Baylor University (1969)
Music Instrument Course, Baylor Univ (1972)
Director of Music, Various Churches (all life)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2008-present)
Teacher, Alief ISD (1997-2007)
Teacher, Pearland ISD (2003-2007)
Teacher, Hillsborough ISD, Florida (1986-1993)

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Loc Nguyen

I love playing the piano, and I knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a piano teacher. From age 7 to 16 I have won numerous awards in piano and organ competitions. My favorite type of music is classical, and my favorite composer is Chopin. My favorite sports are field and track. When I am not teaching piano lessons I like to relax by listening to music.

EDUCATION

Piano Performance Certification, Royal School of Music, Vietnam (2014)
Music Degree, Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music, Vietnam (2012)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Piano Instructor, Song Nhac Music School, Saigon, Vietnam (2015-2015)
Private Piano Teacher, Saigon Vietnam (2010-2015)

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Makiko Hirata

I started taking piano lessons at a very early age in Japan. I am passionate about sharing music not just through performances, but by teaching music lessons at music schools, appearing on TV and radio programs, and presenting introductory talks about music on YouTube. I have given recitals, concerto performances and children’s concerts in North and South America, Europe and my native Japan.

EDUCATION

PhD. Piano Perform, Rice University’s Shepherd School, Houston (2017)
Artist Diploma, Piano Performance, Colburn Music Conservatory (2010)
M.A. Piano Performance, N.Y. University, Steinhardt School (2000)
B.A. Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, NY (1997)

EXPERIENCE

Piano Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Private Piano Instructor & Concert Artist, International (2014-present)
Music Instructor, British International School of Houston (2014-2015)
Music Instructor, Lone Star College, CyFair Campus (2013-2014)
Music Instructor, Rice University’s Shepherd School, Houston (2011-2013)

Marsha Wilson

When I was only three years of age, I started taking piano lessons in Chicago, Illinois. One of the things that I like about teaching is helping students to develop love for music and strong music foundation skills. My favorite composer is Chopin, and my favorite type of music is classical. When I am not working I relax by reading and traveling.

EDUCATION

M.A. Guidance & Counseling, Prairie View A&M (2000-2002)
B.A. Music Ed, Roosevelt Univiversity Chicago (2000-2003)
Teachers Certification, State of Illinois/Texas (1993/1997)
Music Director, Kipp Academy, Houston (1997-2000)

EXPERIENCE

Ft. Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Teacher, Vicki Michelle Studio, Spring TX (2007-2008)
Teacher, Music Rack Studio, Spring TX (2006-2008)
Private Teacher, Marsha's Mobile Music (2004-2006)

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Michelle Vu

I was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam where I began my music education. I moved to San Jose, California (United States) in 1986 where I continued my music education at San Jose State University, and received my music degree. My hobbies are arts & crafts, photography, and cooking. My favorite types of music are classical and easy listening. I love sharing the gift of music to kids and adults.

EDUCATION

BA Music, San Jose State Univ (1996)
Piano Certification, Saigon Music School, Vietnam (1986)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Private Piano Instructor, San Jose CA (1996-2000)

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Norman Stewart

I started taking music lessons when I was only 5 years of age, in the town of Dusseldorf, Germany. I started teaching music lessons as a teenager. I love to see the students progress. I have written over 500 songs, so, I am considered a workaholic. I like listening to Bebop and classical guitar music. When I am not busy, I like to relax by writing more songs.

EDUCATION

Graduate Work, Music/Theatre, University of Houston (1995)
Music Major, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1975-1979)
Theatrical Certification, HB Studios, New York (1998)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Music Instructor, Percussion Center, Houston (2010)
Private Instructor, Stewart Music School, Houston (2005-2008)
Music Instructor, Evans Music City, Houston (1998-2008)
Music Instructor, H&H Music Co, Houston (1990-1995)

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Paul August

I am very passionate about teaching music lessons. I have been teaching piano and saxophone lessons to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students for over fifteen years. In addition to teaching music lessons, I am the pianist for various hotels, restaurants, and churches in Houston. When I am not busy teaching or performing, I enjoy my quiet time composing and arranging music.

EDUCATION

BA Communications & Marketing from Xavier University of Louisiana (1988)
Certification in Applied Piano, Music Theory & History from Xavier University of Louisiana (1988)
Certification in Piano Composition, Southern Univ. (1992)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Private Piano & Saxophone Instructor (2000-2013)
Pianist at Marriott & Hotel Derek (2009-present)

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Paul Williams

I love teaching music lessons and imparting musical knowledge to new students. I starting taking music lessons at a very young age in London, England. Although I teach all genres of music, I am partial to blues, rock, and jazz. I teach piano, guitar, strings, voice, and drums. In my spare time, I perform with various groups all over the city of Houston.

EDUCATION

Sound Engineering Certification, School of Sound Engineering (SAE), London, England (1987)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2016-present)
Music Instructor, Groves Music School, Houston (2016-present)
Music Instructor, Joyful Music School, Rosenberg, Tx (2015-2016)
Music Instructor, Taylor Robinson Music School, Houston (2015-2016)
Guitar Performer, Front Cover Band, Shreveport, LA (2011-2015)
Guitar Performer, Jake Walker Blues Band, Europe (2008-2010)

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Quiterius Jackson

When I was only five years old, I started taking music lessons in Wharton, Texas. I started teaching music when I was a teenager. My goal is to encourage all of my students to become the best musician possible. I teach piano and voice, and I enjoy classical, jazz, and R&B music. To relax, I like to play video games and working on music reproducing.

EDUCATION

B.A. Music Education, University of Houston (2017)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Voice Teacher, Lamar CISD, Rosenberg, TX (2011)
Music Instructor, Private Studio, Houston (2013-2014)

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Rey Gonzalez

I teach piano, guitar and percussion music lessons. Teaching is very rewarding to be because I have the opportunity to observe children and adults as they grow and attain higher levels in music education. My favorite types of music are jazz and rock, and my favorite sport is boxing. To relax, I love getting a massage.

EDUCATION

BA Music, University Of Houston (2014)

EXPERIENCE

Ft. Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Guitarist for Singer, Myoa (2013-present)
Musician, Stage Repertory Theatre (2013-2014)
Drummer, Dangerous Band, Houston, Texas (2009-2011)

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Salvador Velasco

I am very excited about teacher trumpet lessons to new students. I love to see my students excel and watch the excitement they have when discovering some new music technique. My favorite composers are Gershwin and Freddie Hubbard. I like the Slackers band and Jamaican Ska music. When I am not working I like to write music to relax.

EDUCATION

B.A. Music, University Of Houston (pending)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Private Instructor, Foster High School (2014-present)
Trumpet Instructor, Hastings High School (2010-2013)

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Shane Blume

I started taking guitar lessons in Rosenberg, Texas, when I was eighteen years old. I enjoy teaching kids and watching them grow in music. My favorite composer is Pacini, my favorite music group is Andrea Bocelli, and my favorite type of music is Country and Western. In sports, I like Wrestling, and when I want to relax I like to work in my garden.

EDUCATION

Master of Music Degree, Sam Houston State University (2003)
Level III Kodaly Certification, SW Texas State University (2002)
Bachelor of Music Degree, Sam Houston State University (1998)
Associate Music Degree, Wharton County Junior College (1995)

EXPERIENCE

Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2008-present)
Music Director, Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, Houston (2005-2012)
Choir Director, Lamar Consolidated Indep School District (2003-2009)
Choir Director, Conroe Independent School District (1999-2003)

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Shun Yao

I was born in Xi’an, China. I started taking piano lessons when I was only five years of age. I grew up playing classical music, so, two of my favorite composers are Chopin and Liszt. I am equally fluent in English and Chinese, both speaking and writing. I am also a conductor and pianist. My hobbies are ice skating and movies.

EDUCATION

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Master of Music, Chamber Music, Rice University, Houston (2017)
B.A. Music, Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, NY (2014)
Master Class Certification, Chamber Music, Tokyo String Quartet (2014)

EXPERIENCE

Teacher, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston, Texas (2015-present)
Instructor, Larry Rachleff Masterclass, Ithaca, NY (2015)
Assistant Conductor, Bard College Orchestra, NY (2014)

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Vicki Wang

When I was five year old I started taking piano lessons in Taiwan. When my students have performance issues, I like to provide them with the necessary methods, solutions, and skills. My favorite composer is Chopin and my favorite types of music are classical and jazz. When I am not working I like to read and cook.

EDUCATION

Music Teacher’s Certification, Yamaha Music School (2013)
Jazz Piano Course, Houston Community College (1992)
Music Composition Certification, University of Houston (1990)

EXPERIENCE

Music Instructor, Fort Bend Music Center, Houston (2015-present)
Music Instructor, Virtuoso Music Academy, Houston (2013)
Music Instructor, Sherman Clay Piano Co., Houston (2010-2013)
Music Instructor, Private Lesson Studio, Houston (1987-present)