Private Lesson Contact Information

Supplemental music lessons are offered as enrichment to classroom instruction and are designed to utilize the broad scope of characteristic literature available for every instrument or voice. Rather than stress the singular goal of competition preparation, the emphasis instead is on nurturing the independent thinking and individual performance skills critical to the development of the maturing musician. The focus is on acquiring refined levels of sight-reading and technical proficiency in tandem with the attainment of an advanced sense of musical instinct and interpretation.

Each instructor undergoes an audition, interview, and background check by Wylie ISD. The set rate for lessons is $18 per half hour.

Flute

Kirsten J. Guerra | 432-770-3730 |kirstenjguerra@gmail.com

Kirsten Guerra is a multi-talented musician from West Texas with expansive knowledge in music. During her college career, she has performed with the West Texas A&M Symphonic band and the Texas Tech Wind ensemble in which both ensembles were featured at the Texas Music Educators Association. She has also performed with community ensembles such as the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, Kirsten has also made appearances in a variety of other venues such as pubs and theaters. She enjoys a variety of musical styles that range from metal to classical.

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As a student she has been awarded numerous prestigious awards and scholarships such as the John Phillip Sousa award, the Texas Music Educators Association scholarship award, the Gary Garner scholarship award, and the West Texas A&M Outstanding Bands-Woman award. She was also drum major of the West Texas A&M Buffalo Marching Band for 2 years. She graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelors in music education all level certification and then went to Texas Tech University to receive a masters in flute performance. She currently attends Texas Woman’s University where she is pursuing a degree in flute pedagogy. Kirsten was a student of Ms. Sally Turk, Dr. Mark Trimble, Dr. Lisa Garner Santa, and currently studies flute under Dr. Pamela Youngblood.

Flute

Bethany Padgett | 309-750-5423 |bethany.padgett@gmail.com

Oboe 

Kelly Diaz | kellydawndiaz@gmail.com

Kelly currently teaches private lessons in the Plano, Wylie, and Duncanville school districts.  She teaches master classes in many areas around the Dallas-Fort Worth region as well.  Kelly serves as a guest artist and substitute musician on oboe and English horn with professional ensembles in the area.  She has played with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Dallas Wind Symphony, among others.

Kelly holds a Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she earned a University Graduate Scholarship.  She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she was a University Scholar and Artistic Scholarship recipient. 

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Kelly was a featured artist in the Viva Vivaldi International Music Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.  She was also a member of the CCM Spoleto Music Festival in Spoleto, Italy.

Kelly is originally from San Antonio and was a TMEA All-State Musician in high school.  She is excited to pass along quality knowledge of music and oboe skills to the students in the Wylie Independent School District.

Bassoon 

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Leslie Massenburg | 469-387-7358 | lesliebassoon@gmail.com

Leslie Massenburg began her musical studies with piano at the age of 5. She started playing the bassoon in 1995 and continued to Baylor University for her undergraduate degree in bassoon performance and piano pedagogy. She furthered her bassoon studies with a masters degree from Southern Methodist University and three years at the Aspen Summer Music Festival where she studied with Wilfred Roberts, principal with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Per Hannevold, principal of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, respectively.

Clarinet

Lori Bryson | 214-478-9783 | brysonclarinets@verizon.net

I retired from classroom teaching in May 2010 after 30 years in the public schools, and have returned to my real passion – teaching students to play clarinet, one student at a time.

Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Magna cum Laude
    Stephen F. Austin State University, 1980
  • Graduate studies in music and education Texas A & M University, Kingsville

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Teaching Experience

  • Wylie ISD – (2010-present)
    • Wylie HS, Wylie East HS, McMillan JH, Cooper JH, Davis IS, Draper IS- Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Master Class Teacher & Private Lesson Teacher (50 students, including 7 All-State players, and 7 alternates to the All-State Band in the last 4 years)
    • Davis Intermediate School, McMillan JH (2003-2010)
      • 6th grade Band (Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone)
      • 6th grade Science and Social Studies
      • 5th grade Recorder and Choir
    • Clarinet section rehearsals (Wylie HS)
    • Private Lessons (WHS, McMillan JH)
  • Plano ISD – (2001 – 2003) Bowman Middle School, Armstrong Middle School
    • 6th grade Band (Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Tuba, Euphonium)
    • 7/8 grade Concert Band
    • Plano ISD JH Band Camp – clarinet master classes and ensembles
  • Alice ISD (Alice, Texas) (1981-2001)
    • Private/semi-private clarinet lessons (grades 6 – 12, including 16 All-State students)
    • Beginning band classes (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone)
    • Marching band and colorguard (1981-1989)

Related Experience

  • Corpus Christi Wind Symphony 1986-2000 (charter member) including performances for Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and performances in Austria and Switzerland
  • UIL Solo/Ensemble Judge
  • TMEA Clarinet Judge- Region, Area, and All-State chair

Personal

    • Married to Michael Bryson (Choral Director at Lowery Freshman Center, and Allen HS, Allen ISD)
    • Two sons:
      • Chris (trombone player, Wylie HS 2008) – Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force
      • Daniel (All State French Horn, All-State Choir, Drum Major, Wylie HS 2012) – Music Education major at TCU
    • Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church – active member of Sanctuary Choir, perform with church orchestra
    • First United Methodist Church, Rowlett – perform regularly with handbell choir

Clarinet

Yi-Wen Chen | 857-277-3857 | yiwenchenisme@gmail.com

Clarinetist Yi-Wen Chen, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, is a multi-faceted performing artist who has given performances at major performance venues in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Italy, and the United States. From an early age, her creative passion has been fueled by an eclectic love of music, ranging from classical and contemporary to pop and rock. This fascination with various musical styles has continued to manifest itself in her broad choice of repertoire and participation in diverse performing ensembles.

Ms. Chen received her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance in 2006 at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), where she studied with Wei-Leng William Chen. After graduating from TNUA, Ms. Chen came to the United States and received her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory in 2008, where she studied with William Wrzesien, Craig Nordstrom, and Thomas Martin. In 2015 she completed her doctoral degree at University of Illinois, where she studied with J. David Harris.

Saxophone

Matthew Stookey | 817-584-0665 | m.stookey@outlook.com

Trumpet

Donny de la Rosa | 956-244-2063 | ddelaro2@illinois.edu

Horn

Laura Daniels | 817-319-1820 | lauradanielsmt@gmail.com

Laura began studying music at the age of 8, beginning with piano lessons. Four years later, Laura encountered an opportunity to learn to play horn, and fell in love with the instrument. Laura began her college studies in music education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, continued her studies in music at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., and graduated with honors from FSU’s College of Music. A few months following graduation, Laura opened her own small business known as MusicMatters, LLC., which allows her to provide music lessons (horn, piano, voice, and guitar), as well as group music lessons, classical and contemporary performances, and as-needed services to customers.

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During and prior to her undergraduate studies, Laura performed in prestige venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas’ Majestic Hall, Fort Worth’s Bass Hall, and within the recording studio at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California. During her collegiate experience, Laura performed with the Sandestin Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Destin Pops Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Banff Music Festival Chamber Winds, and the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth. Along with performing with professional groups, Laura consistently performed with the top ensembles in the University setting, including Symphony Orchestras, Wind Orchestras, Musical Pit Orchestras, Chamber Orchestras, Horn Choirs, Wind Symphony, and several Graduate Student Brass and Woodwind Quintets.

Laura has been invited to perform and participate in selective summer music festivals, including the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and Banff Masterclass Festival in Banff, Alberta.

Laura has studied with influential horn instructors, such as Kendall Betts, Bernhard Scully, Bill VerMeulen, Michael Hatfield, Ted Thayer, David Hyde, Alton Adkins, Jesse McCormick, Lin Foulk, Gabriel Radford, Eldon Matlick, Brian Brown, and Janet Nye.

Trombone

Andrew Wilson | 903-819-1445 | wilsonbass88@gmail.com

Trombone

Dr. Brian Conklin | 214-315-0382 | bconklin7@hotmail.com

Dr. Brian Conklin is a graduate of Boston University, Yale University, and the University of Iowa. He has studied with Ronald Barron, John Swallow, Dr. David Gier, and Julie Josephson. Conklin has also studied brass chamber music with members of the Empire, Atlantic, St. Louis, and New York Brass Quintets. He has performed with the Waco, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestras as well as the Dallas Wind Symphony. Conklin was a member of national touring productions of Oklahoma! and Oliver! He also has appeared with the TCU Trombone Choir as a guest soloist. Conklin is a member of the trombone quartet Resonant Projection and the large trombone ensemble Slideshow. He currently resides in Allen, TX where he freelances, presents clinics, and maintains a busy low brass teaching studio of approximately sixty students from Allen, Duncanville, Mansfield, Plano, Lucas, and Wylie.

Euphonium

Josh Lawson | 972-762-2748 | joshwlawson@outlook.com

Tuba

Mark Finley | 214-649-1307 | fourfinleys@gmail.com

Mark Finley has been teaching Tuba and Euphonium private lessons continuously since 1987. In this time he has guided many students all the way to the All-State level, and especially enjoys working with Tuba/Euphonium ensembles. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree with education certification from the University of Texas at Arlington, and plays tuba with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. He also teaches and plays Electric Bass in his church´s worship band, and also with Creekbend Classic Rock, a popular DFW cover band.

Brass

Rob Jones | 469-964-2413 | robjones2@verizon.net

Percussion

Clyde McGuire | clydem01@yahoo.com

Derrik Spiegel | 972-989-1649 | derrik.spiegel@gmail.com