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 $20 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

Matthew Stookey is a saxophonist and teacher based in Garland, TX. Currently, Matthew teaches in the Wylie and Mesquite Independent School Districts where his students have received superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble competitions, in addition to earning seats in the All-Region, All-Region Jazz, All-Area, All-Area Jazz, and All-State Jazz bands. As a performer, Matthew has had the privilege of being invited to perform at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance conference, TMEA Convention Music Showcase, and has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble. Matthew also had the opportunity to tour China with the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble.

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Matthew holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance degree from Ithaca College, where he taught as a Graduate Assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Matthew has studied with Dr. Steven Mauk, Dr. Andrew Dahlke, and Timothy Ishii. He is an alumni member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity and a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. Matthew also serves as Co-Chair for the Ithaca College Council of Advocates Dallas Chapter.

Mr. Stookey was recently named an active member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, which is one of the the few and most prestigious professional wind bands of its kind.

Trumpet

Jeremy Diaz | 214-585-2936 | jeremydiaz1001@yahoo.com

Trumpet

Jessica Boren | 903-821-8951 | jessica.pboren@gmail.com

Jessica Boren holds her bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. During her time in Commerce, Jessica was the principal trumpet of the Wind Ensemble and the Commerce Brass Choir, as well as a member of the “Mane Attraction” Jazz Ensemble, the “Pride” Marching Band, and several chamber groups. With the Wind Ensemble, Jessica has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, premiered a piece at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and given concerts in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. Jessica also performed with the 2015 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, where she was featured in a trumpet octet.

Horn

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

Laura was born and raised in Mansfield, Texas, and began studying music (piano lessons) at the age of 8. Four years later, Laura encountered an opportunity to learn to play horn, and found a new musical passion by doing so. Following her education at Cross Timbers Intermediate School, T.A. Howard Middle School, and Mansfield Summit High School, Laura began her college studies in music education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. In 2011, she continued her studies in music at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She graduated with honors from FSU’s College of Music with her degree in Music Therapy & Music Performance, as well as an emphasis in Music in Special Education & Psychology, and full certification to perform NICU Music Therapy. 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 masterclasses, camps, group music lessons, marching band, performances, and as-needed services to students and families.

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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 been invited as a guest artist and teacher to various summer camps and masterclasses in the United States.

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

Andrew Wilson grew up in Sherman, Texas, where he attended Sherman High School. He played trombone in the Bearcat Band, and studied trombone with Brian Davis, Principal Euphonium of the Dallas Winds. He attended Texas A&M University-Commerce in the fall of 2006, where he studied trombone with Jimmy Clark, Principal Trombone of the Dallas Winds and Dallas Opera, and Jeff Baker, Principal Tuba of the Dallas Opera. Andrew has also studied with Barney McCollum, bass trombonist of The Dallas Winds, and Daniel Brady, bass trombonist of The President’s Own Marine Band.

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While attending TAMU-C, Andrew performed in the Pride Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Mane Attraction Jazz Band, as well as in numerous chamber ensembles. In 2009, Andrew performed with the Mane Attraction Jazz Band at a gala honoring jazz singer Louise Tobin. Andrew has performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference as part of the university trombone choir, as well as at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. Andrew Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in the Spring of 2011, and again in 2014 with a Masters of Music Education.

Andrew began teaching private low brass lessons in the fall of 2011. He has taught at Sherman High School, Piner Middle School, RL Turner High School, Perry Middle School, Field Middle School, Newman Smith High School, Wills Point High School, and Wills Point Middle School. He began teaching in Wylie in 2016, as well as working with THAT WYLIE BAND.

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 the Broadway musicals Oklahoma and Oliver. He also has appeared with the TCU Trombone Choir as a guest soloist. Additionally, Conklin is a founding member of the trombone quartet Resonant Projection, which has performed at numerous colleges, universities, and events. Over his 15 year teaching career, his students have regularly participated in All-State, All- Region, and All-District bands. Students from Conklin’s studio also have been accepted into internationally acclaimed college low brass studios and awarded over $250,000 in music based college scholarships, grants, and waivers.  Recently, he has been invited to perform and teach alongside the trombone section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and international jazz artist Marshall Gilkes at the University of Georgia Trombone Summit in May 2018.  Conklin is an Artist & Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.

Euphonium

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

Joshua is from Wylie, TX where he graduated Wylie High School in 2009. His directors in high school included, Mike Lipe, Tim Andersen, and Todd Dixon. He performed in events such as the state marching contest, Winter Park ski music festival, UIL solo and ensemble contest, and Music for All National Festival. Joshua began studying music at the age of 11 at Harrison Intermediate School with Abe Castellano in beginner euphonium class. Joshua developed a deep passion of the euphonium and from that point on and wanted to pursue a career in music.

Joshua continued his studies at Collin College in Plano, TX where he studied euphonium with Aaron Rader. He also performed regularly in a brass band under the direction of Travis Smith, head director at Williams High School in Plano, TX. Joshua transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 2011. He continued to study euphonium with Ed Jones, principal Tuba in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Joshua furthered his studies with Mike Hayes, Assistant Principal Trombone, Tenor Tuba/Euphonium, and Bass Trumpet with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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Joshua performed with the UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and he had the opportunity to perform in the Symphony Orchestra playing the famous, Planets Suite for Large Orchestra by Gustav Holst. During his time at UT Arlington he performed in prestigious venues such as, Lila Cockrell Theatre, Meyerson Symphony Center, and Caruth Auditorium. Beyond his collegiate career, Joshua continues to perform in prestige venues. He was invited as a guest solo artist with the Wylie Community Band in July of 2016, and continues aspiring for solo opportunities.

He is currently a private lessons teacher in Euphonium for Wylie ISD and Euphonium/Tuba for Lovejoy ISD. Joshua is a member of TMEA and ITEA, and is an attendee during these yearly conferences. Every year, Joshua attends Tuba Christmas, an annual gathering of Tuba and Euphonium players of all ages to celebrate and play holiday music at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas, TX. For more info go to www.tubachristmas.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

Noah Friedman | noakfrie@gmail.com

A native of Tennessee, Noah Friedman has performed at several venues such as the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Germany, Austria, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Roots of Rhythm Tour across Tennessee, the Jamaica Me Happy steel band group, the Tennessee Music Educator Association, the Tennessee All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble with Michael Burritt and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble as a soloist. Noah also performs and records with percussionist/composer Josh Spaulding in the Syncro Duo.

Noah holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he taught as a Graduate Assistant. He earned his Bachelor in Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Noah has also studied with several percussion instructors including Dr. Brian Zator, Dr. Julie Hill, Matt Jordan, David Walker, Julie Davila, Lalo Davila, Andrew Lynge, Kent Hillman, and Sandi Rennick.