Faculty

faculty

Music Academy faculty members are selected from the finest area music teachers and performers.  All of our faculty members hold advanced degrees in their field of study, have decades of teaching and performing experience, and teach all styles of music.   In addition to their teaching credentials, our faculty members have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

Please select an instructor from the drop-down “Faculty” menu above or the list below to read their biography.

Michael Ridenour (B.S., M.M., Director / Guitar – Faculty Member Since 1997)
Kevin Lampson (B.M., M.M., Electric & Upright Bass – Faculty Member Since 2011)
Tyler Cason (B.MEd., M.MEd., Folk Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo, Mandolin, Songwriting. Voice – Faculty Member Since 2016)
Andrew Thelston (B.A., Guitar/Commercial Music – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Joshua Dunn (B.MEd., M.M., Drums & Percussion – Faculty Member Since 2017)
Lauren Cason (B.A., M.M., Piano – Faculty Member Since 2016)
Jessica Walizer (B.A., B.F.A., M.M., D.M.A., Piano – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Gwendolyn Pollock (B.A., M.M., Piano  – Faculty Member Since 2017)
Jan Daugherty (B.M., Viola/Violin – Faculty Member Since 2013)
Emily Vaughn (B.M., B.M.E., M.M., Violin/Viola – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Carolyn Tackett (B.MEd., Violin – Faculty Member Since 2012)
Eben Mann (A.D. – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Carol Bjorlie (B.M., M.F.A., Cello – Faculty Member Since 2014)
Bill Funderburk (B.M., M.M., Trumpet/Brass – Faculty Member Since 2013)
Jamie Leigh Bennett (B.M.T., M.M., Woodwinds/Cello – Faculty Member Since 2015)
Dorian Neuendorf (M.M., B.M., Cadenza Strings Ensemble Director – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Andrea Dennis (B.MEd. Sonata Strings Ensemble Director – Faculty Member Since 2016)
Elizabeth Terry (B.A., Brio Strings Ensemble Director – Faculty Member Since 2018)
Vance Reese (D.M.A., Staff Accompanist – Faculty Member Since 2014)

Give us a call at 828-693-3726 to schedule your FREE introductory consultation to meet perspective faculty members, tour our facility, and discuss your musical direction before you commit to private lessons.