Skilled and seasoned (and awesome) instructors can help you understand, play and perform music.
We’re proud to have such a strong group of powerfully talented teachers who can literally rock your world. Better yet, they have the patient and supportive personalities that can inspire you to reach your dream of playing an instrument. Whether it’s through our Private Lessons program or our Music Makers LIVE performance school, you can count on these amazing teachers.
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Robert is the owner and operator of Music Makers. He teaches piano, voice, guitar, bass, and drums (beginner/intermediate/advanced and all ages starting as young as 5). He is great with kids and adults alike. He's had ample experience in music performance - touring around the world playing concerts in countries like Indonesia, Australia, Russia, and Japan - was a touring member for the Norfolk based rock group, MAE (Capitol Records, Tooth & Nail Records). Currently he performs regular gigs around Hampton Roads and out of town as an acoustic duo (MUSICPLAYER) and with bands (LADADA, A New World Record, DEJA). His expertise is piano and singing but he has a multi-instrumental understanding of music (proficient in piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc).
"My goal with each student is to help instill a desire and passion to explore the deeper side of music. I try to keep my lessons fun, exciting, and interactive. Music theory is crucial to understanding music, but I also teach you how to sense the emotions in music as well as using your ear. I believe that each student has his or her own personal musical journey. I'm sensitive to that and want to give each student a head start on that journey. Teaching another person how to play, understand, and feel music is something that makes me come alive."
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Drew is one of our band coaches. She has taught percussion in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems and performed and recorded with Glenn Campbell - her bands have opened for national recording artists including – The Beach Boys, Toto, Firefall, Edgar Winter, The Romantics, The Kingsmen, Kansas, etc. Currently she performs in DEJA, Hampton Roads best epic songs tribute band. Having marched in and taught Drum Corps International (D.C.I.), Drew developed techniques that make reading music easy and fun. She also teaches/plays bass and guitar.
GUITAR, BASS, UKULELE, BANJO
Jay is a seasoned professional musician and has been teaching and performing for over 25 years. His band, the Jay Rakes band, has recorded 4 CDs of original songs. He teaches ALL styles of guitar (rock, country, blues, etc…). He works great with beginner and advanced students alike.
VIOLIN, VIOLA, Piano, Ukulele
Addy is a professional violinist and wonderful choice for the beginner violin or piano student. She studied music education at Old Dominion University. Her warmth and patience in the lesson room keeps the student at ease.
GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS, UKULELE, SAXOPHONE
Joe is a perfect choice for any beginner, young and old. He has an all-around comprehensive understanding of music in all genres and instruments specializing in jazz and blues guitar. He studied at Duke University and George Mason University. You can find him performing regular gigs around Hampton Roads and helping coach our MMLIVE bands!
Cody is a well versed drummer and percussionist. He has been drumming since he was 8 years old. Currently, performs regularly in The Jay Rakes Band. If you want to start off on the right foot (no pun intended) Cody is your man!
Voice, Piano, Flute, Ukulele, Saxophone
Lisa is an active performer and teacher in the Hampton Roads area. She completed her Music Education degree from ODU in 2009 and was the band and chorus director for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. From 2009 to 2017, she was a member of the 380th Army Reserve Band in Richmond, VA as the lead vocalist in their rock band. She serves as the Director of Contemporary Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Her passion continues to remain teaching students one-on-one, where she can watch them develop and share in their celebrations and successes.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Harmonica
Rob has been spreading the joy of music through private instruction to people of all ages for many years. His lessons are geared towards the individual with a focus on making the journey of learning as fun as possible. He has been performing original and cover music in Hampton Roads for over twenty years with bands like Two Foot Small, Softstone, The Retailers, Departure, and The Grifters. You can find Rob currently performing solo acoustic shows with his harmonica and singing with The Groove Cats. You’ll also see him around town sitting in with many of his talented local friends such as Cole Stevens and The Delta Daggers, Karl Werne, the Billie Joe Trio, and many others.
Dan has 40+ years of experience as a pianist and teacher. Classically trained and ready to get you on the right track. If you’re a serious student looking to advance your skills on the keys then Dan is your man. He can also work well with the mature beginner. Check out his beautiful playing on his YouTube page here!
Rebecca has a deep love for music and the stage. She has her AA in Music Education and BFA in Musical Theatre - has performed and studied many styles of music and dance including Classical Opera, Broadway Belt/Musical Theatre, and Pop/Country - has been on stages across the world, enjoying tours in Italy, Brazil, Ireland, North Carolina, Virginia, and California. Her passion is in both teaching and performing. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to share her passion, experience, and knowledge with her students!
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Music Makers is always looking for other enthusiastic professionals looking to teach our students. if you think you might be a good fit for our team, get in touch with us.