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, solo (MUSICPLAYER) and with bands (LADADA and 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."
Drew is one of our band coaches. He has taught percussion in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach school systems and performed and recorded with Glenn Campbell - his bands have opened for national recording artists including – The Beach Boys, Toto, Firefall, Edgar Winter, The Romantics, The Kingsmen, Kansas, etc. Currently he 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. He 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.
McKenna is as talented as they come. She is a current member of the Virginia Symphony. She works great with beginners and intermediate students alike. Her enthusiasm makes learning music FUN!
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.
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!
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Share your expertise with our students.
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.