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CMSW PRIVATE LESSON STAFF

Below is information regarding our private lesson program here at CMS West.  

Provided is their bio, and their contact information.


The private lesson staff includes degreed educators that are interviewed and selected by CISD Band Directors.  Our lesson teachers have doctorate and master degrees in their field of expertise!  Individual instruction is extremely beneficial due to the one-on-one teaching environment.  The private teacher is able to design a program that meets each individual student's needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability.  Professional teachers on each instrument will be available to teach these lessons during band class & before or after school.

Much of the individual success throughout the West Band Program can be attributed to the high number of students enrolled in the private lesson program that take from our superior private lesson staff.  Click on a teacher's name to watch a short introduction of themself and the instrument that they play.

Reasons to Enroll in Private Lessons:

  • Be a part of an accelerated program

  • Opportunity to be taught 1 on 1 by a professional instrumentalist​

  • Desire to learn more about the instrument

  • Desire to move faster than in the classroom

  • Desire to learn more repertoire

FLUTE - CHRISTINE KIM

 

Christine Kim is an Asian American professional utist and educator dedicated to cultivating community and spreading joy through music. She received her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University under John Thorne and her Master of Music at Carnegie Mellon University under Alberto Almarza.

Through her studies, she has found that music liberates her to express her most authentic self, and nds joy in sharing this safe space and tool of self-expression with others. Christine has been a soloist with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Puebla State Symphony Orchestra, and has toured all across Asia and Mexico. She was also invited by the Music Teachers National Association to perform in their Young Artist Recital, and is a national nalist in the Music Teachers National Association’s Competition. She has also won the Dallas Symphonic Festival, Floot Fire Competition, and Texas Flute Society Competition, among others.

Most recently, she was a guest artist at the International Festival for Flute and Piccolo in Oaxaca. She received 2nd Prize at the 2022 Myrna W. Brown Flute Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2021 Donald Peck International Flute Competition. As a performer, she has been in masterclasses with Robert Langevin, Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Demarre McGill, Paula Robison, Lorna McGhee, William Bennett, Stefan Höskuldsson, Judith Mendenhall, Jennifer Gunn, Alyce Johnson, Emma Gerstein, and Mindy Kaufman.

ckimflute@gmail.com

OBOE - KIRA LEEPER

 

Kira Woodfield Leeper graduated with her bachelor's degree in Oboe Performance from Brigham Young University where she studied with Dr. Geralyn Giovanetti. She has taught private oboe lessons for the past ten years. In addition to teaching privately, Kira has worked in Arts Administration most recently as the Education & Community Engagement Director for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and on the administration team for Arts Capacity (an organization that facilitates recitals in state prisons). A graduate of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Kira also studied throughout high school with long-time Coppell ISD oboe teacher Sally Bohls and is excited to now join the Coppell Bands teaching oboe.

leeper.kiraw@gmail.com

https://www.kirawoodfieldleeper.com/

BASSOON - RYAN MORRIS

 

Ryan Morris believes in a holistic approach to bassoon performance and pedagogy that prepares students to be flexible and versatile as they pursue professional opportunities. He currently performs and teaches around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and makes reeds for musicians across the United States.

As a passionate advocate for the performance and elevation of wind chamber music, Ryan has commissioned and premiered over 20 works over the past decade, including a featured performance of two new electroacoustic works for bassoon duo at the 2021 International Double Reed Society Conference. He can be heard on Illuminations, the self-released debut album of Filamental Trio, featuring new works for clarinet, bassoon, and piano by composers Forrest Pierce, Kim Rivera, Brad Baumgardner, Andrew Cole, Lee Hartman, and Samuel Parrilla. His ensemble Fenglírë Reed Trio was a finalist for The American Prize 2020 Professional Chamber Music division. 

Ryan’s career as a performer has taken him from New York City to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and numerous places in between. He spent two summers as a quintet/sextet fellow at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, where he performed and premiered works with Imani Winds and the Force Five wind quintet of the Band of the Air Force Reserve. He has also performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra (AR), Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and with the national tours of Lindsey Sterling, Celtic Thunder, and Evanescence.

     

Ryan is currently ABD for his DMA in Bassoon Performance at the University of Kansas, where he was the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Eric Stomberg and the instructor of record for courses in bassoon reed-making and music education methods. He earned his MM from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and his BM from Texas State University. Influential teachers include Marita Abner, Renee Dee, Daris Hale, Scott Phillips, and Carole Lyons.

jrmbassoon@gmail.com

(469) 951-9890

CLARINET - DR. CINDY LIU

 

Dr. Hsingfang Liu, is a freelance performing artist in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. She has been a featured guest artist with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra. She has performed with the James Bowie High School Wind Symphony at the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington as a featured soloist.

Besides being a soloist, Dr. Liu also performs as a chamber musician. She is the founding member and a secretary in the Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble. While studying at University of North Texas, she performed with the well-known UNT Wind Ensemble, and served as a principal clarinetist of UNT Concert Orchestra.

Dr. Liu is also an Adjunct Professor at the Tarrant County College, and a lesson instructor at the Frisco ISD and Plano ISD. Her students won top chairs in region competitions and young artists competitions.

Dr. Liu is a passionate, enthusiastic, motivative, and positive educator.

fang629@hotmail.com

SAXOPHONE - COURTNEY HAINES

 

Courtney Haines is a graduate of Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts and holds degrees from Texas Wesleyan University (B.A., Music Performance), and the University of North Texas (M.M., Jazz Studies). A talented multi-instrumentalist, she was 10 years old when she performed on piano as one of the opening acts for Jerry Lee Lewis. VH1 selected Courtney to perform in concert with Chicago as part of the “Save the Music” public awareness promotion. In the summer of 2002, Courtney was selected from a nationwide audition tour to play saxophone at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure with Disney’s All-American College Band in Anaheim, CA. Her European engagements include the Lucerne Blues Fest, Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, the Trier 20th Anniversary Celebration in Germany, and the cultural exchange program Lone Star International Jazz Exchange in Germany and France. She has performed numerous cruise ship engagements, and toured with Willie Nelson, Denis Leary, the Coasters, Platters, Marvelettes, and Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 2014, she played saxophone in the band for Aretha Franklin and in 2015 with the Temptations. In 2016, she released her solo album of original music, Saxophone Barbie.


Locally, Courtney performs and records with various bands including Intensity, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Party Crashers/Party Monkeys, Vintage Vibes, Spinout Elvis Tribute Band, Cheap Trickster, and Fleetwood Mac Tribute.


In addition to teaching at North Lake College (2008-present) and Mountain View College (2007-2008), she teaches private piano/saxophone lessons for Coppell, Irving, Duncanville, and Grand Prairie ISD's.

Saxophonebarbie@gmail.com

214-402-6620

 
TRUMPET - DR. RICHARD ADAMS

Richard Adams joined the brass faculty of TWU in Fall 2015. He has performed with the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Lyric Stage (Irving), Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony (Minneapolis), Enid Symphony, as well as other freelance performances in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St. Paul metro areas. He has performed as guest artist for the Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (with the Impact Brass Quintet), Texas Clarinet Colloquium (2011 on the Jacob Double Concerto for Clarinet and Trumpet), II Internacional de Musica Erudita de Piracicaba (2011 with the Impact Brass Quintet), and Music From Greer (2004-2005 brass quintet). Richard recorded with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony for several volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA Publications. He also recorded for the Standard of Excellence Jazz in Concert series published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

Prior teaching experience includes The Dallas Trumpet Workshop, Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Abilene Christian University, and McMurry University, Denton, Richardson, and Frisco private lesson teacher, trumpet Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, group lesson instructor for the MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis), and trumpet instructor and assistant band director for the Mt. Olivet School of Music (Minneapolis), University Prep. Coordinator for the International Music Camp. Richard was also an ITG Conference Scholarship Winner in 2006. Richard’s former teachers include Keith Johnson, David Baldwin, Gary Bordner, Karen Gustafson, James Klages and Stephen Goforth. He is a member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. 

adams73170@yahoo.com

651.334.8351

FRENCH HORN - DR. NICK HSUEH

 

Dr. ShuoJung (Nick) Hsueh is a native of Taipei, Taiwan. He started his horn journey at age 15. He joined one of the top high school music programs in Taipei, Taiwan. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (Horn Performance) Degree from ShihChien University, a Master of Music in Horn Performance Degree from Morehead State University, Kentucky, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance Degree from Texas Tech University, where he studied with Mr. Christopher Smith.

 

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Hsueh has performed with many orchestras and bands in different countries include China, Taiwan and the United States. The professional groups include Dallas Asian Winds, Toccare Winds, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Symphony, Nanjing Philharmonic, JiangSu Oriental Wind Orchestra, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, and Taiwan Military of National Defense Symphony Orchestra.

 

As an experienced educator, Dr. Hsueh has taught students from three different countries. Currently, he holds the Instructor of Brass position at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and the horn instructor position in several schools in DFW area. He was the horn instructor of record at Texas Tech University, taught horn major students and played with Graduate Brass Quintet for regular performances and outreach concerts for young music generations.

 

nicd_nick0818@yahoo.com.tw

606-207-0065

TROMBONE - RYAN HAINES

Ryan Haines is a trombonist, composer, clinician, and brass teacher based in Dallas, Texas. He was an adjunct faculty trombone instructor at Arizona State University from 2011-2015 and was the interim Director of Jazz Studies at Northern Arizona University from 2011-2012. Ryan was the lead trombonist, Musical Director, Producer, and Chief Arranger for the Falconaires based at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. He has composed and arranged music for 9 Air Force recordings and videos by premier ensembles from the USAF Academy Band and the USAF Band Washington DC. Ryan has performed as a featured artist at international music conferences, festivals, and before audiences throughout the United States. Industry reviewers of his recordings and compositions use phrases such as: “world-class”, “stellar”, “amazing” and “as good as it gets” to describe his trombone playing and writing style.

RyanEHaines@yahoo.com

951.746.9940

 
EUPHONIUM - PATRICK GEREN

 

Patrick Geren earned his Master’s in Performance from the University of Georgia with David Zerkel & his Bachelor’s in Music Education & Performance from Illinois State University with Dr. Andy Rummel & Dr. Mark Babbitt. He is a freelance music educator, performer, & composer currently located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area working in the Coppell, Lewisville, & Prosper Independent School Districts. Before moving to DFW he did similar freelance work across many of the districts in Austin (TX). In addition, he is an active brass instructor in the Drum Corps International activity currently working with the Blue Devils brass program. He has previously worked for other DCI groups such as the Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, & Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.

As a member of the University of Georgia Tuba Quartet, he earned honors as first runner-up in the chamber ensemble competitions at the 2014 Music Teachers National Association in Chicago and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Indiana University. His original work, “Tipping Point,” was a finalist in the 2016 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Composition Contest & was recorded by the North Texas Euphonium Quartet on their debut album, “Machines.” In 2019 he performed with the Backburner Tuba & Euphonium Collective at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at the University of Iowa.

His works have been published through Potenza Music, reviewed in the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal, & performed at regional & national conferences. In 2016 he founded his own publishing company, Wiley Island Press. In addition, scholarly articles of his research have been published in multiple ITEA Journals.


pmgerenmusic@gmail.com

706.847.9777

TUBA - DR. JUNG MOO LEE

 

Jung Moo Lee is a tuba player of Center Stage Brass, a music director of Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble and a tuba instructor of Coppell ISD and Prosper ISD, where he maintains a studio of over 85 tuba students weekly. His students are selected consistently and placed in the region, area, and state and have received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals.  He has presented master classes and summer camps with college and high school students in Seoul, Daegu, Daejeon, Jeju in South Korea, and DFW metroplex. As a teaching fellow at UNT, he taught private lessons at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as coaching brass quintets and taught an undergraduate conducting class.

Mr. Lee has performed with Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Daegu wind Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Pops, Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, and Meadows Wind Ensemble. He was 3rd place winner of Pusan MBC Music Competition and finalist of UNT Concerto Competition. Mr. Lee also played tuba with large and small ensembles at international music conferences and festivals, such as PASIC, ITEC, TMEA, WASBE, and Crested Butte Music Festival. Jung Moo Lee can be heard in Klavier Wind Project, Mark Records, and Crystal Records on works with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. Also, he recorded the solo for the Korean Movie, “Homicide Sonata (2011).”

Mr. Lee has achieved a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Kei-Myung University in South Korea, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Musical Art (ABD) in Tuba Performance from the University of North Texas.

 

leetubastudio@gmail.com

972-672-3871

PERCUSSION - DOUG BUSH

 

Doug Bush received his bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas in music education. His marching performance career includes two seasons with the Phantom legion (1997-1998), one with the Madison Scouts (2000), and one with the 2002 PASIC Champion University of North Texas Drum Line. Mr. Bush has received first, second and third place honors as a performer and educator in various bass ensembles for both DCI and PASIC and since 2004 bass lines under Mr. Bush’s instruction have received consistent second or first place finishes in DCI Solo and Ensemble competition. Mr. Bush has also studied and performed African, South Indian, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Orchestral percussion from such noted educators as Poovalur Srinivasan, Jeff Prosperie, Jeff Moore, Paul Rennick, Jim Yakas, Christopher Deane, and Ed Smith.

Mr. Bush is an active clinician, arranger, and educator. He has been teaching percussion at several schools in the North Texas area for the past ten years including the University of North Texas Marching Band and Austin College in Sherman Texas. Bush has also served four years as bass tech for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2006) including two years as a co-arranger and member of the design team (2005-2006) and was the bass tech for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2007) and Consultant for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2010) as well as instructing the DCA A-Class drum champions The Vigilantes (2009).

Mr. Bush is an educational endorsee for Remo Drum Heads, Mapex Marching Percussion, and Pro-Mark Sticks and Mallets where he is the designer of the Optima Bass Drum Mallets. Bush is currently living in Plano, Texas where he performs drum set and hand drums with the contemporary duo Team Islas and continues to work on his YouTube educational series “Drumming with Doug”.

Mr. Bush’s professional affiliations include Percussive Arts Society and Texas Music Educators Association.

teamislas@gmail.com

940-390-2740

 
PERCUSSION - PATRICIA ISLAS

 

Patricia Islas is a performer, composer, arranger, adjudicator and educator in the Dallas area. Ms. Islas is a graduate of the University of North Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance. While at North Texas, Ms. Islas studied percussion under Dr. Robert Schietroma, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Poovalour Srinivasan, and Mark Ford. She has also studied marimba exclusively with She-e Wu and Leigh Howard Stevens. With an interest in a variety of musical styles, Ms. Islas performed with the Indoor Drumline, South Indian, Gamelan, Contemporary, and Classical Percussion ensembles while at North Texas. She also performed with the University of North Texas Symphonic Band under the direction of Dennis Fisher.

In 2004, Ms. Islas was a winner of the UNT Concerto Competition which led to performing as a soloist with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Islas has performed at several music conventions including PASIC and SEMUS, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. In 2002, she received the award for the Best Individual Keyboard Soloist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Since graduating, Ms. Islas has been an educator in the Dallas area for several years. She has served as a private lesson instructor, beginning percussion teacher, and front ensemble instructor and arranger for numerous successful middle school and high school programs. In addition to her work at local schools, Ms. Islas spent the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006 arranging music and serving as frontline technician for the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. Ms. Islas is also an endorsee of Pro-mark Sticks and Mallets and Mapex/Majestic Concert Percussion.

teamislas@gmail.com

940-395-2966

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