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
Ms. Hamilton received her B.S. in Music Education from the University of Alabama for choir, band and orchestra. At UA, she studied flute with Dr. Sheryl Cohen and Dr. Liana Tyson, conducting with Dr. Kenneth Ozzello and Dr. Gerald Welker, and she was principal flutist in the Alabama Wind Ensemble, the Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Alabama New Music Ensemble. Ms. Hamilton went on to earn a M.M. in flute performance with a secondary concentration in music history from the University of North Texas where she was a recipient of the George Morey Memorial Flute Scholarship and studied with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy and Baroque flute with Dr. Lee Lattimore. She was a member of the Symphonic Band, NOVA Ensemble, and a featured soloist with the Baroque Orchestra.
Ms. Hamilton was a soloist at the Southeastern Composers' League Conference, she won the AMFC solo competition, and she also performed at the LaTex Electroacoustic Music Conference. She has performed at GAMMA-UT music festival in Austin, Texas, and at the National Flute Association Convention and Texas Flute Society festivals where she won Outstanding Soloist. Ms. Hamilton has performed with Aria Trio, Theater Three, Garland Summer Musicals, Sherman Symphony, Flower Mound Symphony, Tin Roof Tango, Metropolitan Winds, and as a guest soloist and clinician for Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra and Flower Mound Orchestras. She performs and conducts for Flutes Unlimited and founded the Coppell Community Orchestra in 2018. Her concert and music reviews have been published in IAWM journal. Ms. Hamilton taught at Austin College for 7 years and enjoys teaching flute in Coppell ISD. Her flute students have won numerous awards and scholarships and held top positions in the Claire Johnson/Floot Fire competition, Denton Bach Society, Mid-South Flute Festival, Oklahoma Flute Society, National Flute Association, TCU Flute Festival, Maverick Flute Competition, Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Texas Flute Society and Texas All-state.
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.
Mrs. Song received her bachelor's degree in Clarinet performance from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, a Master’s degree in Clarinet performance from Texas Christian University and a music teacher certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington. While Mrs. Song studied at TCU, she won the TCU Concerto Competition and performed several times as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra as well as TCU Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Song has been teaching clarinet as a private lesson teacher for more than 20 years and her students are extraordinarily successful. For the last seven years, she has taught at various schools in the DFW area such as Flower Mound high school, Hebron High school, Killian middle school, and McKamy middle school. Many of her students have been selected for the All-Region and All-State Bands.
In her spare time, she enjoys performing with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and competing in Tae Kwon Do (second degree black belt) competitions. Her daughter Jeanie played the flute and was a drum major for Flower Mound High School and now studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her son Johnny is a 4-year All-State band member and is currently studying Clarinet performance and Engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her husband unfortunately has no musical talent but is a great supporter.
Dahee Oh is originally from Seoul, South Korea, holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from McNeese State University and a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas with a minor in Music and Medicine.
She has performed and recorded with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. She was honorably selected as a member of the Woodwind Quintet for UNT Center Chamber Department in 2015-2016. She also has won the Rapides Symphony Young Artist Competition in 2007 and was a featured soloist with the orchestra. In the same year, she appeared as a soloist with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.
Since moving to Texas in 2009, she started teaching middle/high schools around DFW area, and many of her students have succeeded with the district, region, and state competitions.
She is currently pausing her study in a Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas after living and traveling to South Korea and Colorado for the last 2 years where she also had her baby girl. She lives with her husband who also plays the clarinet and the saxophone, and conducts the youth choir and orchestra at the church they attend and along with their lovely one-year old daughter.
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.
A native of Columbus, GA, Dr. Pratt is an active performer and instructor in the DFW area. He currently plays second trumpet with the Abilene Philharmonic and principal trumpet with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra. Will has also performed with The Dallas Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic, Wichita Falls Symphony, Richardson Symphony, and McKinney Symphony Orchestras. He is the Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Tarrant County College in Arlington, TX, and Austin College in Sherman, TX. Most recently, Will served on the faculty for the inaugural North Texas Brass Week in Frisco, TX. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Columbus State University, a Master of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. His hobbies include long-distance running and watching the Atlanta Braves.
A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Megan DeRubeis has been playing Horn since age 12. Her interest in music stemmed from her father’s influential career as a band director and growing up listening to classical music.
She received her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from Western Michigan University, double majoring in Music Education and Horn Performance and completed her Master of Music in Horn Performance at Southern Methodist University. Ms. DeRubeis has been fortunate to study with several influential teachers including Gregory Hustis (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Lin Foulk (Western Michigan University), Richard Deane (New York Philharmonic), and David Everson (Detroit Symphony Orchestra). She has performed with numerous ensembles including the Allen Philharmonic, Center Stage Brass, The Dallas Winds, Dallas POPS, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Stonebriar Community Orchestra and Triumvirate Brass Trio.
Ms. DeRubeis is an active horn teacher and maintains a full studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where her students consistently place in All-Region and All-State ensembles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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