Private and Class Instructors
Nicola Curry (Piano) With a welcoming style and masterful teaching methodology Nicola Curry cultivates the art of piano playing to a new level. Students from beginner to collegiate level experience an individualized approach as they study music artistry, interpretation, theory, ear training, and reading skills. Her fresh and creative approach develops exquisite touch and intriguing expressive techniques in her students. As a teacher of classical, pop, jazz, , Broadway, Christian, and world music, Nicola’s style shows the influence of her native Ireland. Professional recordings of compositions and arrangements she has done for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Asha Kiran Special Needs School in India demonstrate an elegance and sophistication which has delighted audiences the world over. After completing the Royal School of Music exams in Great Britain she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies from Warner Pacific College with a piano pedagogy emphasis. She has served as District President of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, Composition Festival Chair, Junior Bach Festival Chair, and Oregon State Composition Festival Chair and is currently a member of the North Idaho and Washington State Music Teachers Associations.
Jim Turner (Acoustic/ Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar) Over 40 years of band performance experience throughout the Midwest and Northwestern U.S. has given Jim Turner a great deal of versatility in both his playing and teaching abilities. As an instructor of folk, rock, big band, and jazz music for 32 years, Jim has taught hundreds of students everything from beginner basics to more advanced guitar styles. As head coach of the Northwest Academy rock band ensembles he has taken students to the pinnacle of professional performance skills in their guitar study. He has played in everything from rock bands to large, orchestrated ensembles. His love of the learning process and of imparting his musical knowledge to students makes him an ideal instructor for both the beginner and more accomplished player.
Chris Grant (Drums, Percussion) An active arranger and composer of percussion, wind, and string literature, Chris Grant has written music for a myriad of schools and organizations including Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, the Spokane Youth Symphony, Coeur d’ Alene Youth Orchestra, and numerous drum and bugle corps in Spokane. He is an adjunct faculty member at Gonzaga University, Marching Percussion Instructor at Eastern Washington University, director of the Spokane British Brass Band and Vice President of the Washington State Percussive Arts Society. He is the principal timpanist for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and performs with Opera Coeur d’Alene. He plays with Kari Marguerite and the 76, Pink Tango, The Working Spliffs, Carey Brazil, and No One Else. He has performed with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Northwest, Straight-Ahead Jazz Quartet, Fred Sturm, John Fedchock and the Idaho-Washington Symphony. Chris received an M.A. in Music Education from Eastern Washington University.
Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra: www.cdayo.org/
Scott Grunsted (Violin, Viola) A master at coaching artistic expression within his students, Scott Grunsted’s exceptional technical instruction has produced contest winners again and again . His inspiring pedagogical approach develops well-rounded independent performers who know how to share the joy of their instrument with others in varied styles. He has created and directed numerous choral programs, instrumental and orchestral groups, and Broadway style musicals in schools. He has traveled abroad as a performer and been an active member of the music ministry in various churches. Mr. Grunsted has a B.A. in strings from San Jose State University and a Graduate Certificate from Multnomah School of the Bible. He is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and the Helena Symphony Orchestra.
Michael Harrison (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba) An accomplished music educator and performer, Michael Harrison currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and conductor of the Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra. He has played trumpet in numerous musical settings including Disney College All-Star Band, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Jazz Orchestra, Arizona Theatre Company, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Broadway productions of Chicago, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, The Rat Pack and Full Monty. He has performed across the United States, Europe, and Japan and was featured on the 2009 and 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA National Telethon. Michael has performed on-stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lewis, Linda Rondstadt, Art Garfunkel, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinson, Marvin Hamlisch, The Smothers Brothers, The Lettermen, and The Temptations. Mr. Harrison has a Bachelor of Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Arizona. Click here to read about Michael in the Coeur d' Alene Press.
Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra: www.cdayo.org/
John Wheeler (Cello) A lifetime of experience in musical pursuits combined with a commitment to excellence enables John Wheeler to impart a wonderful perspective to his students. The son of a flautist and pianist for the St. Louis Symphony, his grandfather was a concert pianist and founder of the Washington Conservatory of Music. At age 14 he was the youngest cellist accepted into the Phoenix Symphony. Over the years he has performed in numerous symphonies in Arizona, California, Montana, and North Idaho, including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Coeur d’AleneSummer Theatre and Opera Coeur d’Alene. He has taught master classes at summer youth orchestra camps and worked with Coeur d’Alene youth orchestras. His expert coaching draws students into a new world of beauty and expression. Mr. Wheeler holds a Masters in Physics from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Masters in Business from USC.
Coeur d' Alene Symphony: www.cdasymphony.org
Noree Dolphay(Children’s Programs) Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children and their parents have a ball in teacher Noree’s music classes! Her creative and energetic approach makes learning highly motivational. Kids come for the fun. Parents like all the many musical things they learn in each session. As a trained Yamaha Music for Kids and Harmony Road instructor for young children, she infuses the joy of music into all. She holds a B.A. from Whitworth University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Eastern Washington University.
Jennifer Slaughter (Flute, Children’s Programs) Inspiring audiences and students alike, flutist Jennifer Slaughter’s engaging approach to performing and teaching has received much acclaim. Ms. Slaughter’s flute students have received superior ratings and outstanding soloist awards at solo and ensemble contests as well as acceptances into all-state and honor bands. Her individualized teaching curriculum emphasizes solid fundamentals, personal goal setting, musicality, and creativity as a basis for superior flute playing. She has performed for many renowned flutists including William Bennett, Marianne Gedigian, Amy Porter, Mimi Stillman, Angeleita Floyd, Jill Felber, and Claudia Anderson. She was a winner in the 2014 National Flute Association’s Masterclass Competition and the BSU Concerto Competition in addition to being a Presser Scholar for Outstanding Music Major at DU. She is a member of the Spokane Symphony and holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.
Austin Callaghan (Classical Guitar, Steel String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele) From classical to pop, rock, alternative, and Christian styles of music, Austin Callaghan’s varied experience can take you wherever you want to go whether you are a beginner or more advanced player. Classical guitar students will find his technique studies give them the tools they need to play all things well. Those who wish to develop skills in worship music will find his vast knowledge indispensable for today’s contemporary styles. His versatility in everything from heavy rock to lighter pop styles sends students on the road to success. His background in other instruments gives him a unique perspective coaching students who want to play in a band. Currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in music, Austin began as a star student at Northwest Academy of Music, working under the tutelage of several Academy instructors. He has been youth worship leader and lead guitarist at Lake City Community Church for the past 6 years in addition to playing in numerous band settings.
Rosalie Ingraham (Vocal, Piano, Children’s Programs) As a professional vocal instructor, pianist, worship leader, recording artist and songwriter Rosalie Ingraham develops excellent rapport with young vocalists. Decades of teaching experience have made her an expert at helping voices of all ages to produce a beautiful and well controlled sound. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to piano and vocal students studying classical, pop, musical theater, and contemporary Christian genres. As an inspirational worship leader for many years she specializes in coaching worship bands to become the best they can be. She has been the featured artist at Sea World and Knott’s Berry Farm. She has toured America and Europe, appeared on several television shows and even gave a private concert for actor John Wayne and his family. Rosalie Ingraham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis from the University of Memphis and is a certified Harmony Road Music Education System Instructor. Testimonials
Bruce Hume (Woodwinds Expert) Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet are the instruments of choice for Bruce Hume. A founding member of the Spokane Jazz Society and Spokane Jazz Orchestra (including sixteen years as featured soloist and lead), Mr. Hume has also performed at the Opera House, Coliseum shows, Civic Theater, Spokane Symphony, and with numerous bands and chamber groups. He taught music at Gonzaga University and has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College. He has done professional recording work on numerous instruments and holds a B.A. in a music From Eastern Washington University.
Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra: www.cdayo.org/
Linda Allen (Piano) Playing, performing, and teaching the piano has been Linda Allen’s first love for a lifetime. Her gentle and detailed manner leads the student not only into the world of excellence but also into an intense appreciation of the piano as the grandest of all instruments. Her fine ability to coach students from beginner to advanced is evident in the amazing results she gets from them. A careful balance between serious study and lighthearted music-making fun make taking lessons a true joy. Although her vast accomplishments in the world of piano may have made her the consummate professional, her gifts are multiplied many times over as her students work towards mastery of the instrument. Mrs. Allen is the instructor of celebrated pianist Rebecca Budai.
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