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INSTRUCTORS

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GRAHAM YATES

Owner, piano teacher: Weekdays

Canadian pianist, teacher and composer Graham Yates has lived in Texas since 2014 where he owns Timbral Music Studios and is a busy collaborative pianist. Through producing concerts and performing, he loves to connect with audiences and students alike to create meaningful experiences through music of many kinds.

 

He teaches over 40 private students and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2020 he was nominated for the B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Music Director. He is an award-winning composer and his compositions have been premiered by Austin Chamber Music Center, Inversion Ensemble and Operativo Houston.

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DR. KEITH ALLEGRETTI

Piano teacher: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

Keith Allegretti is a composer, pianist, and educator with students across the Austin and Round Rock area. As a private piano instructor with over ten years of teaching experience and a doctorate in music from UT Austin, he guides students through lessons focusing on clean technique and musical expression. These lessons are available to all skill levels from beginning to advanced, with the additional possibility of performance evaluations and competitions. Whether you are a hobbyist or an aspiring professional musician, Keith provides foundational knowledge about musical style, theory, and and performance practice, tailored to your specific tastes and goals.

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TIFFANY CADENHEAD

Voice Teacher: Tuesdays

Tiffany has been teaching vocalists for 15 years. She studied Vocal Performance at William Carey University in Mississippi, and successfully ran an independent studio in Memphis, TN for a decade before moving to Austin. She has experience in musical theater and opera, but also has worked with singer songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. She has additional training in Adolescent Voice, Trauma-informed teaching practices, has certifications in teaching from Total Vocal Freedom and Dr. Shannon Coats Vocal Instrument 101, and she is currently an Alexander Technique trainee who is passionate about whole body use and expression in singing.

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JEANETTE FRANZ

Early Childhood Music Classes: Thursday

Jeanette has taught early childhood music classes for 12 years and is excited to once again offer her classes to the community.  She is also the proud mom to a 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter who are both string instrumentalists.

 

Jeanette has sung professionally with Austin Opera for 18 years as a member of the chorus. She has also performed with several theatrical groups in Austin, including Zilker Summer Musicals and Gilbert and Sullivan of Austin. 

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BEN TIBBETTS

Piano Teacher: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Ben Tibbetts is a professional pianist and composer working in the Austin area. As a piano accompanist, Ben specializes in both collaborative performance and high-level improvisation. He worked at UMass Amherst as an accompanist from 2016-2020. Every semester he performed with students on dozens of recitals, classes, masterclasses, and private lessons. He also worked as a pianist at Orchard Covenant Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he wrote and performed original arrangements and accompanied weekly church services. As an active composer, arranger, and audio producer, Ben's work has been featured in films, video games, and broadcast radio performances.