Learn about our Music Teachers

We are a team of highly qualified and dedicated professional who excel both in the field of teaching and also in the field of performing.

We are serious about high quality instruction and bringing music to all lives!

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Dr. Kathy Rabago

Dr. Kathy Rabago

Director, Velocity Music Academy. Piano Teacher

Dr. Kathy Rabago founded Velocity Music Academy in 2010 as a way to spread her love of teaching to the Cedar Park and Austin area. She has 27 years of teaching experience in both the private area and at the University level. She holds 3 degrees in music, including a doctorate in musical arts from UT-Austin. Along with directing and teaching at Velocity, Kathy also teaches music at St. Edward’s University and is raising two young musicians of her own.

Dr. Kathy Rabago holds three degrees in piano: BM in Piano Performance from Trinity University, MM in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, and DMA in Music Education Piano Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has additional training from the Aspen Music School, and has studied music in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Rabago has always been an active forerunner in the field of technology and music. Since she already held a minor in German, she was able to take multi-media computer design classes in lieu of her foreign language requirements while working on her doctorate in music. Dr. Rabago was the first pedagogue to write an online database for music selection in 2003, making her dissertation available for anyone through the internet. She has also worked for an internet music company from Dallas, creating and recording instructional DVDs for piano instruction. She has written articles about research in technology for Roland U.S., and had presented lectures on technology and music at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Convention, and at Music Teacher’s National Conventions. She utilizes web instruction in her lessons, and creates audio recordings of student performances through various programs for every student. Her iPad is at home on her grand piano, assisting students with music theory and recordings! An active web developer, Dr Rabago is the web designer and developer for this website and several others.

Dr. Rabago has worked at the University level, teaching music theory and piano at Trinity University and St. Edward‘s University. She has also worked in arts administration through the National Symphony Orchestra’s Education Department at the J.F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and in the field of multimedia musical instruction. Currently she is an adjunct professor of music at St. Edward’s University, and teaches piano and administers the music program at Velocity Music Academy. She is also in demand as an organist, an adjudicator, and a lecture/author at national music conventions. Most importantly, she is mother to two beautiful children who share her love of music.

Jessica Arnobit

Jessica Arnobit

Piano

Jessica‘s passion for teaching piano is a direct result of a childhood obsession with all things piano. Her parents would often have to tell her to "stop practicing piano and get outside for some fresh air". She continued to pursue piano in college and enjoyed all of her music classes but found the pedagogy classes most inspiring. After a mentor gave her the opportunity to work with some of his students she got bit by the teaching bug and hasn’t looked back. Jessica has enjoyed working with students of all shapes and sizes over the past 15 years. She believes that anyone can become an excellent pianist if they are willing to work hard. She enjoys challenging her students in a fun and positive way and relishes in the creativity it takes to work with individuals.

Dr. Hanna Chung

Dr. Hanna Chung

Piano

Pianist Hanna Chung, a native of South Korea, recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano at the Butler School of music at the University of Texas where she served as Teaching Assistant. She holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative piano from the Eastman School of Music. She is a recipient of the Ruth and Arno Drucker Scholarship and Mary Elizabeth Sherill Scholarship. Her primary teachers include Anne Epperson, Colette Valentine, and Jean Barr.

Louie Dell’Italia

Louie Dell’Italia

Guitar and Ukulele

Louie Dell’Italia is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist who specializes in classical, jazz, bossa nova, and flamenco music.

His musical education started at the age of 15 where he studied classical guitar from the Birmingham Southern College Conservatory. Later, he went to the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he completed the Flamenco Guitar Program and studied with Michael Chapdelaine, winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Classical Guitar and Fingerstyle Competitions.

After his studies at UNM, Louie finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Birmingham Southern College where he studied music with a focus in classical guitar performance. Following the completion of his degree, he earned a Professional Certificate from Berklee School of Music Online in jazz guitar, where he further developed his skills in music theory, improvisation, and jazz performance.

From 2013-2017, Louie taught guitar, ukulele, and beginner piano at Dawson Music Academy and Mason Music in Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout his career as an educator, he has taught genres of music ranging from rock and pop to classical and jazz.

Louie has developed instructional methods proven to work for students of all ages, including those with special needs. Lessons are designed to fit each student’s unique goals, strengths, and abilities. While the lessons are designed to be fun and engaging, it maintains a basis in education. Students learn proper technique and music theory by playing the music they love, whether it is a popular song from the radio, Star Wars, or a Disney movie.

Louie’s goal as an educator is to inspire students to love music and take the benefits of a music education and apply them to all aspects of their lives.

Julia Dixon

Julia Dixon

Cello

Native of Louisville, Kentucky, Julia is a classically trained cellist who has performed on stages across the United States, China, and Pakistan. She’s most notably performed as Assistant Principal cello of the Brevard Sinfonia Orchestra in North Carolina for the past five years and as a member of the Indian Classical ensemble “Sangat!”, which was a part of the Official SXSW program this past March. In May of 2018, Julia received her Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with cellist Bion Tsang and the members of the esteemed Miro Quartet. When not performing or teaching music, Julia can be found with her two small dogs hiking various trails around the Austin area.

Allyssa Kemp

Allyssa Kemp

Voice

High Lyric Mezzo-soprano Allyssa Kemp is an avid performer in the Austin community, spending this last performance season with Inversion Ensemble, Austin Opera, Ars Longa Ensemble and One Ounce Opera. Prior to moving to Texas, she has also been seen on stages throughout Florida and Michigan since 2012 and was teaching privately in the Ann Arbor area. Allyssa shares an equal passion of performing with music education, becoming proficient in vocal, choral, and piano pedagogy. During her undergraduate studies, Allyssa was an active member of her American Choral Directors Association student chapter, where she served as Treasurer and Vice President and was also Music Director of Sigma Alpha Iota, Eta Pi Chapter. Allyssa believes that lessons should be educational AND fun and strives to teach her students not just skills to be better musicians, but to inspire others with their love of music.
Allyssa holds a BM in voice from Stetson University and a MM in voice from the University of Michigan.

Megan Pauls

Megan Pauls

Voice

Megan started singing when she was very young. She got most of her singing inspiration from all things, Disney! She received her Music Degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Her major instrument was voice and her minor instrument was piano. She was in several choirs from elementary to high school and throughout college. She is trained in classical/opera, contemporary, and jazz music. Her teachers were Tom Beard, Heide Menzenberg and Bernadette Bascom. Megan has performed in numerous talent shows, musicals, recitals, and fine arts festivals.
Megan writes, "Teaching music is rewarding to me. I have the opportunity to teach what I love while watching a student grow and develop their love for music."
"The only thing better then singing is more singing." Ella Fitzgerald

Alan Le

Alan Le

Piano and Violin

Alan studied piano with Dr. Tim Hester at the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance.
Alan studied violin under the tutelage of Mrs. Danette Schuh and began teach violin at the age of 19. After graduating from the University of Houston, Alan taught at Pearland Music Studio in Houston teaching both violin and piano. Alan has taught to a variety of piano students (ages 4 to 70) as well as violin students. He even composed pieces for his violin and piano students to play together. His specialty as a teacher is his ability to communicate and collaborate with young students, finding ways to inspire them and open them to a love for music. Watching a child learn and grow is, for him, a compelling and inspirational experience. Overall, he is a laid-back and observant teacher who stresses good posture and technique, a strong understanding of musical theory, and developing a unique sense of musicality.

Alan’s first experience with an instrument was when he joined his middle school orchestra as a violinist in the 6th grade, and began private lessons with a local violin teacher. Shortly after, he began to take piano lessons. As he learned both instruments side-by-side, he gradually became more fascinated by the piano’s ability to play multiple lines of music with ease. He learned at an early age that the piano could become its own orchestra, and from that concept enjoyed the piano’s possibilities as a solo instrument. Playing both the piano and the violin allowed him to develop dual experience playing with a group and alone. In his late teens until college, he played the violin for various Vietnamese churches (his experience with the churches also allowed him the opportunity to play in a rock band!).

He became interested in Vietnamese traditional music during his university degree and began lessons to learn how to play the dan bu (Vietnamese monochord) and dan tranh (Vietnamese zither). This manifested into an interest in ethnomusicology, which led him to minor in Global and International Studies, facilitating his involvement in the recording and interviewing of a local Cao Dai temple.

Dr. Bradley Emerson

Dr. Bradley Emerson

Piano

Brad Emerson received a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin under the instruction of Anton Nel. He additionally holds a Masters in Piano Performance from UT, and a Bachelors in the same discipline from the University of California Santa Barbara. His prior teachers include Nancy Garrett and Charles Asche, as well as individual and group pedagogy instruction under Sophia Gilmson and Martha Hilley.

Brad initially asked to learn piano at a young age after being inspired by his mother’s playing. In lessons, he incorporates sight reading, music theory, improvisation, aural skills and technique, in addition to repertoire. Alongside his studies as a concert musician, Brad worked as a church accompanist after only four years of study, and has experience in liturgical styles ranging from gospel to chant arrangement. An active performer, Dr. Emerson was recently featured in a solo concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Dr. Emerson’s musical interests also extend to topics of musical meaning and interpretive analysis. His published articles concern narrative design and symbolic meaning of larger solo piano works. His research on the pianist-composer Nikolai Medtner has been presented at the Semiotics Society of America’s annual conference, and internationally at The British Library in London.

His current work on the pianist-composer Nikolai Medtner, a contemporary of Sergei Rachmaninoff, concerns narrative design and symbolic meaning found within his piano sonatas. Brad’s research is being presented at the Semiotics Society of America and in a forthcoming lecture recital on the UT campus.

Ashley Cannon

Ashley Cannon

Piano, Voice, and Violin

Ashley Cannon holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Baylor University. Her private lessons were under the instruction of Julianne Best. She has been teaching piano and voice and violin since 2011.
"The first time I ever knew I had a passion for music was when I was three years old when I sang with my mom on mother’s day. Since then music has been the only thing I have wanted to do. Everyone in my family is musical, so it was easy to follow my musical dreams. I have been playing the piano for twelve years and have been singing with instruction for fourteen years. Prior to attending Baylor, I was chosen for the All-State Choir seven times, was first chair violin in my high school orchestra, and studied piano privately."

Carl Lennartson

Carl Lennartson

Piano

Carl Lennartson is a recent graduate from the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University where he earned a degree in Music Theory and Composition under the mentorship of Jason Hoogerhyde. Carl has studied music since the age of 11 initially playing trumpet and later pursuing piano during high school and college. Carl has studied piano privately under the tutelage of Carolyn Trowbridge and Pam Rossman. In the summer of 2014, Carl marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Bluecoats in the summer of 2016. When Carl is not teaching, composing, or playing music, you can find him playing Zelda on his Nintendo Switch, reading a good book, or spending time with his fiancee and pet bunny, Pumpkin.

Shane Lamb

Shane Lamb

Piano Teacher

B.M. in Composition, University of Texas at Austin; Piano Performance Certificate, University of Texas at Austin.

Shane is a versatile musician performing and composing all different styles of music. In addition to composing concert music, Shane plays keyboard and writes songs for two different rock bands in Austin.

Shane began his study of piano at age five. His teachers include Dr. Monica Horn, Dr. Kevin Chance, and Professor Nancy Garrett. Shane also began composing at a young age and studied composition under Professor Yevgeniy Sharlat, Dr. Charles Mason, Professor Dan Welcher, and Professor Leslie Fillmer.

Shane Lamb has been teaching piano lessons since 2003. Shane incorporates music theory, improvisation, and ear training into his teaching, and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Shane worked for the Scrollworks program, which provides free music lessons for low-income families in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jerry Thompson

Jerry Thompson

Guitar Teacher

Jerry started playing guitar at age 11 and he and 2 friends started a garage band in junior high school. By age 18 he was teaching private lessons. Originally self-taught, he was later instructed in jazz guitar by Noel Smith and in classical guitar by Frank Hardcastle and Hansford Johnson (an Andre Segovia master class alum). He has attended guitar clinics and seminars by Robben Ford, Howard Roberts, Jerry Donahue, and Doyle Dykes.
Jerry taught at Amarillo College for 26 years where he taught guitar to classes as large as 35-40 students. Styles taught included Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country & Western, Modern Acoustic, Reggae, Heavy Metal, and others. Classes included music theory and were taught as individual performance and as ensembles (4-10 players). He has taught beginner to advanced private lessons to individual students for approximately 46 years and has taught at numerous band camps through the years.

Jerry is proficient at reading music and teaching students to read music, arranging parts for students in Classical Ensembles, and in transcribing recorded music to written format. As a private lesson teacher, he won a Teacher of the Year Award from Amarillo Globe News. This included teachers from all subjects in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as college level teachers.
On-stage he has performed with a number of historical Amarillo bands (Clyde Logg Band, Company’s Comin’, The Twisters, The Sailcats and others), accompanied well-known musicians when they were on tour in Amarillo (J. D. Souther, Jerry Donahue, and a PBS Special with Jim Wilson), and performed with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra. He has been a Studio musician providing background music for radio and TV commercials.

Michelle Grosser

Michelle Grosser

Violin and Viola teacher

Michelle Grosser is a violinist and music theorist based in Austin, TX. Michelle enjoys music analysis, and research. Her research interests include the change in cultural capital since the World Wars, and how that is displayed through music in media, specifically film and video game music. Michelle holds a degree in Music from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College and is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. When she is not studying or teaching, Michelle loves to read and spend time outdoors with her dogs.

Dr. Stephanie Andrews

Dr. Stephanie Andrews

Piano, Voice, & Composition

Stephanie Andrews is a composer, church musician, and educator who has taught piano, voice, elementary general music and movement, and middle school choir for over twenty-five years. She currently resides in Austin, Texas and is on staff at Clearview Sudbury School of Austin, Texas. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, she received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a music specialization in 1990 as well as a Master of Music Education degree in 2006. In 2011, she completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied composition with Dr. Rachel McInturff at Armstrong Community Music School in Austin, Texas and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. To date, school choirs, church choirs, Chorus Austin and Inversion Ensemble of Austin, TX, Vox Nova Chorale in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Cheyenne Chamber Singers of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the Nodaway Chorale of Maryville, Missouri have performed her compositions. Recently, she was selected to attend the PREMIERE|Project Summer Festival hosted by Choral Arts Initiative in Newport Beach, California as a Composition Scholar. An active singer in the Austin, Texas area, she is a member of Chorus Austin’s Chamber Ensemble and of Inversion Ensemble. She is the proud mother of two amazing young men, Joshua and John Caleb.

JJ Pereira

JJ Pereira

Drums/Percussion Teacher

JJ Pereira (percussion) recently relocated to Austin from Rochester, NY. As a classically trained percussionist, he feels equally at home performing classical, jazz, or popular music. JJ holds degrees in music education and percussion performance from Ithaca College (BM 2013, MM 2016) and spent several years teaching instrumental music in New York State public schools, as well as private percussion lessons. He has also performed extensively in pit orchestras for musical theatre productions.

Rosemary Hamington

Rosemary Hamington

Voice and Piano Teacher

Rosemary Hamington is a classically trained voice and piano teacher with a diverse performing background. She has performed in several community theatre musicals, as well as a jazz/show choir, All-State choir, acapella ensembles, operas, talent shows, and her city’s middle school honors band. At age 11, her passion for musical theatre inspired her to pursue singing and take private lessons.

Her education includes a M.M. from University of Illinois and a B.M. from Western Washington University, both with a Vocal Performance emphasis. In addition to passing her piano proficiency in college, Rosemary has studied piano privately and integrated it into her practice routine for several years. For two summers, she studied at the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Austria and France. Rosemary also took acting classes during college. Now she applies techniques from those classes to help students with expression.

She has performed lead opera roles including Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Rosemary was a featured soloist for the Messiah with the Sinfonia da Camera and a musical theatre revue with Ovation! Performing Arts Northwest. She received fourth place overall for all instruments in University of Illinois’ concerto competition and performed in a scene that won first place at the National Opera Association competition.

Rosemary’s first experience teaching was directing opera scenes at WWU and she has loved it ever since. She has taught voice and piano students of all ages and genres at the award-winning Vivaldi Music Academy in Houston and 4/4 School of Music in the Seattle area, where she successfully prepared her students for auditions, roles, and recitals, including one at Carnegie Hall. She enjoys creating lessons that work best for her specific students’ age, skill level, and interests, so that they can feel inspired and succeed in their individual goals.

Bennie Braswell

Bennie Braswell

Violin and Piano Teacher

Bennie Braswell – Violin and Piano Teacher

Bennie Braswell started playing violin at 6, and piano at 10. At 15, she started giving lessons to her teacher’s students who needed extra help before recitals or competition. She got her entire music education in Paris, France, and graduated from a Paris Conservatory.
She plays music in various set ups, from classical orchestras (including an internship at the Paris Philharmonic) to progressive rock bands, and theater performances featuring live music.
She’s never stopped teaching, to young children, teenagers and adults.
Her goal is to provide solid technical foundation and knowledge of classical repertoire, and at the same time adapt to the student’s taste, and explore the music they like.

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

Piano, Guitar, and Art Teacher - ONLINE only

Joshua Johnson got his undergraduate degree in music education in 2011 from Pittsburg State University. While attending school, he worked at a local nationally accredited childcare center which had classrooms that ranged from infants to elementary age children. Over 7 years he worked to develop relationships with the children, their parents, and fellow teachers, and gain vital experience in educating children. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree, he went on to work at the non-profit Childcare Aware, providing education and support to early childhood educators in a sixteen county region. This job focused on improving care and education in home, center and school based settings. Also during this time, Joshua started teaching private individual music lessons to fifteen students in both piano and guitar. Life then moved him to Austin, TX where he started teaching for Velocity Music Academy providing one-on-one instrumental music instruction in piano, guitar, and trumpet. Over the next 4 years he worked with 50+ students ranging from age 4 to adult, passing on his passion for music and learning. Life then took him to Puerto Rico, where he worked as a freelance artist, using the internet to keep up with his desire for teaching, creating online video lessons in music as well as art. Now he is currently in Jacksonville, Florida, where he continues to provide online instruction.