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Here you can read about all of our great instructors, ready to teach guitar, vocals, drums, and more.

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Guitar & Bass Instructors

John Sargent

Photo of John SargentJohn began playing the guitar at age six, and the five string banjo at age ten. He was mostly self-taught in the early years. At that point, his musical interests were predominantly folk and bluegrass.

He grew up in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area - it was inevitable that his tastes would turn to rock and roll. At age 13, John began taking guitar lessons at a local music store. He studied with various teachers until he was 17.

After high school, John studied music theory and the history of music at El Camino College, and then at Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), where he graduated in 1981. 

John currently plays with the local folk/bluegrass band Ophir Creek. 

Teaches Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele

Payton Adams

Payton Adams Guitar TeacherPayton first picked up the guitar at the age of five.  He was primarily self-taught early on wanting to just learn rock songs.  At the age of 12, he developed a passion for it and a goal to be the best guitarist he could possibly be.  He began taking lessons at 13 years old to solidify his goal.  Payton’s main musical interest is metal, but loves any type of music with skillful guitar including jazz, blues, and progressive music.  He is currently studying music at Weber State University.

Teaches Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Cade Stanger

Cade Stanger - Guitar TeacherCade first fell in love with the guitar when taking lessons at the age of 12. Since then he has become addicted to learning new avenues to express himself through the music; whether it be through hearing new songs on the radio or playing them himself. Cade loves rock and metal but also appreciating other genres of music as well.

Cade is so excited to share his love of music and hopes to instill a passion for music in his students. 

Teaches Guitar

Brass & Woodwind Instructor

Ferril Muir

Photo of Ferril MuirFerril Muir has a broad background in music, having learned trombone, sax, trumpet, and clarinet in junior high and high school. He attended Ricks College and BYU, where he played 1st trumpet in the Ricks College concert band, jazz band, and orchestra; and 1st trumpet in the BYU symphonic band and jazz band.

Receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1969, Ferril went on to teach music in public schools in Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

Drum Instructors

Dave Gilbert

Photo of Dave GilbertDave Gilbert has been involved with the Music Village lesson program since 1986, when he began his own lessons at age six. In 1996 while still in high school, Dave began teaching drum lessons and found his passion for teaching.

With his experience and love of teaching, Dave strives to make lessons constructive, fun, and worthwhile. His main focus is teaching students everyday principles that not only apply to drums, but other aspects of life. Other areas of focus are reading, rhythm, technique, coordination and creativity. Applications of these principles can be applied to snare drum, rudiments, drum set, playing in a band or other requests.

Colby Anderson

Colby Anderson - Drum Teacher

Colby first got interested in drumming when he was 12 and started taking lessons at Music Village. He quickly gained a passion for drumming and has been in music programs since. Colby is currently in his high school's jazz band playing the drum set and is a member of their drumline, having experience playing most marching percussion instruments.
Colby's teachers helped him develop a love for percussion, and he hopes to pass on that love. His desire is to help students reach any goals they have, as well as expand their abilities.

Orchestra & Piano Instructor

Maxine Barnett

Maxine Barnett Orchestra and Piano Teacher

Maxine began her music career by starting piano lessons at the age of six.  She then picked up the clarinet in Junior High, added the saxophone in High School and the Oboe in college.  She also played clarinet, saxophone, and oboe in the 298th Army Band in Berlin Germany for 3 years.  She attended Ricks College for 2 years and then went to BYU, where she graduated with a degree in music. She taught band for 12 years in Idaho and Utah.  She took a job teaching Orchestra and fell in love with the string instruments.  After a year of  lessons and teaching, she started playing with the New American philharmonic and has been playing with them ever since.  She loves playing and teaching string instruments and has taken a lot of private lessons and practiced hard.  She taught orchestra for 20 years in Weber School District and loves teaching strings.  She loves sharing her passion for music and teaching


Vocal Instructor 

Madison Moretti

Madison Moretti Vocal Instructor

Madison is in her 4th year at Weber State University studying music production. She has been involved with various choirs and instrumental groups since she was 9, and has taken private coaching for several years in voice, piano, and clarinet. She was in the Lyman High School Cantare Audition Choir, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble, and has been involved with various ensembles at Weber State University since beginning her attendance including groups focused on jazz, classical literature, and modern work. She has been studying theory for 13 years.