Lesson Instructors

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.

Payton Adams

Payton Adams Guitar Teacher

Payton 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.

 

 

Banjo & Mandolin Instructor

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.

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.

Ukulele Instructor

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.

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.

Connor Wood

Connor Wood Drum Teacher
Connor found his love of drumming at a very young age. He expressed that passion by making beats and rhythms out of everything he could get his hands on. It was the lack of that rhythm, however, that his parents decided to enroll him in formal lessons from Music Village at the age of 11. This is when Connor truly began to thrive and grow in his dedication to the drums. He progressed to lead tenor in his high school marching band and even played on a competition indoor winterline.
Connor started teaching drum lessons at Music Village four years ago as a Junior in High School. He is now returning as of the Fall of 2017 from a two year LDS mission, and is even more excited than before to be doing what he loves most. The focus of his lessons are on not only having fun, but at the same time learning constructive principles that apply to life just as well as drumming. His favorite artists and musical inspirations vary greatly depending on the day: from Rush, to Jack Johnson, and even to Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin. He is currently a student at Weber State University.

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 Instructors

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