Here you can read about all of our great instructors, ready to teach guitar, vocals, drums, and more.
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John 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.
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.
Ferril 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.
Dave 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.
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
Tricia Kaye Gerrard started taking piano lessons at the age of 9, vocal lessons at the age of 15, and guitar and drum lessons at the age of 32 and has been actively performing and educating herself on her instruments ever since. She started to sing in and accompany church and school choirs when she was 12 years old, including acting as the music director for her high school's musical theatre production's program.
After high school graduation, she attended Weber State University to double major in music with an emphasis on vocal pedagogy and in theatre arts with an emphasis on directing and stagecraft, completing both degrees in 2010. During her time at WSU, she participated in the both WSU Chamber and Concert Choirs, had a leading role in the WSU opera production of The Gondoliers, and worked as backstage crew on multiple theatrical and musical productions, as well as participated as lead keyboards for various musicals.
During the summers of 2009 and 2010, she was accepted to a theatre internship at an elite summer camp in upstate New York where she was the music and technical director for over 5 productions every summer. In 2016, she managed to get a temporary position working for actor Zachary Levi as one of his assistants during his NerdHQ convention held in conjunction with San Diego Comic Con.
When she isn't teaching private music lessons, Tricia enjoys a wide range of artistic hobbies (which include everything from photography to drawing and jewelry making), and working with local theatre companies as a music director for musical theatre productions and/or front of house/backstage staff and volunteers every year at Salt Lake FanX as a celebrity photo ops supervisor and celebrity liaison. Her musical styles range from classical to jazz and everything in between. She is very excited to be teaching at Music Village!