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. 

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

Teaches Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele 

Phoenix Reeder

Phoenix Reeder - Guitar Teacher

Phoenix's passion for guitar started when he was 12, he took guitar classes in school and took lessons at Music Village. He also played guitar for the Fremont Jazz Band and has performed with a few bands at Fremont. 

 His musical journey started when he was young, growing up listening to bands such as the Grateful Dead, Ween, and The Allman Brothers. As he got older his music taste expanded and now loves all genres of music, from metal to folk, jazz to indie, and rock to hip hop. 

 Phoenix wants to impact his students lives with  music and guitar in hope it will change their lives like it changed his. 

Drum Instructors

Owen Carter

Owen Carter - Drum TeacherOwen started playing drums when he was twelve years old. He began taking lessons through the Music Village lesson program the second he got his first drum set. He fell in love with everything about drums and percussion, leading him to get involved in various percussion classes at Ogden High School and joining the Indoor Percussion and Marching Band at OHS. He has competed with his high school at many competitions in the state of Utah and has traveled to California to compete in WGI.

Owen joined the team at Music Village to share his passion and help the students he teaches fall in love with drums and percussion the way he has.

Vocal Instructors

BreAnn Lawson

BreAnn is a dedicated voice and piano teacher with a passion for sharing the joy of music with her students. A recent graduate of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i with a degree in vocal performance, she brings both academic knowledge and personal enthusiasm to her teaching.

BreAnn's musical journey began at age 7 when she started piano lessons, and her love for singing blossomed at age 12 with her first voice lessons. This early start laid a strong foundation for her lifelong commitment to music.

BreAnn specializes in a variety of musical genres, including musical theater mix and belt, contemporary/pop/rock, and classical. Her diverse expertise allows her to cater to a wide range of student interests and abilities. Additionally, she is well-versed in music theory and songwriting, offering a comprehensive musical education.

BreAnn's primary goal is to help her students build confidence and develop a deep passion for music. She is enthusiastic about teaching and is committed to fostering a supportive and inspiring learning environment.

Teaches Piano and Voice 

Hallie Smith

Hallie Smith is not just a vocal coach; she's a catalyst for musical transformation. With a heart full of passion and over a lifetime of experience, Hallie has dedicated her life to helping others find their voice and unleash their true potential.

Hallie's journey with music began in her childhood, where her love for singing blossomed into a lifelong pursuit. After years of honing her craft and performing on various stages, she discovered her true calling lay in teaching and empowering others to embrace their musical gifts.

With more than 5 years of experience as a vocal coach, Hallie has refined her teaching approach to cater to students of all ages and skill levels. From nurturing the vocal talents of beginners to fine-tuning the techniques of seasoned performers, she has a knack for bringing out the best in each individual

Hallie believes that singing is not just about hitting the right notes; it's about conveying emotion, telling stories, and connecting with others on a profound level. As a vocal coach, she strives to instill confidence, inspire creativity, and foster a deep appreciation for music in every student she encounters. No matter what age, background, knowledge, or vocal range, Hallie believes everyone can learn to sing. 

Violin and Piano Instructor

Laura Harris

Laura Harris Piano and Violin Instructor at Music VillageLaura is a happy, energetic music lover! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "Music is the universal language of mankind." Plato wrote, "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." Music is life!

Laura began playing the piano at age six, the violin at age eight, and the viola at age fourteen. SHe has played with a variety of orchestras and small groups. One of her top favorite orchestras was the United States Youth Orchestra. It was a large orchestra composed of students from all acorss the USA, who came together and toured Europe for three weeks. Over the years, she studied with various teachers. 

 After high school, Laura began to teach private lessons in her home while her children were little. Once her children were in school, she joined a community orchestra. On the piano she has accompanied many choirs and solo performers. 

 By day, Laura is a Special Education teacher. She plays the organ and piano for her church and performs with a string quartet.

Teaches Violin, Viola, and Piano

Wind Instrument Instructors

Ethan Porter

Ethan Porter - Woodwind Instructor HeadshotEthan Porter is an Ogden based woodwind instrumentalist specializing in various flutes, saxophones, and clarinets. He completed his Bachelors of Instrumental Performance at Weber State University in spring of 2024. During his time at Weber State Ethan played in the symphony orchestra, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, and various small ensembles ranging from woodwind quintets to jazz combos. Ethan served as section leader of the symphonic band flutes during is last two years at WSU as well as leadership roles in the Weber State honors flute ensemble. Ethan has performed in several Ogden venues such as Eccles Theater and Peery's Egyptian Theater. He has also played in many honors bands including the 2024 Western Intercollegiate Band in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Currently Ethan plays clarinet in the Harmonic Winds of Utah and flute in the Tooele Valley Wind Ensemble as well as a local saxophone quartet and woodwind quartet.

Teaches Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone 

Trey Wood

Trey's passion for saxophone started at age 12. Since then he has learned many different instruments such as clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, guitar, and bass.

Trey love jazz, funk, classical, and bluegrass and has been a part of many ensembles and performances including multiple years in the All-State Wind Symphony and All-State Jazz bands, featured performances with Ogden's Jazz at the Station, principal saxophonist with the Weber State Honor Band, getting multiple perfect scores at state solo & ensemble festivals, playing at the OFOAM Music Festival, and many other local events. Trey is currently attending Weber State University studying Instrumental Performance.

As an educator, Trey's main goal is to help students become the best musicians they can be and to discover their own musical voice.

Teaches Saxophone, Clarinet, Trombone, Trumpet, and Tuba