Brenda Bedell has 48 years experience teaching the piano privately and in groups. Since she was a little girl, it was her lifelong ambition to share the gift of music with others. Her own Master Teacher, Ann Gipson Houser, directed Brenda’s course to provide music education to the community. Mrs. Houser developed the Student Teacher Program for advanced piano students, beginning at age 16, to learn the art of teaching piano lessons. Brenda also provides this opportunity for advanced piano students to participate as a student intern under her oversight. Currently, she is honored to have 2 students (each having 10 years of private and group instruction) participating in the Student Teacher Program. Brenda has also developed a variety of lesson formats that include private lessons, group ensembles, and engaging music theory for her students. Brenda believes all lesson formats require variety, artistry, rhythmic accuracy, commitment to excellent technique, and a genuine passion for the heart of music. As the Music Director of Dolce Music Studio, her desire is to create an atmosphere that will motivate each student to not only play music, but to love making music!
Kaytlin Gonzales has been singing and playing the piano for as long as she can remember. Her mother through homeschooling taught her how to read music about the same time she started to learn how to read. In 2016, she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education at Freed-Hardeman University. She originally intended the major to help her knowledge and experience grow in teaching piano lessons, but grew a passion for helping those in the public school system. After college, she worked at a Title I elementary school in Houston, teaching Kindergarten through 4th grade Music to a student body of about 900 children. This experience showed her that she needed to continue with the one on one scene if she were going to make the bigger impact. Kaytlin has been teaching private piano lessons for 9 years, since she was in highschool, and is striving to grow along with her students every day. She has worked with beginner and intermediate students from young child to adult, including special needs children. She strives to instill a joy in and a love of music in every student through her classes that will stay with the student for the rest of their lives no matter where the journey of life takes them.
Growing up in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Alena Kamchatna began studying piano at the age of six. As a child, her talent led her to participating in many regional competitions and music festivals. She took her talent to the next level by attending a specialized musical school during her teenage years. From 2008-2013, Alena earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from the Kharkiv National University of Arts. Then, after receiving a full scholarship, she spent the next three years earning her dual master’s degree from the International Anton Rubinstein Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany and in La Spezia, Italy. Since she began studying, Alena has also accumulated six years of teaching piano to students of all ages and skill levels. She has studied and performed with numerous famous musicians in Ukraine, Germany, and Italy. After graduating from Anton Rubinstein, the academy offered her a job to stay as a piano teacher in their pre-college program. Alena’s main teaching philosophy focuses on studying classical music, but she also enjoys experimenting with piano interpretations of modern pop music. She is available for virtual lessons.
Marty McAllister is an experienced piano and voice teacher of 40 years. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Music Education with principal in voice, and began studying piano at the age of 5. Marty has created personal studios of up to 60 students in three cities, Dallas and Austin, and a small town in Oklahoma. She has many talents which include being a writer, an artist, and enjoying the interaction of the arts. Marty expresses her delight in her new home in Sun City, Georgetown and excited to be a part of the faculty at Dolce Music Studio.
Patrick McAndrew is an experienced drummer who attended the Musicians Institute where he was educated by some of the best instructors in the world. After school he moved to Central Texas to pursue his career as a professional musician. Since then he has recorded on two studio albums and toured with bands that are signed to major record labels. Patrick also practices daily and believes that every drummer is born a student and dies a student, the learning never stops. Patrick’s teaching styles and techniques vary for each student. He is a very patient instructor but pushes each student to achieve their goals. He states, “I know every student learns differently, so each student gets a custom lesson plan that meets the way he or she learns”.
Monique McIntosh has taught at Dolce Music Studio since the doors opened in 2010. Her lessons are tailored around the individual’s pace and interests using traditional methods, games, and modern technology. In lieu of a private lesson, her curriculum also offers an optional monthly ensemble class with other students of similar age engaging in ensemble play. She also offers beginning drum lessons which add a special rhythmic foundation to Monique’s lessons using Roland technology and software. In the early years of her own music education, Monique achieved TMEA All-State on bassoon by the end of high school. She graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Education/Special Education. While at Southwestern she studied piano under Artist-in-Residence, Drusilla Huffmaster, and accompanied instrumental and vocal soloists. Monique was also active in both the SU Orchestra and Symphonic Band on bassoon. As an avid learner, Monique hopes to pass on the joy of learning through music. Monique believes that learning to read and play music not only helps develop the brain to aid in academic learning, but is also a way to relieve tension and relax. Her advanced students are participating in the Student Teacher Program for which Monique provides training and monthly reviews as their Master Teacher. When Monique is not teaching, she is either focusing on perfecting her skills by playing the piano, bassoon, or drums for personal enjoyment, spending time with friends and family, or exercising her privileges as a private pilot by flying.
David Pencil began studying music at an early age, becoming proficient in piano, percussion, and voice by the end of his high-school education. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Rice University and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. David has many years of experience teaching piano, voice, percussion, music composition, and music theory. He is also the Music Director at St. John’s UMC where he leads the church’s Praise Band and bell choir. David has led summer camp and enrichment groups at Dolce with motivating and inspiring results. David is now enrolling students at Dolce Music Studio for piano, voice, and composition.
Conner Redlin is an experienced piano and clarinet teacher of 5 years with a music performance degree in clarinet. Conner expresses the blessing of seeing his students get excited about music they are passionate about as they grow in understanding how all the pieces come together. Conner is new to the Austin area and very excited to join the thriving arts culture. We are honored to have him join the faculty at Dolce offering his instruction on Thursdays weekly.
Michael Ross hails from the arctic land of Anchorage, Alaska, where he held the position of principal cellist in the Alaska All-State Orchestra for all four years of high school. At the age of 15, he won the Anchorage Symphony youth concerto competition, and enrolled in the University of Alaska Anchorage to lead the cello section in their Sinfonia. Mike has poked around the rest of the U.S. a little too, attending the Ithaca Violoncello Institute in NY, and sitting principal cellist at the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival in WA. Mike has also attended the University of North Texas and Sam Houston State University, where he earned his B.M. in cello performance. Mike is also a skilled pianist, electric bassist, and guitarist in many different styles, and enjoys teaching cello, piano, and guitar students of all ages at Dolce Music Studio. Whether private or in a group setting, Mike is eager to engage his students in a musical journey that will inspire and motivate excellence.
Dave Schoo has been playing guitar for over 20 years and passionate about sharing his acquired knowledge of the instrument. Living in the Austin area for over 10 years, he has enjoyed playing in original rock bands and cover bands as well as recording and producing various artists in his home studio. Dave’s lessons revolve around helping students learn how to play their favorite music while giving them a foundation of music theory as essential tools for inspiring creativity and finding their own voice on guitar. Lessons are tailored for each individual based on their interests and goals. Dave also uses curriculum structured for younger students or anyone who is not quite sure where to start. He welcomes all types of musical tastes. Some of his favorite bands/artists include Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Sword, and many more.
Jamie has been playing the violin for 23 years, the piano for 27 years, and singing since she was born. As a child, she grew up in a musical family with a dad who sang, and a mom who was her piano accompanist and maintained a private piano studio. Jamie also learned how to teach a group of children through her mom, who was a Kindergarten teacher. She started studying the violin through the Suzuki method, and soon branched out into old time fiddling and improvisation. She earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in violin in 2010 at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and a M.S. from Boston University in Arts Administration. As a performer, she has performed at the national old time fiddle contest: has performed with Sandi Patty: Jim Martinez of Peanuts comic strip and sound track: Christian Howes, the world’s most renowned jazz violinist; and in Korea. She also plays other string instruments, like the viola, cello, string bass and bass guitar. She also performed every weekend at a dinner theater in Boston, combining her love of acting with music. She is a former director of music at various churches, and a former adjunct professor at Eastern Nazarene College (MA). She had her dream job of teaching music appreciation to adult learners who had no music background. She loves to perform and teach music, and express her love for God through creativity.
Ron Tindle is a published songwriter, recording artist and solo instrumentalist who performs on piano and guitar. A native of Austin, his music background is eclectic. Performing in various cover bands on the road, he returned to Austin in 1990. He has a CD recorded with the “Planet Texas Band”, an original Southern Rock power trio, “https://www.youtube.com/
Elizabeth Wirtz has been playing piano since she was 5 years old and has been a church pianist since she was a teenager! She has been in the Austin area since 1993 when she moved from her home state of Nevada to attend the University of Texas and earned her degree in piano pedagogy in 1995. That year she also married her husband of 25 years, Jeff, and they have two girls: Gabi is a 2020 graduate of Round Rock High School and Madi is a 9th grader at Stoney Point HS. Their family also includes two dogs and three horses. Elizabeth’s career in music continued with teaching and operating her own in-home piano studio and by earning a Masters in Music from Texas State University in 2000. She has always been a free-lance accompanist, playing for many soloists and recitals and competitions. The past decade has included working as faculty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia University.