Music Instructors

Janice Beavers

Janice Beavers has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. Bringing joy to people through singing and playing the piano has been a mainstay of her entire life.Teaching and sharing Janice’s love of music comes naturally to her. A consummate singer, master teacher, and performer for over 40 years, Janice began her career in vocal music as a child.Throughout the years she has presented many recitals and concerts, sung major roles from short one-act operas to full scale operatic and musical theater stage productions.She won an academic scholarship, earning her BA and a Fellowship for her MA in vocal music and theory from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She has many years experience as a public school teacher in addition to maintaining an active private voice and piano studio. Janice is an accomplished and professional soprano and has recorded two albums, God Bless Us Everyone  and Safe Within Your Arms, both of which are available on Amazon. She recently recorded a group of songs by Samuel Barber and a collection of Spirituals, both of which will be released in late 2021. Janice studied under several renowned teachers among whom are Marlena Kleinmann-Malas, Frances Bible, and Edward Richmond. Civic theatricals include 43 performances of the melodrama Hush Money and its accompanying oleo at the Gaslight Theater in Folsom, California. In addition she has sung with Schola Cantorum, San Gabriel Chorale, Chorus Austin and Conspirare choral groups. Janice’s teaching philosophy grows out of her unwavering dedication to music and centers on fostering a love for and appreciation of the many forms of music and music theory. She enjoys pursuing vocal pedagogy and perfecting her own voice, singing in church, working in her garden, reading, and supporting local theater performances when not teaching.
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Brenda Bedell

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!  


Ellen Bergeron

Ellen Bergeron is a native of New Hampshire where she began her violin studies at the age of four. After completing
studies at Boston’s New England Conservatory Preparatory, she earned a Bachelor of Music and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music and then a Master of Violin and Literature at Eastman. While at Eastman, Ms. Bergeron served as concertmaster for the Eastman Philharmonia with which she premiered Kevin Puts’s “Letters from Georgia” alongside Renée Fleming at Alice Tully Hall in NYC. Her teachers include Renee Jolles, Juliana Athayde, and Lynn Blakeslee. Ms. Bergeron has participated as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Nuevo Mundo Music Festival in the Dutch Caribbean, Brevard Music Festival, and Summit Music Festival where she studied with distinguished violin professor Aaron Rosand. She has been a violinist with the New York State Ballet, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, St. Andrews Chamber Orchestra, the Greece Symphony Orchestra, and taught at the Eastman Community Music School. Currently, Ms. Bergeron resides in Waco, Texas and performs with the McKinney Philharmonic, the Temple Symphony, and Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra.

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel was fortunate to have a mother who was the first accredited female band director in Louisiana. At the age of 13, his first drum set instructor was Joe Morrelo (drummer for Dave Brubeck) and then Roy Haynes (drummer for Miles Davis and others) when he attended the first Ludwig Percussion Symposium. Jack toured Europe with the All Student’s Band USA, at the age of 15, and performed with various bands throughout southern Louisiana. After attending LSU in Baton Rouge, he performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony and various circus and rodeo bands. He currently drums with John Pierre and the Zydeco Angels, Paul Klemperer Jazz Quartet, the modern Rock Band Relative Circle, and World Music Band Suburban Beat. Jack is excited to teach percussion as well as vocals at Dolce as a Master Teacher and performer.
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Robert Davis

After attending Temple University, Robert Davis received his Masters of Music Education and was a part of multiple instrumental and vocal ensembles, including performing in a Grammy award performance/recording of Carl Orff’s Catuli Carmina with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra and band from fourth grade through College, including a ten year stint as a High School Band Director. Staying active playing and conducting large and small ensemble events, he continued to teach at Austin Community College for 12 years while working at Dell. He is devoted to teaching all ages and levels of woodwind students in various school districts. As a Dolce instructor, Mr. Davis will offer instruction for saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He believes in using many avenues to inspire and motivate his students while actively demonstrating effective and beneficial playing techniques during each lesson.  Bobby is available for virtual lessons.

Jacob Dycus

Jacob Dycus has joined the Dolce faculty, teaching percussion, guitar, and piano. He acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at ULM in Monroe, Louisiana. He has served as an Assistant Band Director in the public school and is an experienced private instructor. His passion for teaching is to witness his students learn the music they love while building character and accomplishing their goals. He believes learning to play an instrument is a wonderful discipline and his goal is to provide an engaging and interactive learning environment for his students. Jacob believes this includes providing the tools for success by teaching technical skill, musical concepts, and music theory with a foundation of rhythm!

Kaytlin Gonzales

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.

Alena Kamchatna

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

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

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”.

Steve Merson

Steve Merson was born into a musical family in Scotland, UK. He spent his formative years being taught by his father before moving to London to study at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Professor David Takeno. Steve was awarded his Associate of the Guildhall School of Music (AGSM) and went on to the Advanced Solo Studies course for a further year. On completion of his studies, Steve joined the BBC and two years later he won a position with the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which he held for 23 years. During his career in London, Steve also performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia to name but a few. He has also worked with a number of internationally recognized conductors. Steve has shared the stage with Yo Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Lucianno Pavarotti,Jesse Norman, and more. He has been fortunate to have traveled extensively performing at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, and more. Steve has recorded numerous soundtracks for BBC television and films as well as for the big screen, such as The Red Violin, The Ghost and the Darkness, Mad Max 3, Ellis Island and The Lord of the Rings. Steve now lives in Austin, Texas with his Chicago born wife Norene and enjoys an active career performing with the symphony orchestras of Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Mid-Texas, San Angelo, Waco, Abilene, Brazos Valley,Temple, Laredo and currently holds the position of principal 2nd violin with the Central Texas Philharmonic.

Monique McIntosh

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

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

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

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.


David Schoo

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 See

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

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, “” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Ojo Del So”, original Latin Rock project , and solo CDs. Currently he teaches and performs in Central Texas area, specializing in vocals, guitars and keyboards.

Liz Wirtz

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.