The Student Teacher Program

The ST Program is provided at Dolce Music Studio by training our advanced students, age 16+, the skill of teaching beginners. Our purpose is to give opportunity to our older students who have had many years of study as well as providing a varied format to inspire our young beginners at a reduced rate. Student teachers will teach weekly lesson plans as private lessons to their beginning students based on their master teacher’s instruction. One monthly group ensemble will be directed by the master teacher for evaluation and direction. Student teachers are required to write a weekly lesson plan for parents. Their master teacher will review monthly keeping a cohesive music foundation designed for success. Read bios below of our current student teachers.

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Ava Callas

A student from St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, began her music journey at age 6 by taking piano lessons with David Pencil and quickly added voice. At age 7 she continued her music journey by adding guitar lessons with Michael Ross and is self-taught on the ukulele. Ava participated in Praise Band for several years and performed at the Red Poppy Festival. She has also performed in several Coffee House events for her high school by playing guitar and singing. Ava has sung the national anthem at her Homecoming football game and performed at a parent social event for her school. She started classical guitar about 3 years ago to expand her guitar skills with Michael Ross. She also plays guitar in her school string orchestra. Ava has always been involved in athletics and currently plays basketball for her high school. She is part of the Spanish, Math, and Music Honor Societies. You can find Ava singing and playing guitar every chance she gets and is super excited to share her love of music with others!
Tiffany Hargrove

Tiffany Hargrove

Tiffany has been playing the violin for ten years, nine of which were taught at Dolce. She was born into a musical family; with her mother as a flutist and briefly a violinist, both sisters as pianists, and brother as a drummer and singer. Her first violin, in fact, was her mother’s violin from when she was a kid, which sparked her desire to pursue music. Tiffany began studying violin through the Suzuki method, and expanded her repertoire to classical, fiddle, improv, and duet pieces with her older sister. She is currently a junior at Grace Academy in Georgetown, and has played her violin in the worship team at school and in her youth group at Hill Country Bible Church Georgetown. Tiffany has also performed at multiple venues and public areas in her free time, and has experience playing in symphony/group settings as well. Additionally, she plans to audition for the Austin Youth Symphony this summer for the upcoming semester. Tiffany hopes to attend Belmont University as a music education major in the near future, and is excited to be able to share her love of music at Dolce. 

Erica Jermain

A high school student at GHS, began her fine arts journey at the age of 3 with dance lessons. Her piano studies began with Brenda Bedell at the age of 5 with a commitment and dedication to music for the past 11 years. She continued her musical growth by participating in choir and theater productions in elementary school and middle school. Erica then added the flute to her music education as a part of the school band. In the 8th grade, she competed for region in flute and obtained first chair, which is the highest honor a middle school student can achieve in band. Erica is part of the varsity dance team at Georgetown High School and continues to play the flute and piano. Her own piano lessons under the direction of master teacher, Brenda Bedell, now include teacher training. Erica has made the statement, “It doesn’t feel like a job when you do what you love!”

Ethan Pritchett

Ethan is currently a student at Meridian IB World School in Round Rock. He began music lessons at Dolce Music Studio under Monique McIntosh when he was 5 years old who has given him Student Teacher training and reviews his students monthly. While continuously focused on piano, Ethan has spent time familiarizing himself with a broad range of instruments, including the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, ukulele, and guitar. Outside of musical interests, Ethan is heavily involved with his church’s youth group and audio/visual team, has twice performed humanitarian work in Cambodia, serves on the class council at Meridian, is a competitive swimmer and cross country runner, and enjoys working out, 3-D printing, and engineering-related projects in his free time. Ethan appreciates the positive impact musical training has had on the soundtrack of his life and is excited to share his experiences with others.  

Jasmine Roach

Jasmine Roach has been studying music at Dolce Music Studio since she began playing the piano at age 7. Her music training has been under the expertise of Mrs. Brenda Bedell learning musicianship, technique, rhythmic accuracy and the art of expression to give her the tools needed for success in piano performance. Jasmine has participated in praise band on keyboard at worship services, at The Red Poppy Festival and Georgetown Christmas Stroll, and is the pianist for the Chamber Music Enrichment program at Dolce. She feels it is her calling to spread the beauty and love of music by sharing what she has learned through the Student Teacher program with training and direction from Brenda Bedell to her young beginning piano students. Jasmine is very ambitious and excited to be a part of this student teaching journey!

Victoria Yakesch

A student at Georgetown High School, started her music journey at age 4 by taking piano lessons from Brenda Bedell. She has been studying and playing piano for at least 11 years. She participated in choir and instrument ensemble in elementary school and continued with choir into middle school and high school. She also played violin in the Benold Middle School orchestra and received 1s in solo and ensemble and the MVP award her eighth grade year. At freshman year, Victoria expanded her fine arts studies with drawing. She made the State VASE art competition and received a high rating with two pieces of her art. She also tried out and made the top choir of GHS. She continues to play violin in her spare time and continues piano lessons and Student Teacher training with Brenda Bedell. Victoria is excited to share her passion and love of music to her students.