The crew of professional instructors at Music Lessons Express is comprised of professional musicians and teachers, many of which have achieved or are pursuing degrees in music, and many of which perform professionally in Tallahassee and internationally. They focus on a variety of instruments, including the guitar, piano, violin, voice, and harmonica. Music Lessons Express holds regular workshops for subjects such as songwriting, and they also provide students with ample opportunities to perform via recitals and gigs throughout the community.
Greg and Kevin, the duo of instructors who teach at Strings of Tally, draw on more than two decades of combined musical experience. Greg has played acoustic, bass, and electric guitar for eight years, and Kevin, who plays in the first section of the FSU orchestra, has coaxed melody from his violin for 14 years. Both instructors emphasize the hands-on fundamentals of playing an instrument and also introduce students to music theory.
Tobin Wagstaff has traveled quite an interesting path: he founded a nonprofit music school, and, in a turn of events profiled on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hobnobbed with rock royalty Kiss. All the while, Studio Percussion has been teaching pupils to tickle the ivories, strum the guitar, drum up a storm, and sing their favorite tunes, whether they’re jazz ballads or traditional Klingon folk songs. The instructors—all of whom remain active in the industry—help to whisk their pupils into the limelight during performances at UF sporting events, city music festivals, homecoming parades, and even family jam nights, during which participants take turns reciting their ancestral lineage to music.