Nick Jensen - Studio Director
Nick Jensen has been sharing his love of music with students since 2006. Since this time, he has helped hundreds of students achieve their musical goals. Besides running the studio, Nick is also the Praise and Worship Leader at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, where he leads a contemporary praise band every Sunday. You can also find him playing out locally in the Phoenix area almost every weekend. Through his many years of performing and teaching music, Nick has developed a passion for teaching music and helping students tap into their inner rock star!
Tina Allgeier - Voice & Piano Instructor
Over the past 40 years, Tina Allgeier has been singing and performing in many areas of the music industry. Areas include musical theater, studio recording sessions, guest performances with local orchestras, duo/trio/band work for clubs and private parties. She has also been involved with community organizations/city sponsored events, and serving as a music teacher and minister at various churches valley-wide. For the past 15 of these years as a music teacher, she has been passionately bringing her extensive performing experience and love of singing to her students. She recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each one of her singer/artist students and individualizes her music teaching to help each student reach his or her own musical goals. Although most of Tina’s time is spent teaching music and performing, she is always sharpening her skills through continued study and working at her craft daily; proving that no one is ever too old to learn!
Caroline Philipp - Drum Instructor
Caroline has been playing drums for over 14 years. She began teaching several years ago and has been able to share her passion of drums and music with many students. Caroline is very knowledgeable in many styles and genres of music She has experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands and many styles of rock/pop bands! As an instructor, Caroline believes being versatile and well-adapted to multiple genres is essential to becoming a well rounded musician. She is adamant on developing proper technique and posture from the beginning as well as being familiar with a metronome. She takes great pride and joy in her student’s success.
Ed Skibbe - Songwriting Coach
Ed loves to coach songwriters, from aspiring beginners to established professional songwriters. Having spent 17 years as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville, Ed can help you develop a balanced approach to the craft, muse and business of songwriting. He also has been a professional performer his entire adult life, and can help you with performance tips geared just for songwriters. No instrument is required; many songwriters sing and/or write lyrics only. Ed’s approach combines individual sessions, group workshops, cowriting opportunities, and fun songwriter performances and events. Whether you are a beginner, a local singer-songwriter, or an aspiring professional, let Ed help you make your songwriting the best it can be.
Mike Reardon - Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Instructor
Mike is a guitarist/bassist/vocalist living in Scottsdale after moving here from the Black Hills of South Dakota where he lived and performed from 1994 to 2014. He grew up in Massachusetts where he attended Berklee College of Music as a performance major and acquired a background in jazz theory and harmony. Mike has been teaching for 20 years, mentoring students from age 7 to 70 in rhythm, melody, and harmony so they can have the skill needed to play their favorite songs or write their own music. Many of his students have graduated to playing in touring bands or starting their own band. Mike is a full time musician playing bass with many prominent local groups and is also the lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter for his own band, MRB. He also enjoys sharing his acoustic guitar music with many seniors during the day through Audrey’s Angels.
Steven Bowman - Violin & Fiddle Instructor
Steven Bowman is a violinist/singer songwriter/music teacher/producer from Memphis, TN. He recently moved to Anthem, AZ, where he works with CrossLife Church in addition to being a full-time musician. He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Memphis in 2010. Steven has 13 years experience teaching violin, and works frequently with the Annie Moses Band in Nashville, having been been featured in performances with them at Carnegie Hall, the Bluegrass Underground, the Grand Ole Opry House, and the PBS Special “The Art of the Love Song.” He has backed up artists such as Star & Micey, Jimmy Wayne, Ron Block from Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Josh Turner. Steven also writes and performs with his original band Loser’s Way Home. Throughout the years, Steven has helped many students achieve their musical goals and reach levels of playing they never dreamed possible. Whether you want to learn classical, bluegrass/folk or modern pop styles, Steven is the perfect instructor for you!
Kim Steele - Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Instructor
Kim Steele has over 25 years of teaching and performing experience as well as a degree in music. She started as a classical guitar performance major and then also pursued commercial music to concentrate on more popular styles as well as studying arranging, writing and performance. She has taught many private and group lessons for all ages of students. She currently performs in her own rock band as well as several other classic rock groups, country projects and praise and worship bands. “Music can heal, and give hope, bring joy and serve as an outlet to share our deepest emotions. Music, the universal language.”
Andrew Hirst - Piano & Voice Instructor
Andrew Hirst is a composer, singer and music educator from York, Maine. He received his B.M. in Vocal Music Education from the University of Maine. Andrew strives to make music accessible and enjoyable for all ages, with a style influenced by a background in barbershop and contemporary choral music, as well as pop & rock styles of music. He has had his music performed by choirs around the world, and in venues such as Carnegie Hall. Andrew has been playing piano, directing choirs across the country and composing for over a decade.