Our Mission

We empower families and individuals to learn and grow through music so they can flourish as human beings.

Our values

Community

It takes a combined effort of family, peers, and teachers to support the growth of each individual student.

Diversity

Through collaboration, we learn to see the beauty in the variety and individuality of others.

Personal Growth

Music study teaches us valuable life skills that carry through to all areas of our lives.

Creativity

Knowledge of music opens up a world of possibilities for self-expression.

Joy

Musical ability, self-development, and connection with others leads to a deep love for life and delight of being.

Discipline

Through hard work and perseverance, good habits are cultivated.

Our Teachers

ART

Brass

Shae Hanke

Shae Hanke holds a degree in Secondary Language Arts Education from Bethel University. She considers herself a self-taught life long artist, and her arts specialties include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking,

jewelry making, and weaving. Miss Shae has taught art classes at Bryant Elementary in Moore for the past 8 years. She has been married to Matt for 5 years, and in her “spare time,” she is an avid reader and artist, and she runs a shop on Etsy.

Connor Cowan, trombone

Connor is a senior trombone performance major at the University of Oklahoma where he studies under Dr. Irv Wagner. He played in the OU Wind Symphony for three years and currently performs in the OU 

Symphony Orchestra and teaches lessons to trombone players of any and all ages. After he graduates, Connor will pursue a graduate degree in trombone performance while continuing to build up the players in his studio.

Parker Kauffman, French horn/trumpet

Parker Kauffman is a freelance horn player and teacher from Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees in music performance from Arizona State University (BM) and The University of Texas at Austin (MM).  

During his time at ASU, Kauffman performed regularly with the university ensembles and the Monsoon Wind Quintet. He played principal horn at the 2016 National Music Festival. While at UT Austin, Kauffman performed with the UT Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and was a founding member of the Mopac Brass Quintet. He teaches private lessons in studios and schools to students of all ages, including beginning lessons on other instruments in the brass family. Kauffman also composes and arranges music featuring the horn. Kauffman’s primary teachers include Patrick Hughes and John Ericson. When he’s not playing or writing music, Kauffman enjoys cooking, biking, and spending time in nature.

Guitar

piano

Elisha Moncrief

Elisha Moncrief is a classically trained guitarist living in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been playing guitar for 9 years and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music at the University of

Oklahoma in 2018. His guitar playing experience includes playing gigs at local restaurants, church worship, and playing in jazz bands. In addition to playing guitar he also has experience playing piano, bass, and choral singing. It is his desire that God is glorified through what he does in music.

Jacob Frost

Jacob Frost is a guitarist, composer, and vocalist with experience in popular, jazz, and classical music.  His work as a performer and composer focuses on creating cross-genre fusions and drawing

connections between music and literature. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Drury University and his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Oklahoma.  In addition to his teaching duties, Jacob works as a freelance composer and serves as Music Director at Hillcrest Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

Jennifer Walschap

Jennifer Walschap, NCTM, is the Founder and Director of Imagine Music and Arts, where she also teaches piano using the Suzuki Method. She received a Bachelors in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from

Shorter College and a Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from OU.

Jennifer has completed training in all of the Suzuki Piano Books with Mary Craig Powell, Rita Hauck, and Fay Adams. She aspires to become a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. She has taught masterclasses and group piano classes at the DFW-WOW Suzuki Institute, and group classes at the Preucil School of Music Spring Workshop.

Mrs. Walschap has presented at numerous locations, including the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, the Colorado Springs Music Teachers Association, and the University of Oklahoma. She also regularly adjudicates auditions and competitions around the state of Oklahoma.

Jennifer currently serves as the Treasurer for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA), as well as accompanist for the OYSing Da Capo Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her cats, gardening, studying Spanish, and doing crafts. Jennifer believes that music can enrich our lives in countless ways, and that every child can, should, and deserves to learn and experience music!

Guitar

Elisha Moncrief

Elisha Moncrief is a classically trained guitarist living in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been playing guitar for 9 years and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music at the University of

Oklahoma in 2018. His guitar playing experience includes playing gigs at local restaurants, church worship, and playing in jazz bands. In addition to playing guitar he also has experience playing piano, bass, and choral singing. It is his desire that God is glorified through what he does in music.

Jacob Frost

Jacob Frost is a guitarist, composer, and vocalist with experience in popular, jazz, and classical music.  His work as a performer and composer focuses on creating cross-genre fusions and drawing

connections between music and literature. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Drury University and his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Oklahoma.  In addition to his teaching duties, Jacob works as a freelance composer and serves as Music Director at Hillcrest Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

piano

Jennifer Walschap

Jennifer Walschap, NCTM, is the Founder and Director of Imagine Music and Arts, where she also teaches piano using the Suzuki Method. She received a Bachelors in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from

Shorter College and a Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from OU.

Jennifer has completed training in all of the Suzuki Piano Books with Mary Craig Powell, Rita Hauck, and Fay Adams. She aspires to become a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. She has taught masterclasses and group piano classes at the DFW-WOW Suzuki Institute, and group classes at the Preucil School of Music Spring Workshop.

Mrs. Walschap has presented at numerous locations, including the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, the Colorado Springs Music Teachers Association, and the University of Oklahoma. She also regularly adjudicates auditions and competitions around the state of Oklahoma.

Jennifer currently serves as the Treasurer for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA), as well as accompanist for the OYSing Da Capo Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her cats, gardening, studying Spanish, and doing crafts. Jennifer believes that music can enrich our lives in countless ways, and that every child can, should, and deserves to learn and experience music!

Piano

Jessica Witt

Jessica Witt fell in love with the piano at the age of four, knowing just a few years later that she wanted to become a teacher. She was able to achieve this goal in 2014 and has worked since then with both children and adults guiding them in

discovering their own unique styles of learning. Recently, she has become the holder of a Collegiate Music Diploma from the International Program of The National Guild of Piano Teachers; she also plans to further her studies with the Suzuki Association. For Jessica, music is a beautiful language and her goal is to divulge its secrets to whomever is willing to listen and learn.

Amanda Howe

Amanda Howe started piano lessons when she was six years old. Now graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, she is excited to start her graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma with a 

degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. Amanda loves all things music and has enjoyed competing and performing in various venues as a solo and collaborative pianist. She has studied with Dr. Ryan Kelly and Dr. Michael McQuay and will begin studying with Dr. John Patrick Murphy Fall 2022. Amanda loves being able to share the joy of music with others through teaching. She believes that no matter how much or how little you learn about music, you will not regret the time you spend with an instrument. In her spare time Amanda loves to bake, sew, read and spend time with her husband.

Nola Strand

Nola Strand is a pianist based in Oklahoma City. She has over twenty years of experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels. Nola was trained in the Royal Conservatory of Music program but has incorporated numerous other 

methods into her teaching over the course of her career. Her desire to share the joy of making music with others is reflected in her teaching style, which centers around using the student’s interests, background, and learning style to craft an individually tailored study plan.

Growing up in a small town in British Columbia, Canada, Nola was fortunate to have an incredible piano teacher who provided her with the skills to pursue a career in music. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Collaborative Piano from the University of North Texas. 

From a young age she enjoyed accompanying friends and family and this passion grew to include playing for singers and instrumentalists of all ages for lessons and performing as a recitalist in concerts throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. She also has worked as a vocal coach and repetiteur for opera and musical theater productions and has accompanied and conducted a variety of professional and church choirs. She is currently the pianist at Wesley United Methodist Church and serves as Staff Accompanist at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. 

Nola is extremely fortunate to be able to collaborate with her husband, Dr. Stephen Lochbaum, on works for classical guitar and piano. Together they live in Mesta Park with Randy and Char, their two cats. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and crocheting, playing disc golf, gardening, and discovering new foods to enjoy. 

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Miranda Hoggan

Miranda is a name that was “invented” by Shakespeare in the 17th century, so it is fitting that  Miranda Hoggan loves everything old, including her musical tastes.  She was not raised knowing she wanted to be a pianist, she actually  

wanted to be a chef until her senior year of high school when she realized just how central music was in her life.  It was then that she cram prepped and auditioned for various university programs and received a generous accompanying scholarship from Weber State University in Utah.   

 

She graduated in the spring of 2022 with a minor in Nutrition and her bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from Weber State University where she studied five years with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, the head of the piano area at Weber State University, an incredible piano professor and mentor.  Through Miranda’s experiences through college, her love of teaching and ensemble performing has grown.  That being said, she has most recently been teaching in her private studio, which she hopes to expand, and at WSU through the Piano Preparatory Program and the pedagogy internship courses.  She has also gotten to perform piano duets with various colleagues and accompany many other musicians through her years of music study.  In her spare time, she was also the pianist in a community symphony full of people who share a love of music and performing together.  She also loves reading, spending time with family and friends, hiking, cooking, painting, watching movies, and the list goes on!   

 

During college, she has had the opportunity to compete and perform many times.  Along with being chosen as a winner in the Weber State Concerto Competition twice, she was also awarded Honorable Mention in the Utah Music Teachers Association Collegiate Concerto Competition.   

 

She is currently starting her master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Oklahoma.  It is Miranda’s wish to spread the joy that comes from music to people all around the world, through teaching and performing with others who share that same passion.  As Plato said, “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”  That quote is something Miranda truly believes and remembers as she pursues her musical aspirations.

Janelle Crane

Janelle Crane is a classically trained pianist and educator. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from OU, where she studies with Dr. Barbara Fast, Dr. John Patrick Murphy, and Dr. 

Jeongwon Ham. At OU, she teaches applied piano and group piano classes to undergraduate students.

Previously, Janelle taught PreK-12 general and choral music in public schools in Arizona and Texas. She is an active member of NAfME and MTNA and holds a BM in Music Education from Arizona State University. Her past teachers include Caio Pagano and Pee-Yaw Lim Wilkes.

Janelle’s teaching approach is student-centered, prioritizes positivity and creativity, and is based on the foundation that everybody is musical! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, doing jigsaw puzzles, and exploring amateur film photography.

Elise Eastin

Elise Eastin is a pianist and teacher with years of experience teaching all ages and levels of musical background. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently 

obtaining a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. 

Elise grew up in Southeast Missouri and loved the piano from a young age. Knowing she wanted to teach, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Here, she studied under professors from universities all over the nation, including the Juilliard School of Music. It was in Kansas City that she began to teach, and her desire to continue down that path led her to the University of Oklahoma, home to one of the most active and reputable Piano Pedagogy programs in the United States. 

Her favorite part about teaching is showing students that they have the ability to improve, problem-solve, and be expressive both in their lessons and on their own!

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing a wide variety of musical instruments.

 

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Jenna Klein

Jenna Klein has been a dedicated teacher to students of all ages and levels for the past eight years. Currently she teaches piano at Imagine Music and Arts and Applied Piano at Southern Nazarene University as an adjunct faculty member.

She is a Candidate for the Ph.D. in Piano Pedagogy at OU where she studies piano with Dr. Jane Magrath and piano pedagogy with Dr. Barbara Fast. Her past teachers include Sean Botkin, Dr. Lynn Worcester, and Dr. Ruthanne Schempf. She earned her BA in Piano Performance and Contemporary Music Studies with an emphasis in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz and a MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Iowa. She has performed nationally throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York, Michigan, and the Midwest and internationally in Eisenstadt, Austria as part of the Classical Music Festival.
During her time at OU, she has been a four-time recipient of the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for outstanding instruction as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Most recently, she was awarded the 2021-2022 Mergler and Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowship which she will use to continue research related to diversity and representation in the piano repertoire. In addition to teaching, Jenna is an active presenter at state, regional, and national conferences.

ART

Shae Hanke

Shae Hanke holds a degree in Secondary Language Arts Education from Bethel University. She considers herself a self-taught life long artist, and her arts specialties include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, printmaking,

jewelry making, and weaving. Miss Shae has taught art classes at Bryant Elementary in Moore for the past 8 years. She has been married to Matt for 5 years, and in her “spare time,” she is an avid reader and artist, and she runs a shop on Etsy.

percussion

Tyler Romine

Tyler Romine received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma.  While attending, he instructed drum set classes, steel band classes, private percussion lessons and marching

band clinics. He has been performing for 21 years in the regional music scene and national tours. He is trained in drum set and world percussion as well as all forms of traditional/orchestral and mallet percussion. He is experienced in styles including Rock, R&B, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Orchestral, and Contemporary small ensemble and has performed with the OU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, New Century Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He is currently performing and recording with the band Kinfolk as well as local artists Justin Logan, Ben Brock, and Giakob Lee.

percussion

Strings

Tyler Romine

Tyler Romine received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma.  While attending, he instructed drum set classes, steel band classes, private percussion lessons and marching

band clinics. He has been performing for 21 years in the regional music scene and national tours. He is trained in drum set and world percussion as well as all forms of traditional/orchestral and mallet percussion. He is experienced in styles including Rock, R&B, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Orchestral, and Contemporary small ensemble and has performed with the OU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, New Century Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. He is currently performing and recording with the band Kinfolk as well as local artists Justin Logan, Ben Brock, and Giakob Lee.

Dr. Charlene Dell, violin

Charlene Dell is currently the Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Oklahoma. She teaches undergraduate courses in conducting, string methods, and pedagogy, graduate courses in music education, and conducts 

the Oklahoma Youth Philharmonic. 
     Prior to beginning her work at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Dell taught for sixteen years in the public schools of upstate New York and South Carolina. She also has strong experiences as a youth orchestra conductor, having directed youth orchestras in Poughkeepsie, NY. She also served for 8 summers as Assistant Administrative Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs, NY.
     Dr. Dell is active as a researcher and clinician at both state and national levels. She has presented clinics at the national conferences of National Association for Music Educators, and the American String Teachers Association National conference, as well as the state conferences of Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, and New York. She has published in the Teaching Music through Orchestra book series, the American String Teachers Journal, and Music Educators Journal, as well as other national and international research journals. She became Editor of the American String Teachers Journal in June of 2021.
     Dr. Dell received her Bachelor of Music Education at Crane School of Music, State University College of New York at Potsdam. She then obtained her Master of String Education Degree from Western Connecticut State University, as well as her PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Jaden Frye, viola

Jaden Frye, B.M. is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma studying for her Masters of Music in Viola Performance. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from Oklahoma City University. She has 

thoroughly enjoyed teaching viola private lessons for middle school and high school level musicians. She is also serving as a violist for New Hope United Methodist Church and plays in various other ensembles, including The Painted Sky Opera Orchestra. After her the completion of her Masters degree, she will continue teaching private viola and violin lessons to a variety of ages and continue performing in various settings.

Woodwinds

TJ Blackburn, bassoon

TJ has a Bachelors of Music from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Music from the University of Minnesota. She has been the 2nd Bassoonist for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. Other than music, 

TJ is also very passionate about the health and wellness side of performing. She is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant and hopes to help musicians prolong their playing careers by helping with the body mechanics of playing an instrument.

Zack Smith, saxophone

Zack Smith is on the faculty as a Music Theory, Saxophone, and Piano Instructor. He has a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on his Master’s in Music Theory. He is a member of the local band, Valouch

and the Hooch, switching between saxophone, bass guitar, and piano. Zack has 12 years’ experience teaching saxophone and received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching in 2015-2016 for music theory. He stresses the importance of creativity in the learning process, the importance of lifelong learning, and the importance of naps.

Giorgia Patterson, clarinet

Giorgia Patterson grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma where she fell in love with all things music and clarinet. As that passion for music grew, she went on to get a Bachelors in Music Education at Oklahoma City University. Giorgia now teaches at 

Norman High School, as well as the vertically aligned Middle Schools as the Assistant Band Director. As a band director and clarinet teacher, it is her mission to help grow and inspire a love of music in the younger generations

VOICE

Paige Cleveland

Paige Cleveland teaches PreK through 5th Grade Music in Norman Public Schools. She is a 2021 Graduate from the University of Oklahoma and has a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education. She loves teaching voice and 

early childhood music and has a passion for helping students establish a life-long love for music 

Lydia Jackson

Lydia Jackson is a senior at the University of Oklahoma studying vocal music education. She is a member and officer of OU Women’s Chorus, a student ambassador for BreatheOUt wellness, and runs a popular OU choir meme page. She 

completed an internship for the OYSing Con Brio choir and takes joy in conducting young singers. In addition to choir, she loves hiking, playing violin, and being a summer camp counselor. She hopes to help students of all ages develop a life-long appreciation for music and gain confidence in the process. 

Matthew McKinnon

Matthew McKinnon is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma where he completed his Master’s degree in Music (opera emphasis). He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 

Matthew McKinnon specializes in teaching students of all ages and has experience as a performer of many styles including opera, musical theatre, and contemporary music. Mr. McKinnon has a passion for teaching and loves educating his students on the art of singing and performing.

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