Emily Pierson has been a cellist for over 25 years. She has been teaching students of all ages over 15 years, ranging from 4-84. Emily believes that you are never too old to learn something new. She aims to teach music in a way that is more process based than performance based, promoting a growth mindset with an emphasis on the person as a whole. She utilizes many teaching techniques ranging from classical cello methods to strategies adapted from performance psychology, neuroscience, and positive affirmation tools. Her teaching style draws on philosophies adapted from several early childhood experts such as Janet Lansbury, Lelia Schott, L.R. Knost, Nurture Neuroscience, and others from the gentle/conscious parenting movement.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma, has performed with the Enid and Ft. Smith Symphony Orchestras and is an active performer. Recently, she began training in several early childhood music programs through Musikgarten and hopes to soon bring music to families with small children.
Emily lives in Norman with her husband, two boys ages 4 and 1, and her dog Rascal. She enjoys being a mom and cellist and cannot wait to meet you in the studio soon!
Rebecca Panayiotou, Violin
Rebecca Panayiotou has performed as a violinist for twenty years. She is proficient in a range of musical styles, from orchestral and chamber music to improvisation and fiddle. She has performed throughout the central Florida area, and her studies have taken her from NY to Alaska and Italy. Ms. Panayiotou has held the position of Principal Second Violin of the OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra, and has also been concertmaster of the OU Civic Orchestra. She has been featured on fiddle with the bands Open Prairie and Kind Couple.
As an instructor, Ms. Panayiotou has taught private lessons in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Shawnee, Oklahoma; and Norman Oklahoma. She is well versed in teaching group classes, having conducted for the Stetson University Community School of the Arts in DeLand, FL and having run her own Summer Violin Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma for the several years. She currently teaches violin lessons at Imagine Music and Arts in Norman.
Ms. Panayiotou holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Stetson University, where she studied with Routa Kroumovitch. She continued with post baccalaureate studies at OU with Hal Grossman. Ms. Panayiotou has performed in master classes for Haratoune Bedalian and Renata Knific. Click for More
Gus Weaver, violin and viola
Jeffrey Adam “Gus” Weaver has performed in symphonies, small ensembles, and as a soloist for over two decades. His education and career have taken him from the Southeast to the Midwest and the Northwest, and his performances range from formal classical symphony concerts, weddings, funerals, mariachi, rock, prayer services, and church services to informal business parties, private home gatherings, art openings, and street festivals.
Mr. Weaver is a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra in Texas and the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas. He also performs regularly as a member of Mariachi Orgullo de America in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. As an instructor and mentor he teaches violin and viola lessons and has taught group and individual lessons in violin in Norman, Oklahoma; Pocatello, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Melbourne, Florida.
Mr. Weaver holds a Master of Music in Performance degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Idaho State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame. His principal violin teachers include Hal Grossman, Keum Hwa Cha, Chung Park, Carol Sindell, Carolyn Plummer, and Igor Markstein. His principal viola teacher was Chung Park. Mr. Weaver has performed in master classes for Aaron Barofsky, Yosuke Kawasaki, Kirsten Yon, and Dierdre Hutton.