Ensemble and captain of the drum line. Chris started taking drum lessons at the very young age of 4 years old! He LOVES to play music and enjoys teaching all percussion (full set, marimba, xylophone, concert snare, and aux percussion) and sharing his passion with others! When not teaching, Chris loves playing for the main services at 2|42 as well as the youth groups. He has played in many college honors bands including Albion (2019, 2020), Central MI University (2018, 2019), Western MI University Band day (2018, 2019), MI State University performing arts camp-audition only Bronze drumline (2017, 2018, 2019), and Livingston County Symphony Orchestra (2018). Chris earns superior ratings at both the district and state level for solo and ensemble and enjoys learning from other instructors. Chris plans on pursuing a degree in music education in college!
Sarah has been dancing since she was 5 years old! One recreational dance class many years ago turned into a lifelong journey through dance, and Sarah has been dancing for 16 years and counting. The only thing Sarah loves more than dancing herself, is teaching dance to kids of all ages and sharing the joy that dance can bring! Sarah currently teaches for four dance programs, one being School for the Arts. She loves many styles of dance, including ballet, tap, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary, and lyrical. Sarah is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor.
Piano and Voice
Austin is currently finishing his BMA Voice degree at U of M. He has been in love with singing since he was a kid, starting with numerous musical theatre performances and leading to his most recent lead performance with U of M’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society. In high school, he was heavily involved in Choral and Acapella music, and soon discovered his passion for contemporary music with the works of Billy Joel. Throughout his college experience, he began a career as a Dueling Pianist playing at several local bars and continues to regularly sharpen his performance skills. Austin has taught several students in Ann Arbor and online in addition to his work with SFTA. Starting in 2017, he began working with “Beyond Belief” a senior theater group based in Novi, as Musical Director and Vocal Coach/Conductor. Similar to them, his motto is that anyone can learn to sing, and he tries to focus lessons on an environment of FUN!
Little Explorers: Piano + Music Readiness Class
Marilyn has been teaching piano for more than two decades. She was an inaugural teacher at School for the Arts in 2013. Her goal is to offer innovative, tech-savvy lessons that develop pianists who stick with music for a lifetime. In largely student-led lessons, she uses music apps, dynamic teaching tips, and off-bench activities. Marilyn teaches music theory through chords, composing, and improvisational techniques. No boring workbooks here!
Having taught over 20,000 piano lessons with students ranging in age from 4 to 74, she understands that with each stage comes different goals. Each student has their own musical journey; her goal is to support, teach and mentor at each juncture. She has taught individual, partner/buddy, group, and online lessons. While individual lessons are the mainstay, partner lessons are her favorite. What’s more fun than learning with a friend!
Marilyn studied music at Julliard and holds a certificate from the Richards Institute (Education Through Music – ETM). ETM promotes physical, mental, and social growth through language, song, movement, and interactive play. In recent years, Marilyn has done extensive study in teaching boys and teens, chords, and online piano lessons. She holds a B.S. in Journalism with a minor in voice at the University of Kansas.
Between lessons, she plunks on another keyboard as a freelance writer for a music education app.
On a personal level: Marilyn survived a stroke after childbirth, grew up raising pigs in rural Kansas, and has done mission work in Central America. Winston, a medium Goldendoodle, is her therapy dog partner. Together, they love to offer comfort and confidence to kids in need. She and her husband of 30+ years love to travel and have three extremely creative twenty-something-year-old sons and a daughter in college.
Marilyn can’t wait to help you/your child take their next steps in music!
Rowyn has a deep love and passion for music of all kinds and has been playing since the age of six. She has been teaching for five years and loves to see students grow in their creativity and love for music and the arts. Rowyn believes that students, young and old, should have an outlet to express themselves creatively, and find their own voice in music. She was part of the Tuesday Musicale of Detroit’s student league, played with a quartet at the Scarab club in Detroit, has participated in American Guild of Music competitions, and has played in the Sonata festival at Schoolcraft college. Outside of solo performance she has done collaborative work with Vocalists, Violinists, and Cellists. She also has experience in Orchestral and Choral accompaniment.
Paige Heidrich, soprano, is an Ohio native currently pursuing a MM in Vocal Performance at Michigan State University. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music with undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Hailed as “brilliant and funny” for her work on stage, Paige has been seen performing throughout the Northeast Ohio area in a variety of venues, including the Fairmount Center for the Arts and Willoughby Fine Arts Association with Resonanz Opera, Rabbit Run Theater, at “The 9” in Cleveland, and in the Baldwin Wallace University Opera mainstage productions. As a soloist, Paige had the privilege of debuting a chamber work by composer Lincoln Sandham titled “29 July, 1856” and has been a featured soloist for Baldwin Wallace’s Treble Choir, as well as the Ashtabula Area Orchestra. Paige has held positions as a general music teacher, vocal coach, and church choir director throughout her time in Ohio. She taught private voice at the Aurora School of Music for almost two years before pursuing graduate study. Paige believes that all people should have the opportunity to experience the joy that music-making brings. She brings her performance skills into the classroom to promote active learning and is able to share real-world performance experiences with students.
Andrew has been playing acoustic and electric guitar for over 35 years. As a teenager he played in different rock bands around the southeast Michigan area and started writing and recording his own instrumental music. Since that time, Andrew has recorded 9 instrumental guitar albums and has played on various other projects by Oak Pointe Church and Ephesus Music. He also continues to play live as a solo instrumentalist at parties, weddings, restaurants, and other events as well as part of the acoustic duo Coty & Andrew and as the lead guitarist for Radio Graffiti. Andrew also plays lead guitar in and is the Team Lead of the 2|42 Community Church Worship band.
Andrew started teaching at School for the Arts in 2014 and enjoys teaching and sharing his passion with students of all ages. He believes in customizing the lesson for the individual student and writes the curriculum based on the goals that the student wants to achieve. Andrew believes in making sure the student knows what they need to know to be a well rounded musician but also that they are having fun during the process. Andrew teaches beginner to advanced acoustic and electric guitar.
Paul is currently living in SE Michigan where he is a freelance violinist. He has performed locally with Ann Arbor, Flint, Midland, Saginaw, Oakland, and Rochester Symphonies. He studied at the University of Iowa where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance. Most recently while living in Wisconsin, he performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Waukesha, and Green Bay Symphonies and held the post of Concertmaster for the Racine Symphony from May of 2000 until 2008. In addition to performing, he was a sabbatical replacement at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (2001) and was adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin for 8 years. Formerly, he was a fulltime member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra from 1992-1999, was on the faculty of Northwestern State University and Centenary College and concertmaster of the Longview (Texas) Symphony. He received critical acclaim as soloist in Longview playing Erich Korngold’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” in 1998.
I’m Austin Netherton and I have been teaching acoustic, classical, and electric guitar for 10 years. I studied classical guitar at Concordia University where I majored in Music and minored in Contemporary Christain Music. I’m currently in the Masters of Music Composition program at Michigan State University. My favorite part about teaching guitar is building meaningful relationships with my students and helping them achieve their goals. Depending on what my students want to focus on, lessons will often incorporate: playing their favorite songs, music theory, reading, songwriting, improvisation, and creative expression. By setting clear goals, actively encouraging, and focusing on what’s important musically to my students, we are able to have fun and see the most improvement.
Marianne started playing the piano at the age of five and studied piano at Rochester College while pursuing her Elementary Teaching degree. She took classes at Schoolcraft College through their Piano Teacher’s Program, when she first began teaching piano. Marianne finds joy in seeing young children master a new skill and develop their musical abilities. She believes piano not only enriches lives, but also is a great teacher of discipline and contributes to higher success in other academic areas as well.
Guitar and Ukulele
Steven Prevett is an active composer/songwriter, performer and instructor from Flint, Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music with a focus in composition and classical guitar. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has developed a unique style of playing, ranging anywhere from classical to broadway to popular music. His most recent successes includes the original musical about dogs, “3 Pekes in a Pod,” co-written by Quincy Dobbs. Other works include the original score for Central Michigan University’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Pericles”, music scores for various short films, & original music for live comedy sketch acts in Chicago. His current performance acts are the classical guitar &accordion duo “Everything but the Polka”, the classical guitar group “The Phly Boys” and the husband & wife comedy-duo “Melon 2 Melon”. As an instructor, Steven has had the pleasure working with many wonderful students of all ages. With over five years of teaching, he has had the opportunity to watch students grow and reach their goals as growing musicians. Steven strongly believes in the importance of music education, that music should be explored and shared with everyone.
Hello, my name is Anastasia and I was born with music intertwined within my soul. From the age of 6, I have been playing the piano. It is without a doubt my favorite musical instrument. I immigrated from Russia in 2013, formerly known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I obtained my Bachelor of Russian Classical Piano and a Master’s Degree in music and Choir Direction, from the State University of Culture while in the USSR. I have been teaching piano for over 20 years in both Russia, and the United States. I have taught students of all ages ranging from ages 5 to 50 years old. I absolutely love to teach piano and to assist my students in developing their musical talents. I also teach my students the discipline of becoming a pianist and performing to the best of their ability. At the same time I hope to create in my student’s a passion for the piano and develop a lifelong desire to continue improving their skills as a pianist.
Tuba, Beginning Horn
Nathan Shook is currently a master’s student at the University of Michigan, where he studies with David Zerkel. Nathan has previously studied with Ken Heinlein, Craig Knox, John DiCesare, and Yasuhito Sugiyama. Nathan has performed in master classes for a number of performers and teachers, including, Gene Pokorny, Charles Villarubia, Daniel Perantoni, and James Jenkins.
Nathan’s former students are currently enrolled in the University of Akron, Kent State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Student accomplishments include winning the CYWS concerto competition, being an alternate for the National Youth Orchestra, high school recitals, and performing with DCI corps.
Born in Chisinau, Moldova, Larisa Soboleva began her piano studies at the age of five. In 2003, she was accepted into the National Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau. In 2008, Ms. Soboleva received a full scholarship from Rowan University to study with Professor Veda Zuponcic. She was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Miami in 2012, where she completed her doctorate studies.
During her years of study, Larisa has won prizes in National and International Competitions in Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and the US. She has performed with the National Orchestra of Teleradio Moldova and the orchestra of Rowan University. Ms. Soboleva is the holder of two Masters Degrees in Piano Performance, from the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts and Rowan University, where she graduated with the Jacob Steinway Award, given to the most outstanding pianists graduating. She successfully combines performance activities with piano teaching and looks forward to working with you at SFTA!
A native of North Canton, OH, Tim initially studied at Zampino’s Drum Shop. While there, he explored rudiments, jazz, rock, funk, fusion, Latin, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and earned many outstanding ratings in solo and ensemble competition. Over the years, he has played with numerous jazz and worship bands, and he currently drums with the 2|42 band. Tim’s teaching style involves demonstration, discussion, and playing together with the student. He uses books as a reference to communicate established ideas and concepts as a foundation for creativity while holding musicality at the center of rhythmic artistic expression.