Blue Frog School of Music is positioned on two acres off 290 west; only 2.5 miles from the 'Y' in Oak Hill in Austin. What was once our family residence for 25 years is now our family business. Still very homey, all the rooms and smaller buildings have been transformed into music rooms!
It's a sweet setting and welcomes everyone to relax while students receive their lessons. Our teachers have college degrees and are carefully selected to bring the best of the best to all learning settings. Glad you are here...welcome!
A little history...
Born to a mix of Cherokee and Irish lineage, she remembers the midday Sunday dinners with aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. "We were playing music with guitars, harmonicas, spoons, etc.— and lots of singing (in harmony)."
Starting formal lessons at age five, Sonora 'lived' music in rural Missouri where she followed the natural process of growth via church choir, award-winning State Fair performances, etc. She then went on to the University of Missouri at Kansas City-Conservatory of Music where she received awards for Most Promising Education Student and Outstanding Vocal Performer. At her first Freshman conservatory piano jury she was advanced to the Junior level!
As a student, Sonora arranged and directed radio jingles, rehearsed ensembles for Kansas City churches, managed bands (rock 'n' roll and jazz), and coordinated rehearsal space for University students, including an 80-piece Accordion Orchestra. You thought finding a place for that new drum set was hard!
Psychology of Music became another favorite focus and ultimately led Sonora to San Antonio, where she became the Director of Music Therapy at the San Antonio State School. Working with the residents, designing curricula, coordinating staff and supervising Music Therapy interns was rewarding work.
• Bachelor of Music Education
• Masters in Music Therapy
• Diploma in Voice Performance
• Minors in Piano and Theater
piano, guitar, and drum instructor
John is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with nearly 10 years of teaching experience. He received his degree from Kansas State University where he studied piano performance under Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski and music composition under Dr. Craig Weston. John's compositions span across many genres including film, animation, musical theatre, orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and solo piano.
piano, guitar, drums, ukulele, & voice instructor
With a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Piano and years of teaching experience for multiple instruments, James knows how to motivate students to reach new heights in their playing. He's passionate about creating piano arrangements for everything from the Beatles to Springsteen to Sinatra and also enjoys writing songs on an acoustic guitar or playing drums at a jam session with friends. James has several original releases for sale on iTunes and is a regular performer in bands in Austin.
He incorporates music theory into lessons as a guideline to keep track of musical ideas, but not as a "set of rules." He emphasizes both traditional sight-reading and playing by ear to encourage students to make their own arrangements of popular songs. James is a well-rounded musician whose experience on stage, in the classroom, and in the recording studio pays off big-time for his students.
Music and Teaching are Pilar's great love. She is passionate about music education and nurturing the love for music in her students. She has acquired experience in the development of activities that through music and the arts, contribute to the emotional, social and cultural well-being of a wide range of participants, from early childhood to the elderly.
Pilar was born in Bogotá, Colombia where she started her music studies at the Taller Musical Francisco Cristancho. She moved to Australia and graduated from the Jazz Music Institute with a Bachelor of Music. She holds a Diploma of Music from Southbank Institute of Technology where she was awarded the 2008 composer of the year. In 2016, She was awarded a scholarship to study a one year postgraduate course at the Mozarteum University - Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. She earned a diploma in Advanced Studies in Music and Movement Education Orff-Schulwerk.
Seven years of teaching experience have taught Pilar that every student is different, therefore, an individual approach and method is the best way to guide her students to achieve their goals. Whether you are learning music for leisure or chasing a specific goal, Pilar believes that the key to make good progress is not just a student eager to learn but also a tutor that wants them to be better and better.
singing & songwriting teacher
Sonora is delighted that her daughter, Andrea, has joined her School of Music as a vocal teacher! Having attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Andrea brings a fresh approach to vocal pedagogy, as well as songwriting skills. She's a talented, well-educated, and proficient musician in many areas. Like her mother, Andrea has a passion for working with children, as well as adults.
Blue Frog is pleased to welcome Michael Zeoli to our teaching staff specializing in drums and percussion studies. Best known as drumming member of award winning Del Castillo band. Recognized by SXSW Music Awards (02/03) as "best drummer" having played Montreaux Jazz Festival and recorded with the likes of Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana. Mike has an extensive musical background teaching students of all ages (beginner to advanced) and nearly every application ranging from marching and orchestral percussion, to modern drum set, afro-cuban hand drums and world percussion for nearly 20 years.
**Se habla espanol**
voice & piano teacher
Megan comes from several generations of musicians scattered across Michigan, and in keeping with the family tradition, began taking piano lessons at five years young. Unable to settle for just one instrument, she took up the cello and oboe when she joined her school's band and orchestra programs a few years later.
Also an accomplished vocalist, Megan's family have fond memories of her singing in public to fellow restaurant patrons as early as 2 years old. She joined her school's choir in third grade and served as a cantor at her church when she was thirteen. She began taking voice lessons in middle school and continued to sing in choirs, a cappella groups, and show choirs throughout high school and college.
She received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition from the University of Texas at Austin. Studying under jazz experts John Mills and Jeff Hellmer, she composed and arranged music for UT's prestigious Jazz Orchestra, while also arranging songs for two new a cappella organizations that she helped form, the Texas Songhorns and Beauties and the Beat. She also performed with and arranged songs for UT's official show choir, the Longhorn Singers.
After college, she became interested in Musical Theatre and has played keyboards and worked as a musical director for several productions at various theaters in central Texas. In December 2016 she was awarded a Broadway World Award for Best Musical Direction for her work on "42nd Street" at the Georgetown Palace Theatre.
Megan offers voice lessons with a Musical Theatre/Jazz focus to tweens, teens, and adults. She hopes to prepare her voice students for any musical auditions in which they wish to participate, focusing heavily on vocal endurance and proper Broadway singing techniques. Megan is also offering piano lessons for all ages and would like to extend an offer for Jazz Piano lessons to any students interested in learning jazz technique and theory, in the hopes of spreading the love of jazz music to the edges of Austin and beyond.
Music educator who's motivation and enthusiasm comes from discovering his true passion for sparking the intellect, creativity and spirit of children through joy and music. He has over 5 years experience in education which includes bilingual and multi-sensory lessons, early childhood music, work with children at risk, didactic concerts, one-on-one lessons and teacher training.
Diego studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria the postgraduate course: Diploma in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education Orff-Schulwerk. He also owns a Bachelor of Music from the JMI Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane, Australia and a Diploma of Music from the Southbank Institute of Technology.