Owner & Founder
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
Director of Operations
Advanced Piano & Guitar Teacher
John is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with with over 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 many genres: film, animation, musical theatre, orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, & solo piano.
Singing, Songwriting, and Piano Teacher
Teaching music for nearly 10 years, Andrea brings valuable experience to her approach to both vocal and piano pedagogy. She attended the Berklee College of Music where she studied both vocal performance and songwriting. Many of her students have become talented songwriters themselves and have developed a deep love for music. Having the ability to adapt to what each student needs within a lesson gives each of them the opportunity to learn and grow musically.
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.
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**
Despite having grown up with no formal music education, Anuj was admitted to University of North Texas after just two years of studying music! Therefore, he definitely knows the value of hard work, dedication, and effective practice methods when learning a new instrument. After finishing his degree there in Music Composition with studies in theory, piano, and voice, he has returned to Austin as a quickly emerging composer with an ever-growing list of awards, and is ready to share his knowledge and love of music. Anuj started teaching many different subjects to students of all ages while he was studying Psychology at UT Austin, where he graduated with High Honors and a Presidential scholarship in 2015. That's when he discovered he simply loves the act of teaching, and strives to make meaningful connections with each and every one of his students.
Piano & Voice Teacher
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Zanny Nicholas is a dedicated singer, songwriter, and pianist. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting and a minor in English: Literature. With years of musical training and performance experience, Zanny has a strong grasp on theory, artistry, and creativity. Recently, her passion for music has cultivated success both commercially and personally. At the age of 13, she sold her first original song to a feature film. Later in 2021, two more of her originals will be featured in the upcoming Showtime thriller "Another Girl". One of Zanny's greatest educational achievements was founding and leading a six-week music education program at her local Boys and Girls Club. "Jam Club Junior" solidified her love of teaching and being able to help others reach their musical goals. Having played the piano since the age of 5, she is extremely excited to share her passion for the instrument with her new students. Additionally, she is releasing an EP of original children's music later this year featuring songs about her favorite things: animals, naps, and rainbows!
Guitar & Bass Teacher
Brian Felker is a guitarist/multi instrumentalist based in Austin TX. Since earning his music degree from the University of North Texas in 2007, he has been a full time performer and music educator. His nearly 14 years of teaching experience has ranged from private lesson instruction to working in music schools such as: Hall Music Productions (Southlake, TX), Sense and Color Music School (Cedar Park, TX), as well as opening the Austin location of "Take Lessons" in conjunction with Best Buy Music, where he created the curriculum and taught guitar, bass, piano, and drum lessons, as well as theory and music production.
In addition to teaching, Brian remains an in-demand gigging musician in the Austin area. Within the last year he has maintained coveted weekly residency gigs in the South Congress and Rainy Street neighborhoods as well as near daily/nightly performances all around the city. You might see him around the Austin area performing with such bands as: Matchmaker Band, Love and Happiness, PDA (Moontower Entertainment), Dr. Zog, Crystal Finger, Frontin', the Utopia Payers, and many more. He is thrilled to be a part of the Blue Frog team!