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Mr. Reed received a Bachelor and Master of Music from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an emphasis in Education and completed Texas certification training from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Mr. Reed was taught as a band director and assistant band director at various elementary and high schools for over 35 years before retiring. In the last 17 years, Mr. Reed has been teaching private music lessons with The Conservatory teaching piano, woodwind and brass instruments. In his experience, Mr. Reed was selected to perform a solo at a halftime NFL football game in Chicago between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He also performed in the 1974 Super Bowl featuring Jazz greats Al Hirt and Doc Severinsen of the Tonight Show. Mr. Reed has worked alongside other great jazz musicians such as Alvin Batiste, Clark Terry, Conrad Johnson, Bubba Tompson, Kirk Whalum, Randy Jackson, and Bradford Marsalis.
Having been at The Conservatory for the past 16 years has broadened my musical fortitude. To be able to instill musical concepts for my students has been rewarding in many ways. I’m blessed to be a part of a tremendous music school. The founders, Dr. Michael and Berta Guevarra knew the importance of imparting instrumental and vocal lessons that would catapult them in their formative years of instruction. I have a B.A. in Humanities with a music emphasis, bible and communications and a Masters in Vocal Performance. I have directed church choir and have helped lead churches in their worship services for the past 23 years. I traveled across the U.S. with a Christian vocal group, traveled to 5 different countries in Europe with a college choir. Also went to the Philippines twice to direct a Philippine choir for a church crusade. Since being here in Houston, I’ve taught private school students in 5 CyFair high schools; having served members achieving All-State Choir status.
My musical background was very rich and fully involved in both voice and piano. From a home of musical grandparents who raised and encouraged me in every musical pursuit, there was also the training of many years: lessons, choirs, major choral works, recitals and
performances. All of it was valuable preparation for my life as a professional musician. I received a degree in Voice Performance from LSU, and later in life received a Degree in Music Healing. During college my paid Scholarship was as an accompanist for two voice faculty teachers, a gift and privilege of great value. I also enjoyed singing and playing in Clubs in New Orleans, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Houston; directing church choirs, teaching Music Healing for 25 years, and always teaching private lessons in my home. Since 2015 I have loved teaching here only at the Conservatory of Music.
My teaching motivation has always been to teach students from a deep and abiding love of music. I have seen such powerful and beautiful life experiences as students dig in, try their best, persevere and learn important qualities for life: appreciation of structure and practice, acquire sensitivity, learn to see details, become a fine listener, set goals, and most of all, develop patience and kindness for themselves as they are learning...one step at a time, one song at a time. They grow into more confident children, teens or adults.
A student asked two weeks ago, "Ms Ann, who is your favorite composer?"; I was speechless for a moment, because there are so many. I think I replied "Beethoven or maybe Chopin", but that leaves out hundreds. An impossible question for me, as I am still learning music I
haven't worked on before. What fun. Such joy!
Grew up in a musical family which, conveniently, included all vocal parts. Long car trips were great opportunities for cappella singing. She played in the high school band and wrote and scored a march which was played at her graduation as valedictorian. She sang in the Baylor A Cappella Choir while attending Baylor, graduating with a with a degree in English. She also sang in the St. Paul’s Methodist Choir and went to London on choir tour when the choir was invited to sing in Westminster Abbey. She worked in the Medical Center as a Registered EEG technician and attended 3 summers of Kodaly training. She went back to school at U of H for a degree in music composition, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with the highest of honors from the school of music and tying for second place in the colleges of humanities, fine arts, and communications. She taught elementary school for 11 years. During that time, she stepped in as needed to direct the high school band for 1-year, taught drama for 3 years, and has taught private piano lessons for many years. She has directed musicals, plays, and puppet theater productions. Two consecutive years, she produced a thematic version of “The Nutcraker.” She is now the minister of music at her church and continues to enjoy teaching piano.
Gabriel Gomez-Sanchez was born in Peru. There he studied piano at the National University of Music in Lima under the then Academic Director Lydia Hung Wong. At 16 he won first prize at the Harrow school piano competition where he earned a scholarship to London to study music and English with teachers from the Royal Academy of Music. He now holds a bachelors degree in piano performance from The University of Houston and has had master degree studies in ancient keyboards and research from SHSU. Mr. Gabriel has a teaching experience of more than 14 years and he believes in the importance of passing down the art and tradition of piano playing to the next generations of young artists. He believes that with hard work, a solid understanding of music theory and good healthy technique there is no limit to what a student can achieve.
The pianist, composer, music teacher, arranger and band director began his musical training in childhood at the age of 11, growing up in a musical environment that allowed him to delve into fluency in the knowledge of the most diverse styles and genres of music. Developing as a prolific pianist, keyboardist, with an important career in Venezuela and with a personal style that distinguishes him when it comes to playing. Javier Cárdenas moves through the musical genres that go from salsa, cumbia, merengue, to Anglo-Saxon rhythms or genres such as Pop, Jazz and Rock music, with a musical skill that approaches virtuosity, a protean interpreter, so comfortable offering performances solo as well as in small and large groups. In his career he has worked with notable artists who have been nominated on several occasions for the Latin Grammy Awards such as Eddie Santiago, Tito Rojas, Jose Alberto El Canario Huascar Barradas, Servando Y Florentino, Mary V. Caldera, Mariana Vega and Guaco, the latter Latin Grammy winners. Mariana Vega in 2014 in the category Best New Artist with the production Mi Burbuja; and the Super Banda Guaco in 2 editions (Album Tropical Contemporary 2016 with; Guaco Historico; and Album Tropical Contemporary 2017 with Bidimensional as well as the group Desorden Publico and the renowned Cuatrista Jorge Glem, nominated for the 2017 American Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album with the production “Fuera.” He also worked for 18 years as director, producer, pianist and arranger of the renowned singer and composer Nelson Arrieta, positioning songs in the first places of the Venezuelan musical billboard such as;Te Besare from the album Ire in 2006 and Mi Reina de Corazones from the album Huele a Rosas in 2011.
Ms. Liliana has a Masters Degree from the Fines Arts Conservatory of Colombia, in Oboe and English Horn, and at the same time studied piano with the best teachers in her country. Liliana played with the Symphonic Orchestra in Cali-Colombia, for approximately 20 years and also played Camera Music, with woodwind ensembles, and was soloist while performing Oboe Concertos such as Marcelo, Haydn, Mozart, Donizetti, etc., traveling to different countries to perform these works. She has also performed recently as a guest with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, as well as private recitals with chamber ensembles.
Ms. Liliana thinks that teaching is the best way to share all her musical experience while helping the new generations to keep the focus on their integral development of mind-body and emotions. Ms. Liliana has taught at schools and conservatories in her Country for more than 20 years. We are proud to have Ms. Liliana as part of our teaching staff and encourage you or your child to enroll with her today!
Ms. Yamile was born in Cuba and began her musical studies at the age of 7. She studied for 7 years in The Vocacional Schools of Art of Camaguey in Cuba. She specializes in violin, piano and music theory. After 4 more years of studies She graduated from the Conservatory of Music Jose White in Cuba. One year later, she started the study of Musicology in The University of Arts of Cuba. Yamile eventually became a professor in the subjects of Music History, harmony and Music theory in The Josep White Music Conservatory and became Dean of the music department at the Nola Saigh Sainz School of Art in Cuba. In 2002 She moved to Venezuela were she became the violin and piano instructor of a private academy for 12 years. In 2014 She moved to Houston and since then she has been teaching piano and violin to children, teenagers and adults in the private sector. For her, teaching music is a way of leaving a mark on the lives of her students and she feels great satisfaction in seeing how they enjoy learning and progressing. Ms. Yamile is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
Michael has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and holds a Teachers Certification in the state of Texas. Michael has 22 years of experience teaching elementary music in the public sector. Michael is a multi-talented musician with experience teaching guitar, piano and voice. He has been playing guitar for 34 years, and is experienced teaching classical, rock, blues, country, and jazz guitar. In addition, Michael also has several years of experience teaching piano lessons. Whether it is guitar or piano, your child will love learning from Michael! Register your child with Michael today!