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What Our Students and Teachers Say!
ABOUT THE FRISCO SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Since our daughter started taking piano lessons at the Frisco School of Music the piano has become her favorite "toy". At 3 years old she can already play three songs from memory and has started reading music. Furthermore, she has begun playing the songs she has learned on other instruments on her own, including hand bells, her toy xylophone and the musical buttons on her infant sister's toys.

Her love of music has been fostered by the high-quality instruction she has received from her teacher Mr. Jordan. His passion and patience has emboldened her to try new songs and has given her overall confidence to try new songs and has given her overall confidence. Thank you for helping us foster her talents. -- Chris & Sheacy Thompson.

Logan and Ann Ford

 

"I believe that a musical education is a valuable asset. It is a great outlet for teenagers. My son has been taking lessons at the Frisco School of Music since the doors opened! I've watched him grow and learn and I am in awe of what he has accomplished on the piano and guitar. Even when Logan moves away for college, I will still support the Music School. It has been a wonderful addition to our community." -- Anne Ford, Parent

"Day RockerZ summer camp was really cool. We split into two bands, then we started picking out songs to play. We also wrote a song. It was fun to work together making the band name and writing songs. Music has helped me with other things like memorizing poems for school." -- Logan Ford, Student


I taught at the Frisco School of Music for 6.5 years, during which time I was an instructor for private guitar and bass lessons as well as several labs and camps.

One thing I always appreciated about FSM was all the programs and activities we could offer outside of our weekly lessons. One of the most popular is definitely the school bands, which provide an easy way for kids to learn and play together with structured rehearsals and regular performances.

I loved the fact that all of my private students also had the opportunity to perform to an audience several times a year. This not only gives them invaluable experience on stage, but also goals to achieve and gratification to look forward to.

FSM has a wonderful 20+ studio facility and staff that take care of any materials or equipment necessary for the lessons; so I didn't have to worry about anything but teaching and the students didn't have to worry about finding books, tuners, metronomes, etc.

I think a big reason why the Frisco School of Music has become the fastest growing music school in north Texas is because of the diversity of choices, offering instruction on nearly any instrument and accommodating all ages, levels, and aspirations. -- Jesse Coulter

 

Anisha Lobo - Piano Student

"I was searching for places that I could put my daughter in music lessons. So, I went on the internet and it looked like the Frisco School of Music was a good place. Also, here with the theory classes (Rock School) and with other kids doing the same thing and recitals and things like that...it really helps. About practice....at first since she was just 6 years old I had to lay down the rules and sit with her to practice, but then she got into a routine and it became a lot easier. Now she practices in the morning because she's fresh and when you play music you are kind of in a rhythm for the day." -- Maryanne Lobo, Parent

"I was interested in piano. I like lots of different kinds of songs. I have had several different teachers here and they were really nice...(they) like to give me the up-beat songs, faster songs...a mix of songs. The theory (Rock School) definitely helps...and also playing with other people definitely helps. It is cool to hear different instruments and songs, different variety. I don't feel nervous anymore...just feel good about playing!" -- Anisha Lobo, Student

I am Sergio Rodriguez. I am currently working on my doctorate as a guitar performer at UNT. I studied my Master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin. I have taught general and classical guitar for 15 years.

I have worked at the Frisco School of Music for six months. It has been a great experience for me. I have the opportunity to teach in an environment in which all resources are available. This fact allow me to guide the students in their long term goals while I forge a solid technical basis.

Every student gets to review a part of their technical advances in every lesson as well as songs or pieces of their main interests. I help the student discover their own guitar player rather than imposing a method. Frisco School of Music allows me to do so by providing a great deal of the resources and also by their marvelous staff. I hope that you get interested in coming and get involved in the Frisco School of Music.

Haley Flagg - Guitar Lessons

 

"Our family really appreciates how well run all the programs and performances are at the Frisco School of Music. Music lessons have become a big part of Haley's life.

It is well worth the investment of time and money for the knowledge she will keep with her for her lifetime. Her guitar teacher has introduced her to new styles of music and instruments." -- Lisa Flagg, Parent

 

 

I have worked in guitar faculty at the Frisco School of Music for almost 3 years now. I teach a little bit of all styles but, rock, blues, and metal is really my specialty.

I have played the guitar for close to 20 years now, went to Loyola New Orleans and University of North Texas, studying viola, classical guitar, jazz guitar, as well as being educated in music theory and arranging.

I enjoy teaching rock, blues, and metal because I do believe there is a science behind much the right and left hand technique that a lot of players just don't bother to learn these days.

At a first lesson, I will ask a student what they want to learn, what they already know ( if anything), and give them something easy to play so I can figure out what needs to be worked on in the way of technique in order to progress. I try to balance out the assignments with an even amount of music reading, right/left hand communication techniques, and something fun to play so the students can hear their progress.

I also hold workshops involving advanced techniques for moving faster and having a finite knowledge of the fretboard and the shapes covering it that make up many of the cool, commonly heard patterns in rock that many young players are very eager to know how to play.

I focus a lot on tone, because as seen from players like B.B. King, or Eric Clapton, it isn't always about a bunch of notes, but just a few, played very nicely. I believe thats important for young players getting into the rock side of music to know as well.

For the performances, I will pick a piece that shows off the students best abilities, which builds confidence, a big factor in becoming a good musician. If a suitable piece can not be found, then I will write one, to cater to the students specific skills, but also challenge them in a way they haven't been before.

If you don't play things that challenge you, then you don't get any better.

The administration faculty helps with number one, getting me students of course! Of course they also help with many other important things to make this ship sail, such as getting students and teachers the right materials to create a good teaching and learning experience, a good environment for learning pretty much any style of music on any instrument, and are easy to communicate with in resolving any issues that may arise with a concerned parent, student, or any other sort of problem in rare instance that one occurs.

Overall my teaching experience here has been a very good one, and I believe the same sentiments go for the students and parents involved with the Frisco School of Music. -- Glenn Wallace

Guz Family


"My family really feels at home at the Frisco School of Music. It is so great that both of my children can have their piano lessons and music theory classes at the same time. I love that time, while they are in their lessons, I work on my lap top in the lobby waiting area, the wireless connection is awesome.

The Frisco School of Music has always been very accommodating to my children, they get exposure to different instruments in the Rock School class, and they really enjoy that. We all look forward to music lesson day, it has become a fun part of our weekly schedule, after lessons each week, we pick up dinner from one of the restaurants right next door." -- Guz Family

 

My name is Chaz Underriner and I have worked for he Frisco School of Music for almost two years. I am about to graduate with my Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of North Texas.

I have been playing guitar for 9 years and I have studied classical guitar at the college level as well as played numerous concerts for over 5 years.

The Frisco School of Music is a great place to work because of the flexibility it provides in meeting the educational needs and musical interests of my students.

FSM is a great place both to take music lessons and to teach because of the great musical knowledge and experience of the teachers and the customizable lesson format for the student.

It is a great place to work because the administration is very helpful for the teachers in providing equipment, information and acquiring students. The work environment is very friendly and one of my favorite parts of this job is meeting other musicians and learning about them and their experiences.

I have learned a lot teaching at the Frisco School of Music because of the diversity of students both in age and interest, which presents new and interesting challenges.

Linda MacArthur - Flute Lessons"I really missed music in my life. I used to play the piano and cello when I was in school and in community orchestra, but I set music lessons aside to raise my family. Now that our son has grown up, I decided to do something new and exciting for myself. Since I was always interested in the flute this was the perfect time to begin lessons.

I found the Frisco School of Music on line and took a chance! I was so pleased to find such a helpful staff and a wonderful teacher. He inspires me at each lesson! The positive reinforcement makes me want to continue to learn and practice.

The Frisco School of Music has confirmed that my decision to return to music lessons was the right choice. Music brings joy to your life and you are never to old to learn something new!" -- Linda MacArthur, Student

I have taught at the Frisco School of Music for almost 2 years now, and it has been a pleasure to watch my students progress. With a BM in Jazz Composition & Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and a MM in Jazz Studies, Piano Performance, from the University of North Texas, I am in a unique position to teach piano technique, jazz aural skills and theory, small-group leadership & supportive roles, and improvisation.

The Frisco School of Music has been a wonderful environment to develop my personal teaching method, and director Chris Duncan has allowed me the creative freedom to explore new ways of teaching jazz to youngsters.

A little about myself: I have performed or collaborated with artists Ray Price, G Koop, Brad Leali, Rosana Eckert, Michelle Weir, and Lee Oskar. I have worked as the Assistant to the Director of the Addison Jazz Festival for the past five years. Under the direction of Craig Marshall, I helped administer this three-day event and presented artists Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Barron, The Yellowjackets, and Tierney Sutton. I scored the independent film "Belonging" for director Jeff Archuleta and I won "Outstanding Original Score" for my work on "Lazarus Go Home (The Unnamed)" at the February 2010 Scary Cow Film Festival in San Francisco.

Teaching jazz to young musicians has become a passion of mine. Listening to jazz is like learning a new language, and most young students are still developing their basic musical vocabulary. Many consider jazz to be an inferior art form to classical, while many regard it to be vastly superior and more difficult medium. I think that it is more accurately described as a language and a way of life, requiring an inquisitive nature and a desire to understand the inner workings of music. Jazz is the history of a culture willing to improvise and adapt.

FSM has given me an avenue to bring this rich music to kids, and therefore I am able to stay firmly grounded in my own musical foundations. -- Graham Richards

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