„We love piano and voice lessons with Tom at Lewis Music Studio! He has helped to instill a love and interest in music and a hunger to learn more in my son. Highly recommend!”
Becki Lewis was born and raised here in Pittsburgh. She has been playing the violin for over twenty years, and she enjoys playing locally at her church. She also plays the piano, viola, and flute and has been trained extensively in music theory. She studied with the accomplished Linda Andersen, Rick Choura, and Karen Dietrich. In addition, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and her Director’s Credential in Early Childhood Administration from Point Park University. Becki has been teaching piano since 2001, and has taught for several years in the classroom as well. Her passion for children and music make her music studio thrive.
Originally from Chile, Katherine starts to play the violin when she was 9 years old as a self-taught musician. In 2013 she started a bachelor’s degree in music performance violin in the Universidad de Chile. After four years, she got her bachelor’s degree in music performance, violin. After that, she also attended many music festivals in Chile and Brazil like FIMP and FEMUSC to get more experience in the performance area.
In 2019, she moved to the USA because she got a full scholarship to study an Artist diploma program in Music Performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She was recently graduated from that certification in May 2021. She is currently a student of a master’s degree program in Music Performance in violin at the same school.
Katherine has plenty of experience as an orchestral musician. She currently performs in Butler County Symphony Orchestra, Butler, PA, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Greensburg, PA.
Katherine has the ECC course, and Suzuki books 1, 2, and 3 certifications. She has experience teaching children from 5 years old, teenagers, and adults. She is also bilingual, so she can teach violin in Spanish and English in a comfortable way. She got different violin teaching positions jobs in Chile, like in Trewhela’s school, Christian and Karen School, and Escuela de Música Enrique Soro.
Sarah Garin has been teaching students of all ages to play the violin for over 20 years and is
excited to begin teaching at the Lewis Music Studio! Sarah received a Bachelor of Music degree
from the Pennsylvania State University, an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Duquesne
University, and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sarah is an adjunct violin instructor at Washington and Jefferson College and has a violin studio
in her home in Mt. Lebanon. She is a member of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and an
active freelancer in the Pittsburgh area. Sarah has performed with Barry Manilow, Marie
Osmond, Andrea Bocelli, and others. When she isn’t teaching or playing her violin, Sarah
enjoys playing with her 6 year old son, Adam, and their dog, Scooter.
Piano, Guitar, Voice. Devon Jackson started his journey in music when he was just 7 years old. During that time, he has studied and played various styles of music. Devon had the pleasure of studying under the retired head of the piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. James Staples. He has also studied under Dr. David Ed from Sewickley as well as Charles Wilson. Devon minored in music at IUP, and played various recitals and concerts through out his college life. He is currently the Pianist for the band Escaping Destiny.
In the 8th grade Bruce Lazier started teaching private music lessons to kids from his suburban neighborhood near Denver, Colorado. Aside from a few brief interludes he has been at it ever since. He enjoys seeing kids develop into both good musicians as well as vibrant and productive individuals.
In addition to his passion for teaching, he has restored a Victorian house in the South Side Slopes neighborhood of Pittsburgh, travelled the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe extensively, enjoys bicycling, and would love gardening if that didn’t involve mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Bruce has performed extensively as a professional trombonist. His performance credits include back up bands for Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Lou Rawls, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Debbie Reynolds, The Temptations, and Lena Horne, among many others. He has performed under the batons of Aaron Copeland, Michel Legrand and John Williams with various symphony orchestras and was a member of the River City Brass for twelve years. Bruce is the founder of the annual concert “Trombones on Ice” which features 120 to 130 brass players performing seasonal favorites at such venues as the PPG Wintergarden, the South Side Works, and Bellefield Hall Auditorium. This past year and this year the venue was and will be a 220 year old Harmonist barn in Harmony, PA.
Bruce has resided in Pittsburgh and Harmony PA for the past 32 years. He is a graduate of The University of Northern Colorado (Bachelor of Music) and Yale University (Master of Music).
Tom is a composer and pianist from Pittsburgh, PA. From a young age, Tom was fascinated with music and began to take piano lessons at the age of 7. Piano lesson quickly developed into many diverse interests, and Tom began to branch out into learning to play guitar, singing in a choir, and writing original music. Tom began performing music professionally at 14, and has continued to perform ever since in various styles such as jazz, big band, rock, pop, and classical. Tom earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Duquesne University in 2014, and had the pleasure of studying with such eminent musicians as Rob Kurth, Jeffery Turner, and Lynn Purse. Tom believes that music is for everyone, and that with the right attitude, anyone can achieve their goals.
Richy Muckle not only has 20 years of formal teaching experience but also a wealth of experience in performing, touring, studio recording, clinics, and more. Presently, he is active as a freelance drummer and performs in all styles. Richy highly endorses knowledge of the rudiments, as it pertains to all forms of percussion. He teaches all styles of music, in order to prepare students for potential band involvement and performances. Richy believes that a well-rounded drummer should both play and read well!
Sam has always been fascinated with technology and creating new music which is why he is passionate for music technology! He attended Duquesne University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology. There he studied under many great professors such as Dr. Burke, Lynn Purse, and Thomas Kikta, taking to heart their passion for music, technology, and education. Sam believes music can be a powerful inspiration that can change lives. Music has enabled him to pursue his goals and is a fundamentally important aspect of his life. The reason he teaches is to share music with others and to show his commitment to furthering the understanding of the cultural, personal, and educational importance of music. His aim as an educator is to help the student discover and develop their passion for music in an enjoyable and fulfilling way. He offers lessons for all ages in piano, guitar, music technology, sound recording, music theory, and composition.
Erika Pierce attended Oberlin conservatory as a viola performance major and holds two Masters Degrees from Chatham College. Erika’s past teachers include violists Thomas Dumm, former principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, as well as Jeffrey Irvine, former violist in the New World String Quartet and the principal violist in the Wichita Symphony. Erika has also played under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, David Lobel, and Kirk Muspratt. She was a National Solo Competition Semi-Finalist on viola in 1992 and has soloed with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra several times. She formerly served as principal violist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Butler Symphony, Undercroft Opera, Chautauqua Choir, St. Louis Opera and the St. Louis Philharmonic. Erika has performed on viola for the Berkman Festival, the Surreal Ethereal Realists, Drywall Macbeth and was a featured performing artist on Tony Buba’s film Playing to an Empty House. She also has performed as a violist with the Three Rivers String Quartet for over a decade.
Erika was formerly on the music faculty of the Oberlin Community Music School, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Seton Center School of Music, and several local Montessori schools. Erika is the founder and director of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra’s Prelude Strings Ensemble and also serves as PYPO’s Executive Director. Erika enjoys working with her extensive studio of private Violin and Viola students. Erika and her husband are proud parents three children who also love music and play trombone, bass and viola.
Evan Spurlock is a musician from Bridgeville, PA who teaches piano and bass guitar. He originally began playing in his school band when he was 10 and ever since has continued to broaden his musical skills. He picked up piano lessons when he was 13 and is self-taught on the bass guitar. Evan has also taught himself the art of recording and producing. He does freelance mixing and writes and records for his own band. He currently is the snare drum captain in the CV marching band, plays regular piano and voice recitals and gigs, and is the bassist/vocalist/producer in his own band.
Will frequently performs as a substitute cellist in the New World Symphony (Miami, FL), and has performed with The Florida Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic, under conductors Manfred Honeck, Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthias Bamert, Yan Pascal Tortelier, JoAnn Falleta, among others. He holds degrees in music from the University of Florida and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with cellists Steven Thomas, David Premo, and Anne Martindale Williams. At Carnegie Mellon, he earned first prize with his colleagues in the school’s Silberman Chamber Music Competition with an enthusiastically received rendition of Oliver Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour la fin du temps”. Additionally, Will has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Center, and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festivals.
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