Our instructors

Read about each instructor below. 

Michelle Hardin

Michelle Hardin

Director: Academy of Music

Bachelor of Music Education – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 

Teaches Beginner to Intermediate Piano, Voice, Beginner Guitar

Brian Holt

Brian Holt

Guitar Instructor

Master of Arts in Jazz Performance with a Minor in Music Production and Engineering – Berklee College, Boston, MA 

Teaches Beginner to Advanced Guitar (acoustic, electric), Bass (electric, upright), Mandolin, Music Theory, Music Engineering and Programming

Sarah Pfister

Sarah Pfister

Violin and Viola Instructor

Master of Viola Performance and Suzuki Violin Pedagogy – University of Hartford, Hartford, CT 

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA  

Teaches Beginner to Intermediate Violin and Viola (traditional and Suzuki Method)

Justin Hall

Justin Hall

Cello Instructor

Master of Music, Cello Performance -Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH 

Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance  –Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH 

Teaches Beginner to Advanced Cello

Kristi Vernon

Kristi Vernon

Voice Instructor

Master of Music Education – Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA 

Bachelor of Music Education – James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA  

Teaches Voice and Intermediate Piano

Marcus Couch

Marcus Couch

Piano Instructor

Graduating in 2023 with Bachelor of Commercial Music with Piano and Voice Primary – Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Teaches Beginner to Intermediate Piano