Isaac Peña – Program Manager/Instructor
For the past 25 years, Isaac Peña has been composer, arranger, director and/or instrumentalist in many musical groups and presentations ranging in ensemble size from 2 to 35, and representing a wide variety of genres including Latin, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Indie and R&B/Soul. He has recorded and produced several Austin musical artists, and also recently worked with another producer to help provide material for the music library of cable sports channel ESPN. Isaac Peña has been teaching for the past 10 years, and recently joined the Beyond the Grade team and program manager and instructor.
Troy Millward – All classes instructor
Troy is from Dallas, Texas and has been playing music since he was 14. He plays multiple instruments including guitar, bass, and drums, and washboard. Troy loves teaching music. He has been working with children for many years, with experience as a volunteer mentor. Troy is renowned for being able to motivate, coach, and reengage students in their education.
Rachel Fuhrer – Rock Band/Drum instructor
Currently residing in Austin, TX, Rachel Fuhrer is a highly active musician, educator, and writer. She has played drums for artists such as Ume, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Brad Houser (Edie Brickel), and Eric McFadden (P-Funk Allstars) among many others. Over the years, Rachel has shared the stage with hundreds of notable artists including Jane’s Addiction, Blondie, The Toadies, and Franz Ferdinand. She was featured in the May, 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, the January 2012 issue of DRUM! Magazine and is a contributing writer for TomTom magazine in the Tips and Techniques column. Last year, Fuhrer was also featured in the book Woman Drummers, A History by Angela Smith (Rowman & Littlefield). While in Ume, the band appeared on Travel Channel’s No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. Rachel graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied privately with Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs) and Jackie Santos Jr. (Tavares, Beaver Brown Band). Teaching is a great source of joy for Rachel, as she teaches pre-school music classes, coaches after-school rock band progr
ams and has enjoyed a full roster of private drum students for the past 6 years.
Chris Turvill – Guitar/Preschool Music instructor
Chris grew up taking lessons on bass, guitar and piano in Houston. While his piano lessons were more formal, his guitar and bass lessons with Dave Carey were an improvisational expedition in rock and jazz classics, leading into high school jazz band and a trip to Jamey Aebersold’s summer workshop. During his college years in Austin, he gained live experience playing around town, while also writing and recording his own experimental rock compositions. After college, he began to teach private/group guitar lessons and rock band classes through Boys and Girls Club and Instrumental Music for Children in California. His musical excursions led to gigs at a variety of venues from wineries to art collectives in Napa to a week-long course with Robert Fripp’s Guitar Circle to learn how physical disciplines like Tai Chi and Alexander Technique benefit performance.
Zach Yanez – Drum instructor
Zach recently graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Jazz Studies. Zach received his jazz training from drummer Dana Hall, and the great faculty at DePaul. He also has training in classical percussion having studied with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Lyric Opera among other professional orchestral organizations. He currently teaches percussion students through the Austin Independent School District as well as maintaining a private drum set studio. Zach is an active performer in the Austin music scene with Interrobang Brass and ZACH Theatre.
Justin McLemore – Guitar/Rock band instructor
Austin native Justin McLemore is a highly active touring musician, educator, and composer. A self-taught musician who has been playing various instruments since the age of 5. He received a degree from ACC in commercial music management and attended Concordia University and the Art institute of Houston. Justin plays guitar and bass, but is also proficient in electronic music programming and drums. He has played Bass for several national and local acts and shared the stage with Roger Creager, Sam Riggs, Wolfmother, She wants Revenge, Kenny Rogers, Gary Allan, Scorpion Child, Girl in a Coma and Ok Go. He has played on 15+ albums with 7 having global releases. He has played venues across the US from the famed “Whiskey a go-go” in Hollywood, “The Wormy Dog Saloon” in Oklahoma City, “Emos” in Austin, Hard Rock Casinos across the US to the Cowboy Western Club in Mexia, Tx. He also has spent several years working in studios and has worked on/engineered four releases with local artists as well.
Travis Turk – Guitar/Rock Band/Preschool Music instructor
His enthusiasm for music mixed with his inner child makes for a very high energy, educational atmosphere. Playing off of the children’s interest, he makes sure to create an experience that children will not only enjoy, but be genuinely interested in.
Ryan Fimreite – guitar/keyboard instructor
Ryan is a super cool guy. Amazing at everything he touches. Best known for the creation of “Tangerine” a multi-conceptual show about love and loss. Ryan now spends his time at Layden studios producing and recording artists from all ranges of music and helping them achieve visions for less money. He spends his free time dreaming and skeeming to dream. Music and creativity are his passion and purpose. He has a puppy named Haley and they take walks in the park and mess with other puppies and their owners for fun.
David Jerome – Guitar/Rock Band/Voice instructor
David has been playing music his entire life. After graduating high school, David has embarked on several group and solo music projects in the Austin area. David brings real world experience to enhance his students.
Former Instructors that ROCK!
Rozie is an Austin, Texas native and has been playing music for over a decade.She is able to play multiple instruments including guitar, bass, piano and drums. Rozie has been teaching music to children for the past three years and has been teaching preschool-age music for the past year.
Carlos Ramirez – Rock Band/Guitar instructor
Carlos has been playing guitar and bass for many years and has played in various cover and original projects in Austin with an emphasis on bass guitar and vocals. He has shared stages with The Rossington Collins Band, Chris Layton & Malford Milligan, and Freddy Fender. He graduated from UT – Austin with a Liberal Arts Degree majoring in Literature and minoring in Music where he studied music theory, ethnomusicology, history of western music, and music for radio, television, and film. He also attended The Recording Workshop in Ohio for formal training in audio engineering.
Mike Troianello – Keyboard/Drum instructor
Mike Troianello grew up in the state of Washington. He began playing piano at age 5, and started learning percussion in middle school. While growing up, He played in a local African marimba band “Zuva Marimba”, and became head percussionist in the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra as a sophomore in high school. He went to Washington State University, where he majored in Music Performance. Over the years, he has performed in numerous bands, was a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, and provided backup percussion for the band Kansas in 2012.
Originally from Belarus, Alexander Milovanov received his Bachelor of Music from the Glinka State College of Music, majoring in guitar performance, orchestral conducting and music education. As a full scholarship and a fellowship recipient, Alexander completed the Artist Diploma at the Yale University School of Music in 2013. Currently, Alexander is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Alexander is one of the most prominent and exciting classical guitarists of the new generation.
Carl Weathersby – Guitar Instructor
Carl Weathersby was born in 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to East Chicago, Indiana with his family when he was eight. When he started playing guitar as a teen he said his father always had musician friends stopping by the house. One that used to come by often was this big guy that Carl only knew as Albert, the mechanic. It turned out to be Albert King who proceeded to show an amazed Weathersby just how it was supposed to be played. Weathersby was Albert King’s rhythm guitarist between 1979 and 1982, and then spent 15 years with Billy Branch’s Sons of Blues as lead guitarist before striking out on his own. His debut solo album on Evidence Records, ‘Don’t Lay Your Blues On Me’, was nominated for the W.C. Handy ‘Blues Album of the Year’ award.
Mixing Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar-playing, Carl plays the blues, from down-and-dirty to scintillating Albert King influenced chops. This is one powerful blues performer that will leave you amazed and thoroughly entertained.
Sam Green began his musical career as a drummer in his early teen years, playing in drum line and numerous bands all the way up to studying at The University of North Texas. After college he begun to pick up the guitar and multiple other instruments, it was this interest that ultimately led him to to pursue a career in recording and become a certified engineer. In the 7 years since graduating he has produced, engineered and played on many albums and continues to play in the local music scene as well as work in a recording studio.
Paul Murray – Rock band instructor
Paul was born in Santa Barbara, California and has been playing music for close to twenty years. Classically trained on piano at the age of 6, and eventually moving to guitar at age 13. Paul has toured the country for years in a previous band, Holden, and done work as a guitar tech for numerous tours with the Plain White T’s and We the Kings. Paul owns a music production company that handles film/television scoring and commercial jingles as well as songwriting and original compositions. Paul really enjoys teaching music to others and helping those learn the craft and powerful expression through music.