To enroll your student in Private Lessons for the 2019-20 School Year, please fill out the form below. Click the link to be redirected to a Google form. Once the form is submitted, we will pass the information along to the appropriate instructor on our lesson staff who will then contact you to set up a lesson time, either before school, during class, or after school.
Meet our Lesson Staff!
Mary Reyes Sanchez is the resident applied flute instructor for the Keller and Richardson Independent School Districts. She earned both a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at New Mexico State University. While at NMSU she was on the faculty as a Graduate Flute Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor for woodwind techniques, and held an assistantship with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In addition to her flute studios, Mrs. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator in Solo and Ensemble Festivals and as a clinician on flute in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. From 2009-2010 she was acting president of the Texas Flute Society and previously held the position of Vice-President. Her performing credits include principal flutist with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera, and as a member of the Las Cruces Symphony. She has also worked with legendary sound engineer and Grammy Award winner Phil York completing works for composer C. Edward Salter under the Eagle Tiger Record Label.
Mrs. Sanchez has taught privately for the past eighteen plus years. Her students have consistently received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, recognition at auditions in the middle/high school and university level and have been selected to the Texas All-State and New Mexico All-State bands. Mrs. Reyes Sanchez maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the DFW metroplex.
Dr. Leslie Simmons
Laura Chicarello is a private horn teacher and performer in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. She has performed with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic, and Marshall Symphony Orchestra, as well as several orchestras in Louisiana, including the Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Rapides Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, she has performed Schumann’s Concertpiece for Four Horns and Orchestra with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony as a member of the Millennium Horn Quartet, who won the orchestra’s concerto competition in 2016.
Ms. Chicarello has served on the teaching staff of several summer institutions, including the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School.
Ms. Chicarello holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Hampshire. She studied with Dr. Kristine Coreil and Kendall Betts.
Outside of the horn world, Laura enjoys distance running and Mexican food, but not at the same time.
Matt Urbanek is a new trumpet private instructor in Keller ISD. A native of Fairfax, VA, he graduated with undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University in 2016, and with a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has studied privately with Terry Detwiler, Richard Burkart, and John Rommel, and has several years of experience with teaching trumpet privately and in homogeneous group settings from 6th grade to 12th grade. He also marched three seasons with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2015) and continues to remain heavily involved with the marching arts.
Blake Birmingham is a freelance euphoniumist, trombonist, low brass educator, and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He graduated from the University of North Texas, where he studied Euphonium Performance with world-renowned artist, Dr. Brian Bowman. Mr. Birmingham has performed with The North Texas Wind Symphony, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, The North Texas Symphonic Band, The Honor Band of America, and The Starlight Band. He has also recorded exclusively with The North Texas Wind Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and North Texas Symphonic Band.
As an educator, Mr. Birmingham has taught low brass in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. His students have had great success in placing in All-Region, All-Area, and All-State bands. In addition, his students have consistently received superior ratings in their solo contests.
As a soloist, Mr. Birmingham has performed with the Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble, the Tulsa Community College Concert Band, the Tulsa Community College Community Band, the Timber Creek HS Wind Symphony and the Blue Lake Festival Band. As a competitor, he was. awarded 2nd prize in the International Leonard Falcone Student Euphonium Competition, 1st prize in the ITEC Great Plains euphonium student competition, 2nd prize in the International Women’s Brass Conference Euphonium Artist competition, 1st prize Oklahoma Brass Olympics, a finalist in the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, and recently Mr. Birmingham was awarded 1st prize in the 2018 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Artist competition.
Mr. Birmingham has a passionate love for life and music. He credits Dr. Brian Bowman, Dennis Fisher, Eugene Corporon, Reid Bennett, Paul Compton, and Darrin Davis as his main musical influences.
Daniel Larsen is a private tuba instructor who recently moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In addition to the excellence and understanding of All-Region and/or State audition pieces, his studio lessons focus upon each student’s musical growth and knowledge of tuba literature.
Mr. Larsen graduated from California State University Fresno with a Tuba Performance Degree. He has had an extensive low brass background performing in many settings including band, orchestra, brass quintet, drum and bugle corps, and solo literature. More recently, he has become increasingly active as a music arranger, writing music for brass quintet and other unique brass ensembles.
Throughout his musical career, Mr. Larsen has performed with many groups both nationally and internationally. He holds an extensive performance career in venues throughout California and has had opportunities performing in a large number of other states as well. For many years, he was a regular recording artist for Gary P. Gilroy Publications. In 2015, Mr. went on an international tour to Taiwan, performing the music of Rimsy Korsakov’s Scheherazade.