Our Teachers

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Bill Jones Music – Knoxville Teaching Staff

  • Dr. Penka Spaulding

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    Penka learned the violin in her early childhood, while growing up in Bulgaria.  By learning using Solfege, she has developed perfect pitch and continues to reinforce her students using this strong ear training method.  Her passion for the violin (strings) is demonstrated in her lessons as she focuses her students to develop correct technique and … Continue reading Dr. Penka Spaulding

  • Megan Kabela

    Harp Teacher
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    Megan Kabela is an active musician who has recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Recognized as an accomplished and versatile harpist, she performs in a variety of different styles and venues. Megan started her musical training at the age of 10 on the piano. After mastering the basics of piano and starting violin lessons, she decided … Continue reading Megan Kabela

  • Rondo Johnson

    Guitar Teacher
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    A native of East Tennessee, Rondo has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He attended Pellissippi State Community College to major in guitar, earning music scholarships as a member of both the bluegrass and jazz ensembles. During this time, he studied guitar with David Slack, Chad Volkers, and Larry Vincent. In addition to guitar, … Continue reading Rondo Johnson

  • Sarah Lepp

    Piano Teacher
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    Sarah Lepp’s performances are infused with an emotional depth and honesty that engages diverse audiences. Sarah loves performing and finds meaning in being able to share her many life experiences with others through music. She has studied under Gregory Allen, Sharon Jensen, Betty Mallard, and Jose Mendez and holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music … Continue reading Sarah Lepp

  • Katrina Duval

    Piano Teacher
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    Katrina was born and raised in the small community of Corryton in East Tennessee. After receiving an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Pellissippi State Community College, she began her work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at The University of Tennessee. While there, she studied piano with Ms. Fay Adams. She has … Continue reading Katrina Duval

  • Kristi Coughlin

    Cello / Violin / Piano Teacher
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    Kristi Coughlin is a new addition to Knoxville and hails from Huntsville, Alabama. She works as a preschool teacher in Cedar Bluff. She has fourteen years of teaching experience both privately and in groups. Her specialization is in teaching beginners/young children through her previous work with the Huntsville Symphony. Kristi has a strong background in … Continue reading Kristi Coughlin

  • Jason Day

    Piano Teacher
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    Jason Day has been passionately performing and teaching music for over 16 years.  In 1995, he attended Roane State Community College on a guitar scholarship and in his 2nd year, made the move to piano under the guidance of Wendel Werner. He graduated in piano performance and was given Roane State’s Outstanding Musician Award.  In … Continue reading Jason Day

  • Kristen Bakke-Robinson

    Piano and String Teacher
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    Kristen is a passionate musician who enjoys using her talents to help others develop their musical potential.  A recent college graduate, Kristen earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor’s of Science in English from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Along with her piano studies, Kristen has continued to … Continue reading Kristen Bakke-Robinson

  • Katie Howe

    Piano / Voice / Music Together Teacher / Knox County Homeschool Chorus Director
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    Katie, a 2006 graduate of Mississippi College, holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music and her minor in studio Art.  While at Mississippi College, she held multiple leadership roles within her music department, as well as receiving university wide recognition for her leadership skills, receiving the “Freshman Woman of the Year” award and being one … Continue reading Katie Howe

  • Charlyna Hamilton

    Piano / Yamaha Certified Teacher / Music Together Certified Teacher
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    Charlyna is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal/Piano Performance. She is currently working on a graduate degree at University of Tennessee (Knoxville) pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy where she was recently awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Charlyna has been teaching private lessons … Continue reading Charlyna Hamilton

  • Christine Tai

    Piano Teacher
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    Christine Tai is a native of Taiwan who grew up in Hong Kong.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pomona College, Claremont,  CA, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Her previous teaching positions include piano faculty at the Piano Academy … Continue reading Christine Tai

  • Barbara Nichols

    Piano & Voice Teacher
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    Barbara is a native Knoxvillian who has been teaching piano and voice for over 36 years in both Tennessee and Texas. She received the Dean’s award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Music Education from East Tennessee State University. While participating heavily in the college opera workshop, Ms. Nichols was a soloist … Continue reading Barbara Nichols

  • Kathryn Frady-Marvel

    Soprano Voice / Musical Theater / Opera / Piano Teacher
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    Kathryn graduated with a Masters in Music, vocal performance degree from the University of North Texas. Currently, Kathryn teaches voice at Lincoln Memorial University, is the Artistic and General Director for Marble City Opera, a soloist at Cokesbury United Methodist, and an opera singer.

Bill Jones Music – Chattanooga Teaching Staff

  • Larry Otto

    Chattanooga Store Manager, Piano & Lowrey Organ Teacher
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    Mr. Larry Otto holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Missouri. He has been a music professor and university music department chairman as well as choral conductor, voice and conducting teacher. He is a singer who also plays piano, organ, and tuba. He not only manages Bill Jones Music but continues to teach keyboard classes in … Continue reading Larry Otto

  • Ben Michaels

    Guitar Teacher
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    Ben Michaels teaches our late evening guitar (5:30 and later) lessons. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance from Tennessee Wesleyan University. He has played for various events throughout south eastern Tennessee and good at teaching a variety of styles to both beginners and experienced players.

  • Amanda De Zee

    Percussion Teacher
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    Our percussion teacher is Amanda De Zee. If it is something in the percussion section of the band or orchestra Amanda can not only play it but can teach it. Whether it is a drum set or a xylophone, you can learn to play it from Amanda. She holds a Masters degree in Music from … Continue reading Amanda De Zee

  • Sarah Chandler

    String & Piano Teacher
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    Sally Chandler teaches both Piano and Violin. She has a degree in Music Education and a Masters degree from Florida State University. She is competent and experienced in teaching both children and adults. She loves to see her students excel and is full of encouragement for every one of them. She is a member of … Continue reading Sarah Chandler

  • Daniel Achten

    Guitar Teacher
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    Danny Achten is a family man as well as an excellent guitar player and teacher. He can teach many styles depending upon what the student’s needs. He loves to inspire his students and has been doing so for over 20 years. He is competent in teaching both classes and private lessons and is an educated … Continue reading Daniel Achten

  • Heather Anderson

    Strings and Piano Teacher
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    Heather Anderson is a recent graduate of the Eastman School Of Music in Rochester, NY. Her primary instrument is cello and she has performed extensively with orchestras and chamber groups across the US and Canada, and has been a frequent substitute with the Chattanooga Symphony. She has studied with many well known teachers including Thomas Rosenburg, David Ying and the … Continue reading Heather Anderson