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Teachers | Wakefield Music Academy and Store

Alissa Wakefield • Piano • Violin • Choir •  Cello • Preschool Music • School Founder

String Ensamble RecitalAlissa Wakefield is the founder and director of Wakefield Music Academy. Alissa has been teaching music to children and adults for nearly 25 years in both secular and religious settings. She is a certified Harmony Road instructor, which facilitates her passion for teaching and performing group music. She specializes in teaching very young children how to play the piano. She has been leading choirs for over 20 years and is currently the pricipal conductor of the Mountain Home Community Choir and the Mountain Home Youth Ensemble. In addition to teaching group piano, she also teaches music and movement pre-piano classes to toddlers and pre-schoolers. For 2 years he enjoyed teaching music at Bright Beginnings Pre-School here in Mountain Home. She also teaches voice, violin and cello. As the dedicated mother of 6 children, she has many years of experience educating children – both gifted and with special needs.
(Teaching in Mountain Home & Twin Falls)

Sarah Wakefield • Violin • Viola • Cello

Sarah Performing with CelloSarah Wakefield started studying music and the violin at 3 years old. She has always studied with a private teacher and has been involved with all of the extra curricular opportunities involving music that she could do. She has studied under Phyllis Saunders for several years. She has participated in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) for 2 years. She attended school for a year at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts where she studied under Jason Bonham, a remarkable violinist and violist. Under Jason, she went on to get personal awards for performance as well as with Tuacahn’s Orchestra and her own quartet, She attended BSU as a Music Performance Major.

Sarah has been teaching form the age of 14 years and has taught hundreds of students as they move in and out of Mountain Home. Her students love her fun personality and ability to connect to their individual learning styles.
(Teaching in Mountain Home & Twin Falls)

Heather Platts • Voice • Piano •  Composing/Songwriting

Heather PlattsHeather Platts moved to Twin Falls in 1996 after graduating from the University of Idaho with a Music Compostion degree. A piano player, singer-songwriter and composer from an early age, Heather has two professionally produced CDs, and has performed on various stages throughout the northwest, including the Thousand Springs Art Festival in Hagerman and the Boise Music Festival. Heather discovered the Harmony Road Music Method in 2017, and fell in love. She is thrilled to bring her professional experience, her love of music, and her creative flair to Wakefield Music Academy in 2018. She will be teaching the Harmony Road group piano classes, and is also available for private lessons in voice and composing/songwriting. Contact Wakefield Music Academy for details. HeatherPlattsMusic.com
(Teaching in Twin Falls)

Cathryn Volk • Band Instruments • Piano • Clarinet

Cathryn Volk teaches Band at Rimrock Junior-Senior High School in Bruneau. She teaches percussion, band instruments, advanced piano as well as Clarinet.
(Teaching in Mountain Home)

Kari Stockwell • Flute • Voice • Piano • Academic Tutoring

Kari Stockwell has been playing piano and singing in choirs since the age of 5.  Starting in classical private piano lessons, she progressed through voice training and singing and playing in childhood choirs until High School where she played piano in the Jazz Band and flute in Symphonic Band.  She sang and toured with her High School choir where they recorded an album.  During college, she played and sang in the Concert Choir at Montana State University.  Upon marrying her high school sweetheart, his career in the Air Force brought them to many opportunities.  Through 8 bases, Kari taught voice, flute, and piano to a variety of students across the United States and in Japan.  She taught music from Pre-school through 8th grade at two private schools in Alaska and North Carolina, and sung for the base chapel Catholic Masses in North Carolina, Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico.   She is currently the Director of Music at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Mountain Home, ID where she conducts and plays for an adult and children’s choir. 
(Teaching in Mountain Home)

Dave Kirkland • Guitar • Ukulele

With over 30 years of guitar playing experience, and 14 years of teaching music theory as applied to guitar, you can be assured to have a quality learning experience with Dave Kirkland. Mr. Kirkland’s proven learning techniques mixed with his easy going and patient personality results in retentive music fun! He uses a mixture of guitar styles from Country, Jazz, Classic Rock and Blues.  Music theory is essential to fully understand the guitar, and Dave knows precisely when to interject it. Dave also knows the CAGED system, and TABLATURE – and how to teach them for easy understanding.  Dave has played for several bands such as “Pureheart”, a Gospel and Contemporary Christian group, and “Wide Open Throttle”, a straight forward Classic Rock band. Dave still plays with other musicians for private parties and gatherings and social events, focusing on Jazz and Blues.  Anyone who can count to 13 and knows the alphabet from A to G can succeed in this awesome learning environment!
(Teaching in Mountain Home & Twin Falls)

Amy Boyack • Piano

Amy Boyack has been teaching piano privately since 1997.  She has taught music in the Glenns Ferry School District for K-12, but now teaches for us on Saturdays.   Amy has loved music her entire life and can often be found performing at the Glenns Ferry Opera Theatre for their dinner and show throughout the summer.  She also plays the organ for church and accompanies her church choir.   She plays with a local band called Relroc frequently throughout the year as well. 
(Teaching in Mountain Home & Twin Falls)

Reilly Clark • Instrument Repair Tech

Our Instrument Technician has over 20 years experience in music instrument repair. He trained and worked many years with two of the major music stores in Boise, Idaho. He has extreme experience repairing woodwinds and brass instruments as well as some orchestra repair experience. He attended The University of Idaho where he played tenner sax in the Jazz ensemble. He currently performs as a jazz pianist in various venues around southern Idaho.

Michael Connell • Bagpipe Teacher

Pagpipe TeacherMichael Connell has been playing the bagpipe since 1998 as an additional duty with the Nevada Army National Guard. He started in music from the age of eight and has over four decades of music and performing. Michael started the Reno/Sparks Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums in 2001 as a response of the September 11 th attacks and a request of the Reno Fire Department.

With a slow start, the band grew as Michael taught a small group of pipers that helped establish the foundation of the pipe band. In 2003, Michael was  deployed to the Iraq Theater for military operation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The band was then taken over by Pipe Major, Jim Laughton. The band competed and performed as the Reno and District Firefighters’ Pipe Band.

After an Ary deployment, Michael returned to the band to continue teaching students and compete successfully as a soloist and band member until the band dissolved in 2009. He remained as the NV Military Department State Bagpiper until his retirement in January 2017, which is now held by his daughter, a member of the NV Air National Guard. Michael has piped for military functions on behalf of the US Army for the US Marine Corps, the US Navy and the USAF in addition to his regular piping duties as a military piper at funerals, change-of- command ceremonies, retirements, and other military functions. Michael Connell also piped with the pipers of the Scots Guards, a British Army Unit and a pipe band of the 35 th (Al Shaheed) Armored Brigade of the Kuwaiti Army while on his Iraq tour. Michael currently resides in Mountain Home, Idaho and teaches individual students and tutors the City of Trees Pipe Band in Boise.

bagpipe group