Alissa Wakefield • Piano • Violin • Choir • Cello • Preschool Music
Alissa 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.
Sarah Wakefield • Violin • Viola • Cello
Sarah 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 for 10 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.
Cathryn Volk • Percussion • Band Instruments • Piano
Cathryn Volk teaches Band at Rimrock Junior-Senior High School in Bruneau. She teaches percussion, band instruments, and advanced piano.
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.
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 pr ivate 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!
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.
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.