Alissa Wakefield • Piano • Violin • Choir • Cello • Preschool Music • School Founder
Alissa Wakefield has lived in Mountain Home since 2005, when she moved here with her husband and children from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Alissa has been teaching music for nearly 30 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 25 years and is currently the principal conductor of the Mountain Home Community Choir / Theater and the Mountain Home Chamber Ensemble. In addition to teaching group piano, she also teaches music and movement pre-piano classes to toddlers and pre-schoolers as young as 16 months. She also teaches voice, violin, cello, ukulele, and assists with the theater productions. She loves to write and arrange music, and has written a sight reading book that she uses in tandem with the Harmony Road curriculum.
The Wakefield’s have 6 children, some biological, some adopted. Music is a very important part of their lives. Sarah, the oldest, has been playing the violin for 21 years and teaching for 14 years.
Sarah Wakefield • Violin • Viola • Cello
Sarah 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 for 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.
Heather Platts • Voice • Piano • Composing/Songwriting
Heather 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
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!
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.