Austie Robinson is one of the highest in demand trumpet players in Utah having played with Journey, Kelly Clarkson, Leann Rimes and is currently the touring and recording trumpet for Neon Trees! He has also played in many local bands including BYU’s top jazz group, Synthesis, as a highlighted soloist and band member. Music has given Austie the opportunity to travel the world playing jazz, classical, pop and many other genres. Learn from him at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet one of our extraordinary guitar teachers! At a young age, Parker was engrossed in his studies of the guitar. He was raised in a home where many different sorts of music were being played, and eventually developed a precocious attitude about his learning of the guitar after hearing a live Led Zeppelin album for the first time. His studies continued through his adolescents where he started earning money on the instrument playing weddings, restaurants, local venues, after school programs, and anything that would further his experience on the instrument. Parker went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and is currently studying as a master’s student under the tutelage of the great Corey Christiansen, all the while having actively worked as a professional musician in the Utah area for many years. Learn with Parker, a jazz, classical and metal genius at Miles Ahead Music!
Jordan is an accomplished guitarist, with over 12 years of playing experience and 7 years of teaching experience. He is proficient in many genres, particularly jazz and finger style guitar. He has played with several jazz bands and local bands throughout the years, most recently the BYU Jazz Ensemble. He is currently studying commercial music at BYU, and is pursuing his interest as a singer songwriter and audio engineer.
Meet one of our extraordinary vocal teachers, Jacob Khalil! He has been involved with Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Singer-songwriter genres. Some of his favorite roles include: Marcello in La Boheme, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, and Giuseppe Palmieri in The Gondoliers. He is an avid songwriter, composer, and arranger and performs regularly with his band and top BYU groups! Learn with him today at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet one of our extraordinary voice teachers, Kalie Whitney! Originally from Wisconsin, she has been singing since she was a child and has taken over 9 years of professional voice lessons. As a Music Department graduate from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she has experience in classical and musical theater styles of singing. She also enjoys writing her own songs on the side with her ukulele. She has been a part of high school productions, solo ensemble (a music competition), five semesters experience in one of BYU-I’s best choirs, and participated in opera scenes. She is ready to teach the love of singing, book lessons with her today!
Meet our viola teacher, Madison Moline! Madison is the principal violist of the BYU Philharmonic and a member of a successful piano quintet. In high school, Madison was the top violist in Arkansas for 2 years, and as a senior was accepted as one of the 16 violists across the US to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. There she gained connections with the top young musicians in the US and China, toured 7 cities in China, and worked with many world-renowned artists. She has had many solo performance opportunities such as performing the western US premiere of Ballast, a work by David Liptak,She has accompanied artists including Jordan Smith, Amy Grant, and Lea Salonga. Madison has played in masterclasses for the Utah Viola Society, the Primrose Memorial Concert, and at Domaine Forget (a summer festival in Quebec) for artists including: Neithard Rosa,Misha Amory, Atar Arad and many more. Start lessons with her today at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet our bass teacher, Dan Ekberg! Dan is from Gilbert, Arizona and has been playing music for most of his life. From being trained as a classical pianist and orchestral bass player to performing in various jazz, rock, and Latin groups, he considers himself a diverse bass player. Dan is now a student at Brigham Young University, studying Audio Engineering and bass.
Lillian was born in Utah and started learning the cello at age 4. She has loved playing with her siblings while growing up and is currently getting her undergraduate degree from BYU in Cello Performance. Teaching for almost 3 years, she loves helping students learn to play and love the cello.
Meet Our drum teacher, Grant Taylor! He has performed drums in the Philippines, Australia, Texas, New Orleans, Chicago and the Utah area. He is a Percussion Performance major at BYU and plays anything from jazz and experimental rock to orchestral and solo percussion! Learn with him at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Meet our saxophone teacher, Emily Applegarth! Emily Applegarth grew up in Portland, Oregon where she taught saxophone lessons since the age of 14. She then graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Ray Smith, with her bachelors degree in Saxophone Performance. Outside of her scholarship for music, she paid for her own schooling through teaching and playing gigs, giving her a diverse education. As a classically trained musician she has managed to expand her vocabulary to jazz, pop, folk, indie and more.
Meet our flute teacher, Nicolas Ayala! Nicolás M. Ayala Cerón was born in Bogotá, Colombia where he spent his early childhood, relocating to the United States when he was ten. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Composition in 2017, and is pursuing a master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting with a Wind Band emphasis at BYU.
A flutist for 18 years, he has studied with various performers over the years, including Atlanta Opera flutist and music professor Kelly Via. Nick has toured the US and has gone abroad as an instrumentalist and guest conductor with different prestigious ensembles, most notably as a member of the BYU Wind Symphony in their 2016 Asia tour and their 2018 Australia tour playing piccolo, as well as having performed with Alliance Drum Corps of Georgia, the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and the BYU Philharmonic. As a composer, Nick has won several awards while studying at BYU, including a first place (2016) and second place (2017) award for the Vera Mayhew Composition Competition, as well as receiving the Barlow Student Composition Commission for 2017, leading to the premiere of Fanfare, a new work for wind band, premiered on February 2017 by the BYU Wind Symphony. Nick has studied composition under Stephen Jones, Ned McGowan, David Dramm, Carla Scaletti, Dai Fujikura, and Samuel Adler, and has worked on projects with ensembles around the world, most notably with Hexnut in Amsterdam, and the Lydian String Quartet. Most recently, he has written music for the BYU Cougar Marching Band, as well as for the BYU Wind Symphony.
Meet our clarinet teacher, Spencer Danielson! Spencer is the principal clarinetist of the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Symphony. He toured and performed in various locations in the Philippines for three weeks with the Chamber Orchestra and toured and performed in Australia for three weeks playing Eb clarinet in the BYU Wind Symphony. Spencer has also been a member of the BYU Dixieland Band for years! What a versatile player! Learn with him today at Miles Ahead Music in American Fork!
Playing English horn solos on a stage in Manila with Lea Salonga, voice of Disney Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, is one of Camille’s recent musical highlights. Currently she plays principal oboe in the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras and second oboe in the Utah Wind Symphony under the direction of Scott Hagan. As a music education major, Camille specializes in teaching. Experience in the classroom enriches her studio teaching approach. She studied oboe with Geralyn Giovanetti at Brigham Young University where she received scholarships for music and played in the Wind Symphony, Chamber, and Philharmonic orchestras. In addition to freelancing on oboe, Camille is a sought-after source of handmade oboe reeds for students of all levels.
Meet one of our amazing piano teachers! Joseph Butcher is a senior at Brigham Young University, majoring in Commercial Music, with an emphasis in piano and film scoring. Joseph has studied classical piano since age seven and has had extensive training and work experience in jazz piano, music theory, composition, sound design, studio recording, producing and arranging. Joseph plays professionally, both in ensembles and as a soloist, performing various genres and pieces, including compositions of his own. Joseph is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He has studied as an exchange student at the University of Nanjing and worked as an intern at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.