Meet the Instructors

Guitar Instructor Spring TX
Jorge Maldonado

Never met a protein bar he didn't like

Jorge is the head of our music department. In addition to guitar he also teaches bass, banjo and mandolin. Though classically trained, Jorge has played with a number of rock acts, pursued jazz training at Sam Houston State and even spent a year and a half playing with a Texas country act. His playing and teaching experience go hand in hand. The conservatory he attended acknowledged his prowess by inviting him to serve as an assistant instructor after only one year of study. Jorge thinks of himself as a teacher first although his command of the instrument may lead you to believe otherwise. He is an avid student of the instrument and his influences include players from many different styles and musical eras;  Andres Segovia and John Williams to Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy from Joe Pass and Johnny Smith and back to Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman. Jorge is currently playing with Matt Rawls and The Miles on Us.

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David Wesley
The real MVP

David Wesley has been playing guitar and performing in bands for over three decades, and has been teaching guitar for the past fifteen years in the Spring community. His playing is versatile and ranges from shred to blues and any style in between. In addition to guitar, David also teaches bass and ukulele. Currently recording his fourth album with his band Life and Times, David is passionate about music in all its forms and this helps to motivate and inspire his students. Above all his philosophy is that learning guitar should be a joyful experience and having fun is a priority in his teaching style.

Piano Instructor Spring TX

Eva Rodriguez
Potato chip enthusiast

 

You probably recognize Eva as the helpful girl in charge of our front desk, but she seems to be able to play every instrument known to man with a level of musicianship that far surpasses her experience. Working closely with our head instructor, she has developed into a teacher with an individual style unlike anyone else. While Eva's main instrument is the drum set, she can also teach guitar and ukulele. She brings the same level of fun, creativity and playfulness to her classroom that characterize her own original compositions. 

Ryan James

The best dancer in the studio

Ryan James was born with a passion for music. Playing the trumpet was the beginning of several events that led him to the piano: meeting a fellow trumpeter who played the piano; attending a new church with this new friend; staying after church and listening to his friend play the piano; and ultimately loving the piano sounds.

Ryan quickly excelled in his Class Piano course at Tomball college, completing his first class piano book in about six weeks (meant to last two semesters). Dr. Vivian Li, DMA recognized his developing skills for rhythm and transposition, and at the end of the 2nd semester, she introduced him to the private piano instructor, Linda Herring. He performed the last pieced in the second adult piano book (intended for Class Piano III & IV), and Mrs. Herring recommended private lessons with her.

 

In Fall of 2006, Ryan completed his first Beethoven Sonata. He continued to study the masters, like Shubert, Chopin, Debussy & Shostakovich. Over the summer of 2007, he was privileged to study with Dr. Choong Ha Nam, DMA, who helped him on a Debussy prelude and taught him how to "free up" his wrists to sound more musical. He also studied jazz under Mr. Hultén, and later, Mr. Malcolm Harris.

 

In January of 2008 Ryan joined the teaching team at Firehouse Music and has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to the studios. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with anyone who is willing to apply him/herself to the study of the piano.

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Stu Johnson

A man of many talents

Stu has been teaching music for 19 years and has played professionally for 27. Highlights include opening for Social Distortion, The Verve, Greg Ginn, and Beck. He is a classically trained pianist, guitarist and drummer versed in Rock, Blues, Jazz and Be-Bop.

Stu's teaching philosophy is that lessons should be fun. His goal is to get students playing as soon as possible so he takes a visual approach to music theory concepts as opposed to lecturing. He believes that by featuring humor and fun in his lessons along with the technical concepts he will keep students more engaged and will ultimately lead to a new understanding of music as a whole. 

Stu also has a course in udemy with about 1700 students registered to date. 

Debbie Maddox
Firehouse mom and cookie provider

 

Debbie Maddox has been playing piano and singing since she was a young girl. Advancing through the Piano Guild with Superior ratings on all of her cards, she achieved her teaching certificate by age 16. Mrs. Maddox studied music in College and loves sharing all she knows. After her children excelled in the Suzuki method of piano training, Mrs. Maddox decided to incorporate Suzuki in her piano teaching style. She loves teaching, whether it is theater, voice, history, english, or piano. Mrs Maddox is also the Fine Arts Director for her church and uses her knowledge of music to tell stories through human videos. She remains active in several theater groups.

Piano Instructor Spring TX