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Meet the Instructors

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 and banjo. 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.

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. 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.

Brian Callahan
Hand Drum Shaman

 

Brian Callahan has had an accomplished multi-faceted performing and teaching career for more than five decades. His love and passion for music and percussion was evident at age three and, by age six, he began his lifelong journey in the study of the percussive arts under the tutelage of Bobby Thompson, Les Parks, Eric Perriloux, Cozy Cole, Joe Morello and Nick Cerrato. Throughout his middle school and high school years he performed as a member of the band, choir, and orchestra in the school system in Bergenfield, New Jersey under the tutelage of Dr. Bernard Baggs. and Donald Angelica. He also performed with the drum lines of the Garfield Cadets, Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, and New York Skyliners. After service in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, he attended Jersey City State College to major in music education and since then, has taught at every educational level. He has been a consultant and instructor for the drum line and percussion programs at University of North Texas, Fresno State University, University of Houston, Westfield High School, Klein High School, Spring High School, Langham Creek High School, Lake Highlands High School, and Klein Forest High School. Brian has served as a member of the percussion instructional staff for several DCI and DCA finalist including the Cadets, Cavaliers, Troopers, DCA Champion Long Island Sunrisers, Reading Buccaneers, Erie Thunderbirds and the Canadian National Champion Les Clique Allouette. His independent drum line, the Soundwave, was the TCGC State Champion in 2000. Brian has also served as a clinician and instrument designer for several drum manufacturers including the Ludwig Drum Company, Slingerland Drum Company, Pearl Drum Company, Stingray Percussion, Zildjian, and Pro Mark. He has performed and lectured as a clinician at colleges, summer camps, and educational seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and has served as percussion caption coordinator and percussion visual design judge for the Texas Color Guard Circuit. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Company of Fifers and Drummers, National Association of Music Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild. Until recently, Brian was the coordinator for percussive arts education at the Village School in Houston Tx.

Eva Rodriguez
Potato chip enthusiast

 

Eva is the newest addition to our instructor staff. You probably recognize her as the helpful girl in charge of our front desk, but Eva 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. She brings the same level of fun, creativity and playfulness to her classroom that characterize her own original compositions. 

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.

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.