Lessons

Plano Lesson Studio

Dr. Rand Certain - Lesson Coordinator

Violin - Piano - Music Theory - Conducting
Dr. Certain began studying the Violin and Piano at age 2 - he was privileged to begin his Violin studies after his 'initial' Study Session with Dr. Suzuki himself at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Suzuki happened to be in Dallas as a guest Professor of Violin in December of 1964. After the Study Session with Dr. Suzuki, he 'highly suggested' to Mrs. Certain, "that young Rand begin Private Violin Instruction immediately." Thus began Maestro Certain's 19 year Violin and Piano training under the instruction of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Washburn of Dallas, Texas. Dr. Certain received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from Centenary College and the Hurley School of Music. He received his Doctorate in Musicology at the University of North Texas. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Marshall Symphony, and Shreveport Symphony, and is a member of the Plano Music Teachers Association, National Music Teachers Association, American String Teachers Associations and Nation Association of Schools of Music.

Shelley Carrol

Saxophone - Flute
Saxophonist, Shelley Carrol hails from family of gospel singers and musicians in Houston, Texas. It was there that the music bug bit him at an early age and landed him in the famed Boys Choir of Houston. After picking up the saxophone, he was able to study with the legendary Texas Tenor greats Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson. At the time he didn’t know how revered these gentlemen were around the globe. They simply lived in his neighborhood. Shelley attended the city’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a standout in the city’s Summer Jazz Workshop Program. This is where he developed a true flair for the stage. While attending the University of North Texas, Shelley earned a spot in the Grammy Nominated One O’clock Lab Band. There he recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s in 1990 and 91. During the same period, Mr. Carrol was invited to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra by trumpeter Barry Lee Hall. This would prove to be an enormous musical opportunity with worldwide exposure. Since joining the band, he has toured the U.S. and over 30 foreign countries. He has also recorded and/ or performed with Sheryl Crow, Whitney Houston, Roger Waters, Marla Gibbs, Maureen McGovern, Marchel Ivery, Kirk Whalum, Tony Bennet, Roy Hargrove, Fingerprints, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and a host of others.

Roger Fratena

Double Bass
Roger Fratena has played all around the world in his 47 years with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He joined in 1972, the year he graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with his Bachelor of Music in Double Bass & Music Education, along with his Master of Music Education. Fratena has taught at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Tech University and continues to teach at both Eastfield and Richland Colleges in Dallas, Texas. As a composer, his ragtime pieces have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, along with the Pacific Symphony (California) and many others. His students have gone on to be performers and teachers of music themselves, some winning positions in various orchestras around the country, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony.

Larry Kitzmiller

Guitar
Born and raised in North Texas, Larry began writing songs around 6 years old and started piano lessons in 2nd grade. He taught guitar lessons throughout high school and began singing and playing acoustic and electric guitar in local bands around 1978; The Legacy Band, Tacky Cactus, Montana Moon, Little Sparrow and others (Country, rock, jazz, blues and folk). He is a Former President of the Board of Directors for (MISU) The Musical Institute of Sullivan and Ulster Counties in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York - performing orchestral concerts throughout the region.

Cindy Horstman

Harp
Cindy Horstman has been performing, recording, writing, and arranging for the past four decades. Classically trained, she is the first recipient of a Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a prize winner in the Lyon and Healy International Jazz Harp Competition. Cindy co-founded the jazz duo,“2tone”, with bassist Michael Medina,  the producer of 2tone's 10 CDs. 2tone has toured nationally for 20 years and their recordings have received critical acclaim on Amazon.com and CD Baby. Horstman’s jazz theory workbook for harpists and her jazz-oriented arrangements and compositions for harp ensembles are very popular with harpists both nationally and internationally, becoming best sellers on the Harp Column Music website. She has given clinics nationwide and recently conducted her ensemble arrangements for the youth ensemble at the American Harp Society convention in New Orleans, the TMEA harp ensemble in Round Rock, TX, and the UT Longhorn Music Camp in Austin, TX. Cindy is currently teaching harp at Brookhaven College and Commercial Music Theory at Collin College; with an emphasis on arranging, particularly in the jazz idiom. Cindy’s latest composition for flute and harp “Life Aquatic" won 2nd place in the 2017 Composition Contest sponsored by the American Harp Society – Los Angeles Chapter.

Cecile Lagarené

Oboe - English Horn

Napoleon Martin

Flute - Clarinet - Saxophone

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Suré Eloff - Lesson Coordinator

Voice - Music Theory - Beginner Piano
Suré Eloff began her vocal studies in Cape Town, South Africa with renowned master teacher Marita Napier.  In the United States, she received a Graduate Diploma in vocal performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, followed by a Fellowship Diploma in Singing from Trinity College London. Ms. Eloff has been teaching in the Metroplex since 2004. In addition to Voice, she also teaches Music Theory and Piano, and serves as the Representative for Trinity College London in North Texas and Central Oklahoma. Her studio provides private study to hardworking and dedicated students who wish to develop a well-rounded classical technique following the Trinity College London Theory, Aural Skills and Practical (voice and piano) syllabi. Students from the studio have been selected to the Dallas Opera Scholars program and have auditioned successfully for the Childrens and Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas. High school singers have completed summer programs at Rice University and Oklahoma City University and since 2012, singers have successfully completed coursework at summer study-abroad programs in the United Kingdom. The studio offers extensive college preparation for students interested in pursuing careers in music. Students have successfully auditioned at Cincinatti Conservatory  of Music (OH), Berklee College of Music (MA), Belmont University (TN), AMDA (New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA) as well as Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Oklahoma.

Michael McKnight

Trombone - Euphonium - Tuba
Michael McKnight holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Euphonium Performance from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX and a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He has been teaching private lessons in DFW since 2004. In addition to maintaining a private studio of 60-70 students per week, Mr. McKnight teaches low brass masterclasses, brass sectionals, judges All-Region auditions, judges solo and ensemble contests, and performs on euphonium, trombone, tuba, and bass guitar all over the DFW metroplex.

Ryan King

Trumpet
Ryan King has made a career as both a performer and teacher in the last 10 years and is especially known for his work with younger players. In 2018, Ryan's middle school student placed 1st in the National Trumpet Competition and last year his middle school students competed in the high school division of the National Trumpet Competition. Since making his video curriculum on teaching beginner trumpet students, the University of Utah has adapted it as a model for training teachers. Also, in 2019 Ryan was mentioned twice in a doctoral dissertation on beginner trumpet teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Ryan received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma and also studied at the University of North Texas as well. Ryan has performed with the Sarasota Symphony, with the DFW brass and at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. As a teacher Ryan's young students have consistently performed above the average in the public schools.

Susan Kheshtinejad

Piano
Ms. Kheshtinejad has been fortunate to accompany choirs, instrumentalists, and singers in most of the mainland USA, Hawaii and Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary and Austria. In 2015, she fulfilled the lifelong dream of accompanying at Carnegie Hall. Her professional memberships have included Dallas Music Teachers Association, Southwest Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, National Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Southwest American Choral Directors Association and American Choral Directors Association.

Justin Schenk

Guitar
Justin Schenk is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, audio engineer, and educator based out of the DFW area. Having created a successful career as a freelance guitarist for 15 years, he's developed a diverse musical toolset from sources wide in breadth and depth - classic and contemporary rock, European classical literature, a multitude of Afro-Cuban genres, EDM, several eras of jazz (Gypsy Jazz, swing, big band, bebop, post-bop, fusion), contemporary worship, pop, country and many more! Justin can often be found in his studio - creating textures for indie artists, composing for film and television, mixing/mastering audio - and performing with a diverse array of bands throughout the metroplex. In 2009, Justin completed his formal education at the University of North Texas where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Performance and a minor in Music Theory. As an educator himself, Justin has over a decade of experience teaching guitar, piano, and bass students from beginner to highly advanced and throughout at all age ranges.

Dean Raskin

Violin - Viola - Beginner Cello
Dean Raskin holds a B.M. degree from The Juilliard School and has been teaching private lessons for 19 years. He has been a private teacher for public school districts such as the IISD, CFISD, and the LISD in Dallas.  He has taught private lessons at Baylor University, the University of Dallas, and The Juilliard School where he was also a teaching assistant in the Advanced Department of Music Theory. He teaches classical, jazz, fiddle, and improvisation. Students of Mr. Raskin have achieved top spots in the Texas Music Educators Association's (T.M.E.A.) District, Regional, and All-State competitions as well as local independent competitions.
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