OUR STAFF

See the artists who share our passion and the skills they have to share. 
 

*NOTE: For everyone's safety, ALL classes are held online at this time.

Group Classes are pre-scheduled, so availability varies based with our learning seasons.

Private Classes are reserved individually.

Links to Private Classes will prompt an email so that we can schedule the best times. 

Molly’s love of music came at an early age, singing in choirs from age 4, participating in all the school musicals, and making music with her family for as long as she can remember. She attended Stuart Hall School in Staunton, VA as a music student in the Visual and Performing Arts program from 1999-2003, and attended James Madison University where she continued to study music....


Molly Murphy 

Owner

Classes with Molly

Voice 

Private Class

Harmony

Private Class

Guitar

Private Class

Piano

Private Class

Beginner Ukulele

Private Class

Musikgarten

Scheduled Group Classes

Ear Training for Harmony

Scheduled Group Classes

Casey Rolfe Administrator

Casey Rolfe grew up in Hampton Roads, Virginia and began her music journey at age six. Armed with a songbook from Disney’s Aladdin and an electric keyboard, Casey taught herself how to read music and play piano. Her musical passions also include drums and percussion, sight-reading, and singing. Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Christopher Newport University

Classes with Casey

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Piano

Private Class

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Classical and Jazz Percussion

Private Class

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Irish Bodhran

Private Class

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Music Theory & Ear Training

Private Class

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Voice

Private Class

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Queen City Voices Rockin' Choir

Free, Group Class

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Jess Bergh

Multimedia Designer

Jess is working as our website and graphic designer, maintaining our social media pages, and taking over our mailing list and newsletter duties.

 

A Shenandoah Valley native, she has been refining her skills as a drummer and graphic designer since 2002. She is a founding member of The Judy Chops in which she is fondly called “Bang” and is captain of the rhythm police. In addition, Jess is a “cool mom”, a home-school teacher, and a great partner and friend.

Una Ulla

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Una Ulla is a certified Vocal Health First Aider. You can reach out to get a consultation if you are experiencing voice difficulties and would like to get advice on how to care for your voice.

 

Una was born in a little village in Latvia and has been surrounded by music since early childhood. Una majored in violin and vocals in Latvia and participated in every musical performance and contest that she could as a youngster. Her background is classical, but Una has expanded her knowledge and experience in jazz and Latvian folk music.

Classes with Una

Classes with Molly

Voice 

Private Class

Classes with Molly

Extended Vocal Technique for Kids

Group Class

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Extended Vocal Technique 

Group Class

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Do Re Myths about Voice Workshop

Scheduled Group Classes

Classes with Molly

Japanese Language for Beginners

Scheduled Group Classes

Drew Bastian

Drew began studying drums and percussion at an early age with his grandfather who was a clinician for the Zildjian cymbal company and a professor of music at Mansfield University. Continuing that tradition, Drew studied percussion at Penn State where he participated in ensembles ranging from philharmonic orchestras to the Marching Blue Band. Eventually landing in the theatre world, he went on to play in multiple national and international tours including HAIR and A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as numerous regional productions. 

Classes with Drew

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Classes with Drew

Drums - All Genres

Private Class

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Classes with Drew

Percussion - All Genres

Private Class

Jane Rothfield

Janie is a power-house American fiddler and claw-hammer banjo player who is widely recognized for her traditional and inventive style, in the pocket rhythm, whimsical groove and her award-winning original tunes. She is a fulltime touring musician playing concerts, workshops, festivals and dances around the world.  She is also an experienced back up guitarist in the old-time style playing with strong rhythm and bass runs to accompany a fiddler, banjo player or singer.  

Classes with Jane

Classes with Molly

Old Time Fiddle

Private Classes for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students

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Clawhammer Banjo

Private Classes for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students

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 Old Time Back Up Guitar

Private Classes for Beginner and Intermediate Students

Joseph Zullo

Joseph Zullo is a blossoming musician from the heart of the valley and has been pursuing the adventure of musicianship since his teenage years. His interest was first fostered in chorus from elementary through high school, but truly began with a fascination with rock n roll and a mesmerizing moment with his brother.
"I remember watching and listening intently as my brother played Stairway to Heaven on an old classical guitar and just simply fell in love with strings."

Classes with Joseph

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Guitar concentration in Americana, Folk, Blues

Private Class

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Beginner Fiddle concentration in Americana, Folk, Blues

Private Class

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Ukulele concentration in Americana, Folk, Blues

Private Class

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Beginner Ukulele with Joe

Scheduled Group Classes

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Blues Lead Guitar with Joe

Scheduled Group Classes

Marshall Biever

Marshall Biever is a teaching artist with over a decade of teaching, writing, recording, and performance experience across a range of genres that include funk, classic rock, emo, math rock, blues, contemporary instrumental acoustic guitar (Andy McKee, Michael Hedges ect) nylon string acoustic, indie and more. 

Classes with Marshall

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Theory With Soul: Music Theory By Ear

Group Class

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Intro to two hands on the fretboard

Group Class

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Ear Training for Guitarists

Group Class

Classes with Molly

Theory for Guitar

Private Class

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Theory for Bass

Private Class

William Howard

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Bill Howard is a Shenandoah Valley native, and founding member, co-songwriter, & ‘band dad’ of The Judy Chops. Born into a musical family, Bill began singing in elementary school, and developed a love of performance at an early age. Bill’s grandmother gave him his first guitar lesson at age 12 showing him 3 chords, and then told him, ‘That’s the only thing anyone ever showed me; you’ll have to figure out the rest on your own.’ This advice proved to be invaluable, and helped him develop his ear.

Classes with Bill

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Songwriting for Beginners

Private Class

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Guitar for Beginners

Private Class

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Intro to Guitar Styles: blues, country, rock, surf, rock-a-billy, swing.

Private Class

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So You Want to Start a Band: how to book, how to manage, how to tour, stage presence etc.

Private Class

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Guitar Technique: finger picking, styles, soloing/ phrasing, improvisation, etc.

Private Class

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Guitar Improvisation & Accompaniment

Private Class

Ben Leonard

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Ben was born and raised here in Staunton and bought his first electric bass and amplifier when he was 15 years old.  His adoration of Rush records and learning them note-for-note provided a contrast to his theater work, playing for several years in orchestra pits for the First Year Players at the University of Virginia as well as productions by the Heritage Repertory Theatre in Charlottesville.  His musical wanderings eventually led him to Boston, where he received his B.A. in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music.  In addition to his electric bass studies he immersed himself in music technology, jazz composition, and arranging.  He has played with Latin jazz and funk ensembles, jazz combos, and too many rock bands to count.  He has also contributed production work to releases by Philadelphia hip hop artists Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro.

Classes with Ben

Classes with Molly

Drum Programming and Sequencing

Private Class

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Dance Music Creation and Production

Private Class

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Subtractive Synthesis and Patch Creation

Private Class

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Electric Bass Guitar

Private Class

Sarah Williams

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Born and raised in Staunton, VA Sarah Williams has been singing with a gospel background since the age of 2 and playing piano by ear since she was 5. However, she did not discover her passion for music until age 13, after stumbling through the infamous musical dive bar, Marinos. Her musical inspirations evolved quickly from Disney musicals to Tom Waits, Sam Cooke, and Patsy Cline.  In the spring of 2010, Sarah Williams wrote her first song, “Dreamin,” and performed it at a local open mic. Since then, she has written over 100 songs and has played across the Nation.

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Lisa Stephens is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. She started playing piano at six years old and has enjoyed growing her musicianship with different instruments and skills along the way! While she became involved in theatre later in life, she has found it to be a great source of community and arts education.

Lisa Stephens

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Trent Stephens

Trent Stephens was a real goofball in school and realized he could transfer that skill to the stage! He received his undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2008, Trent started as a company member of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival and since 2015, Trent has annually served as guest director for Shakespeare By The Sea in Jupiter, Florida.

Stuart Gunter

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Stuart Gunter lives in Schuyler, Virginia. He has been working in music and education for 25+ years, and was even a professional firefighter for over a decade. His poems are forthcoming or have been published in Poet Lore, Hiram Poetry Review, Appalachian Journal, James Dickey Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Plume, among others. Once Again to See the Stars: A Contemporary View of Dante's Inferno, his collaboration with artist Michelle Gagliano, will be published in 2021.

Classes with Molly

Creative Writing

Private Class