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Faculty
Executive Director

Amber McHose

Amber started dancing at the young age of 3 and  has trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, tumbling and hip hop over the years. She has 16 years of dance experience and has competed nationally in jazz and tumbling for many of those years. Amber joined a hip-hop troop in Saint Paul, MN for 3 years and now brings this fun concept to our studio. Amber also holds a personal training certification with a specialization in youth exercise from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.






Ballet Mistress

Jane Huber

Mrs. Jane Huber, Ballet Mistress, teaches Pre-Ballet through Advanced Ballet and Pointe.

She received her extensive training primarily with the Royal Academy System in Canada. As a young adult, she danced and taught ballet and contemporary dance at the Western Dance Theater in Vancouver, Canada.  Additional training was received in New York with  Merce Cunningham School and the Martha Graham School.  She has directed and choreographed for the Academy of Dance at Harmony School of Creative Arts for over 10 years.  Her caliber of teaching is unmatched in the Hill Country.  Many of her students have been accepted in major dance programs throughout the country.  Her teaching combines RussianRoyal Academy and Cecchetti method giving the students a complete training.






Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Creative

Rebecca Carmack

Rebecca is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical. She is a former member of the Orange Jazz Company of Orange, Texas. She has studied under many diverse choreographers throughout the country. Rebecca has also competed in various events throughout Texas and Louisiana.






Ballet, Modern

Kristi Stere

Kristi Marie Stere - Originally from California, Kristi has been teaching Ballet and Pointe for over 25 years. She joined the teaching staff of Dancers Workshop in Austin, Texas in 1995. Ms. Stere is a certified Ballet Examiner and active member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, Inc., and has served on the organization’s board of directors.  An award winning student at W.G. Enloe Magnet Arts High School, she received professional training from programs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Atlanta Ballet, and the Raleigh School of Ballet where she also began teaching. She performed with the Raleigh Dance Theatre (Carolina Ballet) under founding director Ann Vorus.  Ms. Stere has also appeared with the Raleigh Civic Ballet, Kinesis Dancetheater, Ballet East, Slavin-Nadal Ballet, Third Coast Jazz, and as a guest principal with Mesquite Repertory Ballet. She received a full merit scholarship to Ballet Austin, where she apprenticed with costume designer Chip Seibert. Kristi now designs costumes, scenery, and props for the ballet company Ovation, which she co-directs with Libby Lovejoy and Inga Lujerenko.






Adult Ballet

Chandra Irvin

          Chandra has been teaching dance of various styles and levels at Harmony School of Creative Arts for many years and is currently teaching Adult Ballet with the intention of growing an adult ballet program.  An Evening at the Barre is for adults who want to learn ballet and improve to take higher levels of technique, if desired, as the student’s technique advances in the program.

 Chandra is also a Family Nurse Practitioner and practices full time in the Marble Falls area.  She has a passion for dance and is particularly interested in the latest health research that shows that dancing has many health benefits for adults, to include decreasing the risk for dementia, while improving strength and flexibility.

  Above all, Chandra believes that dance should be fun and accessible for all and desires to teach the art in a nurturing and supportive environment that is conducive to adult learning styles.






Ballet

Van Dykes






Ballroom & Two-Step

Taylor Grey






Piano Instructor

Carlene Jasper

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Carlene Jasper began piano study at the age of 7 in Alpine, Texas. After graduating from high school, she attended Sul Ross State University on a music scholarship to accompany the choir under the direction of Dr. Glenn Davis. While at Sul Ross, she studied piano under Dr. Paul Korvonan and Georgette Gettel and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. She completed requirements for her elementary education certification at Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos. 

Mrs. Jasper’s teaching experience includes having a private piano studio for seven years in Midland, Texas where she was a participating member of the local piano teachers association. She taught public school music for 18 years in Killeen, Midland, Odessa, and Marble Falls. After upgrading her certification, she taught 5th grade language arts for nine years in Marble Falls. Mrs. Jasper was an active member of Texas Music Teachers Association and Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

After retiring from public school teaching, Mrs. Jasper joined the faculty at Faith Academy where she taught 6th grade language arts and social studies for four years. At that time she also began teaching private piano at Harmony School of Creative Arts in Marble Falls where she is currently teaching. She has been a participating member of The National Guild of Piano Teachers since 2001. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, including adults. Mrs. Jasper is an active member of her church and has served as pianist for many years. 






Piano Instructor

Lynda Freeman

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Lynda has been part of the Harmony music faculty since 2011.  Her love of piano was influenced by her grandmother, a music conservatory graduate, who was still teaching piano lessons when at  the age of 103.  Lynda inherited her grandmother's students in 1979, upon her grandmother's retirement. Lynda enjoys working with piano students and especially loves to see the  smile when they enjoy playing a song.  She graduated from Concordia University  with a bachelor of business .  Her studies at Concordia also included music coursework in piano, organ, and guitar. Lynda has also earned master degrees with an emphasis in accounting, marketing, and clinical mental health. She is  pursuing a doctorate in clinical mental health, with an emphasis in music therapy as she believes that  music heals the soul.






Voice Instructor

Robert Schneider

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Robert L. Schneider bass

BA at Eastern Michigan University in Music Ed.

Masters in voice at U. of Michian

Doctoral work at U of Texas

 

Sang in German Opera Houses for over 20 years

Contracts with Luebeck, Detmold and Bremerhaven Operas

On board of Directors at Gilbert and Sullivan Austin

Sings with Austin Opera

Teacher of private voice and guitar at Harmony School of Arts since 2005






Strings Instructor

Devlon Goodman

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Woodwinds, Brass, Music Composition

Michael "Bear" Schwartz






Piano Instructor

Andrew Hlavinka

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Andrew Hlavinka teaches Jazz, Classical, and Contemporary Studies (Pop, Rock, R&B, Electronic, Gospel, Synth)

Listening to my first Elton John CD at nine years old, the flame was kindled and my life with piano begun!  After learning basic music reading from a voice teacher, I studied piano with classically trained Russian teacher, Ruslan Sviridov, for four years.  He exposed me to more traditional classical repertoire and some of my favorite composers - Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.  Ruslan taught me not only physical piano technique and classical music language but also different methods for interpreting and feeling the music.  I also studied with Linda Hasse, a UT piano grad and ‘’rubato’’ master, before college.  Her guidance in playing Gershwin, Copland, Bach, Beethoven and many more composers deepened my passion for piano greatly.  In high school, at performing arts magnet school, NESA, I discovered how much fun it is to play piano to accompany singers, with an orchestra, and in a pit for musical theatre shows.  My love for pop, rock, and indie music grew quickly when I joined a rock band senior year and realized the awesomeness of playing a synth in a band with bass, guitar, drums, and vocals beside you.  Coldplay, The Shins, Keen, Jack Johnson, Fiona Apple, Billy Joel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, John Legend, and Radiohead were and are a big deal.

I studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 2010-2014 and graduated with a degree in Piano Performance and Electronic Production.  I studied with amazing jazz and classical players Kevin Harris, Bob Winter, Leo Blanco, and Laszlo Gardony and discovered my passion for jazz.  After seeing live shows with incredible musicians spontaneously communicating to each other, I knew I had to dive into this jazz world.  I learned different strategies of improvisation, ear training, transcribing, jazz theory, and was exposed to the greats: Coltrane, Monk, Evans, Parker, Jarrett, Ellington, Gillespie, Joplin, Fitzgerald, Holiday.  I love these musicians/composers, but it was also my fellow student musicians from all around the world at Berklee, playing every style you could think of, that inspired me equally.  I played in jazz, gospel, R&B, electronic, and pop ensembles and continue to try to play with as many different people and perspectives as I can.

I started teaching privately to all-ages through college in Boston; and, through Berklee, I volunteered to play for the Dorchester Boys and Girls Afterschool Club open mic nights.  The confidence that performing gave these kids was amazing.  This and my experience mentoring high school students through the Berklee City Music program demonstrated the musical and overall life benefits of teaching.  To empower a student’s belief in themselves to overcome any obstacle in their life and to pursue their dreams and develop their goals is a wonderful experience- one where the student’s perspective, experiences, obstacles, and questions teach me at least as much as I’ve taught them. 






Guitar Teacher

Brandon McHose