Brenda Bedell has 40 years experience teaching the piano privately and in groups. Since she was a little girl, it has been her lifelong love and ambition to share the gift of music with others. Her own teacher believed in her dream and provided her with the support and inspiration she wishes to pass on to her students. Brenda believes that music must be a part of every child’s education, but should also be fun, motivating, and inspiring. Her efforts to bring this about are shown in the development of lesson formats that include individual, duet, and ensemble playing and music theory. Brenda’s newest group development implemented at Dolce is the Mom and tot music and movement program, Bella Musica. The curriculum is personally composed to plant seeds of music theory in the minds of the youngest student. Brenda believes this will prepare these students, ages 2 to 4, to move into piano, violin, guitar, cello, voice and more by giving a rhythmic foundation plus fundamental music theory. Her goal has always been to develop curriculum conducive to successful learning and motivating lesson formats. She believes this requires variety, commitment to excellent technique, and a genuine passion for the heart of music. As the owner and Music Director of Dolce Music Studio, Brenda’s desire is to create an atmosphere that will motivate each student to not only play music, but to love making music!
Stephanie Arnold is a wife and mother of three who is thrilled to join the acclaimed artists at Dolce. With music as a huge part of her family, Stephanie is eager to teach music as one of God’s amazing gifts of expression to all of her students and is thrilled to be introducing her 5 year old daughter to the piano as well. Stephanie’s combined study and teaching experience of 15 years on the piano in conjunction with her singing voice will give each student an educational atmosphere filled with creativity and passion. She believes studying piano is a great way to enrich education, build self-confidence and also be a blessing to others. With a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and love of working with children, piano lessons under her tutelage will be a rewarding experience. With lots of patience and encouragement she hopes to share her love of music with your child and lead them toward a lifetime of music appreciation! As an Enrichment Course for a supplemental group class, Stephanie encourages her students to participate in monthly groups such as Praise Band, Dolce Voce, or Piano Ensemble to provide a balanced format for their music education.
Dr. Karol Ann Badgett
Karol Ann Badgett teaches piano, composition, and theory at all levels and loves bringing her diverse experience in music to her students. A recipient of a doctorate and a master’s degree in composition from The Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, she also holds degrees in Piano Performance from Texas State University and Piano Pedagogy from The University of Texas. She has taught class piano at St. Edward’s University and Texas State University and has been Assistant Instructor of theory at The University of Texas. She is a featured composer with Alpha Major Publishing in Houston, Texas and specializes in educational composition. Dr. Badgett, also a member of the National Guild, offers her expertise in preparing students for their yearly audition through the American College of Musicians. This opportunity provides an avenue for enhancing performance skills as well as memorization and music theory by setting a level of achievement for participating students each year. She also directs the monthly enrichment classes for Rhythm Foundations/ I Write the Songs to add balance and variety to the weekly private lesson giving emphasis to rhythm and music theory essential for success. This provides an excellent opportunity to supplement weekly private lessons with a peer group class enhancing technical skills and delving deeper into music theory to provide tools for composition.
Darla began singing on-stage at the age of 4, and was playing piano by age 6. She attended the Judy Jones School of Music, has an Associate Degree and graduated from the University of North Texas. Darla served as a Music Teacher at a private school for grades K-5. She enjoys performing and teaching all styles with a particular affinity for Classical, Broadway, Jazz, and Sacred. Darla has performed and continues to perform throughout Colorado and Texas as a solo piano artist and has sung with several professional classical singing groups in a tri-state area. Darla proudly calls Austin Texas home with over 12 years of teaching experience. Darla is an Enlightened Piano Radio Artist and Whisperings Solo Piano Radio artist-www.solopianoradio.com. She serves as a Board Member for Enlightened Piano Radio www.enlightenedpiano.com. Darla performed at Carnegie Hall in October of 2015. Her solo piano album was nominated for Best Solo Piano Album by Enlightened Piano Radio in 2015. In addition to weekly private and group piano/voice lessons, Darla directs the supplemental monthly enrichment Dolce Voce Ensemble. These 45 minute group classes provide a unique opportunity for students to develop stage presence, preparing to perform on the square of Georgetown during the annual Christmas Stroll and the Red Poppy Festival.
After attending Temple University, Robert Davis received his Masters of Music Education and was a part of multiple instrumental and vocal ensembles, including performing in a Grammy award performance/recording of Carl Orff’s Catuli Carmina with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra and band from fourth grade through College, including a ten year stint as a High School Band Director. Staying active playing and conducting large and small ensemble events, he continued to teach at Austin Community College for 12 years while working at Dell. He is devoted to teaching all ages and levels of woodwind students in various school districts. As a Dolce instructor, Mr. Davis will offer instruction for saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He believes in using many avenues to inspire and motivate his students while actively demonstrating effective and beneficial playing techniques during each lesson.
Emily Lacey first picked up a violin at age 10. Playing with her middle school orchestra, Emily took her newly found violin skills home and started playing guitar. From playing in a musical production of Seussical, to studying fiddle, Emily’s experience will be seen in her passion for teaching each student. In 2010, Emily had the honor of playing Carnegie Hall with the Round Rock High School Orchestra under the instruction of Sandra Vandertulip. After high school, Emily continued her education at Austin Community College, where she has graduated with an Associates in Music Business, Performance, and Technology. She understands every student has different needs, and hopes to give each student a music education while keeping it fun and creative. When not teaching, Emily is a country singer/songwriter and is a member of the Williamson County Symphony. Performing all over the greater Austin area, Emily knows both the music and business side of the industry. Emily is eager to pass down her knowledge and love for music to her students. She is scheduling students for violin, guitar, ukulele, and piano at Dolce Music Studio and offers a monthly group enrichment course for Folk Rock Band.
Frank Linenberger, Artistic Director of the Andante and Bella Voce Choirs, has been teaching and conducting for over thirty five years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music in Ohio. He also holds an Associates Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Bible College. Over the years, Mr. Linenberger has been involved in over 30 theatrical productions. He has held various roles such as: Writer, Producer, Director and Actor. Some of his favorites have been: “South Pacific”, “West Side Story”, “Oliver”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “The Sound of Music”, to name a few. He has written over 45 songs and choral arrangements. Mr. Linenberger has been the Music Director for churches and enjoys teaching private voice lessons at Dolce. He has had students qualify for Texas State singing honors and was previously the first Head Choir Director for Hendrickson High School of Pflugerville, TX. He has also served as Assistant Choir Director for the Williamson County Community Chorus. Frank adds an element of commitment to excellence in vocal training at Dolce with his devotion to music and his students.
Patrick McAndrew is an experienced drummer who attended the Musicians Institute where he was educated by some of the best instructors in the world. After school he moved to Central Texas to pursue his career as a professional musician. Since then he has recorded on two studio albums and toured with bands that are signed to major record labels. Patrick also practices daily and believes that every drummer is born a student and dies a student, the learning never stops. Patrick’s teaching styles and techniques vary for each student. He is a very patient instructor but pushes each student to achieve their goals. He states, “I know every student learns differently, so each student gets a custom lesson plan that meets the way he or she learns”.
Monique McIntosh has taught at Dolce Music Studio since the doors opened in 2010. Her lessons are tailored around the individual’s pace and interests using traditional methods, games, and modern technology. In lieu of a private lesson, her curriculum also offers an optional monthly ensemble class with other students of similar age engaging in ensemble play. She also offers beginning drum lessons which add a special rhythmic foundation to Monique’s lessons using Roland technology and software. In the early years of her own music education, Monique achieved TMEA All-State on bassoon by the end of high school. She graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Education/Special Education. Her first teaching assignment was working with the learning disabled at Bryan High School in Bryan, TX. While at Southwestern she studied piano under Artist-in-Residence, Drusilla Huffmaster, and accompanied instrumental and vocal soloists. Monique was also active in both the SU Orchestra and Symphonic Band on bassoon. As an avid learner, Monique hopes to pass on the joy of learning through music. Monique believes that learning to read and play music not only helps develop the brain to aid in academic learning, but is also a way to relieve tension and relax. She is adding a rhythm enrichment course for bucket drumming that has already proven to be popular. When Monique is not teaching, she is either focusing on perfecting her skills by playing the piano, bassoon, or drums for personal enjoyment, spending time with friends and family, or exercising her privileges as a private pilot by flying.
Alex O’Neil is a proficient Classical and Acoustic Worship guitarist. He has been continually striving to advance his skills for the past 8 years, under the instruction of Giovanni Mera. Alex has also participated in several ensembles and orchestras. He was part of the Austin String Project for 3 years (located at the University of Texas Music School facilities), where he was given the opportunity to connect with much of the area’s classical music community, as well as advance his own knowledge of music theory and performance. Alex was a member and section leader in the Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Williams for 6 semesters following his experience with the String Project. In that time, he gained invaluable experiences opening for some of the world’s greatest classical and flamenco guitarists at venues such as the Paramount Theater and BASS Concert Hall, as part of Austin Classical Guitar’s annual concert series. However, Alex’s true passion lies in worshiping God through song. For the past year he has had the tremendous privilege of leading worship with several different bands and musicians in the Austin area who share his passion. Alex believes that learning to make beautiful music is of the utmost importance, and should be the priority from the very beginning. He also believes proper technique and theory are tools essential to advancing musically, and should not be overlooked.
Konstantin Pavlov was born in Russia in a family of a cellist father and pianist mother. He started his violin studies at the age of six with professor Vladimir Bobilov, continuing his musical studies with him until admission to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory at Moscow. During his stay, Konstantin was a student of professor Alexander Vinnisky. He belonged to the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall Orchestra and to the Composer Union of Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. After obtaining his Master’s Degree in violin education and violin performance in 2003 in Moscow, he was a member of the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev. Afterward he entered the Moscow Symphony Orchestra under the direction of V. Ziva.
From 2005 to 2013, Konstantin played as first violin in the San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Mexico). At the same time, he worked as violin teacher in several schools from where he developed and boosted several student winners of national and international competitions. Throughout his career, he has had great opportunities working with the following international well-known artists: Zubin Mehta, Placido Domingo, Vanessa Mae, Julia Fischer, Chick Corea, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yevgeny Svetlanov among others. In addition to all of the international music festivals throughout the world, he has participated in the Velia Festival (Italy), Musicalta (France), Cervantino International Festival (Mexico), as well as diverse cultural events such as operas, ballets, etc. in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Holland and China. Konstantin has 17+ years of experience teaching.
David Pencil began studying music at an early age, becoming proficient in piano, percussion, and voice by the end of his high-school education. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Rice University and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has also studied film scoring at both the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and the Aspen Film Scoring Program. David is an experienced teacher of piano, voice, percussion, music composition, and music theory. While living in Cincinnati, David was a key instructor at the Center for the Arts, Wyoming, teaching privately as well as providing group instruction. David is currently the Music Minister and choir director of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in north Austin. He is also an active composer for film, games, and new media. To follow his composition work or hear examples of his music, visit www.davidpencil.com. David is now enrolling students at Dolce Music Studio for piano, voice, and composition. He directs the monthly enrichment course for the Dolce Praise Band as they prepare and perform for community events such as the Georgetown Christmas Stroll and the Red Poppy Festival.
Michael Ross hails from the arctic land of Anchorage, Alaska, where he held the position of principal cellist in the Alaska All-State Orchestra for all four years of high school. At the age of 15, he won the Anchorage Symphony youth concerto competition, and enrolled in the University of Alaska Anchorage to lead the cello section in their Sinfonia. Mike has poked around the rest of the U.S. a little too, attending the Ithaca Violoncello Institute in NY, and sitting principal cellist at the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival in WA. Mike has also attended the University of North Texas and Sam Houston State University, where he earned his B.M. in cello performance. Mike is also a skilled pianist, electric bassist, and guitarist in many different styles, and enjoys teaching cello, piano, and guitar students of all ages at Dolce Music Studio. To provide a fun group format for his students, Mike teaches monthly Enrichment Rock Band classes with instruction for piano, guitar, and drums. Whether private or in a group setting, Mike is eager to engage his students in a musical journey that will inspire and motivate excellence.
Andy Russell, after completion of military service, studied at Indiana Universtiy where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate and graduated Summa Cum Laude. His trombone teachers include Ralph Burford, Albert Lube, Thomas Beversdorf, and Leon Brown. He now resides in Georgetown, Texas after a thirty year teaching career with positions at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Del Mar College, plus more than one thousand concert performances with ensembles such as the Houston Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, and Chicago Chamber Brass. His former university students may be found in successful positions, teaching and performing throughout the United States. Andrew has given invited pedagogical presentations throughout the nation. He is the recipient of the Emory B. Remington Award from the international Trombone Association and his biographical information is listed in Who’s Who in America. Dolce is honored to have him as an instructor for brass intensive care to include trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium and tuba.
Dave Schoo has been playing guitar for over 20 years and passionate about sharing his acquired knowledge of the instrument. Living in the Austin area for over 10 years, he has enjoyed playing in original rock bands and cover bands as well as recording and producing various artists in his home studio. Dave’s lessons revolve around helping students learn how to play their favorite music while giving them a foundation of music theory as essential tools for inspiring creativity and finding their own voice on guitar. Lessons are tailored for each individual based on their interests and goals. Dave also uses curriculum structured for younger students or anyone who is not quite sure where to start. He welcomes all types of musical tastes. Some of his favorite bands/artists include Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Sword, and many more.
Craig Thigpen has been teaching guitar and paying professionally in the Austin area for more than 20 years. He covers various styles and techniques which not only include Rock (AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and beyond), but Jazz and Classical music as well. He prefers to approach teaching each student from an individual basis rather than always following the same curriculum for each and every student. “After teaching for so many years, I find that most students usually learn more and develop a greater interest in their instrument when they are learning a piece of music they know and enjoy”. As a result, each student receives a lesson formatted to their own pace, learning style, taste in music and any unique musical goals. Craig also includes a solid foundation for technique within this approach. Having studied music composition at the University Of Texas, he also emphasizes music theory, reading music and songwriting as well for those who are interested.