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LessonsWith 18 individual rooms dedicated to music education, Danny Ray’s Music has Round Rock’s most modern and spacious lesson facilities. We offer private instruction in almost every instrument including:

    • Guitar | Bass Guitar | Piano | Drums | Saxophone | Voice | Violin | Cello | Double Bass | Mandolin
      Clarinet | Flute | Viola |Trumpet | Fiddle | Banjo | Ukulele | French Horn | Trombone | Tuba

Having recruited some of Austin’s most talented players and well-known instructors, our staff is easily one of the most comprehensive and experienced in the area. Whether you want to learn classical theory or just want to rock out, we have a teacher for you.

We offer a $110.00 flat monthly tuition program that includes weekly 30 minute private lessons with your instructor. If you are interested in signing up and discovering your musical talent, please contact us. All ages and experience levels are welcome and encouraged.

Our Instructors

Alex Hartley – Piano

Alex Hartley is an accomplished pianist, songwriter and collaborator recently settled in Austin, Texas. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Alex has performed and toured extensively throughout Boston and New England with bands Canary and Lauren Tenney & The Terribles; including performances at The House of Blues Boston and SXSW.  In 2012, he served as musical director of the "Rockin' Railroad Band," a children's music project based in Wellesley, MA with over 150 performances in the past year.  Most recently Alex completed a 6-month contract with Carnival Cruises touring the Carribean and Pacific with the #1 ranked band in the Carnival Fleet, "The Love Souljas." 

Daniel Swayze – Piano

Daniel, a Portland Oregon native, started playing the piano at age 14, and did not have a formal lesson until age 16. After just one year of studies Daniel placed in the top five in the OMEA state level solo and ensemble competition. Since then he has been fervently preparing for a career as both a performer and teacher. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance. During his undergraduate studies he received the E. Mulling Outstanding Freshman Student Award, the Chamber Music Concerts Scholarship and the Schneider Outstanding Music Student Award. Daniel has performed extensively both as a soloist with large ensembles, and as an accompanist, working with all instrument types. He accompanied the award-winning strings ensemble Siskiyou Violins from 2010-2012, and had the opportunity to perform with them at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Daniel is currently pursuing his Masters of Music degree at University of Texas’ Butler School of Music. Daniel provides music for Memorial United Methodist Church of Austin, accompanies the Austin Saengerrunde and performs in recitals multiple times per year. Check out Daniel’s website at www.dspianist.com

Darla Bower - Voice, Piano

Darla began singing on-stage at the age of 4, and was playing piano by age 6. Darla is dually-degreed, as a graduate of the Judy Jones School of Music and the University of North Texas. Darla served as a Music Teacher at a local private school for grades K-5. She enjoys performing, teaching, and singing all styles with a particular affinity for Classical, Broadway, Jazz, and Sacred. Darla has performed at Georgetown PAC, Art in the Park, St. Vianney, St Paul Lutheran, Marguerite Edwards Auditorium, and Ft. Hood. She performs at several hotels in Austin, privately, and has sung with professional classical groups in several states. Member of the Texas Music Educators Association—TMEA and has over 6 years of teaching experience.

Denise Stewart Bates - Voice, Piano

Denise Stewart is an international recording artist who has many years of experience in every kind of vocal arena: Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Country, Choral & Classical. Upon obtaining her B.A. in Music from Fisk University, she started touring and recording with R&B/Jazz Impresarios, James Polk, Norman Connors, Craig T. Cooper and Pete Moore (of the Miracles). Her most recent accomplishment happened in 2009, when she had the honor of singing during the Inaugural festivities in Washington D.C. with ACC's Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thom Husak. Denise has been a vocal coach with an emphasis in performance for 20+ years and enjoys teaching piano as well. You can learn more about Denise Stewart at her website www.myprivateheavenworks.com , www.accbigband.com, www.craigtcooper.com , www.juewettbostick.com .

Rachel Romo – Voice, Piano

With 25 years of playing music, Rachel has had the opportunity to play many different styles of music and in many different settings. She trained in classical voice, guitar and keyboard harmony at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, and pursued studies in history and Japanese language at Texas State University. She began playing live locally in 2001 and has played in country, psycho-billy, rock n' roll, a soul and funk girl-group, fronting a thirteen piece brass swing band, and several solo residencies emphasizing her blues and jazz abilities. She has had the pleasure to play on many local stages including: Stubb's, Emo's, the Continental Club, the Parrish, Flamingo Cantina, Momo's, the Mohawk, and Club DeVille. Rachel's comfort and fluidity of styles, from classical piano and voice; to blues, jazz, country-western, and rock keys, synths, vocals, and guitar allows her to throw back the doors of music wide open to students. She believes in fostering a deep love of music in her students and encourages them to explore all genres. Rachel has been teaching in a private studio environment for 2 years and has taught children of all ages from 6 months to 60 years. She firmly holds true that no matter what age or talent level, anyone can learn an instrument and join in the joy of making music.

Kris Afflerbaugh – Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Piano

Kris began his musical career at age 5, when he played drums with his father's trombone quintet on "Little Drummer Boy." Since that time he has remained captivated by music and started to study formally when he took up alto saxophone in the school band at age 10. When he was 12 he received an electric bass for his birthday, and it has remained his primary instrument since. Now Kris primarily plays upright and electric bass, as well as piano and guitar. After being raised in Southern California, he moved to Austin in 2005 where he studied Jazz Composition at the University of Texas. In 2008 he graduated from UT with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition. Since then he has remained active and in demand in Austin as a performer, composer and educator. He plays and teaches almost all styles, and has performed with a number of the city's most illustrious artists.

David Price – Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Drums

David Price was born in Martinsburg, WV, where at the age of 4 he began studying violin privately, taking after his mother, a violin teacher. He took private lessons and attended summer music camps/festivals throughout his schooling and eventually went on to West Virginia University, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education.  He taught middle school strings in his hometown of Martinsburg, WV before relocating to Texas to further pursue his music career.  David is also an avid drummer, mainly self-taught as a rock/jazz drum set player.  He has formed and played in many rock groups and performed with several jazz big bands and combos.  David is also proficient in recording and music technology, having worked with microphones, outboard gear, recording software, etc.

Julie Adams – Violin, Viola, Cello

Julie began studying piano, cello and violin at an early age, and enjoyed singing in various choirs, as well. She earned a Bachelors degree in Vocal & Instrumental Music Education from Oklahoma City University (majoring in cello, piano, and voice), and is also is pursuing a Masters Degree at UT. Julie has been teaching strings, piano and voice for 21 years. She teaches traditional and Suzuki methods, and enjoys teaching all styles of music. Julie performs professionally with the Temple Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony, and has performed as a cellist for a baroque ensemble, performing at St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy. She has also performed with several other ensembles across Europe and the US. Julie has taught in the public schools and has conducted orchestral and choral groups of various ages. She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys accompanying ensembles and soloists. Julie also performs as a vocalist, both solo and ensembles. She currently sings with the St. David's Episcopal Choir.

Victoria Hammill-Violin (Rock-Blues-Jazz Fusion,Classical), Piano

Victoria and her electric Zeta Five string violin is a true blues/rock/rhythm 'n blues/jazz fusion violinist and vocalist, with passion, energy, tone, and stellar delivery and presence. Influenced by electric blues/rock guitarists and nominated by the Music City Blues Society for Bluesy Award 2003, 2004, and 2005, she is a modern pioneer in electric blues violin. Victoria has been playing violin for nearly 18 years, with 7 years of formal classical training, 2 years of training with state champion Texas style fiddler, Valerie O'Brien, and 9+ years experience as a blues violinist with rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz influences. She started her formal classical violin training at 10 years of age in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, holding first chair, first violin throughout her orchestra days, studying under John Slagle, Diane Mueller, Cybil Simone. Other mentors include James "Nick" Nixon (The Imperials), Waldo Weathers (former saxman for James Brown and Charlie Pride), Marion James (Nashville's Queen of the Blues), and more. The piano is Victoria's first instrument and love. She was drawn to the piano at an early age, and at 8 years of age she taught herself to sight read and play, and then began formal classical training under the direction of Sarah Conrad. She has been the pianist and vocal soloist for the Unity Church of Arlington, Arlington, Texas, for Staples United Methodist Church, Staples, Texas, has taught piano individually and to groups of children, ages 5 to 10, at the Arlington, Texas Community Center, and has accompanied herself vocally for numerous live performances. Most recently, she has channeled deep meditative music to set the space for the mid-week Wednesday night contemplative service at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, Texas.

At the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, she studied music theory, literature, conservatory, and performance for voice. Victoria now fronts her own band, Zeta Five, with vocals and electric violin lead.

Jenn Dygert-Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba

Jenn began piano lessons at the young age of four. Through middle and high school, she picked up a number of instruments knowing her future would be in education. Jenn attended San Diego State University majoring in music, emphasizing in education and performance. She was awarded multiple scholarships and awards and has played with the San Diego Symphony and the Brador Brass Quintet. Jenn has toured extensively conducting and performing throughout the southwest and Hawaii. She moved to Texas a few years ago with her husband and four children, and is currently teaching piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba, and voice. Jenn currently performs in the family friendly Christian Rock band Refuge weekly in Hutto, where she plays keys, bass, and sings vocals. Her patient, fun, and positive teaching style is effective with all types and ages of students. Jenn believes that music is an essential life skill and that anyone can be inspired to make music. Several of Jenn’s students received top honors in the Region Band competition this fall, and her students consistently are at the top of their school programs.

Matt Temple - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Matthew began playing music at the age of 10; playing every instrument around the house he started learning saxophone, piano, bass and guitar. In High School as a member of the All State Jazz Band he began teaching at local music stores in 1999, since then he has studied classical and jazz performance at the university level and toured, performed, and recorded with many artists internationally including Peter Erskine, Tony Campise, Stanley Jordan, Cake, Joan Jett, Inner Circle, The Tortilla Factory, Elida Reyna, Flaco Jimenez, Maneja Beto, Stoney Larue, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and many others.

Craig Thigpen - Guitar, Bass Guitar

Craig has been teaching and performing in the Austin area for over 20 years. He teaches all ages and a wide variety of styles including Rock (AC/DC to Van Halen), Blues, Jazz and Classical as well. As a Composition Major at UT, he also leans heavily toward theory and tries to give each student a solid foundation of musical knowledge.

Matt Read - Guitar

Matt began studying the guitar at the age of 12. At 16 he joined Dallas based band Blu Shale and recorded a guest guitar solo on their debut CD. Matt and other members of Blu Shale would later become one of Dallas's top cover bands, Space Monkey, which Matt played in for over five years. Matt went to The University of North Texas and studied jazz under guitarists Fred Hamilton and Joe Lee. At age 19 he began his professional teaching career at The Master's Touch School of Music in Grapevine, TX where he taught for over five years. Following graduation from North Texas in 2006 with a bachelors of education Matt moved to San Diego, California where he continued his teaching career for the next 2 ½ years at two local music schools and recorded his first CD, Solo Acoustic Guitar Vol 1. He also played numerous gigs with local jazz musicians as well as solo guitar shows. In 2008 Matt was accepted and received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music. While there he
studied under some of his musical heroes including guitarists Tim Miller and Julian Lage. Matt now lives in Austin, TX where he is furthering his passion for teaching, playing live, doing studio work, and songwriting.

Jay Clark - Guitar, Bass Guitar

Jay Clark has played guitar & bass for almost 30 years, and has over 20 years teaching experience. Jay enjoys teaching beginning guitar, as well as intermediate and advanced rock styles. Jay plays professionally in Jay Satellite, where he serves as frontman on vocals and guitar, as well as playing bass in Austin's The Coast of Nebraska and serving as sideman on guitar and bass for several local singer/songwriters. In addition to guitar & bass, Jay also plays keyboards and drums and enjoys producing music in his home studio. When not making music, Jay enjoys spending time with his family, and teaching music to his two children Jack and Lily.

AJ Inzana – Guitar, Classical Guitar

AJ has been playing guitar for more than 20 years and teaching privately for over 10 years. Starting his college career at Finger Lakes Community College, he studied under Mr. Robert Pickert. Under his guidance, AJ grew to be a serious musician becoming dedicated to his craft. While at FLCC, AJ was a member of a pop/rock/R&B band where he learned musicianship in an ensemble setting. His lessons reflect these teachings, and emphasize aural techniques to facilitate group playing. At New York State University at Fredonia, AJ studied under Mr. James Piorkowski, who is a world renowned classical guitar player/composer and one of the originators of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet. Under Mr. Piorkowski, AJ developed self-discipline in all forms of musicianship. Mr. Piorkowski fostered in AJ an ability to interpret and feel "ownership" of the music, a skill AJ also emphasizes with his students. Also, AJ has studied with Dr. Kenneth Mayer (a graduate of Eastman School of Music). Through the lessons with Dr. Mayer, AJ came to appreciate the integrity of classical guitar while enjoying the musical experience. AJ's lessons emphasize proper technique and focus on developing written and aural musicianship. He encourages his students of all ages to explore a variety of styles including jazz, blues, pop, classical and rock, while tailoring his lessons to meet each student's needs.In addition to academic playing in the Fredonia Jazz Band and various pit bands for local shows, AJ was a member of the Indie Rock group "South Central." This ensemble played all of upstate New York to rave reviews. AJ has also done fill in work for various Austin bands including The Aaron Navaro Band. He is currently playing in a jazz quintet called CastAnEar and solo classical guitar for weddings and other events. In addition he has played with multiple contemporary Christian groups, including Reigns of Devotion and Spirit Led.

Dave Schoo – Guitar

Dave has been playing guitar for nearly 20 years. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, he started taking private lessons at a local music store for several years. Within a couple years he was writing and recording his own original songs. Dave has been in the Austin area for over 10 years playing mostly in original rock bands as well as recording and producing various artists in his home studio. His lessons revolve around helping the student learn how to play their favorite music while giving them a foundation of music theory knowledge they can use to be creative and find their own voice on guitar. Some of Dave’s favorite bands/artists include Led Zeppelin, SRV, Jimi Hendrix, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more.

Carson Alexander - Guitar

Growing up in Memphis, the "home of the blues" and "birthplace of rock and roll”, Carson was exposed to a great variety of music at a young age. Picking up the guitar at the age of 11, Carson realized what it was he wanted to do with his life. He has been playing for live audiences since he was 13 starting on Beale Street, a famous music strip in his home town of Memphis. Carson moved to Austin at the age of 15 after the suggestion of famous Austin music man, Clifford Antone. He plays professionally at popular venues such as Carlos and Charlies, Saxon Pub, and Hanover’s. Carson teaches Blues Rock, Pop Rock, and Classic Rock. Check out Carson’s websites at www.CarsonAlexander.com and myspace.com/carsonalexanderband .

Wes Green - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Ukelele

Wes Green started playing guitar at age 10. Early influences of Bob Dylan and Doc Watson motivated Wes to learn finger-style and flat-picking guitar styles. His early influences include the Kingston Trio and Flatt and Scruggs bluegrass music. Starting folk bands in high school, Wes also started to play banjo. Later in a band in college, Wes picked up the fiddle and in 1978, the mandolin, in 1995, the ukulele. Wes has been in several bluegrass bands playing professionally and touring the US and Europe. Wes has been teaching for 36 years and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art at UT and a Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont California.

Tony Miller – Drums

Tony began playing the drums at the age of 4. He played his first professional gig at 10 and by the age of 13 was playing every weekend around the Dallas Texas music scene. His first drum teacher, Richard Speer (a local Dallas drummer) laid a solid foundation of rudiments and taught him to read music. He was fortunate to then study with world-renowned drummers Colin Bailey (Vince Gueraldi "Charlie Brown Christmas" sound track), Victor Feldman (author of "Bass Drum Control" book), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr All Star Band, LA Session master), Rick Latham (Juice Newton, Edgar Winter, author of "Advanced Funk Studies" book). Tony attended the University of North Texas of a music scholarship and participated in the jazz program. Tony has toured with Grammy nominated Christian music artists Mylon Lefevre, Wayne Watson, Cindy Morgan, and Point of Grace, and has been a requested drummer in the Dallas, Nashville, and Austin recording studios.

As a drum teacher, Tony is a proud member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild of America and the Percussive Arts Society. He teaches all levels and styles and brings his years of professional experience to every student. Tony believes that "one size does not fit all" when teaching. He understands that each student has a different learning style and finds the best approach to help them succeed.

Danny Dale - Drums

Danny has been playing drums for over 36 years, and teaching for the last 16. He enjoys teaching all styles and experience levels. Danny studied music education at Southwest Texas State University, performing with the Concert, Symphonic, and Marching Bands, as well as the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and continued his education studying jazz theory and arrangement at Berklee College of Music.

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