Brannon was born and raised in Alabama. He attended God's Bible School and College, University of Montevallo, and Amridge University and earned degrees in music, religion, and human development. For the past ten years he has served as vocalist, accompanist, composer and church music director. His music experience is comprised of classical, gospel, blues/swing, country and pop. When not teaching at his studio, Brannon enjoys cooking, hiking, bowling, and reading on history and politics.
Derek has been playing guitar for
several years and holds a Bacherlors Degree Music Education in Guitar from
Faulkner University. He considers
himself a fast learner who loves music and wants to inspire the next generation
with the love of music. Derek says, “Some of the most influential
people have been my music teachers; they and the lessons they taught are what
got me through hard times. Thus, I am very enthusiastic about the chance to
teach.” His main instrument is guitar -- classical or
jazz -- but he also plays saxophone and percussion and his actively involved in
composition work. People say of him that
his biggest strength is being encouraging to others.
Randall Smith - Piano Instructor
John Howard -Vocal & Drum Instructor
John is recently relocated from New Jersey to Montgomery and comes from a family of singers and musicians. He has a degree from Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) in Classical Percussion and is currently the Choral Director at Lee High School here in Montgomery. His musical roots and foundation in Gospel Music has allowed him to perform in several venues and also allowed him to expand musically to other musical genres. John loves to help bring the best out of people musically.
Born and raised in Montgomery, AL, Shoronda recalls always having a love for music. Her passion was truly ignited once she was introduced to the violin at the age of 10. Since then, Shoronda has completed a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Alabama State University and a Masters in Music Education from Jackson State University. No matter how far she traveled, her main goal was always to come back to Montgomery & teach strings in her hometown. "Playing the violin has afforded me with wonderful opportunities, an avenue for continued education and lifelong connections and friendships with so many amazing musicians. My goal is to introduce students to all of the places that music can take them, just as it was once done for me."
Melissa lived in seven states growing up, but when her family settled in Georgia, a piano teacher was born. She began with lessons at the teacher’s home studio and that led to Reinhardt University, and then on to Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano performance. Her teaching started when she was seventeen years old from her home and her love for music and working with students has constantly grown. She is married to a worship pastor and along with him and their son Forrest, music is a part of life. Sharing that through teaching gives her great joy! Her Family has been in Montgomery for more than two years and she is excited to be joining the team at MSoM!
Jonathan was raised in Athens, AL where he developed a passion for music at a very early age. He began to play at church at the age of 10 and formed his rock band at age 11. At Athens High School, he served as the drummer for the jazz band for four years and continued to play in numerous bands as a drummer and a bass player. After high school, Jonathan went to Troy University, where he studied piano and played bass in the studio rhythm section. In 2009, he joined the Park Band as the bass player, and after 6 years at that position, he switched to drums, where he serves now. He is currently continuing his music education at Huntingdon College.