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 15 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."
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.
Melanie Richardson -- PianoInstructor
Crystal DeForest considers Montgomery, Alabama her hometown since she has lived in the city most of her life. She has over 15 years of working experience in a variety of administrative functions. Her desire, however, is sharing values and mentoring others for achieving goals. She received her Bachelors in Management and Masters in Administrative Leadership. Her passion is helping others in the community of Montgomery, through her willingness to be apart of others and encouraging them to stay focused. Her hope is to continually be part of this community and help provide a service of integrity for people. When not working at MSOM, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family and serving others at her church.