Music Instructors

Rob Portillo
Guitar Lessons
Hey! My name is Rob, and for the last 20 years I have been teaching and playing Guitar. Music is my passion and I am lucky to have made it such a big part of my life and career. Although I love rock and blues, part of being a great musician is knowing and playing multiple genres. I approach every lesson with a stress free, fun experience in mind. Each student has, and should set, their own personal goals which we can work towards. I am excited to meet you and look forward to jamming and learning together.
Brandon Dull
Guitar Lessons
Hey, my name is Brandon Dull and I’ve been playing guitar for over ten years. Playing in bands as needed and volunteering time with musical education programs around Maryland, I currently work with several bands in the area as guitar tech and repair all sorts of local instruments in Frederick. I love seeing more music in the world. I grew up on blues rock and have come to love jazz, country, soul, and funk. I move in the direction of the student and guide them along the way to keep things fun and versatile.
Matt Howard
Guitar Lessons
Hello, my name is Matt and I am excited to share my love of music with you! I have appreciation for all instruments, but guitar will always be number one in my book! My goal is to help you become comfortable and familiar with your instrument, while providing a low pressure learning environment. My teaching style is very versatile and I will cater my lessons to you. We will learn your favorite songs while developing good technique with a foundation in music theory. Together we will find your style and unlock your inner musical potential!
Richard Jenkins
Bio Coming Soon
Joni Mason
Drum Lessons
Hi! My name is Joni, I teach drums and percussion with 15 years experience behind the drum kit, gaining the majority of my knowledge from writing, recording and performing in local bands. I am so excited to share the knowledge I have gained throughout the years with my students, using the power of music to uplift the them by building confidence and providing a comfortable, safe medium to express their individuality and creativity.
CJ Harrison
Drum Lessons
Hi, I’m CJ! I’ve been drumming for 12 years, and my personal style is a unique combination of rock, Afro-Cuban, metal, swing, funk, and jazz! I also love playing snare drum solos. My favorite bands are Switchfoot, Pillar, and the Eagles, and my favorite drummers are Peter Erskine, Lester Estelle, Jr., and Stanton Moore. Drumming is a lot of fun, and I love showing my students that and helping them develop their own styles.
Christa Palmer
Piano Lessons
Hi, my name is Christa. Being an outgoing and goofy musician has always helped my teaching. I have been playing piano for over 20 years and have been performing music since I was 6!!! When I was about 18 years old, I realized teaching was a passion of mine that also lets me just play for fun.
RayLee Peterson
Piano & Voice Lessons
Hi there, I’m RayLee! I have been playing piano and singing since I was five years old and while I am classically trained, I also participate in musical theater. I went to Frederick Community College and earned my AA in Music with piano as my first instrument and flute as my second and am currently studying at Hood College. Music is and always will be a significant part of my life; Having this opportunity to teach others something that has brought me so much joy over the years is a personal highlight for me and my music career.
Madelyn Vera
Hello! My name is Madelyn. I started taking piano lessons when I was 10, and I’ve been playing piano ever since. I graduated from Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, WV, with a B. A. in Musical Arts in 2016. I love anything related to piano, composition, or musical theory. Outside of music, my interests include reading and writing, gaming, recording and editing videos, food science, and gardening. I’m here to help you meet your musical goals by teaching you the music you want to learn, while still incorporating essential information that you will need to succeed with piano into the lesson. I’m super excited to make music with you!
Lizzie Hushour
Flute & Trumpet Lessons
Hi everyone, my name is Lizzie! I graduated from Frederick Community College in 2016 earning my Associates in Music and I currently go to Towson University. I believe that you can have fun and learn all at the same time. I want to help my students grow with music and I want them to learn a skill that can never be taken away from them. Music has always been my passion and being able to teach is a dream come true.
Maura Chaudhary
Hi, my name is Maura Choudhary. I am a classically trained violinist and highly involved in the youth music world of Frederick county. With a strong passion for making music your own, I hope to inspire my students to not only learn and continue with violin, but make it unique to themselves. The true value of musical experience, I believe, lies in its ability to bring people together and it’s challenging, but satisfying nature. Violin has been such a prominent and valued component of my life for the past 10 years, and I can guarantee it always will be. My greatest aspiration is to help others discover their own musical calling so that they can appreciate it for many many years to come.