OUR INSTRUCTORS


Ray Goodwin

Guitar

Ray Goodwin is an established multi-instrumentalist who teaches Guitar, Piano, and Violin at Rhapsody School of Music. Ray graduated from the acclaimed Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, in 1994. Shortly thereafter, Ray completed the Music Theory program taught at the University of Wisconsin. Ray has been teaching guitar, piano, and violin, in the Valley since 2001, and has been working in bands for over 19 years. Ray’s bands have opened for many international acts, including Slipknot, Disturbed, and Dragonforce. Ray is currently the lead guitarist/violinist in the rock/metal band (SIC)MONIC, published by Warner Chappell Inc., and is distributed worldwide. Ray has a full endorsement by Jackson/Fender guitars.

Colleen Collins

Guitar

Colleen began her guitar teaching career at the International Guitar Shoppe in San Diego, CA, at the age of 16. She studied classical guitar in master classes with guitar virtuosos Christopher Parkening, Manuel Barrueco, and David Tannenbaum, and has taught hundreds of guitar students of all ages. She also taught group guitar lessons at the Anthem Community Center for ten years. In addition, she has been a language arts teacher at Diamond Canyon School in Anthem for the past 12 years.

Colleen enjoys gigging just about every weekend either as a soloist, in a duo with her husband Chris (also a classically trained guitarist), and her Irish band, Kilted Spirit

Mike Mule

Drums and Rock Band Program

Mike has over 40 years of experience as a drummer. He was born and raised in New York. He has been playing in various bands over the course of his life from the time he was 12 years old. He has played in venues such as CBGB’s, Kenny’s Castaway, The Ritz, Webster Hall, and Beggar’s Opera, in New York; more recently at Country Thunder, The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, The Winds Casino, and The Ritz-Carlton in Vegas. He has been in Anthem since 2002 and teaching at Rhapsody since it's doors first opened. The most important thing for him in teaching is keeping it fun for all ages. He loves to teach and give back to his students what has come to him in the many years he has spent as a professional drummer. He teaches many styles and genres of music. He was awarded a plaque by Shangri-La Music Company for excellence in the field of entertainment for producing and promoting positive, meaningful music that lives on. This is what he strives to convey in all of his work, whether teaching, playing out live, or recording in the studio.

Mike Tuttle

Brass

Mike Tuttle has been playing and/or teaching trumpet for the better part of 41 years. Mike cut his teeth musically in the rich musical culture of Seattle Wa. He received his Bachelor of Arts in music education from Central Washington University and then spent the next 13 years building an award winning high school band program at Meadowdale High School in Edmonds Washington. Mike enjoys the full performance palette available to the trumpet: Whether a Gustav Holst Composition, Screaming away on a Big Band Lead trumpet part, or jammin’ on some blues. He has performed in a number big bands, a variety of musical orchestras and even had a chance to perform on stage with Doc Severinson. His main passion, however, is his opportunity to share his love of music with younger students through teaching. Currently, Mike has students performing and teaching all across the country and even internationally. His goal is to create an outstanding music opportunity here in the Anthem community.

Marah Armenta

Voice

Bio Coming Soon!

Nancie

Piano

Nanci is a classically trained pianist with many years of teaching experience with students ages 5 through adult. She has taught in both private and public schools in Illinois and Michigan before moving to Anthem in 2015. She has been a professional accompanist for numerous organizations including the Lyne Opera of Chicago and the Ann Arbor Ballet, as well as many European halls. A graduate of the Universty of Michigan she holds a BM and a MM degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance. She teaches at Boulder Creek H.S. In 2015, Ms. Tobison was one of the top ten finalists in the Grammy for Music Education. She was also honored at Carnegie Hall in 2014 as Choir of Americas Choral Director of the Year.


Anna Dworskij

Piano

Anna Dworskij was born in Ukraine, within her family of professional musicians: mother – a piano-teacher and father – a vocalist at Philharmonic Choir. At age of six she was accepted into Children Music School #1 in Ivano-Frankivsk. For eight years she was studying piano, theory, accompaniment and singing in choir. After Music School she attended D. Sichynsky Music College of Ivano-Frankivsk majoring in “Piano” and was granted her Bachelor Degree qualification of Piano Teacher in Music School and Concertmaster. After four years of College she was admitted to M. V. Lysenko National Musical Academy (Conservatory) of Lviv (Ukraine). After completing full five-year program study at the aforesaid Academy having her Master’s Degree on specialty “Piano” and granted qualification of Piano Teacher and Concertmaster. She taught piano at Children Music School #3 and at the Music Institute in Ivano-Frankivsk. Also she worked as an accompanist for Men’s Choir Capella and solo-vocalists. In 1995 she participated in S. Liudkevych International Festival in Toronto, Canada. After moving to USA (Phoenix, Arizona) she became a member of Music Teacher National Association and Phoenix Music Teacher Association, were she served two-year term as VicePresident of student activities. Students of her private piano studio were active members of all PMTA events. Numerous times they were winners of many competitions and festivals. Her student Alex Izotov was chosen by famous musician and composer Dennis Alexander for his master class at the MTNA Conference. From 2017 she started working at Rhapsody School of Music, where she is looking forward to give all her knowledge, experience, her love and devotion for Music to her students. To be a part of wonderful and talented Music Team of teachers and students of Rhapsody.

David Fattu

Strings

Bio coming soon

Kendra Jack

Piano

Mrs. Kendra Jack is a native of Arizona. She grew up surrounded by a family of musicians and she turned into the pianist of the family. For as long as she can remember, she has always had a love for playing the piano. When she was younger, she began taking piano lessons and performed in many recitals. At the age of 16, Kendra participated in The Piano Guild where students are judged on individual excellence by a well-qualified music professional in the areas of accuracy, continuity, dynamics, interpretation, technique and more, and received a perfect score. In 2012, she attended Grand Canyon Univeristy where she graduated with honors in the year of 2015 with her Bachelors in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. While attending GCU, she was under the instruction of piano instructors who molded and shaped her into the pianist she is today. They guided and supported her through all the piano recitals and performances that she had to participate in. She does her best to pass on the same teaching of excellence to the students she teaches. She has been teaching piano since 2013 and loves teaching students of all ages! Since each student learns differently, she doesn't stick to one method of teaching. However, she does encourage her students to strive for excellence and to do their best. With hard work, persistence, and dedication she believes each one of her students can become phenomenal pianists.

Alex Hall

Drums & Rock Band Program

Alex grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana in a musical family. From his Great-Great-Grandfather who played piano in theatres to silent films, all the way to his own Father who has sound engineered a number one chart topping Roots Blues album, Alex’s genes are written in music notation. Alex has been drumming professionally for 12 years and teaching private drum lessons for 5 years. Alex also teaches K-8th general music at a local private school. His love for music and his ability to connect his students with the love he feels for music has catalyzed his successful career to this point. Alex leads a busy life teaching at two schools in three separate functionalities (General Music Education, Private One-on-One Lessons, Band Ensemble). 

Luis Martinez

Guitar

Bio coming soon


Caroline Kaupa

Voice

Caroline Kaupa is a vocal instructor at Rhapsody School of Music. Caroline has been a full-time teacher in the Deer Valley School District for 15 years. Her areas are general music 1st-6th grade, strings, and she conducts two very active choral programs for youth, 7th and 8th-grade choir. Her Bachelor’s degree is from ASU, and her Master’s in music education is from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has been involved in the vocal arts since she was very young. While growing up in California she participated in music theater productions, studied acting and private voice in San Francisco and Oakland. During this time SHE auditioned for and studied with Judy Davis who worked with greats such as Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Gracie Slick. Ms. Davis’ approach was to help vocalists develop a balance between breath support, muscles, and tone quality. This was a time of working on the physical manipulations that go into free, open, and relaxed singing. Ms. Davis used to refer to it as “cleaning out the pipes.” Caroline refers to it as “open tube singing,” a term used by Kirk Douglas, choir director at Boulder Creek High School. She has also studied the vocal arts with Mr. John Dunlap of the Metropolitan Opera while living in Santa Cruz, Ca and Dr. Doan and Claudia Kennedy of ASU’s vocal department. Caroline has been a paid vocalist at many churched in Santa Cruz and Arizona. The Vocal arts, and adopting a healthy long lasting singing technique have been a long time passion for her.

Laurel Durham

Strings and Piano

Laurel directed string orchestras in the public school system in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area for over 25 years in addition to teaching privately. Her violin and viola studies began at age 11, and by high school, she was actively playing four instruments. She went on for professional viola study with John Tartaglia, Associate Principal Violist of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Phillip Lowry, Principal Violist of the Tulsa Philharmonic. She apprenticed with the Symphony School of America as a violist to learn standard orchestral repertoire and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to learn stringed instrument repair. 
 
Her father was a songwriter and performed on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville during the Golden Years of country music. Her mother was a great supporter of the arts. Both parents were teachers. This upbringing heavily influenced her love of American fiddle music; in particular, bluegrass, western swing and Texas style contest fiddling. She learned improvisation and began to compete, winning multiple times at the Arizona State Championship Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest in the adult and twin fiddling divisions. She was a student at Camp Bluegrass, an immersion camp in west Texas, with legends Dale Morris, Sr. and Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor. This love of dance music led her to become director of the Zuni Elementary School Coyote Fiddlers, an award winning student ensemble that performed for many years at Rawhide, Pioneer Living History Museum and the Scottsdale Jaycees’ Parada del Sol Rodeo Parade. 
 
Laurel is a composer and published author, dedicating an orchestral piece called “The Fiddle Show” to the Coyote Fiddlers, and a music editor for the “American Fiddle Method” by Brian Wicklund and published by Mel Bay.

Her style of teaching is nurturing and supportive. She teaches efficient and stress-free classical left and right hand technique as a basis for any style of music a student wishes to pursue. Her teaching is based on daily scales, fingering patterns, bowing skills, standard etudes, position work, vibrato, solo repertoire, and a good dose of humor.
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