Meet Our Music Instructors
We take great care to assemble the best available instructors to coach and encourage students to always do their very best, never to give up, to set high goals, and to believe in their talent and a promise for their future.
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Voice, Music Theory
Dean has been teaching for almost 20 years. He teaches all musical styles and all ages. Dean is also a contemporary worship leader. Feel free to contact Dean with any questions, comments or concerts regarding the lesson program.
Teaches: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Professional musician Brad Bays has been playing guitar for 36 years, teaching for 20 years. He has a BA in music from NAU, many hours recording, countless solo performances, and has played with several bands around the US. Brad teaches classical, jazz, rock, folk, country, slide, and bluegrass styles on guitar. On banjo he teaches bluegrass, clawhammer/frailing, and plectrum styles. He teaches mandolin as well as other folk instruments to all ages and levels of students.
Teaches: Bass and Guitar
Born in 1982 and raised in mid-Michigan, Jeff had an early start in music and began learning guitar when he was 10 years old. By his teenage years he was a part of several music projects including singing with the Barbershop Harmony Society (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America), a guitarist/bassist in a praise band for a local church, and a singer-songwriter in an independent Progressive/Metal band.
In his twenties he studied music composition and sound engineering at Lansing Community College. During this time, he started teaching private music lessons alongside learning various instruments and music theory. In the early 2000’s he joined an Americana/Rock band and spent most of his time touring throughout the Midwest in places like Cincinnati, Chicago, and Detroit. One of his greatest milestones was recording two albums at Rust Belt Studios in Detroit, MI with producer Al Sutton (Kid Rock, Greta Van Fleet, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Seger). When Jeff moved to Flagstaff in 2010 he quickly dug into the music scene by teaching and working at Arizona Music Pro as well as being a part of numerous festivals and shows in town. With over 25 years of experience, it doesn’t matter what the style is. Jeff enjoys teaching guitar, bass, ukulele, voice, and music composition to a wide range of students and age groups.
As a young flutist in high school, Anna was accepted into regionals yearly and All-State her senior year. She studied with Philip Swanson, a former Flute professor and principal flutist for the NAU Symphony. Summer of 1999, she attended a two week Flute Master Class in Lake Placid, New York with renowned flutists such as Julius Baker and Jim Walker. She started out as a Flute performance major at NAU and unfortunately because of some injuries decided to finally minor in music and went on to travel in France and receive a BA in French. Recently, she keeps up playing flute for fun and has enjoyed accompanying children’s choir concerts and playing duets with friends. Mostly classically trained, she has also dabbled in improvisation. She has experience teaching beginning-intermediate players and has even seen some players move onto studying music full-time.
Teaches: Guitar, Bass
John T. Wooten, aka JT has been teaching at Arizona Music Pro for more than two years. JT teaches Guitar and Bass with a focus on fretboard visualization and music theory. JT specializes in lead guitar, and teaches students the basic understanding of music theory that will serve them well throughout their musical paths. Students that like classic rock and heavy metal will be best suited to JT as a teacher and will learn many techniques such as sweeping, tapping, and finding their own musical ear. JT's students are encouraged to find their own style of music. JT wants to instill the idea that your instrument is something to have fun with, the better you get and the more you learn and apply, the more fun you will have!
Teaches: Drums, Percussion
Cayson has been drumming for more than 20 years and teaching at Arizona Music Pro for 6. He enjoys teaching interested people of all skill levels and ages. Drums and rhythm teach important lessons for musicians of any instrument which extend into lessons that apply towards life. Cayson teaches in a way that a student learns techniques for listening, focus, relaxation, independent thought, communication and time travel. He especially enjoys and teaches polyrhythms, jazz, improvisation and ideas that break convention. Cayson's intention is for the student to incorporate what s/he learns in her drum lesson and to apply and/or notice it artistically in the world that surrounds.
Teaches: Piano, Voice
Patty Gross started her career as a musician at age 3, singing with her father on the radio. She started piano lessons at age 7, and from the ages 13 and 17 she studied under Austrian concert pianist, Margaret Neufeldt. Patty continued her education at New England Conservatory where she studied voice, piano and advanced theory. Mrs. Gross moved to Flagstaff in 1996 and began involving herself in several music programs and teaching privately. She has been with AZ Music Pro for over two years now. She loves to mentor the younger (and sometimes the older) people in our community with playing, singing, or performing.
Teaches: French Horn, Trumpet
Mary is currently attending Northern Arizona University where she is studying Horn Performance with Nancy Sullivan, Principal Horn Lecturer in Horn and Chamber Music. At NAU, she is a member of the NAU Symphony Orchestra, NAU Wind Symphony, and several Chamber Horn ensembles. In High School, Mary performed with the Coconino High School Band as well as, the Regional Honor Band and the All-State Honor Band. She toured Europe with the Arizona Ambassadors of music, performed with the Curry Summer Music Camp for eight years and Arrowbear Music Camp for four.
After college Mary plans to pursue her love for French horn by getting a Masters and a Ph.D in horn performance.
Teaches: Brass, Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium
Current Ensembles: NAU Symphonic Band, Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, Jazz Band 1, Trombone Choir
David Martinez is a sophomore music education major at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in trombone. An expert on many diverse brass instruments, David has played in many of the ensembles at Kingman High School, including: principal euphonium in the wind ensemble, and lead trumpet in the second jazz band. In addition, he has played tuba and trombone for the Kingman Community Orchestra. David participated in the Northwest regional honor band and as principal trombone for the Northwest regional honor orchestra for two years. He also had the honor of playing bass trombone for the Arizona all-state orchestra and participating in the Arizona all-state jazz band.
In college, David has served as principal trombone of the NAU symphonic band and wind symphony. He has also been a member of the top jazz band and the NAU trombone quartet. Additional chamber music experience includes substituting for the Elden Brass (NAU’s faculty brass quintet) and his current position with the NAU student brass quintet.
Rachel Butherus was born in Greeley, Colorado and moved to Flagstaff in 2016 to pursue a Master's degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at NAU. Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied under Richard Fuchs and Margaret Soper- Guiterrez. Butherus has toured with orchestras and played in chamber festivals across Italy, Germany, England, and the Czech Republic. Rachel is currently a member of the Skylight City String Quartet located here in Flagstaff where she enjoys making music with fellow Flagstaff Symphony members and friends.
Emilio has been studying and playing music for his whole life. Anything he can get his hands on - Trumpet, Euphonium, Guitar, Piano, Voice, and Drums – have all contributed to his passion for rhythm and theory in music. After his latest passion for the drumkit led to a letter of acceptance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he knew drums were at the top of his list. His love for rock, alternative, and metal was inspired by bands such as Paramore, Muse, and Of Mice & Men, and have set a strong foundation for fun, heavy hitting, technical drumming that is always a blast to play! He also runs a remote studio business, for which he has played drums with local artists and continues to strive for musical expertise in many facets.
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