Established on April 2, 2007, the Teaching Studios operate under the auspices of Wesleyan Christian Academy. Our objective is to enhance the overall Fine Arts program at Wesleyan, provide a resource for other area music programs, and to make a contribution to the musical and artistic life of our surrounding community.
To achieve these objectives, the teaching faculty has been selected from among the most highly qualified, gifted, and talented professionals available. We provide the highest quality instruction in a safe and secure environment. Lessons are available for all ages and ability levels - not only for academy students and parents, but also area churches, public and private schools, and the community at-large.
Why Take Private Lessons?
- to receive one-on-one music lessons from a professional musician who seeks to meet your individual goals
- to increase technical skills and musical understanding through a course of study tailored to meet your needs
- to develop and enhance your overall musicianship by exploring the history, literature, and performance practices associated with your chosen instrument.
Our studio is home to many recognized professionals with credentials both on and off the stage. Our teachers hold graduate and/or undergraduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities, and many of them have NC teaching certification or equivalent professional experience. Several are engaged in music education at the primary, secondary, and college levels in both public and private settings. Our teachers are actively performing at a professional level in local, regional, national, and international venues. Please click on the names below for their degree designations and a short biography. Many of the Teaching Studios faculty have also provided a sample of their instrumental music. Enjoy!
- Abby Auman | Voice
- James Brandt | Percussion
- Rebekah Carlson | Strings
- Kristain Coffey | Piano
- Dr. Robert Faub | Woodwinds
- Colleen Finan | Woodwind
- Mike Jarrett | Trombone
- Elizabeth Mosher | Piano, Piccolo
- Charles Parker | Strings
- Robert Spencer | Guitar
- Charlene Sullivan | Piano
- Steve Woodell | Guitar
Currently, he is performing with The Piedmont Wind Symphony, as well as touring as the percussionist with Daphne Nichols. Jim has performed and recorded with many varied artists including The TWA Jazz Ensemble, Karen Carpenter, Hubert Laws, Eumir Deodato, Don Ellis, Grover Washington, Jr. and Lionel Hampton as well as fronting his own ensembles. Equally at home in all genres of music, Brandt has performed with the Rochester, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing Symphonies.
He has also toured with numerous off-Broadway production companies. Jim has appeared as guest soloist with The Ferndale High School Symphonic Band and The Michigan State University Wind Ensemble. Former students of Mr. Brandt are currently playing on Broadway, in major US symphony orchestras, in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York clubs and recording studios as well as DCI drum and bugle corps percussion sections.
Suzuki Certification 1-4
Starling-DeLay Symposium at Julliard
Rebekah Carlson is a Suzuki violin and viola teacher and freelance violinist. She has played with several professional music ensembles, including the North Carolina Opera, the Carolina Ballet, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Durham Choral Society, and the NC Master Chorale.
Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL) and is a passionate music educator with extensive training in Suzuki pedagogy. She has taught at the NC Suzuki State-wide Play-in and has been a frequent clinician at several regional workshops.
Rebekah is the founder and director of the Chapel Hill String Ensemble, which has performed both regionally and internationally, with recent tours to Austria, Germany, and Italy. While in Chapel Hill, she had a studio of 50 students, and her pupils were active in several area orchestras, including the Piedmont Youth Orchestra and the Mallarmé Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Rebekah and her family relocated to High Point in June 2012 with her husband, Matthew, an English professor at High Point University, and her baby girl, Ingrid Elizabeth.
Colleen Finan received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in General and Instrumental Music playing clarinet in ensembles ranging from the Clarinet Choir to the Penn State Marching Blue Band. Since moving to North Carolina in 1997, Colleen has continued to perform throughout the area with community and professional ensembles. She has previously served as the Instrumental, Choral, and General Music Instructor at Perry Harrison Elementary School in Pittsboro, NC, General Music Instructor at Wallburg Elementary School in Davidson Co., NC as well as Music Camp Woodwind Instructor for Ledford High School.
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Michael Jarrett received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1998. He also holds the Master of Music in Trombone Performance with graduate level certification also from UNCG, and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University. Teachers include Sandy Poindexter, Richard Liston, and Dr. Randy Kohlenberg.
Dr. Jarrett has taught band at both the middle and high school level in Davidson County, and most recently served as Band Director at Wesleyan Christian Academy for the 2006-2007 academic year. In addition, he served on the faculty at John Wesley College and Pfeiffer University.
From February, 1996 until March of 2007, Dr. Jarrett, in cooperation with C.H. Duncan of Duncan Music Co., was founder and Director of Duncan Music Teaching Studios in Winston-Salem and owner since 2004. In this capacity, Dr. Jarrett oversaw a staff of 18 instructors offering private instrumental lessons to some 300 students per week. In addition to his administrative duties Dr. Jarrett maintained a large studio of private trombone students from throughout central NC.
Dr. Jarrett’s middle and high school students have consistently secured seats in All-County, All-District, and All-Sate Honors Bands. Many students have also successfully competed in many regional orchestral and jazz ensembles. Dr. Jarrett’s students have gone on to pursue undergraduate and graduate music degrees in education and performance, with many winning auditions for scholarships and other financial prizes. Dr. Jarrett continues to serve as a trombone clinician for area schools presenting master classes and adjudicating auditions.
Dr Jarrett is an active freelance performer throughout the region having performed with most notable orchestras and musical theater organizations. He as also made numerous appearances with churches and community ensembles as well as colleges and universities. Performances include appearances at the International Trombone Festival and the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Currently, Dr. Jarrett is trombonist with the Stratford Brass Quintet, which he founded in 1996, and continues to perform in other area venues.
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Over the past 24 years, Mrs. Mosher has taught both instrumental and choral music from beginner to advanced levels as well as performed as a soloist with various ensembles throughout the East Coast in sacred and secular music. She has served as Director of Music Ministries in High Point and Greensboro, Band Director in Lexington, and Elementary Music Teacher in Colfax.
She and her husband Cliff reside in Greensboro and have 3 grown sons Clark, Matt, and Eric.
Bob Spencer’s career is an interesting and eclectic journey spanning over three decades in an amazing array of genres. Bob has established himself as a highly sought after guitarist, but his performing talents also encompass the bass, mandolin, harmonica, keyboard as well as flute and sax. Bob graduated with a degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and initially taught in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro County school system. From ’77 to ’93, Bob toured 47 states with performers such as Billy “Crash” Craddock, Helen Cornelius and Jim Ed Brown, Southern Crescent, Sundance, and Johnny Fisher. During this period he appeared on “Hee Haw”, Showtime, and 23 performances at the Grand Ol’ Opry, ’87-88.
M.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Charlene is also an accomplished accompanist, having served as accompanist at Green Street Baptist Church, Guilford Baptist Church, and presently serves as music Director for Archdale Friends Meeting.
In addition, she has been accompanist for the High Point Community Theatre, and is currently serving as the performance accompanist for the Trinity High School Chorus. A member of the High Point Piano Teachers Association, Charlene’s teachers have included Maurice Hinson and Don Hustad. She has a great relationship with her students, past and present, and enjoys teaching immensely!
Mr. Woodell has performed in bands opening for many national acts including Neil McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, Little Texas, Exile, The Tams, and The Vogues. He continued his studies in music and technology at Guilford Technical Community College. Between 1987 and 1995, he played with more than 20 different bands.
From 1991-2000, Mr. Woodell served as guitar instructor and manager for Ivey Music in Thomasville. After meeting Billy Bazemoore, former lead singer for the Band of Oz, Mr. Woodell joined the Tymes Square Band playing beach music. Because of his solid guitar skills and ability to read charts, he continues to be called by national tours such as Percy Sledge and The Crystals. He maintains an active playing schedule along with a studio of successful students where his motto is “never stop learning and growing!”