The Rockvale Band is proud to work with many high-quality local teachers for each instrument. We are able to offer lessons before, during, or after school to a select number of students. Many students also prefer to meet with their lessons teacher outside of school. To enroll a student in lessons, fill out the form below or contact the lesson teacher directly.
Rebecca Murphy is a long time conductor, performer and teacher. She received her Bachelors of Music degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University and her Master in Arts degree in flute performance from Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Murphy is currently an adjunct professor in the music department at MTSU. She is also the visiting professor of flute at the University of the South at Sewanee. Besides teaching at the university level she has a thriving flute studio from all over central Tennessee. Her students regularly place high in the MTSBOA Mid-State and All-State auditions. Ms. Murphy has been teaching for over 35 years from Louisiana to Texas and now in Tennessee. She has played with many orchestras in those regions and has participated in master classes with these notable flute professionals: Jean Pierre Rampal, Mary Stopler, Nestor Torres, Rhonda Larson, Sergio Pallotelli and Kate Lucas. Ms. Murphy serves as the current president of the Mid South Flute Society.
Ms. Murphy loves to perform and teach.
“It is the highest honor to watch a student grow through lessons. I have had the privilege to watch many students arrive into adulthood as accomplished musicians and human beings.”
Kyle is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and bandleader in Nashville, TN. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012, with a double major in Music Education and Jazz Studies. In the Spring of 2019, he completed his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
Kyle has taught all levels and age groups for saxophone, flute, clarinet, & percussion. He worked for 5 years in Boulder and Denver public schools in Colorado, as well as through El Sistema Colorado, a nonprofit orchestra program for at-risk youth in Denver. Kyle also plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet for Celebrity and Princess cruises. In Nashville, Kyle can be seen playing with the Music City Big Band, Afrokokoroots, Dr. Souls, the Miracle Baptist Church worship band, as well as leading a jazz quartet primarily performing his compositions and arrangements.
His quartet released their first album, Jazz Might Happen, in the summer of 2019, and are set to release their second project, Vow, within the next few months. In addition to Rockvale High School, Kyle teaches courses at Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville State Community College.
Dr. David Cyzak (*see-zak) is the Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Industry at Middle Tennessee State University where he serves as the Coordinator of the Music Industry Program.
Before arriving at MTSU, Cyzak served on faculty at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bradley University, Illinois College, and Illinois Central College. In addition to teaching private oboe lessons, his course offerings included Music Technology, Music Theory, Music History, and Woodwind Methods.
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Cyzak received his Doctorate from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying with John Dee. His doctoral research explores the advanced vocal and instrumental techniques of Vinko Globokar's Oboe and English Horn works. He received a Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma from The Hartt School under the tutelage of Humbert Lucarelli and a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied with James Caldwell, Robert Walters, and Alex Klein.
Born in Venezuela, raised in Illinois, and trained in Boston, Nashville composer and bassist Chris Mondak already has amassed vast experience in music.
Chris studied at the renowned New England Conservatory (B.M., 2020), working with bass legends Cecil McBee and Dave Holland. Prior to that, Chris trained with Larry Gray, and he was active in the Champaign Central HS music program, where he was a three-time Illinois all-state musician, receiving commendations from Essentially Ellington, Music for All, the Brubeck Institute, YoungArts, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Chris has played with Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Douglas, Wayne Escoffery, Melanie Charles, Shelly Berg, Marvin Stamm, Jesus Molina, Jeff Hamilton, and Matt Savage. With an aggressive bass style reminiscent of Mingus, Chris has toured in the U.S., and has played in Australia, Mexico and Panama, and toured twice in China. Chris has performed at venues such as Birdland, Bop Stop, Jazz at Lincoln Center-Shanghai, Carnegie Hall, Rudy's, and Breezy's.
A graduate of MTSU, Rebecca Lowry most recently served as the Director of Bands at Mill Creek Middle School in Nolensville, TN. Prior to MCMS she taught at Donelson Middle School in Nashville, TN. Lowry’s ensembles have consistently earned Superior ratings at Concert Performance Assessment, and she is a frequent presenter of professional development clinics throughout the state. Lowry was a 2016 Williamson County Successory Teacher, and is a current member of MTSBOA, TBA, TMEA, NAfME, Delta Omicron, and Pi Kappa Lamda. She resides in Smyrna, TN with her husband Chris and son James.
Born in Hendersonville, TN, Preston Bailey has been playing the trumpet since he was 11 years old. After earning a Bachelor's of Performing Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Preston went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and completed a Master's of Performing Arts. While at UMKC, Preston was a member of the Fellowship Brass Quintet, the first such brass group to exist at the university. As a member of the group, he was a finalist in the prestigious Coleman Chamber Music competition in 2010.
From January 2012-July 2016, Preston performed full-time with the Nashville Symphony, sharing the stage with a variety of artists, including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Aretha Franklin, Miranda Lambert, Seth McFarlane, Sheryl Crow, Kristen Chenowith and many more. In addition to his symphonic work, Preston records regularly in studios throughout Nashville, and can be heard on the soundtracks to such video games as Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Minecraft, Destiny, Destiny 2, Fortnite, Anthem, Playstation’s Spiderman, and Apex Legends. Preston can also be heard on the most recent season of Netflix’s “Lost in Space” and “Knights of the Zodiac,” as well as Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s album “Christmas Together.”
When he’s not performing, Preston enjoys spending his free time with his Fiancé, their two dogs, and their hedgehog.
Kyle Williams is a trombonist and passionate educator who is committed to helping the next generation of students find their creative niche through music. Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended Towson University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 2011. He later went on to receive his Master’s in Trombone Performance from the University of Delaware in 2014 where he was the Studio Graduate Assistant. While at UD, Kyle had the honor of conducting and performing with the UD Trombone Choir at the International Trombone Festival in Rochester, NY. He was also a winner of the Concerto Competition with the UD Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2009, he has been a private low brass teacher and his students have been accepted into Side by Side, All-County, All-State, and College Music Programs. Mr. Williams is currently finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Texas studying with Dr. Natalie Mannix and Steve Menard. His doctoral research is focused on creating a comprehensive alto trombone method book. When he’s not practicing, performing, or teaching, Kyle enjoys spending his time outside with his wife playing disc golf and rock climbing.
Tim Hale is the percussion specialist at Riverdale High School. He is one of the top percussion instructors in the area and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. He has served as a drumline instructor and percussion clinician throughout Tennessee, Florida, New Mexico, and California.
Mr. Hale is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has studied with Mike McIntosh, Lalo Davila, and Eric Johnson. He has performed with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Nite Express Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Hale is a member of Lifepoint Church in Smyrna where he is active in the worship arts and children’s ministries.