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.”
Jen Zimmerer is an active teacher, performer, and clinician in the greater Nashville, TN area. Her extensive studio boasts regional and All-State ensemble participants, high honors at solo/ensemble festivals, and scholarships to top institutions in Tennessee and beyond. Mrs. Zimmerer blogs regularly about clarinet pedagogy and private teaching practices and has been featured on the International Clarinet Association blog.
Jen Zimmerer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Towson University and a Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance from The Florida State University. Her principal teachers include Frank Kowalsky and Marguerite Levin. Mrs. Zimmerer resides in Nashville with her husband Frank, a high school band director, and their cats.
Emily Loboda is an accomplished solo saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator. Emily has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Tennessee, Michigan, and North Carolina; and has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world including performances in China, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. She also is active on the professional jazz scene in North Carolina and Tennessee.
She studied jazz with Chad Eby and is a member of the Winston Salem's Camel City Jazz Orchestra. She was awarded an assistantship for summer 2016 to study with acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Emily resides in the Nashville metropolitan area in Middle Tennessee. She recently left her position of 5 years as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee to focus on her family and private studio.
She received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in performance, with minor areas in jazz and music education studies from UNCG. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Tennessee Technological University. Her teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, Steve Stusek, and Chad Eby.
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.
Born and raised in Nashville TN, Nashville native Holly Smith is an active educator and performer in the Middle Tennessee area.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Horn Performance from Middle Tennessee State University studying with Angela DeBoer.
Holly has played with several orchestras in the region as well as participating in master classes with notable Hornists such as Gail Williams.
Holly also enjoys chamber music and working collaboratively with local artists and composers. She has been featured in several albums, including a progressive rock opera.
When Holly is not tooting the horn, she enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying life with her cat, Loki.
Since earning his Bachelor's degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1987, David Skinner has spent more than thirty years sharing his passion for musical and personal excellence with students, and honing his craft as a musician, educator and arranger. During that span of time he has served as an elementary, middle and high school band director, as well as community band conductor. His award-winning symphonic and jazz bands were consistently rated at the highest levels.
For more than three decades, David maintained a private trumpet studio with his students earning top spots in all- county and all-state bands, as well as winning coveted arts school placements. He regularly taught brass master classes for over twenty-five South Florida middle and high school band programs. He was privileged to study trumpet privately with John Harner, former lead trumpet with the Stan Kenton Band, and Hal Graham, former teaching partner with Carmine Caruso. He has an extensive background in the marching band arena, having worked as an arranger and/or winds caption supervisor for some of Florida’s finest marching arranger and/or winds caption supervisor for some of Florida’s finest marching bands, including numerous state finalists, two 5A state champions and Bands of America Super Regional finalists.
His professional affiliations have included membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) and the Jazz Education Network (JEN).
Prior to relocating to Middle Tennessee, David was a lifelong resident of South Florida. He and his wife, Lisa, are blessed to be the parents of five children, all of whom are wonderful musicians and performers in their own right.
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.