It is the goal of the Pearson Middle School Band to provide the very best learning experiences for each student. One of these learning experiences is the opportunity for a student to study privately with a professional instrumentalist. These lessons are tailored to the specific needs and goals of each child.
One of the biggest contributors to a great musician and a successful band program is the active involvement in the private lesson program. While it is not required, it is strongly encouraged that each student takes advantage of this great opportunity!
Lessons may be scheduled before school, after school, and during band depending on the schedules of the students and the teachers. Private lessons are 30 minutes before or after school, and 22 minutes during the school day. The FISD Middle School lesson rate is $20.
Pearson Private Instructors
A native of Texas, Mary Victoria Kerr was named a First Prize Winner for the 2012 Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition where she performed her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 2013 she was the featured guest artist for the Southwest Flute Festival.
Ms. Kerr has served the principal flutist for the South Florida Symphony, and Novus New York. She has performed in several music festivals including Spoleto USA, AIMS in Graz, Austria, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Round Top, Yale at Norfolk, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has played under the batons of Philippe Entremont, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Robert Spano, and composer John Williams.
Dr. Kerr hold degrees from the University of Southern California, Manhattan School of Music, and received a Doctorate of Music from Stony Brook University. She is greatly indebted to her teachers Mary-Len Stanton, Melissa Colgin-Abeln, Jim Walker, Linda Chesis, and Carol Wincenc. She currently holds the flute and chamber music faculty position at the Luzerne Music Center, and summer music program in Upstate New York.
Brittney Balkcom is the First Prize winner of the 2013 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, and subsequently appeared as a featured guest artist at the 2014 Texas Flute Festival. She has also won top prizes and awards in the Atlanta Flute Club’s Young Artist competition, the Oklahoma Flute Society’s Collegiate Artist competition, the Kentucky Flute Society’s Young Artist competition, and the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. In October 2013, she made her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall as a first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition.
Brittney completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Texas, then moved to Boston where she studied with legendary pedagogue Robert Willoughby and earned a Master of Music degree from the Conservatory at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
.In 2014, Brittney spent a year in Los Angeles where she pursued additional studies with Jim Walker at the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a Point Foundation Scholar at the University of North Texas, where she studies with Terri Sundberg and Elizabeth Mcnutt.
Brittney is currently on the faculty as Flute Instructor at North Central Texas College. She also serves as the Flute Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas; and she joins the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra as Second Flutist/Piccoloist beginning with the 2017-2018 season. Brittney plays a handmade Miyazawa Boston Classic GS and is proud to be represented as a Miyazawa Emerging Artist.
Angela Kiang previously taught private lessons in the Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Hays CISD, and Elgin ISD area. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Oboe Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally born in Redwood City, California, and raised in Frisco, Texas, she began her musical training at five where she studied piano. Her passion for music grew when she began playing oboe at ten years old.
For her dedication, she worked alongside musicians from the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra under the baton of James Frank and Richard Giangiulio for three years. During her high school education, she has also made name for herself as a prestigious Texas Music Educators Association All-State Musician as principal oboist her freshman year and second oboe in the Philharmonic Orchestra her senior year.
While at UT, Angela has studied under Andrew Parker. Since her first year, she has performed with the Symphony Band under the direction of Ryan Kelly, the Wind Symphony lead by Scott Hanna, the Wind Ensemble under the baton of Jerry Junkin, and the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann. Along with studying under these renown conductors, she has also participated in masterclasses with Erin Hannigan, Katie Young Steele, and the Splinter Reeds quintet. She hopes to further her musicianship by being a music educator and pursuing her aspirations as a performer.
Dr. Jody Webb
Dr. Jody Webb is Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University-Commerce and teaches in the Dallas, TX area. He has taught in the DFW Metroplex for 28 years, and his students have placed as prizewinners and finalists in numerous competitions including the International Clarinet Association’s High School Competition, the Backun 2017 International Clarinet Competition, the OU Clarinet Symposium’s Young Artist Competition, and the Clarinet Colloquium’s High School Competiton for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. They have also enjoyed much success in the TMEA All-State and Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Ensembles. Former students have gone on to win the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition and to rewarding careers in music as teachers, freelancers, and professional orchestral players.
Dr. Webb has served as the Principal Clarinetist of the Richardson Symphony and has also performed with the Dallas Winds, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and the Garland/Las Colinas Symphony. He won the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition in Stockholm, Sweden, and has performed and presented at the International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the OU Clarinet Symposium, and the Clarinet Colloquium.
Dr. Webb earned both the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of North Texas and his Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where he studied with John Sco` and Steve Cohen respectively. Jody is a Backun Artist and plays MoBa Grenadilla Silver clarinets.
Originally from Taiwan, Miss Shih-Yen Chen received her DMA in clarinet performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Miss Chen currently serves as second clarinet in Richardson Symphony Orchestra.
Considered an active performer, Miss Chen has participated in various solo and ensemble performances. She has been heard in four continents with UT Wind Ensemble world tour. An advocate of new music, Miss Chen is the clarinetist of Hear No Evil, a Perriot ensemble that regularly performs the music of our time in Austin area.
She has performed on a number of music series and festivals including Tetractys, Beerthoven, Golden Hornet, Excessive Noise, the New Music and Art Summit, Texas Music Festival, Chautauqua Music Institute, Pierre Monteux Festival. Chen was also invited to perform “Kheir: Fantasy for clarinet and Sinfonietta” by Max Grafe with UT New Music Ensemble and "Der Klein Harlekin" by Karlheinz Stockhausen in UT Wind Ensemble concert as a soloist. In addition, Miss Chen has performed Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with National Taiwan Normal University in NTNU Grand Auditorium and Song-Yi Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Miss Chen was named national third prize of Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition, 1st prize in NTNU concerto competition, winner of Ann P. Winkelstein scholarship, Nancie Monteux Barendse Scholarship, and Kung Hsue She scholarship.
Dr. William Chien
Dr. William Chien is a soloist, chamber musician and educator. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He holds the degree of Doctor of Music from the University of North Texas, major in saxophone performance and related field in jazz study.
Dr. Chien gives recitals and concerts all over the world, he has premiered many new works at various international events such as World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Navy International Saxophone Symposium, Denton Jazz Festival, Malaysia KK Jazz Festival, Taichung Jazz Festival and Taiwan National Recital Concert Hall.
Dr. Chien has served as a committee member in the First Asian Saxophone Congress, and was invited to be the judge for the jazz competition of the congress in 2016. He also assisted many other important saxophone events such as Taiwan International Saxophone Summer Camp and Taipei International Jazz Camp.
Dr. Chien has previously served on the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Taiwan National Tainan University, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taipei Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei Christ’s College, Kuang Jen High School and Taipei Hwa Kang Art School. He has been awarded the position of Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas from 2010-2013. Between 2010 to 2015, Dr. Chien maintained a large private studio of middle and high school students within the DFW area. His students regularly achieve positions in All-State, All-Region and All-District bands.
Dr. Chien is the author of “Saxophone Learning for Novices” and “Saxophone Altissimo”, published by Mercury Publishing House.
William Chien is an endorsing artist for Forestone Saxophone.
Wenbo Feng is currently working on his doctor degree as saxophone performance at University of North Texas.
Mr. Feng came to the United States in 2011, and started to work on his Master degree at University of North Texas until he graduated in 2013.
Starting in 2016, first year in his doctor degree, Mr. Feng become a teaching fellow at UNT to teach saxophone lessons for undergrad students and a saxophone quartet. In 2018, Mr. Feng joined Mountain View college as saxophone adjunct professor.
Mr. Feng is not only as saxophonist but also composer. In 2014, Mr. Feng attended the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and gave two performances at the conference: one was his own composition — Windtalker.
In 2015, Mr. Feng permitted two of his own works on 37th International Saxophone Symposium at Washington D.C. He recently performed recitals in China, Japan and United States to share Asian composers works.
Cean Robinson, a North Texas native, is an active freelance trumpet player and music educator in the DFW area. Mr. Robinson recently finished his M.M. at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he studied with Mr. John Rommel, and his B.M at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Dr. Karl Sievers.
While at Indiana University, Cean performed with several groups including the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra and the Latin Jazz Ensemble directed by Grammy nominated artists Wayne Wallace and Michaels Spiro and can be heard on their album titled Canto America, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2017.
While at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Robinson served as Principal of the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, as well as a frequent soloist for the OU Jazz Ensemble. Professionally, Mr. Robinson has appeared with many groups around the DFW area and maintains a steady performance schedule of classical and commercial music.
He is currently a member of the Tarnished Brass, Brass Quintet which is a group comprised of five performers and educators around the Metroplex, as well as the Pecos River Brass Big Band, which is a twenty-member group that performs for a variety of concert jazz venues and private functions around the DFW area. He also has been a soloist for the Texas Instruments Big Band. Currently Mr. Robinson lives in Lewisville TX, and teaches in both the Frisco and Lewisville Independent School Districts.
French Horn Instructor
Rubén Pérez Alonso is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas College of Music, completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance. He holds degrees from Conservatorium Maastricht (The Netherlands, M.M.) and Musikene (Spain, B.M.). His primary teachers have been Rodolfo Epelde, Will Sanders, William Scharnberg and Stacie Mickens. Rubén currently serves as Principal Horn with Richardson Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Center Stage Brass.
Previously he has held principal horn positions with Orquesta Sinfónica de Gijón, Basque National Youth Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de León, Shen Yun Performing Arts, Ópera de Madrid, MMCJ (Tokyo) and American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He was a reserve member of Verbier Festival Orchestra and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra and collaborated with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra “Pablo Sarasate”, Oviedo Filarmonía and as a long-term substitute with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA, Spain).
Mr. Perez has performed in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (Scotland) and in venues such as Barbican Center (London), Minato Mirai Hall (Yokohama), Lincoln Center (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real (Madrid) amongst others. At UNT he played with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and he was a member of the UNT Center Brass Quintet. As a UNT Concerto Competition winner he played as a soloist with the UNT Concert Orchestra.
Brett Lamel completed his masters degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in 2018 and his bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware in 2015. While at the UNT, he performed and recorded with both The One O’Clock Lab Band and the Two O’Clock Lab Band. With the One O’Clock, Brett performed with Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Doc Severinsen, Marshall Gilkes, Rashawn Ross, Jimmy Heath, and more.
Brett can be heard as a featured soloist on the One O’Clock’s full length recording, Lab 2018, on Alan Baylock’s composition “Without a Doubt,” which will be released this fall.
While at North Texas, Brett also served as a Teaching Fellow in the F2017-S2018 school year. Through his fellowship, Brett directed the Seven O’Clock Lab Band, one of the jazz ensembles at UNT. He also taught the freshman level Jazz Trombone Fundamentals course.
Today, Mr. Lamel remains an active performer, composer, and educator. He performs in many top 40 cover bands, as well as in jazz groups as a bandleader and a sideman. He conducts masterclasses in jazz improvisation and brass technique, while also serving as a private trombone instructor for Frisco ISD.
Ada Brooks is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in euphonium performance at the University of North Texas, studying under Dr. Brian Bowman. Originally hailing from Northwest Montana, her love of the euphonium brought her across the country at the age of 16. She completed her high school education at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she studied with trombonist Thomas Riccobono. Since then, she has received international acclaim on her instrument, most notably by winning first prize in the student division of the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition.
Ms. Brooks was selected as a finalist in the U.S. Army Band National Collegiate Solo Competition and the UNT Concerto Competition, and was named co-winner of the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute Euphonium Mock Audition. In addition, she has consistently found success in competitions at the International Euphonium Tuba Festival at both the student and artist levels, as well as at and the Glenn Miller Instrumental Scholarship Competition, where she received second and third place awards. The 4.0 GPA student and National Merit Scholar was selected to participate in the 2017 U.S. Air Force Band Collegiate Symposium and currently performs with the Dallas Brass Band.
Low Brass Instructor
Dr. Austin Crumrine is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in tuba performance while serving as Graduate Teaching Associate for the tuba/euphonium studio. He received a BM in tuba performance from the University of North Texas (UNT) and a MM in tuba performance from Baylor University.
While at Baylor, Dr. Crumrine served as the teaching assistant for the Wayne Fisher Jazz Program at Baylor University. He has performed with many top-notch collegiate ensembles including the North Texas Wind Symphony, Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and additionally has performed concerts with the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.
In the summer of 2013, Dr. Crumrine studied under world-renowned tuba soloist Øystein Baadsvik at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada. He was also a member of the 2015 Disneyland All-American College Band where he performed on sousaphone, electric bass and upright bass. Dr. Crumrine served as principal tubist for the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra for their 2018 season. In the summer of 2019, he placed third for the International Tuba Euphonium Association’s Rich Matteson Jazz Tuba Competition.
Dr. Crumrine enjoys playing many different styles of music including classical, jazz, soul, rock, pop and contemporary worship. His primary teachers are James Akins, Dr. Kent Eshelman and Don Little.
Dr. Austin Crumrine
Cameron Brown is a percussionist, educator, composer, and arranger based out of Dallas, TX. He holds an M.M. in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University and a B.M. in Music Education from The University of North Texas. In 2019 he was the winner of the Great Plains International Marimba Composition Contest with his piece “Fleet”, scored for solo marimba and percussion quartet. In 2020 he was one of the ‘Series 2’ composers commissioned by The Green Vibes Project to write a vibraphone work promoting awareness of environmental sustainability.
As an educator, Brown has worked throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as a private lesson teacher and front ensemble arranger/instructor. From 2016 to 2019 Brown was a front ensemble instructor for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and from 2012 to 2015 was a front ensemble member of The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Brown has been under the instruction of many renowned percussion educators including John W. Parks IV, Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, Gideon Alorwoyie, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson, and Ralph Hardimon. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.