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
Jessica Schury is a versatile flutist and educator originally from Pennsylvania. She has been awarded first prize in several regional and university competitions including the Pennsylvania MTNA Young Artist Competition, the Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition, and the West Chester University Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. Most recently, she was awarded second prize with the Puerto Rico Flute Symposium’s Young Artist Competition where she will give a full recital at their 2022 Flute Symposium.
As a performer, Jessica has played with the Newark Symphony as well as internationally and throughout the United States as a chamber musician. She has performed in festivals such as the Virtual Flute Music Festival, the Cortona New Music Sessions, and the Aruba Symphony Festival. She can be heard as principal flute on the West Chester University Wind Ensemble’s Grammy-nominated album, Blessings Flow. Jessica also regularly performs with her flute and oboe duo, Sonation.
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Music and Music Education degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Reighley. She then earned her Master of Music degree from Study Brook University studying under Carol Wincenc. Currently, Jessica is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where she studies with Terri Sundberg.
Alyse Hokamp is a flutist and teacher specializing in performance preparation. She has taken over 20 professional orchestra auditions since completing her Master's degree in Flute Performance (University of North Texas, 2012). The foundation of her career is building confidence through overcoming musical challenges- a journey she has found to be deeply and personally meaningful.
Alyse began teaching privately in 2009, during her graduate studies. In 2021, she began a mentorship program for young professional flutists. The mentorship is designed to create a collaborative and safe environment for flutists to discuss and explore difficulties specific to our profession beyond the performance aspect- including, but not limited to, mental health, career building, and financial issues.
A self-taught pianist and organist, Alyse has also served as a church accompanist since 2013. When she is not practicing or playing with her two young children, she enjoys sewing her own clothes and doing yoga.
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.
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
A native of Southern Ohio, Billy Holderby began DMA study at UNT in August 2016 and ended up completing his Graduate Artist Certificate in May 2019. During his time at UNT, Billy performed with Concert Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and spent 2 years as the Section Leader/Principal of the Wind Symphony. He can also be heard on recent Wind Symphony recordings. Billy earned his B.F.A. in Horn Performance from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
In 2010, Mr. Holderby was one of three winners of the Concert of Soloists competition where he performed the 1st mvt of Strauss 1 with the Marshall University Symphony Orchestra. He also earned 2 Master’s degrees from Ohio University in Athens, OH in Horn Performance and Brass Performance Pedagogy where he was the graduate assistant with the horn studio. During his time at both schools, Billy served a significant amount of time as principal horn in the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Billy has performed with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Milal Orchestra, Huntington Symphony Orchestra as well as River Cities Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Holderby has received additional private instruction from David Jolley, Bernard Scully, Michelle Stebleton, Corbin Wagner, Bruce Hennis, Greg Miller and Ian Zook. Billy maintains an active studio in the Frisco ISD and Lewisville ISD.
Dallas-based trombonist Thomas Laubhan loves connecting with people through music. His goal is to inspire and delight others through all of the music he makes.
His love of playing earned him the opportunity to travel around Texas and around the world playing with all sorts of musical acts. He earned a spot playing trombone for two semesters in the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band, with whom he competed in the inaugural Jack Rudin Jazz Championship at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where the band earned a spot in the finals and won numerous awards including Outstanding Trombone Section. His playing can be heard on the One O’Clock Lab Band’s album Lab 2020. With the band he performed concerts with notable guests such as Maria Schneider, Gary Smulyan, and Regina Carter. In his professional career he has made recordings with Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble, featuring guests such as Louis Dowdeswell, Roger Ingram, Bobby Shew, and Tom Harrell. He earned a spot as lead trombonist in the inaugural Texas State Guard Jazz Orchestra and works as a freelance trombonist in the DFW area.
Thomas Laubhan graduated with a Master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, where he studied with professor Nick Finzer. He also graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. While attending both schools he has received various competitive scholarships and awards, such as the Burkholder Memorial Scholarship and Undergraduate Research Internship Grant from UTA and the Competitive Jazz Trombone Scholarship from UNT. He also won a Downbeat student award for Best Latin Combo (graduate division) during his time at UTA.
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.
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.