Meet Texas Guitarville teachers on this page. You will see their pictures and some information about them here. All our teachers go through a Texas Guitarville training before teaching students with us.
Lucas (Luke) Colbert — Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute/Drums/Piano
Aspiring musician Luke Colbert is a graduate student at the University of North Texas, pursuing a Masters of Music in Multiple Woodwind Specialization. Versed in saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and organ, he has experience preparing and conducting choirs, chamber groups, wind ensembles, and orchestras. Currently based in Denton, he makes his living as a freelance musician. He leads jazz combos and performs on solo piano, accompanies solo performers, plays traditional and contemporary church services, and plays in pit orchestras. He is an avid composer/arranger, writing charts for chamber groups, choirs, big bands, and a variety of other ensembles. Luke Colbert holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of the Pacific.
Shariq Lalani — Piano/Music Theory
Shariq Lalani is a pianist, music composer and producer specializing in different genres including jazz, pop, rock, classical, and world music. Shariq has been teaching music since over 5 years to younger students as well as adults. His lessons include piano technique, improvisation, ear training, theory, and many more exciting areas of study.
Yuan Liu -- Piano
Born in Taiyuan City, China, near Beijing, Yuan Liu began formal piano study at the age of six with Professor Xiaomei Xue from Shanxi University. Ms. Liu later studied with Professor Pingguo Zhao and was accepted into the elementary school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music where she majored in piano since fifth grade. Ms. Liu is honored to have also studied with Professors Zhaoyi Dan, Binbin Yu, and Dr. Tamas Ungar from Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Music. She excelled under the tutelage of several university music instructors and artists. Piano performance was emphasized from grammar school through college, and Yuan has performed on the international stage as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Most notable among her accomplishments is the performance, in February 2015, of all of Frédéric Chopin’s Twenty-four Études. In recent three years, she won the First Prize in the Collegiate Group of the First Kuleshov International Piano Competition, Listener’s Appreciation Award in North American Competition, Finalist Award in the 8th New York International Piano Competition by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, FifthPrizein theNewYorkInternationalPianoCompetition and Semi-finalist with Donald Britt Award in the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. Yuan loves the piano, people and cats.
Ms. Liu obtained a full scholarship and graduated from TCU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under the guidance of the Chair of the TCU Piano Division, Professor John Owings. Ms. Liu will continue her studies toward a Performer’s Diploma in August 2018 at Southern Methodist University School of Music in Dallas, Texas, with Professor Achucarro, with full scholarship and assistantship.
Charlie Winkley -- Voice/Guitar
Charlie Winkley is a vocalist, guitarist, choir director, conductor, composer, and arranger who recently graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a minor in Business Administration. Over the course of his vocal career, he has performed in multiple choirs, an opera chorus, and a small band. After playing guitar for over 10 years, Charlie has performed in a jazz ensemble, a small jazz combo, and a light rock band. With his diverse musical background, he can cater to any student’s needs and share his own passion for music along the way. In Charlie’s philosophy of teaching, his purpose is to guide the student towards his or her goals in a way that fosters confidence and a love for music; the student comes first.
Sarah Barnett -- Art/Drawing
Sarah Barnett is an emerging fine artist based in the DFW area currently living in Denton, Texas. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in studio art drawing and painting and soon plans on attending graduate school at the New York Academy of Art. She has had a variety of work experience with commissioned illustration, murals, portraiture and has given private art lessons as well as worked at an art Studio for kids. Sarah works primarily in oils, watercolor, and colored pencil but has knowledge in using most wet and dry mediums. She has been exhibiting work in DFW and local galleries/coffee shops for the past three years and has been selling both originals and prints of her work.
Katie Collins -- Voice -- Keller Location
Katie was born and raised in Colorado. She has recently moved to Texas and is loving every minute of it. She will begin college in the fall, working toward a degree in Musical Theatre. Katie has a passion for acting and singing. She has extensive experience in musical theatre including the leading female role, Nancy, in the show Oliver. Her favorite musical is the Phantom of the Opera with her favorite part being Christine Daae. She is so excited to share her passion teaching her students voice and vocal techniques. She loves to teach and encourage students to follow their dreams, and does it with fun in mind!
Jonathan Sanson -- Keyboard/Piano -- Flower Mound Location
Professional Pianist and Musician
Playing piano professionally since 1972.
Music Director and House Pianist for the Rat Pack Cafe, Framingham, MA 1999 - 2001
House Pianist for Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurants 2009 - 2017
Private studies with world renowned Music Educator Charlie Banacos 2001 - 2003
Original member of the songwriting workshop of famed songwriting Teacher Pat Pattison
I’ve averaged 150+ gigs a year for the last 25 years.
Major local where I’ve performed
The Meyerson Symphony Center
The Gaylord Texan
The Arlington Convention Center
The Cowgirl Hall of Fame
Willie Nelson’s Carl’s Corner Theatre
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
I’ve been pianist on tour with “The Coasters, Drifters and Platters Reunion Tour Show”
I’ve opened numerous times for Willie Nelson as keyboardist in the “Johnny Lovett and the Neon Moon Band”
Some of the folks I’ve played private parties for:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Vivaldi Patrons Circle
Dallas Symphony Conductor Maestro Jaap Van Zweden
Lycos Founder & CEO Bob Davis
Member in good standing of:
AFM Local 72-147
Berklee Alumni Association
Texas Winds Musical Outreach
Zachary Bell -- Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele -- Keller Location
Zach Bell has been dabbling in music since age twelve, and teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele. He has been in numerous musicals during his high school career and is a former student of Texas Guitarville. Zach is able to accommodate students of any age and ability, and can teach playing styles varying from heavy metal to indie music.
Matt O'Donnell -- Drums/Guitar/Bass Guitar -- Keller Location & Grapevine Location
Matt O’Donnell has been playing guitar for twelve years, bass guitar for eight, and drum set for nine. He has been writing and composing his own music since he first picked up a guitar. He has been collaborating and writing with other musicians since he was in the 8th grade and has been in several alternative rock bands since.
Matt O’Donnell is a classically trained percussionist and played in the KISD band program from 6th grade to his senior year in high school. There, Matt played four mallet vibraphone on the varsity drumline, as well as drum set and bass guitar in the school’s multiple jazz bands and Jazz combo’s.
Matt O’Donnell is studying film and behavior analysis at the University of North Texas and currently plays guitar and sings in an art rock band that performs frequently in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton Area.
Although Matt’s major style preferences range from psychedelic, surf, new wave, noise, punk and shoegaze, Matt has an extensive history in playing styles such as jazz, funk, country, pop, samba, bossa nova, and many more.
Eric Mathews -- Guitar/Bass/Drums -- Keller & Flower Mound Location
Eric has been playing live music since he was 15. He has been playing guitar and bass for 10 years and drums for 11 years.He went on his first month long US tour when he was 17 with his band composed of his own original music. Eric is well versed in music theory and jazz performance. He plays with many groups of different genres on different instruments.
Aaron Muller -- Piano/Violin/Viola/Cello/Upright Bass -- Keller Location & Trophy Club Location
Aaron has been playing violin for over a decade. He has experience playing in multiple orchestras, including the UNT concert and symphony orchestras. He studied piano while at UNT for two years. He is able to accommodate students from beginner to advanced levels.
Austin Longbine -- Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele/Drums/Songwriting -- Keller Location & Grapevine Location
Austin Longbine has been playing guitar for ten years and drums for three, he started songwriting in early highschool and has written and produced two albums since then. While attending The University of North Texas, Austin started a band as a guitarist/vocalist and joined another as a drummer. He has been in multiple bands and has a lot of live performance experience. Austin specializes in lead guitar with styles including Blues, Math-Rock, and Indie. Austin took guitar lessons for over seven years, so he knows what its like to be on the other end of the spectrum and can relate to the challenges of learning an instrument. He is looking forward to working with students to help make music their own and to inspire them to persue musical arts.
P.M. Howard -- Guitar/Bass/Keyboard/Vocals/Ukulele -- Trophy Club, Keller, & Flower Mound Location
P.M. has been a singer since early childhood. Fortunate to have had excellent teachers and coaches along the way, his voice has led him to a career with many opportunities to pursue his talents. From Broadway to Hudson’s Bay, from Halifax to Hollywood, “P.M.” has just about done it all. Vocalist; Musician; Bandleader; Actor; Writer; Director; Composer; Lyricist – in virtually every genre of“the business” - Rock; Pop; Folk; Country; Jazz Standards; Big Band; Theatre; Musical Theatre; Opera; Film; Radio; TV; Recording Studio; Voice Over. Now, on the “other side” of his career, P.M. is very gratified to have the opportunity to “pay it forward” - to pass on some of the knowledge and insight he has garnered from the many fine artists and craftsmen he has worked with over the years.
Kelsey Flanagan -- Voice/Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele -- Trophy Club & Flower Mound Location
Kelsey is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Texas. With her fiery passion for music and her unique, acoustic sound, she can teach voice and vocal technique as well as guitar and ukulele to kids and young adults. Kelsey has written countless songs and has experience in the music scene through performances at various DFW locations, including a solo show at the Dallas House of Blues. She has been singing and playing for most of her life and is looking forward to the opportunity to inspire and enrich her students' lives through music.
Kevin Nassiff - Guitar/Piano/Vocal/Sax/Ukulele/Mandolin/Banjo -- CEO/Owner
Kevin has been teaching since 2007 and loves teaching the art of music. He has been in several bands playing Saxophone, guitar, piano, vocals, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, drums, and much more. He has also spent some time in the recording studio and can teach students about proper recording techniques. Students will learn how to play their instrument proficiently, efficiently, and have fun along the way. Kevin started Texas Guitarville back in 2013 and is having fun seeing the business grow. "We just want to provide top notch music lessons and related services but have fun too!", Kevin says. "This is the best job ever! I want to connect you with the right teacher for your learning wants and needs. Finding the right teacher, instrument, and program specifications can make all the difference." Kevin wants to create a customized course of lessons for his students and all the students that come to Texas Guitarville. He can't wait to meet you and get you started on your musical journey today!!!
Marie Nassiff -- Music Teacher at Texas Guitarville
Marie Nassiff is currently the music specialist at Prairie View Elementary in Northwest ISD where she teaches K-5 general music and directs the PVE Hawk Choir. She is in her 28th year of teaching and will be completing her 23rd year as a music specialist in NISD where she is the Elementary Lead Music Specialist. She helps to support the elementary music teachers in NISD in many ways and is a successful grant writer, helping to acquire many innovative programs which incorporate new technology ideas for the music classroom. Mrs. Nassiff led the district in the development of the current elementary music curriculum, has taught at both the elementary and middle school level, and has co-directed the Northwest ISD Fifth Grade All-District Honor Choir since its inception in 2008. She was honored to be named Teacher of the Year at Prairie View Elementary during the 2004-2005 school year. Prior to teaching in NISD Mrs. Nassiff was a music specialist in Houston ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Houston, has her Level I Orff certification, and is an active member of TMEA. She has 3 children, Justin, Tiffany, and Kevin and resides in Fort Worth, with Gary, her husband of 34 years.