Meet the Teachers

Professionally Certified & Background Certified Music Instructors.

Brian Emmel

Bass Guitar, Guitar,Mandolin, Songwriting

Brian has been teaching privately since 1991 and has dedicated his career to music education. Brian graduated from the Musician's Institute and studied under such influential bassists as: Jeff Berlin, Gary Willis, Tim Bogert, and Steve Bailey.

Brian has published multiple books and DVD’s for Hal Leonard Publishing as well as conducting Clinics to promote his highly acclaimed teaching methods. Brian has been a columnist for various bass and music periodicals and received raved reviews in Bass Player Magazine for his published works. Brian also performs professionally for various Artists in Nashville and L.A. and is a songwriter and producer with many achievement awards.

Musicians Institute

Missy MacQuarrie

Voice, Piano, Guitar

Missy is a multi-talented vocalist·and vocal coach experienced in guitar and piano. Since graduating from world-renowned Berklee College of Music in 2003, Missy has·performed with·live with bands (SanDiego IndieMusicFest, CBGB's)·

and·as a solo·acoustic artist across the country, as well as teaching private lessons in voice, piano, and guitar.· Graduating as a Professional Music Major, Missy focused on Music Business and Songwriting and uses this background·in addition to Music Theory to help·her students to become well-rounded musicians.·As a professional musician, Missy has worked as a back-up vocalist (Nashville Star/ American Idol Kristin Macnamara, Ashlee Hewitt),·acoustic guitarist (Katie Armiger, Cold River Records), demo-singer,·and a contracted songwriter (Megatraxx, LA).··Missy studied under top-notch vocal coach, Mark Baxter (Aerosmith, Goo Goo Dolls, Journey) and·utilizes Baxter's techniques in conjunction with her own to help singers of all levels and styles.

Berklee College of Music

Steve Frey

Guitar Instruction

Steve has been playing guitar professionally for 20 years and most recently completed touring the U.S. and Canada with the Multi-Platinum Country group Blackhawk. Other artist's include Andy Childs, Rebecca Lynn Howard, 2005 Nashville Star winner Erika Jo and many Nashville songwriters and artists.

He studied at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Having played literally thousands of gigs across the US, Steve brings a great deal of experience and a genuine desire to teach and to be a positive influence on aspiring guitarists. Steve will be teaching private guitar lessons as well as group classes and workshops.

Musicians Institute

Camee Burdin

Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Guitar & Uke

Camee is a recent graduate from Greenville College where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Christian Contemporary Music with 3 emphasis in Vocal Performance, Worship Arts, and Studio Recording.

She has been teaching vocal and piano lessons for the past 5 years. Much of her teachings have come from a variety of coaches for over 17 years.

Camee has performed in many bands, groups, and choirs including, but not limited to, punk rock, classical, pop, hard rock, gospel, and funk. She is currently a Worship Arts intern as well as working independently  on her songwriting and personal projects for her artist career.

Having experienced many of the stages of building a music career, Camee loves to help and guide others to achieve many of the goals they have set for their own musical futures no matter the genre or style of music.

Greenville College

Tyler Madden

Classical Guitar, Piano, Songwriting

Tyler is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, IL. He has been teaching both private and group music lessons for six years. Tyler earned a Bachelors degree in Music from Northern Illinois University where he studied Jazz and Classical guitar under world-renowned Fareed Haque.

Tyler is proficient in many genres and has a strong Music Theory/Composition background. Currently, Tyler is actively performing in several groups around Nashville and also pursuing the study of Audio Engineering at the Dark Horse Institute in Franklin, TN.

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Tyler also runs his own recording studio, located in the same building as Grand Staff Music School, under the name “Oh, Peachy Productions.”

Irene Kelly Gaines

Singing Coach

California native Irene Kelly Gaines has been described as one of the most versatile singers in Nashville. Comfortable with any genre’, Irene has been featured in Rock, Country, Latin pop, Opera and professional choral performances.

Irene is a top shelf performer and an excellent example of a vocalist with a hard and clean attack. You quickly realize that this is not your average singer, this is a great musician. Irene has performed with many artist, Brian Duncan, Renee Garcia, Kimberly Dahme, Sheldon Reynold ( Earth Wind and Fire), Mycle Wastman ( Voice) Grammy winning artists Ashley Cleveland, Kim Hill and is a soloist for the Nashville Choir and Christ Presbyterian Choir.

“I attribute my vocal achievements as a direct result of this technique. I have been able to put together a solid foundational coaching style that will be encouraging and focused on issues new and professional artists struggle with.”