Erika Paul loves that feeling you get when you see the light go on in a student’s head as they ‘get it’. “I love to see the excitement in their eyes when they master a skill that moves them to the next level,” she says. “I feel like I’ve played an important part in getting them there.” And Erika has been guiding students to success for 30 years now. She began her training when she was young. She says it offered her an outlet for self-expression and the discipline she now sees led her to success in life. She’s played many instruments over the years but now she focuses on piano, voice and beginning guitar. With an A.A. degree in Music from the College of San Mateo, a B.A in Music from San Jose University and a permanent certification from the Music Teachers National Association, she’s excited to take on each and every student that comes her way. www.jazzqmusic.com
Kat MacMartin was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, moving to Minden, Nevada in early 2011. She has held second violin in the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra for the last five years and has played in the Carson City Symphony for the last two. Kat also serves as an electric bassist in a rock band while also playing the Celtic fiddle in a duo and rock quartet. She teaches violin/fiddle, piano, and guitar.
Katie has been teaching piano in Reno since she graduated from UNR in 2014, where she studied biology, music, and math. As a native Nevadan Katie grew up participating in various local ensembles including marching band, jazz band, and chorus. She loves teaching and trys to make learning fun and interesting for all ages. Katie hopes to inspire a passion for music in each one of her students; she is able to teach tuba and clarinet as well as piano.
Tim Nolte started singing as a young child and has turned his lifelong love of music into a heartfelt vocation. Through the Southern Oregon College in Ashland he became part of an award-winning choir that offered him a wide view of what was possible for a young man with a dedication to music. His choir was chosen to sing in Yosemite National Park, in Disneyland at the World’s Fair and on a three-month tour of Europe singing for the USO. Since moving to Reno in the 1970’s he has consistently sung with church choirs around town and is now the Choir Director at Sutro, Riverview & Dayton Elementary schools. He says the more he works with kids the more they learn about how to use their voices and the more they learn the more fun they have.
Annie is currently studying Art and Music at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been studying piano for over 11 years. Annie loves teaching piano to young students through Pacific Mist Music and Sierra Arts Foundation. It is a blessing and has ignited a love and excitement for music. The children give her a new perspective and remind her that music is unique and personal to each musician, big or small. Her hobbies include, photography, day-trip adventures, and of course, playing and writing music!
Barbara Meyers sees a little of herself in each of her students. She began playing piano at age of seven and has never stopped. She added organ, voice, and guitar to her repertoire by the time she was a teenager. With some formal training she took on teaching such instruments as violin, recorder, clarinet, flute, band choir and orchestra. Her experience is well rounded and so is her teaching. She has taught private lessons, and groups. She’s taught in the Washoe County School District and in private schools including the Sierra Vista Children's Academy and Brookfield School in Reno. A graduate of Mansfield State College, she is also a veteran to arranging, orchestrating and composing original music. In fact, Barbara received Honorary Mention from the Billboard World Song Contest of 2006.These days her full attention is on her students with Pacific Mist Music where she can relate to every child at every stage of learning. SonicBids and The Masterworks Chorale
30 years successful experience teaching piano & the Chinese language. Gigi brings a world of experience to Pacific Mist Music. She has spent the past 30 years teaching children both piano and the Chinese language. And she loves to see young minds progress. Here in Northern Nevada Gigi has always maintained a list of private piano students. But she comes to us by way of Guangzhaou, China and Bangkok, Thailand which gives her a broad understanding of children worldwide. After obtaining both AA and BA degrees from Guangzhou University, she taught as an Associate professor and has written for a number professional publications. But her heart is with teaching children.
Mark Hull picked up his first violin at the age of 10 and has never put it down. Even at that young age he somehow knew violin would be his life. Playing with such known greats as Jenny Rudin, he learned the basics and the flair of his instrument. Now he passes that inside knowledge on to his students one at a time. Mark has played with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Players, and for the Music in the Mountains Festival held annually in Grass Valley and in Nevada City. He has been in Reno teaching and playing violin since 1999 and he loves the way a child’s face lights up when they understand the technique and see how music can demonstrate emotion and take you a world away without ever leaving the room.
Jane started piano lessons at eight-years-old. Her teacher was music professor Mr. Carol Meyer at Boise State University. She attended college at Oregon State University, after graduation, she joined the national VISTA program and was sent to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas to direct and teach young children in a low-income preschool program. Jane married in Boise, Idaho and moved to Reno, Nevada in 1973. She earned a second degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. While working on her master’s degree, her husband bought her a Kawai piano for her 28th birthday. She started teaching piano in her home emphasizing in good technique, theory, counting, and learning to play classical and modern music expressively. Jane holds many piano workshops in her home usually around holiday time. She holds annual recitals for her students and continues her professional career by taking on-line classes and private lessons with two teachers in Reno, Nevada.
Gerry Boldy believes that every student takes his or her own path and their own time with music, and that it opens doors for each and every one of them. Her philosophy is to help each student individually make progress. She took to the piano herself and began playing at the age of eleven. She pursued piano lessons and even married into music. Her husband played with the John Carlton Orchestra and has a Doctorate from the Chicago Conservatory of Music. Gerry has always been a fan of good music and she has always been a teacher. She has been a member of the local Piano Teachers Guild for 30 years and has coached dozens of students to great ability with her proven approach of teaching individuals at their own pace. And she strongly believes that literacy in music helps children with all other learning and gives them a strong foundation in life.
Sometimes it’s experience that makes the best teacher; and sometimes it’s being young enough to get down to a student’s level that does it. Amy Graves has wound those attributes together. “My mother insisted I take piano lessons when I was 11,” she says. Now I have 7 years of formal training under my belt. I really love being able to create something beautiful for others to enjoy.” Amy was home schooled. In high school she started taking on young students herself. Kids relate to her easily and she has the patience it takes to guide them through. She is currently studying at Western Nevada College, where she’s focusing on photography. “I have a lot of patience with kids and I take the time to help each one at their own pace,” she says. “I really work hard to keep the learning process fun.”
Julie Mace Van Ry began teaching piano lessons at the age of 16 and has spent the last 3 decades honing her skills. After growing up in a musical family she won the dean’s music scholarship to Brigham Young University in Utah and there she studied piano, voice and composition. Julie has written many Christian songs that have been sung all around the world. She is still currently singing with the Nevada Nevada Masterworks Chorale. She has taught piano and vocal in her private studio for years and is also teaching lessons for Sierra Arts Foundation.
Steve was born and raised in Pennsylvania and teaches piano, guitar. He received formal classical piano training for 9 years starting at age 8 and trained with some of the best jazz players in New Orleans in the late 1980's. Steve has traveled throughout America and Canada making a living playing piano bars and clubs from Key West to the Canadian Rockies. In 2001, a Montessori school asked him to teach private music lessons at their school. Steve appreciated the opportunity and offered to share the lesson revenue to help the small school raise money. Thus, the concept of Pacific Mist Music was born. Today, Pacific Mist Music has over 20 schools and employs 30 teachers participating in the revenue sharing music program. Since 2001, Pacific Mist Music has raised and donated over $250,000 for schools in Reno, Nevada.
In 2006, PBS approached Steve to write music for a nature program. That led to several other national PBS documentaries including the Emmie winning "Changing Seas" in it's 8th season today. Steve's hobbies include database and web programming, carpentry, building wooden boats and venturing into the mountains or over to the coast to fish, explore and just enjoy general meditative time!