Joseph Gale 🎻
Joseph started playing violin at the age of 5 under the direction of Tim Barrett, who is now the executor director of the Academy of Strings in Johnson City, TN. Joseph was raised with a strong foundation in the Suzuki method which places an emphasis on listening and producing a beautiful sound. Joseph continued to play violin throughout high school and college, participating in numerous competitions and performing in Europe and Israel. His musical accomplishments include participation as a violinist in three operas: Cavalaria Rusticana, Gianni Schicci, and his favorite, The Magic Flute. In addition to playing violin, Joseph also plays cello and piano and loves teaching all three. Joseph holds a BA degree from Brigham Young University and has shared his passion for teaching at Round Rock Music since 2014. He is energetic and often called "the fun teacher." Despite being fun, he still emphasizes the importance of playing correctly and practicing consistently.
Colin Mcdonald 🎸 🎹
Colin has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has made his living in music his entire adult life. He is a husband and father of two beautiful daughters as well as a Worship Leader and Youth Director at a local church. Colin is working his way towards a Bachelors Degree in Education and has been actively teaching music for more than 10 years. His love of music is contagious to both the young and the young at heart. He has a flexible and patient teaching style and believes that the lessons learned in music can be applied to every aspect of life.
Colin is a multi-instrumentalist playing: guitar, drums, bass, piano, organ, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and programming. He is very active in the Austin music scene as a studio musician, producer, recording engineer, manager side-man, and songwriter.
"Music has given me a life and with every student, I have a chance to give something back. I'm very grateful to love what I do."
Imani Handy 🎹 🎤 🎻
Imani Handy is a multi-instrumentalist who is originally from Mckinney TX. Growing up she studied voice, violin and piano. Imani recently attended Berklee School of Music in Boston MA, studying music business and performance. Imani's history as a performer includes theatre, opera, and American Idol seasons 11 and 12.
Sam Howden 🎹 🎸 🎺
Sam is a multi-instrumentalist who has nearly completed his Bachelors Degree in piano performance. Sam has a casual, mellow teaching style and is also encouraging of his students. He has a flexible approach when necessary which makes him great at teaching kids who "can't sit still!" Sam can teach beginners to advanced, including those interested in learning Jazz.
Sam is a full-time performing/recording musician. You can listen to his music HERE
Blas Moreno 🥁 🎸
Blas has been a teacher at Round Rock Music for over 6 years. He is proficient at drums, and guitar and often will write songs for his students to play with him. He is an active performer, and recording artist in the area.
Sheila Smail 🎹 🎤
Sheila’s colorful background in ensembles such as orchestra, band, choir, chamber music, acapella, and drumline has ultimately shaped her love for teaching private lessons. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at the University of Houston and her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico. Sheila has a fun, creative, and encouraging approach to teaching that focuses on combining passion and emotion with the core music fundamentals of melody, harmony, rhythm, and style. She currently teaches private flute, piano, and voice lessons and her studio is comprised of 30 students of various backgrounds and skill level, ranging in age from 4 to 31! Outside of our classroom, Sheila enjoys teaching summer band camps and additional lessons for schools in RRISD, performing flute and lead vocals for Primo Tango Latin Jazz Ensemble, and writing and recording songs for her new collaborative music projects Sheilava and City of Decades.