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.
Benjamin Pedraza 🎸 🎹 🎤
Benjamin received his BA in Psychology and Music Tech from UTSA. Apart from teaching he has recorded, mixed, and mastered for local artists throughout South Texas. Maintained and updated software, plugins, gear, documents, and social media accounts for all projects.
Benjamin works consistently on a variety of projects that include: City of Decades, Finite Fidelity, Lady Morgan, SHEiLAVA, and Bradley M.S. Band. Hear more of Benjamin's work HERE
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."
Corey Abbott 🎻
Corey is a classically trained musician with over 25 years of experience on the viola. Before moving to Texas, Corey was an active performer, recording artist and orchestra teacher for over 8 years. As an orchestral violist he has been fortunate to share stages with such musicians as Randy Newman, Ray Charles, Martin Chalifour, Zuill Bailey,Vadym Kholodenko, Twila Paris and Branson's Liverpool Legends. Corey received his BM in Education, as well as his Masters in Viola Performance from the University of Central Arkansas.
His private lesson studio of violin and viola students has ranged from pre-school to retirement.
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
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.
Victoria Hammill 🎻 🎹 🎤 🎸
Victoria Hammill is a professional performing artist, musician, and songwriter, who is gifted with the natural ability to teach students of all ages, including those with special needs.
With a rich experience in the arts, music, and sciences, Victoria reaches students of all ages. She honors all cultures and teaches with joy and enthusiasm. With a genuine desire to foster and inspire the growth of every individual, private instruction is tailored to fit each student’s goals and passion. From August 2011 to present, Victoria has taught 150+ students, ages ranging from 4 yrs. of age to adult.
Learning piano and guitar and taking formal classical violin and orchestral study and voice through the highly regarded public school music program of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and studying voice at the University of Wisconsin in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Music program, she has performed professionally for more than 24 years at Nashville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and regionally in Texas and Wisconsin.
With mastery of multiple instruments – acoustic violin, viola, piano, and guitar – as a professional performing artist, her niche is voice and electric violin blues / rock / jazz / fusion.
Matt Slack: Director 🥁 🎹 🎸
Matt has over 27 years of experience playing, practicing, and performing. Matt started piano lessons as a child and continued for 17 years. Around middle school he joined the concert band as a percussionist as well as local community orchestras. Matt studied Percussion Performance at BYU, and as an adult has recorded numerous albums, toured both nationally and internationally, written and recorded music for artists as well as commercial music for Native Instruments, Ableton, BYU, Bad Panda Games, and most recently a Super Bowl ad that aired in 2017.
Matt currently is a percussionists for the Cinematic Symphony, as well as educator and adjudicator throughout RRISD. As a former teacher at Round Rock Music from 2015-2016, Matt got to know many of the students and culture of RRM and took ownership of the school in April of 2017.