Blas Moreno: Drums &  🎸 

Blas has been a teacher at Round Rock Music for over 7 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.

Laura Barrera 🎻


Laura recently relocated to TX from Cuba and studied Violin at the Jose White Conservatory of Music.  She was a member of the string quartet 'Santa Cecilia" as well as a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Camaguey.  

Laura recently relocated to TX from Cuba and studied Violin at the Jose White Conservatory of Music.  She was a member of the string quartet 'Santa Cecilia" as well as a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Camaguey.  

Mary Tongay  🎹 

Mary Tongay.jpg

Mary Tongay has been teaching piano in Round Rock for the past 24 years. She graduated from University of Maryland with a BA in piano. Mary is a longtime, active member in Austin District Music Teacher’s Association along with Texas Music Teacher’s Association and Music Teacher’s National Association. Along with participating in annual theory tests and music festivals at UT, she has also sent students to the TMTA annual convention to perform.

Taylor Ferguson  🎸  🎹 


Taylor Ferguson is a piano and guitar teacher with over 20 years of performance and 10 years of teaching experience. He began playing piano at age 6, but realized his love for music when he started playing the guitar and writing his own songs at age 12. Taylor has taught music to students of all ages and abilities. He loves passing on his passion for music and helping his students discover their own creativity.  He plays lead guitar in Hydra Melody, a San Antonio-based pop-rock band that has gone on national tours alongside bands such as Third Eye Blind, Everclear and Cartel. He also fronts the Austin-based rock group, Strange Rituals. In addition, Taylor spends much of his time recording, producing and songwriting with local groups.  Taylor graduated from San Antonio’s Northeast School of the Arts (NESA) and has a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cory Abbott 🎻

Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 1.13.35 AM.png

Cory is a classically trained musician with over 25 years of experience on the viola.  Before moving to Texas, Cory 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 NewmanRay CharlesMartin ChalifourZuill Bailey,Vadym KholodenkoTwila Paris and Branson's Liverpool Legends.  Cory 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.

Minkyung Kim 🎹


Minkyung Kim started playing classical piano at age 7. Music has been a big part of her life ever since. She has more than 20 years of musical experience as a performer and composer.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Sam Houston State University. She has also taught as a public school teacher in Texas and ESL teacher in South Korea for over 10 years. She is excited to work with students and help them to enjoy and create music at Round Rock Music School.

Victoria Hammill 🎻 🎹 🎤 🎸

meet victoria hammill - color.jpg

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.

Matthew Temple 🎸 🎹 🎷 🎼

Matthew Temple.jpg

Matthew was born and raised in Austin TX. His musical experience comes from his schooling at UT where he studied Saxophone and Flute. He also teaches Piano, Guitar and Bass and plays frequently around Austin and throughout the world.  

Denise Stewart-Bates 🎤 🎹


Denise Stewart is an international recording artist who has many years of experience in every kind of vocal arena. She began singing at six years old when she had to stand in for her mom at a church function. Her background in music began with the Chorale experience in a small Methodist church in Chicago, Illinois. Her father introduced her to Miles, Coltrane and Billie Holiday and she's been singing ever since.

After high school, Denise enrolled in the music conservatory at Roosevelt University as a Piano Major, with a minor in composition.  She transferred to Fisk University in her Sophomore year, where she graduated with honors in music. While there, she had the pleasure of working with Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Melba Moore - to name a few.

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, EA Sports: NBA 2K16, 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.