We’re helping over 300 students excel in music at our Allen Studio each week!
Our amazing instructors would love to hear your goals and desires for music and our staff would enjoy giving you a tour of our 2,100 square foot studio. You can view our 8 teaching rooms where we work with novice to very advanced students, check out our equipment and experience our fun atmosphere. We’ll answer all your questions about our private lessons for piano, drums, bass, guitar, voice and songwriting and about our programs and performance opportunities.
Bring the family, they can tour with you or enjoy our lounge area with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and family-friendly movies.
Be inspired, take a quick look at the bio’s of our instructors below and schedule an appointment to visit with us.
Matt Burk Music Studio
Music School in Allen, TX
1504 N. Greenville Ave, #100
Allen, TX 75002
MEET OUR ALLEN MUSIC TEACHERS
+ Cody Walton, Piano
When I meet students, I explore their needs and desires for music and what motivates them to learn and study. Together we create a plan that they’re excited about. From experience teaching in public schools and one on one in studio’s, I’ve learned that students thrive when lessons are fun and they're supported to work hard to achieve their goals.
With a BA in Music Education from UT Tyler, I’m a multi-instrumentalist (piano, percussion, guitar, bass) with a love of classical, jazz and pop. I worked hard to win various accolades including talent scholarships from my Alma Mater and I inspire my students to work hard too. I also know what it means to struggle and overcome fears.
My greatest struggle was the anxiety I felt every time I had to perform solo. But I was determined to overcome it because I wanted to be a musician. My students often face the same struggle and because I understand what they’re feeling, I can coach and support them through the growth curve.
I currently play piano and guitar for the pop-punk outfit “Under Dog House.” Earlier on in my career I toured Europe with my college’s indoor drum-line. The experience of performing is invaluable when I'm teaching. It not only sheds light on how to play, but also on how to play out.
No matter what level of music you are interested in, music is good for the soul and can be very therapeutic. It's also very beneficial for young students as it's proven to show an increase in test scores and creativity. I would recommend everyone give learning an instrument a shot.
+ KENNETH PRITCHARD, DRUMS & GUITAR
I teach all skill levels from beginner to advanced and a variety of styles including jazz, blues, pop, groove, and rock. My approach is based on the fundamentals of music and each student’s musical interests. Initially we look at the basics of your instrument and the theory and quickly transition to application with music you enjoy whilst continuing to expand technical understanding.
I have a BA in music from Columbia College specializing in Instrumental Performance and Guitar/Percussion composition. Performing with various bands has enabled me to play everything from electronic music to rock and I have recorded several full albums of original music. It’s been a privilege to open for major national acts and to perform in a band that was featured on the Bravo television network. I’ve been teaching drums and guitar for over 10 years and always encourage my students to participate in both regular student jam sessions and recitals to hone abilities and gain a greater sense of accomplishment. There’s nothing like playing with others and performing live to help students to grow in confidence.
The greatest musical highlights for me are when we close out the final show of a tour. When we closed out the final show of the DIY venue, the Compound, it must have been 106 degrees inside and packed wall to wall with people. Everyone was going crazy and we were soaked at the end. It was amazing. I like to help students imagine the possibilities and work towards their dreams.
In saying this, I believe that music is a transcendent and universal language and playing it, even for your own enjoyment can be extremely fulfilling.
+ Kayla Perkins, VOICE
I've had a passion for music that began when I was 5 years old.
My musical journey began at an early age and has led me to places that I could have never imagined going, and experiences that I never fathomed I would have.
I began studying voice under George Variames. Durning my training under George, my vocal range was expanded, and I leared how to develop my vocal skills in healthy ways. I was also exposed to language pieces such as German, French, Italian, and more. I also had the privilege of entering and winning many vocal competitions.
At the age of 16, I won a vocal competition and had the incredible experience of performing at Carnegie Hall. My musical journey has led me to Europe as well, and also to performences in over 20 musicals.
As a proffesionl actress, I can help my students understand the elements of stage prescence, and feeling comfortable while they are performing.
I understand the struggles that many students face related to pursuing music, and I know how to help students navigate through their own musical journay and succeed in reaching their unique goals. One of the biggest struggles on my jounrny was finding the time to practice. I finally realized that anything worth having takes time, and is very rewarding.
I have an upbeat and positive approach to music instruction and can help my students experience a fun, exciting, and encouraging path to music.
I believes that music is a beautiful gift and if you practice and hone your skills, you can achieve your goals!
+ Connor Veteto, Guitar
My journey into music began over 14 years ago playing acoustic and electrical guitar and singing. I’ve sung and played professionally since 2009 for worship bands, with Texas original music and cover bands – The BoomBachs and The Enablers. I love playing modern and classic rock, pop, gospel, hip-hop and funk. Experiencing music is my greatest passion with soccer being a close second!
In studying music, my high school music theory instructor was my greatest influence. He not only inspired me in my struggle to read and write music, he taught me the importance of aural skills and how to use my ear as a tool in learning music. This changed my approach to reading and writing music and the way I teach. He helped me to discover for myself what made learning music fun and memorable.
So now I create fun environments for my students and help them to pinpoint what inspires them to learn music. This makes all the difference because then we can identify personal goals and aspirations and create a plan to work toward success.
Most students experience fear and anxiety when they first start performing – I know I did! At Matt Burk Studios our instructors create a safe and dynamic environment to coach students through their performance nerves. Our goal is to transform those early fears into a deep love for playing and performing. Live performances are a vital key to unlocking passion, excitement and self expression in music.
A performance highlight for me was competing in a national “battle of the bands” music competition in LA to perform for and meet prominent industry figures. It was eye opening to see life on the road with a band, the inner workings of the music industry and how recording studios operate.
I’ve learned never to doubt my ability to learn and grow in music and I pass this on to my students. The key to growth is to explore, experiment and have fun in the process.
+ Joshua Nath, Piano
My teaching philosophy is centered in the belief that when students are encouraged to have fun, to explore their creative side and to shine in their performances they will stay engaged in the learning process and grow musically.
My mother, a professional piano teacher at The Royal Conservatory of Music, began teaching me piano when I was four years old. I went on to study drums and guitar. At Colin College, I earned the Outstanding Theory Student award and the Emerging Scholar in Music Achievement award, among other honors. I later received a BA in Applied Arts and Sciences with an Occupational Specialty in Music. My teaching career began 2011. I find great joy in fostering a love of music in my students, coaching them to achieve their goals and watching them grow through live performance.
I teach classical, pop, rock, country, worship and singer/songwriting. Currently I play piano and drums for various churches around the DFW area and in my spare time I’m writing music for my latest performance endeavor, Sunrise Pilots.
+ MATT WESTMOORELAND, PIANO
I enjoy working with students of all ages and musical abilities. I always encourage students to learn by playing the music they enjoy. My students set goals and we work hard to achieve them. It’s a great privilege to help students read and write music, rearrange pieces, play by ear and record and produce their art. A significant mentor of mine, stressed the importance of finding my own sound. When I discovered it, it allowed me to explore more styles of music. It’s a highlight for me when I can help students find their own sound.
I began playing piano at the age of six and studied classical music throughout childhood. Later I expanded in to R&B, pop, rock, and praise and worship. In college I played piano for Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity — jazz combo, big band gigs and worked hard on jazz improvisation. A highlight for me has been being a part of the BoomBachs since 2011, primarily because I get to create original music with my best friends. I’ve also worked with The Enablers, a Top-40 cover band.
Many of my students fear performing in front of audiences. I know that fear! I conquered it by by performing more and more. I coach them through the fear and they become more confident players.
In addition to playing various freelance jazz and classical gigs, I play piano for Billboard Top 10 recording artist, Andrea Helms when she plays in the DFW area. As part of the Enablers I’ve learned and memorized over 120 popular songs and the repertoire continues to grow. As your instructor you will have fun and you will grow as a musician. More importantly I’m committed to helping you find your own style.
+ SCOTT MORSE, GUITAR
As a teacher of both group and private guitar lessons, I’m aware of the difference a great instructor can make in a student’s understanding and enjoyment of their instrument. One of my best instructors taught me the musical formulas used when people improvise and compose music and this was the whole reason I became passionate about music. I’m always looking for what excites and motivates my students to cultivate their passion in music. We work hard to reach goals, incorporating music that they enjoy and artists that inspire them.
Johnny Smith was one of the biggest influences on my jazz playing. My favorite performances was a tribute concert to him when I was age 21. When students admire an artist we weave that influence into the student’s customized music plan. I also have a knack for finding creative ways to communicate musical concepts - when the lights go on my students stay engaged and progress.
I began studying guitar when I was aged ten. I’m now a proud graduate of UNT having graduated with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude in Jazz Performance with a concentration on guitar. My musical influences range from Led Zeppelin to Louis Armstrong and I enjoy playing and teaching a wide variety of musical styles: classic rock, R&B, jazz, pop,and praise and worship among many others. I find fulfillment teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Although I have a lot of knowledge to pass on I think it’s my patience, flexibility and creativity that make me an exceptional instructor. I believe it’s important for my students to relax and have fun in addition to working hard.
Something I’ve learned and pass on to my students is a mantra that I still stick to: At home, practice like you’re a beginner. In performance, act like you’re a master. And for those who have short fingers; I tell them not to worry about having good hands. I have short fingers and still became a professional!
+ JEFFREY TARR, VOICE
It is important to me that each student feels respected and encouraged to explore their own desires and goals for music and the direction they want to take. I strive to create a warm studio environment of trust, respect and fun to enable students to experiment and discover their own capabilities.
I received a Masters of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins University and I’m a proud prize winner in the Annapolis Opera Competition, the Orpheus Vocal Competition and Vocal Arts DC Discovery Competition. I have an international performance career of 16 years, which is invaluable as I prepare students for live performances and competitions.
I believe in a solid foundation in the principles of healthy singing, breath management, resonance and articulation. I have experience in voice instruction across a wide range of ages and I’ve discovered that the way I teach is suitable for all levels of experience and for most styles of music. Every student is unique and brings their own sense of aesthetic and personality to their singing. Whether I’m teaching University undergraduates, high school students or one on one in a studio, my voice training is always individualized and tailored to accommodate each student’s learning style.
With experience teaching in several group contexts across a broad range of genres from Bach to Rock, Broadway, Commercial and Classical, my goal is to inspire confidence and to encourage each of my students to reach for the stars. My solo performance in the Messiah was described by the Washing Post as, “Outstanding, a large resonant voice, filled with both power and clarity.” When students perform well and exceed their own expectations. They create a platform for themselves to work on new goals and to reach even greater success.
My personal belief is that singing transforms breath into beauty; that the transformation is mysterious, but the process need not be. When students are given a firm foundation on the principles of healthy singing, the possibilities of artistic communication and personal expression are unlimited.