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

PIANO LESSONS

+ 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.

+ ALEXANDRA “ALEX” NARANJO, VOICE

I believe in healthy singing. One of my top priorities is to teach correct breath support and the release of tension in the throat. Whatever the style there are fundamentals that are consistent: pitch, rhythm, tempo and timbre are the main components in all music, but there’s also an intention that students have to discover for themselves. Whether it is the emotion they feel in the lyric, or the feeling they get from the melody, or something else entirely—it is the student’s interpretation of music that makes them a musician. Whatever style a student chooses to study: pop, rock, classical, choral, musical theatre, or another style of music, I love to work alongside them in the discovery learning process.

I have won multiple awards for vocal performance and musical theater as a soloist, and as part of a group. At the International Thespian Convention my team was named State winner for Musical Theatre. I was also awarded the UIL Exemplary Award for Solo Performance. The highlight of my performing career was playing the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray! It was my dream role. I had so much fun! I encourage my students to dream too.

I had some scary teachers and I often couldn't concentrate on my craft, because I was terrified. I don’t want that for my students. I create a fun, fast paced environment for my students that allows them to gain momentum in voice and performance ability. Positive reinforcement enables them to gain confidence quickly.

The greatest struggle for me in learning music was to master my legit voice. I worked very hard with many different instructors, until I felt comfortable in a clear resonant head voice. Once I mastered it, many doors opened in my singing career. I also needed a lot of encouragement to put myself out there and take hold of opportunities. I’m very easy going and a career in music sometimes requires a "Go Get Em'" attitude, which I struggled with. I was grateful for incredible instructors who coached me. Now I get to encourage my students to “Go Get Em!”

I believe that anyone can sing! Everyone has a different journey and a different learning style, but as long as singing is a healthy fun form of artistic expression - you're doing it right. With regard to developing your voice, there needs to be a clear understanding that it is a body part and we only get one. Healthy singing is very important to me. I tell all my students, ‘If it hurts - don't do it!”

+ 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.

BASS LESSONS

+ 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.