Music lessons for piano, guitar, bass, voice, & drums

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 Lessons

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.

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+ Nathan Ziehm, DRUM lessons

My musical journey began at age 6 when my parents got me a small practice drum kit. I loved playing on this kit and eventually stepped up to a more serious kit in middle school. It was at this point that I began formal lessons with a local drum legend, Rob Thurman.

In high school, I knew I wanted to make drums my career. This passion for drums took me to Southwestern Assemblies of God University where I graduated with a BA in music performance with an emphasis in percussion. While at Southwestern, I won the most outstanding musician award at the Temple College Jazz Festival with the SAGU jazz band. I had the privilege of touring with the worship group ‘The Call’ all over the United States, and also had the opportunity to travel to Malaysia with the faculty jazz combo for a two week tour.

Since college I’ve had the privilege of playing professionally with many amazing artists such as Lance Lopez of Supersonic Blues Machine, Kayla Reeves from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jim Suhler (guitarist for George Thorogood), Tim Alexander (5 time Grammy winner), and Andy Timmons. Currently I play with the Zak Wilkerson band.

I teach all styles of music from rock and pop to jazz and country as well as drum line. I love helping my students pursue music that inspires them. Connecting with my students and listening to what motivates them to want to pursue drums is where I start. Being able to help my students realize their musical goals is really cool!

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+ Megan Shedlak, VOICE & Piano lessons

Music for me was always a part of my life. From the earliest times, I remember my mom playing and loving the piano. My dad also loved music and listened to the greats such as the Rolling Stones, Robert Craig, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Chicago, and more! Music was always in our home and a big part of our lives.

My parent’s love of music inspired me to begin my musical journey at age 5 when I began taking piano lessons. This began my lifelong love of music.

Shortly after, I began singing in church and in 5th grade I had the opportunity to perform in two operas in school. As I entered high school, my focus turned more to jazz singing and playing. As a sophomore in high school I had the honor of being accepted in a musical ambassador group and had the amazing experience of traveling and performing with this group throughout many countries in Europe.

After high school, I continued my musical journey at the esteemed Berklee College of Music where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts while focusing on voice and songwriting. I also had the honor of making the dean’s list while at Berklee.

One of the most influential instructors I studied with was Janice Jaffe. Janice showed me the fun and meaningful side of music. She presented music to me in unique ways that helped me understand and grow not just as a musician, but as a person as well.

One of my greatest struggles as a musician, was performance anxiety. I overcame this through breathing exercises and performing for friends and family to calm my nerves and give me confidence. Music is meant to be fun, and by changing my outlook on performing, it changed me.

I enjoy teaching many different genres of music. The music that shaped me ranged from classical to jazz to rock and blues, and more. Most importantly I enjoy connecting with my students and really understanding what motivates and inspires them. This is key!

The one thing I would want to share with my students is to have fun! Music is full of life and excitement. It’s all about taking your gifts and sharing them with the world. I am passionate about music, and look forward to working with all who want to have fun while learning and expanding their gift!

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+ Connor Veteto, Guitar lessons

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

+ Avery Savoie, Piano Lessons

I love to discover what each of my students are motivated by. Every student is different with varied musical goals, learning styles and personalities. I start by assessing these differences in each of my students and then formulating a personalized lesson plan to help them reach their specific goals in music. I feel this is one of the most important elements to successful music lessons.

In elementary school, I heard my music teacher play a song on the piano, and knew at that point that I wanted learn to play the piano as well. My parents enrolled me in piano lessons, and so began my musical journey.

Throughout the years I took piano lessons, I had the privilege of entering many different festivals (Sonatina Festival, Fall Festival, Hymn/Sacred Festival, American Festival, All Star Festival), and grew greatly through these experiences. I enjoyed the challenges of preparing and performing well at these events.

After high school, I pursued music in college and obtained a Bachelor’s in Music from Texas Women’s University.

One of the challenges I had on my musical journey was finding the time to practice. Working through this challenge helped me in my organizational skills, and forming good habits.

I enjoy teaching many different genres of music including pop, indie, classical, jazz, blues, rock, and more. I work with my students to cover the fundamentals of music such as sight reading, theory, technique, and dynamics, but I do that within the context of the musical interests and goals of each student.

I believe it’s important to always find something to be proud of in your work. Things don’t always go perfectly, but starting from a point of positivity helps to spur you on to continued growth!

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+ MATT WESTMOORELAND, PIANO lessons

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.

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+ Zach Barnett, GUITAR lessons

Music is a never ending journey for me. I always strive to grow and expand and challenge myself as a musician.

Growing up I was mostly influenced by my parent’s love of music. My mom loved the country greats and I loved them too. At age 12, I began developing my own taste in music, and when I heard U2’s album the Joshua Tree I was mesmerized by the guitar riffs and sounds of the Edge. I began studying and learning how to incorporate the same sound into my playing. Throughout my teenage years, bands such as Green Day, Coldplay, Mute Math, and Snarky Puppy also influenced me on my musical journey.

At age 15, I began attending my grandparents church and started playing in the band. This opportunity really challenged and spurred me on as a musician. I had the chance to meet and play with some really amazing musicians who taught me so much.

As a touring musician, I have had the honor of playing and arranging for some great groups such as Stocklyn, Becky Middleton, Randy McGill and the Eclectic, Jeff Scott, Charla Corn, and the In10city Band. I’ve also had the privilege of playing at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Calvary Cathedral International Ministries, Covenant Church and being the Music Director at Grace Fellowship church.

Music has instilled in me a confidence, focus and determination to reach my goals. One of the greatest challenges that I had to overcome on my musical journey was anxiety about being able to accomplish what I wanted to. One of my mentors, Steve Pruitt, taught me that attitude determines everything. This put me in a much better place to deal with these challenges.

I love helping my students find and develop their unique goals in music. Every student is different and has a different path forward. I work with each of my students to discover what their unique passion and goals are with music. From there I teach my students the fundamentals of music such as technique, theory, dynamics and more. I love when I see my students learn or discover something that helps them and excites them to grow and learn more.

Most of all I want my students to have fun and enjoy their journey in music.

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+ Ellyn Glasscock, VOICE lessons

When I was 16 years old, I performed in the Tulsa Opera’s performance of ‘The Little Prince’. From that moment on, I was hooked! I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life singing beautiful music and pursuing music as a career in order to share my love of music with others.

My passion for music, and pursuing it as a career, led me to Oklahoma City University where I obtained a B.M. in Vocal Performance, and then on to Cleveland Institute of Music where I obtained a M.M. in Vocal and Opera Performance.

One of the most influential mentors to me as I pursued music was Dr. Frank Ragsdale. Dr. Ragsdale taught me that singing is about being vulnerable and using your talents to touch those around you. Music has the power to speak when words cannot. Through this understanding I realized that when I sing, It should be from my heart, and not for validation from anyone else.

While growing as a musician, one of my struggles was trying to do everything at once when I was first learning a song. I overcame this hurdle by breaking down each element of whatever piece I was learning - rhythm, notes, dynamics, diction, and meaning. Overcoming this struggle led me to becoming a more confident performer. I took pride in knowing that I took the time to understand every aspect of the piece and didn’t rush the learning process.

I had the privilege of working with underserved students at Cleveland School of the Arts. As an voice instructor there, I worked with my students on the many aspects of what it takes to become a strong vocal performer including diction, intonation, dynamics, sight singing, breath support and more. I also helped my students prepare for district and state competitions.

I enjoy teaching many different genres of music including pop, opera, commercial, classical, theater and more.

Music can be a funny thing. My funniest moments are always when I’m warming up. From lip-buzzing, to lying on the floor, singing upside-down, and running around the room to pump myself up. I’m sure I look crazy, but It’s always a lot of fun! I’m a goofball and believe that learning should always be fun no matter what it is! I strive to create a safe and joyous environment for my students to learn and grow. When you are having a bad day, or just feeling down, I want learning music to be a source of happiness in your life.

I encourage my students to always be kind with yourself. Every person is unique and special which means singing will be different for everyone. Never compare yourself to anyone else. You are YOU for a reason!

I will concentrate on your specific goals and desires and make it an awesome experience in the process!