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.
+ Nathan Ziehm, DRUMS
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!
+ Danielle Angeloni, VOICE & Piano
My journey into music was sparked by my families love of classic rock! I can still remember my parents listening to the Grateful Dead and other classic rock artists.
I also was greatly inspired by my aunt’s performance in a musical theater production, and from that moment, I knew I had to perform!
When I was 14 years old, I began writing original lyrics and songwriting.
My passion for music led me to study voice and songwriting as well as piano, guitar, percussion and ukulele at Berklee College of Music where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music in Professional Music with a concentration in vocal performance and songwriting. I also hold a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music.
I love performing and teaching many different styles and genres of music including classical, jazz, rock, pop, musical theater, among others. While studying abroad at the Berklee Valencia Campus, I completed the Mediterranean Styles Survey course. While in Spain I gained much experience in singing in Spanish and Portuguese.
I’ve had the privileged of performing in venues throughout the United States and Spain such as YouBloom Los Angeles, Ryles Jazz Cafe, House of Blues Boston, Tres Gatos Jamaica Plain, Club Jazz Madrid, Cafe Mercedes Valencia among others.
One of the most influential instructors I learned from was Boriana Savova. She taught me the visualization of sound and classical voice technique. This gave me the confidence and techniques I needed to be able to continue growing on my own as a vocalist.
One of the struggles I had on my musical journey was comparing my artistry and talents with the talents of other musicians in a competitive environment. I was able to get over this hurdle by studying abroad in Valencia Spain and learning from a different culture’s approach to music. I was able to focus on my individual talents and start seeing the “big picture”.
One of my greatest achievements thus far has been releasing my debut EP titled “Setting Fires”. It was extremely fulfilling to collaborate, co-write, and co-produce this EP with an amazing team. Being able to create a vision and see it through was an amazing feeling.
In my lessons, I incorporate both contemporary and classical pedagogy as well as music theory.
One of the ways I encourage my students is to remind them to never get down on themselves for making a mistake. I used to have a classical piano teacher that would say, “that sounds jazzy”, when I played a wrong note or chord. I like this philosophy because it lends to the idea that music is bigger than just a right or wrong note. Of course I always encourage my students to do their best, but the most important thing, in my perspective, is learning to use your instrument in a way that expresses who you are as a unique individual.
I believe that patience, balance and understanding are vital to the teaching process and successful music lessons. Every student learns differently and has unique musical goals - creating ways to help each individual student excel is my favorite part of my work.
+ 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.
+ Avery Savoie, Piano
+ 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.
+ Christian Prince, GUITAR
Everything started for me the year my mom got me a guitar for Christmas. I was 9 years old and this gift began the awakening in me for my passion of music!
I became totally consumed with learning Led Zeppelin and Nirvana by ear. I would spend hour after hour in my room working on their songs and pretending to be Jimmy Page.
Throughout my teenage years, my passion for music only grew and I began writing original music with friends.
About 6 years ago I moved from New York to Texas to continue pursuing music as a career. I traveled extensively with four touring bands playing guitar and bass. This was an amazing experience for me, but I am ready to settle down and help others begin their musical journey!
One of the biggest challenges for me was developing confidence as a musician. My confidence grew as I began playing with others. This helped my loosen up and let my style come through. Once you finally find your confidence, everything feels like it’s so much easier to understand and allows for a better creative flow.
I love being able to share my experiences with others and then to see their passion and confidence for music grow as they develop their own style!
My desire is for my students to leave every lesson twice as motivated and excited about music as when they came in.
Most of all, I want my students to have fun and be themselves. Creativity is enjoyed the most when it is honest and true to you as an individual!
+ Ellyn Glasscock, VOICE
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!