Instructors – BestinMusic

Dedicated to IGNITING INTEREST

and FUELING PASSION in students of all ages

ALICIA FALCONBURY

Woodwinds | Bassoon

Alicia is the Director of Education at BIMEC. She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from BYU-Idaho with an emphasis in composition. She has played the bassoon for over a decade and most recently held the position of assistant principal bassoon in the Idaho Falls Symphony.

Following graduation, she worked for two years as an adjunct faculty member at BYU-I teaching music theory.

She believes strongly in the power of music to make better people, better hearts, and better communities.

ANGELA ROMNEY

Flute | Voice

Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in voice from Utah Valley University with honors. She has played the flute since elementary school and was part of the first flute choir at
UVU, where she was awarded a Dean’s grant for a music research project, founded the UVU Opera Club, and served in various positions with NAFME.

Angela was trained classically but encourages her students to explore a variety of music genres and focuses on healthy vocal technique. Her goal is to teach each student to read music fluently and understand it
aurally, visually, and emotionally

BRIDGET JACKSON

Harp

Bridget Ence Jackson is a professional harpist from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been playing the harp for over twelve years. In addition to playing with the UVU Symphony, Bridget also plays with local orchestras, including the Utah Chapter of Witness Music.

Bridget loves to teach the harp, and has experience teaching students of all ages. In her teaching she emphasizes musicality, achieved by proper technique, and keeping the body relaxed.

 

Clifton Little

Brass ❘ Trumpet

Clifton Little: Musician, arranger, teacher. Originally from the Dallas area, Little began his degree in music with a double major in classical trumpet performance and music theory at the esteemed University of North Texas. After a year UNT, Little transferred to Brigham Young University, where he currently studies, to continue working with his teacher and mentor Dr. Jason Bergman.

As a lover of learning, Little has devoted much of his time to studying various styles and genres of music from around the globe. This has allowed him to become well versed in many of the styles of jazz, and dive deeply into his specialty; playing with the band and orchestra.

 

DALE MECHAM

Cello | Violin

Dale Mecham is a certified public school teacher for the State of Utah with endorsements in music and all of the sciences. He has taught privately, as well as directed, instructed, and performed with many orchestra, oratorio, and ensemble groups in the Salt Lake, Utah, and Wasatch Counties.

Dale has performed for 38 years with the Utah Valley Symphony under the direction of many prominent conductors.

GARY ARGYLE

Guitar | Ukulele

Gary has been teaching guitar for ten years and has taught all ages, levels and styles. He received his education from Utah Valley University, where he received the Exceptional Performance Scholarship for guitar and played for the UVU Jazz Band and Classical Guitar Ensemble.

Gary has also written his own book for beginning guitar with more to come.

GEORGE WILKES

Guitar

While George is an accountant by profession, he is a musician by choice. He brings over 40 years of playing and teaching experience, including being the lead guitarist in local bands for more than 35 years. His teaching proficiency includes both electric and acoustic guitar, and Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Folk, and Jazz music. His favorite aspect of teaching is the relationship he builds with his students.

Greta Hansen

Violin ❘ Suzuki ❘ Kodály strings

Greta received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from BYU-Idaho in 2017 where she enjoyed taking violin pedagogy classes as well as child development courses to prepare for her current career as a teacher.

She is a registered Suzuki Teacher in books 1-3 and is planning to continue to be registered in succeeding books.

As a member of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, Greta enjoys performing frequently and sharing the experience of classical music with her community.

JASON FULLMER

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo | Mandolin

Jason Kelly Fullmer is a fretted instrument specialist, playing professionally on guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo. 

He has played with the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra and Elacor. He has toured the country playing in different bands, and has taken his solo show to England, Italy, France, and Iceland… so far. 

He is currently the guitarist for the Chrome Street Quartet and the front man of the funky jam band Night Sky Supernova

JOY BROWN

Piano

Joy started teaching private piano lessons when her youngest son was born; almost 37 years ago. She has also taught choir in elementary schools and is an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University.
 
Joy has taught students ranging from beginning to advanced levels and incorporates music theory, music history, and variety of genres in her teaching. She loves seeing the joy in students’ eyes when they discover their passion for music.

Kaitlin Holt

Woodwinds ❘ Clarinet

Kaitlin Holt studies clarinet performance at Utah Valley University with Dr. Jeffrey O'Flynn. She has been principal clarinetist in the UVU Symphony Orchestra and the UVU Wind Symphony and is a previous winner of the Utah Valley University Concerto Competition.

Kaitlin interned with the Utah Valley Symphony. She graduated from Fort Osage High School and was selected for Missouri All-State ensembles. She has previously studied with clarinetists Randall Cunningham and Elizabeth Puyear.

Kathryn Tabler Tian

Viola ❘ Violin ❘ Cello ❘ Bass ❘ Piano ❘ Suzuki ❘ Orff ❘ Kodály strings

Kathryn Tabler Tian received her Master of Arts degree (specializing in String Education) from California State University Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music from Brigham Young University. She is a certified Suzuki Violin and Viola teacher and has additional training in Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff. Kathryn's teaching credentials include: California Music K-12, Utah Music 6-12, and Montessori Primary (UMTEP) 3-6 diploma. She also currently holds her Utah Art 6-12 Endorsement as well.

Kathryn holds membership in numerous professional organizations, including; American String Teachers Association, National and Utah Suzuki String Teachers Association, American Montessori Society, North American Montessori Teachers Association, Utah Montessori Council, Utah Arts Educators, Watercolor Society of Utah.

LILY HIGHT

Sound Beginnings | Let's Play Music | Presto | Bridge | Ukulele

Lily is the owner of Best In Music and the Best In Music Education Center. She enjoys operating the business with her husband, Marcus, and they have 5 children. She has taught piano for over 20 years, has been the president of the Utah Music Teacher's Association Provo/Orem chapter, and is the creator of the Let's Play Music Bridge program. She is also part of the curriculum development team and the teacher training team for the Sound Beginnings program and enjoys this collaborative work in the professional music industry. Lily LOVES teaching and is passionate about helping students become the musician they want to be.

Madison Halliday Anderson

Violin ❘ Kodály strings

Madison is a junior at UVU, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in violin performance. A native of Utah, she has participated in music from a young age. She was awarded Superior in both Solo and Ensemble categories at the 2014 Solo and Ensemble State Competition.

Madison has studied the Kodály Strings method with string pedagogue, Cynthia Richards, and is part of our new program based upon Mrs. Richards’ work. The Kodály Strings program was developed from the pedagogical methods of Zoltán Kodály, renowned Hungarian composer and pedagogue.

Madison has taught violin privately for several years. She currently works as a strings specialist at Summerhays Music Center in addition to recently joining the teaching staff at Best in Music Education Center.

Mac Christensen

Piano

Mac hails from Los Angeles, CA and has been playing music in various professional settings since he was 14. He plays around 10 instruments and has been teaching for 10 years. His teaching style is based around understanding Theory and the language of music, and applying it in practical and performance settings. And at the end of the day, he just wants his students to have a good time and feel motivated to continue pursuing their passions.

Mac Christensen received his B.M. in Piano Performance in 2016 from Brigham Young University, where he studied with Dr. Richard Anderson. While there, he accompanied instrumental and vocal soloists and a French diction singing lab. He was also a tenor in the BYU Concert Choir.
After graduating, Mac moved to Arizona to study music therapy at ASU, where he gained experience working with children with autism, older adults with dementia, hospital patients, hospice patients, and adults with developmental disabilities through his clinical work. In October 2018 he became a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). He also taught private piano lessons at East Valley School of Music from January 2017 to May 2019, and accompanied the Chandler Children's Choir from January 2019 to May 2019.

Mac recently moved back to Provo with his wife and daughter to pursue a master's degree in speech language pathology at BYU. He is a member of the Collaborative Pianists Guild of Utah, and is excited to be a part of BIMEC."

MAC WRIGHT

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo

Mac hails from Los Angeles, CA and has been playing music in various professional settings since he was 14. He plays around 10 instruments and has been teaching for 10 years. His teaching style is based around understanding Theory and the language of music, and applying it in practical and performance settings. And at the end of the day, he just wants his students to have a good time and feel motivated to continue pursuing their passions.

Megan Lefler

Viola ❘ Kodály strings

While Megan is currently an Art & Design major at UVU, music is a huge part of her life. She fell in love with the viola at a young age and has played for over a decade. Megan is passionate about collaboration and loves making music with others. She has participated in multiple competitions and tours with several orchestras and experienced performing in a variety of beautiful venues.

Megan loves the way music can transform any feeling or any moment and bring people closer together. The most important thing about music for Megan is the fact that it makes her happy and she’s passionate about sharing that joy with her students.

MIKE ROSS

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo | Mandolin

Mike has inspired and taught beginner through advanced students in banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass guitar, violin, and piano for over 15 years. Mike teaches youth and adults in a theory based methodology and pedagogy with string instruments. Mike has played professional in several bands and orchestras, including Battle Creek, Blue Grass Thunder, The Founding Father’s Blue Grass Band, and a variety of theatrical performances.

Natalie Browning

Cello ❘ Kodály Strings

Natalie Browning received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from Utah Valley University, studying under Dr. Cheung Chau. She has held the position of principal cellist of the symphony and chamber orchestras at UVU, and was selected by the UVU Department of Music to receive their Award of Merit in Music Performance for 2018-2019. She was a participant of the International Musicians Academy 2019 in Bulgaria, where she soloed with the Vidin Sinfonietta and performed in masterclasses and ensembles with cellists Ovidiu Marinescu and Cheung Chau, and violinist Blanka Bednarz.

Natalie has performed with multiple ensembles as a cellist, including the Utah All-State Orchestra, UVU's jazz band, percussion ensemble, and cello choir, the Solstice Singers, and the BYU Opera, among others.

SCOTT NELSON

Percussion | Guitar

Scott graduated with his Bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He is currently studying at BYU in Provo, where he expects to graduate with his Master's degree in music composition in 2020.

In addition to his compositional studies, he studied classical guitar at the undergraduate level for seven years. Scott has been playing drums for eighteen years, in both school and professional settings.

For over a decade, Scott has been teaching guitar privately to students of all ages, both as part of his own studio, and at the Stockton School of Music in California.

SIDNEY HIGHT

Let's Play Music | Saxophone | Ukulele

Sidney is working on her Bachelor's degree from BYU. She has enjoyed playing the flute, tenor and baritone saxophone in various performance groups such as the Advanced Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Sidney was a honor student, Soccer Team MVP and Team Captain and received the Exemplary Student of the Year, and the Spirit of Timpanogos Mastery in Performing Arts award. She enjoys teaching group ukulele classes and excited to be teaching Let's Play Music 1st and 2nd Year classes.

Steven Ramos

Woodwinds ❘ Saxophone ❘ Clarinet ❘ Bass Clarinet ❘ Jazz Improv

Steven is a professional saxophonist who graduated from Utah Valley University spring 2019. Steven has played with Grammy winning artists such as Jeff coffin from the Dave Matthews band, and Victor Wooten. Specializing in contemporary styles, Steven also plays guitar, ukulele, bass, and piano proficiently in addition to clarinet and flute.

TRACY OWENS

Violin | Viola | Cello | Piano

Tracy attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Music Education. There, she studied viola with David Dalton. She was in the Honors Quartet for two years, and was the principal violist of the BYU Philharmonic.

She played in the Utah Valley Symphony for 22 years and currently plays in the Timpanogos Symphony.

Tracy has taught violin, viola, and cello for 30 years and studied Suzuki training with several teachers.

Come join our Best in Music Education Center team!

BIMEC is always accepting resumes for music teachers of all kinds! We also maintain a list of qualified substitutes, so if you are interested in teaching for us, please fill out our application here and send your resume to the Director of Education, Alicia, at bimecdirector@gmail.com, or you can contact her at 801-802-0625. You may also fill out the application below.