An ensemble of music professionals

piano | guitar | violin
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OWNER & HEAD TEACHEREmily Lowe

PIANO

While still in college on a full music scholarship working towards her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Centenary College of Louisiana, Emily Lowe began her teaching career. At that moment in time, Ms. Emily’s Music Star Studios was founded, and over 25 years later, is running strong. Emily and the skilled teachers at Music Star Studios have trained hundreds of students on their instrument of choice, watching many go on to professional music careers and others take their love of musicianship with them into other aspects of their lives.

   Emily’s passion for music education is an inherent part of the studio’s mission. She served on the Board of the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association for over ten years. Having taught hundreds of students in the Greater Nashville area, Emily’s philosophy is that music is to be loved, not just learned. She believes that there are specific steps to achieving that goal. Students must learn how to read music, be taught proper technique and be exposed to music’s many different styles and cultural roots.

   This philosophy she extends to the other music instructors in the studio. And Emily knows that the teachers make the difference. All teachers must have either a degree in Music or extensive teaching experience with excellent references. All performance skills are assessed and background checks are run to ensure that every teacher is a perfect fit with Ms. Emily’s Music Star Studios!

   Today, Ms. Emily teaches a couple of advanced students while simultaneously maintaining a successful career as a Real Estate Broker

   She loves her job and loves to see every student shine!

NASHVILLE TEACHERS

TEACHERAnnie Diomedes

PIANO

Annie Diomedes’ teaching career has spanned three states and over ten years. In that time, her students have ranged in age from four years old to mid sixties. With this varied experience, Annie has learned that no two students are the same, and strives to let her students discover their own path to musical literacy. She believes that while learning and mastering classical skills and techniques are a vital part of instrumental music literacy, enjoying the process and having FUN is also required.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music from Millikin University. Her previous performance and accompanying experience include School of Music auditions, university choirs, musical performances, and a multitude of church services.

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TEACHERCameron Cleland

GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS

Cameron Cleland was born in Clovis, CA but spent his formative years all over Northern and Southern California. His passion for music all started when he was 14, the age when he was given his first guitar! From that point on, he put everything into learning the instrument and in the fall of 2004 he moved from Anaheim, CA to Nashville, TN in order to study guitar at Belmont University. Four years later in the spring of 2008 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Guitar Performance and has been a working musician ever since.

After college, Cameron performed and traveled the country with a local worship music artist named Dave Hunt and started teaching private guitar lessons from his own studio. With over a decade of teaching experience, Cameron has taught all ages and stages of the learning process. He has even taught more than just guitar and currently offers lessons for: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin and Drums!

With a love and passion for creating an inviting environment during his music lessons, he is well-versed in a variety of playing styles, music styles and curriculum ranging from traditional TAB notation used for Lutes and Vihuela all the way up to Classical and Jazz guitar studies and beyond! Finally, Cameron has been a working musician for Musical Theatre Orchestra Pits in the Local Nashville area since 2012, and can be seen and heard around town for shows produced by local theater groups such as: Circle Players, Street Theatre Company and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

TEACHERJack Parsons

GUITAR

Jackson Parsons (everyone calls him “Jack”) was born in New Orleans, LA, one of the world’s great music cities. Surrounded by the sounds of Mardi Gras parades, jazz, zydeco, blues, and R&B, Jack became enamored and swore that one day, he’d be a musician. After a few false starts, including a disastrous violin recital when he was 6, he picked up the guitar at 11 and everything started to click. After graduating high school, he moved to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College Of Music, from which he graduated cum laude in May of 2013. Shortly after, he moved to Nashville to begin his career in earnest.

Jack began performing with a litany of independent groups and offering his services as teacher and session guitarist. He played clubs and stages all over the US, in front of both empty rooms and sold out theaters. After a few years of life as a road warrior, Jack got a bit older, met a nice girl, and decided to settle down a little bit, beginning a career as a software developer. But even though his career is in a newer quieter phase, there is still plenty of music for him to make. Jack’s band, Smart Objects, released their debut album on September 11th 2020, and has drawn critical acclaim from We Own This Town, The Nashville Scene, and local radio station Lightning 100. A new album is already in the planning stages.

During his years as an instructor, he has taught students as young as 7 and as old as 85. Because each student has different goals and strengths, Jack creates a custom curriculum for each student so that they may achieve exactly what they want. Jack can teach anything from basic guitar instruction to music theory to stylistic tropes and tendencies to ensemble performance skills to audition preparation. Not only that, Jack is an encyclopedia of music history and loves to share his passion for music and quirky humor with his students.

Jack lives in Nashville with his wife, Holly, and 2 dogs, Cormac and Melba. Aside from music, he enjoys playing video games, reading, cooking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with his bandmates.

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TEACHERPatty Johnson

PIANO

Music has always been a part of Patty’s life.  After begging her mom to teach her piano at the age of 5, she began lessons and her love for playing has had her either taking lessons or teaching lessons the rest of her life.

Having grown up in Canada, Patty trained and took exams through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, completing all the theory and performance requirements up through Level 10.  She taught private piano lessons through High School but had to stop when she went off to college.  Patty earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois with an undesignated minor in music.  After being a public school teacher for 12 years in Texas, she began homeschooling her five sons.  While teaching in the public school system, she decided to jump back into teaching private piano lessons first through a studio and then in her own private studio for the next 20 years.  In 2018, her family moved to Tennessee.  She quickly realized how much she missed teaching piano so began searching for ways to get back into the world of private piano lessons which brought her to Music Star Studios.

When not teaching, Patty continues to be very involved in the music program at her church, playing the keyboard and singing in the praise band, something she has been doing for over 25 years.  She also keeps busy with her last 2 of 5 boys still at home, running them to basketball, theater and various other activities.

Patty’s love of music and especially the piano shows in how passionate she is about teaching the next generation to know how much joy can come from music.  Every person is different so lessons should be individualized for that student’s needs and interests.  She also feels that learning music through the piano is a great springboard to play many instruments and to understand the wonderful world of music

TEACHERRyan Cockman

VIOLIN

A performer and educator in high demand, violinist Ryan Cockman is known for his unique tone  and engaging live performances. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder  with a MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, Ryan has settled in Nashville to pursue his  freelance and teaching careers. He has taught violin privately since 2008 and takes pride in  developing well-rounded musicians that can perform, compose, and collaborate with other  musicians to produce meaningful and sophisticated work.  

Ryan cultivated a passion for chamber music during his multiple summers at the Green Mountain  and Vianden International Music Festivals. An interest in creating new music eventually led him  to study group and solo improvisation techniques while leading the Focolari Quartet, which has  opened doors to collaborations with musical and visual artists across a wide variety of genres.  Ryan has also played an integral part in establishing the Nashville chapter of Classical  Revolution, in which he has organized and taken part in numerous public performances of  chamber music for new listeners.  

In addition to chamber music, Ryan plays in an array of orchestras in the area such as Gateway  Chamber Orchestra, Chatterbird, Huntsville Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, and  the Louisville Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Donald Plott Music Scholarship from  Davidson College, which helped facilitate the research for his Master’s thesis on Pedagogical  techniques for string students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ryan also holds a supplemental  Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of  Arts from Davidson College. When not playing music, Ryan enjoys surfing, fly-fishing, and  cooking.

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SPRING HILL TEACHERS

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TEACHERZayley Penner

PIANO, VIOLIN

Zayley grew up in the Spring Hill area and began piano lessons at age 6, after being introduced to the piano by her grandmother, a church pianist. Zayley loved music and several years later she began playing the flute, and in college, the violin, and most recently, guitar and ukulele.

In high school after encouragement from her teacher, she began teaching her younger siblings. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University, where she performed in the flute choir and orchestra. Theory and classical technique are the foundation of Zayley’s teaching, while she also encourages the development of creative skills.

She has served as a pianist in her church for many years and has experience performing, accompanying, arranging and composing.

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