Private Lessons

Lewisville ISD is extremely fortunate to have an outstanding staff of private lesson teachers. This program is designed to enrich and further the level of performance of the musician. Private Lessons are offered through the band program and are available to every band student. The private lesson staff includes degreed educators that are hand-picked by the directors. Individual instruction is extremely beneficial due to the one-on-one teaching environment. The private teacher is able to design a program that meets each individual student's needs, allowing each student to progress at his/her own rate of ability. Professional teachers on each instrument will be available to teach these lessons during band class & before or after school.

One on one individual instruction is one of the main reasons why band programs are extremely successful in Texas.  Much of the individual success throughout the CVMS Band Program can be attributed to the private lesson program and the superior private lesson staff. More importantly, much of the success of our students is due to the private lessons. The high number of students enrolled in the program at Creek Valley Middle School has allowed a high standard of performance to be maintained. Supplemental lessons are not required, but are strongly recommended.  it should be noted that most band students who take advantage of this excellent opportunity progress beyond the norm and tend to be most successful at competitions and chair tests.

It is a misconception that private lessons are for students who have "fallen behind" on their instrument. While private lessons will benefit those students, private lessons are designed and intended more for students that are advancing and proving successful on their instrument.

Reasons for private lessons:

1.Desire to learn more about the instrument

2.Desire to move faster than in the classroom

3.Desire to learn more repertoire

4.Opportunity to be taught 1 on 1 by a professional instrumentalist

Creek Valley Private Lesson Instructors

Jennifer Vaerewyck, flute
Phone: 972-294-5458 
Ms. Vaerewyck was a Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Texas School of Music where she received her Bachelors of Music Education degree. While at UNT she studied flute with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy and played in various chamber ensembles and the Symphonic Band. Jennifer was a member of the UNT Green Brigade both on flute and colorguard. She toured the United States and Canada as a colorguard member for the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corp and performed in the 1991 Drum Corps International Finals in Dallas, Tx. During her final year of college Jennifer was selected as the “Outstanding Undergraduate of Music Education” for the UNT School of Music.

Ms. Vaerewyck began playing flute at the age of 10 as a student of Dr. Myrna Brown. The following year she began studying with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy. Jennifer attended Marcus High School as a freshman and graduated from The Colony High School where she served as Drum Major and was selected to the TMEA Texas All-State Band for three consecutive years. At nineteen Jennifer performed in Carnagie Hall as principal flute with the Manhattan Philharmonic All-American Youth Orchestra under the direction of Michael Morgan. She returned to New York the following year for a solo performance after being named a “Yamaha Young Performing Artist” by the Yamaha Corporation Instrumental Division.

Jennifer began her teaching career as associate director of bands at Grisham M.S. in Round Rock ISD. Her next appointment was as associate director of bands Briarhill MS in Lewisville ISD and then as head director of bands at Coppell North MS in Coppell ISD. Bands under her direction have received sweepstakes awards and “Best in Class’ honors at various contests and festivals. Early in her career while also teaching band, she choreographed and directed several colorguard programs in the state including New Braunfels HS, Robert E. Lee HS, RL Turner HS, Marcus HS, and assisted with The Colony High School Winterguard.

Ms. Vaerewyck is a highly sought after flute clinician, teacher, and adjudicator and has worked in numerous school districts across the state as well as with many honor band flute sections including McKamy MS, Coppell North MS, and Argyle HS. She has presented for area school districts inservice programs and served as a discussion panelist for the Texas Flute Society and as a TMEA Clinic/Convention All-State judging panelist. Ms. Vaerewyck has also been a band clinician/ conductor for All-District bands in the DFW area. Jennifer has been on faculty for the Texas Christian University Band Camp for numerous years.

Currently Jennifer teaches private flute students at Briarhill MS, Creek Valley MS, Marcus HS and Centennial HS. Her students have achieved success at the district, region, state, and collegiate levels. She lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband Chris and her two children, Abby and Jackson.

Laura Erickson, flute
Phone: 810-908-4271

Laura Erickson completed her Master's in Flute Performance with Terri Sundberg at UNT, where she was a Teaching Fellow for the flute studio, Teaching Assistant for the Music and Medicine department, and Priddy Fellow in Arts Leadership. Laura began her studies with Tyra Gilb at Interlochen before studying with Richard Sherman at Michigan State University and receiving her B.M. in flute performance as a Budres Scholar. Additionally, she has studied at MSU with Ervin Monroe and at UNT with contemporary music expert and flutist, Dr. Elizabeth McNutt. Ms. Erickson has held a position with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the North Texas Wind Symphony, NOVA, and was Principal in the UNT Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Ms. Erickson is active performer in both local orchestras and as a soloist and often can be heard playing with Metroplex Flutes and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, among others.  In addition to performing, she maintains a large private flute studio, frequently serves as a clinician, teaches high school music theory, and serves on the National Flute Association Performance Healthcare Committee.

Donna Schmidt, Oboe
Phone: 972-310-0755

Anna May Ghaly, bassoon
Phone: 469-855-4255

Anna May Ghaly received her Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the University of Kansas and a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from Wichita State University. She has held positions in the San Angelo Symphony, Texas Wind Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Lawrence Chamber Players, Topeka Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the Northland Symphony.
She has freelanced in the DFW metroplex for 16 years in addition to teaching in HEB, Coppell, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Frisco and Lewisville School Districts.  Anna May now performs with the Stonebriar Winds and the All About 5 Woodwind Quintet. She has been a clinician and performer at TX Music Educators Convention for 3 years.

Lynn Seibert, Clarinet

Phone:  972-672-6191
Mrs. Seibert earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and did post graduate work at the University of North Texas where she was a student of Dr. James Gillespie.  In high school she studied with Dallas Tidwell at the University of Louisville (Kentucky).

Mrs. Seibert has 35 years experience in private clarinet lessons and master classes.   Her students have achieved many successes including placement in the Texas All-State Bands.  She is also an active clarinet adjudicator in the North Texas area. 

Upon graduation, she served as band director at Keller Middle School in Keller I.S.D. and later moved to Strickland Jr. High in Denton, TX.   She has also served as elementary music specialist in LISD, teaching at B.B. Owen, Hebron Valley & Coyote Ridge Elementary Schools.  Mrs. Seibert served as mentor teacher for many student teachers and was active in developing elementary music curriculum for the district.  She was teacher of the year in 2003.   

Mrs. Seibert is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the International Clarinet Association.

Kelsey Gallagher,  Clarinet

Phone:  603-391-1544

Alex Luttrell, Saxophone

Marty Nelson, Trumpet

Phone: 214-454-1899

Marty Nelson, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, moved to Texas in 1976 to attend the University of North Texas where he earned both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Music Education. Mr. Nelson recently retired from Arbor Creek Middle School in Carrollton, where his Honors Band was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes award winner, and placed fifth in the 2011 T.M.E.A. CC State Honor Band Competition. He was also the ACMS teacher of the year in 2012.
 Prior to teaching in Lewisville I.S.D. Marty taught at Coppell Middle School East for 13 years. While at Coppell East, his band was a State Honor Band Finalist in 2000 and won UIL Sweepstakes every year. In 2005, Mr. Nelson was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Coppell I.S.D. From 1985-1992 Marty directed band at Shackelford J.H. in Arlington, Texas. The Shackelford Honors Band placed third in the T.M.E.A. Honor Band competition in 1992. Mr. Nelson also taught in the Houston area for the Spring Branch and Aldine school districts.
 His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, The Texas Band Masters Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

Vernon Richter, Trumpet
Phone: 940-435-3588

Natalie Clements, French Horn
Phone: 956-536-9159
Natalie Clements has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and clinician throughout the greater Chicago area and now is happy to once again call Texas her home. In recent years, she has appeared in various professional and collegiate ensembles throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Natalie has a deep love for performance in the orchestral and brass quintet mediums, and is a strong advocate for quality music education that reaches beyond the scope of playing horn and into a practical understanding of music theory and performance techniques.
Her repertoire in all mediums spans from Renaissance to Classical to new music by living composers. Specifically, her principal seat with the Chicago Composers Orchestra has allowed her to perform modern art music from various styles, largely composed by living, Midwest-based individuals. She is also pround to be a founding member of the Temporal Brass Quintet, the focus of which lies in the performance of new, cutting-edge works, brass education, and performance coaching by using the “classics” of brass quintet repertoire to ultimately aid in the performance of modern art music. In addition to the above performance settings, she jumps at the chance to play jazz and participate in pit orchestras for music theater and opera productions.

Natalie earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, and later went on to complete the Masters in Horn Performance from Oklahoma City University, where she was the recipient of the Blackwelder Brass Quintet scholarship and stipend, and maintained an active performance schedule both within the university setting and with professional ensembles in the area. Currently, she enjoys playing and teaching horn lessons in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, as well as running, spending time with family (and pets!) and making a mess of her kitchen.

Angela Fiorini, French Horn
Phone: 817-721-9377

Noel Wallace, Trombone
Phone: 214-789-7641
Musical educator, performer, and scholar Noel Wallace, holds a bachelor degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, a masters degree in music from Penn State University, and a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Dr. Wallace holds a performance certificate from the Rotterdam Conservatory, in The Netherlands and a high school diploma in performance from the Interlochen Arts Academy. His teachers include Jan and Vern Kagarice, Jeannie Little, Tom Riccobono, John Marcellus, Don Harry, Ralph Sauer, Mark Lusk, and Ben van Dijk.

As an educator Dr. Wallace currently holds collegiate teaching positions at Texas Woman’s University and Brookhaven College. Previous college teaching positions include a graduate teaching assistantship at Penn State University and a graduate teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas. Dr. Wallace also teaches private lessons in the Hebron cluster of the Lewisville Independent School District.

Dr. Wallace has performed with a wide variety of ensembles from the Eastman Wind Ensemble to the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. During his time in The Netherlands, Dr. Wallace performed projects with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Continuo Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Conservatory Trombone Choir. As member of the Eastman Trombone Choir and Bionic Bones he has appeared at three International Trombone Festivals, once as a Remington Trombone Choir Competition winner and once as a Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition winner. While in Pennsylvania he played two seasons as second trombonist in the Altoona Symphony Orchestra as well as one summer season in the Music in Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra as well as Hershey Park’s All-Star College Band. Currently Dr. Wallace holds a position as bass trombonist with the San Angelo Symphony in west Texas and freelances in the DFW area.

Dr. Wallace’s current scholastic/research interests include; collaboration in teaching, the history of bass trombone in jazz, health and wellness for brass players with an emphasis on the prevention and eradication of FTSD (focal task specific dystonia), and the application of the Suzuki Method for brass players. Dr. Wallace also serves as the Exhibits Director for the International Trombone Festival.

Currently living in Denton, Texas Dr. Wallace shares his passion and love for music with his wife and favorite soprano, Alicia Wallace and their two crazy cats!

Phil LaRocque, Trombone

Phone: 972-746-8689

Melissa Ewing, Euphonium
Phone: 530-545-9425

Kevin Ronan,  Tuba 
Phone: 480-220-0448

Sean Redman, Percussion
Phone: 940-206-1601

Michael Young, Percussion

Nick Rothouse, Percussion
Phone: 214-592-6105