Music Lessons

Separk Music Offers Lessons for All Major Band and Orchestra Instruments as well as Piano, Voice, and Guitar

Semester Term

Half Hour Lessons

  • Four monthly payments of $100


  • $375 one-time payment

One Hour Lessons

  • Four monthly payments of $200


  • $750 one-time payment

$25 registration fee will apply for student's first semester and $15 for the second term. Families with multiple student's will receive discounted combination rate of $35 for the first semester and $20 for the second term. Cancellations (maximum of 2) must be made with 24 hours advance notice.

4 Lesson Package

Half Hour Lessons $115

Half Hour Lessons $230

Four consecutive weeks, no makeup lessons offered.

Registration and Payment must be completed before the first lesson can be scheduled.

Call us today at 336-723-0794 or e-mail for questions. Visit our store to register.


Lissie Shanahan ~ Flute

Education/Experience Teaching: BM Indiana University, MM The Juillard School, taught at Separk since 2008, Adjunct Flute Instructor at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Quote or Special Message: "If music be the food of love, play on!" ~Shakespeare

What do you like about teaching/Why did you choose to teach?: My favorite part about teaching is having the opportunity to meet so many new students and watching them grow as both musicians and people.

Kania Mills ~ Clarinet and Saxophone

Education/Experience: Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from UNCSA. Private Clarinet/Saxophone teacher. Marching Band Woodwind Director at North Stokes High School.

Skills: Teaching private lessons, conducting, Chamber Music Coaching, Woodwind Orchestral Repertoire Coaching.

Shannon Mackenzie ~ Violin

Michelle Clontz ~ Violin, Viola, Cello

Education/ Experience: Masters of Music Degree from UNCG. 21 years of teaching private/nonprivate lessons. Orchestra teacher at Hanes Middle School & East Forsyth Middle School. Band teacher at K.B. Glenn High School. Also a color guard coach for Atkin's High School Marching Band.

Other: Member of Greensboro Philharmonic Orchestra

Debbie Couch ~ Piano

Education/Teaching Experience: Bachelor of Music from Piedmont Bible College (Major in Piano, minor in Organ). Debbie has been teaching local piano students for over thirty years and is a member of the Winston-Salem Piano Teachers Association.

Stephen Mulvahill ~ Piano

Education/Teaching Experience: Graduate piano student at UNC School of the Arts, studying under Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg. Will receive masters degree in piano performance in May 2016. Received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, where he was a student of Dr. Tali Morgulis. Mr. Mulvahill has been teaching piano for two years. During that time, he has been extensively coached in piano pedagogy by Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg, participated in workshops on the Russian school of piano technique, and attended sessions on the psychology of instrumental technique.

Specialty/Genre Preference: Classical repertoire, technique, and theory. These build the foundation of thinking and feeling like a musician, so that the student is more than well equipped to branch successfully into other genres such as pop, jazz, and church music.

Why did you chose to teach: There is something uniquely fulfilling about any kind of teaching role. Teaching the piano -- and teaching students to become musicians -- is especially fulfilling because of the one-to-one mentoring relationship and the special creative side of the student's personality that practicing music unlocks. I have been significantly influenced by inspirational piano teachers in his own life. It is his wish to continue this legacy and to help to preserve and spread the rewarding art of great music making.

Doug Rowe ~ Drums and Percussion

Educational Background: Mr. Rowe is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at UNC School of the Arts located in Winston-Salem, NC. Previously, he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wingate University located in Wingate, NC. Mr. Rowe’s primary teachers include Mr. John R. Beck, David Markgraf, Matthew Decker, and Rick Cline.

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor of Percussion (North Forsyth High School)
  • Percussion Mentor (the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra)
  • Instructor of Percussion (The Hernandez Conservatory of Music)
  • Instructor of Percussion (Triple Threat Dance Studios)
  • Substitute Teacher (Union County Public Schools)
  • Student Teacher (Cuthbertson Middle and High Schools)
  • Percussion Ensemble Coach (Cuthbertson Middle School)
  • Percussion Technician (Cuthbertson High School)
  • Music Theory Tutor (Wingate University)
  • Percussion Instructor (Piedmont High School)
  • Percussion Consultant (Hickory High School)
  • Private Lessons (Hickory and Wingate, NC)

Specialties: classical percussion, marching percussion, and drum set Genre Preferences: classical and jazz

Nicholas "Bruce" Brewster ~ French Horn

Bruce Brewster is a third-year undergraduate music student at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He enjoys playing in the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Nutcracker Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Horn Ensemble, and the Cornichon Wind Quintet. He has been teaching horn at Separk Music since September 2016. His primary horn teacher is Dr. Maria Serkin, and his favorite performance so far was Beauty and The Beast with the Lexington Youth Theater.

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