While not required, private lessons are strongly encouraged.

"My student is not going to be a music major, so why does it matter?"

  • The habits learned in private study improve a student's life across every other endeavor

  • Success engenders personal satisfaction and confidence

  • Research study after research study confirms that private instruction on an instrument correlates to later success in mathematics more than the equivalent amount of additional instruction in mathematics (!) (one such study )

Clarinet: Jacob Murfin is a professional clarinetist in Michigan. He earned his Master' s ('20) and Bachelor's ('18) from Western Michigan University. While there he studied with clarinetists Dr. Ellen Breakfield-Glick, Stephanie Hovnanian, Georgiy Borisov, and Bradley Wong. Jacob is a PHN Alumni where he was actively involved in the band and drama club when he was a student. He has been teaching clarinet for the last 7 years and enjoys teaching the wonders of music and performing. He has worked with several bands throughout Michigan within the marching bands, concert bands, and teaching private lessons.

Contact Info: email: jacobmurf@gmail.com website: MurfinMusic.com

Flute: Alex Jackson is a flute instructor based in the Blue Water area. Having played the flute for nearly 14 years, she has had the opportunity to perform in numerous large ensembles and chamber groups, teach at several high school band camps, be a flute clinician at various workshops and events, and more! Alex graduated from Central Michigan University in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Music. While at CMU, she studied flute with Dr. Joanna White.

Since moving back to Port Huron, she has been teaching flute lessons to students in 6th-12th grade and has visited multiple schools in the area to work with the flute students in their band programs. She has also had the honor of flexing her percussion chops while working with the Port Huron Northern Thunder Drum Line as its front ensemble instructor.

Alex aims for lessons to be a healthy combination of standard flute method and technique, musician's wellness, and instruction tailored to each student's individualized needs and goals.


Saxophone: Robert Krueger is the Assistant Director and Percussion instructor of the Port Huron Northern Marching Band, the Director of the Port Huron Northern Thunder Winter Drumline, and the Director of Bands at Fort Gratiot Middle School. Mr. Krueger graduated Eastern Michigan University where he earned a degree in Music Education. While at EMU, he studied Saxophone with Dr. Woody Chenoweth and conducting with Dr. Mary Schneider. Mr. Krueger student taught in Ann Arbor Public Schools where he was mentored by Mr. Jay MacArthur at Clague Middle School, and Mr. Rob Ash at Huron High School. During his student teaching, he taught 5-12 grade band, marching band, jazz band, drumline, and collaborated with international composer, Dr. David Gillingham, during his residency at Huron High School.

Outside of school, Mr. Krueger is working on his Masters Degree at Oakland University where he studies conducting with Dr. Greg Cunningham and Saxophone Performance with Dr. Jeffery Heisler. Additional conducting studies have included instruction from Mr. Rob Ash, Director of Bands at Huron High School, Mr. Timothy Krohn, Director of Orchestras at Huron High School, Professor Craig Kirchhoff, Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, and Damien Crutcher, co founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit

rkrueger@phasd.us 734-489-9434 (google voice)