Teachers


Joe Rhodes

Joe attended University School in Nashville, Tennessee where he learned vocals, trumpet, and guitar. He formed his first band at age ten and started teaching guitar when he was fifteen. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey, studying English and Psychology and taking music theory courses. After getting married he worked in Nashville’s recording studios as a hired guitar gun, playing and recording music with Emmylou Harris and others. He toured the U.S. with rock, gospel, blues, and country bands. In Florida, Joe managed piano and organ stores for twenty years. He looks forward to the new challenge of making a successful music school, performance center, and retail store.




Laurene Rhodes

Laurene Rhodes

Laurene grew up with a love of the arts. She attended Germaine School of Photography in New York City and has done extensive photographic projects. She was smart enough to marry a music man, (Joe Rhodes), and quickly became immersed in the world of performing and recording, doing publicity photos for the various bands. Laurene is jazzed for the opportunity to provide a school where students can develop their talent and love for music.




Sharon

Sharon Braman

Sharon is a graduate from the Crane School of Music in upstate New York where she received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education. She has been playing clarinet since she was nine, and concentrated on the woodwinds while obtaining her degree. She has taught private lessons for many years, and is currently a music teacher for Pasco County Schools.




Mikki

Mikki Behner

Mikki Taylor-Behner started singing at the young age of six, performing all around Florida. She started her classical training at age 10, where she gained versatility and expertise in vocal performance, along with a 4 octave range! Other talents include songwriting, dramatic acting, and even ventriloquism. Mikki is a worship leader in her church and performs solo and with her husband, Jim Behner. She has recently opened for Ayiesha Woods, Natalie Grant, and Adie and Jeremy Camp. She performed at the Chasco Fiesta in her home town of New Port Richey, FL. Mikki’s vocal coaching creates shining improvement in the stage performance of her students at Ramblin Rhodes Music.




Jorge

Jorge Ramirez

Jorge Ramirez brings both musical expertise and an international flavor to our teaching staff. Living in Antofagasta, Chile, Jorge received degrees in Music Theory and Music Pedagogy from the Universidad del Norte. In addition to this, he also got a degree in Music Arranging from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has taught music to children for many years, formed and conducted Latin bands in New England, participated in festivals and shows, and helped raise funds for victims of natural disasters. Children love his gentle personality and through his patient teaching they learn the language of music, something they can use all their lives.




Sarah

Sarah Stott

Sarah has studied piano for many years, focusing particularly on classical and liturgical music.  Because of her love for the arts, she earned her BA degree in English at the age of 18.  Growing up as the eldest of eight siblings, Sarah has always had a passion for teaching children and relating to them in a fun and engaging way. She has designed and implemented a curriculum for our Ramblin Rocker preschool classes that immerse children in musical instruments and theory.  Sarah enjoys catering her classes to the needs of her students and making music enjoyable and understandable.




Robin

Robin Carbonell

Teacher by day, rock star by night. Robin Carbonell has been singing since the day she could speak. Her mother who was a country singer, was her inspiration to pursue music. It has a way of bringing people together, and that’s what she intends to do. Robin has experience in multiple singing styles, from opera to rock which she learned from being in singing classes for 16 years; as well as completing courses for college level music theory. It was only a matter of time before she started working with Adam Irizarry to create Malaya, a high energy pop/rock/alternative band from right here out of the bay area. Robin plans on making a career out of her music. She hopes to help others find their passion in music!




Adam

Adam Irizarry

Adam Irizarry was born right here in Tampa and started playing guitar when he was eight. Two years later he was playing in his first band, learning Van Halen licks and taking classical guitar lessons. Eventually he was invited to play at the National Association of Music Merchants show where you typically see some of the best musicians in the U.S. perform. He won the 102.5 “THe Bone” radio contest for Best Guitarist in the Bay area when he was only 17, beating out many older and more experienced muscians. Currently Adam tours with his band, Malaya, and teaches guitar, drums, songwriting and music theory. He is well-versed in rock, metal and classical guitar and brings his infectious enthusiasm to all his students.




Erin

Erin Laverty

Erin Laverty lives in Trinity, Florida. She is a talented jazz and folk singer, pianist, and guitarist. She studied singing and piano for many years and at the same time taught herself to play guitar. She has a Youtube website where you can find her music videos. Currently, Erin performs around the Trinity area and has opened for the Blues Masters concert for Chasco Festival. Working at Ramblin Rhodes Music since October 2013, Erin loves teaching children. Music is her passion and she hopes to pursue a long career in the music field, teaching and performing to help mentor and inspire students of all ages.




Walter-McBride

Walter McBride

Before moving to New Port Richey in 2014, Walter was an active, working trumpet player in the S Fla area – both while still in college as well as after he graduated. He earned his music degree (BFA) from FIU with an emphasis on performance/theory & composition.He has played in numerous show bands, R&B groups as well as jazz bands. In addition, to round out his experience, he has also played with several symphonic orchestras – both in S Fla and near his new home in New Port Richey.Walter is both an active player/performer as well as an enthusiastic teacher who brings a real world approach to his teaching. He recognizes that each student is different and therefore custom tailors his lessons to fit the individual student’s needs. Also, in an effort to accelerate his students’ learning, he also incorporates music theory into his lessons.Philosophy: “Habits are hard to break – both good and bad. Therefore, I develop good habits for my students to carry with them forever”




Aaron Stott

Aaron Stott

Aaron Stott started violin lessons when he was nine years old.  By September of 2013 he became the youngest member of the Suncoast Symphonic Orchestra where his excellent pitch and tonality earned him a spot.  In addition to violin Aaron plays guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, and drums, much of it self-taught.  His natural musical ability and easygoing personality allow his students to learn in a relaxed classroom atmosphere.

Aaron’s teaching features an interesting mixture of styles since he is well-versed in both classical and bluegrass.  His enthusiasm for music is obvious and this resonates with his students who are tackling violin for the first time.




Callahan Andrews

biography coming




James Hasell

I have a deep love and passion for music and it is something I will be continuing for the rest of my life. I love working with kids and I am excited to be able to pass on everything I’ve learned in a fun and inspiring way. The gift of music must be shared! I’m a pretty easygoing guy and I love to have a good laugh!

I have a formal classical piano and music theory background. But I have studied and picked up other instruments along the way, performing locally in groups since a young age playing bass, violin, guitar, and keys to genres from reggae to jazz. I’ve grown up playing music with my family, and jamming a lot with my twin brother. Career highlight: performing alongside the joe Rhodes himself and clinching my spot on the music school’s wall.




Will Hasell

Will has been playing music since he was a toddler. Beginning formal  piano lessons at age 7, Will’s natural musical ability led him to learn  drums and guitar as well.  He started playing with a band, “Triple Haze”  performing at venues like the Doctor Idol fundraiser for cancer research , at Sunset Beach and The Zone in Tarpon Springs.  With music as his passion and a sunny personality, Will loves jamming with his family and friends and spreading his love of music by teaching and playing gigs throughout his community.




Spencer Wise

Spencer Wise recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in theatre performance and women’s and gender studies. She and her twin sister, Maddison, have been writing and playing music together since they were children, and have been performing around the Tampa area in a rock band that they formed together since the beginning of their college careers. Spencer first began taking piano lessons at a young age, followed by drums, guitar, voice, and ukulele, and has taken music theory and musical theatre classes. As an alumna of Ramblin Rhodes, Spencer is thrilled to be able to work with kids who are getting into music for the first time and hopes to help them find the joy, self expression, and enrichment that music has to offer!




Maddison Wise

Maddison Wise is a local musician and performer who is excited to be sharing her passion for music with others through teaching! Maddison is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida where she received her BA in Theatre Performance. In college, she studied musical theatre and vocal technique and has taken years of singing lessons. She also has experience performing on stage in local musical productions and as the bassist/vocalist for Tampa alternative band Black Stone Gems, which she cofounded with her twin sister, Spencer. Her skills on the piano, bass guitar, guitar, and ukulele have been cultivated through a mixture of self-teaching and formal lessons, and she strives to keep honing her craft every day. She is thrilled to be continuing her musical journey as a teacher here at Ramblin Rhodes, and nothing makes her more proud than to see her students grow and progress as they learn about the wonderful art that is music!




Justin DaSilva

Justin writes, “I was born in Connecticut and my family moved down to Florida when I was around 2 years old. I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 up until I was 13.  I quit because my teacher had left the state and I felt like no one else could teach me. But sure enough, a man by the name of Charlie Jones (my current Music Pastor) moved down here from NC when I was 15 and became my new teacher.He taught me so much about chords, harmonies, arpeggios, ect. Everything I know, is because someone taught me. That’s why I love teaching at Ramblin Rhodes. I get to give back what was given to me as a child. I am currently attending SPC, seeking a degree in Computer Science while also working at Ramblin Rhodes and JL Video, a video production company located in Trinity, Fl, as that is one of my biggest passions besides music.”

Justin also sings and composes music so he is able to help students with these skills as well as piano. His gentle nature and positive attitude make Justin DaSilva an ideal teacher for all age students.




Cassy Dayhaw

Bio and picture coming.




Angela Kempe

Angela Kempe is an accomplished pianist with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in songwriting and a Masters Degree in vocal performance. She teaches classical and popular style piano including jazz, classical theory and technique. In teaching voice, Angela emphasizes release of tension and resonance to produce good intonation and appropriate tonal color. She incorporates ear training, music theory, and for more advanced students she helps build performing and music intensity skills.  Angela enjoys composing music, writing, cycling and hiking when not busy with her students.




Tabitha Becklund

Tabitha Becklund

Tabitha Becklund has a sunny personality for her students and plays both the violin and cello. She has many years experience with the violin and cello and frequently performs. She is currently a member of the Pinellas Youth Symphony and Serenade Strings orchestras. She also performs in All County and Idlewild orchestras. As for the future, she plans to go to college and pursue the performing arts. Tabitha enjoys teaching and loves helping new musicians perfect their art.