Teachers at The Music Academy

To set up a lesson, call us at (603) 356-3562

Drums and Percussion - Craig Bryan

Craig Bryan holds a degree in Music Education and has studied at Berklee College of Music and Northern Arizona University.
Craig is an in-demand drummer who performs in many local and regional groups. He has taught at all levels for over 20 years, and includes rock, jazz, Latin, classical African, reggae, music production and marching percussion in his repertoire. Craig is a deeply experienced performer, clinician and teacher.

Oboe, Didgeridoo - Brian Charles

Brian is a Juilliard educated teacher, composer and performer with 40+ years of professional experience. He has numerous recordings, performances and national commercials to his credit.
He has been a composer-in-residence for Yamaha, a Buffet and Yamaha performing artist, and a member of ground breaking ensembles including the World Casio Quartet, the Echo Ensemble, The NoteKillers, and Common Ground. He has been a member of the New Jersey Philharmonic, the Anthony Braxton Orchestra and the Leroy Jenkins quartet.
His students have been accepted at major universities and he has lectured at conferences and Universities throughout the United States. Brian founded the Music Academy in 2012 and is the founder and owner of North Conway Music Center and Charles Double Reed Company.

Saxophones and Clarinet - Therese Davison

Dr. Davison is the Music Director at Kennett High School in North Conway, NH. She teaches the bands, drum lines, guitar, song writing, and serves as Kennett's liaison with several arts-based organizations.
Therese received her Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University in 2012. She holds a CAGS degree, a Professional Certification, and a M. Ed in Integrated Arts from Plymouth State University. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Music Education and in Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has played and taught for over forty-three years.

Flute - Lauren Houlihan

Lauren graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, Durham with a Bachelor of Music in Education as a student of Peggy Vagts.
Lauren plays flute in the group Local Rhapsodies. She teaches general music, band and chorus at the Jackson and Bartlett, NH Elementary Schools. Lauren in a New Hampshire native and currently resides in Jackson.

Violin, Viola - Mary Littlefield

Mary holds a degree in music education and vocal performance from the University of Maine at Orono. She has more than ten years of experience as a private teacher and director of general music, chorus and band in the public schools.
As a violinist, she studied with Clorinda Noyes and was a member of thr Portland Young Peoples String Consort, and the Portland Youth Symphony. While abroad, attending the University of Wales, she pursued studies in music history, Welsh culture and language.

Voice - Jennifer Ouellette

Jennifer graduated cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelors in Music Ed. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Michael Mendoza and voice with Dr. Nora Sirbaugh.
She taught at Lawrence Intermediate School where she directed the 350 voice chorus. In 2006, she and her husband moved to Conway, New Hampshire where she is the general music and choral director of Kennett Middle School.
She has been teaching private vocal lessons since 2003 with students accepted to festival choirs and colleges. She is a member of ACDA and NAfME.

Brass Instruments - Randy Ouellette

Randy holds a degree in Music Education from the College of New Jersey, where he studied with renowned player and teacher James Stubbs. He has had additional studies with Phillip Rucktenwald, of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, and Gary Fienberg of the River City Brass Band.
He completed his first year of graduate studies in trumpet performance at Carnegie Mellon University under Anthony Pasqurelli.
He holds a graduate degree from Temple University. He is associate principal trumpet with the NH Philharmonic, and free-lances across the New Jersey tri-state area and greater New England.

Banjo, Classical Guitar - Wayne Peabody

Wayne is a multi-instrumentalist with many years of professional teaching and performance experience. He studied with and performed as a selected performer/student of Christopher Parkening in two of his master classes held at Montana State University.
Wayne studied 5-string banjo with the legendary Don Stover of Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys - considered to be one of America's first generation greats on the 5-string banjo.
He was a contributing writer to the Christopher Parkening Classical Guitar Method Book II and has studied with renowned Nashville guitarist and composer John Knowles.
Wayne places great emphasis on teaching, and enthusiastically shares his wide and varied range of musical experiences and genres which he has been fortunate to experience.

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele - Mike Stockbridge

An active music educator, clinician, performer, and recording artist in the tri-state area with almost 20 years experience. Mike attended Berklee College of Music for performance and the University of Maine for jazz and contemporary music.
www.allaboutjazz.com had this to say about Mike's latest album: "Just two albums into his recording career and Mike Stockbridge is solidifying his reputation as one of the East Coast's most promising jazz guitarists. Stockbridge's second effort, Ama, jolts the imagination with his inventive and compelling playing."
Mike actively teaches both private and group lessons for the following instruments: Guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar/banjo, bass, ukulele, braguinha, claw hammer style banjo,bouzouki, and steel guitar/dobro. He is also available to work on such topics as: improvisation, transcription, ear training, music theory, performance skills, arranging, and composition. Mike also actively teaches instrument ensemble and vocal choirclasses.

Piano, Keyboard - Becky VerPlanck

Becky VerPlanck, NCTM has 30 years of experience teaching piano to hundreds of students from preschoolers to senior citizens.
She is a nationally certified Teacher of Music and holds a BA degree from the University of New Hampshire and attended the renowned jazz music program at the University of Maine at Augusta. Becky opened 'Pianoforte' in Chocorua village in 2004.
She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Seacoast Chapter of Music Teachers and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. She is organist at the Chocorua Community Church.

For more info, contact us at North Conway Music (603) 356-3562.