Instructors – BestinMusic

Dedicated to IGNITING INTEREST

and FUELING PASSION in students of all ages

ABBY BATES

Brass Trumpet | French Horn

Abby is a senior studying music education at Brigham Young University. She has performed with many BYU ensembles as well as being a current member of the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra and subbing numerous times with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra.

Abby has a love for all styles of playing: wind band, classical orchestra, musical theater, brass quintet, and jazz. She also has a passion for teaching--both in the classroom and privately--and plans to teach middle school or high school band someday!

ALISA BAADSGAARD

Piano | Bridge

Alisa has played the piano for 12 years and has over 6 years of teaching experience.

Alisa’s primary goal as a teacher is to foster an environment where students will develop a lifelong love for music. She teaches a well-rounded musical curriculum including musicianship, theory, ear training, technique, sight-reading, and composition.

Alisa believes that everyone can succeed so she accommodates her teaching style to each students’ strengths, weaknesses, and personality type.

ALICIA FALCONBURY

Woodwinds | Bassoon

Alicia is the Director of Education at BIMEC. She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from BYU-Idaho with an emphasis in composition. She has played the bassoon for over a decade and most recently held the position of assistant principal bassoon in the Idaho Falls Symphony.

Following graduation, she worked for two years as an adjunct faculty member at BYU-I teaching music theory.

She believes strongly in the power of music to make better people, better hearts, and better communities.

ANGELA ROMNEY

Flute | Voice

Angela earned a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in voice from Utah Valley University with honors. She has played the flute since elementary school and was part of the first flute choir at
UVU, where she was awarded a Dean’s grant for a music research project, founded the UVU Opera Club, and served in various positions with NAFME.

Angela was trained classically but encourages her students to explore a variety of music genres and focuses on healthy vocal technique. Her goal is to teach each student to read music fluently and understand it
aurally, visually, and emotionally

BRANDON STEPHENS

Woodwinds | Saxophone | Clarinet | Piano

Brandon Stephens is one of our woodwinds teacher, specializing in saxophone. Brandon produces his own jazz combos, and is a member of four Utah and Salt Lake County bands. Brandon has been teaching piano, saxophone, and clarinet for three years, and knows how to cater his teaching to all learning styles.

BRIDGET JACKSON

Harp

Bridget Ence Jackson is a professional harpist from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been playing the harp for over twelve years. In addition to playing with the UVU Symphony, Bridget also plays with local orchestras, including the Utah Chapter of Witness Music.

Bridget loves to teach the harp, and has experience teaching students of all ages. In her teaching she emphasizes musicality, achieved by proper technique, and keeping the body relaxed.

 

COLBY KUNKEL

Brass | Trombone | Euphonium

Colby calls Birmingham, AL his home but relocated to the area to attend BYU. Colby has played trombone when he was in sixth grade. He studied with Jay Evans, principle trombonist of the Alabama Symphony,
throughout high school and is currently studying with Dr. Will Kimball.

Colby served as the principle trombonist of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012-2013. While there, he won the Lois Pickard Scholarship competition for the brass and woodwind division.
Most recently, Colby was a member of the BYU philharmonic orchestra playing bass trombone.

 

DALE MECHAM

Cello | Violin

Dale Mecham is a certified public school teacher for the State of Utah with endorsements in music and all of the sciences. He has taught privately, as well as directed, instructed, and performed with many orchestra, oratorio, and ensemble groups in the Salt Lake, Utah, and Wasatch Counties.

Dale has performed for 38 years with the Utah Valley Symphony under the direction of many prominent conductors.

GARY ARGYLE

Guitar | Ukulele

Gary has been teaching guitar for ten years and has taught all ages, levels and styles. He received his education from Utah Valley University, where he received the Exceptional Performance Scholarship for guitar and played for the UVU Jazz Band and Classical Guitar Ensemble.

Gary has also written his own book for beginning guitar with more to come.

GEORGE WILKES

Guitar

While George is an accountant by profession, he is a musician by choice. He brings over 40 years of playing and teaching experience, including being the lead guitarist in local bands for more than 35 years. His teaching proficiency includes both electric and acoustic guitar, and Rock and Roll, Country, Blues, Folk, and Jazz music. His favorite aspect of teaching is the relationship he builds with his students.

JASON FULLMER

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo | Mandolin

Jason Kelly Fullmer is a fretted instrument specialist, playing professionally on guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo. 

He has played with the Utah Symphony and Opera, the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra and Elacor. He has toured the country playing in different bands, and has taken his solo show to England, Italy, France, and Iceland… so far. 

He is currently the guitarist for the Chrome Street Quartet and the front man of the funky jam band Night Sky Supernova

JOY BROWN

Piano

Joy started teaching private piano lessons when her youngest son was born; almost 37 years ago. She has also taught choir in elementary schools and is an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University.
 
Joy has taught students ranging from beginning to advanced levels and incorporates music theory, music history, and variety of genres in her teaching. She loves seeing the joy in students’ eyes when they discover their passion for music.

LILY HIGHT

Sound Beginnings | Let's Play Music | Presto | Bridge | Ukulele

Lily is the owner of Best In Music and the Best In Music Education Center. She enjoys operating the business with her husband, Marcus, and they have 5 children. She has taught piano for over 20 years, has been the president of the Utah Music Teacher's Association Provo/Orem chapter, and is the creator of the Let's Play Music Bridge program. She is also part of the curriculum development team and the teacher training team for the Sound Beginnings program and enjoys this collaborative work in the professional music industry. Lily LOVES teaching and is passionate about helping students become the musician they want to be.

MAC WRIGHT

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo

Mac hails from Los Angeles, CA and has been playing music in various professional settings since he was 14. He plays around 10 instruments and has been teaching for 10 years. His teaching style is based around understanding Theory and the language of music, and applying it in practical and performance settings. And at the end of the day, he just wants his students to have a good time and feel motivated to continue pursuing their passions.

MIKE ROSS

Guitar | Ukulele | Banjo | Mandolin

Mike has inspired and taught beginner through advanced students in banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bass guitar, violin, and piano for over 15 years. Mike teaches youth and adults in a theory based methodology and pedagogy with string instruments. Mike has played professional in several bands and orchestras, including Battle Creek, Blue Grass Thunder, The Founding Father’s Blue Grass Band, and a variety of theatrical performances.

SCOTT NELSON

Percussion | Guitar

Scott graduated with his Bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He is currently studying at BYU in Provo, where he expects to graduate with his Master's degree in music composition in 2020.

In addition to his compositional studies, he studied classical guitar at the undergraduate level for seven years. Scott has been playing drums for eighteen years, in both school and professional settings.

For over a decade, Scott has been teaching guitar privately to students of all ages, both as part of his own studio, and at the Stockton School of Music in California.

SIDNEY HIGHT

Let's Play Music | Saxophone | Ukulele

Sidney is working on her Bachelor's degree from BYU. She has enjoyed playing the flute, tenor and baritone saxophone in various performance groups such as the Advanced Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Sidney was a honor student, Soccer Team MVP and Team Captain and received the Exemplary Student of the Year, and the Spirit of Timpanogos Mastery in Performing Arts award. She enjoys teaching group ukulele classes and excited to be teaching Let's Play Music 1st and 2nd Year classes.

TRACY OWENS

Violin | Viola | Cello | Piano

Tracy attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Music Education. There, she studied viola with David Dalton. She was in the Honors Quartet for two years, and was the principal violist of the BYU Philharmonic.

She played in the Utah Valley Symphony for 22 years and currently plays in the Timpanogos Symphony.

Tracy has taught violin, viola, and cello for 30 years and studied Suzuki training with several teachers.

Come join our Best in Music Education Center team!

BIMEC is always accepting resumes for music teachers of all kinds! We also maintain a list of qualified substitutes, so if you are interested in teaching for us, please fill out our application here and send your resume to the Director of Education, Alicia, at bimecdirector@gmail.com, or you can contact her at 801-802-0625. You may also fill out the application below.