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Dedicated to IGNITING INTEREST
and FUELING PASSION in students of all ages


ABBY LEE
Guitar | Ukulele | Piano

Abby is currently pursuing a degree in Music Therapy and is very passionate about sharing her love of music with others. She has played piano for over 14 years, as well as guitar and ukulele for over 7 years. Additionally, she has experience in songwriting and music theory with training from both the BYU and USU Music Departments. With prior experience teaching privately, Abby is excited to continue instructing with Best in Music. Abby loves exploring all different kinds of styles and genres, and getting to know and make music with people

 


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
 





ASHLEY RANDS
Brass | Trombone

Currently studying trombone performance at BYU, Ashley is from Tennessee where she was a part of the pre-college scholarship program at Vanderbilt for two years. She has played in various groups at BYU including the Wind Symphony, Philharmonic, and Synthesis Jazz Band. Ashley loves listening to and playing lots of genres of music and hopes to show more people how beautiful the trombone can be. 
 








CAROLINE ARONI 
Piano

Caroline grew up in Salt Lake City and started taking piano lessons when she was about 8 years old. She began teaching her own piano students at 17. She participated in numerous choirs, musicals and dance groups, and furthered her musical knowledge with advanced music theory classes, more music lessons, and singing in auditioned choirs at BYU.

Her enthusiasm and love for music is what she wishes to pass on to her students. She believes music lessons should be more than a weekly checkbox, but a fun experience and tool for expression, growth, and delight.

Her goal is to help her students achieve the connection to music that leads to fulfilling, lifelong skill that enriches their lives as well as the lives of those around them. She has now been teaching piano to all ages for 10 years and
she loves it more than anything!
 


EMMA WHEELER 
Piano

Emma Wheeler received her bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis in piano from Brigham Young University Idaho in 2019. While there, she studied with Michael McQuay and Ryan Kelly. She also accompanied multiple choirs, orchestras and other music classes at the university, performing regularly campus-wide.

Emma has taught piano privately for almost 10 years, with experience in teaching all ages (from very young children to adults). She's excited to continue her teaching at BIMEC!


 


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.
 






GRACE JOHNSON
Percussion | Drums | Guitar | Piano

Grace Johnson is currently pursuing a degree in Commercial Music at UVU and is a member of the percussion studio. She has taught piano, percussion, and guitar for eight years. She was a recipient of a musical scholarship, as well as a grant for the 2019 "Percussion Arts Society International Convention" and has performed at conferences in Idaho, California, Oregon, and St. George, UT. She has taught a wide range of skill levels and ages and loves connecting with and inspiring students.








JAKE LIVES
Percussion | Drums

Jake has been playing drums and percussion for over 10 years. As a performer, he numerous experiences playing rock, pop, jazz, and classical music. As a composer, his works have been heard in Abravanel Hall, television, video games, and several other locations. These and other skills have placed Jake in high demand as a musician.  

Jake will graduate from Utah Valley University in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in commercial music. He looks forward to helping others to learn how to play the healing art of music.

 





 


KAITLIN BOOTH
Cello ❘ Kodály strings

Kaitlin Booth is a talented cellist locally from Eagle Mountain, Utah. She first embarked on her cello journey at 12 years old, advancing quickly as she fell in love with the large range and broad, colorful tones of the instrument. She has played with numerous high school, community, and university-level orchestras and is currently working towards her degree in Cello Performance at Utah Valley University, studying under the direction of Dr. Cheung Chau. She adores playing and teaching cello and is excited for the opportunity to make it her lifelong career.








KATHRYN TABLER 
Viola | Violin | Cello | Bass | Piano | Suzuki | Orff | Kodály strings

Kathryn Tabler received her Master of Arts degree (specializing in String Education) from California State University Los Angeles, and her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music from Brigham Young University. She is a certified Suzuki Violin and Viola teacher and has additional training in Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff. Kathryn's teaching credentials include: California Music K-12, Utah Music 6-12, and Montessori Primary (UMTEP) 3-6 diploma. She also currently holds her Utah Art 6-12 Endorsement as well.

Kathryn holds membership in numerous professional organizations, including; American String Teachers Association, National and Utah Suzuki String Teachers Association, American Montessori Society, North American Montessori Teachers Association, Utah Montessori Council, Utah Arts Educators, Watercolor Society of Utah.
 






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.
 







SAMUEL HERRERA
Jazz Piano

Sam Herrera is a keyboardist, songwriting, and producer from Provo, UT. He holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in Commercial Music from BYU. He has played keyboards for BYU's premier jazz ensemble, Synthesis, as well as for artists such as David Archuleta, Colbie Caillat, and Alex Boyé. He has been studying jazz performance and jazz keyboard harmony for over 10 years. He has 6 years of experience playing trumpet in big bands and jazz ensembles. He has also studied the French horn privately for 6 years under Kathy Colton and Laurence Lowe. 
Sam strongly believes in the power of good music education to inspire and expand one's passion for music. He sees music as a language that will enhance and deepen your ability to communicate with others and to learn about yourself. He is passionate about sharing his vision of music with others. He loves discovering what others are seeking in music and helping them to find it. 


 




STEVEN RAMOS
Woodwinds ❘ Saxophone ❘ Clarinet ❘ Bass Clarinet ❘ Jazz Improv

Steven is a professional saxophonist who graduated from Utah Valley University. Steven has played with Grammy winning artists such as Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthews band, and Victor Wooten. Specializing in contemporary styles, Steven also plays guitar, ukulele, bass, piano, clarinet, and flute.
 








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