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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.
 





Woodwinds

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
 





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.
 







Brass

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. 
 








Strings

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.
 

MADDIE CHRISTENSEN
Violin | Viola

Maddie Christensen has taught violin and viola lessons for 10 years and hopes to help her students feel confident and happy while learning to play strings. She began her college career studying Music Education at Utah State University and has performed with numerous ensembles in her hometown of Saint George, Utah, including as a soloist with the Southwest Symphony. In her free time, she loves running, writing stories, and drinking lemonade. 
 
MEGAN GRAVES
Strings | Violin | Viola 

Megan Graves graduated in Music Education (Emphasis in String Teaching) from BYU and has taught children and teens in orchestra, singing, or general music and theater since 2004. She's produced and directed multiple community musical theater performances accompanied by a live orchestra, organized fundraising concerts and shows, and just loves teaching and performing in the fine arts in general!

Megan has played with the BYU philharmonic, and was concertmistress of the BYU Symphony orchestra during her time as a music major there. She has also been principal violist with the Nebo Philharmonic and played viola with the Draper Philharmonic as well. She learned violin starting at the age of 4 years old with the Suzuki Method and utilizes concepts from that method as well as Kodaly in her teaching. She specializes in violin and viola, but can also teach beginning bass and cello and guitar, or music theory/reading. Her most recent fun musical adventures are performing fiddle for a new short film soundtrack, "Rustlers," playing violin as a “street musician” on a Hallmark Christmas movie, and entertaining guests as a traveling minstrel/fiddle player at Evermore Park. When she’s not teaching or performing she works with her friends running a small local carpentry business “Nature Built Designs,” designing and building wooden toys & garden furniture, etc.
SARAH WISCOMBE
Strings | Violin

Sarah Wiscombe has played violin for 20 year and has a Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University - Idaho. She has played in orchestras and various ensembles for over 15 years.

Sarah teaches through the Suzuki method but loves to implement other pieces as well to help her students have the best experience. She is passionate about sharing her love for the violin through teaching and is excited to join the ranks at the Best in Music Education Center!
Guitar

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.
 






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.
 






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!


 



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. 


 



Voice
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
PATRICE GARRIGUES
Voice

Patrice is our Assistant Director at BIMEC. She grew up in a music-loving family who spent a lot of time together singing and playing instruments. Patrice started playing piano at a young age and participated in many piano festivals and recitals throughout middle school and high school. As a teenager she decided to study voice more seriously by taking lessons and participating in singing competitions, many choirs including All-State Choir, and high school and community musicals.

Patrice is now a Senior at Utah Valley University pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. She has been focusing on Opera and Art Song for several years, and has been a student of voice for 10 years. While in college she has participated in several opera productions, many concerts, and classical recitals. She has a passion for learning and teaching people about the human voice, and with a focus on healthy singing she helps people tap into their natural potential.

Percussion

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.

 





 

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