Meet Our Instructors

From the most basic ABC’s of music theory to some of the most complex chords, scales, and rhythms, the instructors at Ovation Music & Studios can help you bridge the gap between today’s challenges and tomorrow’s success with lesson plans that are customized to fit your interest and learning curve.

Julie Kennedy

Julie Kennedy- Over 15 years teaching experience with fiddle/violin, piano, voice, theory, music composition, songwriting, music improv, and ear training. Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on classical violin from the University of Victoria and was recently awarded as Distinguished Alumni and 2-time Canadian Country Music Award Nominee for Fiddle Player of Year. Part of the award winning music duo, Twin Kennedy link to their website here

Ryan Drinnen

Graduated from Berklee College of Music.Ten years of experience in studying and performing music as a guitarist, and has been serving as the guitarist and vocalist for the band Revenchrist. Teaches guitar, bass, uke, and vocals, music theory.

Aaron Keen

Aaron studied guitar performance at Volunteer state community college, and Music theory and composition at MTSU. After his time studying, he joined the Young Americans, a musical education group. He has 16+ years of teaching experience, and is a proficient teacher of piano, guitar, music theory, ear training, music composition, music improv, dulcimer, ukulele, bass, and vocals. Online lessons through Zoom available.

Jared Corder

Jared received his Bachelor’s degree from Herberger School of Music at Arizona State University specializing in classical guitar and piano. He and his wife have toured across the country with their band *repeat repeat, having played events such as Live on the Green, Bonnaroo, and opening for The Black Keys at Bridgestone Arena. Proficient with guitar, drums, bass, piano, ukulele  music theory, music composition, ear training, and vocals. Online lessons through Zoom available. (Link to Jared’s band)

Travis Wetzel

Travis is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist.  His music has many folds including bluegrass,  jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer,  Native American, gospel, country, and classical.   He is lead fiddler/violinist on countless recording projects ranging from country to rock. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Harrell, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Mac Wiseman, Jimmey Fortune, John Schneider, and David Frizzell. Travis was nominated for musician of the year (2016) by the ICMA/CCMA and received an additional nomination as Inspirational Bluegrass Music Artist of the Year.  You can find him playing at the Grand Ole Opry! Proficient at fiddle/violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin,music theory, music composition, ear training, music improv, and vocals

Kassandra “Kassie” Mills

Train your voice and accompany yourself on piano with the help of Kassandra! Kassandra has a background in theatre performance, and she graduated Cum Laude from Piedmont University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. She has earned such achievements as: Director’s award for chorus (2016), becoming vice president of her NAfME chapter(2019-2020), and becoming secretary of Piedmont University Singers (2021). Kassandra will teach you how to harness the power of your voice! Proficient in music theory, music composition, vocal performance, and piano. 

Adam Shea

Adam studied guitar performance at McNally Smith College of Music. After college, Adam moved back to the Cedar Valley area of Iowa to teach and play in various bands, performing everything from country to metal. Adam recently moved to the Gallatin area to play guitar with touring country artist Ryan Daniel. Teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, music theory and piano. 

Kirby Bland

Kirby has been a professional drummer in Nashville, Tennessee for over six years, and has toured with a variety of musical acts ranging from country, rock, blues, R&B, jazz, and Americana. His diverse musical background allows Kirby to teach his students how to become a musical chameleon- by easily adapting to most any style of music. Whether it be for school marching band, jazz ensemble, or you just wanna rock,  Kirby can help you become a master percussionist! Kirby teaches drums, percussion, improvisation, and how to read drum music.

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