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.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn started playing guitar at the age of twelve learning traditional country songs in hopes of being able to play in his father’s band. At the age of sixteen, Brandon started playing out in various live music venues in southern Ohio with the band Drifters and became the fill in house drummer for the Paint Valley Jamboree.

It was at the age of twenty when he decided to take his next step in music and attended McNally Smith College of music. There, he played in various ensembles including Blues, Country and Jazz. Brandon acquired a bachelor degree of arts in music performance, for guitar, with a minor in music business. He has studied music under the tutelage of some of the giants of the music industry such as Greg Koch, Bobby Stanton, and Bill Kirchen.

Brandon is an accomplished guitar player in many situations such as session work, live performances, composing, arranging, and teaching the instrument. Brandon toured as the lead guitarist, music director and bandleader for, Indie Music Channel, Hall of Fame Member, Ryan Daniel, for 6 years. Brandon now tours full time with Country artist Krista Lynn Meadow, performing 150+ dates a year. Brandon also finds himself playing on many recording sessions in Nashville.

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.

Livy Blizzard

Perfect your singing voice with our vocal teacher, Livy! During her musical studies at Volunteer State Community College, Livy took lessons here at Ovation Music & Studios! Her accomplishments at Vol State include, being part of the Vol State Show Stoppers and The Vol State Singers. After she graduated Magna Cum Laude with an associate degree in Fine Arts in Music from Volunteer State Community College, she continued her education at Belmont University. At Belmont University, she continued studying classical voice, and exercised her skill at the Belmont Opera. Livy is an experienced private music tutor and is well versed in musical literature. Now that she has graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Belmont University, she has come back to Ovation Music & Studios as a teacher! Proficient in voice, piano, and music theory.

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)

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.

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. 

Brandon Richardson

Brandon Richardson has played drums since early childhood and continues to perfect his craft through performing, recording, and songwriting! He showcases his skills by performing in church bands and performing in local shows. Brandon is passionate about teaching and wants to share his knowledge of drums and guitar with his students.

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. 

Travis Wetzel

Travis is a dynamic musician, songwriter, and vocalist.  His music has many folds, including bluegrass,  jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer,  Native American, gospel, country, and classical.   He is the 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, Jimmy 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.

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