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Aldara Purvis

Aldara started playing guitar and drums at the age of seven. Has been with us here at the Rehearsal Room since January 2017. She enjoys working here due to the clean, encouraging, and inspiring environment. Some of her favorite artists are One Republic, HAIM, Patric Johnston, and The Brilliance. Aldara teaches a variety of things such as drums, guitar, and music production! She enjoys teaching because she’s able to inspire others as well as herself. Aldara is in a band called RA RA, so performing live is nothing new for her. When asked what she loved most about it? She’ll respond with this, “I love the energy I get to experience, how I get to share that energy from the music with the crowd while performing.”


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BRENDAN STANFORD

Brendan has been playing and exposed to musical instruments since he was five years old, and has been with us here at the Rehearsal Room since June of 2017. His favorite band is Muse and enjoys teaching his students how to play eclectic and acoustic guitar, bass, and beginners piano. If you ask Brendan why he teaches in the first place, he’ll respond with this, “I just want more people to be able to experience the joy of making their own music.” His favorite genres to personally rock out too are Alternative Rock, Stadium Rock, and Glam Rock.


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Chris Houghton

Chris was born into a musical family, he was introduced to various musical styles ranging from classical, opera, to folk, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Rock, Jazz, Blues etc. His mother is a classically trained pianist and an accomplished vocalist whose love for music transferred to all of her children.  Due to the lack of a television, his home was always filled with the sounds of piano, drums, trumpets, guitars, and singing.  There was music everywhere - home, school, and church.  He began playing trumpet at age 7 and continued to perform in Marching and Symphonic Bands throughout high school.  He transitioned to Bass and began performing with local bands in Santa Fe, NM at age 15.  He’s been touring internationally since 2003 with Grammy award winning artist Israel and New BreedMarcos Witt, and many more.  He’s balanced teaching and performing music as well as competitive gymnastics for the last 20 years.  He considers it a privilege to teach and inspire future generations to pursue their passion fully. We’ve had the honor of having Chris as one of our instructors since Fall of 2018.

 
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Kelly Connaughton

Kelly grew up very involved in music and arts. From playing with her worship team to touring the southern and midwestern U.S. states with her hard rock band to musical theater productions, Kelly has a wide variety of experience in the world of music. Theatre is also a huge passion for her. She studied theater performance in NYC and continues to be involved in the theater world.  She loves metal, film scores, and musical theatre. 

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JESSE DAVID

Jesse got his first guitar at age 7. He started really playing when guitar hero came out, around 12-13 years old. He’s been with us here at the Rehearsal Room since January 2017. Growing up his favorite movie was ‘School of Rock’ with Jack Black. Now he is living out that roll. For him, that’s basically a dream come true! As far as his favorite band, he responds with this, “Hands down, ‘Queen’ is the best of all time.” Jesse teaches all sorts of things. Guitar, piano, and drums, just to name a few! He got his degree in music education, where French Horn was his primary instrument. If you ask Jesse why he teaches? He’ll say, “Because I want to share music with as many people as I can. There are few better feelings than being in a song sharing that moment with someone, and I’ve devoted my life to sharing that and honoring that.” Did we mention Jesse is a performer himself? He loves bringing people joy through sharing his gifts. Seeing people smile and bobbing their heads to his music is truly an amazing site.

 
 
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Jay Edwards

Jay was taught how to sing along with piano at the age of five by his dad. He then learned the drums shortly after, and self taught the guitar. Songwriting and music production was added along the way. He started with us here at the Rehearsal Room in December of 2018. He enjoys our friendly, compassionate atmosphere as well as his co-workers that are just as much his friends. Another awesome part is the student’s he’s been given are so excited and eager to learn about music! which really adds to the joy of his job. Jay’s favorite band and artist, simply stated, “In Her Own Words.” Jay teaches a variety of instruments including drums, piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, and bass as well as songwriting and music production. When asked which artists inspire him the most and why, he responded with this,“I really like alternative and pop punk artists right now (like, Heavy Things, State Champs, Neck Deep, The Maine, and loads more) because there’s so much energy in their music, whether it has a somber tone, or says, “GET UP!” I like positive energy and head-banging, so thats what I dig right now. I also really like their productions, so I listen to albums over and over to study what sounds are used.”