Meet The Team
Kirk has been teaching and playing piano professionally since high school. He has travelled from the Soviet Union to Alaska and Rawhide as a performer. He teaches all styles from classical to jazz and works primarily with more advanced students at both studios. Here is a recording of one of Kirk’s former student, Harley Jay, on one of Kirk’s originals.......read more
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass
Amy Vangellow is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Since the age of 4, Amy has had a passion for singing. She began classical piano lessons and studied for 8 years while studying singing as well.
In 2003, she co-founded.........read more.....
Piano & Voice
Ashton began studying music at the age of 14 and obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. Ashton has.........read more.....
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, & Songwriting
Billy Cioffi, a 35-year veteran of the grueling and magnificent Los Angeles music scene, was born in Albany, NY. At age 16 he was signed with his band, The Grey Things, to Laurie Records and toured as the opening act of musical icons (The Allman Brothers, The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, the Lovin Spoonful, and The Rascals).. .....read more....
Piano & Violin
Bob joins us as he begins a new phase of his career, out of New York and into the Arizona desert. Bob has performed and taught professionally in New York for over 25 years. He has accompanied numerous choruses and orchestras as well as performed as a sole pianist for many New York and private clubs......read more.....
Brett James Phillips
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin
Brett James Phillips has had a guitar in his hand every day since he discovered his passion in high school. Brett has taught in the Phoenix area for thirty years......read more.....
Conor Lafferty has been drawn to the instrument of guitar since the young age of 10, and his ventures into music eventually led him to begin taking lessons during his sophomore year of high school at Kirk‘s Studio in 2015. .........read more.....
Piano & Voice
David started playing piano at 4 and has been playing ever since! He grew up in the Chicagoland area and attended DePaul University majoring in piano performance with Mary Sauer, principal keyboardist of the Chicago Symphony, and studying jazz with Alan Swain. Immediately after graduation.....read more.....
Guitar and Voice
After a successful career in real estate, Eric Meyers is thrilled to devote himself full-time to his real love: music! Eric has been playing and performing since his younger years and has trained with some of the best in the business. He specializes in.......read more.....
Dr. Erik Sloyka
A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, guitarist Erik Sloyka holds a B.M. in Guitar Performance from the Eastman School of Music, M.M. and D.M.A. in Guitar Performance from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts—School of Music......read more.....
Talk about an absolute treasure. Flora began her musical career after turning down an offer from the Juilliard School to attend Manhattan School of Music on scholarship where she completed her Master’s of Music. She played for rehearsals for the.....read more.....
Frank comes from an illustrious pedigree of percussionists. His instructors include: John Robinson, most recorded drummer in history and toured with Michael Jackson; Joe Morris, drummer for Whitney Houston and toured with Esteban. Frank has a six-year degree in music studies .......read more.....
Voice & Piano
Gabriella began studying music at the age of 9. A native of Tucson, Arizona, she moved to Tempe on a full scholarship to The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. .......read more.....
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Banjo
Garrett holds a degree in Jazz Performance from ASU and has been teaching in the Valley for many years. He’s been with Kirk’s Studio since 2018 and brings . .......read more.....
Isaac began his teaching career as a teenager while playing center snare for his state champion drumline. Isaac began studying drums and percussion while in grade school and eventually won spots with DCI (Drum Corps International) on Drumset for........read more.....
Guitar, Piano, and Voice
Since 2011 James has been performing as a soloist and with multiple artists in LA. He received his Bachelor’s in Music in Jazz Studies (Guitar) and has studied with some of the best in the business. In addition to being a killer musician, James.......read more.....
Jeewon has been beatboxing now for 7 years. While he was honing his beatboxing skills, he has performed in various talent shows and performances including Kirk’s very own All Star Showcase. It was after seeing his beatboxing .......read more.....
Jimmy Lee Boggs
Jimmy started playing the piano at the age of 6 and by the time he was 15 was in a band and gigging around town. He has since toured with a number of bands and done lots of studio work.......read more.....
Guitar & Bass
Julian has been playing music nearly his whole life. Starting with piano at the age of 6, and guitar at the age of 8, Julian developed a passion for music early on. He started playing bass in first band his freshman year of high school, where he played in a Heavy Metal band called.......read more.....
Piano & Voice
Kenny Holland is a singer-songwriter & entertainer raised in the music scene of Arizona. He began his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of 8. After he started to perform professionally at the age of 14, he released his first pop album at age 16......Read More
Dr. Kristie Janczyk
Piano & Strings
Known for passionate performances with impeccable acuity for color, textural balance and keen attention to detail, Dr. Kristie Janczyk is one of today’s young prolific American pianists. Playing since the age of three, Kristie is sought after around the world as a.....Read More
Max has been drumming professionally since high school and started teaching at Kirk’s shortly after graduating from Desert Mountain........read more.....
Peter grew up in Budapest Hungary and has been playing piano since the age of four. He studied classical music at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest – the most prestigious music university in Hungary. Here, he earned his Masters.......read more.....
Voice & Piano
Philip Godfrey is a singer/piano player raised in Arizona. He attended Manhattan School of Music and holds a degree from Arizona State University in vocal performance, where he......read more.....
Robert Avril has been teaching at Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts since 2014. He received a Bachelor of Music degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Piano Performance from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts of Arizona State University........read more.....
Acting & Voice
Roger has been teaching voice and acting at Kirk’s Studio since 2006 and is a veteran of the entertainment industry. He’s done everything from acting classes with Richard Dreyfuss to co-directing with Don Bluth.......read more.....
Ryan McGuire is a native of Dallas, Texas, and currently attends Arizona State University (ASU). She has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Eisemann Center, Caruth Auditorium (SMU), .......read more.....
Dr. Sam Detweiler
Guitar, Piano & Saxophone
Sam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Saxophone Performance from ASU where he was the saxophone teaching assistant. He has taken pedagogy coursework for all wind instruments.......read more.....
Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello
Sonja Prychitko is a violinist from Marquette, Michigan. She moved to Phoenix in August 2019 to pursue a Master’s degree in Violin Performance Pedagogy at Arizona State University. Sonja currently studies violin under Dr. Danwen Jiang and is a member of the ASU Symphony Orchestra.
Sonja joined the faculty of Kirk’s Studio and Arizona School of Music in September.........read more.....
Piano, Voice, Guitar, & Oboe
Stacie’s list of accomplishments and accolades is lengthy to say the least, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll present the tip of the iceberg. After graduating as Valedictorian of her class........read more.....
Gina has been greeting students since 2014 and has become an integral part of the Kirk’s Studio family. She’s always friendly and super helpful. Here’s your chance to get to know her a little better. : )
Jaimee Romero has been running the show at the Scottsdale studio since March 2016. She brings an infectious smile and laugh to families, students and staff as well as a dedication to getting things done right. Occasionally she doubles as a magician when there’s a need to create lesson openings out of thin air or find an open space when the studio is packed. In addition to her administrative prowess, she sings a mean karaoke. We thank our lucky stars that the stars aligned to bring Jaimee to the Kirk’s Studio family. We are pretty sure you’ll be thanking your lucky stars as well. : )