Meet The Team

Kirk Taylor

Kirk Taylor

Director, Scottsdale & Deer Valley

Piano

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

Ashton Bates

Ashton Bates

Instructor: Scottsdale and Desert Ridge

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.....

Billy Cioffi

Billy Cioffi

Instructor: Scottsdale

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....

Bob Weir

Bob Weir

Instructor: Scottsdale

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

Brett James Phillips

Instructor: Deer Valley

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.....

Callie Young

Callie Young

Instructor: Deer Valley

Voice and Guitar

Callie Young is a singer, songwriter, and vocal coach from Phoenix, Arizona. She has been studying voice and performing since she was ten years old. Callie was a contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice” in which she........read more.....

Conor Lafferty

Conor Lafferty

Instructor: Deer Valley

Guitar

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.....

Damian Martin

Damian Martin

Instructor: Deer Valley

Piano, Voice and Brass

Since 2005, Damian worked as a professional military musician and toured the world as the pianist with the US Army. He has been a professional musician since finishing his Master’s Degree in Music Education in 1994. Damian is a phenomenal pianist and musician, capable of working with the most advanced students on both Classical and Jazz.....read more.....

Eric Meyers

Eric Meyers

Instructor: Deer Valley and Scottsdale

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

Dr. Erik Sloyka

Instructor: Scottsdale and Deer Valley

Guitar

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.....

Flora Mogerman

Flora Mogerman

Instructor: Scottsdale and Deer Valley

Piano

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 Morrison

Frank Morrison

Instructor: Scottsdale

Percussion

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.....

Gabi Cavalcanti

Gabi Cavalcanti

Instructor: Scottsdale

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.....

Garrett Ortego

Garrett Ortego

Instructor: Scottsdale

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 Tomlinson

Isaac Tomlinson

Instructor: Deer Valley

Drums

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.....

James Rudolph

James Rudolph

Instructor: Scottsdale and Deer Valley

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 Park

Jeewon Park

Instructor:

Beatboxing

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 Lee Boggs

Instructor: Scottsdale and Deer Valley

Piano

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.....

Kenny Holland

Kenny Holland

Instructor:

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. Lauren Berman

Dr. Lauren Berman

Instructor:

Acting, Piano & Voice

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education from Loyola and a Master’s in Voice Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts. She has now settled in Arizona as she works on.......read more.....

Max Young

Max Young

Instructor:

Percussion

Max has been drumming professionally since high school and started teaching at Kirk’s shortly after graduating from Desert Mountain........read more.....

Michael Ferraro

Michael Ferraro

Instructor:

Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting, Beatmaking

Michael is a community musician, performer, and educator who has taught at Kirk’s Studio since 2011. He began playing guitar when he was 14, and has a bachelor of science in communication........read more.....

Nadari Hockenhull

Nadari Hockenhull

Instructor: Deer Valley

Piano and Voice

NeoClassical Soprano, Nadari Hockenhull is renowned for seamless crossover from Opera to Gospel to Pop and R&B. She is a passionate ambassador for Musical Art Education and preservation. She runs a thriving private vocal studio and prior to relocating to......read more.....

Peter Vamos

Peter Vamos

Instructor:

Piano

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.....

Robert Avril

Robert Avril

Instructor:

Piano

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.....

Roger McKay

Roger McKay

Instructor:

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

Ryan McGuire

Instructor:

Strings

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.....

Sam Detweiler

Sam Detweiler

Instructor:

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.....

Sarah Evins

Sarah Evins

Instructor:

Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello

Sarah Rachel Evins went from banging pots as a baby to playing in Carnegie Hall and performing with Grammy Award winners

Sarah began music lessons at age 5, excelled at the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts as valedictorian and concerto competition winner, and chose to specialize in viola performance in college.........read more.....

Stacie Anfinson

Stacie Anfinson

Instructor:

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.....

About Gina

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

Jaimee Romero

Administration:

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. : )