Laura Bozeman studied piano in Dallas and Midland, playing in the Junior Van Katwijk Auditions at SMU, winning local solo and concerto competitions in Midland, and competing at TMTA state auditions. Additional activities as Student Affiliate included winning third place in the Texas Young Composers Contest and playing on the Midland Piano Ensembles at TMTA conventions. She also received Critics Circle for her programs in the National Guild of Piano Auditions, and was the recipient of the Wallace Wimberly Memorial Scholarship from the Midland Music Teachers Association.
She received a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance, Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University. She was a student teacher at The Piano Project at UT-Austin, and held a Teaching Assistantship at TCU. She also taught at the TCU Piano Preparatory School and Our Lady of Victory in Fort Worth. She was a part-time lecturer at UT-Tyler and an adjunct professor at Tyler Junior College. She has been a piano teacher for The Choir School of East Texas.
Miss Bozeman was host of the Music of the Masters program on KTCU-fm radio. She has given solo recitals and attended amateur and teacher programs at the former TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, now Piano Texas International Academy and Festival. She attended the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences in 2007 and 2008 and was a judge for the student piano competitions by invitation of the Board of Directors. She was also a presenter at a town hall panel on teaching the adult student. Ms. Bozeman is currently teaching private piano students in Tyler.
Brian was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He was a student at the Thompson Studio of Music from 1963-1972. Brian received a second place and a third place in the Piano Solo Competition at the Texas Music Teacher State Convention and performed Sophomore, Junior and Senior Piano recitals during his High School years. He received Critic’s Circle every year at the Guild Piano Auditions and was student accompanist for all musical activities at Monsignor Kelly High School. Brian began organ studies in sixth grade and played for a number of churches from 6th grade through High School.
While attending North Texas State University in Denton, Brian studied with Larry Walz. Brian was awarded the first scholarship to attend Academie Maurice Ravel in St. Jean-de-Luz, France where he studied with Philippe Entremont and Gaby Casadesus. A highlight of that trip was performing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Bayonne Symphony Orchestra. Brian won First Place in the MTNA Collegiate Solo Competition in 1973 and 1976. His Senior Piano Recital consisted of performing the entire Bach Goldberg Variations and the 10 Rachmaninoff Preludes op. 23. After receiving his Bachelor of Music at North Texas in 1976, he returned to Beaumont to complete his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at Lamar University.
Brian married his High School sweetheart, Dianna Montalbano, in 1975. Dianna received her Bachelor of Music Education in 1980 and has been the Music Teacher at St. Gregory School since 1988; she has also been the Choir Director for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception since 1988. Brian has been Director of Sacred Music and Divine Worship at the Cathedral since moving to Tyler in 1987, and has had a piano studio in Tyler since that time. Brian and Dianna have three grown children (Liz, Katie and Brian) and three grandchildren (Bailey, Braiden and Logan).
Calaway, Donna Fambrough
I was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. I studied with Frances Huff for ten years, and I was a member of Tyler Music Teachers Student Association. I participated in the National Guild of Piano Students for ten years and received a rating of Critics Circle seven out of those ten years. My senior year in high school, I received the Paderewski Medal in Guild and won 3rd place in the Eva Browning Memorial Scholarship at Texas Tech University.
After marrying Jerry Calaway in 1975, we lived in Sulphur Springs where I began teaching private piano. We moved to Tyler in 1976, where I opened my studio and taught piano for five years, serving on many Tyler Music Teacher Association committees and served as a officer.
In 1981, we moved to the Ft. Worth area for three years. I was a member of the Ft. Worth Music Teacher’s Forum and joined the National Music Teachers Association while there.
After two years in Nacogdoches, where I was a member of Nacogdoches Music Teachers Association, Jerry and I moved to Whitehouse, Tx. I have been a member of Tyler Music Teacher’s Association and the East Texas Music Teacher’s Association for twenty-‐nine years.
I’ve played piano for several Baptist churches over the last forty years and am currently serving as organist at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. I have been the pianist at Whitehouse High School and Jr High since 1998. I am so thankful that God has blessed me with the privilege of doing what I love. I currently have a studio at my home in Whitehouse where I have 30 private piano, voice and theory students.
Vanessa was born and raised in Daingerfield, Texas where she began piano study at age 8.
She earned an Associate of Arts degree from TJC and a B.A Music degree from UT Tyler. She also holds a Texas State Educator Certificate for All Level Music. An active member of ETMTA since 2006, Vanessa has held many positions including Librarian, Publicity Chair, Achievement Auditions Chair, Student Affiliate/Theory Chair, and Website co-chair/Historian. Vanessa has also served as an ensemble director and delegate for the TMTA convention. In the fall of 2015, she and her students were featured on a Kltv 7 news story on music and memory, where she spoke on the importance of music education.
Vanessa has taught piano in Lindale for 13 years and lives there with her husband Jeff, son Austin and three dogs.
Conway, Vicki Jacks
Vicki Jacks Conway is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Texas at Tyler and a faculty member for annual Keyboard Wellness Seminars with Sheila Paige. She is also organist at Greggton United Methodist Church and Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Longview. She began a program called Developmental Fitness in 1998 and is a consultant in the study of movement and learning, completing courses through Foster Educational Group and the Educational Kinesiology Foundation. In 2017, she received certification and became a licensed Musikgarten teacher and in 2018 she and her husband Bret created Conway Music, Movement, & Math, LLC. Their home studio in Longview offers lessons in piano, theory, and composition as well as Musikgarten, Recreational Music Making, Developmental Fitness, and math tutoring. She has presented sessions for Keyboard Wellness Seminars, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Conventions, as well as numerous public and private schools, preschools, and music teachers associations.
Mrs. Conway maintains a small private studio for pre-college students in both Tyler and Longview and is also available for single or occasional lessons on a consulting basis for the purpose of assessing tension/pain/injury, learning disabilities, performance anxiety, or competition preparation. For more information, visit www.conwaymmm.com and www.musikgarten.org/vconway.
Davis, NCTM, Shelly
Shelly Davis has maintained a private piano studio in the Tyler/Whitehouse area since 1993. Mrs. Davis studied music in Houston and TJC as well as private piano and composition at UT Tyler and is certified through the Music Teachers National Association. Mrs. Davis is an active member of the East Texas Music Teachers Association; serving in various offices, including president in 2011 when the association was awarded “Best of State” by the Texas Music Teachers Association.
Students in the Shelly Davis Piano Studio are afforded many opportunities through private study (focusing on sight-reading, theory, technique, harmonization, and memory); performance opportunities, such as Piano Caroling at the local retirement home, piano parties, and spring recital; auditions and festivals offered through the East Texas Music Teachers Association; and theory exams, ensemble events, music projects, research/publication contest, original composition competition and more through the Texas Music Teachers Association.
Shelly is also the host of the Piano Parent Podcast, a weekly podcast dedicated specifically to parents of piano students. Each episode covers topics of interest to piano families such as how to motivate your child to practice and how to encourage a love of music, as well as general music topics and interviews with teachers and other piano parents. You can listen to the latest episode at www.PianoParentPodcast.com or subscribe on iTunes.
Many students at SDPS are able to serve others by playing keyboard in youth praise bands, performing in family weddings, accompanying choirs or vocalists, and simply sharing their musical talent with family and friends.
Every student is welcome to study piano at the Shelly Davis Piano Studio. Feel free to browse the website at www.ShellyDavisPiano.com to learn more about Shelly’s teaching philosophy and student activities. Call 903-520-6465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
Doris Holmes, lifelong resident of Tyler, Texas, resides in the community of New Harmony. A charter member of East Texas Music Teachers Association, she has served in different offices throughout the years. Doris is a graduate of Tyler Jr. College with an Associate of arts degree. Studied piano under Mrs. Brenda Baker at Tyler Jr. College and studied piano under Vicki Conway at the University of Texas at Tyler. She attended the Texas Southern Gospel School of Music in Corsicana, Texas, two years studying piano under Mrs. Ellen Marsh and choir under Christine Locke Bridges while also taking music theory, voice, and songwriting classes.
Doris has a private studio in her home serving the Lindale, Van and surrounding area. She also teaches piano and organ at Tyler Piano And Organ Company located on South Broadway in Tyler.
She has served in the position of pianist of children’s church and organist for 26 plus years at New Harmony Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas. She served as pianist for 6 years and now serves playing the keyboard at Liberty Baptist Church in Hawkins Texas. She also accompanies the Senior Choir on the keyboard at New Harmony Baptist church. She enjoys playing for gospel singings each month at First Baptist Church of Hawkins Texas.
Doris and her husband, John Holmes, celebrated, with her family and many friends, their 50th wedding anniversary on March 16th, 2013. The love of music and the love of God has offered her multiple opportunities to teach others so they too can have the many blessings of sharing their talents.
- Master of Arts, University of Texas at Tyler
- Bachelor All-Level Music Education, East Texas Baptist University
- Texas Teacher Certification All-Level Music
- Kodaly Certification, Sam Houston State University
- Suzuki Piano Certification Books 1-2
Jean Mabe is held in high esteem among members of ETMTA and those in her home town of Mineola. Over the years she has served in many key positions within the association, including president. A piano teacher involved in school, church and community arenas, her credentials and accomplishments are impeccable. She has since retired from teaching but is still a “silent member,” as she puts it, of ETMTA. – Leah Brown
Miller, NCTM, Meg
Adjudicator and Consultant for the National Guild of Piano Teachers
Teacher of Private and Group Piano
Teacher in Public Schools, Private Schools, and Colleges
B.S. in Education – Midland University, Fremont, NE
Major: Music Education
Teaching Minors: Psychology and English
Master of Arts Degree – University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Certification – Music Teachers National Association
Certification – Colorado State Music Teachers Association
Certification – Texas Music Teachers Association
Hall of Fame – National Guild of Piano Teachers
Teacher of the Year – Pre- Collegiate, East Texas Music Teachers Association
President – Loveland, Colorado Music Teachers Association
President – Pueblo, Colorado Music Teachers Association
District Chairperson – Colorado State Music Teachers Association
President – East Texas Music Teachers Association
PIANO LESSONS CAN INCLUDE
Technic, Ear Training, Rhythms, Sight Reading, Music Litature, Improvisation, Composers, Composition, Following a Lead Line
Oxler, C. Jeanie
Jeanie teaches voice, theory, and general music.
Siler, NCTM, Sandra
Sandra Siler has completed her twentieth year as head of piano instruction at Kilgore College. A native of East Texas, she studied music at Kilgore College under Anne Dean Turk where she was named Who’s Who in Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University where she was named the Paul van Katwijk piano scholarship recipient. She studied piano with Dr. Harris Crohn and pedagogy with Louise Bianchi and Dr. David Karp. She received her Master of Arts in Piano Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Andrew Parr. She is certified with the National Piano Teacher’s Association, Kindermusik and the American College of Musicians.
While at Kilgore College she has organized the annual David Karp Piano Festival and the Anne Dean Turk Concerto Competition, and has developed an electronic keyboard laboratory. Her Keyboard Orchestras have performed at the National Piano Teacher’s Institute, the Texas Music Teacher’s Convention in Corpus, the Music Teacher’s National Conventions in Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as service clubs and organizations. Her 2011 Kilgore College Keyboard Orchestra opened the Texas Music Teacher’s Convention in Arlington, Texas. Kilgore College presented Siler with the Innovative Teaching Award in 2008. Sandra was named the Kilgore College 2011 Piper Professor. The Henderson Daily News has awarded her the Best Piano Teacher/ Musician in the East Texas Area numerous times, most recently 2010 and again in 2011. She is in demand to present workshops, piano concerts and adjudicate throughout the country.
In addition to her college work, she manages the Mattie Trammel Art Center, a music conservatory in Henderson. Mrs. Siler’s college students have won scholarships to the Cleveland Institute of Music, North Texas State University, Belmont, TCU, the University of Texas, SMU, the University of Alabama, Baylor, NYU—to name a few. She is a member of the Kilgore Area Music Teacher’s Association, the Longview Piano Teacher’s Association, and the East Texas Music Teacher’s Association. Sandra is on the Kilgore College Foundation Board and the Kilgore College Piano Concerto Circle Board. Siler co-founded the Kilgore College Friends of Music. She enjoys playing two-piano concerts with her former SMU teacher, Dr. David Karp.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Henderson where she is a Sunday School teacher for the tenth grade girl’s class. She is in demand to conduct workshops and seminars as well as to perform as an adjudicator. She is the wife of Steve Siler, and the busy mother of sons Nick, 17, Austin 23 and beautiful daughter-in-law, Sarah.
Suzanne Solum of Sunshine Piano Studio began her music education in piano at 8 years of age. Throughout her school years, she also added other instruments, music theory, and both solo and ensemble experience. Beyond high school, she had 1 year with Concordia College’s bachelor of music program in Moorhead, Minnesota and the 1 year diploma at Christ for the Nations in Dallas for their Bible/Music program. The gifted teachers she had over the years inspired her life-long love of music, which included many styles of music and the understanding of how music is put together. This is the gift she passes on to her students to equip them to play, create, and arrange the music that motivates them and enriches their lives.
Wilkins, NCTM, Judy
Judy Wilkins, NCTM maintains a private piano studio specializing in the Suzuki approach. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Tyler, where she has taught adjunct applied piano and related coursework. Mrs. Wilkins also serves as accompanist for the Tyler Civic Chorale. She is certified as a Suzuki Piano Method instructor, with over twenty years of experience in teaching the method.
Professional memberships include The Suzuki Association of the Americas, National Guild of Piano Teachers, Music Teachers National Association, and Texas Music Teachers Association. As a charter member of East Texas Music Teachers Association she currently serves as its president. She has been named the organization’s Collegiate Teacher of the Year. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, a designation awarded by Music Teachers National Association.
Mrs. Wilkins has a long history of church music ministry involvement, both chorally and as a pianist, and is currently a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. Other community musical involvement includes music for Tyler Civic Theatre and a wide range of choral, stage, and solo accompanying at the middle-school, high-school, and college/university level. She is also an adjudicator for National Guild Auditions and for various regional festivals and competitions.
Wright, EdD, Dr. Marylyn Riley
Marylyn Wright has recently retired after 21 years of college teaching. Dr. Wright has been a music department head, the Director of Two-Year Schools for the Texas Association of Music Schools, and a board member of various state scholarship organizations.
She first started teaching piano lessons at the age of 12 in Dallas, Texas. She graduated with a dual emphasis in piano and voice from the University of Texas at Tyler, a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from East Texas State University, and her Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in Commerce. She serves as a festival judge, a clinician, a lecturer, and a piano and pipe organ accompanist. She presently teaches private piano from MW Music Studio in Athens, Texas.