Our teachers rock
Teton Music School is proud of our roster of accomplished, professional teachers. In addition to being dedicated educators, they are also local, working musicians that perform regularly, both in the local area and beyond. They have a broad range of teaching styles that support every type of student, from beginner to the most advanced. In fact, many of their students have gone on to study music in college or have become professional musicians in their own right.
We want to build the most successful environment for our students, which means finding the right instruction style and personality match between student and teacher. Let us know what type of instructor experience helps you thrive, and we'll match you with the best.
Piano, Woodwinds, Music Production
Joe Rudd, a Wyoming native, is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies and is a certified Apple professional, where he taught music production for 7 years. During that time, he helped lead a successful sound company in most of the top hotels in Hollywood and has worked with many leading studio musicians, producers, directors, and actors, including Jeff Goldblum, Stevie Wonder, and Justin Bieber. As a session musician Joe has worked with the late Nipsey Hussle, Larrance Dopson, and DJ Mustard.
Joe's trajectory growing up in Wyoming and working alongside some of the most famous music producers has inspired him to help others see their own potential. His goal is to share his unique experiences with the next generation of Wyoming music makers and to inspire their creativity.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Taylor Upton is originally from Atlanta, GA and moved to Jackson in 2006. Taylor has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has always had a passion for performing. Since moving to Jackson, he has played hundreds of local and regional shows throughout the area. He is the co-founder, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player in Jackson’s premier live events band, Whiskey Mornin’.
Taylor has a true passion for music and is very excited to share this with his students at Teton Music School. He believes that by focusing on creativity and making music fun, anyone can learn to play an instrument.
So, let's make some music!
Guitar, Ukulele, Piano
Susan Jones is a multi-instrumentalist and has been teaching private lessons in piano, guitar, and ukulele for the past 12 years.
She is a performer in several bands, and currently plays keyboard for Chanman Roots Band, a local 9-piece reggae ensemble. She started Music Together, LLC 15 years ago, a popular family music program for parents and children ages 0-5.
As a reliable and involved member of the community, Susan provides outreach for the library, teaches multi-generational music classes, and runs mobile music camps.
Read more about Susan's work during the pandemic here.
Lynnette Turner Parry
Lynnette Turner Parry is a professional singer, actress,
dancer and teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Utah State University and has studied with accomplished vocalists Allison Roddy and Kim Wood Sandusky.
Lynnette is an upbeat and energetic teacher who encourages her students to explore multiple styles of music and makes the learning process fun.
Her many performances span a huge range, playing Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance” at the Royal Theater and Megara in “Hercules: The Musical” on Disney cruise ships. Since moving to Jackson, Lynnette played Velma Kelly in the Riot Act production of “Chicago” and currently sings with the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole.
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting
Melissa is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. A Jackson Hole native, Melissa's first music experience was taking piano lessons with Kyle Johnson at age 7. With her musical foundation, she taught herself guitar and ukulele, began writing songs, and became active in choir and theater.
She has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Denver. From learning how to scat solo at late-night jazz jams, leading an all-female acapella group to regional competitions, and playing mandolin on the rainy streets of Cork, Ireland in a busking swing band during her semester abroad, Melissa strives to embody the many (and often unconventional) elements of music-making, something she strives to inspire in her students.
Melissa moved back to Jackson in 2019, excited to reconnect with the JH music and arts community!
Cello, Viola, Violin, Piano
Laura Wanek grew up in New Mexico and San Diego playing violin and piano. She earned a Masters of Music from San Diego State University and spent many years playing and teaching music in San Diego and Baja California.
She has performed with the Orquesta de Baja California, Opera de Tijuana, City Ballet of San Diego, Lyric Opera of San Diego, and San Diego Musical Theater.
Laura teaches violin and piano in Jackson, and performs with the Idaho Falls Symphony. She also, at times, plays percussion with the Jackson Hole Community Band. Laura enjoys the mountains and the outdoors of Wyoming.
Ed Domer has been a professional drummer and percussionist for over 35 years. He has toured and performed with The Letterman, The Drifters, and Jennifer Batten, among many others.
As a private teacher and clinician, Ed has taught thousands of students over the years. Many of his former students are now working professional musicians in the US and abroad. Ed also co-founded Jackson Hole Rock and Roll Camp, a one of a kind program, that was very popular and successful.
Ed continues to have a very busy gigging schedule. He plays 150-200 gigs a year with a number of bands, both local and beyond, while maintaining an active teaching schedule.
Board Certified Music Therapist
Tom's musical life brought him to Jackson Hole in September 2020 as a music therapist following years as a professional drummer .in New Orleans and Portland, OR. Tom completed his music therapy internship in the summer of 2020 at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, Having earned three degrees in music over the years, Tom plays the drum set, percussion, piano, guitar, and other instruments. He has extensive history in performance, touring, and teaching, from individual lessons to college level courses.
Tom is passionate about teaching and performing music, especially the healing and well-being that music therapy can promote in communities, families, and individuals.
Click here to read about Tom's recent Music Therapy experiences during the pandemic, published in the Fall 2021 issue of Music Therapy Perspectives.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar
Vince is in his 16th year as the Director of Strings at Jackson Hole High School and Jackson Hole Middle School. Vince teaches chamber, concert, and middle school orchestras and directs the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra.
Vince received his Bachelor and Masters in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Vince studied cello with Barbara Thiem at UW and has held such positions as the Wyoming American String Teachers Association (ASTA) president, and the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Orchestra Vice President and Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra Director.
Vince has a vast performance background and enjoys performing and recording music with local musicians. Vince resides in Jackson and enjoys skiing/ snowboarding, backpacking, and fly fishing with his wife Shannon, son August and daughter Iris.
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo
Clay is a songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Jackson. His musical upbringing was rooted in the bluegrass and western traditions of the Bar J Chuckwagon, which his family ran for 44 years and on whose stage he performed.
He began playing guitar at 12, and has since added bass, mandolin, ukelele, banjo, piano, violin, and vocals. He participated in orchestra, band, choir, theater, and several extracurricular bands while at school in Jackson, and was a member of the University of Wyoming’s Singing Statesmen choir.
Clay believes that anyone can learn to make the music they love, and that with a solid understanding of theory and technique, the barriers between musical styles and expressions fall away.
Jeffrey Kail joined the Kansas City Symphony in 2006 and served as Principal Bass 2008-2021. Previously he was a member of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Additionally, he has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Alabama Symphony. He studied at Indiana University with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst. Other teachers include Ralph Jones, Jack Budrow, and Leigh Mesh. For six summers he was an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Recently, Jeff has continued his relationship with the Verbier Festival and returns in the summers as member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Summer Camp Instructor
Collin is a performer and educator. He has worked as a public school music teacher in a variety of settings ranging from elementary to high school. He currently serves as the Jackson Hole Middle School Choir, Band and Guitar Director. He holds a Bachelors in Music Education with focus in Jazz Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An active performer, Collin was previously a member of Richie Coles Alto Madness Orchestra as well as an arranger and saxophonist for R&B singer Lyndsey Smith in addition to leading a variety of projects.
Collin strives to teach music to all ages by creating a safe and positive space so that all students can grow and find joy in making music.
Prior to moving to Jackson from Russia (via Bahrain) in 2021, Natalia Van Genderen had been Concert Master and Concert Pianist for Yaroslavl State Phliharmonic Orchestra and Choral Cappella “Yaroslavia”. Locally, Natalia has performed with musicians from the Grand Teton Music Festival and Utah Symphony Orchestras, is the pianist at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, and plays at St. John’s Episcopal Church and other community venues. Natalia is an experienced educator and successfully teaches children and adults, with a focus on an individualized approach tailored to the needs of each student, cultivating a love for music, and taking enjoyment in progress in its many forms.
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Jack was born and raised in Jackson Hole, surrounded by music and theatre, and is in his fourth year at Berklee College of Music. He is excited to share the variety of music education styles and approaches with aspiring musicians who are looking to better their playing. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jack looks forward to sharing his knowledge of fretted instruments, drums, and piano, as well as reading, writing, and recording music through programs like Finale and Logic Pro. Jack believes that figuring out what music means to a student on a fundamental level is a key that unlocks both technical development and an authentic exploration of a wide variety of perspectives on this wonderful art form.