Meet the Teachers
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.
If you are unsure which of our teachers might be right for you, please contact us. We’d be happy to make a match.
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.
Kyle Johnson has been teaching piano in Jackson for 22 years and has performed in a variety of local bands ranging from folk to funk. He is the founder of TMS and lives in Jackson with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Zack and Cadence.
With a background in human services and years of experience teaching everything from adaptive skiing to whitewater rafting, Kyle is a unique and talented music educator. His biggest musical inspiration was his own piano teacher, Keith Phillips.
Kyle relocated to Jackson in 1991 after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College in Vermont.
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.
Piano, Woodwinds, and Production
Joe Rudd, a Wyoming native, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer. He has a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Utah and is a certified Apple professional.
Joe has many performance credits as a saxophonist and has worked with hip hop artist Nipsey Hussle and producers Larrance Dopson and DJ Mustard. Some notable performances include opening for B.B. King, Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, and playing at Hugh Hefner’s wedding. As a composer, some of Joe’s original compositions were recently featured in a documentary by Academy Award-nominated Matthew Cooke.
Joe now works out of his studio based in Jackson Hole. He is passionate about performing, teaching, and producing music - and his golden retriever, Mina.
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 has spent the last 15 years as a professional musician, fishing guide, and ski instructor. When he is not guiding or gigging, he spends his time with his two sons.
Taylor has a true passion for music and is excited to share this with his students at Teton Music School. He believes that focusing on creativity and making music fun, anyone can learn to play an instrument.
So let’s play some music!
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.
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin
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 very active in high school 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 the Fall of 2019 and is excited to reconnect with the JH music and arts community!
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.
Tom has lead a life of music from his upbringing in Elko, NV, to his education and career as a professional drummer in New Orleans and Portland, OR to his career as a music therapist in Jackson, WY. Tom completed his music therapy internship in the summer of 2020 at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, and has lived and worked as a music therapist in Teton County since September, 2020.
Having earned three degrees in music over the years, Tom plays the drumset, percussion, piano, guitar, and other various instruments. He has extensive history in performance, touring, and teaching, from individual drum and piano lessons to college level survey courses.
While Tom is passionate about performing and teaching music, he is especially passionate about the healing and well-being that music therapy can promote in individuals, families, and communities. He is excited about working with various populations throughout Teton County and the mountain west.