Thank-you for visiting the Musicians In Motion website! We value your business and trust that you will enjoy your stay, but first we'd like to offer you a special for putting your trust in us as a new client. For a limited time only, we are offering four lessons for $49 to all new students visiting one of our two locations. In-home lessons receive 10% off the first four lessons**.
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Must be a new student to Musicians In Motion.
Guitar age 10-17
Piano ages 5-17
Violin ages 3-17
Limit one per student
Meet some of Our Teachers
Music is something that affects each an every one of us, and even if we don’t all become professional musicians, their is a hightened level of appreciation for music in general after having played an instrument. I teach the suzuki method which emphasizes ear training (something many musicians lack) along with the normal theory that must be taught. Imagine being able to play by ear or by music! It’s simple yet effective in bringing years of musical enjoyment! You never know….you might become the next Itzhak Perlman! I also believe firmly in training my students how to practice effectively in order to progress as quickly as possible.
I graduated three years ago with BA’s in Music and Theology, and proceeded to get my Masters in Theology. While in undergraduate school, I took lessons from Robert Koff, a renowned violinist in his time and one of the founding members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
- 23 years experience playing the violin
- 10 years experience playing the piano
- Have played in numerous Quartets, Orchestras, String Trios, Piano Trios, Churches since I was 8 including some of the best youth orchestras in the world
- Have played in the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra
- Have traveled with musical groups all over the world including Cuba, Mexico, France, and England
- Currently I own and operate Musicians In Motion
Tina Booth is a 2013 honor graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music; voice concentration. Her vocal performances range in genre from opera to musical theater to southern gospel. She currently sings with the Inspirational group, Melody of Faith.
When asked about her vocal teaching style, Tina says, “I don’t subscribe to one method of voice training. I do, however, believe we all have the ability to sing and our singing voices should sound like our speaking voices. It is my goal to identify unique qualities in my students’ voices and help them gain confidence in their singing.”
Tina has experience producing and arranging vocals for groups, including the Progressive Southern Gospel Group, The Promise®. One of the songs Tina co-produced, “Shout Before The Walls” was recognized by The Singing News Magazineas a DJ pick hit and has been on several Christian radio charts.
Tina has a special fondness for teaching beginner piano students. “I love to see a student’s face light up when they play their first song and then again when they play it for someone else and they actually recognize the tune,” exclaimed Tina. For traditional piano lessons, Tina uses curriculum by Faber & Faber. She is currently training to become a licensed Simply Music instructor.
Valarie Alexandra Valois is a concert pianist, collaborative artist , and master teacher who has been involved in making music quite literally since she was four. Dr. Valois actually began teaching when she was seven, and has been working as a professional musician all of her life. She is also a liturgical musician, and enjoys conducting choirs, playing the organ, and arranging sacred music in all forms.
She was blessed with an extraordinary group of teachers and mentors, and her studies and performances have taken her all over Europe, The Orient, The Middle East, both North and South America, and Africa. Her students have won many international accolades, and have gone on to become major influences in the music world, as performers, composers, teachers and arrangers, and she presently has a full schedule in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
She also has an extensive background in music therapy.
She is learning to play both the Celtic harp and the guitar, and enjoys gardening, cooking, dancing, reading, watching films – and just being alive, sharing life through music and friendship.
Christy's love for music started at a very early age. Growing up in western New York, she began singing and playing piano. Soon her interests grew and she experienced playing saxophone, flute, viola, cello, oboe and guitar. Much of her time was spend performing in numerous groups including concert, orchestra, marching and jazz bands. Also, her love of singing landed her spots in many local singing groups.
Christy has taken her experience in music and her passion for working with adults and children into a successful career teaching music for over seven years. With a focus an mastering music basics in a atmosphere of fun, her teaching style has helped her students reach their goals and enjoy the process of learning. Christy strives to teach her students the skills they need to be able to interpret music on their own and use their creativity.
Currently, in addition to teaching music lessons, Christy is the head of the children's ministry at her local church and assists the worship team by singing and playing keyboard. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her friends, making art and teaching her cat to act like a dog.
Katie Brown is a professional freelance musician with over 15 years teaching experience in NC, SC, and GA. Ms. Brown is currently pursuing a DMA (Doctor of Music Arts) in clarinet performance at the University of South Carolina here she taught aspiring music educators as a graduate teaching assistant for the USC School of Music. Katie holds a Master of Music from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University. Ms. Brown enjoys teaching beginner piano lessons to children and adults, as well as clarinet lessons to students at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Michael Lazenby is a pianist and organist based in the Charlotte, NC area. A native of Charlotte, Michael has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Recently, he has performed in the St. Anthony Festa Italiana, Tosco Music Parties, and the UUCC Chamber Music Series in Charlotte, the Charlotte Seen Ball, various performances in Las Vegas, and at the Tibor Varga Festival in Switzerland. Michael is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts where he majored in piano under the tutelage of legendary pedagogue Clifton Matthews. Michael has dedicated his career to his love of music education, both through teaching and informative performances. Michael has a strong conviction to teach an appreciation of the arts to future generations. His teaching style is customized to fit each of his students' needs and goals. He utilizes a variety of methods and believes that anyone can be taught to enjoy an instrument with the proper motivation. When he is not teaching or performing, Michael enjoys time with his 8 year old daughter, 2 year old son, and wife Mandy.
Joanna is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has over 20 years experience teaching vocal techniques, song preparation, audition and performance skills and beginner's piano. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Portland Maine Opera and in Athens, Greece and the Islands. She teaches and loves all genres of music including jazz, musical theatre, pop, classical and opera. She loves to teach any age and any skill level. She currently sings shows of jazz, musical theater and spiritual music at nursing homes through out the Charlotte area.