Find a CCMTA Teacher

CCMTA teachers are all committed to providing the highest quality of music education. We are all individual business owners, have our own styles and specialities, and look forward to becoming an important part of your family's life. Below, in alphabetical order, you will find teaching specialities, qualifications, and contact information for our wonderful CCMTA teachers.

Andrea Llafet, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Taubman Technique

Education & Certifications: Masters of Teaching in Music; Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and Teaching; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Active member of the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Vancouver Heights, Clark College

Andrea Llafet has a passion for collaborative music. She has worked as an accompanist for recitals, concerts and competitions across the Northwest, and is currently on staff with the Evergreen School District as choral accompanist and assistant choir director. An active pianist, teacher and accompanist for over 25 years, she loves to play and teach a variety of styles. Andrea has studied the Taubman approach to the piano since 1995, and incorporates this philosophy of synchronized hand and arm movement in her approach to piano technique. Her passion in sharing the gift of music is to inspire other students as she has been inspired, and enrich their lives with a greater understanding and appreciation of music. Andrea holds a BM in Piano Performance, a Master’s degree in Teaching Music, and is MTNA certified.

Angela Tsai, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Camas

Annalisa Quarto

Teaching Specialties: Voice

Locale: Battle Ground

Dr. Anton Zotov

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music

Education & Certifications: Doctor of Music in Piano Performance; Master’s of Music in Piano Performance; Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance; Junior Specialist Diploma in Art and Music from Nikolaev State College of Music in Ukraine; Active member of the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA); Member of the National Music Honor Society

Locale: Orchards

Dr. Anton Zotov is an active Ukrainian-born pianist with a wide range of experience in solo, collaborative and chamber music. Throughout his studies both in Ukraine and the United States, Anton gave numerous solo and chamber music recitals, participated in small and large ensembles and demonstrated knowledge in various styles of piano repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary music.

Anton’s teaching philosophy is based on his studies with the internationally renowned pianists and unifies the wide variety of methods and techniques that are adopted to the needs of each individual student. The foundation of his teaching is rooted in the world-famous piano school of Henrich Neuhaus, which he inherited from his period of studies with distinguished teacher of Ukraine Marina Matveyeva and internationally acclaimed pianist Maxim Mogilevsky. Anton’s farther knowledge is enhanced with the teaching and performing experiences gained through studies with the concert pianists Alexander Toradze, Joel Hastings and David Kalhous. Anton’s teaching approach is characterized by the careful attention to details, development of musicality and imagination, establishment of fundamental skills, as well as achievement of personal growth and self-awareness through exploration of music and student’s own abilities.

April Duvic

Teaching Specialties: Voice

Education & Certifications: Masters of Science in Teaching; Bachelors of Arts in Music; Active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). 

Locale: Vancouver Heights, Clark College

April Duvic, professor emeritus from Clark College in Vancouver, WA, is passionate about helping students understand how to best develop their voice. Comfortable in working with singers of all ages, she utilizes a wide variety of teaching methods to assist students in understanding healthy vocal technique that is grounded in science. At the same time, she nurtures artistic musicians, giving them tools to better communicate the composers’ and poets’ intentions. Equally at ease in teaching classical vocal repertoire and music for the theatre, her students are frequent winners at NATS auditions and two have won the MTNA high school national performance competition. She is a frequent adjudicator for both choral and solo vocal competitions and conducts master classes in Oregon and Washington.

Dr. Barbara Roberts, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Vancouver Heights

Becca Sivits

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: East Vancouver

Beth Duvall

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Musical Theatre, Church Music

Education & Certifications: College level music and theory classes; Active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Vancouver Heights, Clark College

Beth Duvall has studied piano, organ, voice, and violin in private lessons and in college level classes. Beth has extensive choral experience in high school and collegiate levels, as well as the Los Angeles All-City Choir, the Boise Master Chorale (with Boise Symphony Orchestra) and numerous church choirs. Beth is an experienced accompanist, working with Broadway-style shows, school choirs of every level, church choirs, private voice lessons, symphonic choirs, vocal competitions, and vocal recitals of all ages. Beth is a frequent event pianist, playing for weddings, parties, conferences, and funerals. Beth’s experience is primarily “hands-on,” supported by educational opportunities. Beth is an avid supporter of community arts, through on the Boards of Directors for the Peanut Gallery Theatre, Blue Parrot Theatre, Cooperative Arts Council of Clark County, The Women In Action Foundation, S.W.I.F.T. Financial Women International, Burton Ridge Neighborhood Association, as well as an active member of the CCMTA.

Brenda Lance

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Education & Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Teaching; Active member of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Camas, Washougal

With some 20 years of professional experience, Brenda Lance is excited to bring her expertise as a teacher, performer, and collaborative pianist. Brenda's passion for music extends to students of all ages, music levels, and cultural backgrounds through private lessons, master classes, and summer camps. As a teacher, Brenda strives to provide a fun, interactive, and rigorous instructional program. Brenda offers K-12 students numerous performance opportunities that assist in building experience and confidence, establishing stronger mental focus, and creating a musical identity. For her adult recreational players, she offers a program that provides both depth and enjoyment, culminating in greater musical and technical mastery.

Whether she is providing solo or collaborative performances, Brenda draws on an extensive musical background, her professional experience, and a variety of styles and genres. Her passion and commitment to musical integrity informs her connection to audiences. 

When Brenda is not working in her studio or fulfilling performance engagements, she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking through the many scenic locations in the Northwest.

Candy Blackenbaker

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Vancouver Mall

Christina Hemphill

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Camas

Cinda Goold Redman, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Collaborative Music

Education & Certifications: Masters and Bachelors in Piano Performance; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM); Active member of the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: East Vancouver, Fishers Landing

Mrs. Redman has studied piano in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Portland. She has performed widely in concerts throughout the United States, Japan, New Zealand, France, Austria, and Israel, and has performed s a studio instrumentalist and vocalist in Hollywood. Cinda taught piano at the University of Southern California while working on her Masters degree. Cinda is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and performs regularly with her piano partner Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton in The East Meets West Piano-Duo.

 

Cinda is very involved with local Clark County music organizations, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, regular accompanying, is a past president for the CCMTA, and currently serves as the District IV Vice President for the Washington State Music Teachers Association. Cinda is a collaborative artist and teaches a full schedule of private piano students. Cinda aims to teach her students skills with an informed sense of musical style, until they are fully independent.

Cody Shearer

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Battle Ground

Colleen Adent

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Debbie Lee

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Taubman Technique, Suzuki Method, Chamber Music

Education & Certifications: Masters of Music in Piano Performance; Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Suzuki Association of the Americas

Locale: East County, Camas

Mrs. Lee believes children are products of their environment. The Learning Triangle, including student, parent, and teacher, creates the nurturing environment to help the student thrive and be creative. Mrs. Lee began teaching piano in 1991 and has maintained an active private studio. Throughout the year, students participate in events, such as recitals, festivals, workshops, and adjudications, to keep them challenged and motivated. In addition to their private lessons, the students attend group classes that are designed to strengthen overall musicianship. 

 

When Mrs. Lee is not teaching, she supports music and art advocacy groups and mentors high school and college students who are pursuing careers in music.  She is also a frequent adjudicator at festivals in California, Washington, Oregon, and Texas. Mrs. Lee studied piano performance at University of California, Irvine under the instruction of Nina Scolnik.

Dimitri Zhgenti

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Orchards

Dr. Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton

Teaching Specialties: Piano, ABRSM Theory

Education & Certifications: PhD in Piano Performance, Literature, and Chamber Music from the Tchaikovsky Music Conservatory in Moscow, Russia; Active member of the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Dr. Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton is an active solo, chamber, and piano-duet performer. The East-Meets-West Piano Duo with her partner Cinda Redman has performed in Russia, France, Austria, and throughout the Northwest. They appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2004 and 2010. Elena has performed as a solo artist with the VSO Chamber Music Series in 2012, 2015, and 2016.

Along with a busy performance schedule, Elena maintains a full-time piano studio. Her students consistently win top prizes at local, district, and international competitions and perform throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. Elena currently serves as accompanist for the Oregon and Washington State Music Festivals, fund-raising concerts, and competitions. She is past president of the Clark County Music Teachers Association and is listed in Who's Who of American Women.

Elena enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her pedagogical philosophy is based on the traditional Russian piano school: mastery of physical technique to provide the ability to perform imaginative, artistic interpretations of music. Her motto is: "Don't make music; let music make you."

Elizabeth Morris, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Contemporary Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Music Technology

Education & Certifications: Masters of Music in Music Education; Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM); Active member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: East Vancouver, Camas

Elizabeth Morris’ passion for music and the arts drives her belief that learning music should be a positive experience for all. Elizabeth focuses on building the essential foundational skills that are vital for students to master, while also providing a smooth transition to intermediate and more advanced levels of study. With 15 years teaching experience, Elizabeth’s Music Studio specializes in private music lessons in classical and modern piano, keys, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and modern voice, and integrates applicable music technology whenever applicable, including studio recording and transcription software.

 

Elizabeth is passionate about mentoring the next generation of music teachers and launched the Assistant Music Teacher program in 2019 so she could teach advanced students how to teach beginning music lessons. Elizabeth also employs professional Independent Music Teachers, allowing her to network within the Studio and increase student performance opportunities.

Helen Murray, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Taubman Technique

Education & Certifications: Doctoral work at Indiana University; Masters of Music in Piano Performance; Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Accredited by Golandsky Institute

Locale: Battle Ground, Orchards

Helen Murray believes that players of all ages and levels of advancement can experience wonderful, fulfilling times at the keyboard. By experiencing various types of music taught with real insight as to how each one is composed and being given help to develop physical movements via the Taubman Technique that make for successful playing, the piano student is being shown the path to many years of pleasurable involvement with the field of music. Helen believes learning is a lifestyle and so has spent over 15 years as a student of Paul Roberts. Helen has teaching experience on several college faculties, in addition to her private studio.

Jennifer Harris

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Jessica Ann Kelly

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Judy Ebel

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Education & Certifications: Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers

Locale: Vancouver Heights, Clark College

Judy Ebel does not remember a time in her life when she was not playing some form of piano.  Formal lessons began at age seven, and by high school Judy studied music with Bonnie Garrett at Lewis and Clark College.  She continued her education at Seattle Pacific University with Wayne Johnson.  Later she finished her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon studying under Marlene Thal. Continued studies with Helen Murray in the Taubman method followed.

 

Judy has maintained a brimming piano studio for 35 years and is active in both the National Guild of PianoTeachers as well as MTNA. Her teaching is structured to emphasize all aspects of  'fine tuning' the pupil, in hopes they might pursue music as a life long passion. She is an accomplished handbell soloist and director, and regularly ministers in music with her husband, Don, a baritone.

Jun Young

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Vancouver Heights

Kathy Edsill-Charles, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Lena Nikulin

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Lily Burton, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Strings

Locale: Camas

Linda Appert

Teaching Specialties: Voice

Education & Certifications: Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance; Graduate work at the University of Kansas; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

Locale: Cascade Park, Fishers Landing

Linda Appert, soprano, has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Clark College Orchestra, Bravo Vancouver Concert Series, Vancouver Children’s Opera, the Oregon Sinfonietta and has appeared in recital at the Old Church in Portland, Oregon. Along with her husband, conductor Donald Appert, she has performed as soloist with professional orchestras in over ten countries in Europe as well as in Central America. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, Linda also studied at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Kansas. She is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and is an adjunct instructor of voice at Clark College, Vancouver, WA.  Her students have been recognized for their singing talent at the local, state, regional and national levels. Many have and continue to pursue degrees in voice at leading schools of music throughout the country as well as sing professionally in the United States and abroad. Linda enjoys teaching students ages ten to adult.

Louise "Liz" Nedela, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Composition

Education & Certifications: Masters of Music in Composition and Piano Performance; Masters of Education in Piano and Composition; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Locale: Salmon Creek, Felida

Liz teaches piano and composition, nurturing creativity while developing piano technique and music theory. Adding composition aspects while learning to play the piano creates a composer-eye-view and understanding of learning music. Having many years experience teaching, performing, and as a composer, she reaches students of all ages and abilities. She is certified through MTNA and carries a Masters of Music in Composition, as well as a Masters of Education in Piano, Composition, and Education. With a focus on learning styles, she adapts her teaching to meet the needs of each student.

Dr. Maria Mazo

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Voice, Conducting, Chamber Music

Education & Certifications: Doctorate of Arts in Chorale Conducting and Piano; Master of Music in Choral Conducting; Bachelor of Arts in Music Education; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Green Meadows, Hazel Dell

Pianist and Conductor Dr. Maria Mazo is co-founder and Music Director of Bravo! Northwest Concerts and the Bravo! Northwest Chorale. She is currently Director of Music at The Madeleine Church in Portland where she conducts The Madeleine Choir and is the Parish pianist and organist. Maria has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a pianist and chamber musician, specializing in classical/jazz "crossover" music. Maria was Assistant Professor of Choral Music at North Carolina Wesleyan College and has maintained an active private studio of piano and voice students for the past 30+ years.

Maria is equally at home teaching all styles of piano and voice. She enjoys working with students of all ages, from young beginners to accomplished adults - and is passionate about developing an individual approach to teaching that is unique to each student.

Martha Natiuk

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Organ

Locale: Battle Ground

Megan Chien

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: East Vancouver, Fishers Landing

Dr. Michael Kissinger

Teaching Specialties: Clarinet, Jazz Improvisation, Chamber Music, Music History, Composition

Education & Certifications: Doctorate of Musical Arts (Eastman School of Music); Master of Music in Clarinet Performance (MSU); Bachelors of Music in Clarinet Performance (UNC Greensboro); Active members of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: Green Meadows, Hazel Dell

For the past thirty years, Dr. Michael Kissinger has worked as a clarinetist, conductor, producer, educator, and composer.  He has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe as a jazz & classical clarinetist and conductor, most notably with Jose Feliciano, Diane Schuur and other legendary jazz artists - and as U.S. guest conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in Croatia.  Michael is co-founder and Artistic Director of Bravo! Northwest Concerts, presenting an annual concert series in the Vancouver/Portland area.  His music company, Michael Vaughn Productions has produced concerts & events throughout the USA, Italy and Croatia, including the nationally-acclaimed Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival and Dubrovnik Wine & Jazz Festival. 

 

Michael regularly incorporates both classical & jazz improvisation in his studio to enable students to perform ALL genres.  Whether teaching a young beginner or coaching an accomplished adult, Michael believes in instilling in ALL students confidence in their instrument, and appreciation of and a lifelong passion for music.

Natalya Nesterenko

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Walnut Grove

Patti Duthie

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Renato Fabbro

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Portland, Arbor Lodge

Rob Melton

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Camas

Sharon Giberson

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Woodland

Sharon Hinckley, NCTM

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Harpsichord

Locale: Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Tanya Okhotina

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Tatiana Kolchanova

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Washougal

Todd Perkins

Teaching Specialties: Piano, Taubman Technique

Education & Certifications: Masters of Piano Pedagogy; Bachelors of Performing Arts; Active member of the Clark County Music Teachers Association (CCMTA)

Locale: East Vancouver

Todd was born and raised in Perth Western Australia and first started playing piano at the age of 13. He received his Bachelor of Performing Arts from Edith Cowen University at the age of 20 and earned a Masters in Piano Pedagogy two years later. During his college years Todd received numerous accolades, including the Cecelia Daff Scholarship three years in a row and the Peter Juliavary award in 2003. Since graduating, Todd has maintained a busy teaching and performance schedule. Piano Pedagogy has always been an interest and after college he studied the Taubman approach with Edna Golandski and John Bloomfeild. Over the past three years through private research, Todd has documented his own approach to music practice and performance and is currently in the process of publishing a definitive guide for musicians. Todd specializes in helping students relieve tension and pursue an "effortless choreography" approach to piano study.

Tracy Allen

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Vancouver Heights

Vila Moreland

Teaching Specialties: Piano

Locale: Vancouver, Minnehaha

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