Find a MTACC Teacher

MTACC teachers are private studio teachers and college music faculty in SW Washington and into Portland. We are all committed to providing the highest quality of music education, are 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 MTACC teachers.

All of our teachers are well-trained and dedicated; however, some have taken the additional step of becoming Nationally Certified Teachers of Music. You will find the initials NCTM by their names.

Andrea Llafet, NCTM

Piano, Taubman Technique

Vancouver Heights, Clark College

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

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

Piano

Camas

April Duvic

Voice

Vancouver Heights, Clark College

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)

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.

Barbara Roberts, Dr., NCTM

Piano

Vancouver, Vancouver Heights

Doctor's

Beth Duvall

Piano, Musical Theatre, Church Music

Vancouver Heights, Clark College

College level music and theory classes; Active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC)

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 MTACC.

Brenda Lance

Piano

Camas, Washougal

Bachelors of Science in Teaching; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC); Elected MTACC President

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, local and national online 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.

Candace Blackenbaker

Piano

Vancouver, Vancouver Mall

Bachelor's

Cinda Goold Redman, NCTM

Piano, Collaborative Music

East Vancouver, Fishers Landing

Masters and Bachelors in Piano Performance; Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM); Active member of the Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC)

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 MTACC, 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.

Colleen Adent

Piano

West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Bachelor's

Debbie Lee

Piano, Taubman Technique, Suzuki Method, Chamber Music

East County, Camas

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

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.

Elena Vozheiko-Wheaton, Dr.

Piano, ABRSM Theory

Vancouver, Hazel Dell

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

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 Music Teachers Association of Clark County 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

Classical + Modern Piano, Classical + Modern Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Music Technology

East Vancouver, Camas

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 Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC); Elected MTACC 1st Vice President

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.

Jennifer Harris

Piano

Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Bachelor's

Jessica Ann Kelly

Violin

West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Judy Ebel

Piano

Vancouver Heights, Clark College

Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance; Active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the National Guild of Piano Teachers

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.

Kathy Edsill-Charles, NCTM

Piano

Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Lena Nikulin

Piano

Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Master's

Lily Burton, NCTM

Strings

Camas

Linda Appert

Voice

Cascade Park, Fishers Landing

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)

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

Piano, Composition

Salmon Creek, Felida

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), Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA), and Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC)

Liz teaches piano, composition, theory, cello, nurturing creativity while developing technique and music theory. Adding composition aspects while learning to play creates a composer-eye-view and understanding of learning music. Having many years experience teaching, performing, and as a composer, clinician and adjudicator, 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 and Composition, where she created a program to teach composition. With a focus on learning styles, she adapts her teaching to meet the needs of each student; many students are award winners and have served as pianists for choirs, accompanying, and composing for special projects. Liz was the 2014 WSMTA Commissioned Composer of the year; and in 2020, she began serving as chair of that project. She is also active in Cascadia Composers and National Association of Composers USA (NACUSA). Liz writes for piano, instrumental, voice; composing solos, duets, ensemble, choir, and orchestra music; with many commissions and winner of many competitions. Liz is published in JWPepper and Sheet Music Plus.

Patti Duthie

Piano

West Vancouver, Hazel Dell

Renato Fabbro, Dr., NCTM

Piano, Chamber Music

Doctor's

Rob Melton

Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Preschool Music, Collaborative Music

Ridgefield, Camas

Masters of Teaching in Music; Bachelor of Arts in Music; Member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Music Teachers Association of Clark County (MTACC)

Rob Melton is the owner and director of Opus School of Music in Ridgefield and Camas. He opened his studios in 2006 after graduating from PSU to grow artistic spirits of all ages. He supports and trains teachers and oversees the curriculum for piano, guitar, preschool music, various programs for ages 5-9, and choir/glee programs. Opus offers lessons for most instruments, group and private lessons, and music technology. Mr. Melton enjoys teaching, creating curriculum and systems for the school and meeting the parents and students who attend each week. He has a contagious passion for rhythm and enjoys supporting a collaborative spirit between the teachers and the students. He performs with local groups playing variety of genres and with his wife and two young children.
When Mr. Melton is not at his studios, you can find him running, hiking, camping, birding, reading, playing with his family and spending time wondering.

Sharon Giberson

Piano

Bachelor's

Sharon Hinckley, NCTM

Piano, Harpsichord

Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Tanya Okhotina

Piano

Vancouver, Salmon Creek

Tatiana Kolchanova

Piano

Washougal