EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / ALL INSTRUMENTS
Zach began teaching private lessons in 2004. In 2014, he hired his first employee, and the vision was cast. He opened the brick & mortar LHSM in May of 2017. It’s now home to about 160 students both children and adults. Here’s a little bit about his background…Zach attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of North Texas. He toured nationally / internationally with Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward for 11 years, and has shared the stage with the Turnpike Troubadours, the Old 97's, Robert Earl Keen, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney Larue, and Shakey Graves.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC / ALL INSTRUMENTS
Attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts in 2001, Michael dove into the Jazz world playing bass while performing at multiple festivals such as IAJE Toronto and New York, the Monterrey Jazz Festival and Competition, and the Skidmore Jazz Workshop. Accepting a grant from the Berklee World Scholarship Tour, Michael went on to attend the Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2008, concentrating in Film Scoring and Music Production.
After graduation Michael moved to New York City. After 5 years of performing and touring based out of Brooklyn. Michael toured with various acts performing at festivals and venues such as SXSW, CMJ, the Blue Note, the Troubadour in LA and House Of Blues. In 2012 Michael returned to Dallas and has performed, composed and instructed music for the past 5 years and is also working on hist Masters degree in composition from the Meadows School at SMU.
With this experience Michael not only provides a high level of musicianship, but a realistic and simple approach to crafting a student's abilities. As the Director of the Recording Arts program at LHSM, Michael and the program will provide an engaging and inviting atmosphere for students to record their ideas, for feedback, and of course, for fun.
DRUMS / PIANO
Hailing from a family of professional musicians, Chris began playing drums professionally at age 13. He is now a top call drummer in DFW, having mastered multiple styles of music, landing him a nomination for best drummer by the Dallas Observer in 2018 and 2019. His experience has landed him an opening slot for the B52s and the Motels recently, as well as an American tour with acclaimed international band The Young Mothers.
VOICE / PIANO
Hannah Kuipers grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. At the age of 16, Hannah was awarded first prize in Minnesota for harp, piano, and voice in the Rochester Music Guild Competition, thus changing the rules for the competition. She earned her Bachelor of Harp Performance from Indiana University Bloomington, graduating in three years. She was awarded first prizes in the Indiana Matinee Musical Competition, both as an undergraduate student, and graduate student, and won the Harp Concerto Competition as a Sophomore in college. Hannah won the audition for the National Philharmonic of Chile in South America at the age of 22. After playing with this Opera house for 2 years, Hannah returned to the United States. Hannah has taught voice harp and piano since the age of 13. Everywhere she has lived, she has taught music. She loves Australian Shepherd dogs, road biking, and painting.
PIANO / GUITAR
Mikea LaPierre was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in southwest Michigan. She discovered a passion for music in her early teen years, and began to teach herself piano, guitar, composing, and songwriting.
Mikea earned a Bachelor's degree in Music from Eastern Michigan University, studying piano with Dr. Joel Schoenhals. While at Eastern, Mikea performed extensively with several ensembles, including EMU Women's Choir and EMU jazz combos, and worked both as a piano accompanist for other instrumentalists and as a solo pianist. She frequently performed original songs for piano and voice at coffee shops, restaurants, and other venues. Her most notable performance was her senior degree recital, in which she performed memorized pieces by Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, a 4-movement ragtime duet by Bolcom, and an original composition.
Mikea loves working with people of all ages and skill levels. She has two years of experience working in early childhood classrooms and has also taught private lessons to adults. She is currently freelancing and teaching music in the Dallas area.
PIANO / GUITAR / DRUMS
Perry Morris, Dallas native, graduated 2004 from the acclaimed Booker T. Washington HSPVA. While there he performed at IAJE, the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Juan Salsa Congress, and also played in front of Dave Brubeck. It was there he also developed a deep love and passion for Cuban and West African music and percussion/drumming. He later attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship to continue chasing his musical curiosities. Since graduating college, Perry has lived and worked in Boston, New York City and most recently Los Angeles, where he was working as a professional drummer and teacher.
PIANO / GUITAR
Perry Brooks Nichols is the fifth generation of a family of Dallas artists. At 10 years old, he was Inspired by the sounds of 90's alternative grunge and classic rock to dust off his mother’s classical guitar. His educational journey began when his Middle School’s music teacher allowed him to accompany the recorder ensemble by strumming chords.
As a young teenage he studied the electric guitar with Brad McLemore, he developed a fascination with fingerpicking and sight reading music for the Spanish Guitar. A year later he was accepted to Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts to study jazz with Chuck Pangburn and supplemented his studies by attending classical guitar masterclasses taught by Robert Guthrie, Enric Madriguera, and others. He was granted a full scholarship to SMU’s classical guitar program where he completed a BFA in 2005. Over this course of study, he discovered his passion for guiding students from beginning to advanced levels into the knowledge of the guitar’s diverse musical languages with an emphasis on developing a natural relaxed technique, cultivating literary proficiency with many forms of notation, and finding one’s expressive voice.
As a musical artist, Perry has collaborated w/ various artists on recording sessions and released solo albums under the alias Crowyote. He performs annually at local festivals such as the Clove Hill School Lantern Walk Festival. His students have placed in UIL competitions, and have been accepted to prestigious institutions such as the Berklee School of Music Master’s degree program in Valencia, Spain.
Perry’s teaching specialties include: Youth Education, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Solfeggio, Classical/Flamenco Right Hand Technique and Fingerpicking, the Carlevaro technique, DADGAD, Vestapol and alternate tunings, Chord Melody, Interpretation, Lead & Rhythm Electric Guitar, Composition, Ambient Guitar, Acoustic Synthesis, Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering, and Effects.
VOICE / UKULELE
Brittani is a Dallas native and a Lake Highlands alumna. She attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. Brittani went on to receive her Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University. She served Alvin ISD as their District Vocal Specialist for 7 years and an Elementary Music Teacher for 4 years. She has performed with opera companies in Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Houston. Her favorite role to date was The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Now her favorite role is staying home with her precious three-year-old, Anabelle. She’s super cute.
Allie is currently earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at Southern Methodist University. She loves being a music student almost as much as she loves teaching and sharing her passion for piano, music theory, and composing. She has traveled throughout America and Europe sharing her music, even spending a semester at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and attending the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy where she won the Duino Prize in composition. She always looks forward to coming back home to help teach the next generation.
Allie expects her students to work hard and practice diligently, but believes that the learning process should be a fun and positive experience for everyone involved. She is committed to helping students learn any kind of music they are interested in – classical, film music, video game music, pop, etc. – while still establishing a basis of good technique.
Allie teaches all ages and all levels, from beginner to professional. Lessons with her are engaging and fun, and her hope for her students is that they develop to be great musicians, not just great pianists.
PIANO / GUITAR
Ryan Mulqueen is a guitarist from the D/FW area. He began his musical studies at the age of 10 when he started to learn the double bass in his elementary school orchestra, and has since then branched off into other genres of music as well as other instruments, taking private lessons and studying music in school throughout. He has also participated in various competitions in festivals, including the 10th Annual Collin College Guitar Competition (where he earned an honorable mention for the high school division), and the UTD Guitar Festival, where his high school guitar ensemble opened for guitarist Eliot Fisk.
His passion for music has culminated in his current studies of classical guitar at SMU under the acclaimed guitarist and pedagogue, Robert Guthrie. Ryan is comfortable performing in both intimate and larger settings, and is happy playing and teaching in a variety of styles involving nylon-string, steel-string, and electric. In addition to guitar, he can also teach and play the bass and ukulele. Ryan loves to share music through all types of mediums, whether it be through performing solo, performing with others, or teaching.
EMSY ROBINSON JR.
GUITAR / BASS
Emsy Robinson Jr is a guitarist/bassist who has been working in the DFW metroplex for over ten years.
His formal music education started with the Music Learning Band program at Tyler Street Christian Academy, private lessons with guitarist Chuck Pangburn, and music composition as an undergrad at the University of North Texas.
As an educator, he has worked with Big Thought’s Thriving Minds program, La Rondalla, and the School of Rock. He instructed students from ages K-12 in group class settings and private lessons.
A gigging musician, Emsy has played with nearly 40 different bands in the Dallas area and shared the stage with national artists such as Macy Gray, The Toadies, Chaka Khan, and The Flaming Lips…to name a few. In addition to playing for bands, he also records commercial music, and landed a placement for ESPN last fall. He is delighted to bring this diverse musical and educational background to Lake Highlands School of Music!
NONE OF THE INSTRUMENTS / ADMINISTRATOR