Meet the Instructors
At The Music Academy our instructors have the goal of creating a relationship with each student and giving them the lifelong joy of learning through music.
Emily has had a passion for music from a young age. She started taking violin and piano lessons at age 5 and has been playing ever since. She participated in a small orchestra for violin and played in several community events. She has also played both violin and piano for worship at her church. Emily has been teaching private lessons for 2 years and loves getting the opportunity to teach her students the love of music. Emily is looking forward to teaching violin and piano students of all ages at The Music Academy in Lake City.
Bridget grew up in a home full of musically talented family. She has been playing violin for 9 years, piano for 11, and has been singing her whole life. While she is not teaching or in class, she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball for her school as well as riding horses. She performs piano and violin in community events and competitions regularly. She loves children and teaching students to make melodic music. Bridget is looking forward to teaching students of all ages piano and violin at The Music Academy in Lake City.
Natalie has a passion for music that began at a very young age. She enjoys teaching students of all ages to sing, and play instruments. Natalie has been teaching private music lessons since 2005, teaching hundreds of students the joy of music through singing, playing piano, violin, guitar, cello, ukulele, and more. She has over 6 years of experience working with all types of choirs in North Florida. Most recently, Natalie opened The Music Academy to offer music lessons to eager students. She has a passion for music and loves all aspects of sharing music with the community. Whether instructing, accompanying from the piano, singing, organizing and planning music, coaching, directing rehearsals, or performing, Natalie is overjoyed to work with musicians both young and old!
Alexis has been playing trumpet for 7 years. She has played in many community events, has been a part of Jazz Band, Marching Band, and even led as the Band Field Commander. Alexis also enjoyed Solo & Ensemble competitions through high school. She has played for church and has a varied repertoire. Additionally, Alexis has 6 years of experience working with children. Alexis is looking forward to teaching trumpet to students of all ages at The Music Academy in Lake City.
David has been playing guitar for eight years, saxophone for seven years, singing for four years, and flute for three years. He was a first chair alto saxophone player at Fort White High School for four years in the concert and jazz bands, as well as the head drum major of the marching band for two years. David participated in the North Florida Honors Band for five years, and the Florida All-State Honors Band for two years. He also marched with the World-Class Division WGI group (Project Arts) as a sophomore, in 2015. He was the saxophone section leader, and had a solo in the show. Project Arts was awarded the Bronze Medal at World Championships, and David was awarded the “Most-Outstanding Member Award.” In high school, David received the “Director’s Award“ twice. He also received the “Most Outstanding Musician Award” in jazz band for four-years, and has received multiple superior ratings in solo & ensemble situations, as well as other band competitions. David also sang in his high school chorus and vocal ensemble. He sang many solos, and received three “Most Outstanding Bass Vocalist” awards. Currently, David leads worship at his church three times a week, and plans to pursue a career in music education. David also plays in many bands including: The Gateway City Big Band under Matt Johns, the CrossTyz, Treble Hook, The Point Student Band, and the Shabach Worship Collective. David is a multi-instrumentalist and plays over five instruments; however, he plays mostly electric guitar, acoustic guitar, saxophone, flute, and his vocal chords. His favorite genres of music include jazz, rock, classical, and folk music. David is excited to soon be teaching saxophone to students of any age at The Music Academy in Lake City.
Chase Johnson is a native of Southern Pines, North Carolina. At the age of four he began studying violin, and transferred over to the cello after eight years of violin instruction. Chase has studied Suzuki method and classical cello under various teachers, including Leslie Alperin, and renowned recording artist and performer Nancy Green. While a junior in high school Chase began studying for his associates in fine arts/cello performance, and graduated high school and college simultaneously. He has won various competitions, including the Weymouth Festival for Young Musicians, all county, all state, and honors orchestra competitions.
Chase enjoys teaching students of all ages to learn cello at The Music Academy.