MEET TEAM JOY
David Burgest has been a musician for many years. He is a native of Savannah, Ga and developed a love and passion for music at a young age. David received a Bachelor Of Business Administration Degree from Georgia Southern University and A Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from National University. David also is a National Board Certified Teacher. He has been teaching Business Education and piano for 18 years. David has dedicated his life to music and teaching students the joys of developing their musical gifts. David enjoys playing the piano and producing music. He has been married to Marcia Burgest for 18 years and they are raising three children who are all musicians. His desire is that students would develop an internal love and passion for music as they become the professionals and leaders of tomorrow.
Elizabeth attended Northwest School of the Arts from 8th - 12th grade, where she was able to hone in and expand on my musicianship. Throughout her time there, she participated in many recitals and piano festivals, did accompaniment for choirs, played in small ensembles, and performed in pit orchestras for high school musicals Chicago, West Side Story, and The Color Purple.
After graduating high school, she attended Central Piedmont Community College, where she earned her Associate Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Piano in 2015. From there, she transferred to Winthrop University, where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Music (Piano Performance) in 2018.
Elizabeth has a passion for teaching and helping students discover their potential through music. When she’s not teaching, Elizabeth likes to spend time improvising, learning new music, and discovering new ways to make music interesting. She has also done some composing and orchestrating during her studies. Although she is primarily classically trained, Elizabeth enjoys and has experience with other genres such as contemporary, pop, jazz, and church music.
Piano, Voice, Guitar
Nancy Jones is a North Carolina native who has lived most of her life touring in support of her original music as a solo act and with her band. She is an award-winning singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist with 14 albums to her credit ranging from Prog-rock to Folk. Her professional career started at the tender age of thirteen. By the time she was in her early 20's, she was headlining dates on the East Coast from New York to Florida.
In 1995, Jones left the East Coast for the opportunity to pursue her music in California. Winning awards such as "Best New Female Singer/Songwriter" in BAM Magazine (BayAreaMusic;San Francisco) in 1997, as well as placing in the "John Lennon International Songwriting Competition."(2000)
Jones has been honored with gracing stages from the 80's to the present as an opening act for such artists as Joan Osborne, Luther Vandross, Albert Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Keb Mo, David Gray, and Warren Haynes, to name a few.
With a broad brushstroke of influences, Jones' music is awash with overtones and undertones of blues, soul, folk, front-porch traditionals, gospel and southern rock as well as jazz and progressive rock. But don't be mistaken. Jones is categorically none of these things, but more the hot wax of them all.
Nancy’s teaching style revolves around three aspects; nurturing creativity, honoring the student's individuality as a growing musician, as well as the way and pace each student learns.
"My goal as a music instructor is to illuminate what is already there in the soul of the student. I see potential in everyone who comes to me with the desire to learn."
Nancy is thrilled to be a part of the "Joyful Family" and looks forward to making music a part of your life's journey.
Vocal and Piano Instructor
Jovan is a Charlotte native who actively performs and teaches in the area. He received both his bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jovan is currently teaching with Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and is currently the Choral Director at West Charlotte High School. Jovan is an active musician/singer/conductor in the charlotte area when he is not teaching voice and piano.
Guitar and Piano Instructor
Saijean French has been passionate about music from an early age. Always surrounded by music and growing up with a grandfather that had his own locally known jazz band fueled her love and interest in playing guitar at the age of nine. Saijean has been playing guitar for many years. Additionally, she has gained experience and music theory knowledge through private lessons and teaching beginners through intermediate guitar lessons. Saijean also enjoys the piano and teaches piano lessons. She a dedicated guitar and piano instructor and is a passionate musician. Saijean's goal is to grow as a musician and share her knowledge, skill, and experience with others. Saijean has experience in styles such as Jazz, Country, Rock, Blues, and Pop and more.
Bollywood Hip Hop and Zumba Instructor
Sudeshna Sen is a native of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She is one of the most well-received and highly reviewed Bollywood fitness Instructors in the Charlotte area. She will keep students motivated towards staying fit and finesse with fun in an awesome environment. Students in her class will learn dances and be educated on Indian arts and culture.
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, and Piano
Wilson Tocto is a native of Ecuador .
He is an intuitive and passionate musician from New Jersey.
He has been playing guitar, both acoustic and electric for fourteen years as well as piano, bass guitar, ukulele, and drums.
He is awesome at working with kids and adults. He has worked with young students for the last five years and he has a wide variety of teaching methods to keep young students engaged and with a constant curiosity for the innovative world of music.
His thirst for music has allowed Wilson’s performing skills to be exposed in a wide variety of venues starting from churches, to bars, to open field festivals
Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums, Percussion, Trumpet, Trombone, and other Band Instruments
Michael Saxton is an educator and musician from the town of Cheraw, SC. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Mr. Saxton studied under many well renowned professors, such as Dr. Clifford Leaman (saxophone), Dr. Cormac Cannon (conducting), Dr. Amanda Schlegel (instrumental music education), and Dr. Wendy Valerio (elementary music education). Mr. Saxton has a great deal of performance experience, mostly during his time as a student at UofSC. This experience included large ensembles like Symphonic Winds, University Band, University Choir, and the Carolina Marching Band; as well as smaller ensembles and solo work. Mr. Saxton is the current general music teacher at Kings Town Elementary School in Fort Mill, SC. Micheal enjoys teaching saxophone, clarinet, drums, percussion and other band instruments.
Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano Instructor
Malik is a Violist that earned his B.M. in Music Education at UNC Charlotte. Malik has experience teaching violin, viola, and cello through his music education coursework, as well as teaching private students.
He has played viola for 13 years and was the principal violist for the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra for three years. His passion for music has led him to play in orchestras in South Carolina, and has performed in places such as Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, as well as Tel Aviv, Israel. He believes music is an inclusive subject and has the power to bridge gaps words cannot do on their own. Music also strengthens our capacity to accept other cultures, make connections to other subjects, and expose students to new experiences.
Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Ukulele, Piano, and Vocal Instructor
Jordan Owen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. She grew up in Salisbury, NC where she started singing from a very early age. One of her first memories is singing the national anthem at a Kannapolis Intimidators game when she was only 4 years old. Jordan is a soprano and started taking voice lessons when she was 6 years old.
While she was at Appalachian, Jordan continued to grow in her musical ability, earning high placements in top ensembles. She is multi-talented and plays a variety of instruments from across the band including clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, ukulele, and piano. She also has experience composing and arranging music for chamber ensembles.
Jordan is experienced in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, opera, pop, and rock and has 16 years of vocal training and 12 years of instrumental training. She is passionate about helping her students strive for the highest in music and in life.
La-Tisha is a passionate and experience dance instructor. She is eager to guide students through the twenty-first century using a unique combination of education, experience, and a love for dancing. La-Tisha is also a Language Arts instructor and has a passion for writing. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. La-Tisha also received a Bachelor of Science Business Administration; Management & Marketing degree from the University of South Carolina. Some of her professional dance experience includes:
USC Dance Team Member 1999-2002
Philadelphia 76ers Dancer (NBA) 2002
Areas of Study: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, African, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Irish, Latin
Alejandro Bermudez is an awesome violinist from Puerto Rico. He enjoys teaching children and adults. The violin has been a part of his life from an early age. Teaching students according to their goals and learning styles is very important to Alejandro. If students want to learn a piece of music, become professional musicians, or want to increase their understanding of the violin, Alejandro is ready to teach and cultivate his students. His desire is to invest into his students to help them reach all of their goals.
Drums, Percussion, Xylophone, and Bells
During his time in undergrad, Avery was involved in various musical ensembles such as marching band, jazz band, pep band and percussion. Out of these ensembles, his time and experiences as a member of the Virginia State University Trojan Explosion Marching Band was deeply treasured and impactful. During the four years in the band program, he performed on the drumline for two years playing sextuplet drums. He then auditioned and was selected as the Head Drum Major for two years, serving as a student leader of the largest student organization on campus. In addition to his participation in musical ensembles, Avery is a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc. This Greek organization specializes in promoting and providing dedicated service to college and university band programs. These two organizations have provided opportunities that allowed him to establish lifelong relationships with fellow musicians across the nation. In his studies, Avery has learned and practiced techniques to play instruments of all families including brass, woodwinds and strings. He also studied music production and audio recording for two years. Over time, production and recording has become a therapeutic hobby for Avery, which has established him to become an experienced music producer and recording engineer.
Soon after graduation, Avery accepted his first music teaching position at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, NC, where he served as the Band Director for three years from 2017 to 2020. He performs locally as a freelance drummer and bassist for various events, groups and vocal artist throughout the area. Avery believes that his experience of performances throughout his career are what makes him unique. He has traveled to and performed in nearly every state on the east coast from New York to Florida. His involvement in ensembles from grade school through college has allowed him vast opportunities to grow, perform, travel, and meet other like-minded musicians along the way.
Tatiana is a native of Barranquilla Colombia. She has over 30 years of piano teaching experience in Barranquilla and Armenia. Tatiana graduated from Atlantic University in Barranquilla Colombia. She completed Atlantic University Music Education Career Courses from 1992 - 1995. She has a passion for teaching students of all ages and seeing them enhance their skills on the piano. Tatiana moved to the United States in 2016 and has enjoyed helping students learn the joys of playing the piano.
Guitar Instructor Instructor
Ethan has a passion for teaching and spreading music along to those who wish to learn. He has been playing guitar for 10 years and currently has 3 studio albums of all original music released on Spotify and Apple Music. He is familiar with and can teach a wide variety of music from Hip-Hop to Funk, to Country and Folk. Recognized for his original music, he was invited to the Cape May singer-songwriter festival, where he traveled to New Jersey to attend panels given by Grammy Award winning artists and successful music producers. When not teaching, Ethan plays shows at local venues around the Charlotte area.