*Mark Bryson, guitar, bass & guitar class instructor
Teaching artist statement:
I’ve had the opportunity to learn under some great teachers, and it’s my goal to bring that same enthusiasm and passion to my students. I love seeing a student’s eyes light up when they discover something they didn’t know before or beam when they play something amazing that they’ve been working on for a long time. Improvisation is key to making music your own, so I guide my lessons towards teaching students how to play, not just what to play.
Teaching & Performing Bio:
I started playing the guitar when I was 9 years old, and bass at 16. Since then I’ve played and recorded with bands and worship teams with many different band arrangements, and these experiences taught me just how versatile an instrument the guitar is. Similarly bass, along with percussion, forms the foundation of modern music. The infinite possibilities of these instruments make it impossible to run out of things to learn.
*Devin Fields, guitar instructor
AA from Hagerstown Community College, then studied at Berklee School of Music in Valencia, Spain’s in 2011 and played in the school’s grand opening ceremony. That summer he also qualified for the Hollywood rounds of TV show American Idol. Winner of Washington County Teen Idol Competition in 2011. Devin has played venues from Harrisburg, along the east coast, to Key West, Florida. Devin started playing guitar at 11 years of age. His style is not concentrated in one set genre and willing to play any style with all students. Fields is an informative and engaging Instructor who aims to encourage creativity and Individuality, while still staying true to the guideline of a solid musical foundation.
*Chuck Krepley, banjo & fiddle instructor
Teaching artist statement:
I tailor my teaching style to the individual. My goal is to get them to where they want to be in the shortest amount of time. I understand the pressures that day-t0-day life can exert on finding regular practice times, but the student will have to practice to reach his or her goals. I love introducing students to the very fulfilling world of music-making. Music all about fun and enjoyment. It’s not called “playing” music for nothing, so let’s enjoy! I teach beginner through advanced levels.
I obtained a Chemistry degree from the University of Pittsburgh before launching a career as a full-time chemist and part-time musician. Previously, I taught bluegrass banjo as a full-time profession at four music stores in the greater Pittsburgh area. In addition to teaching, I performed with local bluegrass bands on the weekends. I’ve attended workshops by such banjo luminaries as Alan Munde and the late, great Bill Keith. My primary performance instrument in recent years has been the fiddle (chiefly Celtic styles) and I’ve also given private lessons on that instrument .
After performing on banjo in several bluegrass bands around the Pittsburgh area and taking first-place in two Scottish fiddling competitions at the Ligonier Highland Games, I took a 15-year hiatus from performing to pursue a college education and a career. I returned to performing in 1996 with Civil War, historical music and Celtic music, with as many as five bands at once. I currently perform on fiddle and banjo in about 100 shows per year with three bands from the Gettysburg area: Across the Pond (Celtic), Cormorant’s Fancy (Celtic), and Dearest Home (American Civil War and Appalachian). I’ve been recorded on seven CDs and the eighth is in production. I was also the music director for the award-winning Paladin Communications film “George Washington’s First Way: The Battles for Fort Duquesne,” supervising the studio recording of 60 pieces of period music for the project and netting me my first film credit.
*Mark D. Miller, guitar & banjo
Teaching artist statement:
Beethoven once said, “The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.” It is a remarkably diverse instrument that is a delight to teach since students can take the instrument in a variety of directions. Although my primary focus is classical guitar, a typical day includes teaching students of all ages, styles and levels. The thrill that students express after an accomplishment or new discovery is truly gratifying. Teaching allows me to share one of the greatest gifts of all, the gift of music.
Mark D. Miller’s varied background includes a B.S. in Computer Information Technology, Devry University, an R.I.A. Recording Engineer Certificate, two years of I.C.S. Electronics Technology, music theory and composition with C. Randall Williams and classical guitar with Chris Anderson. He began teaching guitar in the seventies and was hired by CVSM in 1990. He specializes in teaching classical guitar and is also well versed in classic rock and other contemporary styles. In addition, he teaches bass, banjo and ukulele. Mark was an initiator of the successful CVSM camp, “It Rocks” and teaches guitar and audio recording classes for the school.
Mark D. Miller’s varied background includes a B.S. in Computer Information Technology, Devry University, an R.I.A. Recording Engineer Certificate, two years of I.C.S. Electronics Technology, music theory and composition with C. Randall Williams and classical guitar with Chris Anderson. Mark has performed extensively since the seventies. Highlights consist of warmups for Atlanta Rhythm Section and Edgar Winter. He has played in many rock, country and jazz bands including South Wind and Faze 3. He has enjoyed playing for numerous musicals, including productions by Totem Pole, CCT and various local high schools. He performs solo classical guitar and with a flutist for weddings, banquets and other functions. Mark is the Praise Team Leader for First United Methodist Church and owns M&M Recording Studio. He also performs on bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and vocals. He is a creative composer and has produced 13 CDs of his own music.
*Joel Newman, guitar & voice instructor
Teaching Artist statement:
My approach to teaching voice is different from teaching guitar, but in both cases, learning how to study/practice is paramount, as is a sense of self objectivity. That is what I try to teach my students. Each student is unique and I adapt my teaching to them. I teach using the music that the student wants to learn. Rock/Blues/Jazz/Soul/R&B/Funk/Country are my are my strengths on guitar, as well as music theory, improvisation, playing and singing, songwriting and technique. For voice I teach the time honored technique of Bel Canto. Though a classical technique, I am not a classical singer and I know it works for whatever style of music the student applies it to. My main focus when working with voice students is to get them to their biggest best vocal placement and teach them how to properly practice their songs. I love teaching, I love being there when the light bulb turns on. My burning desire is to ignite a spark then light and pass on the torch to any and all open hearts and ears.
I consider myself “street learned” on guitar. I studied plectrum style guitar privately in NYC for many years with some name brand teachers, Allen Hanlon and Pat Martino to name a couple. I also studied music in classes from ‘Sounds of Joy’ studios and from the great bebop master Barry Harris. I studied Voice for nine years in NYC and in New Jersey in master classes and privately with Judy Hages. I find I’m constantly reinventing myself as a teacher, taking on summer youth rock camps, group singing classes as adjunct faculty @ Frederick Community College, and even coaching middle schoolers to sing musicals!
I’ve played and sang at many venues in NYC, (CBGB’s , Spiral, Lion’s Den, Dan Lynch etc.). But mainly was more of a session guitarist collaborating and recording with such old style greats as T.M. Stevens, Dr. John, David Sanborn, Miroslav Vitious, Dick Wagner, to name some. My biggest claim to fame is recording on the actor Tim Curry’s 3rd album for A&M records “Simplicity”, where I co wrote a song on the album. Since relocating to Maryland I’ve played in many bands from variety wedding bands, to R&B and Rock bands. I did a stint in Taipei Taiwan in the “Brown Sugar” house band for several months. Up until recently toured, recorded, co-wrote, and co produced with the now defunct western Maryland favorite Blues band “Moondog Medicine Show.” I still write, record and perform my original music.