Amanda Byars is an independent music educator specializing in group and private instruction for children and adults in Dallas, Texas. Prior to establishing Piano In Your Home, she served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University as Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy and Coordinator of Class Piano. She was also co-founder and teacher of piano at Dallas/Music – a performing arts center located in the Park Cities.
Ms. Byars received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the Master of Music in piano pedagogy from S.M.U. where she was a teaching assistant for the internationally renowned pedagogue, Louise Bianchi
MARIA RINCON HERNANDEZ
A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Maria received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina where she studied piano pedagogy under nationally renown pedagogue, Dr. Sara Ernst. While there, she taught both group and private lessons at the Center for Piano Studies and was an associate at the Southeastern Piano Festival. Maria is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Southern Methodist University under Dr. Carol Leone. Maria writes “I love teaching and am thrilled beyond words to be a part of the Kawai School of Music and the educational and performance opportunities it offers.” She spends her spare time painting, watching international movies and learning Mandarin.
JAMES BRETT LANDRUM
James Brett Landrum has been teaching and performing as a guitarist in Dallas since 2013 after graduating from John Brown University with a degree in Youth Ministry. He is on staff in the worship ministry of CLife Church in Rockwall, a member of local Green Day tribute band Basket Case, and half of the jazz duo Keep It Classy. His influences include Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Johnson, and Mateus Asato. He also play ukulele, mandolin, and harmonica.
As a teacher, Mr. Landrum encourages students to balance technique with theory. His students have opportunities to learn any genre they choose while focusing on the small details that lead to excellence. Students learn to read music, improvise, compose and enjoy making music wherever life takes them.
Jessica Daniel grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where, from a very young age, she cultivated a passion for the piano. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Oregon where she studied with Dr. Claire Wachter. Jessica is continuing her studies at Southern Methodist University for a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. She holds a graduate teaching assistantship in Piano Pedagogy Department where she teaches beginning students through adults.
Ms. Daniel’s philosophy of teaching includes a desire to share her curiosity and passion for music with all her students so they may enjoy making music for a lifetime. She is adept at planning creative and fun lesson plans to ensure each student will develop critical thinking skills and grow musically and technically.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors, longboarding, photography, cooking and learning German.
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