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Meet Our Teachers

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Tim Birkett

Guitar, Bass, Saxophone

Bio:

Tim Birkett has been playing music since he was ten, and teaches saxophone, guitar and bass guitar. Tim earned a BA and MA in music theory and composition from Western Illinois University, and has been teaching in Miami Dade schools for 16 years. He is also an active performer and composer in South Florida. 

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Desiree Jones

Piano, Steel Drums

Bio:

Desiree Jones has been playing piano since the age of 7.

She has taught elementary music, Keyboard, and Steel Drums with Miami Dade County Public Schools, for the past eighteen years.  Her specialty is Classical Piano Performance and Music Theory.

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Ileana Dickson

Piano

Bio:

Ileana Dickson has been playing piano since she was 15. She studied Music Education at FIU. She worked for Miami-Dade County Schools for 16 years primarily with special needs children. She teaches piano and music theory.

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Alexis Pueschel

 Guitar, Bass 101, Ukulele

Bio:

An educator and musician with over 10 years of music instruction experience. Alexis is currently a jazz performance major at Florida International University and has a liberal studies degree with an emphasis in education. Alexis enjoys playing jazz, Latin, fingerstyle guitar and Christian contemporary.

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Luis Diko

Bass, Oboe, Beginning Guitar

Bio:

Luis Diko teaches bass, oboe and beginning guitar.  He played music throughout middle school, high school and studied music at the University of Florida and Florida International University. 

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Josh Aberman

Electric Bass, Piano/Keyboard

Bio:

Bassist in the Unity Church band 2000-2020, he currently plays bass with Ricky Valido and the Hialeah Hillbillies.. Josh studies at Jazz at FIU. He teaches electric bass, guitar and piano/keyboard.

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Wes Wittenmyer

Guitar, Bass

Bio:

Wes has been playing guitar, bass, and ukulele for over 30 years and teaching professionally for over 20. Several of his students have gone on to have great careers in the entertainment industry.

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Dexter Hurtado

Drums

Bio:

Dexter has been playing music in South Florida for the last 15 years and is proficient in most styles and genres. He has studied Jazz performance at the University of Miami and continues to gig and teach locally. Available for drum-set and percussion lessons

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Crystal Cabrera

Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Beginning Guitar

Bio:

Crystal received a degree in music education from Florida International University.  While at FIU, she co-founded the FIU Clarinet Choir.  She currently works with the Miami Wind Symphony, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.  In 2018 She was selected as the Rookie Teacher of the year at Flagler Elementary and has been twice nominated for teacher of the year at her current school.  She has had students selected for the Superintendent’s Honors Festival for 6 consecutive years.