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Guitar Instructors
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Ray Tyson

Ray started playing professionally at age 17 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was greatly influenced by Texas Blues artists such as Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, as well as rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. During his 34 year career, Ray has divided his time between playing and writing original music and performing in cover bands.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Walsh, Delbert McClinton, and Mother's Finest. He has studied with guitarist/songwriter Chet Catello of Spyro Gyra. Ray is well versed in rock, blues, R&B, funk, and roots music, and welcomes students of all levels. Ray teaches private guitar lessons and coaches bands.
Joey Rincon

Currently, Joey Rincón is a student of music performance for classical guitar at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a very friendly and compassionate musician, and is completely immersed in the music world. Naturally, he wants to share his love of music with his students, and his goal is to awaken the musical potential in his clients. He's been on a journey with guitar for 13 years. As an instructor, he is gifted in providing inspiration to his students. Also, he believes in perfection, and that one must always strive for it. Technique, expression, repertoire, sight-reading, music theory, with a touch of music-induced enthusiasm, describe the experience of studying the guitar with Joey.
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Reggie Graves

Reggie Graves has professionally played guitar for 25 years and has a solid background in electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming. Reggie is a well respected studio musician and tours nationally with some of the best gospel groups around, including Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. He has spent several years as the lead guitarist for University Park Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. Reggie teaches private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, theory, and songwriting at Creative Ej. In addition, he coaches praise & worship, pop, rock, and country student bands.
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Scott Lowder

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Tony Montieth

Tony is a singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist from Dayton, Ohio. He began his musical life at the age of nine on the tenor sax. He played guitar for several years before beginning formal studies, and earned first chair with Charles O. Taylor’s guitar orchestra, a group of twenty two guitarists performing orchestral pieces arranged for this unique group.

While in college, Tony went on the road with Christian group - Living Sound, touring the US and Canada, and Europe. where he performed to crowds of between 3,000 and 10,000, and appeared in a documentary film produced leading up to Living Sound’s performance for 225,000 people in Europe. He recorded an album with the group, and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio.

Tony came back to the States and played in several different bands from “Concert Rock” tribute bands to Country Music Revues. He has done session work as a vocalist and instrumentalist with producer and multi instrumentalist David Zeltner since 1997.
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Todd Smith

Todd performs regularly with his friend, Buddy Dukes in the Dukes and Smith duo. He has also performed up and down the east coast, and has honed his craft by his devotion to trying every style of music that he could lay his hands on. It is his belief that to be a good musician, one needs to appreciate and learn from the various styles of music, and most importantly, take each style, break it down, and create your own style, all while having fun.
Piano & Keyboard Instructors
Charles Morrow

A graduate of the Lenoir Rhyne University School of Music in vocal performance and sacred music, Charles Morrow has been a student of the art of musical performance. After graduation, Charles continued his education through some of the most gifted Midwestern schools of music. Recently, Charles was a part of the 2014 Emmy winning St. Olaf Choir's "Christmas in Norway" as a musical consultant. Charles has taught private vocal students for many years. Many of his students have been placed in leading roles in musicals. They have also received scholarships to sing in colleges such as; Ole Miss, University of South Carolina, Duke University, Erskine College, Florida State University and many more.

"Education is key to success" is a favorite motto of Charles'. His voice coaches include Michael Clawson and Judith Burbank from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Along the way, he has also studied and performed with John Cheek, baritone for the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Charles is currently on the music faculty of Central Piedmont Community College and is excited about furthering musical arts in the Charlotte area. In his teachings, Charles enjoys using musicality and technique to make the best performer of his students. He is also a performer in the area, singing in many different roles and in many different choirs through out the USA.
Charity Helms

Charity Helms, a Liberty University graduate, is a vocal, piano, and songwriting coach at Creative Ej, who performs throughout the United States on weekends. She has even performed in Europe. Charity coaches our advanced singing/dancing group, Starz, and specializes in vocal harmony and blending. Charity loves singing praise and worship music most, but is well versed at teaching pop, rock, country, as well as classical styles, too.
Drum Instructors
Todd Smith

At an early age, Todd had the drive and desire to create music. His childhood provided him with an opportunity to watch his father play the drums. He soon picked up on what his father was doing, and proceeded to create his own style on the set. Listening to, and emulating the various styles of music from Rock, Blues, R&B, and Country, Todd soon created a very powerful style of playing the drums. But, it’s not all about power, there is a certain finesse that he has learned as well, from performing live for more than 40 years with some very talented musicians. Todd now performs regularly with his friend, Buddy Dukes in the Dukes and Smith duo. He has also performed up and down the east coast, and has honed his craft by his devotion to trying every style of music that he could lay his hands on. It is his belief that to be a good musician, one needs to appreciate and learn from the various styles of music, and most importantly, take each style, break it down, and create your own style, all while having fun.
Vocal Instructors
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Annabelle Lusk

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Lillian Futch

Charles Morrow

A graduate of the Lenoir Rhyne University School of Music in vocal performance and sacred music, Charles Morrow has been a student of the art of musical performance. After graduation, Charles continued his education through some of the most gifted Midwestern schools of music. Recently, Charles was a part of the 2014 Emmy winning St. Olaf Choir's "Christmas in Norway" as a musical consultant. Charles has taught private vocal students for many years. Many of his students have been placed in leading roles in musicals. They have also received scholarships to sing in colleges such as; Ole Miss, University of South Carolina, Duke University, Erskine College, Florida State University and many more.

"Education is key to success" is a favorite motto of Charles'. His voice coaches include Michael Clawson and Judith Burbank from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Along the way, he has also studied and performed with John Cheek, baritone for the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Charles is currently on the music faculty of Central Piedmont Community College and is excited about furthering musical arts in the Charlotte area. In his teachings, Charles enjoys using musicality and technique to make the best performer of his students. He is also a performer in the area, singing in many different roles and in many different choirs through out the USA.
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Wesley Pinchback

Wesley is a classically trained singer, who has been singing since the age of seven. He participated in an opera master class in Salzburg Germany as part of the Salzburg School of Art where he studied the German Lieder. While at Boston University’s Tanglewood choir program, Wesley performed under the direction of John Williams, movie soundtrack composer of the Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and the Harry Potter films.

Wesley has also studied music and voice at Johnson C. Smith University and Morehouse College where he sung as part of the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Johnson C. Smith University Choir.

Additionally, he is skilled in music production and sound recording.

Wesley currently sings for the Harrison United Methodist Church, where he is the worship leader, and he sings as part of Magnify and Blessing worship choirs.

Wesley has been instructing students in proper vocal techniques since 2008.
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Tony Montieth

Tony is a singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist from Dayton, Ohio. He began his musical life at the age of nine on the tenor sax. He played guitar for several years before beginning formal studies, and earned first chair with Charles O. Taylor’s guitar orchestra, a group of twenty two guitarists performing orchestral pieces arranged for this unique group.

While in college, Tony went on the road with Christian group - Living Sound, touring the US and Canada, and Europe. where he performed to crowds of between 3,000 and 10,000, and appeared in a documentary film produced leading up to Living Sound’s performance for 225,000 people in Europe. He recorded an album with the group, and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio.

Tony came back to the States and played in several different bands from “Concert Rock” tribute bands to Country Music Revues. He has done session work as a vocalist and instrumentalist with producer and multi instrumentalist David Zeltner since 1997.
Lisa Nixon

Bass Instructors
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Tony Montieth

Tony is a singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist from Dayton, Ohio. He began his musical life at the age of nine on the tenor sax. He played guitar for several years before beginning formal studies, and earned first chair with Charles O. Taylor’s guitar orchestra, a group of twenty two guitarists performing orchestral pieces arranged for this unique group.

While in college, Tony went on the road with Christian group - Living Sound, touring the US and Canada, and Europe. where he performed to crowds of between 3,000 and 10,000, and appeared in a documentary film produced leading up to Living Sound’s performance for 225,000 people in Europe. He recorded an album with the group, and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio.

Tony came back to the States and played in several different bands from “Concert Rock” tribute bands to Country Music Revues. He has done session work as a vocalist and instrumentalist with producer and multi instrumentalist David Zeltner since 1997.
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Reggie Graves

Reggie Graves has professionally played guitar for 25 years and has a solid background in electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming. Reggie is a well respected studio musician and tours nationally with some of the best gospel groups around, including Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. He has spent several years as the lead guitarist for University Park Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. Reggie teaches private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, theory, and songwriting at Creative Ej. In addition, he coaches praise & worship, pop, rock, and country student bands.
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Ray Tyson

Ray started playing professionally at age 17 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was greatly influenced by Texas Blues artists such as Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, as well as rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. During his 34 year career, Ray has divided his time between playing and writing original music and performing in cover bands.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Walsh, Delbert McClinton, and Mother's Finest. He has studied with guitarist/songwriter Chet Catello of Spyro Gyra. Ray is well versed in rock, blues, R&B, funk, and roots music, and welcomes students of all levels. Ray teaches private guitar lessons and coaches bands.
Band Coaches
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Ray Tyson

Ray started playing professionally at age 17 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was greatly influenced by Texas Blues artists such as Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, as well as rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. During his 34 year career, Ray has divided his time between playing and writing original music and performing in cover bands.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Walsh, Delbert McClinton, and Mother's Finest. He has studied with guitarist/songwriter Chet Catello of Spyro Gyra. Ray is well versed in rock, blues, R&B, funk, and roots music, and welcomes students of all levels. Ray teaches private guitar lessons and coaches bands.
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Tony Montieth

Tony is a singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist from Dayton, Ohio. He began his musical life at the age of nine on the tenor sax. He played guitar for several years before beginning formal studies, and earned first chair with Charles O. Taylor’s guitar orchestra, a group of twenty two guitarists performing orchestral pieces arranged for this unique group.

While in college, Tony went on the road with Christian group - Living Sound, touring the US and Canada, and Europe. where he performed to crowds of between 3,000 and 10,000, and appeared in a documentary film produced leading up to Living Sound’s performance for 225,000 people in Europe. He recorded an album with the group, and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio.

Tony came back to the States and played in several different bands from “Concert Rock” tribute bands to Country Music Revues. He has done session work as a vocalist and instrumentalist with producer and multi instrumentalist David Zeltner since 1997.
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Reggie Graves

Reggie Graves has professionally played guitar for 25 years and has a solid background in electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming. Reggie is a well respected studio musician and tours nationally with some of the best gospel groups around, including Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. He has spent several years as the lead guitarist for University Park Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. Reggie teaches private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, theory, and songwriting at Creative Ej. In addition, he coaches praise & worship, pop, rock, and country student bands.
Recording Instructors
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Scott Lowder
Jeff Gastineau

Originally from Ohio, Jeff performed on guitars, keyboards, and vocals as a member of several extremely successful regional groups including Scram, Money, Glass Hammer, and The Press, with total independent record sales of over 50,000 units. These groups were attendance record-holders at the largest clubs in the area during their existence and opened for acts such as Toto, Joe Perry Project, John Waite, Robin Trower, Molly Hatchet, Night Ranger, and others.

Jeff had a long run of success in the Columbus Ohio music scene, and appeared on WLVQ (Columbus, Ohio) Q•FM•96 Hometown Album Projects 7, 8, and 9 with Durzo & Keen, Gastineau & Harriman, and The Press, respectively. As a product specialist and clinician, Jeff performed hundreds of synthesizer and guitar concerts and seminars across the country for Korg Keyboards, Marshall Amplifiers, BOSS, and Roland Musical Instruments. As a participant in the first wave of online internet music services, several of Jeff's songs charted in the Top 5 on the Classic Rock and Guitar Rock charts on MP3.com.

Jeff has been active in studios for over 25 years and has produced and engineered for various artists including Royal Crescent Mob, The Press, Gastineau & Harriman, Eurogression, JB Bruck, Money, Durzo & Keen, Def Dee, Tetrec, IPYPU, Razor Penguins, Susan Kay Johnson, The Point, The Bellows, LeDanse Classical, Five Mighty People, Miss America Troupe, War Minister, Spirit Song, Donald Scales, Peggy Lacey, and Final Flight, among others.
Songwriting Instructors
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Ray Tyson

Ray started playing professionally at age 17 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was greatly influenced by Texas Blues artists such as Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, as well as rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. During his 34 year career, Ray has divided his time between playing and writing original music and performing in cover bands.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Walsh, Delbert McClinton, and Mother's Finest. He has studied with guitarist/songwriter Chet Catello of Spyro Gyra. Ray is well versed in rock, blues, R&B, funk, and roots music, and welcomes students of all levels. Ray teaches private guitar lessons and coaches bands.
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Tony Montieth

Tony is a singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist from Dayton, Ohio. He began his musical life at the age of nine on the tenor sax. He played guitar for several years before beginning formal studies, and earned first chair with Charles O. Taylor’s guitar orchestra, a group of twenty two guitarists performing orchestral pieces arranged for this unique group.

While in college, Tony went on the road with Christian group - Living Sound, touring the US and Canada, and Europe. where he performed to crowds of between 3,000 and 10,000, and appeared in a documentary film produced leading up to Living Sound’s performance for 225,000 people in Europe. He recorded an album with the group, and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the studio.

Tony came back to the States and played in several different bands from “Concert Rock” tribute bands to Country Music Revues. He has done session work as a vocalist and instrumentalist with producer and multi instrumentalist David Zeltner since 1997.
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Reggie Graves

Reggie Graves has professionally played guitar for 25 years and has a solid background in electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and drum programming. Reggie is a well respected studio musician and tours nationally with some of the best gospel groups around, including Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. He has spent several years as the lead guitarist for University Park Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. Reggie teaches private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, theory, and songwriting at Creative Ej. In addition, he coaches praise & worship, pop, rock, and country student bands.
Acting & Modeling Instructors
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Jeff Gastineau

Originally from Ohio, Jeff performed on guitars, keyboards, and vocals as a member of several extremely successful regional groups including Scram, Money, Glass Hammer, and The Press, with total independent record sales of over 50,000 units. These groups were attendance record-holders at the largest clubs in the area during their existence and opened for acts such as Toto, Joe Perry Project, John Waite, Robin Trower, Molly Hatchet, Night Ranger, and others.

Jeff had a long run of success in the Columbus Ohio music scene, and appeared on WLVQ (Columbus, Ohio) Q•FM•96 Hometown Album Projects 7, 8, and 9 with Durzo & Keen, Gastineau & Harriman, and The Press, respectively. As a product specialist and clinician, Jeff performed hundreds of synthesizer and guitar concerts and seminars across the country for Korg Keyboards, Marshall Amplifiers, BOSS, and Roland Musical Instruments. As a participant in the first wave of online internet music services, several of Jeff's songs charted in the Top 5 on the Classic Rock and Guitar Rock charts on MP3.com.

Jeff has been active in studios for over 25 years and has produced and engineered for various artists including Royal Crescent Mob, The Press, Gastineau & Harriman, Eurogression, JB Bruck, Money, Durzo & Keen, Def Dee, Tetrec, IPYPU, Razor Penguins, Susan Kay Johnson, The Point, The Bellows, LeDanse Classical, Five Mighty People, Miss America Troupe, War Minister, Spirit Song, Donald Scales, Peggy Lacey, and Final Flight, among others.