Lessons given since 1995
Adam Dunson began teaching drumset and percussion in 2012. Fun fact: he is a former FMC student under Steve Purifoy, Tom Mears, and Conrad Csogi. He has been playing the drums for 15 years and traipsing through the more elusive jungle of all things percussion for 12. Adam received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 and his Masters of Music from the University of Oregon in 2015. Upon graduation, Mr. Dunson was awarded the distinction of Outstanding Graduate Student in the percussion discipline. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, Oregon Percussion Ensemble, The Rogue Valley Symphony, Orchestra NEXT, and the Eugene Symphony. As a drummer he has performed in bars, clubs, rock venues, theater showcases and even on top of a snow-covered Mountain.
Adam also remains active as an actor and singer in the Vegas community. Most recently he had the starring role in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” with Super Summer Theater Out at Spring Mountain Ranch.
Mr. Stiber has been teaching private lessons since 2017. He is in his second year of DMA studies at UNLV, where he is a student of Las Vegas Philharmonic Principal Cellist Dr. Andrew Smith. There he has served as Graduate Teaching Assistant for Cello Repertoire, Music Appreciation, and Symphony Orchestra, for which he is also Principal Cello. Additionally, he has been the cellist in the University’s Wind Orchestra, and has appeared as Principal Cello with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a student of Uri Vardi. His other principal teachers have been Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Peter Howard and Paul Critser, of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestra.
Arlinda McKinly has been a piano teacher for 45+ years and an elementary school teacher for 4 years. She has been with Family Music Centers for over 12 years beginning in October, 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. She was appointed Music Director for Community Theatre, has directed children’s bell choirs and several musicals, and has directed various children’s and adult choirs.
Bridget Cain has taught private music lessons for over 25 years and has been the Director of Education and piano instructor at Family Music Center’s North location since 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University, both in Instrumental Music Education. She has worked as a high school and middle school band and orchestra director, music theory instructor, and was Professor of Piano, Music Appreciation, Popular Music History, and Musicianship for the Elementary School Teacher at Southwestern College and Platt College in San Diego. For ten years she was a performing percussionist with the Flagstaff, Sun City and Mesa Symphonies in Arizona.
Mr. Cabezas has been a Guitar instructor since 2009. He is a graduate musician with a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Music, obtained at the San Fransisco University in South America, a University that has a partership with Berkley College of Music. David Cabezas has played and toured with several bands of different styles, in South America, and Europe. Also, David worked on Cruise Ships for 4 years, where he visited several countries around the world, and got to work in many different stages and Theatres. He is currently the lead guitar player of the local Metal band Mastiv, performing 2 to 3 times a month in multiple venues. David has been teaching, providing particular lessons that include the instrument itself, music theory, and stage performance, since he graduated university in 2009.
David Navarette began his professional teaching career in 2008, teaching both private lessons and public school music classes. David is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. At Pacific, David received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Cum Laude. He has also earned the Master of Music from New Mexico State University. David has worked extensively with students in the Reno Philharmonic’s RPAK after-school music program teaching Suzuki-inspired violin and mariachi. At Family Music Centers, David teaches violin, viola, cello, and guitar. In his free time, he enjoys arranging and writing music; his arrangements have been performed by the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic.
Emily (Talampas) Figueroa has been teaching private lessons since 2014. She began singing and performing at the age of five. At the age of twelve, she was invited to sing with the 9 o’clock church choir at the St. Brenden Catholic church for about two years. Then at the age of fourteen, she became a main cantor for the 8 o’clock church choir. With the same choir, during her junior year of high school, she became one of the choir leaders. In 2011, she competed and won the “Sing with Sarah Geranimo (a famous Filipino artist)” competition where Emily opened for one of Sarah’s concert in San Diego. In 2012, Emily won the “Tawag Nang Tanghalan” singing competition during the Filipino-American convention in Los Angeles. She has also performed with Katriz Trinidad (appeared in the Voice season 7), Marco Sison and Sheryn Regis (known artists in the Philippines). With twelve plus year of voice lessons, she then began learning how to teach from former private instructor, Rolando De Leon, during her senior year of high school in 2012. Under his supervision, she began to teach his students before his retirement. After graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, she continued her education at Grossmont College where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Music in 2016 and also had the honor to sing the National Anthem for her graduating class. She continues her education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies with an emphasis in voice. Her ultimate goal is receive a Master’s in speech pathology.
Mr. Arias has been a private music teacher since 2009. He began his collegiate studies at the College of Southern Nevada and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Arias was a member and performed with the award-winning Jazz 1 Ensemble at UNLV, performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also toured in Latin America with groups such as the San Juan Project and Willy Zavala. He has been awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival. Additionally, he has performed at the Smith Center with Grammy winners/nominees Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Clint Holmes and Nneena Freelon.
Michael New has been a private music teacher since 2005. He is a diverse instructor, teaching guitar, piano, bass, banjo, and ukulele. Michael earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Kennesaw State University. He continued to the University of Texas, San Antonio for graduate studies, where he earned the 2009 UT Teaching Recognition Award. While in Texas, he served on the faculty of the University of Incarnate Word and St. Phillips Community College. Michael has over 20 years of solo and ensemble performing experience, including appearances with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is a former adjudicator for the Nevada Music Educators Association and continues to be active in the Las Vegas community, performing in classical and jazz ensembles.