Help for beginner band students, parents, & educators

The Expert Lesson Series is an online instrument instruction program for band students learning a new instrument, offered in partnership with Marching Arts Education. With course offerings in Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone Euphonium, and Tuba, this series is perfect for individual students, or as a supplement to any band directors class instruction. But the true advantage comes from the strong background our instructors have in teaching beginning students.

Nothing is more important than giving your beginner band students a great foundation when beginning a new instrument!

Excellent foundational training for beginning band students, from seasoned, professional instructors.

Beginner band students: want more help while you learn your instrument?
This online course gives the extra instruction you need to practice more often and more efficiently at home!

Educators: need more time in your day?
This program provides the assistance your students need for at-home practice with a trusted, private teacher.  Get more done in the classroom by giving them this extra expert help at home!

Parents: are you unsure of how to help your beginning band student?
Give your student the confidence they need to succeed with extra help at home – for a fraction of the cost of private lessons.

All course topics include:

  • Instruction on assembly and mechanics of your instrument
  • Fundamentals of creating sound on your instrument
  • Basics of embouchure – how your lips and facial muscles work to create music
  • And more!

SPECIAL BONUS: Our courses also include BODY MAPPING

Unique to our course of study, students receive “Movement Minute” lessons to explore how our bodies move and how that affects playing an instrument.  This helps students build good habits early for more success and fewer injuries!

Dr. Kimberly Clark, Flute

Dr. Abby Yeakle Held, Oboe

Frank Chambers, Bassoon

Tye Ann Payne, Clarinet

Stan Mauldin Headshot

Stan Mauldin, Saxophone

Eric Priest, Horn

Ethan Munger, Trumpet/Euphonium/Tuba

Jason Harvey, Trombone

Dr. Kimberly Clark, Flute

Dr. Kimberly Clark is an active chamber musician and free-lance flutist who has performed across the United States and in Europe. She is a member of Eavan Trio (flute, harp, cello),  Scirocco Winds (woodwind quintet) and Principal Flute of the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra.

Currently, Kimberly is the Executive Director of Floot Fire Inc., a nationally recognized 501 C3 Arts Education Organization, whose primary focus is flute workshops for high school and middle school students.

Dr. Abby Yeakle Held, Oboe

Dr. Abby Yeakle Held serves as the Oboe Professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. There, her duties include teaching Applied Oboe, Oboe Methods, general music coursework, and performing with the faculty Stone Fort Wind Quintet.

Dr. Held has a passion for oboe pedagogy and gives frequent masterclasses at junior and high schools in her home state of Texas. She has been asked to serve on numerous repertoire review committees for Texas UIL’s Prescribed Music List for solo and ensemble categories relating to the oboe, and helped to create the Double Reed chamber music category. Dr. Held has taught for Bocal Majority and Operation O.B.O.E. Camps as a Premier Instructor since 2017, and also serves as the Oboe Expert for the Phantom Regiment Academy’s Expert Lesson Series.

Frank Chambers, Bassoon

Frank Chambers is an in-demand bassoon teacher and freelance musician in the Houston area with more than twenty years experience, who operates a studio of 50+ students and maintains a busy masterclass schedule. His passion for teaching launched www.TeachingBassoon.com, an online resource dedicated to filling knowledge gaps for all levels of classroom teacher.

Frank holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Houston where he studied with J. Jeff Robinson and Marilyn Chappell. He credits Eddie Green and Tom Bennett with showing him how to divine the nuances of wind playing, Cheryl Huddleston with opening his eyes to the best approach to developing young bassoon embouchures, and Ben Kamins and Rian Craypo for revealing the secrets to producing consistent bassoon reeds.

Tye Ann Payne, Clarinet

Tye Ann Payne is a retired Texas band director. She serves as a clinician, a consultant, and a teacher of master classes and private lessons. She has worked and adjudicated extensively throughout the Houston, Dallas, and Austin areas of Texas.

Ms. Payne believes that music education and music performance is important to a child’s development and is unparalleled because its powerful and everlasting impact.

Stan Mauldin, Saxophone

Stan Mauldin, a University of Houston graduate has been teaching since 1979 and is recently retired from Seguin Texas High School. Under his direction, Mr. Mauldin’s ensembles have been Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Finalists, two-time UIL State Marching Band Champions, Bands of America Regional Finalists, Bands of America National Semi-Finalists, Winterguard International (WGI) Winterguard World Champions, WGI Indoor Percussion World Champions and WGI Winter Winds World Championship Finalists. Additionally, Mr. Mauldn’s ensembles have performed at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Eric Priest, Horn

Eric Priest had the great fortune to grow up in Spring, Texas and to be taught from elementary school through high school by outstanding music educators. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Houston, studying horn with the Houston Symphony’s Nancy Goodearl and playing in the Wind Ensembles of Eddie Green and Tom Bennett. He also arranged music for the UH Marching Band under the direction of David Bertman.

Eric has worked in the Spring, Cy-Fair, and Spring Branch Independent School Districts, learning from many wise, experienced colleagues. He has also taught a most incredible collection of private students from beginners through high school. These co-workers and students have inspired him to continually hone his craft. While he is a stickler for teaching correct mechanics and technique, his greatest joys in teaching come from helping students face challenges, overcome difficulties, and deal with both disappointment and success.

Ethan Munger, Trumpet/Euphonium/Tuba

Ethan Munger is a Band Director at Medlin Middle School in Trophy Club, Texas. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from Texas Tech University, where he studied with Dr. Kevin Wass. While attending Texas Tech, Ethan was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition, finalist in the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Association Competition, and a semi-finalist in the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition. He was also an active member of many musical ensembles around Texas Tech, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, which performed at the 2017 Texas Music Educators Convention.

Jason Harvey, Trombone

Jason Harvey is the Brass Director at Mitchell Intermediate School, a 5-6 grade campus that feeds McCullough Junior High and The Woodlands High School.  He has a BA in Music from Sam Houston State University, and has additionally studied music education at both the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. Jason is a 6-time lecturer on beginning trombone at the SHSU Workshop, “Teaching the Middle School Band.”

From 2002-2004 Jason performed as a cast member for the Mason Entertainment Group in the Tony and Emmy Award-winning musical Blast!, as well as the sequels Blast II: Shockwave, and Cyberjam.  He has performed in over 60 U.S. cities, as well as in London’s West End; Tokyo, Osaka, and Matsumoto, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro.

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Our Partners

Special thanks to our generous Expert Lesson Series partners: