Clear Lake Music Teachers
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Performing and teaching in the Houston area for over 20 years (as well as touring in India and Thailand), Ed Motter-Vlahakos custom fits curriculum to the students particular learning style and playing goals. Ed teaches musical literacy (learning to sight read and notate) using elements from the Suzuki Method, with special emphasis on a linguistic approach to music performance and improvisation. Ed currently teaches violin, viola, cello, upright and electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, harp, mandolin, psaltery, flute, Irish whistle, and lute. He is also involved in the CCISD Mentorship program and is a member in good standing of the Texas Music Educators Association
Alicia Motter-Vlahakos Graduated from University of Houston with a bachelors of music education vocal emphasis, after which she taught elementary music for 2 years in HISD and one year at Grace Christian School music education all levels (K-12th). Alicia has been a Clear Lake music teacher with over 10 years of experience, and teaches all ages from children to adults. Focusing primarily on voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, songwriting and recording, she is currently performing and recording in the Houston Area.
Brian Berlin is a highly qualified, multi-talented teaching professional committed to implementing research-based best practices in music education. With over 25 years of private and group instruction experience, Brian has a proven ability for tailoring lessons to pique students’ interests and imagination. He is an elementary music teacher in Pearland holding teaching certificates in music, mathematics, and science. In addition to being a freelance performer in the Houston area, he is an active member is numerous community ensembles such as the Clear Lake Symphony, the Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra, and the University Baptist Church Orchestra. Brian’s undergraduate music studies were at the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s work (in progress) is at Liberty University. His focal area of scholarly research is accordion pedagogy for elementary-age students. Brian teaches accordion, bagpipes, baritone / euphonium, keyboard / piano, trombone, and tuba and is comfortable with students of any age. In the accordion family, he teaches the following types: Piano Accordion, Chromatic Button Accordion (C-type), Single-Row Diatonic Accordion (Cajun), and Triple-Row Diatonic Accordion (Tejano). Accordion orchestra opportunities are also available!
Cynthia Helen-Butler also attended the University of Houston and then graduated from Baylor with a bachelors of music education with a vocal emphasis. She taught elementary music for 2 years in Sweeny TX, and leads worship at First Baptist Church Jewett with her husband, also a Houston music teacher. She now educates all ages from children to adults, specializing in voice, recorder, ocarina, piano, Irish whistle, and songwriting and is currently performing and recording in the Clear Lake Area.
Rick Recckio attended the San Jacinto College baccalaureate-level music program, and has much experience playing and teaching locally. Rick specializes in brass instruments, teaching trumpet, cornet, trombone, tuba, and euphonium, but also has an extensive background in live performance on the drumset, electric bass, and electric and acoustic guitars. Rick is currently accepting both adult and child students on all these instruments, as well as banjo, mandolin, and ukulele, as he continues to perform and record locally in the Houston area.