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Music TeacherPerforming and also employed as a music teacher in the Houston area for 25 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 along with a variety of other established programs, 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, duduk, 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.

Dr. Brian Berlin is a highly qualified, multi-talented teaching professional committed to implementing research-based best practices in music education. With over 30 years of private and group instruction experience, he has a proven ability for tailoring lessons to pique students’ interests and imaginations. Dr. Berlin is trained in Suzuki, Kodály, and Modern Band (Little Kids Rock) pedagogy. He is an elementary school music teacher in Pearland holding teaching certificates in music, mathematics, and science. He studied music at University of Texas and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in music education from Liberty University. Dr. Berlin teaches classical guitar, folk guitar, bass guitar, accordion, bagpipes, recorder, harmonica, ukulele, piano, trombone and other brasses (French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone / euphonium, tuba). In addition, he teaches the art of songwriting and welcomes students of all ages.

Cynthia Helen-Butler, like her twin sister Alicia 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, & daughter Maranatha Melody Butler.  Also a blogger (check out her page The Hem Of His Robe!) and writer and composer of the children’s book and CD “Songs For Little Love Bugs”.  Cynthia is accepting students of 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. Plus, hes a really nice guy!

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