Who



Russell Lacy


RUSSELL LACY

Founder & Percussion

A native of North Carolina, Russell Lacy started playing percussion when he was nine. In high school, Russell studied classical percussion under the noted percussionist and composer Christopher Deane; he completed high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he majored in classical percussion but developed his long-standing interest in jazz. Russell continued his training in Durham at North Carolina Central University, graduating with a concentration in jazz studies.

In 2006, Russell relocated to New York City to pursue a master’s degree at Queens College, dedicated himself to the study of Afro-Latin music with Vince Cherico, and composition and arranging with Michael Mossman, completing his MFA in Spring 2008. Russell has also studied privately with Joe Morrello, Billy Hart, John Riley, and Jeff “Tain” Watts and was selected to participated in the Lake Placid Institute Jazz Improvisation Workshop and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program.

In his performing career, Russell has shared the stage with John Hart, John Bailey, Frank Kimbrough, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Porcelli, David Berkman, Michael Blake Band, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Eric Reed, Delfayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Pete McCann, and Gregory Tardy. Since 2008, Russell has concentrated his efforts on developing the Trachy/Lacy Collective, which released Lanky (2009) and performed in venues in the United States including Duke University, College of Charleston, Virginia Tech University and most notably the Kennedy Center.


While continuing to perform in New York City, North Carolina and around the United States, Russell has dedicated himself to music education for the past decade. Before moving to New York, he taught private lessons at Carrboro Music Studios. In New York, Russell served on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Mark Murphy’s Music. In 2011, Russell returned to Durham to focus on teaching and opening Russell Lacy Music.





Nick Baglio


Nick Baglio

Percussion


Nick Baglio was born and raised on Long Island, New York, where he began playing piano at age five and began drums shortly after. While in New York, he studied with top private instructors and, during his high school years, was selected annually for the All-State Concert Bands and All-Region Jazz bands.

Nick earned a full music-performance scholarship to study drums at the University of Miami, where he began his professional career playing with many notable musicians and garnering four DownBeat Magazine student music awards.


After graduating with his BA in Music Performance, Nick returned to New York to follow his dreams with the alternative rock band Morissonpoe. The band signed a deal with guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers and Sumthing Else Music Works. The band had videos on MTV and Xbox360's Perfect Dark Zero.

Since moving to North Carolina, Nick has become a first call for touring Broadway shows, studio sessions, touring and teaching. He proudly endorses Tama Drums, Silver Fox Sticks, Saluda Cymbals, and Remo Heads.

Nick has a passion for instilling in each of his students the core drumming fundamentals of good technique and good time while also exploring the creative side all along the way.





Ben Lassiter


Ben Lassiter

Guitar


Growing up in Greensboro, Ben Lassiter started playing clarinet in elementary school, switching to guitar at age fifteen. Just a few years after picking up the guitar Ben received the 'Outstanding Soloist' award from his high school Jazz Ensemble.

At Appalachian State University Ben studied music, working with saxophonist Todd Wright and guitarists Andy Page and Dr. Douglas James as well as performing with the ASU big band.

Ben is a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University's Masters in Jazz Studies program where he studied with Baron Tymas, Joey Calderazzo, and Dr. Ira Wiggins. He was also a part of the numerous award winning large and small ensembles at NCCU.

An in demand guitarist Ben performs around the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina constantly. While being well known as a jazz guitarist Ben's versatility means he can often be heard on gigs of almost any musical genre.

Teaching privately since 2005, Ben has experience working with students of all ages and levels and enjoys broadening students' musical horizons through the study of the guitar's many capabilities.





Anthony Michael Peterson


Anthony Michael Peterson

Guitar & Ukulele


Anthony Michael Peterson, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, began playing guitar at the age of twelve. At thirteen, Anthony received a classical guitar scholarship to the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, where he studied with classical guitar teachers Michael Cedric Smith and Rodney Stuckey and took master classes with classical guitar master Aaron Shearer. Anthony continued his musical education at Berklee College of Music where he completed his undergraduate studies in jazz performance. In 2014, Anthony completed a Masters Degree at NC Central University with a concentration in Jazz Composition.

After studying, performing and teaching in Boston, Anthony moved to Brooklyn where he worked with Peter Gabriel, Marcus Miller, Joan Baez, Cassandra Wilson, and Oliver Lake and became a member of The Black Rock Coalition, which resulted in his long standing association with Living Color band leader and guitarist Vernon Reid.

Anthony has released two solo albums; "The Book of Days" with Gazelle Records and "I’m Not Through Dreaming” under his singer/songwriter stage name “Tru.”

Anthony served as the primary arranger and orchestrator for the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and composed two original songs for singer/actress Lonnette McKeeís on her debut album, "Natural Love" (Columbia Records), produced by Spike Lee.

Anthony has nearly three decades of teaching experience, including a stint on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, where he was one of the youngest faculty members. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Anthony served as a faculty member at Pyramid Institute for Advanced Digital/Audio Studies, Vibo Music Center, East Bay Waldorf School and Jazz Camp West.

Anthony has a passion for sharing his wealth of teaching and performing experience with all of his students — regardless of their age or skill level — to help them reach and exceed their musical goals.






Michael Trinastic


Michael Trinastic

Piano & Composition


Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pianist, composer, teacher, and scholar Michael Trinastic has studied piano since he was five years old with private instruction under Kathleen Murray, Ellen Swan Dixon, and Dolores Lenore.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in composition from Duke University and a Bachelor of Music from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano and composition. His primary composition teachers have been Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Syd Hodkinson, Joanne Metcalf, Philippe Bodin, and M. Lee Suitor. Michael's compositions have been played by the Ciompi Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, pianist Tomoko Nakayama, and violinist Jose Bastardes. His first opera, The Yellow Wallpaper, premiered at Duke in March 2012 sung by soprano Aimee Marcoux, to whom it is dedicated.

His recent scholarly work analyzes the piano music of Dane Rudhyar in light of the French-American composer's theories of tone. He currently serves as pianist at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, where his pianistic palette has further expanded from his classical upbringing into the Gospel tradition.


Michael has taught piano for 17 years, including a stint at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, where he taught a studio of up to forty students, and classes in music theory and history at Duke.






Kevin Timmons


Kevin Timmons

Piano


Kevin Timmons grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and began studying piano at age eight.  After several years of classical training, he began to study jazz and improvisational music with Federico Pivetta. During high school, Kevin attended the Jamey Aebersold summer jazz workshop and during his sophomore year he was selected to be the pianist for the North Carolina School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Ronald Rudkin.

Kevin earned a music scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he double majored in Jazz Studies and Psychology.  His primary teachers were Jim Ketch, Ed Paolantonio, Chip Crawford, Scott Warner, while also studying with many esteemed guest artists.

At the piano, Kevin is adept at many styles including jazz, classical, blues, rock, pop, and free-form improvisation.  He has worked extensively as a freelance musician including touring around the US. Kevin has shared the stage and/or recorded with many local and national artists including six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon and comedienne Sandra Bernhard.

While the piano is Kevin's primary instrument, he is also proficient in guitar, bass, and drums as well as songwriting, electronic music, and music production.  All of these facets inform his broad and holistic approach to playing and teaching music.  He is also a practitioner of yoga and meditation and is interested in how these awareness practices cross over with music and art.

Kevin has ten years of teaching experience including positions at the Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro, Creative Music Studios in Carrboro.  He has taught students of all ages and skill levels, from casual learners to serious students, and has helped several young musicians prepare for advanced studies at the collegiate level.





Jacqueline Nappi


Jacqueline Nappi

Piano


Jacqueline Nappi, originally from Cary, NC, began her musical studies at a young age. Throughout high school she studied with John Ruggero and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. Jacqueline holds a B.M. in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford) and an M.M. in Harpsichord Performance from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Arthur Haas. Other mentors include keyboardists Christa Rakich and Andrus Madsen.

Jacqueline began playing harpsichord in 2010 and immediately fell in love with instrument, making her solo debut in 2011. She has performed solo works by Francois Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau on an antique 1635 Ruckers instrument at the Flint Collection in Wilmington, DE and participated in master classes with Davitt Moroney and Mitzi Meyerson.

She has performed in a number of early music festivals, including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, Amherst Early Music, and Academia d’Amore. In Connecticut, Jacqueline was a founding member of the Hartford Baroque Players and had an internship at Zuckerman Harpsichords. She previously served as Music Director at Somers Congregational Church and was a key figure in choosing the builders Richards & Fowkes for a new organ at this position. Jacqueline currently serves as Minister of Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham.

Jacqueline has nearly a decade of teaching experience and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels on any facet of their piano/keyboard playing. She has a particular talent for working with young beginners.





Jean Jolly


Jeanne Jolly

Voice


Singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly broke onto the music scene as the featured vocalist for Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and has performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall. A diverse, classically trained vocalist, Jeanne completed her undergraduate training at Western Carolina University and received a master's degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory.

Upon completing her schooling, Jolly moved to Los Angeles, where her career quickly took off. In addition to working with Botti, she began to explore different styles of music, recording with acclaimed songwriters Lowen & Navarro and country artist Bob Woodruff. Jeanne soon found herself being pulled back to her Southern roots, and she started a band in Los Angeles and co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded her first country/Americana EP in 2008.

In 2009, Jeanne moved back to North Carolina where she began to focus on developing her guitar skills, sharpening her solo performance, and writing more of her own songs. In 2010, Jeanne released her new EP, Falling In Carolina. Jeanne has recently joined the Grammy-nominated NC-based group, The Foreign Exchange. She is featured on their live DVD, Dear Friends:  An Evening with The Foreign Exchange and contributes vocals to their Authenticity Tour.  

Jeanne has maintained a private voice studio since finishing graduate school and has trained singers in all genres to much success.






Bonnie Kirk


Bonnie Kirk

Voice and Music Therapy


A native of West Virginia, Bonnie Kirk found music to be her first love and studied piano, alto saxophone, guitar and voice starting at a young age.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus University, and her desire to expand her musical experience led her to the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she completed her master’s course work with honors in voice and opera.  There she performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony under the direction of James Levine, sang the part of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the White Water Opera Company, and performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Paul Nadler.

After moving to New York City, she performed at Lake George Opera and Chautauqua Opera and spent three years as a principal artist with the New York City Opera performing over 17 roles.  Bonnie has also performed as soloist with White Plains Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Huntington Symphony under such acclaimed conductors as Kenneth Skirmerhorn, Imre Pallo and Tony Papano. She toured Greece performing as soloist with the New Haven chorale and performed with the Svetlanov Orchestra in Moscow under the baton of conductor Lawrence Golan.

While continuing to perform, Bonnie also served on the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music as a voice teacher and community outreach director.  In 2006, her pioneering spirit led her to the field of music therapy.  She received her master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University and worked with over 175 special-needs children each week.  She has also worked with adults and geriatric students, focusing on patients with dementia and Alzheimer’sdisease. 

Bonnie recently moved to North Carolina where she is excited to continue performing, teaching and providing music therapy services. 






Matt Douglas


Matt Douglas

Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute


Matt Douglas is a jazz saxophone and woodwinds player who floats back and forth between the jazz pack and the world of singer/songwriters. After graduating from New York University’s jazz program, Matt wandered off to Central Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship to study Hungarian folk music and began writing his own indie-pop songs.

After two years of escapism, Matt headed to Raleigh, where he formed The Proclivities. The group released its first album Predispositions (2006) to rave reviews. In 2007, The Proclivities recorded a soundtrack for an independent film called Coney Island (Blackwater Films), and in 2008 they released their masterpiece, Handguns & Dancing Shoes.

In 2009, Matt joined up with country legend Caitlin Cary to form The Small Ponds; they released their first album on Last Chance Records in 2010. Matt has shared the stage with Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Ani Difranco, Bobby Bare Jr., The Old Ceremony, American Aquarium, Hammer No More The Fingers, Anton Sword, Laura Cortese, Stephen Kellogg, and many more. Matt can be heard as a guest artist on Josh Ritter’s The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (Sony), Mark Erelli’s Delivered (Signature Sounds), and on Erin McKeown’s most recent release Hundreds of Lions (Righteous Babe).

When Matt is not on the road touring, he can be found teaching at Russell Lacy Music where he brings 10 years of private instruction experience and inspiration.




WHAT




PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS


Private lessons form the core of Russell Lacy Music. All lessons are one-on-one with one of our university-educated instructors and dedicated to strengthening the student's foundation by focusing on reading, theory, and technique as well as developing repertoire. We use method books as a framework to introduce new concepts, while giving students the freedom to play music that inspires them most. All our teachers bring a passion for music to every lesson.

Learning to perform before an audience is an important component of music education. We strongly encourage all students to develop two contrasting pieces to perform at the annual recital in late May — a technical etude and a piece they select from their own repertoires.


Recitals for the 2014-15 year are scheduled for May 15, 16 & 17 (2015). Exact times and locations will be scheduled in late March. The deadline to sign up for performing in the recital is March 15th and there is a small fee ($20 to $30) for those who participate in the recital.





ENSEMBLES


Our ensemble program matches up students of similar age and ability, allowing them to create music in a group setting. Adult students are welcome to participate in our adult band program. Instructors guide the bands as they choose songs and rehearse material while learning to listen and work cooperatively. The semester-long program culminates with one of the highlights of the semester — a performance by all the bands at a local venue!  

We offer this program in the fall and spring for the entire semester. In the summer, we offer intensive band camps, including include a full week of band rehearsals to prepare for a final performance.


Acceptance to the Ensemble Program is based on teacher recommendation.
Please let us know if you or your child would like to be considered.

Fall 2014 Group Classes





Group Classes


Group classes offer a unique opportunity to expand on topics covered in private lessons.
Faculty teach in their areas of expertise, exploring topics such as:

    -Improvisation
    -Music Theory
    -Composition

Like the ensemble program, group classes are semester long in the fall and spring.






Music Therapy


Russell Lacy Music is pleased to offer the services of a certified, experienced music therapist, Bonnie Kirk. Music therapy addresses the developmental, emotional, psychological and social needs of children and adults through active music-making. In addition to activating, inspiring, and stimulating emotional expression, music relaxes, calms the nervous system and is helpful in restoring internal balance, allowing students to connect to themselves and to others.

Private music therapy classes, like all private lessons at RLM, are structured to best suit the student's needs. Most importantly, music therapy at RLM is fun with a caring teacher who wants to share the joys of making music. Private music therapy classes are at the same rates and terms as all other private music lessons at RLM.









WHERE



EMAIL US
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Durham NC 27701
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WHY




Russell Lacy Music holds a singular and unwavering focus on helping our students become the best musicians they can be. We don't sell instruments or offer dance classes: we are passionate about teaching music — it's what we do.

We also know that music is made of two distinct parts: Craft & Art.


Craft is the way you hold your instrument and move your hands; it's the scale you use to improvise over a particular chord. Mastering craft allows you to to sight-read a piece of music and to listen to a recording and play it right away by ear. The Russell Lacy Music faculty has the rigorous training and commitment to craft to ensure that every student obtains a strong foundation.


Art is something else: it is the intangible feeling that made you want to play music in the first place. At Russell Lacy Music, none of us has ever forgotten what initially drew us to music, and we want to make sure that you never forget what inspires you.


Each learning experience at Russell Lacy Music balances Craft & Art to keep each student advancing and motivated.


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HOW




GETTING STARTED
To get started, email russell@russelllacymusic.com to schedule a 1/2-price trial lesson.






FEES
30 minutes :: $27 per lesson
45 minutes :: $40.50 per lesson
60 minutes :: $54 per lesson

Lesson fees are paid at the beginning of each month for the number of lessons that will happen during that month (3, 4 or 5 lessons). Each student in enrolled in a auto-pay plan that charges on the 2nd day of each month (or following business day if the 2nd is a weekend or holiday). E-check, debit and credit cards are accepted.

If stopping lessons please give notice by the 15th of the month and you will be removed the schedule and auto-pay plan for the upcoming month.





GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift certificates are available to purchase in any monetary amount to be used towards private, ensemble or group classes.

To purchase a gift certificate please email: russell@russelllacymusic.com






CANCELLATION POLICY & MAKE-UP LESSONS

Although we do not offer refunds for missed lessons, one missed lesson per month can be made up if 24-hours notice is given prior to the missed lesson. Missed lessons and lessons cancelled with less than 24-hours notice cannot be made up or refunded under any circumstances.

If you cancel a lesson with 24 hours notice you will be but on the list of students needing make up lessons and as make up lessons time become available you will be scheduled in for the make up lesson.

In the event that a instructor must miss a lesson a suitable substitute teacher will be provided so lessons always happen at the regular time for students.






SCHEDULING
Lessons take place at the same time on a weekly basis. 

Here are dates for lessons through Summer 2015.






LESSON AND PRACTICE MATERIALS
To take lessons, you will need to purchase an instrument and necessary accessories to allow you to practice at home. If you need to help deciding what instrument to buy, your instructor can help make a recommendation during your trial lesson. It is difficult to make a generic recommendation regarding starter instruments, since many factors such as age and budget will determine the best instrument choice for any student.


For piano, it is fine to start with a keyboard. For drums/percussion, it is recommended to start with a practice pad.


All students regardless of age or level should bring an assignment book to every lesson. A spiral-bound notebook will suffice, but a book of music manuscript paper is preferred. 

All students should also have a metronome. There are many good metronome apps available for the iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Android devices. If you don't have one of these devices this Korg MA-30 is a good choice


For intermediate students, please bring all books and materials to the first lesson; your instructor will advise on what additional materials you will need to purchase.


For beginner students, please consult the following Amazon lists to purchase everything you will need (except for the instrument) for starting lessons.