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Composition Instructors


James Daly

James has performed as a solo pianist and accompanist across the US and Europe. He has also written dozens of piano works, chamber pieces, and orchestral music which have been played in multiple countries. He has over 10 years of experience teaching piano, theory, and composition to students of all ages.

James received his bachelor’s degree in music from UC Berkeley with an emphasis on performance and composition under pianist Martha Wasley. In addition, he spent time at the University of Manchester studying composition and piano performance under Richard Whalley and Camden Reeves.

Aside from teaching, James also enjoys spending his free time lifting weights, cooking, drawing, and reading.

Composition Instructors

Crystal Casey

Crystal has a BA in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University, where she was a founding member of the TCU Opera Society and sang in the Concert Chorale. Before TCU, she received her Associate’s degree from Weatherford College where she was involved in musical theater and choir. She is also a singer-songwriter and recording artist, with original music on all the major streaming services.

Crystal has over ten years of experience teaching singing, piano, and music theory lessons to students of all ages and levels. She also worked at the International Newcomer Academy in Fort Worth, TX, teaching ESL music to newcomers and refugees from all over the globe.

Crystal enjoys spending her free time with her husband and her two dogs, Angelina the elderly Chiweenie and DJ the Belgian Malinois and retired officer. She also enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, the occasional video game, and reading nonfiction.

Composition Instructors

Zoe Vandermeer

Zoe Vandermeer has been teaching voice to children and adults for more than two decades. She is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has taught voice at the Hartt School, is a recipient of numerous grants and scholarships, is a recording artist, and sings professionally in the US and abroad. She is a California native, lives in Connecticut, and is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association. Zoe is dedicated to providing her proven and reliable method of vocal training to all ages that results in vocal ease, removal of vocal strain, increased stamina, power, vocal range, flexibility, and balancing of the registers for all vocal styles.