Alissa Wakefield • Piano • Beginner Violin • Youth Choir

Alissa Wakefield is the founder and director of Mountain Home Music School. She has been teaching children and adults music for 20 years. Most of her experience has been in a church setting as organist, children’s music conductor/pianist, and choir director.For 2 years she enjoyed teaching music at Bright Beginnings Pre-School here in Mountain Home.

As the dedicated mother of 7 children, she has many years of experience educating children – both gifted and with special needs. She started helping her daughter, Sarah – our violin teacher, learn the violin starting at age three, and has since learned quite a bit about violins and how to get children started in music. She has helped to teach several of her other children piano, violin, viola, and cello. Alissa wanted to start a children’s music program for years. When she had the opportunity to become certified in the Harmony Road program, she discovered the means to achieving that realization. She realized that the Harmony Road program offered children and adults the opportunity to discover music in a fun, easy to learn way. In 2011 she started the Mountain Home Music School which now has over 140 students. She has also started the Mountain Home Children’s Choir, providing community children an opportunity to sing uplifting music for a very low cost.

Sarah Wakefield • Violin • Viola

Sarah started studying music and the violin at 3 years old. She has always studied with a private teacher and has been involved with all of the extra curricular opportunities involving music that she could do. She has participated in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (BPYO) for 2 years. She attended school for a year at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts where she studied under Jason Bonham, a remarkable violinist and violist. This year she begins her first year at BSU as a Music Performance Major.

Under Jason, she went on to get personal awards for performance as well as with Tuacahn’s Orchestra and her quartet. She moved back to Idaho where she could teach violin and live closer to her family. She has taught violin for 4 years and she intends on attending BSU to learn more about teaching. Right now she continues to study under Phyllis Saunders in Boise Idaho every week. There she also learns and performs with the BPYO. Sarah has plans to create a musical future for children and adults in Mountain Home Idaho by teaching group and private music/violin lessons and setting up string ensembles and an orchestra. She dreams of going to Boise State University and working hard to educate herself in music any way she can!

Heidi Parkinson • Cello

Heidi Parkinson comes from a very musical family and studied voice from her own mother, Linda Lauritzen. She was doing performance at the age of three and learning piano at the same time. She has been teaching music for more than ten years and loves to see students develop their talents. She has studied cello under Jennie Wilcox and is currently studying under Nancy Wilson of the The Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

Cathryn Volk • Percussion • Band Instruments • Piano

Cathryn Volk teaches Band at Rimrock Junior-Senior High School in Bruneu and teaches percussion for us here and is joining our staff to offer private lessons for those students who have the beat running deep in their veins.

Kari Stockwell • Flute • Clarinet • Piano

Kari Stockwell has been playing piano and singing in choirs since the age of 5.  Starting in classical private piano lessons, she progressed through voice training and singing and playing in childhood choirs until High School where she played piano in the Jazz Band and flute in Symphonic Band.  She sang and toured with her High School choir where they recorded an album.  During college, she played and sang in the Concert Choir at Montana State University.  Upon marrying her high school sweetheart, his career in the Air Force brought them to many opportunities.  Through 8 bases, Kari taught voice, flute, and piano to a variety of students across the United States and in Japan.  She taught music from Pre-school through 8th grade at two private schools in Alaska and North Carolina, and sung for the base chapel Catholic Masses in North Carolina, Alaska, Nevada, and New Mexico.   She is currently the Director of Music at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Mountain Home, ID where she conducts and plays for an adult and children’s choir.

Dave Kirkland • Guitar • Ukulele

With over 30 years of guitar playing experience, and 14 years of teaching music theory as applied to guitar, you can be assured to have a quality learning experience with Dave Kirkland. Mr. Kirkland’s proven learning techniques mixed with his easy going and patient personality results in retentive music fun! He uses a mixture of guitar styles from Country, Jazz, Classic Rock and Blues.  Music theory is essential to fully understand the guitar, and Dave knows precisely when to interject it. Dave also knows the CAGED system, and TABLATURE – and how to teach them for easy understanding.  Dave has played for several bands such as “Pureheart”, a Gospel and Contemporary Christian group, and “Wide Open Throttle”, a straight forward Classic Rock band. Dave still plays with other musicians for pr ivate parties and gatherings and social events, focusing on Jazz and Blues.  Anyone who can count to 13 and knows the alphabet from A to G can succeed in this awesome learning environment!

Amy Boyack • Piano

Amy Boyack has been teaching piano privately since 1997.  She has taught music in the Glenns Ferry School District for K-12, but now teaches for us on Saturdays.   Amy has loved music her entire life and can often be found performing at the Glenns Ferry Opera Theatre for their dinner and show throughout the summer.  She also plays the organ for church and accompanies her church choir.   She plays with a local band called Relroc frequently throughout the year as well.

Reilly Clark • Instrument Repair Tech

Our Instrument Technician has over 20 years experience in music instrument repair. He trained and worked many years with two of the major music stores in Boise, Idaho. He has extreme experience repairing woodwinds and brass instruments as well as some orchestra repair experience. He attended The University of Idaho where he played tenner sax in the Jazz ensemble. He currently performs as a jazz pianist in various venues around southern Idaho.