Meet the School of Music Instructors
Alondra McEldowney started teaching piano for FBC in the fall 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and a Master of Science in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College. There, she received 6 years of private study and 2 technique classes with Mrs. Daisy De Luca Jaffe, who studied in France under Magda Tagliaferro. The techniques Mrs. Jaffe teaches her students are based on principals of form and relaxation passed down from Carl Czerny, and they became the foundation of Alondra's understanding of piano technique. Her other musical experience includes teaching preschool music classes, accompanying for congregational singing at her church, accompanying the Chamber Ensemble at Pensacola Christian College, and conducting a volunteer choir for Campus Church in Pensacola. She enjoys working with children of all ages and teaches from beginning to early advanced piano students.
Amanda Raices began teaching for the School of Music in the Spring of 2015. She is teaching beginners to intermediate level students in cello and violin. Amanda is active in a strings ensemble, plays piano for her church and enjoys accompanying her students on piano as they play their instrument. Her goal is to earn a degree in Music Therapy from the College of Central Florida. Amanda loves working with students of all ages and hopes to instill in them a love for music.
Andrew Boff started teaching the drum set for FBC's School of Music in the spring 2015. He has been studying and playing drums for 13 years. He also assisted from 2012 to present the Lake Weir High School marching drum line during the summer. Andrew will be attending the College of Central Florida in pursuit of a music education degree.
Beth Menendez began teaching piano at the School of Music in the Fall of 2006. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Her college music courses included private piano, and she has enjoyed singing in choirs and ensembles. Beth also plays the flute and performed with a flute trio for several years. She is an experienced classroom teacher, including music instruction. She a church volunteer, having worked in the areas of music, youth and children for over 30 years. Beth is also a mother, grandmother and pastor's wife.
Caleb Wilson joined FBC's School of Music in the Spring 2016. He is teaching beginner students in acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. Caleb graduated from College of Central Florida with an Associates in Arts degree in the Spring of 2016. He currently attends the Citrus County School of The Bible and will graduate in the Fall of 2016. His next goal is to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business.
Music has been a huge part of Caleb's life. While he was homeschooled he took piano and violin lessons. Some of the other instruments Caleb has played trumpet, harmonica, dulcimer, autoharp and dobro. He enjoys playing hymns, gospel and bluegrass music with his family at church events. Caleb has performed and competed in several bluegrass festivals in Florida and Georgia. Besides playing, Caleb has felt the call to be a preacher. He has had several opportunities to preach in a few of the local churches.
David Ripple has been part of the music leadership at First Baptist since January 2009. He started teaching guitar in the School of Music in March 2009. David teaches acoustic and electric guitar to beginners and up.
Denita Inmon began teaching piano at the School of Music in the Summer 2016 Denita has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in music from Blue/Mountain College in Mississippi. She graduated in 1999. She is a former music teacher for the Marion County School system. Denita has participated in musical activities in church since a young girl and now is active in the church choir and praise team at Oakcrest Baptist Church, where her husband is the pastor.
Denita and her family have previously served in Costa Rica and Uruguay as missionaries and she has taught private piano lessons since 1998.
John Wallace began teaching percussion for the School of Music in the Fall 2016. He started his musical education at the College of Central Florida and later transferred to Florida Southern College where he earned a B.M., and later earned a M.M. from the University of Florida. John has become the Principal Percussionist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, and also plays professionally with the Florida Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He also teachers privately through his home. John has been the percussion professor at the College of Central Florida since 2015.
Kaylee Asencio is ready to began teaching for the School of Music in the Fall 2016. She will be teaching beginners to intermediate levels in violin. Kaylee has studied the violin for 8 years and will be teaching young students and adults. Check back later for more information on Kaylee.
Kelly McVey began teaching voice and piano for the School of Music in the fall 2015. She began singing in early childhood. She has been a professional musician and recording artist since 2010. Some of her credits include “Walt Disney Records and Fuel Records”. She has her Associate's degree in music performance and has been a worship leader for 4 years. Two of her passions are teaching music and worshiping. Kelly is currently attending Meadowbrook College which is an extension of Southeastern University.
Lauren Wilson graduates from the University of Central Florida in fall 2016. She is majoring in Elementary Education. She has an Associates in Arts degree in Music Education from College of Central Florida. Lauren has been playing and performing music since she was a child. Lauren joined the team of music instructors at FBC Ocala's School of Music in the spring 2013 teaching piano, voice, and violin.
Lauren was singing at the age of 3, and began learning the violin at the age of 5. She has been a member and guest of several orchestras, and choirs; these include The Ocala Youth Symphony, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, the Marion Civic Choral and Stetson University String Ensemble and Choir. She was a special guest of The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell. In February 2013 Lauren fulfilled a lifelong dream and soloed at Carnegie Hall. She enjoys playing and singing at church with her family and working with the youth ministry. Lauren knew early in her music training that she had a gift for teaching; she loves sharing her love of music to others. Lauren began teaching in 2008, and has had much experience with different learning types and ages.
Lydia Pierce began teaching at the School of Music in the Fall of 2016. She is a graduate from Pensacola Christian College with a degree in music. Lydia will be teaching beginners to intermediate level piano students.
Lydia has been playing since about age of five. She said at that age, the Lord had given her a love for the piano and for music. While in high school she began playing the piano for congregational singing at Community Baptist Church in Summerfield. Lydia developed a love for hymns and a desire to arrange them into pieces that expressed the meaning of the words.
While studying at Pensacola Christian College she learned to professionally arrange hymns, perform classical pieces from all the classical genres, accompany, and teach piano. She also studied advanced music theory, music history and choral writing/arranging.
Lydia feels that without the "heart" in music, it will mean nothing. One can play the most complicated and intricate pieces, but if played without emotion or feeling it will mean nothing to you or your audience. She wants to teach her students to love music. Also to enjoy every note that they play and glorify the Lord with the music they create.
Micki Woods began teaching piano at the age of 16. She took college level piano courses while earning her degree in Accounting. Micki is a former music teacher at Redeemer Christian School. She has been active in the music ministries of local churches as church pianist accompanying choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. She teaches classical and sacred piano. She is the wife of Billy Woods and mom to Lindsay, Taylor, Riley and Delaney.
Rebecah Lytle began teaching for the School of Music in the fall 2015. She was introduced to music at a very young age due to having musical parents. Rebecah grew up learning music theory and listening to classical music. She became seriously interested in piano when she was 11 years old and began taking lessons from her mom, a former piano teacher. At 15, she started playing for church services every week and giving lessons to young children. Desiring to advance in her skills, she took professional lessons from a local instructor for 3 years before taking classes at College of Central Florida. Rebecah is currently completing her Associate in Arts.
Rebecca Nolasco began teaching violin for the School of Music in the fall 2016. She is currently a student at College of Central Florida. Check back for more information on her soon.
Dr. Sarah Satterfield began teaching at FBC's School of Music in the fall 2013.
Dr. Sarah Satterfield has taught a variety of music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, and Florida Gateway College. She was recently ranked the 12th leading university professor in America based on student evaluation data. Dr. Satterfield serves as Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at CF, where she was awarded the prestigious Gladys Webber Memorial Chair. This grant funds a three-year outreach program exploring the educational and therapeutic usages of music, theatre, and dance. Dr. Satterfield lectures regularly throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the twentieth century. An experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Dr. Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as Administrative Assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet. Dr. Satterfield directs the Patriot Pipers, a flute ensemble she launched while at CF. Dr. Satterfield is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Musicological Society, CMS, Society of Early Americanists, National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She performs regularly throughout Central Florida. Dr. Satterfield received a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art from the University of Florida, MM in Flute Performance from SDSU, and BM in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude).
Seth Hemphill began teaching at the School of Music in the Spring of 2016. He teaches beginner to intermediate levels in acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar. Seth is a student at College of Central Florida, where he is pursuing his AA with a focus in music.
Teresa Fugate has a Bachelor degree from Liberty University in Education and Psychology. She has taught in public and private schools in Marion County. She currently accompanys the choir and praise team at Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church on the piano or flute. Teresa has given private lessons for many years and joined the FBC's School of Music in the fall of 2014. She has also lead children's choir.
Tiffany Gonzales started teaching piano for the School of Music in the fall 2014 and then took a year off. She returned to at our school in the fall 2016. She is a graduate of University of Central Florida and teaches for the Marion County School System. Check back later for more information on her.