Ammon Perry Bratt, NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music), has taught piano for over fifteen years. He loves teaching all ages and levels and helps each student realize their full musical potential and passion through exploration, fun, and diligent work. He seeks to engage and excite students in every lesson and gives his all to help them succeed. His students have consistently received top awards in numerous piano festivals and appeared as solo performers in concerts locally and abroad. In addition to teaching, Ammon is a concert artist of considerable virtuosity and refined musicianship and enjoys a performance career internationally and throughout the United States. In summer 2018, he performed solos in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall and in concert venues throughout Eastern Canada. He has also performed in distinguished venues in Austria, Ukraine, Greece, Sicily, Czech Republic, France, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, South Africa, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. He has performed for dignitaries of various nations and as a concerto soloist with orchestras in Michigan, Indiana, and Utah. Ammon received the Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he was appointed as an associate instructor. His teachers have included internationally celebrated pianists André Watts, David Glen Hatch, and Arthur Greene.
Ammon is the best piano teacher a parent and student could ask for. He is a talented musician with a love of music that pours out to his students. He has a great interest in his students and is an amazing mentor to them. He teaches his students how to feel the music rather than to just play the notes. Our girls loved Ammon and were happy to see their musical talent develop each week. He poured out positive remarks to them and they loved his enthusiasm. He successfully helped them love piano!
– Tonya and Rob S.
My family has had the privilege of having Ammon as our children’s piano teacher for many years. Ammon truly is a gifted and hard-working piano teacher and performer. Not only can he perform exceptionally well, but he also is able to transfer his knowledge to his students. He is patient and motivates his students, and gives effective feedback so they can improve each week. My children enjoy music and seek to improve because of Ammon's pleasant demeanor and his encouraging teaching style. I highly recommend Ammon Perry Bratt as an exceptional piano educator.
– Kayleen N.
Ammon Perry Bratt enjoys a stellar reputation as a brilliant pianist of impeccable musicianship and remarkable sense of style as well as a highly skilled teacher within both the classroom and private studio. His professional standards of refined musicality and proficient keyboard facility coupled with his gift for communicating these abilities to others makes Ammon the ideal choice of teachers! Additionally, his keen pianistic knowledge and exceptional performance abilities are demonstrated effectively and consistently through his brilliant imagination and creativity as a teacher.
– Dr. David Glen Hatch
As a lifelong student of music and piano, I have experienced the influence of many fellow teachers and instructors. From this perspective I can say that although he is a master pianist, Ammon is also a master teacher. He is very effective at helping others excel. Ammon is endlessly patient, kind, and positive with his students. He has a way of making each one feel capable and valuable. Ammon is a person of integrity and dependability as well as being musically gifted and accomplished. I recommend him with full confidence!
– Judy G.
Originally from Blue Springs, MO, Krystal has studied and performed around the world since she was in grade school. She holds a BFA in Acting along with Vocal Performance from the University of Utah; she also studied Music Education and Vocal Performance at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in upstate New York. Amidst her studies in New York, Krystal was a member of the University Singers and the Hendricks Chapel Choir, with whom she toured and performed in both the US and South America. While a student in Utah, she also served as a co-founder and music director for Infrared A Cappella, a coed vocal ensemble made up of University students. She also competed as a soloist for the Utah college division of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), where she placed in the top 3 in multiple years. Upon graduation, Krystal began working as a singer and performer for Universal Studios Japan, where she remained for two years. During this time, she began teaching and took on a number of students along with her performance work. Once she returned to the US, she moved to Orlando to continue working as a singer and actor for Universal Studios as well as Entertainment Central Group. She is excited to continue teaching here in Orlando with Musical Minds Conservatory!
Lexy Parsons is a classically trained violinist with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance and an eclectic music background. Originally from Mount Airy, Maryland, she received her classical foundation under the tutelage of Charlotte Shifferin, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory. After several years of traditional classical technique, Lexy began focusing on Celtic and fiddle music with coaching from Berklee College of Music graduate, Alexander Mitchell, while still supplementing her classical training and repertoire with Donatus Hayes.
In 2007, Lexy was accepted to Stetson University as a scholarship student of Dr. Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, where she continued serious classical training for violin performance. While attending Stetson, she performed in the University’s Symphony, Chamber and Opera Theatre Orchestras. In 2008 Lexy had the honor of performing with the orchestra at La Mortella in Ischia, Italy as part of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in memory of Sir William Walton. In 2009 Lexy began volunteering as a conductor and assistant for the Stetson Youth String Orchestra and enjoyed herself so much she began teaching privately as well, tailoring her lessons to fit each individual student while still providing a strong technical foundation.
Since graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, Lexy has apprenticed as a luthier and spent 7 years working at and managing Atlantic Strings Violin Shop. She also actively performs with local groups Violectric and Fretless Rock, is a part of the non-profit Violectric Education Program, and has enthusiastically maintained her private lesson studio.
Abby Searles has worked with Musical Minds for four years and clients rave about her energy, creativity, and patience during each lesson. She has taken piano pedagogy classes with coursework including music performance, music theory, and music education. She has studied piano for 12 years and has taught piano pedagogy for 5 years. Abigail has won Superior awards with the Florida Federation of Music Clubs in Piano Solo and Piano Duet categories and is requested frequently as an accompanist. As a teacher, Abby is passionate about music. She strives to make every lesson she teaches educational, motivating, and fun! Abigail Searles specializes in instructing children ages 4-12 in the formative years of their musical journey. She has an amazing ability to explain music concepts from the very basics of notes and rhythm to intricate details in each piece to help each student reach their highest musical potential in musicianship and artistry!
Hali Furness Baird is a passionate pianist and musician. She has performed in multiple recitals, shows, and competitions such as the East Idaho Piano Concerto Competition and UVMTA festivals. After receiving several music scholarships, she attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and recently completed her Associate of Science. Hali has a great love for classical music and pursues opportunities to accompany with piano in theatrical, academic, and local circles. While on a service mission in Peru, Hali performed on several occasions during a week long Christmas program in Trujillo's City Center. New piano students bring an energy that she thrives on and hopes to continue inspiring beginner musicians.
Originally a native of Cape Town, South Africa, Neal Faul has lived, studied and performed around the world before settling down in Orlando, FL during the summer of 2009. In 2003 Mr. Faul relocated to Sydney, Australia where he studied both for an Advanced Diploma in Ministry with a focus on Guitar Performance, and a Bachelors of Music with a focus on Jazz Performance. During his time at the Sydney International Conservatorium of Music he collaborated with various student musicians in shows ranging from jazz ensembles at corporate functions to multiple concerts celebrating guitar music at the Riverside Theater. His final recital, which led to him being named Student of the Year, was a collection of original pieces ranging from blues and jazz to experiments in acoustic aleatory collaborations between guitar, cello, piano and Dizi (bamboo flute).
Upon completing his studies Mr. Faul travelled, along with his wife, back to South Africa where he resumed performing and teaching for a short time. During this period his focus was mainly on providing performance coaching and instruction in guitar technique, in a ministry context, as well as performing with various local musicians. His travels then took him finally to Orlando, FL by way of the United Kingdom and Lincoln, NE. Since moving to Orlando in mid 2009 Mr. Faul has established his own private teaching studio as well as teaching at various schools in the area.
Most recently he has become involved in the Orlando musical theatre scene, and has performed in musicals ranging from high school productions of Rent through to Tommy! at the Mad Cow Theatre. He has music directed Rent for the Maitland Academy of Performing Arts, and has worked with various directors and music directors such as Tim Evanicki, Don Hopkinson and Heather Langs. He has been a pit guitar player in Aida, Seussical, Once on This Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Tommy!, The Addams Family, The Whiz, Pippin, andSpring Awakening. In 2014 he performed with the Shawn Starbuck Band at Rock the Universe. He has also worked with local Orlando musicians such as Jarritt Sheel, Don Sanderson and Gregory Parnell.
Mr. Faul is currently working towards his MA in Music with a focus on jazz performance, and continues to teach as well as perform.
"Neal has been an amazing, effective and passionate guitar teacher for our son, Walker, for the past 5 years.
Our entire family looks forward to Neal’s weekly lessons at our home.
Walker has gone from a complete novice to an accomplished acoustic and electric guitar player thanks to Neal.
We highly recommend him!!"
"I’ve been working with Neal for a few years now.
I am grateful for his technique/guitar expertise and his knowledge of music theory.
He’s been very adept at developing lessons that are well suited to what I need and want to learn.
I’ve been playing guitar for quite some time but had gotten stuck.
Neal has taken me from where I was and helped me to learn more about the guitar, music theory, and even basics that I was missing.
I’m enjoying lessons with Neal immensely!!!"
Ivan Chacon attended Stetson University, where he completed his degree Bachelor of Music with an outside field in Education. He is proficient in teaching guitar, trumpet, and piano. Ivan was a scholarship student of trumpet professor, Thomas Macklin. As a member of the Stetson Symphonic Band, Ivan has performed repertoire including Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, Barber’s 2nd Symphony, and David Maslanka’s 4th and 8th Symphonies. He was also a member of the Stetson University Jazz Ensemble and Stetson Symphony Orchestra and frequently performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Ivan is bilingual and enjoys using his music to help others.