Rise Music

Music lessons for all ages and abilities!

Piano

Voice

Guitar

Violin

Viola

Drums

Rise Music

Music lessons for all ages and abilities!

Piano

Voice

Guitar

Violin

Viola

Drums

Our Instructors

Emily Schuck, BA

Voice, Piano

Emily Schuck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Sam Houston State University and has a passion for both teaching and performing.

One of her proudest achievements as an instructor was winning outstanding collegiate music educator from the Texas Music Educators Association.

As a performer, Emily has performed roles in operas and musicals such as Pernille in “A Beautiful Bridegroom”, Witch 1 in “Dido and Aeneas”, The Sandman in “Hansel and Gretel”, Beth in “Little Women”, and Cinderella in “Into the Woods”. She has performed internationally in Japan, and studied in Puccini’s hometown of Lucca, Italy with the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti. She has studied with Dr. Evangelina Colon and Dr. Deborah Popham. In addition, she has received coaching and instruction from Dr. Roger Keele, Saule Garcia, Dr.Jake Sustaita, and Dr. Josu De Solaun

Emily also enjoys singing in ensembles and performs in the choir at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and with the Piping Rock Singers and Avanzare Vocal Ensemble.

Treshana Lewis, NYVC

Voice, Piano

Treshana Lewis is a piano and voice instructor, professional singer-songwriter, and worship leader here in Houston. She’s had a passion for music her entire life and has been singing since the age of 2. As a child Treshana frequently got in trouble for singing during class but soon found fertile ground for her love of music to bloom in private lessons, choirs, and ensembles. She has an appreciation for all styles of music including classical, gospel, pop, musical theater, and jazz.

Treshana received her Voice Teacher Certification from Justin Stoney’s esteemed New York Vocal Coaching program. Alongside being a professional singer and music teacher she is also a Licensed Mental Health Professional with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Treshana draws on her expertise in Mental Health to help empower her students to overcome the psychological challenges they may encounter on their musical journey (performance anxiety, self-criticism, etc.).

Treshana enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping them learn to love music.

Valeri Speights, BFA

Violin, Viola, Piano

American violinist Valeri Speights helps her students cultivate a life-long love of playing the violin through the use of historically informed techniques and practice strategies.

As a chamber musician and orchestral performer, she has travelled and trained extensively in the pursuit of mastering her instrument. Valeri studied historically informed performance with Dr. Mario Aschauer & Zachary Carrettin as a member of SHSU’s Center for Early Music Research and Performance (CEMRAP). Aside from her undergraduate studies, during which she studied with Dr. Pinell and Dr. Gjevre, Valeri is also an alumna of Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Dylana Jenson Workshop, the MasterWorks Festival, and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival.

Valeri has been a faculty member of the Woodlands Chamberfest, a non-profit hosted by the Woodlands Pavilion, for several years. She has taught for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Art of Music Studio, the Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, and was a guest conductor for the Conroe Youth Symphony.

Along the way, Valeri has also taken on many unique roles in the classical music world, such as conductor, personnel manager, orchestra librarian, PR manager, instrument sales representative, board member, and administrative assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from Sam Houston State University.

Mike Barrows, BA

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano

Mike Barrows earned a bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He has had a passion for music his entire life which began at the age of 6, starting with piano lessons from his mother, a Master Organist. After picking up interested in guitar, Mike began taking lessons formally at age 17. His first teacher introduced him to jazz, blues, and music theory and this has been his true passion ever since.

Mike has led and been a member of blues bands, classic rock cover bands, jazz bands and duos and has performed solo as well freelance gigs throughout the past 17 years. He has also played in worship bands at various churches in Houston and is currently the guitarist in the worship band at Emmaus Road church in Katy, TX.

Mike has been teaching privately for 14 years and has a passion for teaching guitar. He has taught hundreds of guitar students of all skill levels from beginner through advanced and all ages from 7 years old to adults. He also teaches beginner piano lessons to children and adults.

Fiona Reid, HND

Piano, Voice, Guitar

Fiona Reid is a fun-loving, multi-cultural, globetrotting, singer/songwriter and music instructor who has gained a wide variety of experience in several areas of the music industry after completing her HND in music in Edinburgh, Scotland. Fiona credits her diverse musical background to helping her find her true happy place: teaching and training students in music!

Fiona comes with 15 years of performance experience along with her own success in teaching private music lessons, vocal coaching, and launching a young artist development course. She has performed in a variety of bands and styles including multi-art form productions. She has managed and produced shows and events, recorded and produced original music, commercially released singles, and song-written for other artists.

Growing up, Fiona’s creative and musical family moved between their different countries before making home in Houston. She continued to travel and see as much of the world as possible during her music career before settling back in Houston to be close to family.

Fiona’s teaching style is creative, adaptive, and individual-based. Her passion is to help her students have a blast while discovering their musical gifts and talents!

Dylan Ramirez, BA

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums

Dylan Ramirez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. At the recommendation of his local church’s music director, Dylan began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and developed an affinity for all types of music.

In high school, Dylan began to learn guitar and drums. By the time he graduated, Dylan added vocal technique and organ to his growing list of instruments. Dylan went on to study music at Concordia University – Austin and began his career as a church musician. For the past 15 years Dylan has been the music director at several churches throughout the Houston area.

Dylan has a passion for the education and mentoring of children and youth. He is currently the youth minister at his home church where he also leads contemporary worship. He has several years of experience in formal classroom instruction as well as one-on-one private music lessons. It is Dylan’s belief that every child has the ability to succeed in life when given the resources and opportunity to do so!

Dylan teaches piano, voice, guitar, and drums. He has experience with a number of various popular music curricula and draws on his years of experience as an educator to cater his teaching approach to meet the unique needs of each student.

Marialuisa Alvarado

Piano, Voice, Music Theory

Marialuisa (Malu) Alvarado is a piano and voice instructor, born and raised in Houston, Texas. She discovered her passion for music at a very early age and sought private lessons and chorale groups to develop formally.

Malu serves as a worship leader at The Vine – Houston where she sings and organizes vocal arrangements. She participates in numerous training workshops and clinics for church music. Additionally, since 2012, Malu has given private lessons in classical piano, music theory, and vocal coaching.

Malu loves working with younger students to make potentially challenging concepts attainable (and relatable). She loves to see the joy on her students’ faces as they develop and learn to express themselves through the language of music. She works at the student’s pace – meeting them where they are and challenging them to grow while reaching new goals.

Our Instructors

Emily Schuck, BA

Voice, Piano

Emily Schuck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Sam Houston State University and has a passion for both teaching and performing.

One of her proudest achievements as an instructor was winning outstanding collegiate music educator from the Texas Music Educators Association.

As a performer, Emily has performed roles in operas and musicals such as Pernille in “A Beautiful Bridegroom”, Witch 1 in “Dido and Aeneas”, The Sandman in “Hansel and Gretel”, Beth in “Little Women”, and Cinderella in “Into the Woods”. She has performed internationally in Japan, and studied in Puccini’s hometown of Lucca, Italy with the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti. She has studied with Dr. Evangelina Colon and Dr. Deborah Popham. In addition, she has received coaching and instruction from Dr. Roger Keele, Saule Garcia, Dr.Jake Sustaita, and Dr. Josu De Solaun

Emily also enjoys singing in ensembles and performs in the choir at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and with the Piping Rock Singers and Avanzare Vocal Ensemble.

Treshana Lewis, NYVC

Voice, Piano

Treshana Lewis is a piano and voice instructor, professional singer-songwriter, and worship leader here in Houston. She’s had a passion for music her entire life and has been singing since the age of 2. As a child Treshana frequently got in trouble for singing during class but soon found fertile ground for her love of music to bloom in private lessons, choirs, and ensembles. She has an appreciation for all styles of music including classical, gospel, pop, musical theater, and jazz.

Treshana received her Voice Teacher Certification from Justin Stoney’s esteemed New York Vocal Coaching program. Alongside being a professional singer and music teacher she is also a Licensed Mental Health Professional with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Treshana draws on her expertise in Mental Health to help empower her students to overcome the psychological challenges they may encounter on their musical journey (performance anxiety, self-criticism, etc.).

Treshana enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping them learn to love music.

Mike Barrows, BA

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano

Mike Barrows earned a bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He has had a passion for music his entire life which began at the age of 6, starting with piano lessons from his mother, a Master Organist. After picking up interested in guitar, Mike began taking lessons formally at age 17. His first teacher introduced him to jazz, blues, and music theory and this has been his true passion ever since.

Mike has led and been a member of blues bands, classic rock cover bands, jazz bands and duos and has performed solo as well freelance gigs throughout the past 17 years. He has also played in worship bands at various churches in Houston and is currently the guitarist in the worship band at Emmaus Road church in Katy, TX.

Mike has been teaching privately for 14 years and has a passion for teaching guitar. He has taught hundreds of guitar students of all skill levels from beginner through advanced and all ages from 7 years old to adults. He also teaches beginner piano lessons to children and adults.

Valeri Speights, BFA

Violin, Viola, Piano

American violinist Valeri Speights helps her students cultivate a life-long love of playing the violin through the use of historically informed techniques and practice strategies.

As a chamber musician and orchestral performer, she has travelled and trained extensively in the pursuit of mastering her instrument. Valeri studied historically informed performance with Dr. Mario Aschauer & Zachary Carrettin as a member of SHSU’s Center for Early Music Research and Performance (CEMRAP). Aside from her undergraduate studies, during which she studied with Dr. Pinell and Dr. Gjevre, Valeri is also an alumna of Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Dylana Jenson Workshop, the MasterWorks Festival, and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival.

Valeri has been a faculty member of the Woodlands Chamberfest, a non-profit hosted by the Woodlands Pavilion, for several years. She has taught for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Art of Music Studio, the Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, and was a guest conductor for the Conroe Youth Symphony.

Along the way, Valeri has also taken on many unique roles in the classical music world, such as conductor, personnel manager, orchestra librarian, PR manager, instrument sales representative, board member, and administrative assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from Sam Houston State University.

Fiona Reed, HND

Piano, Voice, Guitar

Fiona Reid is a fun-loving, multi-cultural, globetrotting, singer/songwriter and music instructor who has gained a wide variety of experience in several areas of the music industry after completing her HND in music in Edinburgh, Scotland. Fiona credits her diverse musical background to helping her find her true happy place: teaching and training students in music!

Fiona comes with 15 years of performance experience along with her own success in teaching private music lessons, vocal coaching, and launching a young artist development course. She has performed in a variety of bands and styles including multi-art form productions. She has managed and produced shows and events, recorded and produced original music, commercially released singles, and song-written for other artists.

Growing up, Fiona’s creative and musical family moved between their different countries before making home in Houston. She continued to travel and see as much of the world as possible during her music career before settling back in Houston to be close to family.

Fiona’s teaching style is creative, adaptive, and individual-based. Her passion is to help her students have a blast while discovering their musical gifts and talents!

Dylan Ramirez, BA

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums

Dylan Ramirez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. At the recommendation of his local church’s music director, Dylan began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and developed an affinity for all types of music.

In high school, Dylan began to learn guitar and drums. By the time he graduated, Dylan added vocal technique and organ to his growing list of instruments. Dylan went on to study music at Concordia University – Austin and began his career as a church musician. For the past 15 years Dylan has been the music director at several churches throughout the Houston area.

Dylan has a passion for the education and mentoring of children and youth. He is currently the youth minister at his home church where he also leads contemporary worship. He has several years of experience in formal classroom instruction as well as one-on-one private music lessons. It is Dylan’s belief that every child has the ability to succeed in life when given the resources and opportunity to do so!

Dylan teaches piano, voice, guitar, and drums. He has experience with a number of various popular music curricula and draws on his years of experience as an educator to cater his teaching approach to meet the unique needs of each student.

Marialuisa Alvarado

Piano, Voice, Music Theory

Marialuisa (Malu) Alvarado is a piano and voice instructor, born and raised in Houston, Texas. She discovered her passion for music at a very early age and sought private lessons and chorale groups to develop formally.

Malu serves as a worship leader at The Vine – Houston where she sings and organizes vocal arrangements. She participates in numerous training workshops and clinics for church music. Additionally, since 2012, Malu has given private lessons in classical piano, music theory, and vocal coaching.

Malu loves working with younger students to make potentially challenging concepts attainable (and relatable). She loves to see the joy on her students’ faces as they develop and learn to express themselves through the language of music. She works at the student’s pace – meeting them where they are and challenging them to grow while reaching new goals.

A Steinway School

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When students are given the opportunity to learn music with the highest quality of instruments, they not only have more fun, but they also develop an ear for how an instrument should sound.

That’s why RISE has committed to be a Steinway School, which means all of our pianos are designed and maintenanced by Steinway & Sons Piano Company.

We want our students to experience firsthand how premier instruments feel and sound, so their musicality has a strong foundation.

Our Facilities

We have 4 private music rooms for individual lessons and 2 group music rooms for band and ensemble lessons.

Our private lessons are available year round and our group lessons are available in the fall and spring semesters. Group lessons includes both group piano lessons and group band/ensemble lessons.

We offer lessons for piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, violin, trumpet, and more. If you are interested in a particular instrument not listed, please let us know!

Performance Opportunities

Our campus offers students several performance spaces where they can showcase what they’ve been learning. Performing is an integral part of our music program; we believe students should have as many performance opportunities as possible to help normalize the experience of playing in front of an audience.

We build confidence by starting with smaller, more intimate performances for family and friends. Students then work up to performing more difficult pieces for larger audiences.

We offer performance opportunities in our lobby space, in our group music rooms, our 2,400 sq. ft. performance space, and our 2,400 sq. ft. outdoor lawn! 

Teaching Methodology

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We understand that no two students learn the same way, and that’s why our teaching approach is custom-tailored to the specific needs and interests of each student. Our music instructors have a diverse background in teaching methodologies and curricula, enabling us to ensure that our approach matches each student.

The one common denominator for all of our lessons is that they be engaging and fun. Students will only progress when they are genuinely enjoying what they’re learning; that’s why we make it a point to have a blast during our lessons!