Rise Music

Rise Music

Our Instructors

Dr. Leticia Lima

Piano

Dr. Leticia Lima is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her passion for performing and teaching music brought her to Houston where she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at University of Houston.

Before moving to Houston in 2013, Dr. Lima was piano faculty at Rio de Janeiro Federal University and assistant choir director in musical projects at underprivileged areas in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to teaching all levels of piano at RISE, Dr. Lima is also a worship director at a church here in Houston.

Apart from her degrees in classical music, Dr. Lima loves rock’n’roll and knows everything about the Beatles!

Bryant Bush, MA

Voice, Piano, Percussion

Originally from Mobile Alabama, Mr. Bush received his undergraduate degree in voice performance from the University of Alabama before traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a masters of music in voice performance from the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music. While studying at the Conservatory, Mr. Bush performed regularly with The Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Music: Stars in the Classics, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

Mr. Bush’s diversity as a musician has opened up many doors and created incredible memories, from performing opera solos at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to competing in DCI and playing on the drumline at the University of Alabama. Mr. Bush has studied and performed at the top of his field across multiple music disciplines, and is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to help teach the next great generation of artists and musicians here at RISE.

Tetsuya Lawson, BA

Trumpet

Australian trumpet player Tetsuya Lawson is currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras. Giving performances described as “alert, precise and exhilarating throughout,” by Performing ArtsHub, Tetsuya Lawson enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, chamber player, solo performer, and educator.

As an orchestral musician, Tetsuya has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally including concerts in The Royal Concertgebouw, the Concert Hall of the KKL Lucerne, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Tongyeong Concert Hall, Regentabau, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall. Tetsuya has performed as both a soloist and competition winner with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and he also performs frequently as guest principal trumpet with diverse chamber ensembles such as the Southern Cross Soloists and Camerata (Australia).

Tetsuya has attended world-renowned music festivals and academies including the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (UK). Tetsuya completed his undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University studying primarily under Sarah Butler and Richard Madden. He then attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (USA) as a graduate student where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer.

Rainel Joubert, MA

Violin

Cuban-born violinist Rainel Joubert currently performs as a member of the Houston Symphony. Rainel has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Havana and has played for many renowned musicians, including Claudio Abbado, Gidon Kremer, Erick Grossman, Ilmar López Gavilán, Paul Kantor, and the Borromeo String Quartet.

His many awards include being named one of the four finalists of the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition, First Prize in the Concerto Competition of the University of Southern Mississippi, and Second Prize in the Violin Competition and Best Interpretation of Cuban Music at the 2006 Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (Cuban Artists and Writers Union).

As a member of Sphinx Virtuosi (SV) he performed in important halls such as New World Center (Miami), Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), and participated in extensive community engagement activities.

He speaks three languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and English) and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Russell Pruett, BA

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Russell has been teaching piano and guitar in the Houston area for 10 years. He is the Musical Director/ Worship Leader for his local church. His eclectic musical influences range from classical piano to all decades of rock music.

Russell began his musical training at 6 years old taking piano lessons and singing in the church choir. At age of 14 he first picked up a guitar. Since then he has had the pleasure of playing with many different bands in famed venues throughout Houston and Austin TX including playing live on radio for Houston’s local station KPFT. Russell’s passion is music education, helping students begin their life own life long journey of passion for music.

Our Instructors

Dr. Leticia Lima

Piano

Dr. Leticia Lima is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her passion for performing and teaching music brought her to Houston where she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at University of Houston.

Before moving to Houston in 2013, Dr. Lima was piano faculty at Rio de Janeiro Federal University and assistant choir director in musical projects at underprivileged areas in Rio de Janeiro.

In addition to teaching all levels of piano at RISE, Dr. Lima is also a worship director at a church here in Houston.

Apart from her degrees in classical music, Dr. Lima loves rock’n’roll and knows everything about the Beatles!

Bryant Bush, MA

Voice, Piano, Percussion

Originally from Mobile Alabama, Mr. Bush received his undergraduate degree in voice performance from the University of Alabama before traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a masters of music in voice performance from the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music. While studying at the Conservatory, Mr. Bush performed regularly with The Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Music: Stars in the Classics, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus.

Mr. Bush’s diversity as a musician has opened up many doors and created incredible memories, from performing opera solos at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to competing in DCI and playing on the drumline at the University of Alabama. Mr. Bush has studied and performed at the top of his field across multiple music disciplines, and is excited to brings his knowledge and experience to help teach the next great generation of artists and musicians here at RISE.

Tetsuya Lawson, BA

Trumpet

Australian trumpet player Tetsuya Lawson is currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras. Giving performances described as “alert, precise and exhilarating throughout,” by Performing ArtsHub, Tetsuya Lawson enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, chamber player, solo performer, and educator.

As an orchestral musician, Tetsuya has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally including concerts in The Royal Concertgebouw, the Concert Hall of the KKL Lucerne, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Tongyeong Concert Hall, Regentabau, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Festival Hall. Tetsuya has performed as both a soloist and competition winner with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and he also performs frequently as guest principal trumpet with diverse chamber ensembles such as the Southern Cross Soloists and Camerata (Australia).

Tetsuya has attended world-renowned music festivals and academies including the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), the Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (UK). Tetsuya completed his undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University studying primarily under Sarah Butler and Richard Madden. He then attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (USA) as a graduate student where he studied with Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer.

Rainel Joubert, MA

Violin

Cuban-born violinist Rainel Joubert currently performs as a member of the Houston Symphony. Rainel has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Havana and has played for many renowned musicians, including Claudio Abbado, Gidon Kremer, Erick Grossman, Ilmar López Gavilán, Paul Kantor, and the Borromeo String Quartet.

His many awards include being named one of the four finalists of the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition, First Prize in the Concerto Competition of the University of Southern Mississippi, and Second Prize in the Violin Competition and Best Interpretation of Cuban Music at the 2006 Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (Cuban Artists and Writers Union).

As a member of Sphinx Virtuosi (SV) he performed in important halls such as New World Center (Miami), Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), and participated in extensive community engagement activities.

He speaks three languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and English) and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Russell Pruett, BA

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

Russell has been teaching piano and guitar in the Houston area for 10 years. He is the Musical Director/ Worship Leader for his local church. His eclectic musical influences range from classical piano to all decades of rock music.

Russell began his musical training at 6 years old taking piano lessons and singing in the church choir. At age of 14 he first picked up a guitar. Since then he has had the pleasure of playing with many different bands in famed venues throughout Houston and Austin TX including playing live on radio for Houston’s local station KPFT. Russell’s passion is music education, helping students begin their life own life long journey of passion for music.

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

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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!