Rise Music

Music lessons for all ages and abilities!

Piano

Voice

Guitar

Violin

Drums

Rise Music

Music lessons for all ages and abilities!

Piano

Voice

Guitar

Violin

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.

Margarita Divinskaya, BM

Piano

Margo Divinskaya has been successful pianist, chamber artist and teacher for over 27 years. She performed at Houston Ballet and HB Academy, HSPVA, SPA, City Ballet of Houston, Joffrey Ballet Schools of New York and San Antonio, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre School, Twin City Ballet of Monroe, Company on Stage in Houston, Regional Dance America Festivals, Feijoo Ballet School and many more.

Ms. Divinskaya received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Kiev State R.M. Glier College of Music in Ukraine. She had an opportunity to learn from distinguished teachers Olga Lotova, Roman Gindin,
Valeriy Kozlov.

After graduation Ms. Divinskaya worked for 10 years as a teacher, pianist and concertmaster at Kiev State Children’s Music School preparing students for Recitals, Tests and Festivals.

In 1992 she moved to Houston and continues performing and successfully preparing kids for different National and International Tests and Events.
While learning to express the music of great composers past and present, her students discover how to achieve technical freedom and professionalism with their piano playing.

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!

Trevor Black, BM

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Musicianship

Trevor has been playing guitar since age 12, when his cousin convinced him that it was way cooler than the trumpet. Since then, Trevor has studied Music Technology and Composition at Duquesne University, where he specialized in Classical Guitar, and went on to create music for both Hollywood film and video games.

He has studied the Shearer and Kodaly techniques for music instruction, and has discovered a talent for teaching music and guitar fundamentals to students as young as 5.

When he’s not teaching or writing music, Trevor enjoys bike rides with his wife, walks with his dog, and large bowls of ramen. He does, however, wish he could still play the trumpet.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Margarita Divinskaya

Piano

Margo Divinskaya has been successful pianist, chamber artist and teacher for over 27 years. She performed at Houston Ballet and HB Academy, HSPVA, SPA, City Ballet of Houston, Joffrey Ballet Schools of New York and San Antonio, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre School, Twin City Ballet of Monroe, Company on Stage in Houston, Regional Dance America Festivals, Feijoo Ballet School and many more.

Ms. Divinskaya received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Kiev State R.M. Glier College of Music in Ukraine. She had an opportunity to learn from distinguished teachers Olga Lotova, Roman Gindin,
Valeriy Kozlov.

After graduation Ms. Divinskaya worked for 10 years as a teacher, pianist and concertmaster at Kiev State Children’s Music School preparing students for Recitals, Tests and Festivals.

In 1992 she moved to Houston and continues performing and successfully preparing kids for different National and International Tests and Events.
While learning to express the music of great composers past and present, her students discover how to achieve technical freedom and professionalism with their piano playing.

Trevor Black, BM

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Musicianship

Trevor has been playing guitar since age 12, when his cousin convinced him that it was way cooler than the trumpet. Since then, Trevor has studied Music Technology and Composition at Duquesne University, where he specialized in Classical Guitar, and went on to create music for both Hollywood film and video games.

He has studied the Shearer and Kodaly techniques for music instruction, and has discovered a talent for teaching music and guitar fundamentals to students as young as 5.

When he’s not teaching or writing music, Trevor enjoys bike rides with his wife, walks with his dog, and large bowls of ramen. He does, however, wish he could still play the trumpet.

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

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!