Rise Music

Rise Music

Our Instructors

Emily Schuck, BA

Voice, Piano

Emily 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.

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.

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 music director as well as 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.

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

Emily Schuck

Voice, Piano

Emily 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.

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.

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 music director as well as 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.

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

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!