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102 Main St
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Drum & Strum has been the leader of music education in Fauquier County for over twenty five years. From aspiring concert pianists to future rock & roll guitar stars, our team of talented instructors have helped thousands of musicians across the world play their very first notes and embark on a life of music. Our experienced educators provide private, individualized lessons on all instruments for students of all ages, beginner to advanced in all styles of music including classical, orchestral, symphonic band, rock & roll, country, pop, blues, contemporary christian, gospel, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and many more.
Experience the joy of music and tap into your inner musician with one of the following instruments:
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Meet our Instructors…
Piano & VoiceBeth has been singing, playing the piano, and performing since she was ten years old. She has performed in recitals, concerts, and competitions in the United States and Europe throughout the past 17 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington with a major in Music Performance in 2004, she served for a year as the assistant music director at St. John’s Catholic Church in Warrenton. Beth is also the piano accompanist for Fauquier County’s Taylor and Cedar Lee Middle School choirs. This combined experience along with her angelic voice and passion to teach have made her one of the top piano and voice instructors in the area. Beth has been teaching since 2003 and enjoys introducing people of all ages to the world of music.
CelloLauren has been playing cello for 14 years and teaching for the last six. She is pursuing a degree in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University. Lauren is dedicated to bringing the joy of music to all of her students. She is particularly interested in helping special needs children through music. She has assisted young musicians in her position with Crossroads Youth Orchestra based in Culpeper. In addition to playing with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra for the past two seasons, Lauren has played with the local bluegrass band Gold Top County Ramblers. She performs at weddings and private parties both solo and with ensembles.
Mandolin, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Voice
Jack began playing mandolin at the age of 12 and picked up the guitar and the bass soon after. He has won countless instrumental competitions up and down the east coast, including the Watermelon Park mandolin and guitar competitions in Berryville, VA, the Fiddler’s Grove guitar competition in Union Grove, NC, the Loudoun Bluegrass Festival guitar competition in Leesburg, VA and he has placed in prestigious competitions like The Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention. At the young age of 23, Jack is a Wammie award winning artist for his album Chop, Shred & Split, plays for Wammie nominated group Bud’s Collective, and is already endorsed by Fairbuilt Guitars, Carey Mandolins and Eastman Guitars. He is also a hand chosen apprentice to the legendary Danny Knicely. Jack teaches mandolin and guitar at the Front Porch Roots Music School in Charlottesville, Va, the guitar at Divinum Auxilium Academy in Front Royal and teaches privately all around the Shenandoah Valley. Jack is fluent in many different styles of music including Bluegrass, Country, Swing, Blues, Rock, and Jazz and he enjoys working with all students from beginner to advanced. His easy going personality and world class musicianship make him right at home with the Drum & Strum team of instructors.
GuitarRich, an active musician for more than 40 years, will have you playing and writing music from day one. He understands that everyone is different in his/her learning style and musical goals, and so he tailors each lesson to bring out the best in every one of his students and meet their specific needs. Rich knows that each student has the ability to be both a musician and a songwriter. Beginning with the trumpet and guitar in junior high, Rich quickly started playing in bands and continued performing for decades to come. He has performed in rock bands, country groups, and duets, as well as a solo guitarist and singer.
Rocky began playing the drums as a young child. He was inspired by the great jazz drummer Buddy Rich and the legendary Beatles. He attended the prestigious Drummers Collective in New York and studied under Frank Katz, Fred Klatz, Kim Plainfield, Jim Chapin, Michael Lauren, Bobby Sanabria, Duduka Da Fonseca, and Kenwood Denard.
Rocky has almost 40 years of percussion experience. Students enjoy his upbeat personality, positive attitude, and commitment to his profession. With almost 20 years at Drum & Strum, Rocky is an integral part of our commitment to provide the best instructors available for the best learning experience.
GuitarSteve has been studying, playing, and performing guitar for the last 22 years. He has been teaching all ages, beginner through advanced, for the last nine. Steve has played with numerous bands over the years including being one of the founding members of the local nationally signed rock outfit, the Daycare Swindlers. His main influences range the full scope from The Clash to Dick Dale. He covers many styles ranging from country, blues, rock, and ska to reggae, rockabilly, surf, metal, flamenco, and punk rock. In addition to his many musical skills, Steve has studied recording at Northern Virginia Community College, and recording engineering with Shannon Walton, former Fleetwood Mac Sound Engineer of Walton Recording. His diverse musical ability, combined with his friendly personality and long-time tenure with Drum & Strum, have made Steve a favorite to many students.
Guitar, Bass, Banjo, & DobroChuck has been playing for more than 40 years, teaching since 1983, and has been an instructor with Drum & Strum for the past decade. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from Northern Virginia Community College where he studied classical guitar, piano, and music theory, he joined the college’s staff to teach sight singing and ear training for several years. An active performing musician for the past 30 plus years, including various radio and television appearances, Chuck continues to write, record, and occasionally perform as a solo artist. His ability to cover many styles and genres, his in-depth knowledge of music theory and reading combined with his jovial personality have made him an integral part of the Drum & Strum family.
GuitarMichael is a performing musician and instructor in the Northern Virginia and DC area with more than 40 years of experience. In addition to earning a degree in business and psychology, Michael is also an accomplished solo guitarist. He has given award-winning performances at multiple venues across the United States throughout his career. Adept in teaching all styles and levels, beginner through advanced, Michael enjoys teaching jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, and gospel. His students enjoy his relaxed teaching style and bright, energized, and festive disposition. A long-time friend of and instructor with Drum & Strum, Michael’s unique personality and exceptional motivational skills make him extremely popular with all students regardless of their age or ability.
GuitarHaving instructed guitar for the past ten years both in school and privately Maddison joined Drum & Strum more than a year ago. Her teaching experience is enhanced by 18 years of playing guitar, singing, songwriting, and performing. Drawing from her classroom teaching experience at St. Luke’s School in Culpeper, Virginia and her passion for the performing arts, Maddison guides her students to self-empowerment through self-expression. She is known for her friendly and personable manner that she’s combined with a teaching style she adapts to best suit each student. When Maddi isn’t in the classroom she can be found performing live music locally as Maddi Mae.
Guitar, Bass & Ukulele
Dan began studying guitar under noted local guitarist Rob Hornfeck in 1996 and in 2001 he began performing and teaching professionally. Since then, Dan has done hundreds of performances in touring bands from NYC to Florida. His groups have shared the stage with former members of the Grateful Dead, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon) and Jefferson Starship. As a performer and songwriter, Dan has been a part of over a dozen albums, some of which have received local radio and TV airplay. He has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Mason University. Dan is known for his positive attitude and passion for music which helps him to create a fun atmosphere for learning. He teaches Guitar, Bass and Ukulele and all skill levels from beginner to advanced. With Dan, students can study all musical styles as well as songwriting, performing and recording. His specialties include teaching technique, music theory, and improvisation. Dan also runs the Drum N Strum 101 program where students can perform in a band with other musicians.This experience, complemented by his love of teaching and magnetic personality, have made Dan a fantastic addition to the Drum & Strum team of instructors.
Kathy Mullen started playing violin at age 12 in the Fauquier County Public School system. She was introduced to classical music through her parents. It was through listening to albums her parents played that Kathy developed her true love for violin.
After graduating from Fauquier High School, Kathy attended Shenandoah University where she began pursuing a degree in Music Education. Kathy played with various orchestras and churches and performed at weddings and many other events throughout the years.
From 1994 to 2002 Kathy played first and second violin with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra of Leesburg, Virginia. Currently she plays with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra (PSO) as co-principal second violinist. The PSO performs at the Highland Center for the Arts in Warrenton, Virginia.
In addition Kathy plays for Oak Shade Baptist Church of Catlett, Virginia and Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Virginia. Kathy’s one of a kind smile, and her easy going personalty have made her an instant favorite among students of all ages here at Drum & Strum.
Banjo, Harmonica, Trumpet, TromboneJohn has been playing banjo and multiple other instruments for more than 40 years. His keen sense of musicianship along with his multi-instrumental ability gives John an understanding of music from several different perspectives. Students love his vast knowledge, capacity to play various styles, and his easy going personality. John has numerous years of teaching experience with both Drum & Strum and the Fauquier County school system, as well as many years involved in special education. John is a valuable asset to Drum & Strum and to his students regardless of their age or ability.
Certified Music TherapistAbigail has been singing and playing the flute, piano, and autoharp since she was seven years old. She started playing the cello in high school and has since performed in choirs, bands, and orchestras. She is currently the music teacher at J.G. Brumfield Elementary School. Abigail holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Mars Hill College and a master’s degree in music therapy from Radford University. She is a board-certified music therapist. Music therapy is the use of music to help individuals work towards therapeutic and educational goals. These can include social/communication, gross/fine motor, emotional, cognitive/educational, and sensory goals. Abigail has experience working with both children and adults in a variety of music therapy settings, including an internship with preschool through middle school students in Clayton County Schools, GA. We are excited here at Drum & Strum to have Abigail as part of our ever-growing staff of talented instructors. Her passion to teach, combined with her variety of musical skills, make her a valuable asset to the Drum & Strum team.
Guitar & PianoRosemary has been teaching music since 1985 and has been an instructor with Drum & Strum for over 20 years. Previously teaching remedial reading at various elementary schools in Virginia, she also instructed in guitar theory, applied strings, and taught the string ensemble at Northern Virginia Community College. Rosemary has been an avid performer from her teens through adulthood, appearing at many venues throughout Virginia as a solo and ensemble act. Students enjoy her immense knowledge of guitar and piano and her ability to convey this knowledge in an easy-to-understand, lighthearted environment while staying focused on the fundamental elements of traditional musical instruction.
Saxophone & Clarinet
Tim has been performing music since he was 8 years old. After he completed his Bachelors degree in Music Theory and Composition at the College of William and Mary, he went to Shenandoah Conservatory where he completed his Masters in Wind Conducting. Tim has a passion for wind bands of all types. Tim has been teaching saxophone and clarinet lessons for the last 10 years in a school and home setting. He currently performs with the Silver Tones here in Warrenton and plays at weddings and in musicals. Tim’s passion for teaching combined with his knowledge of music theory and history creates a diverse and engaging space for children of all ages to fall in love with music.
Strings, Drums & Percussion
Having played for 13 years and holding a degree in Music Education from East Carolina University, Rick’s instrumental abilities run the gamut. While attending ECU, Rick performed with artists Mark Ford, Arthur Lipner, and Greg Bissonette. He taught drumline and percussion at Fauquier High School for 5 years and is currently the Orchestra Director at Taylor Middle. Rick’s styles for the set include rock, punk, funk, jazz, and Afro-Cuban, as well as traditional methods for snare, mallets, and auxiliary percussion. Rick also teaches violin, viola, cello, and double bass.
Paul began playing guitar when he was 13 years old and has been playing professionally for the last thirty years. In 1983 Paul formed the nationally known rock band Waxing Poetics and played on all three of their critically acclaimed records. After many years of national airplay on FM radio, MTV appearances, and huge european popularity, Paul decided to leave the road in 1996 and opened Compactor Recording Studios in Brooklyn, New York. At Compactor, he recorded and played on numerous records, in addition to providing guitar lessons. Over the years Paul has worked and played with many artists ranging from members of REM to the Ramones. Paul’s current band, The Master Plan, writes, records, and plays select dates in the United States and Europe. With years of experience, and the definitive rock guitar style he has mastered, he is able to offer students advice and answers from someone who has seen and done it all first hand. Whether wanting to study technique, songwriting, or improvisation, Paul can help lend a fresh perspective to whatever their questions may be. Students enjoy Pauls relaxed personality, lighthearted approach, and eagerness to take them to the next level no matter where they may be, or where they want to go.
Paul, an accomplished touring and studio musician, has been performing since he was only seven years old and has been involved with Drum & Strum since our doors opened in 1990. In addition to playing multiple instruments, Paul is an experienced sound technician and recording engineer who has designed sound systems for multiple theaters across the country, mastered Grammy nominated record albums, and served as the sound engineer from the Virginia State Fair to multiple inauguration balls. His ability to produce award-winning recordings combined with more than 40 years of performing experience and his gifted multi-instrumental ability provide the perfect foundation for his adaptive one-of-a-kind music program, Songs4Success.
Songs4Success, a highly acclaimed music program that was developed by Paul and his wife Jodi, a certified autism specialist, is a Montessori-based preparatory program for children which allows students to explore music on their own terms with a wide range of instruments. Students develop an understanding of fundamental music theory, melody, rhythm, and harmony and emerge with the ability to read standard music notation. Proven over and over again, they are able to transition seamlessly from Songs4Success to our standardized music lesson program. In addition to all of the other benefits, Songs4Success provides a fun and safe lesson experience for autistic, ADHD, and all students who want to explore the world of music no matter what their background or learning abilities. Paul’s lighthearted and energized personality has made him a favorite with children and parents alike. He has a unique ability to connect with people of all ages as evidenced by the smiling students who leave his classroom each day.
David began taking piano lessons and singing in his school choir at an early age, a launchpad for a life of studying and performing music. He then spent nine years studying trombone and began actively performing and competing statewide. David then delved into studying bass guitar for the next several years. He later attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he spent several semesters leading many ensembles and performing in groups becoming fluent in many other styles of music with fellow Berklee Alumni. David has been teaching with Drum & Strum since 2008 imparting his vast array of performing experience and knowledge of theory and composition. He can teach any style of music at all skill levels from absolute beginner to advanced students. Lessons may include but are not limited to reading and writing music, sight reading, composing lines and deconstructing lines from your favorite songs, music performance, and how to play with a band. David is easygoing, patient, and loves all things musical. These and all of his other fine skills make him an ideal music teacher and member of the Drum & Strum team.
Chris has been actively playing music since he was 8 years old. He began with the violin in elementary school in Bel Air, Maryland and has since been actively involved in private lessons and performing in a number of orchestral ensembles. At 12 he picked up the guitar and started playing with other musicians. He quickly developed an interest in writing music and learning music theory. Chris is now studying at Shenandoah Conservatory, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music Composition and Minor in Violin Performance. Chris has a passion for many styles of music including Classical, New Music, Rock, and Metal. He is a major advocate of music theory, believing it to be a key part of a musicians study. While he feels that a strict practice regimen is key for improvement, at the end of the day it’s all about having fun and expressing yourself through your instrument and music.