Jennifer Erwin White - Music Director & Instructor (Voice, Piano, Ukelele, Guitar)
Jennifer has been singing and playing piano since the age of five, and teaching both since 2000. Coming from a family of musicians, she grew up active in school and church choirs, performing in plays and singing solos, and playing clarinet in marching band from 6th to 11th grades. She earned a degree in Voice from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. While at OU, Jennifer was voted Outstanding Soprano her senior year, and won several scholarships throughout her time there. She also played in three bands that performed in Norman and Oklahoma City, and later in a large country-folk group in Fayetteville Arkansas, where she sang and played guitar and mandolin. Jennifer loves the jazz and blues heritage of New Orleans, and believes in learning to play whatever style of music you like through a foundation of solid classical technique.
Jennifer has been teaching with Creative Dance & Music Studio since 2009. She is a well rounded, caring instructor teaching piano, voice and guitar students.
Craig Wilson - Instructor (Guitar, Drums, Beginner Piano)
Craig started playing the piano at age 7, and by the age of fifteen, he had also learned to play guitar and drums as well. He received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Also preforming on bass guitar, Craig has enjoyed performing music one way or another for over 30 years. He has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is excited to begin his eighth year with us at CDMS.
Brian King - Instructor (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Piano)
Brian King was born and raised in the culturally rich city of New Orleans. He studied guitar and piano at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and went on to receive a Bachelors in Music from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Brian has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has received numerous prizes from competitions including the Southern Guitar Festival Competition and the New Orleans International Guitar Competition.
Brian’s teaching approach is aimed at creating a relaxed environment for students to have fun and grow, and his extensive musical background allows him to adapt to whatever the student's interests are. Brian teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, and piano.
Michael Martin - Instructor (Voice & Piano)
Michael Martin is an active performer and teacher of music. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and most recently with a Master’s of Choral Conducting from Kansas State University. While there, he was the graduate teaching assistant where he taught classes, provided private instruction, and conducted choirs. He has been playing piano for many years, and is the director of the New Orleans Street Choir, a non-profit choir dedicated to providing musical experiences to the unhoused of New Orleans.
Frankie White - Instructor (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele)
Frankie has taken classical piano and voice lessons for over 15 years, starting at the age of five. At the age of 12, she taught herself to play guitar and ukulele as well. She is a professional musician who tours the country with her band as they play at a variety of different venues. She will be receiving her bachelor's degree in Popular Commercial Music at the end of this school year. She is a caring, enthusiastic teacher who loves to help others discover their own passion for music.