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 seventh year with us at CDMS.
Marissa Cazales - Instructor (Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass)
MC began musical training with piano at the age of 3 and went on to learn guitar, bass, drums, ukulele and singing throughout childhood. MC attended Loyola University of New Orleans, majoring in Piano for Popular and Commercial Music.
MC has worked and recorded at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. This studio is host to many legendary musicians including The Swampers, Demi Lovato and Steven Tyler. MC also performed as the opening act for Nickelodeon star Drake Bell and played bass for Rich of the Imagination Movers - a hit Disney band.
MC’s passions include songwriting, producing and working with other aspiring musicians to help them achieve their goals. MC’s approach to teaching is high-energy, fun and creative while still catering to student’s individual needs. While teaching music professionally since 2019, professional performances started in 2015. MC loves to teach because music brings so much joy, and wishes to pass that joy onto other aspiring musicians.