Meet Our Instructors

HERE TO GUIDE, INSPIRE AND SUPPORT

Who a teacher is, is more important than what he or she teaches. Our teachers create opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe and confident. We have exceptional instructors who are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students exceed their every expectation. The Overture School of Music selects professional musicians with a love for teaching. Read some of their stories below. More qualified staff will be joining us soon!

MS. REBECCA LO

FOUNDER and DIRECTOR.
Viola, violin, and piano instructor

Ms. Rebecca Lo is an energetic, experienced and fun educator. She has accumulated 12 years of teaching experience starting when she was still a student herself. After receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with full scholarships, Ms. Lo realized her passion in teaching and quickly built up her own private studio in West University.

 

When Ms. Lo was a high school student in New York, she was the first person in the school district to ever receive record-breaking perfect scores on piano, viola, and violin in All-State level exams. She has performed in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall nine times, National Taiwan Concert Hall, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, etc. Besides classical music, Ms. Lo also enjoys playing gospel music regularly with Second Baptist Church on Woodway and Cinco Ranch. Ms. Lo specializes in preparing students to face challenges and succeed by using personally tailored motivational techniques. She firmly believes in music teaches vital life skills such as the development of concentration, patience, and dedication. Ms. Lo is dedicated to nurturing more students through music education. She is passionate about giving her students opportunities to share their music through community outreach and recitals. 

Meet The Instructors

Ms. Caitlin

Harp and piano instructor

Ms. Caitlin is a harpist based in Houston, TX with degrees from both Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having achieved a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music respectively. An active performer, she has performed numerous times as a concerto soloist, most recently with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig and National Repertory Orchestra.

In addition to performing with many professional orchestras such as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Ms. Caitlin has been the Outreach Director and Harpist for “The Syndicate for the New Arts” since 2014, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also a core member of Loop 38, a contemporary music ensemble bringing new music to the heart of Houston.

An active freelance performer in the contemporary, classical, and jazz genres, Ms. Caitlin also enjoys teaching students of all ages! She has taught many young musicians, college students, and adult beginners, and always strives to work with the individual to help them achieve their unique goals in music. She has studied the piano since age four, began her study of the harp at age nine, and is a native of Thornton, Pennsylvania. When she’s not playing the harp, she can probably be found enjoying the outdoors, listening to good music with friends, or daydreaming about dogs!

Dr. Shane

Piano, guitar and composition instructor

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Dr. Shane completed his doctorate in music from Rice University in May of 2018 and holds a bachelor’s and Masters in composition. For Overture, Shane teaches piano and guitar—classical and beginner and intermediate flamenco guitar as well as popular styles of acoustic guitar. He has studied piano and composition since age 12 as well as classical guitar and flamenco since he was young. He has played Renaissance lute and archlute (theorbo) for Rice University’s Collegium Musicum. Additionally, Shane Monds performs on sitar and surbahar (Indian lutes) in the traditional forms of North Indian classical music – his primary research area.

As a teacher, Shane believes in practice. We must love our practice and find joy in seeing ourselves improve and find strength in the battle to become better. Practice will develop our patience, discipline and change the way we see all tasks.

As a teacher, he gives lots of practice tips, how to avoid fatigue, how to keep it fun and interesting, and how to approach the same material from many different directions. Practice is not preparation for a performance! It is the essence of what it means to experience music from a musician’s point of view.

Lastly, he believes that the world does not need just one more great musician, it needs great people. We must find how our music inspires us to change our minds and hearts, and we must let it change us!

Ms. Chandler

Violin and piano instructor

Twenty-three-year-old violinist Ms. Chandler has established herself as a versatile musician. Starting at the age of 12, she made her solo debut with the Antelope Valley Symphony and many more. Since then, her love for travel has fortuitously directed her performances to various stages throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Ms. Chandler loves to teach and has worked with children in the St. Anne’s and Colburn Schools in Los Angeles as well as at the Aspen Music Festival. During her time at the Colburn School, she took a teaching course, documenting her weekly sessions with multiple students in the Los Angeles public school districts. She advises beginners with creative strategies, practicing discipline in technical aspects while maintaining an accommodating atmosphere for students’ individual interests. Now teaching at the Overture Music School in Houston, Ms. Chandler continues to explore tactics, feeding her curiosity towards working with and getting to know people of all backgrounds.

A firm believer in change for better, she joined LA Phil’s first hackathon in 2017, creating ideas that would bring classical music outside of the conventional concert halls. Also fueling her passion for community, she has united with the non-profit organizations, Street Symphony, and UN Women LA, to curate a series of grass roots chamber concerts showcasing female empowerment for gender equality. 

After obtaining her bachelor's degree at the Colburn Conservatory with Robert Lipsett, Ms. Yu currently studies with Paul Kantor at Rice University. 

Mr. Kevin

Violin and piano instructor

Violinist Kevin Murphy received his Master of Music degree from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music as a scholarship student of Kathleen Winkler. He attended the UNC School of the Arts in both the high school and undergraduate programs, studying with Ida Bieler, Janet Orenstein, and Kevin Lawrence. Mr. Murphy made his debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony at age 16, and soloed with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the 2015 Concerto Competition. He has appeared numerous times as concertmaster and principal second violin in the UNCSA Symphony and Nutcracker Orchestras, and participated in the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra tour to Carnegie Hall in 2016. Murphy attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2015 and 2016 with a full scholarship from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute, where he studied with Naoko Tanaka of the Juilliard School. As a teacher, Mr. Murphy’s main goal is to share his love of music with his students. He guides his students toward healthy and beautiful playing while emphasizing the fun and expressive aspects of music. Mr. Murphy is committed to building confidence by helping his students realize musical goals from big to small. Whether it’s finding a fun piece to play for a recital, preparing for an orchestra seating audition, or aiming toward a competition, Mr. Murphy wants his students to feel that they have him in their corner.

Mr. Jim

Guitar, ukulele and piano instructor

Mr. Jim is a full-time professional musician, teacher, and transcriptionist. He is a graduate of prestigious Berklee College of Music and has a Masters in Business Administration in marketing from SNHU in conjunction with Berklee College of Music. Mr. Jim has toured and played in many bands across most genres; as well as gained experience in pit/theater shows with such establishments as the AD players and the Music Box Theater.

Over the years, Mr. Jim has taught at School of Rock in Katy, Children's Learning Adventure in Cinco Ranch, Sense and Color in Austin as well as KD Music and Arts in Katy. Mr. Jim has had several students audition for music conservatories and all of them got into their first choice! What’s more, several of his students have performed in bands that Mr. Jim booked for them in the community and local music venues. This gives the students a greatly enhanced recital experience, real-world music industry exposure, and a huge boost to confidence, performing, and public speaking abilities.

Punctual, hardworking, and dedicated, Mr. Jim has put together an adaptable, in-depth curriculum for every instrument he teaches that he tailors for the individual interests and goals of every student.

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More staff will be joining us soon. For more information on our courses or meet our staff, we invite you to get in touch and schedule a meeting!

Overture School of Music

9039 Katy Fwy Suite 201

Houston, Harris County 77024 USA

(845) 825-9138

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