Our Instructors

Kelly Yore
Owner / Founder

Kelly Yore was born in Hickory, NC and raised in Midland, MI. Growing up in a household where both of his parent’s occupations were private music teachers, he was immersed into music from a very young age. Studying under both parents, he became a very accomplished pianist, guitarist, and most of all, percussionist, specializing in drum corps and rudimentary drumming. Since then he has travelled the country with multiple drum lines, percussion ensembles, and bands. His greatest joy is imparting his love for music into his students.

CJ Pettis
Percussion Instructor

CJ Pettis got his start in Mobile, Alabama where he played drums through middle and high school until he started attending University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM School of Music, CJ had the privilege of studying with some incredible teachers and was exposed to many different musical concepts and styles. After school, CJ joined the Marine Corps, which eventually brought him to the Jacksonville area. Now retired from the military, he continues to teach all areas of percussion, from drum corps to classical orchestral drumming.

Ben Figueroa
Piano Instructor

Ben Figueroa has played music his whole life, becoming an accomplished classical pianist, as well as a well known keys player in many Christian contemporary and gospel music sectors. Teaching is one of his greatest passions.

Quin Rutkowski
Guitar Instructor

Quin Rutkowski grew up in Midland, MI. From a young age, he devoted much of his life to music, specifically guitar. He is an industry professional in the area of electric lead guitar, with extensive studies in tone and alternative genres. He is proficient on almost every instrument taught at the studio. When not practicing music, his greatest hobby, he is an avid business developer, using his degree in business management to coach other entrepreneurs into seeing their vision become a success. 

Kelsey Tyo
Strings Instructor

Kelsey Tyo is originally from Cornelius, NC. She went to Appalachian State University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education, and later receiving her teaching license. She is currently teaching orchestra in the Onslow County Public Schools. She loves video games, dogs, family, and, of course, music!

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