A heart for service cannot be taught.

BRMS goes through great lengths to find the right teachers for our team. When deciding on which amazing teachers to bring into our family, we focus heavily on each teacher’s outlook on life and teaching philosophy. We can train music instructors to be organized, and we all can continue to improve our methods through continuing education, but a heart for service cannot be taught. Degrees and accolades come second to what feels right in our gut when selecting music teachers. Among our staff, you will find individuals who exhibit incredible patience, high level motivation to transfer knowledge in every possible way that will help a student “get it,” and a genuine sense of caring. Our teacher use their position at BRMS to spread joy and seek personal happiness through music and education. You know that teacher in school that you still remember?
That’s every teacher at BRMS.

SARAH BURKE    DIRECTOR - Preschool Music Programs LEAD TEACHER - AMAP  sarah@youngbandnation.com

DIRECTOR - Preschool Music Programs

KEVIN MCMANN    SAXOPHONE: Beginner - Advanced CLARINET: Beginner - Intermediate FLUTE: Beginner MUSIC THEORY: Beginner - Advanced IMPROVISATION: Beginner - Advanced  kevin@youngbandnation.com

SAXOPHONE: Beginner - Advanced
CLARINET: Beginner - Intermediate
FLUTE: Beginner
MUSIC THEORY: Beginner - Advanced
IMPROVISATION: Beginner - Advanced

ANNA LIN    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT GUITAR: Beginner - Intermediate  brmsscheduling@gmail.com

GUITAR: Beginner - Intermediate

TIM MARCHAND  GUITAR: Beginner - Advanced  tmarchandmusic@gmail.com

GUITAR: Beginner - Advanced



DAVID GRUNER  GUITAR: Beginner - Intermediate  dgruner1@gmail.com

GUITAR: Beginner - Intermediate

JON SCHOLL    PIANO: Beginner - Advanced  scholljon@gmail.com

PIANO: Beginner - Advanced

CHAD TOWNSEND  PERCUSSION: Beginner - Advanced  chad@youngbandnation.com

PERCUSSION: Beginner - Advanced

ROSS HOPPE  PIANO: Beginner - Advanced

PIANO: Beginner - Advanced


BASS: Beginner - Advanced
GUITAR: Beginner



Hello! My name is Sarah Burke, and I want to live in a world where imagination runs wild - a place where children never have to grow up, where play time is class time. I’ve been using my years as a music teacher to make this dream come true! As a teacher it is my goal is for every student to enjoy some part of the musical experience. I wake up each morning with a smile on my face because I know that my students are carrying the joy of music with them wherever they go. This is more than a job; I’m on a mission to make every day magical, musically! When I’m not in the classroom you can find me playing the harp at a local venue, noodling with watercolor paints, or daydreaming about the adventures to come!


We are waiting for Mr. G to send in his bio info :)


A Philadelphia native, Kevin has performed throughout the country and internationally. A versatile musician, Kevin has studied both classical and jazz/popular music. He has been awarded Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Jazz Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Louisiana State University. He has performed with wind ensembles, big band and Latin jazz bands, small jazz combos, saxophone and clarinet chamber ensembles, area cover bands and marching bands. He is also a talented and passionate educator, working with students ranging from full ensembles and classrooms to private students. In addition to saxophone, Kevin is also a woodwind multi-instrumentalist. Kevin can be seen around Louisiana with his own jazz projects as well as with the Baton Rouge jazz/rock septet Burris. He is excited to be a part of the team at Baton Rouge Music Studios.


Anna Lin has been a student of Baton Rouge Music Studios for 10 years, and she is now our THIRD student to become a BRMS instructor! As a long-time student, Anna understands intimately what it means to receive quality customer service through instruction, and she uses her experience as a student to reach each of her students! In the decade that she has been with BRMS, Anna has received hundreds of music lessons, has performed with many bands, and has performed some serious music events such as Festival International in Lafayette and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Anna is also our front desk administrative assistant and is here to cater to all of your needs: scheduling and rescheduling, answering questions about tuition, organizing and helping you with our many performance opportunities, and a host of other services.


Tim Marchand graduated from Dutchtown High School in 2012. His main instrument is guitar, while also teaching bass and beginner piano. In high school he played in parish, state and regional honor bands in jazz and classical settings. Since then, he has played with various groups and artists from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and surrounding. He attended LSU and UNO for music performance and jazz studies, respectively.


Born in Baton Rouge, Garrett Howell attended University Laboratory for his K-12 education, where he was the Drumline Captain during Highschool, and would also go on to play in the school’s Pep-band, Concert band and Jazz band. During his middle school years, he began taking guitar lessons at Baton Rouge Music Studios, eventually joining the Young Band Nation program. At BRMS he learned about his instrument and others, and began playing drums in a band called Nice Dog, that currently continues to play shows around Louisiana. He began instructing Young Band Nation summer camps at BRMS during Highschool, and began teaching at BRMS his senior year. Now a in his 3rd year at LSU, Garrett is a member of two LSU Jazz groups, and is studying Music (Jazz Guitar focus) and Business. Now 20, he has played Guitar as his main instrument for 9 years, and is also well versed in Drumset/Percussion as well as Bass guitar and Ukulele. Garrett loves to teach and is passionate about inspiring musicians of all ages to learn new things and develop of love for music.


Hi! My name is David Gruner. I am a Catholic High School graduate and an in­coming freshmen at LSU. I first became interested in music after I sustained a serious concussion in middle school. After being advised to stop playing sports, I decided to pursue guitar and voice. In high school, I participated in multiple District and All­State Honor choirs and began to take guitar, voice, and music theory lessons at BRMS. I have been taking guitar lessons at BRMS for 5 years, voice lessons for 4 years, and have participated in the RockLab and Young Band Nation programs. I am currently in two bands, Dizzy and Biscuits and Gravy, both of which are apart of the Young Band Nation program and have prospered under the guidance and experiences that BRMS has offered. As a teacher, my goals are to make sure that every student looks forward to and enjoys learning how to play music. I am very fortunate to be apart of the BRMS team and I am looking forward to this up­coming session!


Hey everyone! My name is Jon Scholl and I originally hail from Rochester, NY. I started playing piano in the 5th grade, immediately caught the music bug and have been hooked ever since. Once in High School I began to take an interest in music composition. It was then that I began writing original music and playing (both piano and French horn) with different symphonic, rock and jazz bands. This eventually led to an interest in recording the art I was creating. I decided to attend Ithaca College in NY and graduated in 2004 with a BS in Audio Production.

Playing with the band Streamline (later known as Startisan) eventually brought me to Baton Rouge, and for almost a decade now I've called Louisiana home. I've continued to create, perform, record and now teach the music that inspires me in new ways every day. My teaching philosophy is simply to do just that, help inspire each student to discover their own love for music. I hope to ignite this same passion that I've come to find in each and every student I work with, hopefully leading to a lifetime of creating and performing great music that they love!


Clif St. Laurent is a classically trained vocalist who offers more than just a pretty voice, but an amazing show! Born and bred in Baton Rouge, Clif got his start in the music business at a very early age, singing in church choirs where his mother (and mentor) served as minster of music. Once she noticed that he shared her talent for music, she quickly put him to the forefront and began to nourish and groom his gift. He began to study voice with several renowned vocal coaches at the age of 7, and not long after, she put him in piano lessons. By the age of 12 he was performing background vocals for several award nominated and award winning Gospel heavy weights, and by 17 his solo career would begin. In addition to his musical talents, Clif is also a gifted and trained Actor, Dancer/Choreographer, Songwriter/Composer, producer, and soon to be Author.


Chad Townsend received his Bachelors Degree in Music education from LSU School of music, and has 7 years of experience as a music educator. Chad can currently be seen playing drums with bands, Flamethrowers, Research Turtles, Soldiers of Orpheus, Sunset Teens, Lazy K, and The Last Chalaron. Chad has performs all over the country, and performed regularly for a month in Alaska, an experience he says was a highlight of his career. The most influential artists and bands that inspired Chad to be a musician are Hum, Radiohead, Deftones, Bjork, and Otis Redding.


Elise has been a part of the Baton Rouge Music Studios family for almost ten years! Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Elise began taking voice lessons in 2009 and eventually worked her way up to performing professionally at local venues and festivals throughout Louisiana for the duration of her middle school and high school careers. Through her time with BRMS, Elise has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Festival Internationale in Lafayette, Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Fest for All, Ebb and Flow Festival, and Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, LA. Elise went on to pursue her undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, the top contemporary music school in the United States. She graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy and has returned home to Baton Rouge to complete her music therapy internship at Baton Rouge General Hospital. Elise has extensive experience in vocal performance and instruction, and she believes that her own personal experiences and anecdotes are the best foundation for being able to teach her students in all aspects of music.

Fun Fact : Elise goes to Florida at least once a year to swim with dolphins, and she is SCUBA certified!


More to come about Hope :)


Kaitlin is a native of South Louisiana and began singing for audiences at age 4. Over the years, she’s enjoyed sharing music with others, especially on stage in the musical theatre.

She’s a graduate of LSU and has worked as an Applied Behavior Analyst with children with special needs, where she is now able to integrate music into the mix with this population as an assistant instructor in AMAP.

Kaitlin believes in the universally communicative power of music and sound and continues to connect with others in this way, making each moment in song special.


Maya Fernbaugh is currently a high-school senior at Dutchtown and plans to attend the University of New Orleans in the fall of 2019. She been taking vocal lessons with Clif St. Laurent at BRMS since August of 2017. Maya also participated in the Young Band Nation program for a spring semester. She volunteers with Sarah Burke’s Preschool of Music program and works as a teacher’s assistant with the AMAP program. While working with Sarah and Clif she says that it has been a blast and that she’s learned so much about music and education. She’s enjoyed learning with them so much that Maya plans to pursue a degree in music education! Maya finds it very fulfilling to see how much the kids she’s worked with have grown and how amazing it is to see how much they remember and understand!


James has been playing music since he was 6 years old, starting with drums, then moving onto the guitar at age 8. James has played in several different bands since he was 15, playing guitar in some bands, and guitar as well as bass in other bands. James has had the pleasure of playing with some amazing musicians, including musicians from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, as well as musicians from the LSU School of Music here in Baton Rouge. James has gained a great amount of knowledge of music over the years, and part of his teaching philosophy is that having an experienced mentor help a young musician along the way can is vital for that musician in the long run when learning music. Music is James’ greatest passion, and he says he looks forward to teaching many new students through Baton Rouge Music Studios!

Fun Fact: Some of James’ original songs are frequently played on a local Baton Rouge radio station, 96.9 fm.


Ryan’s musical journey has taken lots of exciting and unexpected turns: playing brass at jr high football games, gas tank bass in a French Quarter street band, Latin guitar and charango covering styles from across South America, drumming in second lines, and playing Brazilian batucada in Mardi Gras parades. Ryan’s music lead to studying audio production in Boston where he began working in recording studios on records, apps, and games. Currently he can be found playing congas and other Latin percussion in several New Orleans based bands, and serving as musical director of Baton Rouge’s own award-winning Brazilian drumming ensemble, Bloco Jacaré. At Baton Rouge Music Studios, Ryan teaches a fun Guerrilla Recording class where he teaches students how to create the possible recordings possible using what they have without having to purchase thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Ryan also teaches audio production classes at Thrive Academy through BRMS.

Fun Fact: Ryan can and will improvise instruments anywhere at anytime and play them incessantly until made to stop.


Check back for the goods on Andrian :)


Ross Hoppe is a pianist and composer living in Baton Rouge. Along with being trained in both jazz and classical styles, he is an avid student of the strong musical heritage of southern Louisiana. During his high school years, he participated in All-Parish and All-State honor bands and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. He also attended LSU for music performance. Various artists that Ross has had the privilege to share the stage with include: Snarky Puppy, Rebirth Brass Band, Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Talking Heads), George Porter Jr (The Meters), as well as many other touring acts.