Magnolia Music Studio offers highly-trained, experienced artist faculty who teach a variety of instruments. All faculty have music degrees or university music study and are active professional performers. Master Teachers have advanced degrees and 15+ years experience.

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Cynthia Vaughn

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice & Studio Owner

Master Teacher Cynthia Vaughn has more than 30 years private studio and university teaching experience. Cynthia helps singers gain technical skill, vocal expression,  style, and confidence. She has compassion and a joy for teaching that encompasses singers at all levels and ages.


Grant Bierschbach

Instruments: Cello & Piano      

Grant Bierschbach, a Tri-Cities native, has been playing cello for 20 years. He performs regularly with regional ensembles, including the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Walla Walla Symphony and Oregon East Symphony.                                                                                   


Emily Brown

Instruments: Voice & Piano

Emily Smith Brown, soprano, earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Eastern Oregon University in 2015 with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance and a Minor in Theatre Arts. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Emily has been teaching private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2011.


 Athena Fritz

Instruments: Violin, Viola, & Piano

Athena has been playing viola for 16 years, after starting as a violinist. She studied music at Washington State University and Columbia Basin College, including orchestral, choral, winds, percussion, jazz and theory. She studied jazz piano with Steve Haberman.







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Instruments: Master Teacher Piano, Traveling Teacher only

 Master Teacher Carissa Pitkin is a Richland native, who recently returned to Tri-Cities and is very active in local arts. Mrs. Jones will be accepting a limited number of beginning to advanced students for in-home lessons beginning Winter Semester 2018. She taught piano and music history since 2004 and has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music and The International School of Music (ISM) in Bethesda, Maryland. 

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Heather Hull Hart

Instruments: Master Teacher Voice, Violin, & Piano

Heather is accepting a limited number of homeschooled music students for individual weekly morning/early afternoon lessons. (Also accepting adult students with daytime availability.)

Heather Hull Hart is an accomplished music instructor, choral director, pianist, violinist, vocalist, and musical director, with over 25 years of professional music experience.   




skyler Mendell

Instruments: Trumpet

Skyler Mendell is a dedicated music educator and trumpet player. He has been playing the trumpet for 13 years. He holds Music Education and Music Performance degrees from the University of Idaho, where he graduated in 2015. Currently, he teaches full time at Kiona-Benton City High School in Benton City, Washington. 





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Gary Jones

Instruments: Master Teacher Guitar

Master Teacher Gary Jones has been playing guitar since age 12. He teaches beginners and advanced students of all ages, with a goal of customizing the lessons to fit the student’s goals.  Though guitar was his first love as a musician, he is also a pianist, organist, chorus and orchestra conductor. Gary Jones earned music degrees from University of Washington and the University of Denver. He taught music theory and incorporates music theory into the guitar and bass lessons he teaches.