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Brent Bristow | Owner and Founder

Brent Bristow is the owner and founder of Salem Music. He played in his first rock band at the age of 14. The professional recording studio at Salem Music is his 5th. He feels led by the forces of nature to uplift and develop the musical talents of both young and old alike. Brent is the Performance Coach at Salem Music. If you want to gain experience on stage, in a safe and nurturing environment; Salem Music is the place for you. Call and schedule a no obligation chat with Brent to discuss your performance goals. He can help.

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Kendra Bragg | Teacher

Guitar, Voice, Piano

Kendra Bragg Harding is a composer and songwriter from the Piedmont area of North Carolina, and graduate student at the UNC School of the Arts. She grew up surrounded by influences ranging from Liszt to Led Zeppelin and it shows in her music. She mixes folk, rock, and pop influences with classical techniques and sensibilities to create a unique body of work for a wide audience. Kendra has taught group classes and individual lessons for kindergarten through college. She takes an active and energetic approach to teaching, believing that students learn best when they enjoy the process. Lessons are carefully tailored to each student’s unique interests, goals, and learning style. In her guitar, voice, and piano studios, students develop healthy playing or singing posture, consistent practice habits, and music theory and aural skills as they work toward their personal goals as musicians.

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Cameron Luke | Teacher

Trombone and Lower Brass

Cameron Luke is an aspiring and rising bass trombonist. He leads a very active performance career while dynamic list of repertoire. Cameron’s range of genre consists of classical, jazz, contemporary, and marching arts. His passion and personality comes from playing jazz. He had much success in this field playing in the big band setting with the East Carolina Jazz Ensemble A and the Tar River Jazz Orchestra. He enjoys playing popular music for outdoor festivals and in small live venues. Currently, Cameron is continuing to share his knowledge and passion in the Winston-Salem area. He is getting his master’s at the School of the Arts. He is also performing venues in town and is looking forward to more opportunities.

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Tyson Morrow | Teacher

Guitar

Tyson Morrow has taught guitar extensively using the methods taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a BA in Composition in 1992. He held a steady roster of students at the Meridian School of Music in Indianapolis, IN from 1995-2006.Though writing chamber music was the main focus in school, a more professional Tyson took opportunities to explore other styles as diverse as top 40 country, reggae, and progressive folk/bluegrass. He currently plays professionally with several groups local to the Triad - “Moxie,” “Wyndy Trail Travelers,” “Wild Blue Elixir,” and “Karon Click and the Hot Licks.” The crux of his teaching style is a balanced portion of music fundamentals combined with what a student “really wants to play.”

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Ken Simonds | Teacher

Electric Bass

Ken picked up bass as a hobby at 16 but didn't venture out to play his first gig until he was 31! He quickly grew passionate about the instrument and has been an active player in several local bands on the scene for the past 23 years. He started teaching casually 15 years ago and professionally the past 10 years. He has a laid back approach but with his natural knack for teaching he always insures the study of bass will be fun and intriguing!

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Geoff Weber | Recording Engineer / Teacher

Jazz Piano

Geoff Weber is a recording engineer, and freelance web designer and developer. He began experimenting with recording on a portable studio-in-a-box unit in 2007 recording himself and the various bands he participated in. As the technology progressed towards computer based systems, so did he. While in school at Wake Forest University, he participated in a recording class that had an emphasis on working with Pro Tools in a professional studio environment. In the summer of 2013, he participated in a ten week training session in a fully equipped studio, working with Pro Tools, analog tape, and a myriad of microphones, outboard gear, and computer plug-ins. Shortly thereafter, he completed his education at Wake Forest University with a major in music, and a minor in computer science. Currently, he is based in Winston Salem and keeps his passion for recording ignited through his work at Salem Music.

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Spencer Brown | Teacher

Drums

Spencer Brown is a Winston-Salem native. He has toured the U.S. since the age of fifteen in numerous bands such as Slushie, HeartDrive, and Lions & Liars. He studied at Berklee College of Music and is proficient in Jazz, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Orchestral Percussion, and Reggae drums. He was a studio musician for several years, playing drums and percussion on over fifteen different albums. Along with a career in music, Spencer is also a published novelist and short-story writer.

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Olesya Dashkevych (Alex) | Teacher

Violin

Alex began violin at the age of 5 under the mentorship of her father, a music school director and a piano teacher. Alex traveled two hours each way for lessons from a respected musician in the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Eventually, her passion for perfection and the instilled discipline led her to seek training equal to that of her abilities in the State Music Academy of Lviv where she earned her first Masters Degree. Upon graduation, alongside her family, Alex had moved to the United States where she obtained a green card and later citizenship. Alex played in various orchestras in Italy, New York and North Carolina, as well as performed with international and local celebrities. Some notable mentions were a concert for the Pope Giovanni Paolo II, performance alongside world famous Italian crossover tenor Andrea Bocelli and a solo performance of J. Brahms Concerto in Rome, Italy. Alex has acquired much experience in teaching students of varying ages by applying multitude of techniques she’d picked up over the years. Currently she is teaching in Salem Muisc, Old Salem College Music School, Winston-Salem Symphony Music and Art Academy and Old Town Elementary School.

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Michael Root | Teacher

Classical Guitar

Michael Root is a professional classical guitarist from Asheville, North Carolina. He has performed at venues around the world and is lauded for his deeply romantic interpretation. He received his bachelor's of music in guitar performance from UNC School of the arts and is currently based out of Winston-Salem North Carolina, where he lives and teaches.

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Chip Symonds | Teacher

Saxophone

Chip has been playing saxophone for 40 years and in 2015 played with the Bethabera community band. He studied saxophone with James Houlik at the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a graduate of RJ Reynolds High School. He has performed around NC for over 15 years with various bands. He majored in music composition at Greensboro College and minored in piano. He is currently teaching in the education department at Old Salem

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Sam Craven | Teacher

Guitar

Sam Craven is an up and coming artist from Wallburg North Carolina, where he began playing guitar at the age of 13. As a guitar player, Sam has studied under the instruction of Mr. Roc Williams, music director, of The Black and Blue Band, and later under Mr. Greg Hyslop, guitar instructor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Greensboro College. Sam travels throughout the southeast as the lead guitar player of the Carolina Soul Band, who has performed at Daytona 500 events, The Lexington NC Barbecue Festival, A Taste of Beaufort, The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, The US Open in NC, The Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, Mayfest on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, Statesville Pumpkin Festival, Fall for Greenville SC festival and many more. You can also hear Sam at venues such as Blue Bourbon Jacks, Golden Leaf Bistro, and The Claddagh Pub to name a few.