Our Teachers


Kendall Brunson


Teaches: Piano, Voice, and Guitar

Kendall began her love of music by studying the flute at the age of four. Although she quickly moved to the piano, she has studied various instruments over the past twenty years, including the saxophone, violin, guitar, drums, and voice.

A Jacksonville native, Kendall began teaching in Northeast Florida in 2005, and she graduated from Jacksonville University in 2009. She loves introducing her students to Bach, Beethoven and John Williams and hopes to infuse lessons with her own enthusiasm and passion for music. Kendall emphasizes reading and theory so her students have the ability to learn and enjoy multiple instruments.

When she’s not teaching, Kendall loves to drink coffee, read mystery novels, and take her dog Sophie for long hikes.


Eric Dietz


Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Theory and Composition

Eric moved to the First Coast from Washington State as a chemist, but quickly began studying guitar, bass, and harmonica. This expanded into piano and upright bass with an emphasis in music theory and composition. Soon he left his lab coat behind to enter into UNF’s Jazz Program.

Now, after teaching in North East Florida for over a decade, his passion for teaching and music is stronger than ever. As a teacher he’s patient, methodical, and entertaining, and he loves to teach music theory.

During his down time, Eric kayaks, fishes, mountain bikes, reads fantasy and science fiction, composes and performs.


Elaine Brock


Teaches: Piano, Voice, Ear Training, and Theory

A classically trained pianist and music educator for over 20 years, Elaine enjoys teaching piano, keyboard and voice to beginner and intermediate students of all ages. She has taught General Music Grades K-12, High School Music Theory and Chorale. She has also produced and directed over 50 musical and dramatic productions, as well as choirs and drama companies associated with churches and local schools.

Her joy in teaching piano students is seeing even her youngest students grow to love playing the piano and performing in recitals. As her students gain confidence, and as their pianistic skills are developed, it is Elaine’s goal to see music be thoroughly enjoyed!

Her diversity provides a varied sense of appreciation for many types of music including classical, sacred music, popular and traditional favorites. When she’s not teaching, Elaine enjoys traveling and spending time at the beach.


Michele Olding


Teaches: Piano and Theory

Located at the Beach, Michele is inspired by teaching beginning and intermediate students who are excited about learning to read music and even compose their own through the study of theory. Several of her students have received awards of auditions from LaVilla School of the Arts and scholarships from St. Johns County, FL.

Michele began piano lessons while in the 2nd grade and continued throughout college. She enjoys all genres of music and even played the accordion with the Cincinnati Symphony, and she is currently learning to play the violin. 



Desiree Stant


Teaches: Piano and Voice

Desiree began her love of music at the age of 5 when she began taking classical piano lessons. She continued her musical journey by learning how to play various instruments in the marching band throughout middle and high school. In 2004, Desiree moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend Florida State University where she accompanied and played piano for a local church throughout college. After college, Desiree ran a performing arts program for adults with disabilities for several years in which she directed several choral and vocal ensembles. She thoroughly enjoys spreading the love of music to others.

She teaches all level piano lessons, from beginning to advanced students. Her lessons are based on classical technique, ear-training, sight-reading, and performance techniques. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of piano with her students and watching their individual growth throughout the years.

When she is not playing or teaching piano, she enjoys a good cup of coffee, exploring new places, and spending time with her family. 




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