Guitar, Bass & Other Fretted Instrument Teachers

Will Brand - Guitar

Will got his first guitar on his eighteenth birthday and learned to play by taking lessons here in Northwest Arkansas. He studied Education and English at the University of Arkansas, but he also studied the guitar and learned "all the songs he used to sing growing up." After graduating in 2008, Will continued to focus on music and still performs multiple times per week. With 15 years under his belt and experience in genres such as Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, and Country, his personal education is just getting started which makes instructing others all the more fun. Will focuses on technique and theory but especially enjoys celebrating the sense of pride and accomplishment that goes along with learning a new instrument.

Jeanette Curry - Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / flat-picking

Jeanette Curry has given private lessons in 5-string banjo and guitar for over 30 years. She also teaches beginning mandolin. She played in various bluegrass bands for 8 years, performing at bluegrass festivals and state fairs in the Midwest, and at Silver Dollar City in Branson. She has taught at Brice Arts Academy, Peace Lutheran Music School, Fellowship Bible Church Fine Arts Acadamy, and has taught a class for Northwest Arkansas Community College's Beep program. She has also studied music at the Hutchinson Community Junior College in Hutchinson, Kansas. She is a certified Wernick Method bluegrass jamming teacher as well. She is currently the only teacher in the state of Arkansas with this certification.
Brian Ellis

Brian Ellis - Guitar / UKULELE

Bryan was born in Tulsa, OK but received his first guitar in Dallas, TX, so he claims to be from Texas. He plays every genre of music that he can get a hold of and brings that same passion into teaching. Bryan has played the guitar for nearly half of his life, studied music education at Evangel University, and traveled with several rock bands. His focus in lessons centers mainly around basic musicianship, music theory, and technique.

Kay Fish - Piano / Voice / Guitar / Mandolin / Banjo / Dulcimer

Kay Fish comes to Musicworks with 35 years of teaching experience. Ms. Fish began teaching private music lessons while attending graduate school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, after receiving her Bachelor's degree from Stephens College with a Major in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Piano. She was awarded a position with the Houston Grand Opera Studio program and moved to Houston, Texas after completing graduate school, where she began teaching music at The Awty International School. After twenty years teaching in the private school sector, Ms. Fish opened up The Kay Fish Music Studio in the Houston area, offering private music study in voice, piano, guitar, recorder, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and percussion. Recently, Kay relocated to Northwest Arkansas to be near family, where she teaches private music lessons in Fayetteville and now, proudly, at Musicworks in Bentonville.

Steve Kelsey – Guitar / Banjo / Mandolin / Bass / Uke/Dulcimer

Steve Kelsey teaches banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, ukulele, autoharp, dulcimer and almost any instrument with strings. After touring in rock and country bands through the 1970s he settled down to raise a family. Formal training at Phoenix College and Arizona State University led to teaching position at Phoenix College and Northland Pioneer College in Arizona. In 1988 Steve relocated with his wife and four children to begin working at the country music shows in Eureka Springs. His School Assemblies and Community Concerts are cosponsored by the Department of Arkansas Heritage "Arts on Tour" program. Mr. Kelsey comfortably bridges the gap between roots and rock. That means he can draw from his vast knowledge of family friendly folk, bluegrass, Irish, pop and country songs for your lessons, and you can learn to play the kind of music you like. Since 1999, Mr. Kelsey has taught at music stores, private studios, and NWACC.

Johnathon Paape – Piano / Guitar

Johnathon holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music, both from the University of Arkansas. He has played guitar for around 14 years and piano for 7. While at the University of Arkansas, he studied jazz guitar and music composition with Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and three time regional Emmy winner Dr. James Greeson. He also studied piano briefly with famous local jazz pianist Claudia Burson. He has taught music for eight years at all levels of education including private lessons, high school, and college. His styles include Jazz, Rock, Blues, Metal, and Country.
Alan Redmon

Alan Redmon - Guitar / Bass / UKULELE - SPANISH SPEAKING

Alan started playing guitar at the age of twelve, and it has been his passion ever since. His musical stylings draw from a wide array of genres, including blues, jazz, rock, country, classical, flamenco, and various styles of Latin music. He grew up in Venezuela, where he was exposed to flamenco, salsa, merengue, reggae, samba and bossa nova, as well as many other Latin and Caribbean styles. At age thirteen, he started taking bass lessons, focusing primarily on R&B and funk music. Throughout middle school he studied classical guitar at the Valencia Conservatory of Music, under Miguel Rodriguez, former student of the legendary classical guitar revolutionary, Andrés Segovia. In high school he went on to study jazz guitar under Franco Nasi, a graduate of the Musician's Institute in California, and one of Venezuela's most sought after guitar instructors. During his senior year in high school, Alan was hired by his school to teach group guitar lessons as an after-school activity for students, and later started giving private lessons on the side. After graduating high school, he studied guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and upon finishing his studies there moved to Northwest Arkansas, where he was hired to teach guitar full-time at Ben Jacks Music, in Bentonville. In fall of 2013 he joined our team of instructors, and has been with us ever since. Alan is passionate about teaching, and focuses his lessons on applied music theory and technique, along with teaching students to play the kind of music they enjoy. Other than teaching, he enjoys playing in various collaborative side projects, as well as performing his own music. In 2014, he recorded his first solo guitar album, featuring all-original instrumental compositions.
Jay Yates

Jay Yates - Guitar / UKULELE

To learn about Jay, please visit his website at:

Allen Zirkle - Piano / Guitar

Allen holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Arkansas State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Education and Piano from Arkansas Tech University. Allen is a NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano). He has four years of teaching experience, two of those years being at the collegiate level. Allen enjoys teaching guitar and piano lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. He has worked with several churches throughout Jonesboro and Russellville as a lead guitarist, pianist, and worship leader. He offers lessons in piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and classical guitar. Allen specializes in classical music and church music (contemporary and traditional), but can teach any style that the student is interested in learning. Students studying with Allen can expect to receive well rounded instruction in music theory, musicianship, and performance skills.
Go Back