Who We Are
WE TEACH THE MUSICIAN, NOT JUST THE MUSIC
We partner with our students to help them enjoy the gift of music and realize their full potential as artists.
We aim to encourage, develop, and shine a spotlight on every student’s identity as a musician and as an artist. Each instructor brings the passion, commitment and talent necessary to create the private lesson experience you’ve been looking for.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
YOU ARE WHY WE TEACH
Teaches: Electric guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Howdy fellow music lovers! My name is Micah Neale and I am a sophomore communication major with a minor in leadership at the greatest university in the world. I’ve been playing guitar seriously since my junior year in high school. I’ve played in various settings and my guitaristry is heavily influenced by musicians like John Mayer, Doc Watson, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Sting, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon (if any of those names are unfamiliar, do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with these musical geniuses, you won’t regret it). I first started teaching lessons a year ago for friends and family. My teaching method is based on collaboration and the material is driven by what interests the student. I am very excited to be a part of the team here at Breakthrough and I can’t wait to jam with you!
Madeleine Renard began her training in classical piano at the age of 5, studying primarily under AJ Collins of San Antonio. She began competing on both local and statewide circuits shortly thereafter, with competitions including the JK Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, San Antonio Ragtime Society Competition, Achievement Auditions, Texas State Piano Competition, McLennan Piano Competition, and made her Carnegie Hall debut (in the Weill Recital Hall) at the age of 12 after successfully competing in the Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition put on by the Chopin Society of Texas. She also attended the Baylor Summer Piano Institute and Chamber Music Institute for two consecutive years each. Madeleine has extensive experience accompanying (both on piano and keyboard), ranging from choral, to instrumental, to solo arrangements, and frequently fills in as church pianist at Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bryan. She has taken the theory test every year since 1st grade and plans to continue throughout her senior year. Outside of piano she is enrolled as a junior at College Station High School, and plays violin (which she studies with Diedra Lawrence) in the varsity orchestra.
Teaches: Piano, Guitar
Howdy! My name is Jack Erdner and I'm a fighting Texas Aggie class of '24. I first began my music career at age 5 and since then have been trained in classical piano for 11 years as well as Jazz and Accompaniment (Keyboard and piano). For the last several years, I’ve been playing piano gigs at local restaurants and have taught private lessons in piano and guitar. I love working with my students, having fun together, and helping them along in their musical journey.
Teaches: Violin, Piano
Howdy! My name is Mia Robison.
I’m a junior architecture major at Texas A&M. I have been playing piano since 4th grade, and violin since 6th. I’ve played in orchestra throughout middle school and high school, and now play in the Texas A&M Philharmonic Orchestra! I’ve taught both piano and violin. My hope is to share my love for music with my students, and help them reach their musical goals
My name is Katherine Renard and I am so excited to share my love of music with you. I began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and am currently studying with Dr. Chien-Jung Chen. I have competed for several years in the JK Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, Petroff Piano Competition, Achievement Auditions, Texas State Piano Competition, McLennan Piano Competition, Texas UIL State Solo & Ensemble, medaled every year in the TMEA music theory test, and have participated in both hymn and jazz fests throughout the years. On the less competitive side, I accompany ensembles, play for my church, and love playing duets. In addition to piano, I have played flute since I was 10 in both small and large ensembles and am a member of Axiom Winds, the College Station High School woodwind quintet, and will also be head drum major for the ‘21 season for the College Station High School Band. My goal is to help my students learn music to the best of their abilities while growing in their understanding of technique, musicality, and a skill that can last them a lifetime.
Hi there! My name is Jessica Ferrel. I was born and raised right here in the heart of Texas, graduated from Bryan High and then SHSU—I consider myself an Aggie, however, because I married one over 6 years ago (whoop!) and we have a wild and crazy two-year-old son named Michael. I began singing at a very young age and growing up was heavily involved in musical theater and choir. During college and the years to follow I started and sang in a band, then did a lot of song-writing and covers as a folksy/indie solo artist, performing at a variety of venues and events. Today, I am a member of the worship team at my church. Music and singing are passions of mine and I absolutely love teaching them to those who share that same passion: what an awesome privilege it is to get to do something I love so much! My favorite thing to do with my students is to explore this wonderful built-in instrument we call the “voice” as we discover new and exciting things along the way. I look forward to working with you and your one-of-a-kind instrument.
JOIN THE BREAKTHROUGH TEAM
Want to pursue a career in music? Breakthrough is always looking for creative, talented, and experienced people that would like to join our Breakthrough Team. See below for the complete listing of all open positions within Breakthrough Music School.
PLEASE SEND ALL MATERIALS/LINKS TO OUR STUDIO MANAGER
(979) 502 2818
Job Type: Part-time, Music Instructor at Rehearsal Room
2 years experience teaching private lessons
Some performance experience (Open Mics, Worship Leading, Live Venues)
Basic knowledge of music theory
Have a specialty instrument (guitar, piano or drums), and can comfortable sing in front of small groups / individuals
Willing to learn new instruments in order to grow as a Rehearsal Room Instructor (we assist and encourage all instructors to learn guitar, piano, bass, drums, singing and basic recording on GarageBand or Logic to allow them to develop our students into multifaceted musicians - training is provided regularly)
Experience working with students of all ages at beginner-intermediate skill levels
Qualified applicants will be reliable and able to make a commitment of at least 6 months on a fixed schedule
A warm, encouraging personality is a must
COMPENSATION & SCHEDULING
Pay begins at $20 per hour for lesson hour
Flexible scheduling, all handled for you by our Studio Manager
Resume describing at least 1 year of instruction on your instrument of specialty
3 references toward your teaching experience, or music performance
2-3 recordings (phone demos are great, videos even better) of you playing / singing are strongly encouraged
Currently, we are looking for instructors for 1 or 2 days a week,
Monday - Saturday