Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Bailey Brothers Music has top instructors for many different instruments specializing in the style and playing-level of you or your child.  Many of our instructors have a long list of accolades, professional endeavors, and music education degrees.  Please speak with one of our associates and we'd be happy to help you select which instructor is best suited to you or your child's music education needs.

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Kathleen Berk

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University; graduate studies at the University of Redlands, Sacramento State University, and Duquesne University; Studied with Bernard Cerilli, Bernard Goldberg, and Nestor Koval all from the Pittsburgh Symphony; Studied with Bernard Portnoy.  High School band director for five years and seven years as middle school band director; private lessons taught throughout this time.

Professional experience as Principal Clarinetist in the Greensburg Symphony, auxiliary woodwinds with the Nashville Symphony and the Savannah Symphony, 10 years’ experience at Opryland, USA playing in pit orchestras fro shows, various recording work including a Grammy Award winning recording, playing in orchestras for Broadway Shows including Ragtime, Chicago, Peter Pan, and Hello Dolly.  Freelance work including backing Pat Boone, Rich Little, Lee Greenwood, Nell Carter, Louise Mandrell, Teresa Brewer, Warren Covington, Urbie Green, The Fifth Dimension, Leslie Ugums, The Mills Brothers, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

Member of the International Clarinet Association and the American Federation of Musicians

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Will Cash

Guitar

Will Cash is an established local performer as well as an instructor. He has been teaching a variety of styles from Rock to Jazz since 2006. He also worked as director of Camp Jam Birmingham in summer 2012 and as an instructor from 2008 - 2011. His primary studies were in classical/jazz guitar and music theory at The University Alabama Birmingham. Other notable studies were with the late Jeff Harbaugh (Tony Bennett, REO Speedwagon, Doobie Brothers) in Auburn Alabama. Will most recently performs throughout the southeast with The Black Jacket Symphony, Eat A Peach, Tragic City, The Stephen McCullough Band and Jackson Capps. In the past he has worked with artists such as Jive Soul, India Ramey, Matt Slocum (Rich Robinson, Jimmy Herring), Erin Mitchell, Stuart McNair & the Contraband and Bonus Round. Whether you are a beginner or and advanced player Will is going to find the most productive way for you to learn.

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Peyton Grant

Piano, Keyboards, Organ

Peyton Grant attended the Univsity of Montevallo, where he studied Music Composition.  Later, he went to the University of Alabama Birmingham where studied technology and jazz. He has been in various bands over the last 10 years and is a core member in the Black Jacket Symphony.  He plays and teaches all styles of music (rock, jazz, classical, movie music, blues, gospel, country, bluegrass, funk, and soul) with a focus on commercial music rather than classical music.  Peyton has been teaching since 2007 and excels at teaching beginner students, though he has had successes with students of all ages and skill levels from age 4 to 84,  Peyton is always open to new things and any type of music you would like to bring in.

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Susane Parsons

Voice, Piano

Susane H. Parsons has been teaching voice and piano for over 22 years around the Birmingham area. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University. She began taking piano and voice at a young age and been involved in music all her life! She has competed and won vocal awards with ACGMA and nationally with NACMAI. She strives for the lessons to be fun and are tailored to individual needs in order to develop your talent to its full potential. She welcomes anyone from age 5 to adult in lessons! She wants to help others love music for the rest of their lives and have the confidence to sing or play in any situation!

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Taylor Propp

Bass Guitar

Taylor Propp, born in New Orleans LA, has been a professional bassist in Birmingham, Al since 1996. He received his degree in Music Technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001), where he studied with Cleave Eaton (Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis). 

He has been teaching privately at Bailey Brothers, Highland Music and other locations for over fourteen years. Taylor has performed locally and regionally with Nationwide Coverage, Meteorite and G-Soul for over a decade. He has been employed at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Cathedral Church of the Advent and has worked with artists/groups such as: Mark Avant's Night Flight Big Band, Ruben Studdard, Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band), Mark Kimbrell (Oteil & the Peacemakers), Carlos Pino and other various local groups. Taylor has also been employed with Red Mountain Theater Company for over 6 years, and has performed at the Alabama Shakespheare Festival in Montgomery, as well as the UAB theater. In addition to teaching acoustic and electric bass in any genre, Taylor also teaches beginning piano, music composition and theory.

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Leif Bondarenko

Drums, Percussion

Leif Bondarenko has been playing drums professionally for 40 years. Leif attended Vestavia Hills High School where he earned top honors in state snare competitions and eventually graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts where he studied music theory and played in the Alabama Youth Symphony. Leif then continued his education at Belmont College where he studied music business and recording techniques. Over the past three decades Leif has built a reputation for himself as one of the top local drummers and has recorded and performed with some of the most talented musicians in Birmingham. Leif has also toured nationally and has shared the stage with some of the industries' top musicians. Artists that Leif has worked with include, but are not limited to, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Damon Johnson, Rick Danko of The Band, Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, Taylor Hicks, Jim Bob and the Leisure Suits, Primitons, The Sugar La-Las, Topper Price and the Upsetters, The Cast, and Rollin' in the Hay. Leif can teach all styles of music to anyone interested in playing drums. His lesson programs cover everything from snare drum rudiments and drum set playing to practical applications involving playing music with other musicians.

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Tommy Bowen

Trumpet

Tommy Bowen has been the top trumpet of every UAB and Samford music ensemble.  After transferring out of Samford where he studied trumpet performance, he attained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he concentrated in Music Technology and Digital Music Production.  At UAB, he led organizations like Blaze Productions, where he orchestrated UAB's first battle of the bands.  Tommy has recorded and played trumpet with some of the best musicians in the south, including Taylor Hicks, Bad Brad and the Sipsey Slims, Rick Carter, Downright, and The Black Jacket Symphony.

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William Justice

Piano, Keyboard, and Organ

William Justice was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was raised in Dora, Alabama and is the son of Craig and Lana Justice. A member of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) and Birmingham Metro Music Forum (BMMF), Justice comes from a family containing a history of entertainment values. His grandmother, Dora Jean Dutton, had "a voice of gold." Many of Justice's cousins were piano players. His great uncle Mike enjoyed performing Broadway show tunes on piano, and Justice's great aunt Willie Mae was the virtuoso pianist/organist at the Dora Church of God.

Justice began taking piano lessons at age six and went on to win a variety of music competitions throughout the state of Alabama: Elbert Lingo competitions, sonata contests, and hymn festivals. He performed Maple Leaf Rag live on Coffee Time, a morning show that appeared on the local TV station, TV 55. Justice also won numerous awards while studying at Dora High School: The Encouragement Award, The Rick/Jilda Performing Arts Scholarship and Certificates of Honor in American Government, Psychology, and Economics. . As the school singer and piano performer, as well as the Michael Jackson impersonator during the high school pep-rallies, Justice won "Most Talented" of his senior class.

In the Summer of 2008, Justice received a second performing arts scholarship to study at his local community college, Bevill State. On March 29, 2009, he was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Shortly thereafter, on April 10, 2010, he received a Bevill Scholar Award for academic achievements. These two awards opened the opportunity for Justice to study at Birmingham-Southern College, a private liberal arts college where he received his BA in "Music" on May 18, 2013.

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