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


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


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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Tim Kelly

Guitar, Bass Guitar

Tim Kelly was classically trained in guitar and piano at the University of Montevallo where he received his bachelors degree.  Tim has been teaching and playing professionally for 20 years and his credits include Black Jacket Symphony among other local and regional acts.  Tim teaches group guitar lessons utilizing his own four-part course that serves as a technique and theory introduction for people who have never played an instrument of all ages.  Combining vital techniques and basic music theory, the course serves as a great entry point for anyone interested in playing the guitar.  Many who have taken the course have gone on to enter private lessons and continue their guitar and music education.

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Matt Jones

Guitar and Ukulele

Matt Jones teaches both guitar and ukulele. He studied classical guitar under John Ingwerson at Hinds Community College before earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mississippi in 1996. Matt has 28 years of playing experience and has also taught for the last 17 years. From 2005 to 2010, he taught large group guitar classes at Lafayette Middle School in Oxford, MS. Matt has also led music in churches in Mississippi and Alabama for the past 20 years, and is currently serving in Wilsonville, AL.

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Anthony Strickland

Trombone, Baritone, Tuba

Anthony Strickland received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the principal tubist in the UAB Wind Symphony from 2010 until 2015. He was also the section leader of the UAB Marching Blazers from 2012 until 2015. During his time in school, Anthony has studied privately under Scott Robertson and the principal tubist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Andrew Miller. He has been playing the tuba for 16 years, the euphonium for 9 years and the trombone for 7 years. He is currently a freelance musician where he performs with the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet and different church orchestras. He is also a freelance low brass instructor where he is providing low brass instruction to schools and students in the Birmingham surrounding area.

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Lucina Holder

Violin, Viola, Mandolin

Lucina started playing the violin at age 9 and switched to the viola about 7 years later. She studied privately at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. At the Juilliard School of Music, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree after which she studied with Mr. Robert Vernon (Principal Violist with the Cleveland Orchestra) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. During that time, she also participated in the Christmas Seminar with the late Alexander Schneider and the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar. In 1985, Lucina joined the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra for one year and in 1986 she won another audition, this time for the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra where she was in the viola section and after a few years, the Assistant Principal Violist as well as Acting Associate Principal Violist. Lucina was a member of the Phoenix Symphony for 10 years. Lucina then spent two years with the Colorado Symphony in Denver. She is currently a member of the Alabama Symphony since 1998. Other accomplishments include extensive substituting in the viola section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as for two international tours. Lucina’s summer activities include playing with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming as well as leading hikes with the Sierra Club.

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Sara Preast

Piano, Violin

Sara Preast is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in piano and violin. She has taught in many different capacities from in-store teaching at Claudia’s School of Music, to accommodating her own private studio, even substitute teaching, assistant teaching, and accompanying at Patel Conservatory. Her passion is to see students not only excel in what they are playing but also to love it at the same time! She seeks to challenge students to expand their repertoire by playing both classically with precision and also playing more modern pieces with improvisation. In addition to teaching Sara also does freelance work whenever she gets the opportunity. Some of her freelance work includes coordinating and performing in wedding ensembles, singing with the 100 Years Young Anton Coppola Gala with Opera Tampa at the Straz Center, playing in several orchestras,and her greatest pleasure, resident and substitute church pianist.

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