Our Music Teachers

 

Sam Haney

Instruments: Beginning – Intermediate Piano Beginning – Advanced Guitar Beginning – Intermediate Drums Beginning Ukelele

Sam has a variety of music experience, including seven years of guitar lessons and eight years of private piano lessons. He teaches bass, percussion, ukelele and drumset and piano. He enjoys sharing music with beginning students, as well as more advanced students. He has studied Music Theory, History of Jazz and is fluent in Spanish. Sam teach numerous guitar techniques and styles, including jazz, blues, country, rock, classical, finger picking, alternate tunings, slide, song writing, duets, music theory, the use of effects and amps, and playing in a band or ensemble.

2016-Present: Completing Bachelor Degree in Management at UAA, May 2020
2016-2019: UAA Jazz Band
2014-15 Nordic Ski Coach, Mat-Su Borough, AK
2014-15 Private Guitar Teacher, Palmer, AK

Haley Mayer

Instruments:  Beginning to Advanced Piano & Voice

Haley grew up in Wasilla and has recently returned after attending college in Oregon.  She brings a lifelong love of music to her students through the study of musical literature, theory and appreciation.   Haley was trained with a classical focus, but also enjoys playing and teaching other styles including Jazz and Sacred.
Haley has been teaching private music lessons since 2016 and her goal is to inspire and cultivate aspiring musicians in the Mat-Su Valley.  She helps her students develop artistry and technique in an environment that fosters fun, creativity, and personal discovery.  Haley is looking forward to meeting new students and sharing her knowledge and talent with them!

2016-17:  Private Music Teacher, Northwest School of Music, Salem, OR
2013-16:  Recruiter, Corban University’s Music Dept, Salem, OR
--2012-16:  Accompanist, Corban University, Salem, OR.  Accompanist for Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Lessons, Recitals, Juries
--2013-15:  Tutor, Corban University, Salem, OR.  Music Theory & Aural Skills and 1 Semester of Survey of Biblical Literature

Vince Spezialy

Beginning to Advanced Piano, Guitar, Drums & Electric Bass

Vince grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Service High & UAA, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He is the owner and program director of Anchorage Music & Dance Center located in South Anchorage. He has written the curriculum for private lessons, group keyboard & guitar classes, as well as rock band classes. He loves to teach beginners, whether they are young students or adults. Vince owns Anchorage Music & Dance Center with his wife, Eileen, and they employ over 15 teachers and staff there. They are excited to expand their vision for teaching music & dance in a positive, supportive environment to students in Wasilla!

- 2009-2017: Owner & Program Director at Anchorage Music & Dance Center, Anchorage AK
- 1994-2009: Owner, Private & Group Music Teacher, Band/Orchestra Director at Huffman Music Center, Anchorage AK

Cody White

Instruments: Beginning to Advanced Drums, Guitar, & Piano

Cody is a multi-instrumentalist from Palmer. He has performed in Palmer High School's Honor jazz band and on the Moody Bible Institute jazz band as a drummer. He believes that learning to play an instrument should be fun and accessible to all ages and looks forward to working with beginning musicians. Cody is currently working on earning his Master's degree in Elementary Education in order to become a teacher in Alaska.

--Current: Pursuing an M.A. in Elementary Education
--2018: B.A. Biblical Studies, Moody Bible College, Chicago IL
-- 2019: Wasilla Music & Dance Drums, Guitar, and Piano Teacher
--2008-13: Jr. & Sr. High Jazz Band & Honor Jazz Band