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We are very fortunate to have a highly-qualified faculty providing instruction here at the Music Academy at Salisbury. These teachers are dedicated to offering the best in music education to you and your child. Our instructors are:

RONALD ALIG, Guitar and Ukulele

Ron graduated from the VCU School of Music in Spring 2008     with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. He studied with David Toussaint and John Patykula during his years as an undergraduate. In addition to being a seasoned solo classical guitar performer, he is also a member of the Richmond Guitar Quartet. He has experience is teaching and performing both classical and rock styles as well as some beginning flamenco technique. (Lessons: Mondays and Tuesdays)






B.S. in Music Education, Radford College; M.M. in organ performance, Virginia Commonwealth University; over 36 years as full-time church music director-organist, working with children, youth and adults; has taught piano and organ, and concertized widely on organ; Currently, Organist/Accompanist at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. (Lessons: Wednesdays)




Michele received her Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College and a Master of Music degree from Converse College, both with a concentration in piano performance. She holds an active teaching certificate in Music Education and has taught many private students of various ages and skill levels. Michele has performed with various ensembles and has accompanied numerous choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. Her public school teaching experience includes the Buncombe County and Asheville City school systems in N.C. and the local Chesterfield County Public Schools. Michele is currently the Organist/Accompanist at Winfree Baptist Church in Midlothian. (Lesson days: Mondays through Thursdays)



RON FIX, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Improvisation

B.M. in Jazz Studies from VCU; D’Addario Woodwind Artist; Author; Woodberry Forest adjunct music faculty since 2008; Has recorded and performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as appearances on both radio and television; Extended bio available at ronfix.com. (Lessons: Mondays and Tuesdays)





CAROL HAMRICK, Clarinet and Ukulele

Carol holds a BM in Education from Appalachian State University and an MSEd. from Northwest Missouri State University. She has been playing clarinet for 35 years and has taught public school music for 22 years. She has performed in the Richmond Concert Band, the Chesterfield Community Band and at her home church (Oak Forest Baptist). She currently teaches in the CCPS system and is experienced in teaching middle and high school clarinet students. (Lessons: Mondays)




GRANT HELLMERS, Organ and Piano

Grant holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University as well as a Master of Music Education from Canberra College, Australia. He has studied the organ in various locations around the world including Vienna, Austria and Paris, France. He is a well-respected member of the American Guild of Organists and has composed numerous arrangements for choir, congregation, organ and other instruments. Grant currently serves as Organist-Choirmaster for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. (Lessons: Mondays)



BECKY HOPKINS, Piano and Voice

Becky Hopkins is a veteran instructor of piano, voice, and music theory. A graduate of Liberty University (B.S.) and Florida State University (M.M.E., M.M.), Becky is passionate about helping people uncover and discover their own musical voice. She has a diverse background of performing through playing the piano, accompanying, singing and acting. Locally, she has performed with James River Singers, Richmond Choral Society, and Capitol Opera Richmond. When Becky isn’t spending time with her family usually at soccer games, you will likely find her at Bon Air Baptist, where she serves as the Worship Associate – playing the piano for worship and rehearsals, singing, leading vocal ensembles, and organizing special worship events. On the rare occasion that she has some free time, Becky enjoys traveling, reading, or sewing. She loves to work with people of all ages, helping them explore the beauty of music the discipline involved in creating it, and the satisfaction gained by sharing it. She invites you to the journey. (Teaching days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)



Ella earned a BS in Music Education from Hampton University majoring in piano. She was an exchange student at Eastman School of  Music in Rochester, NY for one semester. Her MS degree in Music Education was earned as a voice major at Syracuse University. Ella has done extensive work as a vocal soloist, a paid accompanist and has been a member of numerous vocal ensembles. She is currently a soprano in the Richmond Symphony Chorus. Ella is an experienced music teacher on both the secondary and college levels. (Lessons: Wednesdays)






Michelle earned both a BA and MA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois. Her teachers have included Ronald Romm (Canadian Brass) and Michael Ewald. Michelle has performed with numerous orchestras, wind ensembles and brass quintets throughout the country. She has over ten years of experience teaching trumpet to students from beginner through college level. (Lessons: Mondays)





Lindy has been teaching all levels of piano instruction for over twenty years. She has served as a local church musician for over thirty years and is currently the music director, organist and pianist at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church. She directs two children’s choirs, a contemporary choir and an adult choir at St. Matthew’s. Lindy has previously taught piano lessons for several local music studios and has served as pianist for the School of the Richmond Ballet. Lindy studied piano at VCU under the direction of Landon Bilyeu and Mary Jane Fitzpatrick. (Lessons: Mondays)






Carol has been teaching beginning cello students of all ages for over thirty years. She grew up in Ohio and was very active in music throughout high school. Carol has a Bachelors degree in music education from Bowling Green St. Univ. and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the Univ. of Michigan. She has also been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. A corporate transfer for her husband brought her to the Richmond area where she has continued to teach privately and play chamber music. (Lessons: Mondays and Wednesdays)



KRISTIN PRESLEY, Violin and Viola

Kristin Presley is a violinist based in Richmond, VA. She has had the opportunity to play with Virginia Opera, Virginia Repertory Theater, Opera on the James and in other small ensembles in the area. Currently, Kristin is a violin and viola instructor both at the University of Mary Washington and the Music Academy at Salisbury. She holds a Master of Music Performance degree from the State University of New York at Purchase College where she studied with Laurie Smukler. Her Bachelor of Music Performance degree is from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied with Susanna Klein. (Lessons: Tuesdays and Wednesdays)






Toneika holds a B.A. in Music with a focus in piano from Elizabeth City State University. Her M.A. in Music Education is from Norfolk State University with a focus in voice. Toneika is a CCPS middle school choral director and has extensive experience in teaching students of all skill levels. (Lessons: Thursdays)






THOMAS STEVENS, Violin and Viola

Tom holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has studied the viola with Karen Ritscher, Joey Corpus, Carol Rodland (Berlin, Germany), Evelyn Luise (Texas) and Sharon Dean. Tom is currently the Assistant Principal Viola of the Roanoke Symphony and Charlottesville Opera. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Violin/Viola at both Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond.His performance experience is extensive and includes such Chamber Music appearances as the Hofstra String Quartet (Hofstra University) and the Academy Chamber Players (Carnegie Hall, 1998, 2004). Tom is also passionate about Irish fiddle music and is a member of the Celtic duo “Rights of Man”. Mr. Stevens is experienced in teaching all ages and skill levels. (Lessons: Mondays and Thursdays)





Derek holds a BM in New Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has enjoyed his work in sound studios and musical theater ensembles. As well as teaching at Collegiate School, he plays with several groups around town including InsideOut Band, KKSD and Heartwood. He also provides various musical services such as arranging, engraving and recording. Derek has had extensive experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. (Lessons: Thursdays)