Learn to Play the Fun Way
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School founder and guitar/vocal/drum instructor Jim Brown is a professional musician with 20 years of experience. He specializes in making performing look easy, and has worked with hundreds of students over the past several years, helping them set, manage and achieve their personal music goals. The father of a young son,  Jim's focus is on fostering a sense of achievement and giving positive feedback to keep the process fun and fulfilling. He specializes in helping vocal students identify their strengths and style, and focus on what works for them. He also helps them master how to play and sing at the same time.

A veteran of the music business, Jim has played at well-known venues such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Tipitina's, and House of Blues.  He can teach students the ins and outs of every aspect of performing, including equipment selection, songwriting, how to form a band, how to book gigs, how to promote yourself as an artist, and how and where to record your music. His current band, Big Jim Brown & the SpeedKings, regularly performs throughout the Southeast
Voice, piano, and muscial theatre/drama instructor DESTINY HOWARD has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from UWF, where she studied classical, opera, jazz, and musical theatre. She was the lead singer of the UWF Jazz Band from 2011-2014 and participated in several Jazz Society of Pensacola competitions and festivals, including Pensacola JazzFest from 2011-2014. Destiny has participated in several opera and musical theatre scenes programs, playing roles such as Beth March from Little Women, Nellie Forbush from South Pacific, Roxie Hart from Chicago, Joanne Jefferson from Rent, and Vitellia from La Clemenza di Tito. She also performed several lead roles in the Tate High School drama program. Destiny comes from a musical family: her father also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from UWF, and her stepfather Steven Tuley is the drama teacher at Tate High School.

Drum and piano instructor
chriS cantin has a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from the University of West Florida and has been playing music for 19 years; he currently plays the drums for Nobius and Big Jim Brown & the SpeedKings. Chris has been teaching music for more than 10 years.

Guitar instructor Robert Heeke studied music at the University of West Florida and studied guitar under Joseph Stallings at Pensacola State College. He has played guitar for 15 years and has performed with Big Jim Brown & the SpeedKings, the Destiny Howard Band, and the Ed Johansson Trio. He has taught music for 5 years.

CALL 850-207-9795 OR EMAIL Jim@GulfCoastSchoolofMusic.com

"Not only did my son come away with a great introduction to music, but he always came out of his lesson with a smile on his face, clearly feeling good about himself.  

In fact, it looked like my son and the other students were having so much fun, I became inspired to dust off my old guitar and take a few lessons myself.   With Jim’s encouragement and contagious enthusiasm, what began as a whim and interest in learning a few guitar chords soon grew into an unexpected venture into songwriting and singing. 

Music has become, for me, a passion and great pleasure in life.    Jim is not only a talented, accomplished musician, but a natural, insightful teacher with an ability to build a rapport with students of all ages.  

I feel very lucky, on behalf of my son and myself,  to have had the opportunity to work with Jim
 and would highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone who would like to pursue an interest in music."
 --Susan Riddle
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