Instructor Bios

Gary Joseph Potter Jr
Guitar/Management
 

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Since graduating I have immersed myself in the world of music and entertainment across all mediums and genres. I have worked as a touring guitarist for over 20 years having performed nationally and internationally with bands that include: Daughters, The Midnight Renewal, Imprint, The Jessica Lewis Band, The SOS Swing Band, The Coastline Swing Band, The New Providence Band, and the Australian rock band Bellusira.   In addition to touring I have numerous recording and live theater pit orchestra credits. As an educator I have created stylistically diverse instructional content for Guitar World magazine and the app Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day”. In addition to these published instructional applications, I am the owner of Amped Music School in Rhode Island where I not only teach guitar in a private one-on-one setting but I manage the instruction of other guitarists along with drum, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, keyboard and vocal professionals. Rounding out my true commitment to the world of music I have created a one-of-a-kind web-based guitar instructional site that promotes my unique instruction techniques and allows me to work with a worldwide audience (www.PracticeTheGuitar.com).

Samantha Shriner
 

Piano

Hi! My name is Sam Shriner, and I am a Sophomore Music Therapy Major with a concentration in classical piano at the University of Rhode Island. I have worked as a summer camp counselor. I love working with kids and think piano should be a fun and exciting way to learn and engage with music and develop a strong music theory basis. I use a dynamic teaching method catered to development stage and personalized to my students. 

Tommy Garcia
Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Tommy is a Teacher and Composer for Film/Media. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has spent nearly a decade teaching Guitar students of all ages and skill levels in various styles. Using a holistic and flexible approach, he seeks to guide each individual student toward their own personal goals while building the basic skills they will need to accomplish those and other future ambitions. When he is not teaching, Tommy composes music and makes sounds for Film, Movie Trailers, and other things.

 

Mich Muller - Drums

Mich is grateful to have had the opportunity to perform with many of the top musicians in Rhode Island. Having played professionally across New England as well as regularly performing at venues near his southern Rhode Island home, Mich is building a reputation of reliability and great enthusiasm. As a first call substitute drummer and percussionist for a variety of local professionals, Mich has the opportunity to perform everything from Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, and more. His undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island connected him with teachers such as Ron Stabile and Keith Aleo on percussion, Steve Langone on drum set, Dave Zinno on bass, and Manabu Takasawa on piano. 

 

Mich is the percussion instructor for the Drum and Bugle Corp at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. Having taught and performed alongside the competitively selected cadets, Mich has developed new teaching methods and compositions for such academically oriented individuals. 

 

Mich is excited to expand his teaching studio and will use his experience and love of music to help create a new generation of well rounded musicians.

Jameson “JJ” Ward
 

Percussionist - Pianist

 

Jameson “JJ” Ward is a multi-faceted instrumentalist, with over 10 years of experience playing percussion instruments and piano. He studies percussion at Rhode Island College as a music education major, and has worked under the instruction of Piero Guimaraes, Mike Dequattro and Charlie Kalajian. He has also studied piano at Rhode Island College under the instruction of well-known pianist Lila Kane, and has studied outside of Rhode Island College with Anne Hart, Josh Martin and Enrico Garzilli. JJ has performed in many ensembles such as the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Concert Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and percussion ensemble. He has gigged all around Southeastern MA and Rhode Island, playing in many musical theater pits, and gigging with his band “Straight 8ths”, a pop and classic rock cover band, all mostly on piano. He has also played for various community orchestras, wind ensembles, and accompanied community choirs.  He has been teaching at Cranston High School East for three years as a percussion instructor / arranger for the Marching Band and the Percussion Ensemble. The percussion ensemble currently holds the title of NESBA Local AA scholastic champions. JJ’s heart and soul is in teaching, and believes that the best way to impact youth is through education, and looks forward to teaching every student!

 

Corinne Hull

Voice

 

Corinne is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance. She specializes in classical technique but has experience with many contemporary genres such as Jazz, Musical Theatre and Pop/Rock music. Since beginning her career in music she has studied several roles both classical and contemporary. At RIC she often played the roll of The Countess from “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2012-2016) as well as Ulla from “The Producers” (2011) for Encore Repertory Company. She began teaching in 2017, her roster includes young men and women interested in taking classical fundamentals and applying them to all genres.

 
James Himmelmann
Piano
James is an Incredible teacher, that can help you with all styles of piano playing. 
 
Jakob Hood 
Guitar

Jake is an awesome guitar teacher!