About the Instructors

“Music defines the pages of our lives”

Tracy Williams

Guitar

Tracy Williams has been a professional musician since the age of fourteen. He has worked with many of the major names in the music industry including Ray Charles, Jay Leno, Bernadette Peters, Al Green, Regis Philbin, Debbie Reynolds, Merv Griffin, Alan Thiche, Carole Lawrence, Rich Little, George Burns, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, The 5th Dimension., Frankie Avalon, Mickey Dolenz, Robert Goulet, Roger Williams, Janis Siegel, Tommy Tune, Eva Gabor, Allan King Joel Grey, Phyllis Diller, Carole Channing, Al Martino, Martha and the Vandellas and many others. Tracy was also a musician for the National touring Company of New York and performed for such shows as Evita, Big, 42nd Street, Will Rogers Follies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chorus Line, City of Angels, Jolson, Hello Dolly, Bye, Bye Birdie and Meet Me in St Louis. Tracy has had numberous night club appearances including the Las Vegas Hilton, Scottsdale’s La Posada. The Phoenician and Sante Fe’s Club Cielo. He continues to perform at Skye Supper Club on a regular basis. In addition to performing, Tracy has thirteen years teaching experience in higher education. He has been an adjudicator for the NAU Jazz Festival, Phoenix Union High School Jazz Festival, and Arizona All State Jazz Festival. He was in charge of guitar editing for North American Liturgical Resources and a member of The Arizona Commission for the Arts. His conducting experiences include Grand Canyon University’s production of The Sound of Music and an international tour of Europe with the Grand Canyon University Jazz Band, Performances were held in such venues as the Paris Museum of Modern Art, Mozarteum (Salzburg)Austria, The United Nations Center (Geneva, and numerous jazz clubs. Tracy’s guitar work can be found on many recordings and countless commercials including tracks for the Survivor series. Most recently, he directed both guitar and jazz studies at Arizona Christian University. Tracy has also been involved in music ministry for several years. He is a graduate of Grand Canyon University. In addition to the above, Tracy enjoys arranging music and mentoring students. He resides in Glendale along with his wife Nancy and son Parker.

Shirley Hayes Mollyhorn

Piano

Shirley studied piano with Joan Gilbert and Daniel Fletcher in Memphis,TN and graduated from MSU in Piano Performance. She also has an extensive performance background with various churches in the Phoenix Valley, as well as back east. She accompanied the Marshallette Trio on Doyle Blackwood’s weekly TV show for several years and has also accompanied singers on TBN. She has worked with various studio artists, played many different genres of music and performed in many different settings as accompanist, and soloist for weddings, lounge music, classical music, church, etc.

Shirley is also a member of the Phoenix Music Teacher’s Association and the Music Teacher’s National Association. Her teaching experience includes Music Works Academy, The Institute of Music Education in Scottsdale, and Milano’s Music Studios in Mesa which has compiled 20+ years of experience. Experience includes class setting, as well as private lessons with all ages. In addition to learning songs, many other techniques are used to improve the students’ technical skills and chord/scale knowledge, which will give each student a solid foundation for growth potential.

“My goal as your teacher is to enable you to to progress and succeed in whatever direction you choose to take your musical adventure, whether that is classical, rock, gospel, jazz, etc.”

Melissa Iglesias

Piano and Voice

Florida native, Melissa Iglesias, recently moved to the Phoenix, AZ area to continue pursuing her performing and music education career, as well as simply to enjoy the beauty of nature the south western U.S. has to offer.

Ms. Iglesias received her bachelor’s degree of music in vocal performance from Florida International University in Miami, FL, and has performed female lead roles such as Carolina from Cimarosa’s opera “Il matriomonio segreto.” In addition, she has a vast working repertoire which she has performed as a concert soloist. The continued development of the next generation of musicians is a passion which Ms. Iglesias invests in as she has been sharing her skills in private piano and voice instruction for the last 4 years. As well as private instruction, she also is employed at Imagine School Cortez Park Charter School Organization as a full time general music teacher for grades K-8th and this is a tremendous source of joy in her every day experiences.

Judy Pierre

Piano

Judith began her journey in fine arts at the age of 6 when she started taking piano lessons through Shirley Hayes-Mollyhorn. Throughout the years, she has developed the skill to perform sonatas before live audiences for several recitals, the Phoenix Music Teachers Association Ensemble, and has also received certificates of recognition for superior performance through the Phoenix Music Teachers Association Study Program.

During her high school career in Arizona, Judith expanded her musical skills and knowledge of music theory by joining Westview High School’s marching band and orchestra. Along the way she learned how to play the Clarinet, Contrabass, Guitar, Saxophone, and drums, and even earned the title of Clarinet co-section leader after just one year of experience. Upon the conclusion of her high school career, Judith graduated with the honors of being in the top 5%, and being one of the top 10 scholarship recipients in her senior class, accumulating over $530,000 in scholarships from various universities nationwide. She is currently a student at Arizona State University, working towards her bachelor’s degree while continuing to grow as a musician, artist, and scholar.

One of Judith’s many goals as a teacher is to provide others with the same dynamic impact that piano has had on her. She intends on spreading her knowledge, love, and appreciation for music, to ultimately promote happiness, and develop the minds of her students.

Dr. Marian Dura

Stings and General Music

Marian Dura has enjoyed a diverse career in music education spanning 40 years. She has taught PreK-Grade 8 strings and general music in public and private schools in Arizona, Illinois, and Connecticut, and has maintained an active performance and studio instruction schedule. As a teacher educator, Dr. Dura has prepared undergraduate and graduate music educators at eight colleges and universities, including Lebanon Valley College, where she was the Director of the Master of Music Education Program.

Marian was the conductor of the Clarion University-Community Orchestra and the Warren PA Civic Orchestra during the 2007-08 season. She has established and maintained music education technology labs at several universities, as well as teaching courses in music technology for music educators. She has taught courses in integrated arts for elementary classroom teachers and has served the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a reviewer of professional development plans for in-service teachers.

Dr. Dura is the author of several articles on music education and a book, Music Education and the Music Listening Experience. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.