Our Staff

Red Leaf instructors provide lessons for Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano, Drums/Percussion, Violin, Music Theory, and more. Our teachers are seasoned professionals, frequently performing in Texas, around the U.S., and internationally.

Geno Stroia II

Guitar & Bass

       Geno co-founded Red Leaf School of Music in 2007 with fellow Austin musician and producer Daniel Barrett. Geno has toured and played with The Gene Pool, The Damn Torpedoes (a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Tyrone Vaughan, and also as a solo artist.

      

       His practical guitar teaching method stands as the cornerstone of his instruction to this day. He describes this approach as "laid back yet ambitious".  In his words: “I never want students, adults or children, to feel like they are at a ‘job’ when they are at Red Leaf…This is a getaway for them to nurture their artistic side away from daily obligations and distractions.”

      

       Geno is very passionate about Red Leaf School of Music, and is committed to developing a strong relationship with each new Red Leaf student in order to help them realize their potential both in music and in life!

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Ty Hurless

Guitar

       Ty’s approach to teaching guitar is to share his 40-year passion for the instrument, and for music in general, with the student. This excitement is contagious, helping to foster the student’s new-found interest and serving as the spark that inspires them to progress and realize their goal of becoming the musician that they want to be. Ty focuses on letting the student progress at his or her own pace, without the common tendency to overwhelm or intimidate.   

      

       Whether it’s young people who are just starting out and are excited about playing music for the first time, or folks later in life that always wished they’d learned an instrument, Ty finds and uses that motivation to get the most out of his students.

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Garret Ross

Drums & Percussion

       Garrett Ross started playing the drums 25 years ago, fell in love, and never looked back. He has played, recorded, and toured with numerous bands including The All American Rejects. Garrett has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Thin Lizzy, The Presidents of the United States of America, Fastball, Seether, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), and many more.

 

       Garrett believes that everyone's passion for music and drive to play is a very unique and special dream. Its cultivation is an endless source of inspiration and discovery that can be realized by following one's heart and staying true to oneself.

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Jake Farr

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, & Banjo

       The Farr Guitar Studio's mission is to teach excellent craftsmanship and to inspire creative growth through private guitar lessons in Austin, Texas. 

      

       Jake Farr’s unique approach allows students to play music they are passionate about, understand musical concepts, and develop healthy technique. The Farr Guitar Studio curriculum encompasses the student’s preferred style of music, studio-original compositions, and opportunities for creative expression.

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Stefano Intelisano

Piano, Keyboards, & Accordion

       Stefano has 20+ years experience working internationally with artists such as The BoDeans, Jason Mraz, Christopher Cross, Patty Griffin, Cristian Castro, David Grissom, Chuck Rainey, and Pat Green.

       Versatile in most genres, from classical to rock, soul, r & b, funk, gospel, etc., Stefano will guide you through the foundations and further development of your skills on piano, electric pianos, organ, synths and accordion.  

       Stefano's lessons are offered online only.

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Annabeth Novitzki

Piano & Voice

       Annabeth Novitzki teaches all levels of Voice to students 15 to 85, and beginner and intermediate Piano to students ages 6 to 85. She has a Masters in Vocal Performance and has taught, performed, and conducted music for over 20 years.

 

       Annabeth's teaching style is very organic; as a facilitator of meditation at CircleAnywhere, she continues to infuse these powerful mindfulness skills into all aspects of her music performing and teaching. She balances experimentation and exploration with just enough structure that's intentionally rooted in the enjoyment of music. These lessons are very personalized to each individual student.

       You can learn more about Annabeth by checking out her website at  https://www.annabethmusic.com/

       If you're interested in working with Annabeth, the first step is to book a free Exploratory Call. This is a chance to meet on Zoom, ask questions, and find out if it's a good fit for everyone. You can book a free 30-minute Exploratory Call here: https://calendly.com/annabeth/exploratory-session

       Annabeth charges $100/hour for her lessons.

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Noaa Rienecker

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, & Music Theory

       Noaa Rienecker is a Berklee College Of Music Alum hailing originally from San Jose, California. He has been teaching for over a decade and specializes in Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass and other roots music. He currently tours with his own solo project as well as the Folk/Country outfit Feeding Leroy.

       Noaa's teaching style adapts necessarily to the learning style of the student, but overall emphasizes listening, verbalization, pragmatism, philosophy, mindfulness, intuition, and fun. Overcoming blocks and learning how to structure and enjoy practice are some favorite subjects. Noaa is also an excellent resource for those who wish to learn music theory in depth.

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Vance Hurd

Guitar, Bass, Piano, & Music Theory

       Vance Hurd is an eclectic musician, versed in Metal, Classical, and Jazz. He holds a degree from Schwob conservatory where he studied classical guitar performance and composition. This includes music theory, counterpoint, and voice leading. He teaches guitar (electric and nylon-string/acoustic), bass, and piano.

       His students with interest in Metal learn the skills of palm-muting, tremolo picking, sweep picking, riff construction, and general songwriting/composition as well as soloing. Knowledge of scales and chords is helpful even here. For example, many of the styles of Metal soloing that sound chaotic and dissonant can be explained and broken down so that the student can “take what they like” from them for their own playing.

       Since school he became fascinated with improvisation as a way to learn the art of composition, as well as its potential for accessing the feeling of natural expressiveness in one’s playing. This is a skill that has been totally ignored by most classical guitarists- a vital one that would do wonders for their musicianship. Vance also is skilled in improvising in the classical music tradition from the 17th and 18th centuries, covering areas such as figuration preludes, suites, and imitation or fugue. Unbeknownst to many, improvisation played an important role in the generation of Baroque and Classical music, the former taking an almost Jazz-like approach.

       Jazz players, as well as Fingerstyle and Country players have also benefited from Vance’s instruction. The use of ergonomic right hand technique on the guitar (when played with the fingers) is unknown to most musicians of these genres. In Jazz comping this can be quite an advantage, as there is a level of sensitivity and dynamic contrast that is much more difficult to achieve with a pick. The use of arpeggios can allow the jazz guitarist to take an approach more similar to that of a pianist as well.

 

       He teaches his students with an integrative approach, helping them discover their own voices as artists.

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Lennie Nesby

Guitar, Bass, Violin, Voice, &  Ukulele

       Lennie Nesby is a young and upcoming musician in the Austin music scene. Born with a natural love of music, she strives to use her sound to bring people together. With experience in giving private and group lessons for kids 5-17, Lennie takes an enthusiastic yet stress-free approach. 

 

       Graduating with high ranking in classical guitar and violin in A.I.S.D, Lennie has shared the stage with the Austin Symphonic Orchestra as well as David Russel. She also specializes in vocal performance with a background in modern indie, musical theater, and opera. 

 

       She is currently attending Austin Community College for Music Performance and hopes to share her strong desire to learn with all students. 

       “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit and never dies.” -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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