Meet our Talented Music Instructors

Terry Alan in a Brown Fedora

Terry Alan – Guitar Master / Ukulele /  Mandolin    &   Group Guitar Instructor

Terry Alan playing guitar at an outdoor wedding.

Terry Alan – entertainer & performer – great for weddings, private parties, and more!


There are pictures of me playing guitar at four years of age, but I started taking lessons at the age of ten and continued weekly instruction for eight years. I learned to play Rock and Roll on the road as a traveling musician, meticulously duplicating the chords and solos of my mentors; Eric Clapton, Mick Ralphs, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and countless others. I also developed a solo acoustic performance with music by the Beatles, James Taylor, Jim Croce, and many other songwriters that we all are familiar with. The lessons in playing that the road experience gave me, helped me develop my ‘ear’ for playing and I teach my students how to have that same ability. Every lesson is built around understanding how to improve player techniques and enjoying the process, how to ‘hear’ what their part is in the song and how to duplicate it, how to understand the key that they are in and the way to ‘Jam’ along with it.

I believe in my heart that ANYONE CAN PLAY.  We all have different learning styles and I enjoy getting to know my student’s particular abilities and hurdles. I firmly believe in the power of learning music to help students of all ages with improved academics, and self esteem. I have witnessed children with tremendous insecurities, ‘coming out’ of their shells and engaging in life. Middle-aged students have become a favorite of mine as they need the healing and restorative nature of learning music as much as anyone.  The elderly now have time on their hands and I commit to teaching them the style of music that they enjoy and I know that music is better than Vitamin E for their mind.

Guitar is my primary instrument, and recently added the ukulele and mandolin to my classroom.  As Master Guitar Instructor I’ve created a special music program in which students will have an hour to practice scales and techniques, demonstrate their accomplishments for the week, discuss theory and key as it relates to the song they are learning, and then get the final details to polish their performance.  Learn about proper microphone usage, arranging the song set, being entertaining, using Loop stations (for playing tracks over yourself), the music business, experience rare opportunities to accompany me on the stage, as well as promotional marketing assistance with performance opportunities.

Here are a few example of tunes performed by Terry Alan:  Time in a Bottle  Route 66   Journey to Rome (original)   Performing with a student at a recital   The EastSide Show – Music Fest & Art Market video

It has been noted often that Terry’s approach is “The fun way to learn music.”   

This is an important philosophy FSM imparts through each instructor that joins our musical family!

Joe DingmanPrivate Instructor  for Vocals /Brass/ Theory as well as Beginner Piano & Guitar     &     Group Guitar Instructor

Joe earned an Associate in Science in Education from Ulster College and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hartwick College.  He has performed graduate-level research throughout the United States in the field of Ethnomusicology via Cleveland State University.  He has taught music in public school classrooms as well as in private-lesson settings for all ages and ability levels.  His teaching experience is extensive and includes instruction in Music Theory, Music History, Ethnomusicology, American Popular Music, Voice, Ear Training, Piano and Brass Instruments, with a specialization in Trumpet.  He also offers instruction in Choral and Instrumental Conducting which includes score study and analysis.  A local, active musician and lecturer, Joe welcomes to his studio anyone interested in having fun while pursuing music as a hobby, or profession.  Teaching the songs you like so you have fun while learning!


Tony Perez – Violin / Guitar / Mandolin / Bass / Viola / Cello / Ukulele / Electric Bass / Beginner Piano    &      Group Guitar 

Tony Perez teaches 9 different instruments at our music school!

I remember the first time I saw a violin played. It was 2008, and I was 10 at a Middle School concert where the performer played Iron Man by Black Sabbath backed by an electric guitar, bass, and drum set. It was a day I will never forget because it was the day I decided to start playing the violin. I was classically trained at the beginning, but quickly grew interested in other styles like bluegrass, popular country, rock, blues, funk, jazz, & metal. I started gigging when I was 12 years old in Las Cruces, New Mexico in a violin-cello duo named ViCello where I quickly learned how to function in the independent music scene. At age 14, I joined a country and southern-blues band currently known as A Lifetime to Overcome. During High School I gigged with my Dad’s college group Echo (now known as A Si Me Gusta) where I assumed the role of lead guitar player, and I started my own Jazz Quintet where I still perform as the guitarist called Smoove Groove. Although these were regular groups, I have made debuts in albums and live performances with the Tell Runyan Band (Country Group), Tiny Birds (Rock Group), and The Coolside Collective(Jazz Combo). I currently play as the guitarist with the Smoove Groove Quintet in New Mexico, double violin and guitar in a local group called Earthtones, and perform in a number of school ensembles such as the NAU Symphony Orchestra, the NAU Chamber Orchestra, and the NAU Jazz Combo program.

 After graduating High School, I auditioned, was accepted to, and earned scholarships at Berklee School of Music, Texas Tech University, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University where I currently am studying to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with Violin as my Primary instrument. I have been teaching private lessons since 2014, and have experience teaching classical guitar, classical violin, jazz violin, blues guitar, and have had experience teaching in the FFOTM program called Young Jammers.  My top priority in teaching is keeping music engaging and interesting. The capabilities of music is infinite so there is always something interesting to learn. Living by this philosophy, I have picked up methods on how to teach all styles of Violin, Guitar, Mandolin, and Viola for all ages that are willing to take on music.







                                              John Marcus – Flute/ Piano / Woodwinds /  Beginner Guitar

John Marcus just joined our music school.Music has been a passion in my life since beginning lessons at the age of 8.  I hold a B.A. in Instrumental Music (Flute) from Cal State North ridge.  After working as a music therapist in Canada, Mexico and France, I undertook a 25 year career as a teacher, where it was a great joy to bring music as an element in instruction in many curricular areas.  I have experienced so many times how learning and playing music brings an integration of the mind, the senses, and the body. It brings peace and well-being to people of all ages,and has been shown to significantly aid in the development of integrated functions in the mind and brain of the growing child.

John - sitar picDuring my life-long journey with music I have had the opportunity to develop skill on many kinds of instruments—winds, strings, keyboards and percussion, and to give performances in a variety of venues and musical styles, such as classical, jazz, and various world music cultures, especially Indian music.  I have found that even a modest level of skill on any type of instrument can lead to a lifetime of enjoyable playing opportunities.  I am excited to join the Flagstaff School of Music and offer my love of music and variety of teaching strategies to the community.

                                                                                 Joe Sweet – Resident Instructor   Drums / Percussion
Joe is an amazing drum instructor at Flagstaff School of Music.

Joe is our resident drum instructor.

I enjoy finding methods to motivate and engage each individual student with his enthusiastic and fun loving nature. I am passionate about keeping music fun, and believes that students learn more effectively when they study the music they enjoy.

Each student is an individual and learns in different ways. Normal learning will include: 1.) hand and foot technique with application to the drum set, 2.) 40 standard rudiments, 3.) reading music such as drum set notation, song charts, and rhythmic notation, 4.) history and evolution of drum set with common applications to all styles of music, 5.) music listening skills, 6.) how to musically interact with other musicians in regard to expression, support, response, and soloing. These 6 avenues are the fundamental building blocks to drum set education which enable the student to control their playing effortlessly, understand music and drum set thoroughly, and express themselves vividly.

I have been playing and performing music for 24 years with experience in drum set and classical piano. I have performed drum set in church, Funk/Blues and Rock bands, Latin and R&B/Hip Hop bands, including Jazz and Fusion. I have been teaching in private lessons, summer camps, student bands and the classroom setting for 5 years.

                                                                        Joe KayBass & Electric Repair Guy

Joe Kay

Joe Kay – Bass Instructor (acoustic & electric)  courtesy Karli Haviland (local photographer)

I am a native of Los Angeles Calif. and a veteran of the Orange County, Calif. music scene.  My formal music education started on woodwind instruments with roots in classical and jazz.  After picking up guitar, bass and keyboard, I now have over 25 years of experience in Rock, Blues, R&B, Disco and Country genres.

I have been involved in many projects in the Calif. music scene performing in nightclubs, concerts, recording sessions and other events.  This experience gives me insight into how music is constructed, how the songs should be performed, and can assist with songwriting tips.

Now a proud Flagstaff ‘music family resident’, I am excited to establish more roots by offering music instruction at Flagstaff School of Music.

I enjoy live performance, always energetic on stage whether playing the keys, bass, lead vocals, or back up harmonies.  I’d love to see you at one of my next performances in one of my bands.


Bonnie Dumdei is the Marketing and Office Manager at the Flagstaff School of MusicBonnie Dumdei – Administrator & Marketing Manager  –  Community Events PromotionsBon 2013

Ok, so Bonnie isn’t a music instructor, (she doesn’t even play an instrument) but she sure deserves recognition as an outstanding individual that truly makes FSM grow everyday.  Bonnie has a passion for education, and a love for music & community.

Hence, her love and dedication to Flagstaff School of Music. Bonnie and Terry Alan together started FSM with a passion for teaching music in a fun, family-like atmosphere, and they have done just that.

You will see her running the music school, but also at the many community events Flagstaff School of Music students & instructors are involved with.  She loves promoting community – especially music and community!  If you are a musician & need to get hooked up, ask Bonnie, she probably has a connection, or an idea.


I love this snap shot from a random friend!