Brandeis HS Private Lessons

Below is a list of available private lessons teachers who teach at Brandeis HS. It is HIGHLY recommended that every student take weekly private lessons as supplemental instruction to promote proper growth on their instrument.  Please email a teacher below to get more information to begin private lessons. 



Dr. Kristin Hayes -








Kristin Hayes, D.M., currently teaches flute and coaches the woodwind ensembles at St. Mary’s University and serves as the Flute Choir Director and Woodwind Instructor with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. During the summer, Dr. Hayes teaches and performs at The Victoria Bach Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the YOSA Summer Music Camp. Dr. Hayes is founder and current President of the San Antonio Flute Association, and is also Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Sonido Barocco.


An active performer and clinician, Dr. Hayes has performed and presented at various festivals and conventions, including the National Flute Association Convention, MTNA National Convention, Mid-South Flute Festival, and the Florida Flute Association Convention. She has also performed and held masterclasses at various institutions throughout North and Central America, and she frequently serves as adjudicator for local, state, regional, and national competitions, including the NFA Young Artist Competition, the Texas Music Teacher’s Association’s (TMTA) Woodwind Competitions, and the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Woodwind Competitions. Dr. Hayes has also served on the NFA Pedagogy Committee, the NFA New Music Committee, and as Assistant Coordinator for the NFA Young Artist Competition.



Catherine Handgen


Catherine Handgen - Catherine Handgen is a flute instructor in San Antonio, Texas.  Ms. Handgen’s students have successfully made it in the area band, gone on to study music at the University of North Texas, earned the highest scores in solo and ensemble competitions, and place first chair in their band programs. In addition to teaching, Ms. Handgen is also an active performer with the San Antonio Wind Symphony as well as Fiesta Flutes. She also enjoys playing chamber music with her colleagues on a regular basis. Ms. Handgen earned a Masters of Music in flute performance from Florida State University as well as bachelors degrees in music education and flute performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Her primary teachers include Eva Amsler and Dr. James Hall.











Pat Authement

Pat is a former band director of 36 years, and has been playing the clarinet for 56 years. Currently, he is the Principal Clarinetist with the Heart of Texas Concert Band and aslo the Past President. Pat earned his Masters in Performance from South Eastearn Louisiana University.



Philip May

Philip May-Philip May is a native Texan. He graduated from Rice University with a degree in music performance. During high school, he was 1st chari clarinet for Texas All-State and also 1st chair at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. After college, he played principal clarinet with the Galveston Symphony for 10 seasons. he has taught clarinet lessons since 1989, and his students have made Texas All-State over 100 times. he teaches clarinet lessons and master classes for sevaeral schools, including Johnson and Churchill.





Tim McWright - 210-392-5255











Ashley Rubio 

Ashley is an oboist and double reed teacher in San Antonio. She studied under David Herbert, former Austin Symphony English hornist, from 2003-2010. After graduating high school, she attended West Texas A&M university and studied with Dr. Robert J. Krause. While attending WT, she performed with the Symphonic band at TMEA & CBDNA as well as toured with the Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, she was invited to attend the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival with the Adelante Winds in New York City. She resides in San Antonio and teaches double reed lessons and master classes. She also likes cats.











Aura Marina Trevino

An international bassoon soloist from Venezuela, is one of the founders of the broadly recognized music program known as “El Sistema” in Venezuela.   A well-known freelance Contrabassoonist and bassoonist in the South Florida and South West Texas areas, Aura has worked for several orchestras including Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony and San Angelo Symphony in Texas.  She received a Licentiate in Bassoon Teaching Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a certificated of Advance studies in Bassoon.  She earned a Master Degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Miami, then attended the DMA program of Boston University (ABD) where she studied with Richard Svoboda and Dr. Mathew Ruggiero












Emily Rubio

Emily Rubio received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Texas at San Antonio in the spring of 2018. Her background in music began from the age of 8, as a singer, pianist, and composer. She has been playing French horn for 12 years and is currently a member of the Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville, Texas. Ms. Rubio studied primarily with Jeff Garza and Peter Rubins of the San Antonio Symphony. This will be Ms. Rubio’s sixth year with Brandeis High School.





Erick Matta

Erick Matta, a native of San Antonio has participated in the Music Academy of the West – Santa Barbara CA, Festival-Institute at Roundtop, Lake Placid Institute, and the Hot Springs Music Festivals. He has also performed or been a member of various musical organizations such as the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Symph Orch of Guanajuato, San Antonio Symph, Orch State of Mexico - Toluca, Woodlands Symph, Ballet Arlington, Houston Brass Consort, Mid-Texas Symph, and the San Antonio Brass to name a few. In addition, he has performed with or under internationally acclaimed artists such as Robert Shaw, Marilyn Horne, Robert Spano, Christopher Hogwood, Marin Alsop, Joe Lovano, Jeffrey Tate, and Christian Lindberg.



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Wallace Dierolf

Wallace Dierolf earned his B.A Degree from St. Mary’s University, with honors, and his Masters degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Dierolf served the students of North Side I.S.D. for twenty-nine years as both a Middle School and High School Band Director. In 1998 he became the first Director of Bands at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, Texas. While at O’Connor he also served as the Fine Arts Department head and received the school’s first “teacher of the year” award. Wallace has been blessed with many teaching honors including receiving the outstanding Alumnus award in the field of music education from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003. Mr. Dierolf was a member of the music education faculty at Texas State University from 2004 to 2018 where he served as a lecturer and secondary student teacher music supervisor.




Mike Brumbaugh

Mr. Brumbaugh began his professional career at age 15, performing around the world. Experienced in all genres of music from Opera, Tejano, Broadway Show, & Jazz, he brings a vast knowledge of style's and techniques to high school teaching. 

Mike Brumbaugh - 210-548-4011




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Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez is in his 7th year as a full time performer and private instructor in the greater San Antonio area.  Prior to this he taught K - 8 music from 2005 through 2011 with St. Cecilia's School; he holds a BA in music performance through St. Mary's University. 


Mr. Gomez offers a unique one to one learning experience by coaching both the mental & physical approach to music.  The goal is to develop the total percussionist, one who can take the discipline of music through life and apply it to any solo or team experience, whether it be percussion or another career field.



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Ernesto Aguirre

Ernesto Aguirre is currently an undergraduate at the University of North Texas, where he is pursuing a degree in music education with a concentration in percussion. Ernesto has a passion and keen understanding for writing and teaching music that fuels his desire to grow as a composer, arranger, and educator.

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