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jimmy bilbrey

Jimmy Bilbrey was born and raised in Cookeville, TN. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, where he graduated in 1990. Jimmy teaches violin, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer, and harmony singing.


katie brown

Violin teacher Katie Goethe graduated from Tennessee Tech University in December 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During college, she studied violin under Dr. Wei Tsun Chang. Katie has been teaching private violin lessons at Stevens Street School of Performing Arts since January 2012.  In August 2012, she began also working at Peachtree Learning Center. Katie taught group lessons in the Putnam County after school program, LEAPs, for four years and taught string classes at Highland Rim Academy for three years. Throughout her college career, Katie enjoyed performing with the Orfeo String Quartet, the Tennessee Tech University Orchestra, and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. She now continues to perform with the Orfeo String Quartet, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and does occasional work with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Mountains. Katie also enjoys being a part of the worship team at the River Community Church, and is beginning to explore the wonderful world of bluegrass and old-time music with her friends and family. Through her teaching, Katie seeks to equip her students with an appreciation for music in general, the discipline of learning an instrument, and the technique needed to take their music into whatever medium they desire. She desires to help raise up the next generation of musicians, music lovers, and worshipers. 


rachel salter

 Rachel Salter is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2014 with her Bachelor's degree in cello performance. While at Tech, she studied under Dan Allcott. Rachel currently resides in Cookeville and works and plays for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra as well as teaching private lessons at the Stevens Street School of Performing Arts. She became a certified Suzuki cello teacher in 2014 under the instruction of Melissa Kraut. Rachel also manages and plays in The Orfeo String Quartet, which remains very active in Cookeville as well as surrounding cities. 


tyler langford

Tyler Langford is a native of Cookeville, and has been pursuing music since childhood. Immediately following his high school graduation, Ty went on to serve five years of active duty in the Marine Corps, serving in Washington D.C., Hawaii, and Afghanistan. Ty currently serves in the Army National Guard and attends Tennessee Tech as a full-time student, majoring in Music Business and Accounting. He studies upright bass with Professor Steve Benne, and composition with Dr. Greg Danner. Ty has been a member of many ensembles at TTU, including the University Orchestra, Jazz Bands, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and a string quartet. Ty also performs with the Swing Street Jazz Orchestra, based out of Cookeville. Ty has been a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church since 2013, and serves in the orchestra and as the Worship Ministry Intern. He began teaching composition and bass lessons at the School of Performing Arts in June of 2015.


katie bradford

Katie Bradford’s interest in music started at a young age. Her mother played piano and her father was the music minister at there local church. Her parents encouraged her to begin taking private piano lessons at age 7 and she continued her lessons through high school. She also began taking violin lessons at the age of 11 and helped lead the music at her church until leaving for college. In May 2015 she graduated with a bachelors degree in violin performance from Tennessee Technological University. Currently, Katie leads the music at her church Grace Presbyterian. She Frequently tours with her band Caney Creek Company and has played venues such as the Blue Plate special, the Nightfall music series, Riverbend festival and other locations across the United States. On her own time she enjoys musical activities such as singing and songwriting. In 2016, Katie began teaching violin and piano lessons at Steven’s Street Performing Arts and enjoys being able to make a full time career sharing her love of music with her students.