Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors are experienced educators and avid performers ready to help you reach your musical goals.

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Coleman Smith Violinist

Coleman Smith | Buena Vista Studio

Founder | Music Director | Beginner-Advanced Violin | Beginner-Advanced Mandolin | Beginner-Advanced Guitar | Beginner-Advanced Bass

Coleman Smith is an award-winning, cross-genre violinist. Coleman, who began playing the violin at the age of three, uniquely blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances. He was awarded a full Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University earning a degree in music performance and music pedagogy graduating Cum Laude. 

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Brandon Katz | Buena Vista & Salida Studio

Beginner-Advanced Double Bass | Beginner-Advanced Guitar | Beginner-Intermediate Electric Bass | Beginner-Intermediate Voice | Beginner Piano | Beginner Ukulele | Beginner Mandolin | Beginner Percussion | Beginner Violin | Beginner Viola | Beginner Cello

Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in applied double bass, and music education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, while simultaneously completing his Colorado Department of Education public school teacher licensure for K-12 general, vocal, and instrumental music. He then continued on at CSU to complete his Master’s degree in applied double bass, and music education.

Bill Hussey Coletrain Music Academy

Bill Hussey | Salida Studio

Beginner to Advanced Violin | Beginner to Advanced Guitar | Beginner to Intermediate Mandolin | Beginner to Intermediate Bass | Beginner to Intermediate Ukulele

Bill Hussey is a Salida resident with a passion for music and education. Bill is classically trained on the violin and a self-taught guitarist, mandolinist, and bassist all of which have been nourished by the vibrant musical community of the upper Arkansas Valley. Bill’s musical interests as well as his styles of teaching and performing include classical, folk (Irish, old time, bluegrass, and country), jazz, and rock.

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Casey Houlihan | Salida Studio

Beginner-Advanced Double Bass | Beginner-Intermediate Guitar | Beginner-Intermediate Mandolin | Beginner-Intermediate Ukulele | Beginner-Intermediate Voice

Casey Houlihan is professional bass player, singer and songwriter.  As a founding member of the Emmy-Award winning band, Trout Steak Revival, Casey possesses wisdom and a wealth of knowledge that can only come from years of experience he’s gained as a touring musician. Casey teaches all levels of bass, beginner and intermediate guitar, beginning mandolin as well as voice from CMA’s Salida Studio as well as virtually.

Leslie Jo Osborne Violinist

Leslie Jo Osborne | Buena Vista Studio

Beginner Violin

Leslie Jo began learning violin at the age of eight.  She studied the Suzuki method in her youth and participated in school orchestra programs in Michigan and Texas. She discovered fiddling in her adult years.  From jams, to camps & clinics, to fiddle contests, it’s a world in which she delights to play a part. Leslie Jo studied under Keenan Fletcher, Gene Gimble, Randy Elmore, Megan Lynch Chowning, and many more. 

Alex Blocker Coletrain Music Academy

Alex Blocker | Online Instructor

(Substitute Teacher) Beginner to Intermediate Violin
Alex Blocker is a Violinist, Songwriter, and Touring Performer. He was born in Chicago and grew up studying Classical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and more. Blocker received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and immediately began teaching music for public schools. During his stay in the southwest, Blocker was introduced to Folk and Bluegrass styles of string playing.