Our Instructors


FRED MASINTER

Violin Instructor
Fred Masinter has been playing the violin for 64 years and has taught violin for 30 years. His wedding website with music clips is http://sanantonioweddingviolinist.com

Kaitlan solis

Voice / Piano instructor

Kaitlan Solis is a professional singer and songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. She got her professional start after competing in American Idol in 2012, making it to the Top 90 as one of only four 15 year olds in Hollywood that season. After returning back to Texas, she began working as an in-house singer/songwriter for The Recording Conservatory of Austin and FireWave Productions. She is currently performing her own original music with MC² & The S.O.U.L., a neo-soul band that has headlined various venues throughout San Antonio, including: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (with the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio), The Aztec Theater, La Villita Historic Arts Village, and many more. She has studied guitar and piano, with her main focus on vocal performance, receiving professional training for 8 years. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge of music and performing with beginner and intermediate students looking to develop discipline, self-confidence, and an appreciation of the arts.

marcea mcguire

voice / piano instructor

Marcea is a singer and composer from Indianapolis, IN. She studied music composition with a focus in sonic arts technology at Ball State University. She has been singing for 14 years. She currently teaches elementary music and directs the school choir. 

lydia beasley

voice / piano instructor

Soprano Lydia Beasley has appeared with the Peabody Opera Theatre, Emerald City Opera, The Figaro Project, Erie Opera Theatre, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre in such roles as Mimì in La bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Marietta in Naughty Marietta, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Mrs. Garland in the world premiere of Amir Zaheri’s Freedom and Fire! A Civil War Story. Broadway World Birmingham praised her performance as Adele in Birmingham Music Club’s production of Die Fledermaus, noting "...the star of the show has to be Lydia Beasley… [she] has great comedic timing and fills the stage with her presence whenever she is there." An experienced oratorio soloist, she has appeared in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Italy in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s and Poulenc’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.

In addition to her performance career, Lydia has had a decade of teaching experience, both in the private studio setting and on the college level. Previous appointments include voice instruction at the University of Alabama, Mercyhurst University, Southern Virginia University, and Judson College. She also has classroom teaching experience in the subjects of vocal literature, diction, vocal pedagogy, and musicianship skills. She holds a BM, summa cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory, an MM from Peabody Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of Alabama. As a part of her doctoral program, Lydia conducted research on the life and works of Pauline Viardot, with an emphasis on her operetta Le dernier sorcier. Lydia serves on the Opera Production Committee of the National Opera Association and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Danny Toranzo

drums / guitar

Music has played a fundamental part of my life since the age 11 when I first began playing the trumpet. Over the span of 34 years, I have become a dedicated student of music, always hungry to learn more, and have become a muti-instrumentalist proficient on instruments ranging from Latin Percussion, Bass Guitar, Piano, and Drums, as well as various other instruments. I earned a Bachelor degree of Occupational Education in Music, which is not a traditional Music Education degree, and therefore, I am not a traditional music teacher. The methods I use, and continue to refine, have allowed me to development my musicianship to a level that has caused me to not only fall continuously deeper in love with music as a whole, but has also developed within me a passionate for sharing what I've learned with anyone wanting to learn. My greatest hope is to not only teach music, but to also inspire.

I approach music as a universal language first and foremost, and believe wholeheartedly that anyone can learn to speak this language fluently. Ask any musician, and without hesitation they will agree that music is in fact a language. Therefore, my goal is to help my students tap into the music that is already within them, and provide an atmosphere conducive for them to learn how to bring that music out in a natural and organic way. An instrument is simply a tool for the expression of this language called music. As such, I approach learning the instrument in way that focuses on the student learning the mechanics of the instrument, develop the necessary motor skills needed for proper technique, and help them build confidence in playing their chosen instrument while also having fun in the process.

I incorporate techniques I have developed over the years involving Neuroscience and Epigenetics. This scientific approach focuses on creating the new neural pathways necessary for playing an instrument, and developing the bodies mechanics and muscle memory, while also providing a nurturing environment for each student to be able to effectively learn how to play music. One of my goals is for my students to be able to not only play music written down on sheets, but also give them the tools be able to tap into their creative spark and allow music to flow effortlessly from within. I truly believe that anyone can learn to play music thru the right approach and mindset.

I am grateful for Anthem School of Music because of their passion for music education, and their willingness to step out of the “box” and allow me to teach music from this perspective as a language. Anthem is a school that is forward thinking, cutting edge, and dedicated to truly cultivating that creative musical spark which I believe every human is born with and can develop. 

Caleb bailey

guitar instructor

Caleb Bailey, a native to San Antonio, is an Instrumental Music Education student studying classical guitar performance and pedagogy under Dr. Matthew Dunne, and Johnny Peña at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UTSA he has participated in numerous ensembles, including the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, the UTSA guitar ensemble, and the Men’s Glee Club. He began studying music at the age of 12 by learning how to play the trumpet through the band program at Harris Middle School. A year later he began studying electric guitar, and then classical guitar at the age of 16.

Before teaching guitar professionally, he taught for fun while being President of the Guitar Club at James Madison High School. After graduating, Caleb interned for a year with the UTSA after school music program; String Project. He has since then gone up the ranks, and is currently the Head Guitar Instructor, as well as the Assistant Director of the UTSA Downtown Campus program. He has also completed phase one of Austin Classical Guitar’s National Teacher Training Workshop, and is planning on going back to further his understanding of classroom guitar pedagogy. While he isn’t teaching or practicing guitar, he enjoys binging shows on Netflix, cooking, and playing with his dog Rex.

jillian scaff

voice / piano Instructor

Ms. Scaff is a versatile Soprano and has performed in various Operas and Musicals. Ms. Scaff has been invited to The Central Florida Lyric Opera and performed in the Feldenkrais Master Class presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Ms. Scaff teaches all levels of Voice and beginning Piano. She has 15 years Vocal Experience and 4 years of Piano Experience; she has had 8 years formal vocal training; at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with Dr. Hope Thacker (4 years Private Voice - Diction: Italian, German, French. Vocal Pedagogy). Dr. Ross Bernhardt - 3 years Choral and Professor Becky Walker at San Antonio College (Private Voice 2 years). 


Kiana Burciaga

cello / violin / piano Instructor

Kiana Burciaga is a violin, cello, and double bass instructor, with her primary instrument being the cello. She is involved with the Suzuki Method and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas organization. She has completed Stage 1 of the Early Childhood Education curriculum, in addition to Units 1, 2, and 3 of the Suzuki cello curriculum. She offers both traditional and Suzuki lessons.

Ms. Burciaga received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. While there, she held positions as the principal cellist of the TLU Orchestra for two years, as the Secretary for Service Through Music (Music & Memory), and as the President for Mariachi Oro y Negro de TLU. She is currently a member of Symphony Vivá (San Antonio) and the Mid-Texas Symphony (Seguin), in addition to an up-and-coming San Antonio-based chamber group. She also plays the cello for four local bands in the San Antonio and Seguin areas, with genres ranging from experimental, math rock, pop, and alternative indie.