At Kudzu Music, we have experienced, highly qualified instructors for piano, guitar, violin, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and voice. Whether you are just beginning or want to improve your skills as a seasoned musician, our instructors can help you achieve your goals.
Diane Rydell – voice and piano
Diane and her husband, Stephen, are the previous owners of Rydell Music Center. She has taught piano and voice in Boone 27 years. She also taught piano and voice to students at Lees-McCrae College in Banner Elk for 9 years. Diane earned a Masters in Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in NYC and performed there several years. As the Music Director at Banner Elk Presbyterian, Diane is the organist/pianist, directs the Men’s Choir and the Handbell Choir. The church music program is very active and includes adults from 18 to 92 years of age. “Music has been and continues to be a way of life and sharing it through teaching is a joy and a blessing.”
Terri Miller -piano, music theory
Music has been a vital part of Terri’s life since the age of 6. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano and Music Therapy from West Texas A&M University and certification in Instrumental Music Education from Appalachian State University. She has over 40 years of teaching experience – including preschool music, church music directing and accompanying, middle school band and orchestra, and private piano. Terri loves sharing her passion for music and strives to pass it on to her students. She and her husband, Richard, are the owners of Kudzu Music.
Jim Greene – guitar, banjo and harmonica
Jim Greene began his musical career at his Palatka Florida High School Senior Day. He performed an Elvis Presley impersonation of “Hound Dog”, complete with sideburns, cape and guitar. Well he lost the cape and sideburns, but the guitar has been a rock steady friend all these years, providing funds for college tuition and living allowances.
After completing college, Jim spent the next 20 years traveling and working in touring bands that included the folk era, country rock days, hard rock clubs and even the disco times. With touring behind him, Jim moved to Nashville where he worked as a session steel player for RCA Studio B, recording with numerous Nashville artists and performing several times at Opryland USA. After Nashville, Jim moved back to Florida and joined the successful group Dixie Drive. The band toured the infamous Chitlin’ Circuit that ran throughout the southeastern states that bordered the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic coastline. The Circuit was known for its rigorous six-night-a-week schedule. Dixie Drive also performed as the opening act for The Pure Prairie League, which at the time was one of the hottest acts in the US and was well known for hit songs including Amie and Let Me Love You Tonight.
In the late 80’s, he started raising a family. In 1999, with kids grown, Jim began teaching guitar full time at Shannock’s Music in King, North Carolina. This eventually led to a move to Lenoir where he currently lives. Jim is proud to be the inaugural guitar instructor at The Harper School in Lenoir since its opening in January 2005. Jim also has taught guitar for the last seven years at Kudzu Music of Boone. Learning how to play and perform in the times before the “internet” and You Tube, Jim is proud to be able to offer practical real lessons to make anyone a better player from beginner to advanced.
Aubrey Spurlock, guitar
Aubrey has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of music – producing, performing, creating, and teaching. He is the owner of Trout Cove Lutherie and handles all the repairs for Kudzu Music. His love of music is evident in the number of students he has positively impacted throughout his teaching career in Boone. You can read more about Aubrey and his musical instrument creations at Trout Cove Lutherie.
Cindy Tate – piano, music therapy
Cindy is a native of Burlington, NC. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from ASU and has just completed her Master of Music Therapy degree at ASU. She is trained in the Suzuki Piano method, Music Together, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and has taught private and group piano lessons in Raleigh, Lenoir and Boone since 2000. Cindy currently provides music therapy services to school-aged children in Caldwell and Watauga counties and piano instruction to people of all ages and abilities. “I am especially interested in the healing nature of the arts. I feel that participation in music and arts provides a benefit that goes beyond the classroom, beyond the modality itself. Music is often a strength for the children I work with. I love that their musical ability provides them a way to share their voice with the world.”
Beth Jones, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and dulcimer