“Music begins where possibilities
of language end” –Jean Sibelius
Cultivating a Love of Music
The passionate teachers at Bella Note Music Studios provide inspirational
instruction to our students. Our team of instructors are motivated by their desire
to teach with a passion that makes practice a process of joyful discovery every day.
Whether its playing at home, for the community or in competitive
performances our teachers want their students to develop a
deeper love and joy for creating music everyday!
Instructors & Bios
Flute & Family Music
Rachel Gordon has taught flute in a studio setting for over 15 years. She started the Sandpoint Summer Flute Choir in the summer of 2007 and continues to direct this group in the summers. Rachel currently teaches band and music in Lake Pend Oreille School District, is Instructor of flute at North Idaho College, performs with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra as principal flute, and maintains private studios in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. She has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and soloist in the Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Pullman areas and has performed with the Washington Idaho and Walla Walla Symphonies. Her teachers include Ann Yasinitsky, and Rochelle Mann.
Piano, Violin & Family Music
Caytlin Reese began teaching piano in Sandpoint, ID in 2003 and has since continued on the journey of growing in a love for teaching music. In 2007, She graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Music through North Idaho College and in 2008, pursued her Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Pedagogy from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois. In 2005, She worked through musical injury by studying the Taubman Technique with Kendall Feeney, from Eastern Washington University. She continued that training with Susan Brietner-Hurm at Wheaton College in the pursuit of learning a pain free piano technique to pass on to her students. In pursuit of a well-rounded education, Caytlin also studied the Suzuki Method from Elaine Woorley, in 2009.
Guitar & Ukulele
Local guitarist Scott Taylor regularly performs in the Sandpoint area and is excited to start teaching with Bella Noté Music Studios.
Scott sings and writes his own music which has been debuted here in Sandpoint. Scott enjoys playing various other strings instruments including the ukulele.
Violin & Viola
Beth Weber began studying violin at the age of eight, and has taught Suzuki Violin in Sandpoint area in both private and group setting for 35 years. She is listed as instructor in the Suzuki Association of the Americas in Boulder, Colorado. She directed the Festival at Sandpoint’s Youth Orchestras for 9 years and the Sandpoint New horizons adult orchestra for 7 years. She has taught string programs in several private schools. She organizes the Festival at Sandpoint’s Summer Youth Music Camp and has been manager of the Festival Family Night orchestra for four years. She has a BA in Education from the University of Washington. She has compiled and published eight books of music for violin.
Piano & Percussion
Athena Robinson is a Sandpoint-grown, graduate of Corban University! Like so many in this world, Athena was struck by the beauty of piano at a young age. It was only after her first few lessons that she knew she wanted to play and teach piano for the rest of her life. The fascination she felt as a young child flared into a passion that has only grown as she has studied piano over the years.
Athena graduating with her degree in piano in the Fall of 2018. During her time in college she has participated in national piano conferences with MTNA, accompanied at solo and ensemble festivals, taught students of different ages, and voraciously absorbed everything she can learn about her instrument!
Athena is thrilled to be back in her hometown doing what she loves best: sharing her passion for music with others by teaching piano!
Viola & Violin
After earning her Master’s degree in viola performance from the University of Minnesota in 2013, Jessica Jasper has lived in her home state of Washington. Since then, she has enjoyed being a freelance violist and violinist, chamber musician and teacher. She has been a tenured violist in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra since 2012, and a tenured violist with the Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra since 2013. She also recently won the position of Assistant Principal viola of Yakima Symphony orchestra. Jessica loves traveling, and her musical career has taken her around the globe-- Continue Reading
Tess was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She started playing Suzuki violin at age 8 after years of begging. After graduating from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam with a bachelors in Music Education and certifying in the Suzuki violin method, she returned to Brooklyn to teach along side her former teacher. She has lived, taught private lessons and played in various orchestras in Brooklyn, Pocatello, and now Sandpoint, where she resides with her husband and three young children. She currently plays with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
Children's Choir Director
Apryll Walker is number 9 of 10 children, raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Everyone in the family
sang, played piano, and mastered at least one other instrument. It was her mother’s dream to have a
family band. They weren’t quite cohesive enough to make it happen, but Apryll still gained a deep love
of music. She sang in a barbershop chorus, many choirs over the years, played trumpet and baritone in
band, jazz piano for the Jazz Choir, and violin on her own.
Dr. Michael L. Keepe, DMA
Saxophone & Clarinet
A deeply committed music educator, Mike enjoys making music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. This passion has led to the creation of the North Idaho Saxophone Academy providing private lessons and workshops throughout North Idaho. Having taught saxophone for more than 30 years, his students’ achievements include top chairs in All State and Regional Concert and Jazz Bands, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, placement in European touring ensembles, principle chairs in national honor bands, 1st place concerto competition winners, and full music scholarship awards to major universities and music conservatories throughout the United States.