Teacher Spotlight at AFS – Miss Valerie and Mr. Chris

Miss Valerie
Miss Valerie is not only the famous vocalist for the award winning Knoxville cover band POP ROX and Val and Yo Mama, she is also a dear member of the AFS staff and has a full schedule of students in both voice and piano. Her professional experience has taken her to various Knoxville venues, private parties, weddings, special events and music festivals as well. Seeing Valerie perform as an amazing vocalist for celebrities is nothing new, and happens often where she is a repeat entertainer for movie premiers in Knoxville.

Valerie’s was trained at the University of Tennessee with emphasis on Music Education and Vocals where she was a member of the UT Chamber Singers where she toured St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia in 2005. Valerie was also a member of the UT Opera Theater, UT Concert Choir and the UT Singers where she toured the Southeast and performed for various University Alumni Chapters.

Valerie has extensive piano training from Dorothy Mahaffy with whom she reached the most advanced level and Voice training with Ann Baldwin, Tullahoma, TN, Jocelyn Fisher, Belmont University and Marjorie Bennett Stephens, University of Tennessee.

Miss Valerie has entertaining in her blood and is a joy to watch on stage. Check out one of her bands soon…….how about this weekend……

SATURDAY- Buckethead Tavern 8pm

Mr. Chris, AFS instructor has many years of experience teaching
both drums and piano. He has been performing professionally and studying music for approximately 19 years.

He participates in about 120 professional performances per year
and has local or regional performances nearly every weekend.
In addition, he has been on six regional tours spanning over two consecutive weeks and on two national tours spanning over three consecutive weeks. Mr. Chris also has extensive studio experience and was featured on five records that were recorded and released in 2013.

He is a regular member of the Tim Lee 3 (Rock), the Knox County Jug Stompers (Country/Bluegrass), and RB Morris (Singer/Songwriter).
He occasionally performs with The Pellissippi State Jazz Band (Jazz/Swing/Latin), the Black Cadillacs (Rock), Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp (Swing/Jazz), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Musical Theatre), the Cool Whips Jazz Trio (Jazz/Swing/Latin), Dixieghost (Country), the American Peacemakers (Rock/Country), the Hits (Ska/Reggae), the 310 (Funk/Rock), Powersnake (Heavy Rock), One Armed Villain (Rock), the Shakey Show (Swing), and others.

Mr. Chris is University Educated in Music/Dance and holds Degrees in English and Africana Studies from the University of Tennessee, and an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science from Pellissippi State.

Check out Mr. Chris perform this weekend!
TIM LEE 3 (Rock Band) at The Pilot Light – 7PM this Friday, Oct. 14th.

Secure your lesson day and time NOW with either Miss Valerie or Mr. Chris….AFS bringing you the finest quality music instruction ever. Call NOW 675-9894 West location or 947-9894 North location.