Rich Lane retired after 50+ years in Manufacturing & Marketing to open Lakeland Piano, now known as Piano Alley. A stroke 10 years ago halted his ability to play but not his passion and determination to put the love of music in our children’s lives. He saw a need for placing this showroom in Central Florida. He felt that if he didn’t go forward with the dream, someone else would. He feels very fortunate to have this opportunity. Rich has always enjoyed being around music and has a reputation of being a people person.
As no man is an island, Lakeland Piano is fully staffed with very talented personnel from administration to sales to teaching to service. Get to know our “Team” by visiting our showroom.
ALEX DE LA TORRE, an alumnus of Southeastern University, is the owner/head instructor of De La Torre Music Studios. He serves as the contemporary Worship Leader at Sunday Alive, Music Director for Nacion Santa and is a freelance Musician/Actor. He is excited to help you reach your artistic potential!
Alex is an accomplished Musician/Actor in the Central Florida area. Past credits include DANNY ZUKO in GREASE, MORDRED in CAMELOT, MITCH MAHONEY (FTC award winner) in SPELLING BEE and RITCHIE VALENS in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. Alex, while employed at BUSCH GARDENS, performed in SOUNDSATIONAL!, CHRISTMAS FROM THE HEART and MADAGASCAR LIVE!. He’s had the pleasure of leading and serving in worship ministry through voice, guitar, piano, bass and drumset for churches over the last decade.
Soli Deo Gloria
Rachael is a devoted music educator for students of all ages. She earned her degree in Music Education from Southeastern University where she studied piano under the brilliant performer Dr. Young-Ah Tak. Rachael has over 11 years of experience teaching private piano lessons and 6 years of experience teaching music in the classroom. She has taught a wide range of students from age four to adult and her students have consistently earned superior ratings in local music events. Rachael’s desire is to make lessons fun and engaging all while preparing them to succeed musically. Whether that means enjoying piano personally for life, or deciding to major in music in college, Rachael will prepare her students for whatever road music will take them. Rachael has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and is certified in the state of Florida to teach music in grades K-12.
Studying piano for over 15 years, Evan Eliason is well versed in classical, jazz, and all modern styles of keyboard performance. While graduating with a B.M. in Piano Performance, and a B.S. in Music Business, at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, Evan has been teaching piano for over 5 years. His most recent mentors include internationally renowned Concert Pianist Dr. Young-Ah Tak (D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), and Dr. Charles Hulin (D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University). This combination of experience and education has well equipped him to teach students of any age to achieve their specific musical goals.
Samantha was born in Lakeland, Florida and has remained an avid Lakelander her entire life. She has had a passion for music from a young age, and has carried out that passion in various ways. Samantha went to Harrison School for the Performing Arts, where she was in the Piano Department. Upon graduating, she taught piano privately for two years before transferring to The Florida State University to complete her bachelor’s degree. Samantha also is involved in her church’s worship team, where she has been the keyboard player for ten years. Having over 20 years of experience playing the piano, Samantha enjoys working with others to help their passion of music flourish. Samantha has been a part of our teaching staff since 2016.
Jay Nerove is owner and principal instructor of JaM Guitar Studio – a music school specializing in guitar and bass instruction. JaM Guitar Studio has been in Polk County for 17 years offering lessons and performance opportunities. Jay also teaches for the Fine Arts School of Central Florida. He has performed with students at Polk State College and at various community events (Winter Haven’s Art and Soul Festival, Lakeland’s Kelly Rec Center, Dundee’s Relay for Life etc..)
Jay’s goal is to help individuals of all ages (5-100) to achieve their own dreams – whether it is to perform professionally or just jam with friends and family. All instruction is age appropriate and designed to meet the goals of each individual. Any genre of music (rock, country, folk, classical, neo-classical, jazz, finger style, praise and worship, metal) can be explored and mastered by the student. Improvisation is also taught along with music theory.
Jay has joined our teaching staff here at Piano Alley. He will also be teaching music programs for home schooled children in a class setting here in our studios. Jay can be contacted at 863-514-0417.
Trent Brooks is a versatile pianist. Trent has always had a love for the creative arts as a whole however music is what lives in his heart. Some of his many musical influences are Cory Henry, Hans Zimmer, and Bach. He believes strongly in the idea that musical creativity should not be limited to the “rules” of which many formally trained musicians hold themselves to. In fact, he believes that each individual should be innovative in anything they do; especially when it comes to music. While Trent still teaches fundamental principles of piano, he also teaches them the art of improvisation. His goal is to help his students reach their full potential; this includes developing an excellent work ethic, diligence and eagerness to learn.
Bruce Oelker is a well known musical director, teacher, and pianist throughout central Florida since he moved to Lakeland 20 years ago. He graduated from FSU and the University of Miami. He has performed in musicals and industrial shows since the age of 17, compiling a resume of over 50 musicals, hundreds of piano and voice students, even playing for a President. He has taught musicians from the ages of 5 to 70, including years with All Saints Academy (and styles from opera to jazz). He especially enjoys teaching beginning students of all ages and also those who want to renew their love of piano.
Tanyaliz Beauchamp is a Singer Songwriter and performer in Central Florida. She graduated Southeastern university with a bachelor’s in Music Business with an emphasis in voice. With extensive voice training under the direction of Edward Bryant and Paul Harlan of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Tanyaliz has experience in opera, broadway and contemporary music. Tanyaliz has performed on Tour from Nashville to Ohio and Pennsylvania for the Contemporary music Tour 2018. She currently serves Leading Worship and vocal directing in her church “Casa de amor y fe”.
Jeremie Michael is an accomplished professional pianist with a diverse background. He was musical director of The Fantasticks in New York and has been involved as a pit musician with other musicals on Broadway, including Beauty and the Beast and Chicago. As a soloist, he has been featured with major ensembles across the country, including the San Francisco Symphony and the Houston Symphony. After studying at the San Francisco Conservatory and The Juilliard School, he received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Master of Music in theory/performance from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds a Master of Music in theory and composition from Florida State University, where he frequently served as music director, pianist, and conductor for the School of Theatre at FSU. Jeremie now lives in Lakeland, Florida, with his wife and daughter.
He is currently accepting new students of piano, theory, composition, vocal coaching, conducting, accompanying, and more. He is also available for hire as a performer for a variety of events. Website: www.jeremiemichael.com
Dixie Davis recently relocated to Lakeland from Illinois, where she taught piano lessons for 30 years to students of all ages. Her musical experience began as a church pianist as a teenager, and after studying classical music, she began to teach students at age 16. During the years of the evolution of church music from hymns to worship team formats, Dixie worked with area churches to integrate the concept of the band into church worship. She has also accompanied school and college choirs, countless soloists and groups, and she has played numerous weddings, funerals, and other events.
Dixie is competent and available to help students reach their goals in playing the piano, whether it is for college preparedness, participation in their local church, or for their own enjoyment. She encourages the learning of music from classical to hymns to pop music, relying on a basic foundation of simple theory and composition.
Scott Haggins has his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Florida Southern College with focus on classical guitar. He has been performing for 10 years and has been teaching guitar and piano for 5. Scott is the current General Music Teacher at Brigham Academy in Winter Haven, FL and has also recorded on more than 40 tracks for various independent artists.