MUSICIANSHIP & THEORY classes
INTERMEDIATE MUSICIANSHIP & THEORY
LEAD PIANO ACCOMPANIST
Piano Private Instruction
From the age of 14, Shawn felt a strong call to pursue music and worship. She started serving as the leader for her youth band at age 15 and also played keyboard for the main worship band. After graduating from high school, Shawn studied music at Colorado Mesa University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance in 2003. She and her husband, Steve, served at their local church as youth pastors, and Shawn served as the worship department director before launching into traveling music ministry in 2011. As a worship leading duo, they traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and into South America teaching and leading worship in English and Spanish.
Shawn has a passion for bringing out the gifts in people which is evident in her teaching style. She has taught piano students of all ages and ability levels. Her love of music has also given her a love for the language of music, music theory. She tutored music theory in college and also taught music at a private Christian K-12 school. Since moving to Nashville in 2015, Shawn has been teaching private lessons, writing and recording music, and homeschooling her two amazing sons, Taylor and Michael.
Abby Cowan was born and raised in Indiana. A love of music was discovered early on which ultimately led to a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music Therapy from Indiana-Purdue University. Reliance in her God given passion for music, teaching, and helping others has been the guiding force in her life’s journey. She began her employed years as a therapist working in both residential and psychiatric facilities, helping children with developmental disabilities and as a hearing impaired sign language interpreter in the public school system. While homeschooling 4 beautiful daughters, she has taught private flute and sign language lessons, participated in hand bell choirs and currently enjoys spending time volunteering with special needs children and assisting with church music programs.
Her hobbies include reading, church choir, and playing her flute. The Cowan family has been a part of Nashville Notes since 2010, with Abby joining the staff in 2011.
Bob Gerstenberger (Pastor Bob)
Bob Gerstenberger (also known as Pastor Bob) graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. degree in Music Education, and certified to teach General, Instrumental and Vocal music K-12. He began his teaching career at a Christian school in Aurora, Colorado where he taught general music, speech and drama, instrumental music, and directed musicals such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music just to name a few. It was in Aurora that he felt a call to music ministry and after teaching there for 7 years, Pastor Bob went to Madison, Indiana to become a music pastor at Madison First Assembly Church where he was in charge of praise and worship teams, choir, a student instrumental ensemble, and musical productions. In 1994 he expanded his ministry as the Children’s Pastor of Lakeview Christian Center also directing children’s musicals with over 100 children attending the weekly practices. After serving as the Children’s Pastor for 6 years, he helped to pioneer a new church plant from Lakeview and began teaching private instrumental lessons in the public schools as well. In 2006 Pastor Bob and his wife, Debbie, felt a call to plant a family integrated church in Franklin, TN. Coming along with him and his lovely wife, came his gift for teaching music to children. Besides teaching at NN, he teaches music classes in Spring Hill, at Grace Christian Academy and at Lighthouse Christian Academy.
Meagan has been a presence at Nashville Notes for the last 20 years, first as a student, and then serving in various capacities. After attending Summit Student Conference Camp, a 2 week intensive study of worldviews, she went on to further her education in worldviews and their effect on culture and the arts, at Bryan College. Her love of cultures and history led her to work as a historical interpreter at Carnton and Carter House for several years. For 10 years Meagan was the wedding and event planner, transitioning to gift shop managing and product design.
She currently serves Nashville Notes as its Music History and Worldviews Instructor, bookkeeper, and occasional party planner. Outside of her duties at Nashville Notes, you’ll most likely find her watching the Greatest British Baking Show while baking in her kitchen, or playing trains with her toddler and quoting The Little Engine That Could from memory. Her favorite style of music is “everything except hard rock”.