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.
SOUND RECORDING and PRODUCTION
Singer, songwriter, author, conference speaker, and multi-instrumentalist, Steven Reed, has been leading worship for decades. He got his start singing and playing acoustic guitar around the youth group camp fire, moments that ignited (pardon the appropriate pun) a lifelong passion to help people experience the life transforming presence of God. Over the years, Steve has served as a worship team member and leader at several churches. He has overseen youth bands, was a youth pastor for many years, and has traveled extensively with his wife, Shawn, teaching and training churches of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.
In addition to providing musical and team training, Steve has a technological gifting for sound production and recording that has taken on many applications over the course of his life; from recording his teenage sappy love songs into a tape recorder, to running sound for live events, to recording professional level albums for himself and a host of other clients. Some of his music can be found by searching for Steve & Shawn on your favorite music platform. In addition to writing and recording music, Steve also authored two books: 72% Cocoa: A Practical Guide For Intense Worship and The Shift: How A Professional Doer Learned To Delegate.
Steve and Shawn produce and host the “Worship Leader Podcast” for Worship Leader Magazine, in which they interview many of today’s top leaders and influencers in the world of worship. Steve also has a calling to do all the afore mentioned ministry activities in both English and Spanish. Steve and Shawn have recorded several Spanish albums and regularly lead worship and minister in Spanish. You can check out more of their music and worship training materials at steveandshawn.com and musicandministry.co.
Steve is an avid learner and a teacher by nature. He has taught people of all ages how to play acoustic and electric guitar throughout his professional life and loves to help people flourish and grow into all God has called them to be. Steve loves to play sports as well as spend time pursuing new interests. He and his wife, Shawn, have two boys who also love to play music and sports.
RECORDER CLASSES (Prelude Branch)
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.
MUSIC FOUNDATIONS (Prelude Branch)
Originally from Ohio, Lisa Skinner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University. She has been a regular elementary classroom teacher in both public and private schools since 1984, with time taken off to raise her own children. Growing up in a musical household and with a background in piano and choral music, Lisa also served as a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade general music teacher for eight years. As an experienced teacher and mother of five she understands the vital importance of giving young children the opportunity to learn about and participate in the fine arts. Lisa’s philosophy of musical instruction is, “God gave us the wonderful gift of music which touches the heart, and when experienced at an early age, brings out the best in children.”
Prior to relocating to the Nashville area, Lisa served as a Sunday school teacher and children’s choir director at her church. In her spare time she enjoys studying God’s Word, reading, cooking and spending time with her children and husband of over 30 years.
MUSIC HISTORY; WORLDVIEWS
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”.