Meet Our Teachers


Dr. Timothy Shook, Piano

Professor-Level Teacher

Timothy ShookProfessor of Music and Chair of the Southwestern College Performing Arts Division, Dr. Shook was named the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher in 2007.

 He was invited to be a Keynote Speakers for the Innovation Odyssey 2007 at the St. Francis Methodist School in Singapore. He is known for presenting workshops for the teachers throughout the Mid-Western US, New York, Malaysia, and Singapore and is the author of several articles published in Keys Magazine, Keyboard Companion, and Kansas Music Review. Dr. Shook serves as the Immediate Past President for the Kansas Music Teacers Association (KMTA), serve as Chair of the Local Association Grant Committee for Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and is an active member of two local chapters—Wichita MEtropolian Music Teachers Association and Walnut Valley Music Teachers Association. He was presented papers and served on panels to the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy Forum. Additionally, Dr. Shook operates a large independent piano studio in Wichita, KS, combining group and private instruction.

Mrs. Marsha Granberry, Piano

Community-Level Teacher

MarshaMarsha Granberry has taught music education in Leon, Wichita, and Rose Hill, as well as at Wichita State University and Southwestern College.
She has had students from early childhood to non-traditional college students.  Marsha has presented workshops on a variety of educational topics and has directed special children's choirs.  She was a piano major at Wichita State and loves teaching piano lessons and playing duets with her students. Marsha believes that music connects students to learning about everything in a magical and unique way.  It's amazing to see the benefits students gain from taking piano lessons.

Joe Giat, Piano and Violin

Student-Level Teacher

Joe GiatJoefirkus “Joe” Giat is a student at Southwestern College, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano, as well as minoring in the violin under the private instruction of Dr. Timothy Shook and Dr. Amber Peterson. He is also aiming for a minor degree in Christian Discipleship Studies.

Hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia, Joe has been active in large ensembles such as middle and high school orchestras and continues to do so at Southwestern College in the South Kansas Symphony, African Drum & Dance, A Capella Choir as well as delving into smaller groups such as Worship Outreach and the scholarship ensemble Williams String Quartet. He worked in the pit orchestra for the Community Music School’s first operatic production in 2017: Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Sorcerer”. Joe looks forward to helping aspiring musicians experience the world of music!


Dr. Amber Peterson, Violin

Professor-Level Teacher

Amber PetersonDr. Amber Dahlén Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education at Southwestern College. Through this position, she conducts the South Kansas Symphony, coaches the Williams String Quartet, instructs violin and viola students, and teaches music education, history, appreciation, and theory courses. She previously taught music appreciation and theory at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois, online graduate music education courses for University of Florida and Kent State University, and the laboratory orchestra at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Peterson completed her Ph.D. in Music Education, with a cognate in Music Cognition and Psychology, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also holds music education degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She completed the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has earned additional graduate credit at The Ohio State University and University of Iowa. Some of her influential teachers include William Bauer, Lisa Huisman Koops, Kathleen Horvath, Lisa Boyko, Deborah Dakin, and Nobuyoshi Yasuda. Dr. Peterson has performed with many semi-professional and community symphonies, pit orchestras, and chamber ensembles throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. She currently plays with the Delano Chamber Orchestra in Wichita. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Dr. Peterson taught orchestra in Moline, Illinois, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also served on the staffs of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Illinois Ambassadors of Music, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She has held leadership positions in the Illinois Music Education Association and American String Teachers Association. Dr. Peterson’s research has primarily focused on music teacher education and music cognition. Her work has appeared in American String Teacher, Contributions to Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. She has presented sessions for state music education conferences in Ohio, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, as well national conferences of the American String Teachers Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the National Association for Music Education. 


Ms. Alyssa Patrick, Cello and Voice

Student-Level Teacher

Alyssa PatrickAlyssa Patrick is a sophomore at Southwestern College and a graduate of Smoky Valley High School. Alyssa is majoring in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. She is a member of both string and vocal ensembles on campus as well as taking voice and cello lessons. She has also taken viola lessons in the spring of 2018 and hopes to continue them later on. As well as being involved with music, she is the secretary for EdBuilders.

In high school, Alyssa was involved in many music ensembles such as Madrigals, Concert Choir, Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Strings, and a string quartet her senior year. In addition, up through her junior year in high school, she took solos in both cello and voice to State Music Festival. Although none of her solos made it to State Music Festival her senior year, she went with the Women’s Ensemble, Madrigals, and the Senior String Quartet. Alyssa looks forward to teaching music lessons and becoming more familiar with the community of Winfield!

Ms. Julia McMains, Violin and Piano

Student-Level Teacher

Julia McMainsJulia McMains is a sophomore at Southwestern College and an Arkansas City High School graduate. Julia is majoring in Music Education with an emphasis on strings. She is a member of the South Kansas Symphony and has been involved in other Southwestern ensembles including the Williams Strings Quartet, A Cappella Choir, and African Drum and Dance.

In addition to violin lessons, Julia is also taking viola, cello, and double bass lessons. She was a member of the Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra in 2018. Julia also works with the Southwestern College Youth Symphony. 


Lani Stoddard, Violin and Piano

Student-Level Teacher


Nick Hofmeister

Community-Level Teacher

NickNick Hofmeister has been hitting things with sticks since birth. When he was three years old, his parents, tired of the dents in their cookware, opted to buy him a drum set and the rest is history. Nick has a diverse range of experience in drumming and teaching. From competing with his middle school jazz band at high school competitions to playing with touring rock bands in high school, to extensive work in playing musicals and drumming with choral productions, the breadth of Nick’s experience ensures that he only drops the right beat at the right time.

Nick has experience playing jazz, various latin, country and rock genres. While a student at Southwestern College, Nick advanced to become a champion squid wrestler and sat as the principal percussionist for the South Kansas Symphony and was the Timpanist for the 2012 Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra, an audition-only role open to all college percussionists in Kansas. 

Nick has been teaching drums for the past 12 years, and has been a partner in providing percussion lessons through the Community Music School since its inception. He specializes in drum set and snare drum, but if you want to spend the whole lesson on cowbell technique, he can make that happen. 


Dr. Amanda Li, Voice

Professor-Level Teacher

Dr. Amanda Li

Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Amanda Li currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities & Voice at Southwestern College and has taught voice in Hong Kong and Britain as well as the United States, where she is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Amanda holds a doctoral degree in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington, specializing in both Opera and Art Songs.

Amanda performs regularly as an operatic soprano and recitalist both in Asia and in the States. She made her operatic debut in 2017 as Bao Chai in the Asian premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, co-produced by San Francisco Opera and Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2018, Li created the role of Ma’am in Eli Marshall’s Mila, a chamber opera commissioned by Asia Society Hong Kong. She will be singing the same role in San Francisco and New York in December 2019.

Dr. Li is thrilled to be teaching private voice at The Community Music School and looks forward to working with new students.

Deborah Badley, Voice 

Community-Level Teacher

Deborah Badley

Mrs. Deborah Badley comes to The Community Music School with a long history of teaching private voice and beginning piano in and around Cowley County. She started teaching private voice while still a Southwestern College student. Mrs. Badley enjoyed teaching private voice and piano in her home studio while being a stay-at-home mom with two little children. She also taught private voice at Cowley College for a number of years. Mrs. Badley is a advocate for good breath technique and excellent diction and she believes in teaching to students’ specific interests. She majored in Music and Theatre Education at Southwestern College, as well as Music Performance at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. Mrs. Badley is excited to fill her studio with all levels of vocalists.

Hannah Breshears, Voice

Student-Level Teacher

Hannah Breshears

Hannah Breshears is a student at Southwestern College pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. Hannah is a member of the A Capella Choir and Southwestern College Singers and she participates in several shows throughout the year. Hannah is also the secretary for the on-campus music organization, “Tonebuilders,” and a campus player. During her time at Southwestern, she has participated in Estill Training Course levels 1 and 2. Hannah loves music and she is so excited to be teaching at the CMS. She teaches voice and beginning piano.



Cathleen Trollman, Flute

Community-Level Teacher
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