Saxophone & Clarinet
Mervyn Johnston is an active sax player on the local scene. He has been teaching saxophone and clarinet for over fifteen years. After studying Jazz and world music at San Francisco State he went on to graduate with a bachelor of music in saxophone performance from Duquesne University. His teachers have included classical master, James Houlik and jazz legends Branford Marsalis and John Handy. Mervyn is a certified teacher in Palm Beach County, and teaches band in several local schools. His current studio has all ages, styles and levels. Lessons are tailored to the goals of the student.
Clara Hodges comes from a family with many generations of musicians. Her father started her on the piano at the age of 3, and her love of music grew from there! Clara started on the French horn at the age of 8, and went on to attend Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a major in French horn. Her Master’s Degree from Liberty University is in Human Services Counseling, but she has continued to teach and play in the Palm Beach County area for many years. She prefers to teach beginning horn players, but will certainly welcome any student that has a desire to learn French horn!
Alondra Bahls-Mariles is a passionate, enthusiastic flute instructor and music educator. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Music Education and Flute Performance in 2017. Under the guidance of Dr. Nora Lee-Garcia, Alondra had extensive training in solo and orchestral repertoire and performed in multiple small and large ensembles. Alondra had the privilege of studying under renowned artists; Philippe Bernold, Robert Dick and Bernard Goldberg.
Locally, Alondra attended Santaluces High School and graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2013. She is a current performing member of the Florida Flute Association and South Florida Flute Orchestra.
Alondra is proud to be the band director at South Grade Elementary in Lake Worth where she teaches instrumental band to 110 students every day. She has experience working with flutists of all ages. Her diverse experiences will provide instruction to each of her students with the primary focus of pursuing their personal goals as a musician.