Shining Stars' Teachers

 
Lisa Bush 

 

Lisa Bush, BA Music Education

 

 

Lisa Bush is a Grand Junction native.  She graduated from Central High School in 1979 and received her BA in Music Education from Colorado State University in 1983.  She has performed and taught for over 30 years.  She has taught privately in School District 51 and at Colorado Mesa University.  Lisa has been a Bell Choir Director for over 25 years and has served as piano and organ accompanist for many years.

      Lisa enjoys teaching and would love to see more students have the opportunity to benefit from lessons and other group musical activities.

Kara Leonardi

Kara Leonardi, BA Music Education

Kara Leonardi is the program coordinator and strings teacher at Shining Stars Music Academy.  She enjoys exploring music with learners of all ages and skills levels.  Kara is  teaches general  music at New Emerson Elementary to Kindergarten -  5th grade students.  She holds a bachelors degree in Music Education and a violin and viola pedagogy certificate from Colorado State University.  Her teachers include Charles Hebenstreit, Amber Campbell, and Margaret Miller.  She is an active musician with the Grand Junction Symphony, The Evergreen String Quartet, Mariachi San Jose, and other community groups. 

                 Sydnee Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydnee Martinez,
BA Piano Performance 

Sydnee Martinez was born and raised in a small New Mexico town.  Music has been a large part of her life since early childhood as she was raised listening to her mother singing weekly in choirs.

She graduated with a BA in piano performance from  Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2014. 

Sydnee began taking piano and violin lessons late in her childhood. Because of this, she firmly believes that a person of any age can learn to appreciate and excel at music. She believes that age should not be a boundary of access to musical outlets. Her main teaching focus is to help promote a love of music.