These are the people who fulfill Roland’s commitment to education.
Bill Erlandson began his career in music education in 1971 as the Education Manager for a retail piano store with approximately 350 students of all disciplines, including group piano instruction using a piano lab. An early advocate of the use of technology in the studio and the classroom, Bill has presented countless clinics and workshops for educators at local, state, and national conferences.
Ellen Gonzales is currently the Market Development Manager — Music Education for Roland Corporation U.S. Ellen earned a degree in Music Education with a minor in Music Business from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, N.Y. With a varied background of teaching experiences ranging from public school to private institutions, Ellen has presented numerous clinics and workshops that offer a range of solutions for educators of both individual and group lesson programs. An advocate for Recreation Music Making, Ellen is also a sought-after trainer and mentor in the RMM movement.
Classically trained in trumpet and piano, Corey studied music at the University of Southern California, the Grove School of Music and California State University, Long Beach. He has performed with Bill Conti, John Williams, the Los Angeles Olympics Fanfare Trumpet Ensemble, and the USC Marching Band. He also taught electronic music classes at UCLA for several years.
Since joining Roland in 1992, Corey has traveled extensively as a music technology clinician. He has also developed numerous video and written training resources for music technology education. He is a regular contributor to music industry publications and is the editor of the book, All About Music Technology in Worship published by Hal Leonard.
Catherine Davis is an educator, composer, and performer with a degree in music education from the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), and Austin District Music Teachers Association (ADMTA), facilitating student participation in piano festivals and contests. She has also served as the ensemble co-chair for ADMTA for many years.
For over a decade, Catherine has taught privately in Austin, Texas where she maintains a studio with more than 65 piano and voice students. As the education director for Capital Music Center, she is instrumental in developing the use of music technology for private and group lessons for hundreds of area students.
Alicia Baker is a self-professed music fanatic from Milwaukie, Oregon. She has been playing the accordion since the age of six, as well as studying piano and voice. Alicia attended Oregon State University where she was a triple music major, earning degrees in music education, piano performance, and vocal performance.
Serena Mackey is an educator, writer and presenter whose skills range from music school director to curriculum author. Her focus on 21st Century learning and the unique skills of our student base makes her a valuable resource for keeping music alive in the classroom and private studios. Serena currently teaches in Boise, Idaho, develops curriculum across content areas for the public schools, and writes and presents for Roland Corporation U.S.
Jackie M. Davis is a nationally-renowned class piano instructor whose curriculum and classroom management skills are widely recognized. Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tift College with majors in Piano Performance and Music Education, as well as receiving a Master of Music Degree with concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Georgia State University. As a trainer and mentor for class piano teachers across the USA, Jackie has written resource materials, and presented workshops for national and regional Music Educator conventions. Jackie currently teaches class piano at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove, GA, and is the pianist at Morrow First United Methodist Church.
Pam Camp lives in the middle of music! Beginning with a jam-packed career in public school teaching, Pam has been an active pianist, organist, director, judge and accompanist. Graduating with a Music and Piano Performance Degree, Pam also earned her Master of Music from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and now serves as Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvard, Illinois.
Geoffrey Haydon coordinates the piano faculty at Georgia State University where he teaches piano, jazz history and jazz theory. Dr. Haydon received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Richmond and studied three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. He received his Master’s and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Internationally known as a classical and jazz soloist, Dr. Haydon has performed throughout the world and is also frequently in demand as both a clinician and adjudicator.
Leslie Gereghty is founder and executive director of the Recreational Music Center in San Diego, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from George Mason University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and pursued doctoral studies in the Department of Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. Leslie has served as educational consultant and senior editor on dozens of publications, and has published articles in Keyboard Companion and the Roland Keyboard Educator.
Laura Frey Zaruta is a pianist and teacher who believes technology solutions are the way to inspire today’s students, energize today’s teachers, and maximize teaching time. Her workshops include practical tips and time-saving suggestions that easily work with any curriculum. Laura graduated with honors from Marywood University with a BM in Piano Performance. She received an MM in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University, where she also worked as vocal coach and accompanist. She currently works at Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers in the piano and music education departments.
Dr. Robert C. Tall is one of America’s most acclaimed classical organists. He applies his composition and arranging expertise in a unique approach to the instrument he calls “The Modern Organ.” As a major force in the development of digital technology in classical organs, Dr. Tall is respected as one of the foremost authorities on the integration of MIDI technology into traditional literature. Combining his composing/arranging/performing skills with the latest technological advances, he brings organ music into the modern era as only a few can do. His performance style is unique, daring, entertaining, and totally “out of the box.”
For over 35 years, Dr. Holmes has been a part of the music faculty of Lubbock Christian University. During that time, she has served as Interim Chair of Communications and Fine Arts, and as President of the Faculty Senate. She has edited Eighteenth Century keyboard music published by Oxford Press and has contributed book reviews to the American Music Teachers Journal. She has also served as the Chair of Musicology and Early Instruments for Music Teachers National Association, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Texas Music Teachers Association, Chair of Collegiate Affairs for Texas Music Teachers Association, President of the Lubbock Music Teachers Association, as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for Texas Music Teachers Association.