Teacher Profile (Oregon)



Bryant Allard is the founder and director of the M.U.S.E. Program. Bryant has been teaching for over 30 years and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a B.A. in Music Performance (1984). He continues to play professionally in the Portland area as a free lance Jazz trumpeter and with his own Latin Jazz Band Picante. Bryant is married to Teri Allard and has two children, daughter Cameron Allard (27) who is a graduate of Linfield College with a B.A. in Education and currently teaching 1st grade in Bend, Oregon, and son Cullen who is attending Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin. He loves teaching more than ever and he knows how to inspire and motivate students.  He offers many free workshops during the school year which he invites parents to come and observe. He has created a program that offers so much more than just once a week lessons.

“If I won the lottery today, I’d still be doing what I’m doing.”

Bryant Allard-Director of M.US.E.  bryant@museband.com

Band Director:  St. Pius X, St. Clare, St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher  and is the director of the M.U.S.E. Honor Band

Catarina New Martin- Contact: catarinajazz@comcast.net

Band Director: Winterhaven School, Llewellyn Elem., St. Anthony)

With a Master’s degree in Music education and further education at New School of Jazz, N.Y. and University of Southern California, Catarina has worked as a Music teacher in both Sweden & USA  from Kindergarten to College. Catarina has been teaching for over 25 years and has been on the M.U.S.E. staff for 9 years teaching band as well as piano classes. She also is a free lance jazz saxophonist and a leader of her own Brazilian Band. She also co-leads the latin jazz group “Picante” with Director Bryant Allard. She works so well with young students and is very encouraging. She respects her students and her students respects her.

“To see a child’s excitement for playing and learning music is the best reward a teacher can get” says Catarina.

Scott Johnston has over 24 years of music education experience and has been teaching with the M.U.S.E. program since 2006.  Scott received his BA Music and teaching credential from CSU Hayward.  After working with students from 4th grade through High School, Scott realized that what he enjoyed most was teaching beginning musicians ensuring that they had a solid foundation as part of their musical education.  Scott says, “The beginning stage is the most important step in learning a new instrument, and I take pride in the fact that I will get your young musician started the proper way.”  Scott is also an active performer around the NW and California having performed in the past with the Delta Wires, Lydia Pence and Cold Blood, and various ensembles with members of the San Francisco, and San Jose Symphonies.  Currently Scott can be seen playing with a variety of bands including Professor Gall, Mike Curtis Jazz Project, and Northwest favorites Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts.  On his time off it's all about exploring the Great NW with his family, enjoying camping, hiking, biking, paddling, and long drives to new places. We are so fortunate to have Scott on our staff and the students love Mr. Johnston!

Scott Johnston  Contact info:  musejohnston@gmail.com

Band Director: Rose City Park, Reike Elem., and St. Rose

Corey Foster: Contact info: Corey Foster <cgfoster16@gmail.com>

Resident Drum Instructor and Substitute Teacher

Berklee College of Music performance studies graduate, Corey Foster, specializes in both playing and teaching Pop, Rock, R&B and Contemporary Jazz drumming. Throughout his 13 years of drum set studies, he has studied under Bob Gullotti, Tony “Thunder” Smith, Jeff Stout, Mel Brown, and his late mentor Dick Berk. He has been teaching for M.U.S.E summer band and jazz camps since 2011, adding to his 8 years of private teaching experience. Corey is a native Portlander who can be founding performing locally with the Corey Foster Trio, Top-HatPDX, DoveDriver, Indubious and other NW bands. Corey has been trained on all the instruments and has a great rapport with his students and excellent classroom management skills.

Ryan Dehaven: Contact info ryan.j.dehaven@gmail.com

Band Director: Findley Elem, Springville Elem, and Hayhurst Elem.

Ryan is one of our newest additions to the faculty. We are very fortunate to have Ryan on our staff. As he states on his Facebook Page: “I enjoy everything music, and I absolutely love being a part of the creation of it. Ryan works as an accompanist for many high school theatrical performances and is currently finishing up his music degree at Portland State. Students love working with Ryan.

Allan Mair: Contact info  allanmair@comcast.net

Band Instructor: Montclair Elem.

Allan has been in music education for over 30 years. He was a teacher and administrator in the Reynolds school district. He is also an incredible performing woodwind player in Portland playing many styles of music including Jazz and Salsa Music. He has been a great addition to our staff and we are so glad to have him working with our students.

Daniel Reyes LLinas: Contact info  circularmusiclimited@gmail.com

Guitar/Ukulele Instructor: Rieke Elem

Daniel started with M.U.S.E. this last fall of 2018 helping launch our new Guitar/Ukulele Program. Daniel is a dedicated teacher with lots of experience, especially working with students in a group setting. He loves to share his musical experience as a performer with his young students. His class at Rieke elementary has been a hit and we look forward to expanding the program with Daniel. Originally from Bogota Columbia, Daniel has recently moved to Portland after spending time in New York  from 1996-2018.  We are so glad to have Daniel on our staff.

Adrian Baxter: Contact info adrianpbaxter@yahoo.com

Teaches at St. John The Baptist, Sato Elem, St. Ignatius, and Arco Iris

Adrian is a gifted and talented music instructor and performer. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Music 1998. He works as a free lance musician with a focus on woodwinds. In addition to teaching with M.U.S.E. he also teaches privately at Ethos. Adrian is a very caring person who loves to share is knowledge of music with young students. He is an excellent musician and loves to share his professional experience with his students.

“Music performance is a challenging and fulfilling intellectual, physical, and emotional experience.  As a discipline, it can enhance every aspect of the lives of students of all ages and backgrounds”.

An award-winning classical pianist, Melissa Terrall recently completed her BM in Piano Performance at PSU, studying with Dr. Julia Lee. Her awards include Monday Musical Club, Gladys Strong, and Jacqueline Olson scholarships as well as recognition in MTNA’s Young Artists' state competition. She and her duo partner Colleen Carney placed first at the US International Piano Competition in Colorado (2016). The Carney-Terrall duo has also performed for Classic Pianos’ Classics & Croissants concert series in Anchorage, Bellevue, Portland and Denver. Melissa maintains a private piano studio and enjoys traveling, writing, and cooking.

Melissa will be teaching group piano lesson with M.U.S.E. at several schools. The piano program is offered to grades 2-8

Mellissa Terrall: Contact info  mterrallpianist@gmail.com

Piano Instructor: St. Pius X and St. Ignatius

Nicole (Nikki) Sorensen: Contact info rocknrollfairymusic@gmail.com

Guitar/Ukulele Coordinator and Instructor:

Nikki has 25 years of experience with children from the ages of 3 to 16. She is very dedicated to putting forth positive energy into her work, therefore helping to create a healthy and respectful atmosphere. She is committed to good communication with parents to reach the needs of each child. Throughout all of her years of working with children, she has gained skills in team building, organization, and being open to learning and sharing with others. She is dedicated, patient, compassionate, hardworking and most of all she LOVES what she does!