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Chris Poon
Bass Program Director

Chris Poon | Bass Program Director


Christopher Poon is an experienced teacher who has taught private students and was a faculty member of the Institute of Vocational Education in Hong Kong, where he was a lecturer for the music technology program. Chris graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Music, double-majoring in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. Jazz Guitar has been his main focus in the recent years, but he enjoys playing other styles of music on the guitar as well, such as Pop, Rock, Latin, and Folk. Chris has developed his own curriculum-based, goals-driven and progressive guitar course utilizing renowned teaching materials from the Berklee College of Music and Musician Institute that covers both guitar playing and music theory.

Michael Byrne | Bass


Originally from Martinsburg, WV, Michael is a talented and experienced guitarist/instructor who has a passion for music making and teaching. Since high school, Michael has been teaching guitar lessons to students of different ages and levels. His musical journey eventually led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he majored in Music Business. While in Boston, Michael has had the opportunity to work with school-aged children from the Boys & Girls’ Club in Dorchester, MA, teaching them guitar lessons. As a musician, Michael is currently active with two local bands – Hyrbrid Noise and Akidna that perform both cover and original music. Michael believes patience and being personable are the two important qualities for every instructor. Knowing that spiking students’ inner passion for music is what would reward them ultimately, Michael always tries to strike a balance between teaching the fundamental and fun elements in his lessons.

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Willis Landon | Bass


From the mountains of Roanoke, Virginia, Willis Landon is an innovative music educator, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a love for traditional Appalachian old-time music. Willis received a Bachelor Degree in New Music Practices and Curriculum Design with double minors in Jazz Studies and Music Industry from James Madison University, where they explored the intersections of equity in music education, empathetic teaching practices, and popular music. Willis is a seasoned and versatile musician that has performed in over one hundred venues across the East Coast in different bands including Gryzzle, The Gabriel Morales Trio and Willis’ solo act, Sashathem which opened for Electric Kif, Chris Bullock of Snarky Puppy, and Kung Fu. Willis is currently continuing his musical journey with folk trio, Palmyra, in the Boston and New England area. Willis is a soft-natured teacher who works to guide students towards personal development through lessons catered directly to an individual student’s needs and abilities. Willis aims to inspire students to pursue a lifelong relationship with music.

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