Music Education

Family Life recognizes the importance of music in our lives. To encourage music education, Family Life has created the free Music Teacher Referral Program. It matches music students with teachers who have a proven level of excellence and share a Christian worldview.

If you're a student or parent looking for a music teacher, we can match you with a teacher in our database according to instrument/voice, level of proficiency, location, and several other parameters to ensure a good fit. (It's up to you to contact the teacher directly.) Group recitals and other optional activities are also available. Contact Family Life to learn more.


Adrienne Johnson has over 25 years teaching experience and accepts bassoon students of all levels. She holds a Master’s of Music Performance and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Nebraska. She has several years of public school music teaching experience and her professional playing has taken her around the world. She has played in several professional pit orchestras for various musical theater productions across the nations and abroad. Currently she plays in the Family Life musical productions and with area chamber ensembles.

Instruments Taught – Bassoon


Bob Dusek has been teaching composition, theory and piano for more than thirty years. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a Doctorate from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University. He has performed across the country both as a soloist and chamber music artist. His compositions have been performed worldwide, and are recorded on Ravello, CRS and DaCapo label. Currently, Dr. Dusek is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Family Life.

Instruments Taught – Theory, Composition, Piano


Christine Conklin has been teaching for over 30 years and accepts string and piano students of all ages. She holds a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Bachelor’s from Houghton College. She has many years of experience teaching in the public schools and is currently the music director for Buena Vista Church. An active performer and instructor, she has conducted the New York State School Music Association district orchestras and continues to perform at Family Life events and other area venues.

Instruments Taught – Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano


Karen Dusek has been teaching woodwinds for over 20 years and accepts students of all ages and performance levels. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she has played clarinet and bass clarinet with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Penfield Symphony. She has recorded with CBS Mater Recording label and is a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor society for musicians. Until her recent move to Colorado Karen was the operations manager for Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park which offers summer music camps for youth and adults under the guidance of world class faculty and guest artist. She continues to perform as a regular artist for Family Life’s musical productions.

Instruments Taught – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute


Michael Heyd has been teaching piano for the past 8 years and accepts all levels of students. He holds a Master’s degree from Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor’s in music education from Houghton College. He also has served as president and state representative for the Houghton College National Association for Music Education. Mr. Heyd currently plays for the musical productions at Family Life and continues to perform regionally and nationally.

Instruments Taught – Piano


Teachers, you can benefit by becoming part of Family Life's referral network. Contact Family Life to learn more.

Family Life refers private music teachers based upon written applications, personal interviews and, when possible, lesson evaluations. Teachers are not employees of Family Life. Teachers set their own rates and policies. Family Life does not receive any compensation for referring teachers. A referral is not a recommendation.