"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other,

        because rhythm and harmony find their way into the secret places  of the soul."   ~ Plato


Guitar Lesson with Chris Weiss

Instructor of Acoustic Guitar

Chris Weiss came highly recommended to us by Al Beers, instructor of classical guitar at Asbury College.  Al says "Chris is one of the most intelligent and hardworking students I have had in my 16 years of college teaching.  His personality and communication skills are what make him a highly effective instructor of children."  Chris began playing guitar at age 12 and by the time he reached high school and college was involved in several areas of study, including classical guitar, jazz ensemble, and a garage band that played for various social gatherings.

When I spoke with Chris about joining us at Studio 88, I was excited to hear his teaching philosophy. . . he said, "Success is my primary concern, first people must succeed.  If you can teach them how to do that, they will love what they are doing.  No matter what age you are, you can create your own music to enjoy".

Piano / Keyboard Lessons with Beth Dean  (Owner of Studio 88)

With over 25 years of experience as a professional musician and educator,

Beth Dean, teaches musical education to all levels and all ages.

The following classes are offered:

Group Piano / Keyboard Lessons

√  Students ages 5 and up

√  Grouped by age and level.

     (Groups are limited to a maximum of 4 students) 

√  Classes on Monday - Thursday

    (Afternoon and early evening)

√  Once a week for 45 - 55 minutes depending on

     class size.

√  Private Lessons (unlimited availability)

Adult Piano Lessons

Adult Beginners and "Begin-Againers" will enjoy the motivation and support of learning (or re-learning) in a group setting.  These classes focus on playing for enjoyment, grasping new concepts, and accomplishing goals in a fun setting! Classes will be offered early afternoon and evening.


Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Mandolin Classes with Jesse Pena

Musician, Teacher, Composer

Jesse is a musician/teacher/composer living in Lexington, KY.  Born in the Panama Canal Zone to a military family, growing up, Jesse played different styles including Blues, R & B, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Classical and Latin.  He traveled extensively before moving to Tennessee to play guitar and mandolin for various country, rock, blues, and gospel artists. 

Based in Nashville from 1988 – 2001 he has performed on the Grand Ole Opry.  Jesse also worked as a studio musician/music arranger on demo and custom recordings.  A passionate teacher, Jesse has taught guitar, bass, mandolin for the last 29 years.

Meet The Instructors .  .  .

Lessons at Studio 88 are provided by qualified, educated professionals who make their living

in the music business.  To us, it is not not just a side line.  The environment at the studio is very professional, a place where you can be assured of your child's safety as they learn.

Chris also believes in strength in numbers.  His lessons are set up for two to four students who can learn from each other as well as make mistakes together.  This creates a more comfortable atmosphere for learning.  Chris is a great addition to the studio and is an excellent teacher!

You will find his gentle spirit very comfortable and his desire to teach success very apparent. 

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Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston MA

Master of Music, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond KY

Studied privately with:  Jon Finn, Joe Stump, Jim Kelly, Mark White, Norm Zocher

Attended workshops with: Vinnie Moore, John Patrucci, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Chick Corea Focused studies in: Rock Guitar Techniques, Jazz Arranging and Composition, Music Theory and Analysis

Performer for 30+ years.   Taught privately and professionally over a the span of 24 years (High School and College-Director of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music)

Performance Groups

Anaconda – Heavy Metal; TOYS – Heavy Metal; 4CAST - Jazz; Depot Road – Modern Country;

Prime Cut – R&B/Funk; The Platters; FALLOUT (202nd Army Band) – Rock/Modern Country; Toxic Toyz – 80s Hairband Cover; Alan Robinson Band – Instrumental Rock/Fusion


TOYS:  Let the Games Begin; Alan Robinson:  Psychedelic Rendezvous; 4CAST:  4CAST;

Alan Robinson Trio:  My-My; Tommy Money Orchestra

His focus is on developing instructional videos to demonstrate techniques to help guitarists cross the boundaries of genre and re-purpose knowledge to gain more access to the instrument.


Jeff Alden

Acting Coach

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Jeff is an award-winning director/screenwriter and co-founder of Lucky Day Studios, whose film, Unrequited is slated for its U.S. release in 2017 by Lionsgate Films.  His feature film, Faith, Love & Chocolate will also be released in 2017.  Co-founder of AthensWest Theatre Company, He is a three-time recipient of the Directing Award of Excellence from the Kennedy Center’s KCACTF.   Jeff received his MFA in Directing at the University of Utah in conjunction with Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He is member of the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America and Actors Equity Association.  He is currently the Director of Theatre & Cinema Performance at Asbury University.

Today the entertainment industry is enjoying the Second Golden Age of Television.  The demand is higher than ever for actors of all ages trained in film and TV acting.  All across the country, classically trained and university trained actors are seeking these type of classes.  With the recent influx of films being shot in Kentucky, opportunities are presenting themselves to local actors.  I've been teaching acting for TV and film for the last 30 years. Its a technique that works equally well for the stage.  Private or duo coaching sessions are available.


Courtney Cox

Young Beginner Piano Teacher

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I am most pleased to introduce one of my students, Courtney Cox, who will be teaching young students in Studio 8S,  She is doing an excellent job with young beginners.  If you know someone who would like to get started in basic piano skills, call the Studio.

Courtney Cox attends Asbury University on a music performance scholarship, as a Secondary Education Major and a Music Minor.   A former student of Beth, she has been playing piano for twelve years, and began teaching her junior year of high school.   She is an instrumental music alumnus of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts ℅ 2013.   She believes the best way to lay a foundation for musical success is by igniting a love for music and creating a warm, positive atmosphere for learning.   She primarily teaches young beginners in the studio.  When she is not teaching, practicing, or studying, she loves hiking, yoga, writing, and adventures.


Alan Robinson

Rock Guitar and Theory Composition Instructor

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