Teachers at Lehi


Pete Swiderski – Saxophone

Pete Swiderski has been teaching private saxophone and clarinet lessons for 27 years.  He has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University and a Masters in School Administration.   As a performer, Pete has played in a wide variety of styles and groups including the Utah All-state band, the Dixie College

Jazz Band, BYU’s Wind Symphony, BYU’S Jazz Band “Synthesis”, BYU’s Symphonic band and Jazz Ensemble.  He has also played professionally in several local big bands, and funk bands as well as taught junior high band for 15 years.

Pete has studied Saxophone with Robert Stanton (UNLV), Darron Bradford, and Ray Smith (BYU). Pete’s students consistently score Superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble, have been members of the Utah All-State Band and All-State Jazz Band and routinely receive music scholarships.


Instrument: Saxophone
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock
Ages Taught: Any
Skills Taught: Any skill you need
Years Taught: 30+
Methods Taught: Multiple Methods depending on goals


Jerry Cortez – Guitar

Jerry Cortez comes from a musical family, who grew up on the music of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Wes Montgomery, Woody Herman and Stan Getz to name a few. Jerry studied guitar with DJ Ciraulo and Tuck Andress. Jerry has been teaching privately and has taught guitar classes since January of 1980.

Jerry’s versatile teaching style stems from his performance background. Jerry has toured and recorded with singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young, Go Ahead – a band which featured members of The Grateful Dead and Santana (Soul and R&B favorites) and Cold Blood. Since January of 2010, Jerry has been performing and recording with soul/funk legends Tower Of Power.

Jerry enjoys teaching students of all ages, abilities and levels. Some of the concepts and goals he offers students covers the fundamentals of music, mapping out chord and scale forms, improvisation, ear training, learning songs from recordings, studying music theory from songs familiar with the student, performance and songwriting.

YouTube video: Tower of Power: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Instrument: Guitar
Styles: Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Jazz, Country, Solo Acoustic/Fingerpicking and Singer/Songwriter
Ages Taught: Any
Skills Taught: Improvisation, Theory, Performance, Songwriting and more
Methods Taught: Hal Leonard, Mel Bay


Mikayla Dansie – Ukulele

Mikayla Dansie is a dedicated young musician. Over the past four years she has been teaching herself the ins and outs of the ukulele. Though she is self taught, she has learned a lot over the years and has dedicated herself to learning all the various chords, fingerstyle methods, and strumming patterns. She enjoys writing and recording her own songs. She has also been teaching herself other instruments including guitar and mandolin. Although she is in high school she has fun ideas to share with her experiences.

Mikayla enjoys teaching children from 3-12. She will always begin with simple ukulele to get them interested and let them know that anyone can play ukulele. She is happy to teach any style you or your child would like to play; from folk to pop and everything in between.

Mikayla can be reached using the contact form below or in person weekday afternoons from 3:00-6:00 PM at the Day Murray Music location in Lehi.


Instrument: Ukulele
Styles: Folk, Pop, Contemporary
Ages Taught: 3-12
Skills Taught: Fingerstyle, Strumming, Chord reading
Years Taught: 0
Methods Taught: Any


Kristen Alley – Voice

Kristen Alley is a vocalist who grew up with many music influences such as Broadway, female powerhouses like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, and classical music. She studied vocal performance in college and recently graduated from UVU. Her training was based in contemporary music, (ie. RnB, Jazz, and Pop), and has a deep passion for the entertainment world, both Theatrical and Commercial!

Kristen’s teaching style is largely influenced by her own experiences as a vocalist involved in Theatre and Pop Bands. She is very excited about helping students unlock all the capabilities of their voice, and especially loves to help people find the belt/powerhouse technique that everyone has the ability to do!

Instrument: Vocal
Styles: Musical Theatre, Pop/Contemporary
Ages Taught: Any


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