Music Teachers

Piano sales, service and restoration by Ric Sterry Smith, owner of Sterry Piano, St. Augustine Florida.

Learn the Art of Music from seasoned professional instructors.  Individualized instruction is available for ages 4 through professional.  Our staff offer lessons on a variety of instruments, but if you are looking for something else, please contact us through the form below.

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Anna DeProspero-Smith, lead instructor for Sterry Piano Company is an appreciated performer in the southeast playing for events ranging from classical, contemporary, classic rock to jazz/fusion genre. Her performing career began at The Hilton Hotel, Gainesville, Florida as the mainline dinner pianist. Relocating to St. Augustine, Florida from 1984-1988 she soloed improvisational works and played with a chamber trio at the St. Augustine Festival of Music, a festival she helped to implement and organize that continues to this day.

Performing as lead pianist at First Baptist Woodstock, Georgia, accompanist at Morningside Baptist Church Orchestra, Columbus, Georgia and pianist/keyboardist for Cascade Hills Praise Band, Columbus Georgia her service is sought as a substitute pianist and accompanist for churches and individuals as her schedule allows. An avid performer, she played in The St. Augustine Players Theater Ragtime ShowMore Than A Man, MBCO play, Emmanuel, CHC play and performs for special events that include business promotions/expos, weddings, receptions and music festivals from coast to coast.

Earning a B.A. in music with emphasis in piano, along with a passion to perform has helped Anna build a teaching studio that has seen up to sixty students at a time. Students under her instruction develop into performing artists, piano teachers and composers. Her reputation as a classically trained performer, teacher and composer stays true to musical structure and form with an emphasis towards improvisation.

Tranquil Transitions, her upcoming solo project, is a fusion of musical influence from great pianists such as Roger Williams, Elton John and Yanni. She was invited as a featured pianist on the Emmanuel CD project, released December 2010.

Piano sales, service and restoration by Ric Sterry Smith, owner of Sterry Piano, St. Augustine Florida.

Barbara Day has a deep commitment to teach young children to play string instruments and move them on to an orchestra setting.  As a classically-trained violinist with the ability to teach correct techniques she can work with individuals or groups.  Along with her great sense of humor she has extensive experience in improvisational skills to play with various groups for corporate functions and other events!

One of her volunteer works has been with SAYO [St Augustine Youth Orchestra] as Assistant Director.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Reading, Bachelor’s in EE and Music K-12.

We welcome her to our Sterry Teaching Studios!

I was born in Santiago, Cuba and there was music in my family.  I was exiled to the United States from my native Cuba in 1962.  I believe music is the greatest way of communicating and my goal has always been to share my experience and enjoy within the blessing of teaching and learning.

My most influential piano instructors were Irma Isern, Puerto Rico and then Anthony di Bonaventura and Teresa Escandon.  They gave their time, patience, expert experience and repertoire.  I have been an instructor of piano for over thirty years beginning in Puerto Rico and then the United States from Boston to Miami.   I focus on keyboard technique, repertoire, performance habits and theory to best facilitate my student’s knowledge of music and piano playing.

Arrangements of music I have co-orchestrated along with performing as a solo pianist on the East Coast as well as Chamber music ensemble performing.  An accomplished lecturer in music ranging from compositions, concert companion and ethno musicological approaches.

Dennis Fermin began music instruction at age 16 taking three straight years of private guitar instruction at a local music store in N.Y. He also took guitar courses and a College Level Music Theory course in high school. After high school he enrolled in and graduated from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California.

Dennis has performed with bands that have opened for national rock touring acts in N.Y. He began giving private guitar lessons 16 years ago as a self-employed instructor as well as in local music stores and now has the experience and the knowledge to teach electric and acoustic guitar, bass and drums / percussion.

Dennis is renowned locally.  As a full-time professional musician he performs under the artist name of Fermin Spanish Guitar.  Sterry Piano Company is proud to add Dennis to our list of fine music instructors.

  • Styles Covered, but limited too are:
  • Rock / Pop
  • Blues
  • Spanish Guitar
  • Flamenco / Nuevo Flamenco
  • Light Jazz
  • Improvisation
  • Music Theory

Please contact Dennis Fermin at 829-9844 or directly at: 770-704-8194 for more information and to schedule your first lesson lesson.

Piano sales, service and restoration by Ric Sterry Smith, owner of Sterry Piano, St. Augustine Florida.

Kevin Fulford is a native to the St. Augustine area.  Born at Flaglar hospital in 1997, he started playing the trumpet in Middle School (~2008).  Kevin attended Gamble Rogers MS, Pedro Menendez HS, and graduated from Allen D. Nease HS (c/o 2015).  He was active in the St. Augustine Orchestra, Ancient City Brass Band, Salvation Army Divisional Youth band (solo cornet), and many more.

Kevin currently attends UNF where he is pursuing a degree and career in Music Education.  An active instrustor in the Jacksonville area, he is excited to be offering lessons in his home town of St. Augustine.

While his primary instrument is Trumpet, Kevin also plays: Cornet, Flugelhorn, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, Trombone/ Baritone/ Euphonium, and Tuba.

Allen Hood has been playing Old Time Appalachian style fiddle music for over 30 years. He continues to explore the full range of the Violin, including bluegrass, Irish, regional American and European folk, and contemporary fiddle music. Allen teaches violin / fiddle primarily with a play by ear method, with a secondary focus on music theory and finger-to-note recognition, depending on student interest and ability.

Allen Hood teaches beginner to advanced fiddle, with a background of music theory, intonation, double stops, and bowing styles.

While the emphasis is on southern Appalachian fiddle tunes, interested students can get exposure to regional American, Irish, European, bluegrass or contemporary fiddle styles.

Also Allen has experience teaching special needs students such as the Visually Impaired, or the Blind Student.

Allen Hood was the Official State of Florida Old Time Fiddle Contest champion in 2006 and 2010. He has taught and coached three 1st place contest winners at the state contest and at the Florida Old Time Music Championships in Dade City.

Steve began his musical career as a Clarinetist in the U.S. Army Band in 1971. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Music from Southern Illinois University, where he performed in and conducted a variety of Orchestral and Symphonic ensembles. Mr. Marr has taught and directed for twelve years including serving as Adjunct Professor at both Kaskaskia College and Southwestern Illinois College since 2009.

Recently retired, the Marr relocated to St. Augustine. Steve has “a very strong desire and commitment to youth education through music.” He is thrilled to work with St. Johns County youth, public and private music instructors and the homeschool community.

Pat Murphy

Patrick Murphy has been a professional musician for 50 years as a live performer, entertainer, studio musician,  instructor and one of the first inductees into the St Augustine Music Hall of Fame!   A member of BMI, ASCAP, SESAC as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association having been a house writer for “Edge of the Lake “Cherry Lane Publishing companies.

Patrick has worked with or his bands have fronted  James Brown,  Bob Dylan,  Los Lobos, Foghat, Foreigner, Clarence Carter, Johnny Lee, Alias, Confederate Railroad , various Lynard Skynard incarnations,  38 special,  Curtis Willis band,  Alligator Cowboys,  David Allen Coe,  The Platters,  Junior Walker,  Litlle Joe Williams,  Melanie,  Atlanta Rhythm Section,  Tabula Rasa,   Jocko Pastorious and too many others to mention. in his continuing career as a professional musician!

He majored in music theory and composition at Northern Kentucky University and teaches all stringed instruments and anything with strings on it as well as piano/ percussion / bass theory / voice /  harmonica (straight harp and blues harp / lead guitar improvisation / finger picking / banjo (5 string and 4 string) tenor guitar / dulcimer and other instruments that instruction is generally not requested. Pat offers free style lead guitar improvisation and all styles of instruction, finger picking, etc.

Patrick taught continuing education classes at Northern Kentucky University which included  / instruments / theory / composition / writing / singing / piano / organ / harmonica all of which was offered free to the general public by the university.

David Rogers has been playing guitar for seventeen years and has been teaching guitar for eleven years. He graduated from Southeastern University where he studied guitar, voice, and piano. He has studied classical and jazz guitar and teaches both styles. In addition, David is an experienced electric and steel string guitarist who performs and teaches many styles. In addition, he is in graduate school studying guitar performance. He also teaches voice, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, percussion/drums, brass and music theory. David is additionally the guitar and band director at Pedro Menendez High School.

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