Student Instructors


William Akins teaches voice, theater and magic. He hails from Merrillville, Indiana and comes from a non-traditional music family. His grandmother and parents sang in the church choir and he has fond memories of singing with his grandmother at a young age. Akins did not consider studying voice until high school. He joined the choir after recommendations from friends, and has not looked back since. A few months later Will was in his first musical as a chorus member, and in the very next show he was a supporting character in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Since that time, he became actively involved in Ross Music Theatre, the local premier community theatre in Northwest Indiana. He also led the cast of Cabaret at Vincennes University and A Raisin in the Sun. Some of Will’s on stage credits include Music Man, Les’ Miserables, and Jesus Christ Superstar to name just a few. Akins also has worked as a stage manager, youth chorus leader, and production assistant. Akins loves working with youth who are improving not only their skills, but their musical knowledge and repertoire. In his free time Will enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and other close friends. He also adores practicing magic which he has been performing for about 12 years.


Nia Belton
is the Community School of the Arts’ Office and Events Assistant. On track to receive her bachelor’s degree in marketing, she is a Scott College of Business student. She participated in Poetry Out Loud, a competition that is based on three rounds of memorization and presentation. Belton has been active in theater since middle school, and participated in numerous theatrical performances. During high school she received several Most Valued Player awards in golf and soccer. Belton was also an avid member of the Delta Gems; a program that helps develop life and social skills in young women from their freshman year of high school through senior year.


Megan Casas is a senior at Indiana State University majoring in Music Education.  She began playing the drum set at age 6 and has been studying it ever since.  Aside from percussion, she is self-taught in guitar and has been playing acoustic gigs and doing solo projects and song writing for 7 years. During her time in the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School, she was Percussion section leader in the Advanced Band class, played percussion and drum set for several musicals, played in the rhythm section of the Jazz Band, and participated in a student-led drum line called "Weapons of Mass Percussion." Casas has taught percussion and guitar lessons to kids between the ages of 5 and 14 at a studio in Marshall, IL called Sonshine's Music Studio. She is on the Executive Board of Sigma Alpha Iota and is a percussionist in various ensembles including Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and other solo and duo percussion projects.  Casas hopes to be a high school band director, direct percussion ensembles, and open a studio to teach private drum set and guitar lessons to kids of all ages.  


Jonathan Coleman teaches private piano lessons at the Community School of the Arts. He is a piano performance major at Indiana State University, and studies under Dr. Beverley Simms. He began music lessons at the age of nine, and has studied several different styles such as rock, classical, and film music. Jonathan has had experience in performing at competitions, recitals, church services, and weddings. He was an accompanist during high school and now in college. During free time, he composes and arranges music. Currently, he studies classical music and performs regularly.


Isabella Collins
teaches dance, theater and music classes. She is a sophomore studying voice as a Music Business major at Indiana State University. Collins has been singing in choirs since 4th grade, participating in competitions such as Solo, Ensemble, and ISSMA, and couldn't imagine making a career out of anything else. She also taught herself how to play the guitar and has accompanied others on many gigs and talent shows. She was in the advanced Select Choir all four years in high school, becoming the president her senior year, though she took part in the advanced chamber group, performing in many small skits and madrigals throughout high school. Collins was an officer in her drama troupe, performing in 8 shows, with lead roles in 3 of those shows. She continued in the two advanced choirs at ISU, Concert Choir and Sycamore Singers, and is a vocalist for jazz combos. She was also on the dance team at her high school for 4 years, being the captain her junior and senior year.  Her dance team performed at countless sporting events, pep rallies, and some state competitions. Collins auditioned and was accepted into the All American Dance Association Team and was invited to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Collins still takes dance classes as her schedule permits, and is on the advanced ISU hip-hop team "Full Owt”, plays guitar, and sings in a local bluegrass band called the River Benders.  She hopes to have a job immersed in the music industry one day.

Alexus Cooksey teaches visual art and is currently an art education major at Indiana State University. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and President of Indiana State's chapter of the Art Education Association. Her passion for art has been visible since a very young age. During her senior year of high school she made the decision to become an art educator. In May 2018, she anticipates receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She works with a variety of media including painting, ceramics, and printmaking. Her artwork has been displayed at the University Gallery, Turman Gallery, and Bare-Montgomery Gallery.



Claudia Hu is a graduate student of piano performance at Indiana State University and teaches private lessons through the Community School of the Arts. She received her Bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, from ISU in December, 2015. During the same year, she received her Piano Pedagogy Certificate under Dr. Janet Palmberg. She remains at ISU, continuing her studies in piano performance with Dr. Beverley Simms and collaborative piano with Martha Krasnican. As a performer,  Hu performed various concerts in the United States and China. She also worked with different performers and ensembles, including the ISU Wind Orchestra, ISU String Ensemble and Terre Haute Children’s Choir, as a collaborative pianist. Her most recent concerts are a two-piano ensemble performance on Ravel’s La Valse with Dr. Simms and G-minor Mozart Piano Quartet with the ISU String Ensemble, which was led by Donna Clark. She also held a lecture recital in July, 2016 with violinist, Menglu Wang, at the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary - Steinway Gallery. Currently, Hu is working on a paper about the history and literature of piano sight-reading pedagogy for her Master’s research project.

Nathan Marshall teaches private guitar lessons, Rock Band, Rock Camp and Guitar Club. Nathan is a freshman Music Education Major at Indiana State. His primary focus is guitar, which he has been playing for ten years, and professionally for five. As a high school student, he won the Louis Armstrong Young Jazz Musician's Award in both 2015 and 2016. Marshall has been in many different groups around the Terre Haute area, and has played different styles professionally, his favorite being the Blues.


Korri Martin
is a visual art instructor at the Community School of the Arts. In May 2017, she anticipates receiving a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with a concentration in art history and painting. She is currently a member of the National Art Education Association and has been Vice-President in Indiana State’s Chapter of the Art Education Association of Indiana. She works with a variety of media including painting,  printmaking, and digital art. Her artwork has been displayed at the University Art Gallery, Turman Gallery, and the Bare-Montgomery which are all located on Indiana State’s campus. 



Diyo Muyumba teaches voice, Garage Band and Rock Camp! He is a Junior Music Business major at Indiana State University. Muyumba is President of the Music Industry Association and a member of the Sycamore Artist Management Group, which promotes student performers around Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. Muyumba is a member of the Indiana State Concert Choir and works in the recording studio on campus leading a dedicated group of recording enthusiasts.




John Rogers
is percussion instructor with the Community School of the Arts. He has been playing music in bands since the age of 12, at which time he began playing bass guitar. Rogers played in many bands for the next 5 years before picking up the drums at age 17. Since then he has continued performing in the Midwest, and currently plays drums for the Scott Webster Band. John is also the co-owner of Last Day Production, a local music production company that specializes in studio recordings and live sound production. He also works as a session musician playing drums and bass for artists who need accompaniment.


Heather Scott is a private clarinet instructor for the Community School of the Arts. She is a graduate of Valparaiso High School and a fourth year instrumental music education major at Indiana State University. She began playing piano in elementary school, taking lessons from family and local music teachers. In 2006, she began playing clarinet and in 2010, saxophone. Scott has been teaching private lessons since her senior year in high school and has volunteered with her school district’s beginning band program in the summers. For the past two years she has been one of the program’s summer interns allowing her the opportunity to teach both one-on-one and group lessons for beginning clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. In 2013, she began studying clarinet with Kelley Niiyama at Indiana State University. She has loved music all of her life and believes it to be an irreplaceable part of her life experiences. Through music she hopes to spread not only a love of the subject, but also the fun that can come of playing and performing. In her time at Indiana State University she has had the opportunity to perform with several ensembles including the Wind Orchestra at the CBDNA Regional Conference at Iowa State University, the Symphony Orchestra, The Score for Four Clarinet Quartet, and in the Indiana State University Marching Sycamores as both a member of the clarinet section as well as a member of the Sycamore Color guard.

Imani Smith is a violin instructor for the Community School of the Arts and comes from Merrillville, Indiana. During high school she participated in ISSMA all four years, a competition based on orchestra performances. During these competitions her orchestra received numerous gold medals for group and individual. Smith has been playing the violin for fifteen years. In addition to playing music in high school, she participated in soccer and swam on the varsity teams.




Joey Woerner
 teaches private guitar lessons, Rock Band, Rock Camp and Guitar Club. He is an undergraduate student studying Music Business. His primary instrument is guitar, which he has been playing for eight years. Woerner was awarded "Best Soloist" at the Bloomington High School Jazz Festival in 2014. Since then, jazz has become his favorite style. Woerner has played in several bands, locally and regionally.



Eduardo Yanez
teaches private guitar lessons, Rock Band, Rock Camp and Guitar Club. He is an undergraduate student studying Music Business. His primary instruments are guitar and cello. He has participated in Indiana State School Music Association contests for 6 years, and currently plays cello in Indiana State University’s Symphony Orchestra. Yanez has performed solo and in bands, state-wide and locally.
Percussion / Voice Instructor

Megan Casas
 is a Senior at Indiana State University majoring in Music Education.  She began playing the drum set at age 6 and has been studying it ever since.  Aside from percussion, she is self-taught in guitar and has been playing acoustic gigs and doing solo projects and song writing for 7 years. During her time in the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School, she was Percussion section leader in the Advanced Band class, played percussion and drum set for several musicals, played in the rhythm section of the Jazz Band, and participated in a student-led drum line called "Weapons of Mass Percussion." Casas has taught percussion and guitar lessons to kids between the ages of 5 and 14 at a studio in Marshall, IL called Sonshine's Music Studio. She is on the Executive Board of Sigma Alpha Iota and is a percussionist in various ensembles including Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and other solo and duo percussion projects.  Casas hopes to be a high school band director, direct percussion ensembles, and open a studio to teach private drum set and guitar lessons to kids of all ages.  
Percussion / Voice Instructor

Megan Casas
 is a Senior at Indiana State University majoring in Music Education.  She began playing the drum set at age 6 and has been studying it ever since.  Aside from percussion, she is self-taught in guitar and has been playing acoustic gigs and doing solo projects and song writing for 7 years. During her time in the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts at Morton High School, she was Percussion section leader in the Advanced Band class, played percussion and drum set for several musicals, played in the rhythm section of the Jazz Band, and participated in a student-led drum line called "Weapons of Mass Percussion." Casas has taught percussion and guitar lessons to kids between the ages of 5 and 14 at a studio in Marshall, IL called Sonshine's Music Studio. She is on the Executive Board of Sigma Alpha Iota and is a percussionist in various ensembles including Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, Concert Band, Marching Band and other solo and duo percussion projects.  Casas hopes to be a high school band director, direct percussion ensembles, and open a studio to teach private drum set and guitar lessons to kids of all ages.