Mary Ann Eason
guitar, mandolin, ukulele
Mary Ann has been an instructor at Ben Owens Music since January 2014. Her musical career began when she was 11 years old after joining the school band to play the flute. She then picked up the guitar at age 15, learning to play her favorite country, pop and rock tunes. At age 24, she learned to play the piano by ear, and played and sang Southern Gospel in church for over 15 years. This experience helped her to improve her guitar skills as well, and she now plays all types of music, including Bluegrass and Contemporary Christian. At age 33, she fell in love with Bluegrass music and bought her first mandolin. She currently plays mandolin and sings with her own Bluegrass/Folk/Americana band, and with another local bluegrass group, and she now sings with her worship team at church as well. Mary Ann has recently taught two ukulele summer camps at Ben Owens’ store and is now available to teach private ukulele lessons. She is also a volunteer instructor of mandolin and ukulele at Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp, held 4 times per year at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Her teaching style includes instructing her students in playing chords as well as learning standard notation (reading music).
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
Rhys is from the Valdosta area and began teaching private lessons at Ben Owen's Music in Fall of 2014. He began playing guitar since the age of 12, and adored music for as long as he can remember. Since the age of 14 he has played in many local bands & live gigs from coast to coast. He strives to teach students the most effective methods for Guitar & Bass.
While his influences rest in Rock & Metal, he is proficient in different genres of music Country, Funk, Blues and Classical.
Through his adapted lesson plan he shapes his students into great musicians while also having fun.
Daniel has loved music from an early age. He was born in Douglas, GA and began playing piano, by ear, at the age of 13. He started off as the Youth Musician at his church. As a freshman in high school, he joined the school chorus where he learned to read music. He graduated from Valdosta State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Piano. It was here that he studied under David Springfield. Daniel currently serves as Music Director at his church. His top favorite music genres are Gospel, Jazz and Classical. He has been one of the piano instructors at Ben Owens music since February 2013.
Matt Flumerfelt teaches drums and trumpet lessons at Ben Owens Music in Remerton. Matt started playing trumpet in elementary school and continued through high school, after which time he joined the US Navy Band, playing a variety of musical genres in Naples, Italy and San Francisco, California before rejoining civilian life. While in the service, Matt taught himself drums, and played drums and various percussion instruments with the Navy Band when not needed on trumpet. Matt leads a jazz trio and has fronted his own rock band, performing in and around Valdosta. He has played orchestral music as well. Matt performs Taps at funerals for US servicemen and city and county officials, as well as certain memorial services during the year as a service to the community. He is a self-taught pianist and performed dinner music at J.P. Muldoon’s for years, as well as The Bistro and other venues. He also plays trumpet, flugelhorn, drums and piano at Christ The King church in downtown Valdosta, and other churches when asked.
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Clint is from the small town of Folkston, GA. He graduated from Valdosta State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media. Clint grew up traveling the Southeastern United States playing bluegrass music semi-professionally with his family. He married his wife, Kalyn (who is a phenomenal singer), in 2011 and they have a newborn baby boy, Haddon. He is currently serving on staff at Perimeter Road Baptist Church as Worship Leader. Clint teaches guitar, banjo, and mandolin at Ben Owens Music. His teaching style is flexible and is philosophically geared to teach students how to learn for themselves. Proper technique is held in balance with ear training and connecting your instrument with your emotions. With experience playing many genres of music, Clint’s goal is to train well rounded musicians.