A Little Bit About Us
The Hole Note Music Academy was founded in 2017 with the purpose of providing musical lessons to children and adults of all skill levels and abilities, in a fun, dynamic and rewarding environment. We are active year round, and we invite anyone who has ever had a desire to learn how to play and read music to come and join us!
Originally born and raised in Idaho Falls, ID, Christy has called Jackson, WY her home for 20 years. 15 years of private piano lessons, coupled with a love for teaching, resulted in a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Idaho State University) combined with a piano/music minor. Singing in school, church, and chamber choirs added to her love of music. She has taught music and private piano lessons as well as participated as lead pianist for Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir here in Jackson. She is a certified Kindermusik educator and loves to teach piano to graduates of Kindermusik (they make amazing students)! She approaches all of her lessons with a passion for music and teaching - pooling all of her music training, experience, creativity and business background in the Hole Note.
Lara Montgomery’s musical journey started with the harmonica at the age of 5. At age 10, she began playing guitar, and has been playing ever since. Her teenage years were dedicated to developing classical and fingerstyle guitar methods, as well as learning the piano, percussion instruments, and vocal skills. Lara has been playing and singing with multiple bands, choirs and solo performances since childhood. In 2012, she founded Hesed Resonance Music, and has sold her musical recordings and compositions around the globe.
She is very passionate about music and music education, but even more so about quality teaching. With over 15 years of experience as both a private and classroom teacher, Lara loves communicating difficult concepts in ways that are easy to understand. In 2017 Lara became a certified Kindermusik Educator for The Hole Note, being recognized as an expert both in musical skill and child development.
When she is not teaching, Lara loves spending time with her husband and two young children, composing works for Hesed Resonance, and exploring the great outdoors of Jackson Hole.
Hello everyone! I'm so excited about teaching at The Hole Note! I have been teaching music since I was a teenager, from teaching my parents and siblings new songs and harmonies for our family band, Cox's Army, to teaching my children to sing and play instruments for our family group, The Jordan Family Band. I have organized and led many youth worship and performance bands through the years also.
My training is not only experiential, but also formal. In addition to completing an Associate degree in Commercial Music from VSCC in Gallatin Tennessee in 2001, I received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from APSU in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2010, and have also participated in many workshops which broadened my knowledge of musicianship, songwriting, and performance. I am certified as a Music Educator both in Arkansas and Arizona, and a member of AMEA in Arizona.
I am a mom of five very musical children, and my grandchildren are following suit. My passion is sharing my love of music to everyone! I love spending time with my grandchildren singing, dancing, playing, and learning. Very eclectic in my musical interests, I love quality performances in all genres. My mantra as a teacher is "make it fun, and they will learn.”