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Name Change: Music Conservatory of Texas Becomes…

by Jerome Weeks 5 Aug 2010 2:37 PM

It’s a week for new identities. As of Monday, the Amon Carter Museum is officially the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Now the Music Conservatory of Texas in Frisco gets in on the name-change action.


It’s a week for new identities. As of Monday, the Amon Carter Museum is officially the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Now the ten-year-old Music Conservatory of Texas in Frisco has become the Frisco School of Music. To celebrate, they’re having an open house Saturday, Aug. 21.

The full release follows.


FRISCO, TEXAS – AUGUST 5, 2010 — After ten years in Frisco, the Music Conservatory of Texas has officially become the Frisco School of Music.  To celebrate, the public is invited to an OPEN HOUSE Saturday,  August 21, 2010 from 11a – 3p for FREE 15 minute demo lessons, prizes, snacks, tours and more!

The location, founders and quality education will continue as always with just a refreshed brand.  Serving thousands of students over the years, the demand for different types of music training like Standards, Rock, Jazz, Broadway, Classical, and more, with lessons for beginners through advanced study for serious students, along with pre-school programs warrant the new name which truly states the mission to offer quality music lessons in all music forms.  Students new to an instrument or accomplished UIL competitive musicians will find a comfortable and challenging learning environment.  Each of their highly university trained instructors are employees (not contractors) which provides parents the assurance that each teacher completes a background check, drug testing and has a commitment to the school and their students.

With ten years of success, The Frisco School of Music strives to be the finest quality music education school in the region.  Founded by two sisters, Chris and Carol Duncan had a lifelong passion to open a music program in Frisco.  Unfortunately, Carol lost a battle with cancer prior to the opening, Chris forged forward and ten years and thousands of students later, Frisco School of Music thrives with Carol’s spirit and her family’s commitment.  In 2009, both sisters were honored by the Frisco Association for the Arts as “Art Starters,” a hall of fame for local arts patrons.  As part of the ten year celebration, a scholarship in Carol’s name was donated to the Frisco Education Foundation where a young music student is pursuing an education at the renowned Eastman School of Music in New York.

The 2010 year brings some additional talented teachers to the Frisco School of music, providing students’ access to university master trained teachers who are passionate about teaching and sharing their gift with students.  The new Frisco team is detailed below.  For a complete profile of all of the instructors and programs, visit

Austin Byrd teaches piano and is University trained in Jazz studies with concentration in piano and has earned several awards of excellence.  He brings a vast performance experience as well as a passion for piano from classics to jazz.

Aaron Cotton teaches guitar and holds a Master of Music degree from the distinguished Eastman School of Music in New York.  He has studied under renowned guitarists and brings a vast teaching background throughout New York and Texas.

I-Ching Chen Cotton, married to Aaron Cotton above, returns to Frisco after accompanying her husband to New York for his masters program.  I-Ching teaches piano and holds a masters in piano performance.  She has studied throughout Europe and brings extensive teaching and performance experience.

Andrew Krimm is returning to Texas after studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a degree in violin/viola performance.  He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.   His teaching abilities include classical, Suzuki, bluegrass, folk and Celtic.  Andrew has studied with master teachers across the country.  His understanding of competition and early advanced education will benefit students and parents.

Ashley McAllister is an accomplished violin and fiddle teacher in the North Texas area with experience in private and public schools as well as conducting for a youth orchestra.  Ashley holds a degree in violin and earned her EC-4 standard teaching certificate from the University of North Texas.  Her teaching abilities are broad and include classical, Suzuki, contemporary, pop, jazz, bluegrass, folk and Celtic.

Stephanie Raby studied in England and attended the King Edward VII and Queen Mary School studying music and English literature.  Stephanie returned to the U.S. to complete her degree of music and violin at University of North Texas.  She teaches violin, baroque violin, fiddle and viola da Gamba.  In addition to classic, Suzuki, modern, bluegrass, folk and Celtic, she instructs in baroque and 18th century counterpoint.

BACKGROUND: Not only skilled in classical music training, Frisco School of Music embraced the “ROCK SCHOOL” concept before it was cool.  Since 2005 the DayRockerZ summer one-week Rock Camps for 10-16 year olds are such a success that it has been integrated into the year long program, and added weekly Rock School, Jazz School and Classical School as well. This year the NEW Musical Arts Schoolhouse Pre-School with an arts emphasis curriculum has been added.  Music programs include groups, private lessons, all levels and ages including adults in guitar disciplines (acoustic, electric, classical and Bass), voice, violin, viola, banjo, mandolin, flute, percussion (drums, mallets) and more. Music is fun but even more importantly is an exceptional tool to build discipline, team work, and self-esteem and is proven to enhance student’s test scores in math.