After-School Music Faculty
Rachel Crooks holds a graduate degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She has seven years of experience as a private piano teacher of over seventy students in Grand Forks and Alvarado, Minnesota. In addition to private piano teaching, she also taught class piano at UND to freshman and sophomore students, served as music director at her church, and performed as a singer/songwriter in various local venues.
As a teacher, Rachel is interested in discovering and developing her students’ musical gifts through their unique learning styles. Her greatest desire is to help her students develop fluency in music in the same manner as learning a language--lessons therefore include an emphasis on creative improvisation and playing by ear in addition to reading musical notation.
Andrew Myers has been teaching percussion/drum set at Friends School of Minnesota since 2011. He loves teaching music to students and classes of all ages and musical backgrounds. In addition to FSM, he also teaches at FAIR School Downtown, St. Joseph School of Music, and MacPhail Center for Music.
Andrew has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Minnesota Percussion Trio, VocalEssence, Minnesota Concert Opera, Zeitgeist, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Tony Allen, numerous churches, and a variety of jazz/rock/afro-beat/folk groups.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Percussion Performance and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Business from Augsburg College. He started his musical career by taking piano lessons down the street at age 8 with Robin Armstrong Thorson!
Karen Salter joined the Friends School of Minnesota faculty in 2015. Karen graduated from Luther College in Iowa with a K-12 music education certification. She has had nine years of music education experience, including teaching at St. Andrews Academy (Mahtomedi, MN), and most recently at Emmet D. Williams Elementary (Roseville, MN).
Karen believes that every child benefits from a quality music education. She incorporates singing, instrument playing, dancing, composing, music theory, and history into her lessons to ensure each student is able to connect with the content taught in class. Karen is thrilled to be a part of a community that values the arts and is excited to work with the creative students at FSM.
In addition to being a seasoned teacher, Karen performs alongside local singer/songwriter Adam Svec and other local bands. She also loves to practice yoga, bake, and spend time with her husband and son
Shahzore started teaching at FSM in 2015. He is a teaching assistant and the after school music director. He also teaches voice and choral. Shahzore is a versatile singer who has always had a passion for performance and education. He recently completed ten years touring, performing and teaching with the Twin Cities based vocal ensemble, Cantus.
Shahzore continues to draw from his training at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, teaching and performing in Haiti as a volunteer at the Holy Trinity Music School, performing at the Bay View Music Festival and his time in New York prior to Cantus. While studying and singing in New York, Shahzore also worked with elementary school students in the Bronx as a teaching artist.
Shahzore also joins voice teachers at Roseville Area High School this fall and performs regularly as a soloist and in collaboration with local artists, including the First Readings Project and the Lau Hawaiian Collective, and the music department at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.