Emily Blackard
Emily has lived in Russellville all her life and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Arkansas Tech. She loves music and plays the flute, guitar, piano and violin. Her love for music developed at the age of 4 when she began taking violin lessons, and developed through middle to high school while she participated in band. She has been playing and competing with the violin for 14+ years in venues across the state including Master's Festival, the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra, and All-Region Band and Orchestra, and the Arkansas Tech Choirs. She loves playing with the worship bands at First Baptist Church, ranging from traditional orchestra to praise band to the bluegrass "Cowboy Band". Emily believes that one of the most rewarding things is the opportunity to teach someone else to experience the beauty of musical expression.
Teaches: Violin

Landen Crouch
Landen Crouch grew up in a music loving family and has been a musician nearly all of his life. Both of his parents are music teachers in the Harrison School District. Landen began singing at a very young age and was encouraged to pursue music. He began playing his first instrument in the school band in sixth grade as a percussionist. This led to him spending countless hours playing drumset in his garage at home. Being a percussionist instilled a strong rhythmic foundation for Landen that ultimately influenced other areas that he explored. He picked up a bass guitar at the age of 13 and began playing at church every Sunday. At age 16, he began playing acoustic guitar regularly, which has become his instrument of choice. As a singer, Landen has been in choir for 10 years. He was selected for the NW Arkansas All-Region Choir four times (twice in Jr. High and twice in High School). He was also selected to the Arkansas All-State Mixed Choir two times. Upon graduating from High School, Landen chose to attend Arkansas Tech University to major in Vocal Music Education. He will receive his degree in December 2013, upon completion of a Student Teaching Internship.
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice

Carolyn Mortenson
Carolyn has lived in the Russellville area only a short time but has visited here for many years prior to see her son and then granddaughter. She loves our area, our people, and her church, – Fellowship of Christians. Carolyn has lived in Fort Smith two times in her life, and taught piano both times. As a student, she took piano for 8 years – the 'advanced' portion with Dr. Hattie Mae Butterfield of (then) Westark Jr. College. Dr. Butterfield (now deceased) was a very well-known, and her name was highly known & respected. She guided Carolyn in teaching beginning students when Carolyn was in college. Marriage, college, and a mathematics-teaching career took Carolyn away from Ft. Smith for many years. She returned in 2001 to teach piano for two musical instrument stores and to teach out of her home. She has always loved teaching – be it piano or math. She still tutors mathematics and teaches in the homeschool co-op classes in Russellville. She loves to work with her students and loves to see them grow in their capabilities and personalities.
Teaches: Piano

Jason Muncy
A talented piano and violin player as well as the owner of RVMC, Jason has been an instructor at River Valley Music Center since 2005. In addition to private instruction, Jason utilizes his educational background in music as a member of the worship band at his church in Hector, Arkansas, where he attends with his wife, Lana, and two boys.
Teaches: Piano, Organ, Violin, Ukulele, Kindermusik at River Valley Music Center

Ben Smith
A lifelong resident of Russellville, Ben has been a guitar & drum instructor at River Valley Music Center since January 2007. Having played drums for 20 years and guitar for 12, Ben also has more than 10 years of experience as a private instructor. Since 1999, he has been a part of several local acts, including Some Guy Named Robb, Electric Bread, and Abel, and has opened for such acts as Sister Hazel, Hawthorne Heights, and Kate Campbell.
Teaches: Drums, Guitar

Ted Stiles
A graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, Ted is actively involved in sharing his passion for music. He is currently the director of Sound Foundation, which is the youth choir of First Baptist Church in Russellville. He is also a member of the Arkansas Master Singers, a state-wide collection of singers and musicians who serve in local churches throughout Arkansas. In addition to his passion for singing and teaching others to sing, Ted is also gifted in playing and teaching beginner Piano lessons.
Teaches: Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone

Allen Zirkle
Allen Zirkle has been playing guitar for the past eight years of his life. He plays electric guitar for the worship band at the Wesley Foundation in Russellville. He is also the electric guitar player for the local worship band "Caleb's Crossing". He leads worship for the youth group at Bear Creek Springs Baptist Church in Harrison, which is his hometown. He began his music career when he was 13 and studied electric guitar under Jim Smith for two years. He is currently a senior at Arkansas Tech University and is majoring in Piano and Vocal Music Education. He began playing piano four years ago and has studied intensely under Dr. Smith for the past year and a half. He studied voice under Dr. Clements for two and a half years. He has played an active role in Arkansas Tech's Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers for the past three and a half years. Allen has plans to continue his education in music after graduating from Arkansas Tech University.
Teaches: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar