Davis School of Music Instructors
Kara Walker Griffith
Ms. Griffith has a degree from Indiana University and has been prominent violin instructor in the area since 1988. She was the founding instructor at the Edison Park Elementary violin program, and was also a founder of Gulf Coast Music School, and currently Grace Strings, her home-based violin studio. She has been a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and Nautilus Chamber Music. She shares her passion for downtown and SBDAC and looks forward to bringing Suzuki violin lessons into the Eclectic Education programs.
W. Earl Sparrow
Mr. Sparrow is a professional music educator who hails from St. Augustine, FL. From formal piano lessons as a 4 year old to informal ear training as a church musician, he has been involved in music for 36 years. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Florida A and M University in vocal music education in 2002. He finished his Masters in Music Education (M.M.E.) from the University of Florida in 2010. Earl has been a music educator for 10 years in Lee County. He currently serves in music leadership at Mt. Olive AME Church where he accompanies all of the choirs and directs the Male Chorus and the Gospel Choir. His ability to develop the ears as well as the eyes of his students set him apart from other vocal or piano teachers. It is his desire to produce well rounded musicians who can read, hear and compose whatever they would like to play. He is happily married to his wife of 13 years Jannelle and is the proud father of three beautiful princesses Jania, Jailynn and Jielle.
Pianist Sabrina Gruber is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Music Therapy. Her principal piano teachers include Leonard Mastrogiacomo and Heidi Louise Williams. She completed her clinical music therapy internship at Hope Hospice, where she worked with children and adults with life threatening illnesses. Sabrina enjoys teaching introductory through early-advanced level pianists. Her passion for instructing piano students with special needs has led to experience with Autism, vision impairments, and down syndrome. In addition, she recently received a grant to work with VSA (Very Special Arts) to visit low-income schools and provide music classes for grades K-12 students with special needs. A current board member of the Southwest Florida Music Foundation, she is also a member of the Florida Music Teachers and National Music Teachers Associations. Sabrina enjoys collaborations with school choirs and student instrumentalists in local and regional festivals.
Julian Sundby is a musician, songwriter and producer who records frequently in Nashville, Ft. Myers and other studios across the country. He has directed and taught for the Laboratory Theater, the Village School, Cayuga Music Studio, the Vibe Recording, the Lehigh Children’s choir and privately. Julian has recorded with members of Luke Bryan’s band, Thompson Square, Shania Twain, Train, Goo Goo Dolls and other local and national artists. He studied music, Spanish and Business at Indiana University and Edison State College. He is a owner of Sunjewel Records LLC and is the director for HeroSong, a non-profit that records veterans, active military and first responders. A full-time musician, he has dedicated his life to sharing music with others.
Southwest Florida harpist Barbara Fischer has never known a home without a harp. She has earned superior ratings in competitions, even before beginning formal study. Through her collegiate studies, Barbara has had the opportunity to play under renowned composer, conductor and clinician Dr. David R. Holsinger. In addition, she frequently adds musical ambiance to events in the community such as weddings, dinners, and church services. Still, her main love is arranging music for the harp: especially gospel and pop (check out her YouTube channel here). She loves the feeling of playing an “unharpistic” piece on an electric harp, and hopes to bring the harp off of the pedestal and into the real world. Barbara has been published in a premier harp periodical, The American Harp Journal, and enjoys teaching private music lessons, as well as blogging. Barbara holds a BA in Communication and an MA in English.