BELLA NOTÉ MUSIC STUDIOS
Fostering the love of music
Who Are We?
- The Goal
At Bella Noté Music Studios, we desire to foster a love of music in our students through a positive learning environment with quality repertoire and a well-rounded musical experience. We want everyone to enjoy music. That is why we offer early childhood music for ages 0mo.- 5 years of age, and private music lessons for students with parental involvement as early as 4 years old through ages much wiser.
- The Dream
Owners Rachel Gordon and Caytlin Reese had a dream years ago to work together in making beautiful music together in the Sandpoint community. This dream became a reality in the Fall of 2015 with the opening of our first Family Music class and has been a growing passion everyday.
- The Future Sounds Good
If you would like to experience the joy of making music contact us today about joining one of our classes or studying privately with one of our teachers.
From Our Students
Rachel Gordon has taught flute in a studio setting for over 15 years. She started the Sandpoint Summer Flute Choir in the summer of 2007 and continues to direct this group in the summers. Rachel currently teaches band and music in Lake Pend Oreille School District, is Instructor of flute at North Idaho College, performs with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra as principal flute, and maintains private studios in Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. She has appeared as a clinician, adjudicator, and soloist in the Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Pullman areas and has performed with the Washington Idaho and Walla Walla Symphonies. Her teachers include Ann Yasinitsky, and Rochelle Mann.
Flute & Family Music
Caytlin Reese began teaching piano in Sandpoint, ID in 2003 and has since continued on the journey of growing in a love for teaching music. In 2007, She graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Music through North Idaho College and in 2008, pursued her Bachelor of Music with an Emphasis in Pedagogy from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Wheaton, Illinois. In 2005, She worked through musical injury by studying the Taubman Technique with Kendall Feeney, from Eastern Washington University. She continued that training with Susan Brietner-Hurm at Wheaton College in the pursuit of learning a pain free piano technique to pass on to her students. In pursuit of a well-rounded education, Caytlin also studied the Suzuki Method from Elaine Woorley, in 2009.
Piano, Violin, & Family Music
Athena Robinson is a Sandpoint-grown, graduate of Corban University! Like so many in this world, Athena was struck by the beauty of piano at a young age. It was only after her first few lessons that she knew she wanted to play and teach piano for the rest of her life. The fascination she felt as a young child flared into a passion that has only grown as she has studied piano over the years.
Athena graduating with her degree in piano in the Fall of 2018. During her time in college she has participated in national piano conferences with MTNA, accompanied at solo and ensemble festivals, taught students of different ages, and voraciously absorbed everything she can learn about her instrument!
Athena is thrilled to be back in her hometown doing what she loves best: sharing her passion for music with others by teaching piano!
Rebecca Budai began her love affair with the piano at five years old. At her very first lesson, she threw a temper tantrum and then she threw a toy at her new teacher’s son. Her parents told her that she had to try it for a year, and then if she really hated it, she could stop. Instead of quitting, however, music became a life-long passion. She continued to take group piano, private piano, and even started violin lessons. After high school, she had the opportunity to teach group music lessons to preschoolers for a year before she attended North Idaho College. She continued piano lessons at NIC with Dr. Dwayne Huff, and also participated in the Chamber Singers choir and the Chamber Orchestra. After she received her Associates in Music from NIC, Rebecca transferred to Whitworth University. She studied piano with Dr. Judith Schoepflin, and participated in master classes with Jovanni-Rey de Pedro and Scott Rednour. She was chosen to perform twice in the Music Artistry Program Honors Recital, and also won gold and silver medals participating in Musicfest Northwest. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy, she had the opportunity to teach private piano lessons and she was also able to attend the Music Teachers National Association conference in Spokane, Washington. Rebecca hopes her love of piano is infectious and it is her passion to share the gift of music with her students.
Piano & Family Music
Jacob Kenyon grew up in Hawai’i and began his musical journey with the ukulele at age 11 then guitar at 12. At age 16 he began composing and playing the piano. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in music composition in 2008. After graduating he moved back to Hawai’i where he taught music lessons, served as musical director at his church, and performed with his band at local venues. He has also taught music in the classrooms of several different schools in Hawai’i. Jacob plays and teaches both classical and contemporary music including jazz and rock.
Guitar & Ukelele
Becoming the first drummer in his family, Vincent’s passion for percussion was fostered in concert band & drum line competition from middle school to high-school. After graduating, he’s performed in multiple bands/genres (Rock, Metal, Reggae, Latin, Dance, HipHop, etc.) at private shows, weddings, venues, and up to opening for the Grammy Award winning band P.O.D in California. He has also been serving in worship for his church for 7 years now. Currently, he teaches his expertise in drums/percussion to those with the rhythmic soul to cultivate their own style of playing and musical endeavors.
Percussion & Drums
Dr. Michael L. Keepe, DMA
A deeply committed music educator, Mike enjoys making music accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. This passion has led to the creation of the North Idaho Saxophone Academy providing private lessons and workshops throughout North Idaho. Having taught saxophone for more than 30 years, his students’ achievements include top chairs in All State and Regional Concert and Jazz Bands, superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festivals, placement in European touring ensembles, principle chairs in national honor bands, 1st place concerto competition winners, and full music scholarship awards to major universities and music conservatories throughout the United States.
Saxophone & Clarinet