The Bryan College Community Music School is a consortium of qualified teachers in the Rhea County, TN, area. BCCMS teachers have earned a degree in music or have achieved a mastery of their instrument through years of study. While other genres of music are explored, members of our faculty teach primarily from a classical perspective. Since its founding in 1985, BCCMS has served as a practicum for rising teachers who are studying music at Bryan College. Student teachers are approved by Dr. Olivia Ellis.
Saturday, November 18, 10-11:30am
Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30am
Life Care Center of Dayton
Community Music Festival
Friday & Saturday, April 27-28
Fall: Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Spring: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Saturday, January 20, 10am-12pm
Ms. Mary Brown
Dr. Olivia Ellis
|Mrs. Linda Barger||Piano||423.775.0758|
|Mr. Roy Barger||Classical Guitar||423.775.0758|
|Mrs. Jane Barnett||Piano||423.618.3750|
|Mr. Randy Bright||Voice||865.809.0737|
|Ms. Emily Garmon, student||Piano||704.881.4640|
|Mrs. Allison Hall||Piano||423.413.9232|
|Ms. Olivia Hancock, student||Piano||423.612.0659|
Mrs. Anna Hawkins
Not currently accepting new students
|Mrs. Rachel Jones||Piano||423.779.8240|
|Ms. Katelyn Novak, student||Piano||859.481.2692|
|Mr. Cody Raymes, student||Saxophone||910.988.8116|
|Ms. Rebekah Runner, student||Voice||765.543.3899|
|Mr. Jamie Smith||Percussion||423.661.5566|
|Ms. Allyson Underwood||Flute||423.605.2134|
|Ms. Kristen Underwood||Violin||423.326.7477|
Mrs. Linda Barger
Mrs. Linda Barger has been teaching piano students for thirty years. She studied piano and organ with Dr. J. James Greasby, receiving her Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1989. Linda is staff accompanist for the Bryan College Music Department. She lives with her husband, Roy, and their children.
Mrs. Jane Barnett
Mrs. Barnett has taught piano for over 30 years. While in high school, she was the chosen accompanist for the tri-cities chorus festival in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and she attended the Iowa Governor’s School for the Arts at Drake University. She has accompanied choirs and played for churches nearly her whole life. She was Director of BCCMS from 2004-2009. Mrs. Barnett teaches piano at all levels. Her students consistently place at area competitions. She is married and has three adult children and ten grandchildren.
Mr. Randy Bright
Randy Bright holds a B.S. in Vocal Music Education from Bryan College and a Masters of Music: Performance with a concentration in Choral Conducting from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He formerly directed the Bryan College Community Youth Choir and was the Graduate Conductor of the UTC Chamber Singers. While at Bryan College, Randy played leading roles in several Opera Theater productions, including in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Currently, Randy is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Dayton, TN.
Ms. Mary Brown
Mary Brown graduated from Bryan College where she majored in harp performance and completed additional courses in piano pedagogy. She has received formal instruction in harp and piano since the age of five. She performs in weddings, church services, other events, and with various ensembles and orchestras. She enjoys instilling a love of music into the lives of her students.
Dr. Olivia Ellis
Dr. Olivia Ellis is Assistant Professor of Music at Bryan College where she teaches piano, music theory, pedagogy, and other piano-area courses. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Carson-Newman University. Before coming to Bryan in fall of 2014, she taught piano and theory at Randall University. Dr. Ellis serves as the faculty liaison for the community music school and directs the Bryan Piano Ensemble. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA and serves as treasurer for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association.
Ms. Emily Garmon
Ms. Emily Garmon is pursuing a degree in piano pedagogy from Bryan College and has been playing piano for fourteen years. She has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals, has held a position as an accompanist for a church, and is the accompanist for the Bryan College Chamber Singers, voice students, and instrumentalists. She currently teaches piano students ages 6 to 14.
Mrs. Allison Hall
Mrs. Allison Hall has been teaching private piano lessons for over twelve years. She graduated from Bryan College with a piano pedagogy degree in 2008 and has taught piano since high school. Allison loves teaching a variety of ages and levels, and her students have ranged from kindergarten through adult age. Allison and her husband Josh have three little blessings - Elliott, Gemma and Oliver.
Ms. Olivia Hancock
Mrs. Anna Hawkins
Anna Hawkins graduated from Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and Church Music in 2002. She has taught music in both school and church settings since and currently teaches K-12 music at Rhea County Academy. She is married to Chris, and they have three rambunctious children.
Mrs. Rachel Jones
Mrs. Rachel Jones has taught piano lessons for seven years and studied piano under several teachers for 15 years. She teaches private piano lessons for beginning, elementary, and intermediate students of all ages using a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods. Rachel is a member of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. She graduated from Bryan College with a B.A. in English Literature in 2010. She lives with her husband, Keith, and their two children.
Ms. Katelyn Novak
Mr. Cody Raymes
Cody Raymes is an Honors Institute student at Bryan College where he is pursuing a degree in saxophone performance. At Bryan, he is an active member of the college’s wind ensemble and chorale and has performed in the pit orchestras of various operas and musicals. Cody has also won solo and concerto competitions at Bryan and has performed solos for Bryan’s musical showcases. Cody is the current president of Bryan’s MTNA collegiate chapter.
Ms. Rebekah Runner
Ms. Allyson Underwood
Ms. Kristen Underwood
Ms. Kristen Underwood is a May 2012 graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Music Administration. She began playing the violin at age seven and has participated in the music ministries of several churches, the Chattanooga Symphony, and Opera Youth Orchestras, as well as many of Bryan’s musicals and showcases. She has also performed with the Benedict Trio, a bluegrass/jazz group, and Cannon Creek Bluegrass Band.