Fall 2022-Spring 2023
MEET EMILY BRANDON
Owner, Piano & Voice Instructor
Mrs. Brandon is well known in the community as a public school music teacher of 18 years and a private studio teacher. Her music studio provides group lessons and private lessons to interested students and their parents.
Mrs. Brandon has a Master of Science in Music from the University of Southern Mississippi, focusing on music education. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Mississippi University for Women with a major in music education and a concentration in teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade. She is also the Education Coordinator for Opera Mississippi Education and Outreach Program.
Mrs. Brandon is a dedicated, results-oriented, passionate education professional with more than 18 years of progressive music education experience in teaching, leading, and promoting student and faculty growth and achievement. She has leadership experience serving students across multiple schools, with expertise in development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of challenging and inspiring students in music education. Her experience includes being an online instructional specialist, director of arts integration, choral and choir director. So due to Mrs. Brandon’s experience, education, and individualized lesson approach to teaching makes Mrs. B on the Keys the best option for adults and children to discover what they can achieve.
Piano & Vocal Instructor
Piano & Vocal Instructor
MRS. B ON THE KEYS
Piano, Vocal, & Woodwind Instructors offering personalized lessons and instruction to students in the Jackson, MS Metro area.
Alicia Bell is a native of Cape Town, South Africa, with a passion for people and culture, Alicia uses her unique and diverse background to encourage students to learn about the human experience and connect with other cultures through the universal language of music. Alicia now teaches Choral Music Education at Ridgeland High School with Superior Festival Ratings and sight-reading at the highest level of State Standards. She is the Children’s Opera and Summer Program Musical Director for Opera Mississippi. She was honored in 2020 by being named the Mississippi Music Educators Association’s Young Music Educator of the Year.
Lynise Little is an alumnus of Jackson State University from which she received both her Bachelor and Master degree in Music Education. Most of her teaching she has served as band director in both the Jackson Public School District and Hinds County School District. She is currently teaching elementary music with Rankin County School District and entering her 14th year as a music educator.
Ty James joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in August 2022 as the federal program officer (FPO) for the State of Mississippi. In this role, Ty coordinates partnerships and outreach with the state and local governments community groups, and other entities with a vested interest on NTIA's high-speed internet grant programs and policy issues. Ty works directly with Mississippi's broadband office and the state-level county and municipal associations to ensure comprehensive engagement from all stakeholders in the state on the State's high-speed internet planning and funding process.
Prior to joining NTIA, Ty served as the Legal and Policy Advisor for the Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Before that, he spent two years as Senior Legislative Assistant and Press Secretary for Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. Ty was responsible for developing policies, tracking legislation, and advocating for local governments on education, healthcare, labor, technology, and telecommunications infrastructure issues as well as serving as the spokesperson for the congressman.
Ty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in piano from Mississippi State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Mississippi College School of Law.
Megan Rowan is a collaborative pianist and music director in the Jackson area. She holds an undergraduate degree in piano performance from Belhaven University and a master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has experience working in a broad range of vocal and instrumental collaborative fields, including opera, wind ensemble, concert choir, show choir, and musical theatre productions. She lives in Jackson, MS with her art professor husband and their daughter. This summer, she traveled to Europe to participate in the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany.
Vershaune Stamps is a native of Jackson, MS. In 2018, she graduated from Tougaloo College with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance. Although most of her training consists of classical music, acting and musical theater has always been a passion of hers. Her theater experience includes playing Big Mama in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof and Alberta/ Catherine in Colored People’s Time, both being performed with Tougaloo College’s Performance ensemble, Encore, under the direction of Kimberly Morgan- Myles. Vershaune has been involved with Mississippi’s only professional theater, New Stage Theater. She has performed in shows such as Sister Act: The Musical(2018). In 2021, the broadway review Rising Toward a New Day (2021) and the telling of the life story of a true Mississippi legend, Bobby Rush, Slipping through the Cracks (2022).