Piano Kraft offers in-store lessons for both adults and children. We want to make the experience of learning a new instrument rewarding, so we have a flexible program that makes it easy. Lessons are ½ hour sessions once a week at our location with a private instructor. If you choose, you can register for more sessions for an additional fee. This allows each student to excel at his own level and speed. Call our store at 501 372-1446 for additional information or if you would like to register with one of our instructors.
Piano and Organ
Brian Hamby is a jazz and gospel pianist. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music
Composition from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he studied with American composer Dr. Marc Satterwhite who is currently at Indiana University.
While living in Austin, Texas, Brian performed on Austin's famous 6th Street and at the Elephant Room with Austin's top jazz performers. He played at Gateway Community Church in Austin until he became drawn to Black Gospel music. While playing the organ and piano at the First Baptist Church in Lockhart, Texas Brian was promoted to Music Director of the church. Since moving to Arkansas, Brian has played at the P.A.R.K.Center and is currently the organist and pianist at Scope Ministries under Pastor Elvin Jackson.
He also performs regularly with Concert Violinist Oksana and legendary Little Rock drummer, Dave Rogers and has performed at the the Arkansas State Capitol and the Clinton Library.
He has also played on organ and piano at the Royal Theater in Benton during Concert Violinist Oksana's Christmas show. Piano Kraft is proud to bring Brian Hamby's expertise and enthusiasm for music to our students.
Guitar and Banjo
Guitar and banjo instructor, Matthew Stone has been teaching music to students of all ages for over ten years. He studied jazz and fingerstyle guitar at Belmont University with Mario DeSilva, and he has studied other popular styles privately with Daniel Soto. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays the pedal steel, mandolin, bass, ukulele, and dobro and he is currently the principal banjoist for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
His versatility has allowed him to record with and produce recordings for
musical guests on National Public Radio's syndicated program "Tales From the South,"
and he has also appeared numerous times on local television accompanying various singers. Matthew currently resides in Little Rock with his cats, Pork Chop and Lil' Furry.
On any given weekend, you can find him performing a variety of music from jazz to bluegrass somewhere in Arkansas or the surrounding states with one of his many bands. Piano Kraft welcomes Matthew Stone to our family of inspiring instructors.