Our Teachers

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 David W. Goins

David W. Goins

Trumpet/French Horn

Ellen Burt

Ellen Burt

Flute

Dennis McElroy

Clarinet

Quinn Blandford

Quinn Blandford

Percussion

Roy Nance

Roy Nance

Piano

Contact Us

Mailing and Physical Address:

Wesley Academy of Music
211 Washington Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 227 – 7430

Email: wesleyacademyofmusic@gmail.com

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

The Wesley Academy of Music, LLC admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

David W. Goins

David is the Director of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church and is the founder of the Wesley Academy of Music. A lifelong resident of Frankfort, David has performed professionally all over the continental United States and in Europe and Asia. David has played with Saxton’s Cornet Band for over 25 years and has performed with professional  groups including the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, and the Temptations. As a music educator, David taught band at Franklin County and Scott County High Schools in Central Kentucky and served as the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Asbury University. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Lexington Brass Band, a group which he served as Principal Cornet for several years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music, both from the University of Kentucky.

Dennis McElroy

Dennis McElroy is an active performer and teacher in the central Kentucky area. He received his Master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Ohio State University, where he studied with world-renown clarinetist and mouthpiece maker, James Pyne. He is currently finishing his Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. Mr. McElroy is an active performer, playing in the Air City woodwind quintet, and the clarinet quartet, UpTop!, which has won numerous chamber music competitions. He is a regular substitute performer with the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Danville Symphony (Illinois). He is an active teacher in the area working with over 40 high school and middle school students annually, as well as teaching master classes at schools and universities across the US. Mr. McElroy also holds a bachelor’s in music from Tennessee Tech University.

Ellen Burt

Ellen Burt grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, graduating from Franklin County High School in 1978. After high school, she attended the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Applied Flute in 1982. She then attended graduate school at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. After returning to Kentucky in 1986, Ms. Burt shifted away from music and became a probation and parole officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a position she held for 20 years before retiring in 2007. She joined the Capital City Community Band in 2004. Ms. Burt currently teaches flute lessons in Frankfort and does part-time medical transcription from her home in Louisville.

Roy Nance

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Western Kentucky University; Master’s Degree in Sacred Music, Southern Methodist University

Quinn Blandford

Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance, University of Louisville; Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, William Patterson University (NJ)

Our Teachers

(tap on image or text for a Teacher bio)

David W. Goins

David W. Goins

Trumpet/French Horn

David W. Goins

David is the Director of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church and is the founder of the Wesley Academy of Music. A lifelong resident of Frankfort, David has performed professionally all over the continental United States and in Europe and Asia. David has played with Saxton’s Cornet Band for over 25 years and has performed with professional  groups including the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, and the Temptations. As a music educator, David taught band at Franklin County and Scott County High Schools in Central Kentucky and served as the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Asbury University. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Lexington Brass Band, a group which he served as Principal Cornet for several years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music, both from the University of Kentucky.

Dennis McElroy

Clarinet

Dennis McElroy

Dennis McElroy is an active performer and teacher in the central Kentucky area. He received his Master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Ohio State University, where he studied with world-renown clarinetist and mouthpiece maker, James Pyne. He is currently finishing his Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. Mr. McElroy is an active performer, playing in the Air City woodwind quintet, and the clarinet quartet, UpTop!, which has won numerous chamber music competitions. He is a regular substitute performer with the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Danville Symphony (Illinois). He is an active teacher in the area working with over 40 high school and middle school students annually, as well as teaching master classes at schools and universities across the US. Mr. McElroy also holds a bachelor’s in music from Tennessee Tech University.

Ellen Burt

Ellen Burt

Flute

Ellen Burt

Ellen Burt grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky, graduating from Franklin County High School in 1978. After high school, she attended the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Applied Flute in 1982. She then attended graduate school at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. After returning to Kentucky in 1986, Ms. Burt shifted away from music and became a probation and parole officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a position she held for 20 years before retiring in 2007. She joined the Capital City Community Band in 2004. Ms. Burt currently teaches flute lessons in Frankfort and does part-time medical transcription from her home in Louisville.

Roy Nance

Roy Nance

Piano

Roy Nance

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Western Kentucky University; Master’s Degree in Sacred Music, Southern Methodist University

Quinn Blandford

Quinn Blandford

Percussion

Quinn Blandford

Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance, University of Louisville; Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, William Patterson University (NJ)

Greetings!  I hope that this letter finds you happy and healthy and away from the fears and tribulations that come with the COVID virus.

I want to update you on several items of “note” concerning the Wesley Academy of Music and how the COVID pandemic has affected us and continues to affect its operations.  I also want to give you information about the future and how excited we are for the coming months.

It goes without saying that when the pandemic hit, we shut down our operations as part of our desire to keep our teachers and our students safe.  We also decided, after several months of isolation, to NOT pursue virtual instruction during the 2020-2021 school year.  Although the public school systems were attempting to operate as much as possible given the situation, we did not feel that virtual private music instruction would be effective learning.  Given the limited funds we have, we also did not feel that it was the best use of funds that donors had entrusted us with.

Our goal was to resume lessons once it was safe and it appeared that this fall would be the time to start.  However, the Delta variant had other plans for us and we have had to wait due to the rules and regulations of our host organization, First United Methodist Church.  Since they govern our use of the facilities which we use, we must follow their lead on the safety of those using the facilities.  While it appears that the facilities will be available soon, it seems to be best for us from a curricular and momentum standpoint to wait until January 2022 to begin teaching private lessons again.   It goes without saying that this all depends on the current health situation in our community and we still may have to postpone instruction but we are hoping for more vaccines and lower infection numbers before resuming. 

This decision also allows us to properly advertise the program to students in the school (we have not been allowed in the school buildings due to COVID) and gives us time to sign up possible students and assign teachers.  This process takes several weeks in a normal year.

All of the funds donated to the Academy are being safely stored in escrow at First United Methodist Church.  As of right now, we have $10,291.81 in that account which will easily get us through a semester of teaching.  We will continue to raise funds and continue to spread the message of this great mission in coming days and weeks.  Until then, we will guard our funds to make the most of these dollars.

As part of our masterplan, we have also applied for 501(c)3 non-profit charity status with the Internal Revenue Service which will allow us to apply for grant funding and to grow to meet the needs of more children.  Unfortunately, we have not received notification that this has been approved due to a serious back-log at the IRS due to COVID.  We hope that can be approved in the coming months as well.

I hope this helps give you an understanding of where we have been, where we are currently, and where we want to go.  We want to act responsibly toward those we teach and those we employ as teachers by keeping them safe and we also want to responsibly guard our resources which have been so generously given.

We will continue to update you on the status of our operations and hope that we can start back very soon.  Thank you for investing yourself in this cause and for looking after the children in our community.

Respectfully,

David W. Goins

Founder/Director

Wesley Academy of Music