Flint Hills Academy of Music's Private Music Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Chelsea Coon

Chelsea Coon – Owner, Private/Group Music & Certified Kindermusik Instructor

Music has always been in Chelsea's life and started when she was a baby while listening to her mother play piano and sing lullabies. Her love of music took off once she was enrolled in piano lessons at age five and voice lessons in high school. She loved performing at local and state competitions and providing accompaniment for her choir group and friends. Once she went to college at Kansas State University, she decided to continue her love of music by playing for local churches in praise and worship bands.

Once she graduated from KSU, Chelsea began her music journey as the Praise and Worship Coordinator for Immanuel Faith Community Church in Belvue, KS. She loved singing and providing music for her church community. After a few years, she decided to move with her family and currently plays in the Praise and Worship Band at Crosspoint Community Church in Wamego, KS. It was at this church when she met an amazing mentor and musical friend, Heather Miller (former owner of Studio Ambit), and started teaching private piano and voice lessons at Studio Ambit.

Studio Ambit, now known as Flint Hills Academy of Music, was founded in 2017 and offers a bright future for children and families through Kindermusik classes and piano and voice instruction.

Chelsea and her husband Chris have been married since 2007 and have a son and daughter who love to have karaoke contests at home. Chelsea and her family also enjoy weekends at the lake, watching movies and riding ATVs in the beautiful Flint Hills.

Paola Ramirez

Paola Ramirez – Voice, Flute & Piano Instructor

Paola Ramirez is a senior at Kansas State University studying Music Education with a vocal emphasis. At K-State she takes voice lessons from Dr. Bryan Pinkall, is an active member of Concert Choir (6 semesters) and Latin Jazz Ensemble (5 semesters). She has also been a previous member of the KSU Marching Band (1 semester) and the Acapella group In-A-Chord (2 semesters). Several accomplishments include placing 2nd in the Classical Category and 3rd in Musical Theatre at Kansas City NATS competition (2018). She has also placed in Semi Finals at Regional NATS for both Classical (2017, 2019) and Musical Theatre (2018, 2019). Outside of music, Paola likes to play with dogs and spend time at the Konza. She will be student teaching in Spring 2021 and is looking forward to gaining more experience through Flint Hills Academy of Music. Paola will be teaching private voice, flute, and beginner piano lessons in the fall of 2020.

Christy Seele

Christy Seele – Piano Instructor

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old and finally stopped taking them when I graduated from college. I was fortunate enough to have a nationally recognized piano teacher throughout high school which gave me the opportunity to participate in the National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Solo Festival and the Multiple Piano Concert in Kansas City for several years. I have years of experience accompanying vocalists of all ages and skill levels. I was a pianist/vocalist for the praise and worship band at my church in Kansas City for five years before I met the love of my life and transplanted to the Wamego area. I have been the Worship Coordinator at Immanuel Faith Community Church, Wells Creek for a number of years. I am also one of the pianists and vocalists for the church.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Church Music with an emphasis in voice and piano from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. I have been teaching at the studio for two years now and have really enjoyed getting to know the families at the studio!

Blaine Hupe

Blaine Hupe – Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Instructor

Blaine Hupe is a 2019 Wamego High School graduate and teaches Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele. He has been playing guitar for 7 years and teaching for 2 years. He has been involved in music all his life. In the high school marching band, he was the Drum Major, and was also a member of the Pep Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Blaine was the selected Guitarist for NCKMEA Jazz Band his sophomore through senior year. Blaine enjoys performing in independently organized bands and groups. In the fall, Blaine will be attending Kansas State University.

Charlie Gann

Charlie Gann – Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Instructor

Charlie has played at various events and has several years of experience playing the banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He looks forward to providing professional private lessons for people of all ages and sharing his love of music with the community.
Patrick Gambill

Patrick Gambill – Guitar Instructor

Patrick has been playing guitar for ten years. He has taken lessons from Jay Eudaly and Dr. Wayne Goins. He played guitar in the Kansas State jazz big bands, and the jazz combos. He also has played in a guitar duos with Colton Jones and Ethan Levin. In addition to this, he has played bass in a few local bands including "Imajjjin" and "The Andy Bell Trio". He feels comfortable teaching guitar and bass for rock, jazz, blues, and metal.

Outside of music, Patrick has a physics degree and has been involved with research at Kansas State University. His previous research involves building a near IR ECLD to detect methane. Patrick will be available to teach guitar on Monday and Tuesday at the Wamego location and Wednesday at the Council Grove location.

Brooke Prockish

Brooke Prockish – Percussion Instructor

Brooke will be a senior at WHS in the fall of 2020 and began playing percussion in the fifth grade. She is the head section leader of the Wamego Drumline, plays snare in the marching band, participates in concert band, jazz band, pep band along with regional/state solos and ensembles! She is also a member of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past two years. She will be teaching drumset, mallets, snare, and auxiliary percussion.
Trevor Lindley

Trevor Lindley – Percussion, Guitar, Sound Design & Songwriting Instructor

Trevor Lindley is a Wamego native who has been drumming professionally since 2007. In 2018, he graduated with a degree in Music Performance and Production from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. Trevor is a seasoned professional who has worked in various styles including rock, jazz, country, and musical theatre. Within the music industry he has collaborated with various artists to release multiple tracks. Other interests include photography, films, editing, and video production. Trevor will be teaching percussion, drum set, rock band workshops, sound design, songwriting and more! 

Abigail Triemer

Abigail Triemer – Voice Instructor

Abigail Triemer is a coloratura soprano and harpist based in Emporia, Kansas. Abigail is excited to embody the Queen of the Night in Emporia State University’s upcoming production of The Magic Flute, as well as, to perform Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Barber with the Emporia Symphony Orchestra. Abigail has performed in scenes and stage-managed the Opera Workshop in the Flint Hills for four years and previously covered Gilda (Rigoletto) and Mimi (La Boheme) at Wichita Grand Opera as a Young Artist. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado Boulder where she performed Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance). Abigail graduated from Wichita State University with double Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal and Harp Performance. During undergraduate studies, Abigail performed the roles of Serafina (Il Campanello/Donizetti), Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmelites), and Corinna (Il Viaggio/Rossini). Abigail thoroughly enjoys her work as choir director at Emporia First United Methodist Church, principal harpist for the Emporia Symphony Orchestra, in her family’s flower shop, and singing with the Emporia Chorale.

Abigail is available for voice lessons now and will teach online on Tuesdays from 4pm-7pm. She may also be teaching in person at our Council Grove location soon.