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Lessons at Music Lab


Music Lab offers private instruction on a variety of instruments. Lessons at Music Lab are available for all ages.

If you or your child are interested in setting up a lesson schedule at Music Lab with one of our instructors please email jharman[at]jeffcenter[dot]org or call 540.685.2309. We are happy to meet and discuss what works best for you and/or your child.

Meet our instructors:


JAMIEL ALLEN was born in Key West, Fla., and spent part of his childhood in 
Ecuador. He comes from a family of musicians and artists who encouraged his love of the 
arts. Jamiel began playing guitar and trumpet at the age of 10-11. While he excelled at 
trumpet in school, he discovered his love for the piano on his own. After teaching himself 
to play for a year, he began taking lessons from world-class pianist and teacher Franko 
Richmond. Jamiel has lived in Floyd, Va. since 2006, and is an active 
recording/performing/touring artist and musician for hire. Jamiel has been a founding 
member of several bands, performed on more than 20 CDs, and toured nationally and 
internationally. He is also a songwriter and a singer, excelling at harmonies and vocal 
OTU KOJO came to the United States with the Kusun Ensemble, an extraordinary group
of musicians and dancers based in Ghana, West Africa. With reviews proclaiming the 
Kusun Ensemble’s sound as a “revival of a vital art,” the band is now considered one of 
Ghana’s most innovative and powerful music and dance ensembles. Otu has blended the 
authentic sounds of traditional West African hand drumming with the exuberance of 
Highlife music and the complexity of African jazz, developing a unique Ghanian sound 
and bringing the tropical passion of West African music to West Virginia.
Leah Howard has been fascinated with the violin ever since she picked it up for the first time when she was ten, and played Jingle Bells. A few months later, she performed the song solo for her elementary school, and joined her first youth orchestra. Leah started formal, private Suzuki training the following year, when she moved from Oregon to California, and continued to study violin in school and privately, throughout her high school years. Some of her early musical experience includes playing in her high school orchestra, professional strolling violinist, violinist in a professional youth quartet, and playing violin in a community philharmonic orchestra. Soon after moving to Roanoke in 2002, Leah joined the Valley Chamber Orchestra as a violinist, publicist and board member for two and a half years, while she pursued her degree in Commercial Design and the Arts, at Hollins University. Leah was very active in the Music Department at Hollins, where she studied music theory, Latin American Music, and Bach, as well as taking private voice and violin lessons. She is proud to have been awarded a surprise scholarship by the head of the Music Department. Using the Suzuki Method, which emphasizes listening to music, as well as technique and theory, Leah’s students can learn the fundamental foundational tools that will make it possible to play any kind of music they enjoy. Now a Hollins University Alumna and professional Violin Instructor, Performer and Graphic Designer, Leah enjoys sharing music, which she considers to be one of the most beautiful gifts in her life, with others.
Additional information about this instructor coming soon.
Additional information about this instructor coming soon.