About The Education Department

There’s no question: Music transcends language, form, culture and function. Music is entertainment, medicine, knowledge, art, math, science, history, literature, and it’s for everyone. At LMC, we want to help foster your relationship to music in whatever way you connect with it most, which is why we offer lessons and rental options for beginners, professionals, children and adults. LMC offers:

  • Instruction for almost any instrument
  • Central location and competitive rates
  • Lesson times to fit busy schedules
  • We keep in touch with area school music teachers to help ensure students remain on track
  • Programs beyond lessons such as our popular School of Rock, and our monthly Student Showcase.
  • Special rates and programs for home schooled students and seniors
  • Link: Education Department Policies

Please use our contact form if you have any questions.

Meet the instructors:

Eric Hollandsworth—cello, contrabass (upright bass), electric bass Eric began performing professionally as a fiddle player at age 13 with the Roanoke area favorite, Carl Basham and the Hymns of Zion Singers. High School and College performance credits include 6 years participant in Junior High/High School Regional Orchestra as a cellist and was a member of the All State Orchestra in 1986. While attending Roanoke College for undergraduate studies in Music, Eric was a member of the Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble on bass, and the Roanoke College Piano Trio on cello. Currently, Eric is the principal bassist for the James Chamber Players, a member of both the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Sway Katz Swing Band, the Tommy Cox Band, and Season3.

Daniel Kepel-Young—violin, viola Daniel Kepel-Young studied Violin and Viola in London with Brenda Stewart of the Bingham String Quartet, and for his Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Music at university in Cambridge, England. While at university Daniel toured Europe and the United States with Anglia Ruskin University Chamber Orchestra and Choir. Before moving to the States, Daniel performed at the BarbicanMusicCenter, the Royal Festival Hall and regularly at CambridgeUniversity’s West Road Recital Hall. Currently Daniel is performing as part of the Duo Murph and Slick, and is a member of both the Lynchburg Symphony and the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra.

Frank Coffey—flute, sax, clarinet Frank Coffey received a Bachelor of Music degree from Richmond Professional Institute and a Master of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Frank served four years in the United States Navy as Flute Instructor at the U. S. Navy School of Music at Little Creek, Virginia. While serving there, he performed with the Faculty Concert Band and Woodwind Quintet. Frank retired from the Appomattox County Public School system after directing the instrumental band programs in grades 5-12 for 30 years.

Laura York—piano, voice Laura York received her Bachelor of Music Education from Longwood University and has completed Graduate Studies in Special Education at Lynchburg College and Education at Hampton University. From 1993- 2001 Laura was a music educator for Amherst County Public Schools, providing general music education for grades 6 & 7 as well as serving as Director of the Middle School Choir Program. Prior to her time at Amherst County Schools, Laura was the Music Instructor for the Central Virginia Training Center, providing musical opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Bill Gray—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass Bill Gray has been a fixture in the music scene in Lynchburg for the last 25 years and has been teaching for over 24 years. Bill spent 12 years honing his craft, playing lead guitar in a variety of working bands playing Country, Rock, Blues, and R&B, including Westbound, Eazy Street, Showdown, Dusk to Dawn and Silverado. Bill’s teaching career began with his work with the Roberts Piano Company, where he was on the education staff for 19 years. He has been associated with Lynchburg Music Center for the last 5 years teaching electric guitar, acoustic guitar and electric bass.

Tommy Cox—electric guitar, acoustic guitar Tommy’s list of influences range from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Warren Haynes, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Satriani. And you can hear each of these in Tommy’s eclectic sound. Tommy’s past performance experiences include professional work in and around Nashville, North Carolina, Virginia and all up and down the east coast. Tommy currently performs with Glass Onion (Beatles Tribute), Season3, The Tommy Cox Band, and as a solo delta blues artist.

Larry Scott—drums, percussion Larry Scott began playing professionally with the band The Dyna-Tones, performing in clubs and colleges in Lynchburg, Farmville, Bedford, Greensboro, NC and several venues in PA. It was during this time that the Dyna-Tones opened for Kool and the Gang, and served as back-up band for comedian Wild Man Steve. Larry studied at the VCU Community Music School in 1974 and from 1976-1980 traveled throughout the United States with various bands. From 1981-83 Larry traveled with the Vikki Austin Show performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, as well as Puerto Rican and Aruba casinos.