Our Flute, Clarinet, & Saxophone Educators Idaho Music Academy

Drew Flory, Graduate Assistant for music, studio portrait, photo by Priscilla Grove

Drew Flory

Drew Flory is a clarinetist and music educator in the Treasure Valley. He has a Master of Music in Music Performance from Boise State University and a Bachelors of Music in Education and Performance from the University of Central Arkansas. His primary teachers include Leslie Moreau, Kelly Johnson, and Kaci Stirling. Mr. Flory has also performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned clarinetists, including Charles Neidich, Eric Mandat, and James Campbell.

Mr. Flory currently teaches 5th and 6th grade band at various schools in the Boise School District as well as assisting with marching band and pep band at Timberline High School.  He is a member of the Treasure Valley Concert Band, is principal clarinetist in the Hymns of Thanksgiving Orchestra, and frequently plays in pit orchestras for musicals, including those produced by Boise Music Week, Music Theater Idaho, and the Idaho Shakespeare Theater.

While at Boise State, he served as a teaching assistant in the clarinet studio and in music theory classes.  In addition to playing in the Boise State Symphonic Winds and Boise State Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Flory has performed with the Serenate Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, and the Magic Valley Symphony.

Mr. Flory has been teaching clarinet lessons since 2011, and has had many students successfully audition into honor bands. His teaching philosophy centers around good fundamentals on the clarinet and cultivating mature musicianship. Students of any age or skill level are welcomed, and each student will have a completely individualized course of study.

Taggert Lewis

Taggert Lewis has 10 years of private teaching experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boise State University in Music Education. He has taught music for 6 years in public schools. He also has his level I and level II Orff certifications. He has done clinics with marching bands, beginning bands, orchestra and even had the opportunity to coach a SiNEM orchestra in Acosta, Costa Rica. He loves teaching clarinet and strives to expose the unique voice of each of his students and work along side them to accomplish their goals. It is important to consider all of the factors that go into playing and performing and he delights in showing students how breaking past mental barriers can be the fastest and most enjoyable way to success. He teaches in Meridian and Boise, but will be traveling across the state, so please contact him if you are outside of the Boise area. His mission is to build a community of motivated and passionate clarinetists In Idaho.

Melanie Keller

Flute Instructor Melanie Keller holds an M.M. in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.M. in Flute Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.  She is currently serving as Principal Flutist & Personnel Manager of Symphony Napa Valley and the Vallejo Symphony and has recently performed with the Boise Philharmonic.  She has also enjoyed a busy freelance career throughout Northern CA performing with the Berkeley Symphony, Marin Symphony and Santa Cruz Symphony, among others.  She was a founding member of The Avenue Winds (an active woodwind quintet with a special interest in performing works by Bay Area composers) and is excited to be a member of the newly formed (Boise-based) Tree City Chamber Players.

Mrs. Keller has been teaching privately for the past 23 years and places a strong emphasis on instructing her students on proper breathing, creating a warm, round sound, accurate rhythmic technique, music theory, ensemble playing & note reading/sight-reading skills.  Current and former students have been accepted into the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, All-State Bands, honor bands and have received high marks in regional and state Solo & Ensemble Festivals.  Former students have also gone on to major or minor in music in college.  Mrs. Keller also enjoys teaching at the College of Idaho.

Students will be encouraged to participate in a yearly recital complete with piano accompaniment.


“I learned so much about tone, rhythm, and playing with feeling. Melanie helped me become a much better musician!” -Allie

“My son started flute lessons with Melanie a few years ago. She inspired him in a way that we still see today. He loves playing. He’s confident and has made great progress. I highly recommend Melanie.”  –Sherri

“Melanie is a fantastic teacher. I came to her with many years of music experience. She kept me challenged and really helped develop as a flute player.”  –Katy

“My daughter took lessons from Melanie for at least 3 – 4 years. Melanie herself is a wonderful flautist and often played with my daughter. Melanie had high standards for playing – delivered with warmth, praise and correction. My daughter played from age 7 to 17 and was accepted into the training program at the San Francisco Academy of Music for her high school flute training. Melanie was a key part of that process. Thank you Melanie!”  – Susan

For more information about Melanie, please visit her website at www.mkellerflute.com. To contact her for lessons please email mkellerflute@gmail.com or call 650-270-6388.

Emily Foster

Emily Foster is saxophonist at Boise State University. She is currently pursuing a BA in Music Education. Her primary teacher is Rodney Zuroeveste. She specializes on the tenor saxophone but has experience on soprano, alto, and baritone.
Emily has been involved in Symphonic Winds for the last three years at Boise State, playing both tenor and baritone. She has also been involved with the Blue Thunder Marching Band for her entire college career and was the tenor saxophone music section leader 2 years in a row. She most recently performed with a quartet in a faculty recital at BSU.
Emily has a passion for teaching and sharing her love of music. She loves working with a wide range of ages and abilities. Being able to find new ways to teach a concept is really inspiring for her.