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Sales / Management
Frank Dosier, co-owner and President of Musician’s Workshop, Inc., is a native of Asheville. He grew up studying piano, played trumpet and French horn in high school as well as keyboard in rock bands in the 60’s. In 1967, at age 16, he was hired as the first employee of Musician’s Workshop. An upbringing exposed to musical instruments, science and engineering proved invaluable at his job. He worked in the store through college, studied Economics and Philosophy at Oxford, earning a BA with Honors in Political Science at UNC Asheville. After graduation he became buyer, then store manager and in 1977 purchased the store with his wife Becky and built a reputation for guitar setups and custom modifications. Designing and installing sound systems soon became a major component of the business. In 1987 Dosier expanded the sound design and installation division focused on clubs and churches with the addition of commercial, medical and residential systems. This division was re-named Architectural Audio Video Designs. Dosier has served as sound engineer at his church for over 20 years and supports many local charities, including the Eblen Foundation. In addition to a lifelong love of the mountains and the outdoors, he is an avid blue water sailor. He has two sons, both contributing greatly to the store’s success and growth before going on to earn advanced degrees in architecture and electrical engineering.
Professional Certifications: SynAudCon graduate, Bose Professional System Designer, Bose BIV Residential Designer, Fender Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level – Electronics Fender Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level – Acoustic & Electric Guitars CEDIA Installer Level I, Contacta Loop Systems Designer, HLAA Professional Advisor, Listen/Ampetronics Inductive Loop Designer Level I, Listen/Ampetronics Certified Integrator Level II, Denon Ci Certified Custom Integrator, Shure Wireless Systems Designer, Niles ICS Systems Designer. B.A. University of N.C. at Asheville.
Becky Dosier, co-owner of Musician’s Workshop, Inc. is a native of Asheville. She graduated from UNC Asheville with a BA degree in Psychology as well as the Women In Management program and later studied accounting while enrolled in the WCU MBA program. Upon graduation from UNCA Becky was employed as a social worker for 2 years in the Head Start program. She then joined Waechter’s Silk Shop, the 3rd generation family business, as buyer and then General Manager, and in 1977 purchased Musician’s Workshop with her husband, Frank. After the sale of her family business she became a full-time employee of Musician’s Workshop as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to finances, she is responsible for advertising, promotions and HR. Becky serves on the finance committee at church as well as that capacity in many of the other organizations in which she is active. She is the mother of two sons, who both contributed greatly to the store’s success and growth before going on to earn advanced degrees in architecture and electrical engineering.
Professional Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of N.C. at Asheville. Graduate of Women in Management, University of N.C. at Asheville. M.B.A. Program studied accounting, University of N.C. at Asheville.
Jack is an Asheville native and graduate of UNC-A. He has been with Musician’s Workshop since 1984. His years of experience on the job, playing music and running sound, has given him a broad knowledge of musical instruments and electronics. Jack has served in many capacities over the years at Musician’s Workshop including sales, guitar and electronics repairs and installation of sound systems. His current duties as General Manager include purchasing, shipping & receiving, maintaining inventory, researching new products, keeping prices competitive and overseeing the day to day operation of the store.
Professional Certifications: Fender Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level – Electronics. Fender Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level – Acoustic & Electric Guitars. B.A. University of N.C. at Asheville.
Sales Floor Manager
Shane is a native of Asheville. He has been employed at Musician’s Workshop since 1999. He currently holds the position of Sales Floor Manager. Music has always been one of Shane’s greatest passions….. “My first electric guitar was a white Ibanez RG which I purchased from Musician’s Workshop with my own money. I still have it. My first acoustic guitar, also an Ibanez, was purchased here as well and I still have it. My first guitar lessons were taken at Musician’s Workshop and some of the same teachers are still here teaching the same Hendrix, Zappa and Clapton licks like I wanted to learn.” “They say the more things change the more they stay the same. Musician’s Workshop has always been here for me, so come on down and join our family. We’ll be here for you too.”
Professional Certifications: Graduate of Taylor University. B.A. in Music, University of N.C. at Asheville.
Sales & Social Media
Brian is a native of Hendersonville. He began studying percussion in high school and performed in many orchestral groups. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Industry from Western Carolina University, School of Music and continued performing with orchestras as well as WCU’s Pride of the Mountains marching band. In addition to being an excellent drummer and percussionist, Brian enjoys writing music with his guitar and creating soundscapes with various synthesizers. He has a passion and natural talent for all things technical and spends time designing and building electronic musical products as a in his spare time. Brian’s duties at Musician’s Workshop include Sales and Social Media.
Professional Certifications: Graduate of Taylor University. B.A. in Music Industry, Western Carolina University.
Howard moved to Asheville from Macon, Ga. in 1993. He began working at Musician’s Workshop in 1994. A guitar player since elementary school, his influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Eddie Van Halen and R.E.M. but he enjoys playing many styled of music.
Howard has played guitar in many bands over the years. He played in the Asheville soul/funk band “Information Network” for six years.
Howard’s duties at Musician’s Workshop include Sales, Receiving and being a wonderful wealth of information about music, music history and bands. His hobbies include playing guitar, fishing and cooking. Howard is as good a cook as he is a guitar player!
Drew grew up in Southwestern Michigan. After studying English at the University of Notre Dame, a tour in the US Marine Corps brought him to eastern North Carolina. After leaving active duty, Drew studied piano and guitar at the prestigious Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, and ultimately relocated to Asheville in 2013 to pursue degrees in both Classical Guitar Performance and Music Technology at UNCA.
In addition to his experience as a recording and live sound engineer, Drew is currently focused on adapting Classical guitar techniques and repertoire to the electric guitar and combining them with modern approaches to explore the myriad creative applications of guitar-based music in the 21st century.
Project Manager & System Designer
John has been professionally engineering, installing and servicing Audio/Video systems since 2004. He believes that all of us have different personalities and lifestyles resulting in varying criteria for a new sound system. Over the years John has become very proficient at building systems that not only meet current (and future) requirements of each client but are above all easy to use. From time to time John can also be found working the sales floor in the store, helping customers with their technical questions in the sound room and the percussion department. John started playing drums in 1989 and has a B.A. in Music from UNC-Asheville. He focuses on the drum set, music production and recording. He has logged many hours in the studio on both sides of the mixing console and has performed hundreds of shows. He is relentless in his pursuit of the perfect drum sound both on stage and in the studio. John is also a competent guitarist and bass player.
Professional Certifications: B.A. in Music, University of N.C. at Asheville, Listen/Ampetronics Inductive Loop Designer Level I, Listen/Ampetronics Certified Loop Integrator Level II, Denon Ci Certified Custom Integrator, ProControl Certified Programmer, Niles ICS Systems Designer/Programmer, RTI Controls Programmer.
Mark first entered the music scene on the Boston circuit, playing guitar in rock bands and as a sideman for singer/songwriters. After several years of working the bars and theaters across New England and New York, he trekked out to Phoenix to earn a Certificate in stringed instrument construction and repair from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. There he took on many complex repairs and built several guitars from scratch. One of these managed to catch the eye of the legendary Maine luthier, Dana Bourgeois, which was enough to pull him back to the northeast for a few years. After cheating death in a 29-car pileup along the way, Mark landed in Portland, ME working at Bourgeois Guitars as the sole member of the fretting and neck-setting department. He also helped out with binding, milling, setups and anything else he could get his hands on- all while doing repairs on local musician’s instruments in his shop at home on nights and weekends. A veteran of over 500 fret jobs, he moved to Asheville in 2017 and is eager to keep the stringed instruments of Asheville and WNC in top playing shape.
Professional Certifications: Luthier Certificate, Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. Taylor Guitar Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level.
Certified Guitar Tech
Brian is a native of Hendersonville. He began studying percussion in high school and performed in many orchestral groups. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Industry from Western Carolina University, School of Music and continued performing with orchestras as well as WCU’s Pride of the Mountains marching band. In addition to being an excellent drummer and percussionist, Brian enjoys writing music with his guitar and creating soundscapes with various synthesizers. He has a passion and natural talent for all things technical and spends time designing and building electronic musical products as a in his spare time. Brian’s duties at Musician’s Workshop include outstanding guitar setups, pickup installations and repairs.
Professional Certifications: Taylor Guitar Authorized Service Technician: Silver Level. B.A. in Music Industry, Western Carolina University. Graduate of Taylor University.
Mike Barnes has been teaching at Musician’s Workshop since 1977 and is also a faculty member in the University of North Carolina at Asheville music department. He studied at the University of Miami and is a graduate of L.A.’s Musician’s Institute (GIT), as well as UNCA. He has toured the country extensively in a variety of musical ensembles, served as a studio musician for Geffen and Polygram Records, and spent time as a session guitarist for recording studios in L.A., Memphis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Nashville. Mike studied with such guitar legends as Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Joe Diorio. He has also shared the stage with The Black Crowes, John Scofield, Jimmy Page, The Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule, to name a few. He teaches all styles of guitar from beginner to advanced and also teaches bass guitar. Mike Barnes is also available for performance bookings in any and all musical styles. Please contact him for any of your live musical needs.
Professional Education: Graduate of Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) Los Angeles, CA. Master’s Degree Program, University of Miami. Faculty member University of N.C. at Asheville – Music Department.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Guitar, Bass, Ukelele
If you are a beginning or intermediate guitarist who has been frustrated by the task of advancing your guitar skills, Forrest Smith is here to help. Forrest has a B.A. in music from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Forrest helps understand the theories of music through the music you enjoy. Forrest graduated from UNCA in 1997 and began teaching at Asheville Music School. In 2000 he joined the teaching staff at Musician’s Workshop. Since arriving in Asheville in 1992, Forrest has been a member of many bands (Marsupial, The Jaimee Tomas Band, This Man’s Hat, Leigh Glass & The Hazards,Fifth House, After School Special, The Royal We), as well as contributing to several artists recordings. Forrest’s approach to teaching is to tailor his style to each individual student based on their goals and music style preferences.
Professional Education: B.A. in Music, University of N.C. at Asheville.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Mark Burin graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music. He has been teaching for 20 years, joined the Musician’s Workshop staff in 2002 and is a regionally gigging musician. Mark focuses on a catered lesson plan specifically tailored to each student. The material covered and the intensity of study is directly correlated to the student’s personal goals. From the beginner who just wants to pick for fun to students desiring an environment of intense musical study, Mark will accommodate you.
Professional Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Ukulele
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Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Ukulele
Peter Tarricone has been playing guitar for almost twenty years and has taught for over a decade. He has a deep passion for music and music education.
He received his Master’s degree in Jazz Guitar from the University of Tennessee, studying under Mark Boling and Greg Tardy.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Classical Guitar Performance from Appalachian State University, studying under Dr. Douglas James and Andy Page.
Peter is well versed in a variety of styles including jazz, classical, blues, rock, bluegrass, country, and funk. He teaches banjo, mandolin, ukulele and bass as well and is a dedicated and motivated teacher who enjoys helping his students reach their full potential. Peter moved to Asheville in 2014 and spent the previous year and half as a guitarist for Royal Caribbean International.
Professional Education: B.A. in Music Education, Appalachian State University. Master’s Degree in Jazz Guitar, University of Tennessee.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Drums, Percussion, Beginning Bass Guitar
Kent has been playing drums for 16 years and performing for 14 of those years. In High school he was Drum Captain in the marching band and principle percussionist in wind ensemble. While in high school Kent studied under Hank Dempsey (former touring drummer with Dizzy Gillespie). He went on to study percussion for a number or years at Appalachian State University, studying with Dr. Robert Falvo and performing in many of the ensembles where he picked up the Tabla, a classical set of drums from India. Kent furthered his study of Tabla and North Indian Hindustani under Wiley Sykes, the principle percussionist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Kent currently lives in Asheville and works as a musician in multiple bands in the Asheville area as well as teaching lessons at Musician’s Workshop. Kent is a passionate and skilled drummer, having shared the stage with many talented musicians, most notably Reese Wynans (organist for Stevie Ray Vaughn) and Joey Williams (guitar player for Ben Harper, Blind Boys of Alabama). With his 14 years of experience at his side, Kent is versatile and knowledgeable at a variety of techniques and styles necessary for a professional career in music. Kent can teach lessons from beginners to advanced players and focuses on teaching the tools to grow individually as a musician. With a realistic and practical approach, he teaches solid fundamentals alongside the finer points of being a well-rounded musician. Lessons are kept on topic but are always centered on the student having fun and experiencing the joys of percussion.
Professional Education: Studied Percussion at Appalachian State University.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Classical Violin, Traditional Fiddle
Nora is well versed in both classical violin and traditional fiddle styles. From age ten to age eighteen she studied classical violin intensively, spending the tenth and eleventh grades at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Throughout her school years she played in various orchestras, and was concert mistress of her college orchestra at George Mason University. After college, she became interested in traditional fiddle music starting with Old Time and moving into Irish and Scottish.
Nora competed at many Scottish fiddling competitions in the nineteen nineties, winning regional competitions in Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire and North Carolina. She travelled to Scotland twice, to study with Alasdair Fraser on the Isle of Skye, and with Pete Clark in Dunkeld. She co-founded the Triad Scottish Fiddlers and Friends, a music club in Winston-Salem which she led for fourteen years before moving to Asheville in August 2015.
Though Nora characterizes herself as a Scottish fiddler, her classical background can be heard in her tone and clarity. Nora has played in nine bands over the last eighteen years, including Gaelwynd with Rhiannon Giddens, and made a total of six Celtic music CD’s, three of them with Rhiannon. For more detailed information about Nora and to hear samples of her music from her CD’s, go to her website at www.noragarver.com.
Nora tailors her lessons to her students’ wants and needs. She believes that it is important to learn technique in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises. She also believes in the importance of good ear training and asks that students always bring a recording device to their lessons. The most important thing of all, as far as she is concerned, is for students to have fun learning to play the violin and fiddle!
Professional Education: George Mason University
Tuesday and Wednesday