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Daniel Taylor

Daniel is a music teacher and musician who uses his love of music to inspire others. He graduated from Lee University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications. Over the past ten years he has helped over 200 students reach their musical goals. Daniel is Music Director at Northstar School where he teaches drums and percussion.

In 2017 Daniel toured with Casey Donahew, and has shared the stage with Jason Aldean, Red Sun Rising, Trapt, Josh Abbott, Wade Bowen, and Tanya Tucker. 

Daniel is music director at Northstar and oversees their music lesson program.

Boaz Curry El

Boaz is our newest teacher to join Northstar Music. He has a Bachelors in Individualized studies, a Post Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, and has 17 years of educational experience as well as performance. Before moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Boaz was a band director and K-12 music teacher.

Boaz can teach instruments from every instrumental group ranging from woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion, and strings, to basic music theory, ear training, and sight reading. All of our new students have loved taking lessons with Bo and so will you!

Boaz teaches several different instruments, but his passion is the saxophone.

Daphne Stidham

Daphne is a spontaneous, energetic, and outgoing person whose love of piano began with her grandfather, a concert violinist and musician himself. Deeply embodying his love of music, Daphne strives to inspire the same levels of achievement in young, curious, similarly interested and engaged students. 

Originally from Washington, Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a Masters from UTD. While studying to earn her masters, she also competed in classical piano and accompanied youth symphony orchestras in and around New Mexico while studying performance privately in Santa Fe. She began teaching in high school and has held concerts around the American southwest. 

Daphne seeks to awaken the inner musician in students of all ages. A committed, pragmatic and focused yet extremely personable teacher, she loves children and believes students should have an active role in their progress. Her lessons involve specific assignments and skills to focus on. Though success in music requires consistent practice and attention to detail, she values genuine engagement with a well-chosen repertoire and encourages students to choose their own pieces. She genuinely engages with students, encouraging them to discover the joy in every piece and frequently even singing along! As a teacher, Daphne is engaging, enthusiastic, and patient. She seeks, above all, to teach her students to produce their own rich, unique sound through smooth, long, and expressive phrasing.

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Ana Caballero Umana

Ana is currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Arlington as a vocal performance major. She has been studying voice for 12 years, she’s had opportunities to sing with The Mesquite Children’s Chorus, The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and The UTA A Cappella Choir. Ana has received several awards, such as, Outstanding Soloist at All-State Solo and Ensemble, The Choral Conducting Scholarship For the University of Texas at Arlington, and The Arlington Master Chorale Community Endowed Scholarship award.

Tim Phelan

Tim is a drummer/multi-instrumentalist with 30 years of experience playing, touring and doing session work all over the country. Having worked in studios for the last 20 years as an engineer, producer and arranger, he has a practical and unique approach to drumming. His love for music, enthusiasm and patience shine through in every lesson.

Tim loves giving lessons at Northstar. His two main instruments that he teaches are the guitar and drum set.
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