A Few Notes About the Instructors
Dawn Smith Salmons
The founder of Dawn’s Piano Studio, Dawn Smith Salmons has been teaching piano in Orlando since 2002. She holds a B.A. in contemporary music ministry, with an emphasis in voice and piano, from Spring Arbor University and a Master's of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2009, she was recognized with the Young Leader Award from Spring Arbor University's alumni association. Dawn has accompanied and performed with various groups including bands, jazz bands, choirs, a ska band called The Smoothies, and WellSpring (Spring Arbor University’s traveling ensemble), in which she was the primary keyboard player. She has been the worship assistant for River Run Christian Church, the worship pastor at The Harbour Church, and is currently the worship leader at Asbury Seminary. In addition, she writes music, leads worship, consults and performs for a variety of venues and events including churches, camps, retreats, and conferences. Dawn believes that piano is best taught from many different angles so she focuses on combining note-reading with theory, ear-training, and chord playing. When put together, this well-rounded type of study helps students become pianists who are able to play many different styles with great understanding. Dawn’s students are encouraged to make suggestions about song selection so that they remain focused and move forward while learning songs that they specifically enjoy. Dawn enjoys watching students progress and her goal is for all students to grow in their understanding, ability, and love of the piano! In addition to music, Dawn loves to hang out with her three children and her husband, Blair!
Wilson Diaz started his piano and music studies at the age of 13 with the Colombian composer Jaime Doneys. During his high school years he was a member of marching bands and participated in arranging music for theater productions at the National Theater House in Colombia. He has been a piano student of recognized pianists such as Sergei Sychkov and Dr. Gary Wolf, has completed piano pedagogy courses under the instruction of Dr. Gloria Cook and Randall Faber, has had the honor of performing with virtuoso Bela Fleck, and has participated in clinics, workshops and master classes with globally recognized musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Joseph Banowetz, Chick Corea, Chano Dominguez and Avishai Cohen. In 2004, he was a recipient of the outstanding musician award in the honors recital at Seminole State College. He holds an A.A. in Music (Seminole State College) and an Honors B.A. in Music with an emphasis in piano pedagogy and composition (Rollins College), a degree he earned magna cum laude. Wilson has taught with Dawn's Piano Studio since 2007.
Keegan Matthews joined Dawn’s Piano Studio in 2011 with experience in a wide variety of musical areas. He began his musical studies on euphonium but switched his focus to piano after a group piano class in high school. He holds an associate’s degree in Music Education from Seminole State College of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano Studies from the University of Central Florida. While at Seminole State, he was a mentor in music theory and piano for other students in classical and jazz music, music theory, improvisation, and piano technique and performance. He has won awards in multiple competitions and has performed with notable musicians such as Bobby Koeble, Jeff Rupert, Richard Drexler, Roosevelt Collier, Anthony Cole, Linda Cole, and Matt Lapham. Currently, Keegan performs weekly with The Orlando Jazz Orchestra, the funky-Latin quartet Con Leche, the Get 2nds, and Orlando’s up and coming band Leisure Chief. He is also a composer/arranger who has his music performed throughout Central Florida. Keegan loves teaching piano and is passionate about each student finding their own interests in their study. He has seen a positive impact in his own life as a result of his piano studies and wants to pass that on to his students.
Libby Sellers started playing the piano at a young age with her mother as her first piano teacher! An organist and pianist, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and was a student of Dr. Henry Doskey, a protégée of William Gillock and Menahem Pressler. Some of the highlights of her undergraduate years were being selected as a semi-finalist in the ECU Young Artist’s Competition and being inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. Libby spent thirty-three years teaching choral and general music at schools in North Carolina and Orlando and has been a music director at several Orlando area churches. Now she is excited to spend more time teaching students how to play her favorite instrument. Libby enjoys sharing the joy of music with her students and watching them grow as they learn about music and increase their piano playing skills. As an educator, she has learned that playing the piano has many benefits: it helps students develop good critical thinking and problem solving skills as they learn to read and analyze the music, gives students a sense of accomplishment as they meet their weekly practice goals, and creates a sense of confidence in students as they see themselves improve and move on to new and more difficult pieces. In addition to her teaching, Libby is on staff at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church and also plays for theater productions. A sought-out musician, you will be captured by her talent, excitement, and enthusiasm!
Fletcher Wilson’s lifelong love of music began when he started playing drums at the age of six. He continued growing musically throughout his younger years as he played both drums and keyboards at church. At the age of fifteen, he began his study of classical piano at Northwest Florida State College, where he performed in several recitals and competitions and earned his A.A. degree. In 2017, Fletcher graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College with a music major and an international business minor. Although his concentration was in piano and composition, he spent multiple semesters studying orchestration, MIDI sequencing, recording, conducting, piano pedagogy, organ and jazz. His achievements include completing honors in the major field, being named Outstanding Senior Scholar in the Expressive Arts Division, and winning many other awards and scholarships. He also participated in master classes led by artists Anne-Marie McDermott, Trio Solisti, and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Fletcher has been named winner or finalist in many competitions, such as the Wednesday Music Club Piano Competition and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, where he played Ravel’s Concerto in G, which he subsequently performed with the Rollins orchestra. He has also composed many original works and has performed, conducted, and arranged music for events at Rollins such as the presidential inauguration, Christmas Vespers, and choral, chamber and orchestra concerts. Fletcher likes to use his music for the benefit of others as well. As a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, of which he was both treasurer and president, he frequently performed at retirement homes and hospitals. He has also performed at Music for Missions benefit concerts in his hometown to help raise funds to support mission trips and an orphanage in Guatemala. Fletcher is currently the organist for Ascension Lutheran Church, a pianist for improv shows at SAK Comedy Lab, and a performer for weddings, parties, and other special events. As a piano instructor, he hopes to bring a love of learning and a balanced musical education to the lives of students, inspiring them to become passionate for music in a new way.