At Rhythm Music Studio, we choose carefully the instructors who teach our valued students

Our Rhythm Studio Instructors must come with an impeccable list of references & experience.  


Simply knowing how to perform or teach is not sufficient alone, they must have the education and experience to instruct Rhythm Students. Our instructors meet a high quality, extensive list of criteria required to be part of the Rhythm Music Team

Kathy Bhat

Voice / Piano Instructor

Kathy is new to Rhythm Studio, but not new to the community.  She teaches Choir and directs musicals and plays at Orchard Farm High School and Middle School.  She is a wonderful asset to our studio. You can expect her to incorporate proper technique, sight reading, and music theory into her fun and energetic lessons. Her photo and bio are to come!

Doug Byrkit

Guitar / Bass Guitar/ Drums / Songwriting and Production Instructor

Doug is a professional bassist, guitarist, and vocalist and also teaches percussion. Along with those impressive talents, he is an award-winning songwriter. Doug graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Music Performance then continued his education graduating in 2009 from SIUE with a Master's degree in Music Performance. He currently teaches at four Saint Louis area colleges and universities. 

Victoria Kleeman

Guitar / Voice Instructor

Victoria has taught voice and guitar lessons for about 3 years at a non-profit music academy for low income students. She has been playing guitar for about 16 years. She took lessons from about 5th grade and all through college. She doesn’t remember a time where she wasn’t singing.  Growing up in a Lutheran church, choir wasn’t an option!


I believe that lessons are an investment, an opportunity to learn from someone more experienced than yourself, and a chance to build a relationship with another musician.

Vinnie Guiffrida

Piano / Guitar / Drum Instructor

Vinnie Guiffrida is a multi-instrumental performer and instructor. Vinnie is a dedicated musician, committing the past 15 years to taking lessons and practicing and playing the piano. Multi-instrumentalist looking forward to a career in music.


Currently a student at Lindenwood University, working on a Bachelor's degree in Music Business. Vinnie is also on the Dean's List at Lindenwood University. Performing in Lindenwood University Jazz Band and Jazz Combo as the pianist. Vinnie has been teaching drums, guitar, and piano for the past 4 years.

Elizabeth Kinnear

Piano / Voice Instructor

Elizabeth is a piano instructor with extensive experience in teaching and degrees in worship ministry.  She is a new and welcome addition to Rhythm Studio. 

Jacquelyn Kliene

Flute / Clarinet / Saxophone / Oboe / Special Needs Music Instructor

Jacquelyn (Jacki), a native St. Louisan, has been a Flute Instructor, Performer, Composer and Music Educator for many years. She holds a B.A. Music and Creative Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and graduate studies in Special Education. Jacki has taught Band, led Flute Choirs, Expressive Music and Creative Arts groups and is the founder of “Native Spirit Winds” a greater St. Louis Native American Flute Circle.

Justin Meaux

Violin / Viola Instructor

Justin Meaux began studying violin at age three, using the same Suzuki method he now uses to teach children and adults.  Today, Justin performs regionally with groups from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to the Transyberian Orchestra.  He holds a BA in Management and Marketing from Webster University and an MBA from Missouri Baptist University. 

Dishawn Payton

Piano /Guitar/ Drum Instructor / Audio Production Instructor / Music Producer

Dishawn “Dmicestro” Payton is an independent producer from Cincinnati, OH. He was born in St. Louis, MO., raised in Cincinnati and is residing once again in St. Louis. 


Many musicians and producers have a specific memory of a moment or person who inspired them in music.  Dishawn says, “I just happened to discover at a very young age that I had a sincere passion and heart for music.”  Essentially, he was born with this love and talent, and his desire for teaching music production shows through his attentive instruction. 

Stephanie Crawford

Piano / Voice

Stephanie has been teaching private lessons for about 15 years, both in a studio environment as well as in her own private studio. She is passionate about giving her students a solid musical foundation, rooted in classical theory and technique principles. She believes that this foundation enables a student to confidently branch out and explore other genres. She encourages her students to find genres that they love, such as Broadway, Pop, or Jazz, and enjoy studying and practicing those styles alongside more traditional styles that will enhance their technique and musical skills. 

Stephanie is committed to creating a personalize approach based on your learning style and musical interests, and she looks forward to working with you! 

Catherine (Cat) Sansone

Voice / Stage Performance Instructor

A St. Louis, Missouri native, Cat has been a professional performer and singer for over 35 years.  She began performing at the age of 8 on the “Sammy Davis Jr. Variety Club Telethon” and went on to more professional bands throughout her years, having most recently sung in the band “Boom.”  Cat brings to Rhythm an impressive experience and talent.  She currently teaches voice instruction and coaching as well as artist development.  Her artist development includes voice coaching, stage performance, image consulting and mentoring through the music industry.  Her lessons take place on our practice stage in order to give Rhythm Studio’s clients the “real feel” of how to perform on stage. 

Charity Steevens

Piano / Music Theory Instructor

At Rhythm Music and Performing Arts Studio Charity teaches Piano, Music Theory and Piano Composition. Charity was homeschooled and continued her education at Missouri Baptist University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano. She also has two minors in Church Music and Psychology. She began teaching piano privately in 2002 and has experience teaching band, choir, and drama in private schools. She is involved in her community through directing music and playing the piano at her church.

Kendra Willouer

Voice / Acting / Dance Instructor

Kendra’s experience in voice and stage performance is extensive. At Rhythm Music and Performing Arts Studio, Kendra teaches voice, drama/musical arts, and dance. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre, Media, and Music from Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York.  Kendra has always been a performer who sings, acts, and dances from her heart. 

Ryan Groeller


Ryan has been teaching music for close to 6 years and has been playing music since 2004. He grew up playing pop, rock and blues. Ryan studied music education at St. Charles Community College and then went on to further his studies at University Missouri - St. Louis. During his time at UMSL, Ryan explored jazz and classical guitar. He also sang baritone with the UMSL Choir; University Singers. Ryan has a very hands on teaching style where he listens to the students needs and what the student wants to learn and follows up with results!

Alex Reyna

Piano / guitar / Bass / drums / performance coach

Alex has been a student of music for more than 20 years because according to him, “You don’t stop learning until your last note!” That being said, he seeks to cultivate a passion for music in all of his students, pouring his many years of experience in the studio room.
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