Meet the Teachers

Jacquie Johnson

Owner & Director

jacquie@reedleyschoolofmusic.com Jacqueline Johnson began studying piano at age 4 and organ at age 15. Specializing in early childhood music education, she has been the owner of the Reedley School of Music since 1988.  She is currently its director and senior instructor. She has been the organist at Concordia Lutheran Church for over 30 years and is a charter member of Concordia’s handbell choir. Her piano instructors have included Zenora Swanson, Ena Bronstein, and Sally Christian. She studied organ with Richard Galloway, James Strand, Laurell Huber, and Aran Vartanian. She trained with the Yamaha Corporation and taught in the Yamaha Schools for 14 years. Mrs. Johnson has accompanied extensively in the Central Valley and the Kingsburg School District. She formerly conducted early childhood music classes for the Tulare County Schools. She is a former Arts in the Schools performer and has performed throughout the valley for many years as part of a piano four hands and piano and organ duo with Zenora Swanson. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and is a former member of the executive board. She is a charter member of the Fresno Pipe Organ Academy and participates in conducting Pipe Organ activities for students throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Bernadette Tasy

Instructor - Piano, Classroom Music

bernadette@reedleyschoolofmusic.com Bernadette Tasy began studying piano at age 4 at Reedley's Yamaha Music School. Her instructors include Jacquie Johnson and Zenora Swanson. She has been very active in church and school music programs and has been an accompanist and musical director for Kings Canyon Unified School District. Bernadette is also a summer tennis coach at Reedley High School and a vocal director for Reedley's River City Theatre Company. She began teaching lessons privately in 2011 and is now pursuing a degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in music at Fresno State University. Bernadette loves to be involved with sports, theater, and is committed to serving her church and local communities.

Amber Carter

Instructor - Piano, Classroom Music

Matthew Solis

Instructor - Guitar

Matthew Solis is a musician and guitar instructor based in the central valley and has been performing in California as a solo artist and as part of a guitar duet for over ten years. He began his studies in music at age twelve, following in his families guitar tradition, Matthew began to learn traditional classical guitar and folk guitar accompaniment. As a teenager, he began to branch out into modern rock, jazz, and Latin styles of guitar playing with a special interest in contemporary rock-pop composition. After high school, Matthew attended CSU Fresno, for his bachelor’s degree, where he had the unique opportunity to study under a wide variety of distinguished guitar virtuosos. While attending Fresno State he studied the classical guitar under Dr. Corey Whitehead, a classical guitar master with a wealth of experience in the Spanish and classical guitar traditions. As Matthew began to distinguish himself as a dedicated student of the Spanish guitar he was eventually given the opportunity to study with the world renowned Flamenco guitar master Dr. Juan Serrano. Under Dr. Serrano's guidance, Matthew developed a passion for the Flamenco guitar and its performance practices. As Matthew's mastery of the Flamenco guitar grew, his passion and devotion led him to study with such notable Flamenco guitarists as Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Richard Marlow, and Ricardo Diaz. As a student of Jose Antonio, Matthew shares the rare privilege of having studied with one of the greatest living guitarists in the world – a privilege he continues to share with his students today. Today, Matthew teaches guitar performance at Reedley School of Music and is finishing his Master’s degree at CSU Fresno. He continues to study and share his knowledge of many guitar styles with his students and is devoted to delivering the highest quality musical instruction.

Samantha Tyler

Instructor - Piano, Classroom Music

Samantha Tyler began studying piano at the age of six at Reedley School of Music with Jacquie Johnson. She has studied piano and pipe organ since then, along with learning other instruments on her own including guitar, ukulele, hand bells, and drums. Samantha spent three years working at various churches with their Hand Bell Choir programs, and has conducted them for various events. Samantha has continued her studies with music into college, and is now majoring in Music and Music Education at Clovis Community College. She has been teaching at Reedley School of Music since 2016, and hopes to continue in her career as a music educator.

Jessica Williams

Instructor - Piano

Jessica Williams was born in Hanford and raised in Selma, California.  She began piano lessons at five years old and studied up until she was 18.  She graduated Top 25 of her class in 2012 from Selma High School.  Jessica attended College of the Sequoias and studied as a nursing and vocal major for a year.  At the start of her Fall Semester of 2013, she began her studies as a piano major in which she studied under Christina Thompson, who is a graduate of Fresno State.   She participated in two master classes of Natasha Kislenka and Mark Gutierrez in 2015.  After she finished her studies at COS, she spent a year in New York studying Performance and Digital Media in Theatre Arts.  Jessica now attends Fresno State as a piano performance major for her bachelor’s degree.  She is an active member of her church choir and helps lead some rehearsals.  She participates in musicals and recently began assisting with vocal direction at the Reedley Opera House.  In her spare time, Jessica takes voice lessons under Hanna York and teaches beginning piano.  Every year, she helps organize an Annual Christmas Concert with her brother, Jordan Williams, who recently received his Master of Arts degree in Piano Performance.  After she achieves her bachelor’s degree, Jessica hopes to begin her studies in Music Therapy.