About Us

We empower our students to maximize their musical potential.

At Cedarstone, students of all ages are excelling in their musicianship as they learn from a vast array of methods combined into practical real life applications. We help every student define musical goals and see them accomplished. And we have a lot of fun in the process.

It’s a glorious combination of favorite songs, different styles, rudiments, songwriting, traditional methods, arranging and improvisation … all combined to see every student maximize their musical gifts and talents. Every person is wonderfully unique and their personal musical expression represents that uniqueness. It’s important that every student’s lesson plan is designed to help them meet their unique goals.

Cedarstone’s “Real Life” Curriculum:

Our instructors evaluate how each student interacts with music on a daily basis and then designs a plan to help them maximize those opportunities. What music touches their soul or captures their attention? Where are they listening to music? Are there performance opportunities at school or church or at family gatherings? And then the Cedarstone teachers begin weaving those different threads into the student’s lesson plan.

The resulting tapestry is practical applications: Playing favorite songs. Performing in talent shows. Being prepared for auditions. Ready to help lead worship. Playing a special song for their grandparents’ anniversary or a small family Christmas concert for their family in the living room. Performing at coffee house settings. Applying for music scholarships. Writing songs that express their unique creativity.

This is Cedarstone. Making musical dreams become accomplished goals. Weaving music into every student’s real life.

Cedarstone Arts
Cedarstone Arts Foundation is 501(c)3 registered nonprofit: we are a collective of music industry professionals, local school teachers and administration, community leaders, business professionals, and music education activists all dedicated to one common goal: Provide high caliber music education to change lives and assist every qualified student in maximizing their unique musical potential.
The Cedarstone Arts Foundation changes lives through music education. Not every musically talented student gets the opportunity to maximize their potential. We exist to find those gifted young musicians in the local community and give them the very best in private music education. You know who Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is because his father Leopold saw his early talent, taught him, and gave him the opportunity to perform for kings and queens. You know the litany of great movie scores of John Williams (Star Wars, E.T, Harry Potter, and almost 100 more) because he grew up in the world of music academia with piano lessons from an early age. Virtually every world famous musician you know across all genres became renowned because a team of people somewhere saw their talent and invested in them. Whether it was in a classroom, private music lessons, as an understudy, on stage, or even on a video screen, they were mentored and trained by someone. But what about the students who are equally as gifted, but will never have a chance to learn how to foster and grow their musical talent? What about those who have no encouragement? What about those who are musical geniuses spending their energy trying to simply survive with basic needs? What about the parents who realize their child is different in a really good way, but know that they have no way to help them get the education they need? The Cedarstone Arts Foundation is on a quest to find these students and give them the chance to be all they were created to be. Join us.
There is a chasm between musically gifted students without opportunity, and high quality music education. Cedarstone Arts Foundation bridges that gap. Some of the greatest musical geniuses will never rise to their world-impacted potential without mentoring. Success only happens when opportunity meets preparation. Quality music education opens tremendous doors of opportunity. It can literally change the trajectory of a life. We seek to find students in our community with exceptional gifts who only need that open door in order to maximize their musical potential.
Our Admin Team
Kevin Ray Lawson

Founder / CEO

Grace Hazar

Director of Marketing & Events

Kristine Duvall

Director of Sales & Customer Experience

John Frech

Director of Digital Marketing and Web Development

Charlotte Lawson

Social Media Director

Our Teachers
Aaron Trimble

Audio Engineering, Piano

Adam Davis

Guitar, Bass, Lap Steel

Adam Fluhrer


Adam Griffith


Brian Dollaway

Guitar, Voice

Brian Kilian

Drums, Percussion

Chris Cannone


Chris Szalaj


George Pendergrass

Performance Coaching, Voice

Grace Hazar

Piano, Voice, Cello, Ukulele

Greg Upchurch

Drums, percussion

Heather Lawson

Performance Coaching, Voice

Jake Ohlbaum

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice

Jim Frazier

Guitar, Piano, Audio Engineering

Jonathan Lawson

Violin, Guitar, Mandolin

Jordan Lawson

Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar

Katie Bradford

Violin, Piano

Michael Pichette

Brass, Piano, Percussion, Guitar

Steve Bishir

Audio Engineering, Recording

Sydney Lau

Voice, Piano

Tabitha Fair

Voice, Performance Coaching

Valerie Austin

Flute, Piano, Voice

Get Started Today With Cedarstone

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