Meet Our instructors
Lendys DÃaz - Piano, Voice, Music Theory
Teaching since: 2010
Education: University of Arts, Cuba
Ms. Lendys was born in Cuba and began her musical studies at the age of 7 in vocational schools of art. She studied for 15 years in the specialties of piano, voice and music theory. Lendys has a degree in Music Education, and also a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Arts. Her love for education started very early with teaching neighborhood kids, and she eventually became a professor in the subjects of theory and piano at the Nola Saigh Sainz School of Music in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Since then, she’s always had a passion for teaching and helping others develop their skills. Lendys started teaching music lessons in 2010 with goals to make every lesson fun, to let the students explore music, and to give them great experiences through music. She achieves this by adapting each lesson in accordance with the student’s interests, skill level, personality, and learning style. In Houston, Lendys teaches piano, voice, and theory to children, teenagers and adults in both the public and private sectors for 8 years in Cuba and the United States. In her music classes here at Memorial Music Lendys works to accommodate all levels of musicians. Ms. Lendys is fluent in English and Spanish!
Irena Mitova - Piano
Teaching since: 2010
Education: Leipzig Conservatory in Germany, University of Houston
Irena Mitova began her musical studies with piano music at the age of five in her native country of Bulgaria. In 2001 she was accepted at the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany where she studied Music Theory and Piano for six years. Just recently, in June of 2018, she earned her second music degree in Composition under the supervision of Dr. David Ashley White, Rob Smith and Marcus Maroney at the University of Houston.
During her studies in Texas she wrote for different music ensembles, prepared recitals, and participated in numerous competitions. In 2017 she won second place in the Sarofim Composition Contest with one of her string quartets while playing the piano. While at the Moores School of Music, she also joined the piano studios of some of Houston's most distinguished piano professors and pedagogies.
Mrs. Irena teaches piano technique, teaches classical piano repertoire, teaches piano composition, and teaches piano music theory. As a piano teacher with the benefit of more than ten years of experience, she is particularly dedicated to providing her piano students with different aspects of piano performance, music appreciation, and general knowledge of musical forms and classical piano repertoire. Last but not least, Irena enjoys teaching piano students of all ages and different backgrounds.
James Napier - Piano, Guitar
Teaching since: 1996
Education: University of Houston
James fluently plays the piano and the guitar. Well-versed in a variety of styles on the guitar and piano, he is currently performing classical guitar programs at various venues. Also his rock/blues band, Kindred Spirits recently released a new CD, featuring all original works on acoustic and electric guitar. They are gigging around town and rocking their audiences with great music and entertainment. James has several CD’s to his credit and continues to perform and work in the studio to write and record new music.
He teaches guitar for all ages and all levels of playing from beginner to advanced; styles include rock guitar, blues guitar, jazz guitar, classical guitar, country guitar, gospel guitar, contemporary Christian guitar, and finger-style acoustic guitar. Guitar classes include a combination of guitar theory, guitar technique, guitar reading, guitar composition, and performing with the guitar. James is a very popular teacher and has influenced many aspiring musicians through the years with his unique style of mentoring.
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