Ashley has been playing music since she was 3 years old, when she started piano lessons by ear. That was the start of her musical journey, which quickly became a life long passion! She started violin at 10, and was actively in chamber and concert orchestras and choirs all the way through school. After high school she was offered a piano scholarship to St. Cloud State University, where she continued her musical journey, continuing her involvement in both University choir and orchestras. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance in 2007.
During her college years Ashley's passion for performing on stage really came to life, and she started touring with a variety of bands around the area playing fiddle, keyboard, guitar, and singing both lead and harmony. She's played the WeFest stage, Moondance, Winstock, JakeStar, and various other local festivals. She moved to Nashville to pursue her songwriting passion in 2011, and wound up touring as a utility player playing fiddle, keys, guitar, and vocalist back and forth out of Nashville. She still plays with various artists around the MN area, and has had her OWN songs recorded by various artists.
Ashley has also spent the past 15 years teaching private and group lessons on piano, violin/fiddle, ukulele, bass, voice, and songwriting, to over 300 students. She loves all types of music, and strives to create a passion within each student, individualizing each lesson in order to do just that. She has lead 3 similar programs in the past, and is pumped for this new venture to take storm here in the area! She currently teaches over 50 students around the FM area, ages ranging 4-60, and is so excited to combine her two main loves- teaching music to students, and performing on stage!
Alexis Barnick has been singing since the age of three. The song, “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow came out of her mouth before anything else. At the age of 14, Alexis and her friends created Cosmotion, a Christian Rock Band. From there it was high school choir, vocal jazz, honor choirs, vocal competitions and musicals.
Alexis Barnick cultivated her craft in Jamestown, N.D., but she shared it with the world when she auditioned for “American Idol” and earned her way to Hollywood. Voted Jamestown Sun’s “Best Local Artist” Alexis continues to perform, playing acoustic gigs, corporate events, weddings and street dances. She has jammed and performed with many musicians in the area at festivals like Jake Star & ND Country Fest. In 2015 she was hired as a lead vocalist for Infinity Variety & Gatsby Gang Jazz Band. A lover of all types of music, from classical to rock and funk, she is a fun teacher who enjoys teaching students of all ages to appreciate and play a wide range of genres.
Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2013 from The University of Jamestown. For the past 5 years, Alexis has been teaching K-12 music in North Dakota. She stays busy teaching ukulele, guitar, band, choir, general music, and music technology.
Alexis has enjoyed teaching music to all ages and strives to give her students the tools needed to find enjoyment and success in whatever their musical goals are. Alexis wants to see her students find their inner voice and use it for whatever their future holds.
Her educational background, professional experience, and enthusiasm for students and music makes for the perfect partner in Rock Band Boot Camp.