Our Team

Music for Life studios in Kingman, Arizona and in Vernal, Utah offer lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, and more for beginners to pre-professionals.  Whether you are interested in lessons for recreation or serious study, Music for Life welcomes children, adolescents, and adults of all experience levels and musical styles. Our instructors are equally comfortable teaching adult beginners and budding child prodigies.

It is our goal is to share the joy we experience in making music with all of our students. Lessons are designed to educate while having fun, and developing a student's love of music and musical skills. Whatever your goal, our instructors want music to become a gift you can continue to enjoy for the rest of your life.

Our teachers are committed to providing the best education for our students.

We cover all the different aspects of learning for each instrument to ensure our students become well rounded musicians.  We cover musical technique, song study, music history and theory, performance etiquette, and daily practice routines.


Our Vernal location is ready to serve you!  Come by today to meet our friendly and professional staff of experienced instructors. 

Annette Freston, NCTM

Piano Instructor

Owner & Founder of Music for Life

Annette M. Freston, founder of Music for Life, has been playing piano for over 40 years. Ms. Freston, a Nationally Certified Music Teacher, holds a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s from Utah State University. Ms. Freston studied piano with Marlene Bachelder and Dr. Daniel C. Harrison and is a state music competition winner. Ms. Freston has taught piano and harp in Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Ms. Freston is a member of the MTNA and the AMTA. Ms. Freston is also a community college associate faculty.

Ms. Freston currently teaches out of the Vernal, Utah Studio.

Annette Freston

Owner & Founder of Music for Life Studio

Jacinda George

Violin, Viola, Guitar & Mandolin Instructor

Jacinda Parslow George was classically trained in the Suzuki Classical Method for over 12 years in both Violin and Viola. Jacinda played with the Utah Old Time Fiddlers for five years. At age 13, placed 1st at the Utah Old Time Fiddler’s Contest in Salina, Utah. The first-place win gave her the opportunity to compete at the National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest in Weiser, Idaho. Between ages 14-18, she attended the Colorado Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association string camp in Rangely, Colorado, where at 14 was 4th chair in the viola section. During her final year, at age 18, was 1st chair in the viola section. Jacinda teaches violin, mandolin and guitar. Follow Jacinda on Facebook at the link below. For students, Jacinda offers a private Facebook group for students. Please see Jacinda for an invitation to the private student group.

Dante Zubel

Cello, Double Bass & Electric Bass Instructor

Dante Zubel is one of the Uintah Basin’s most sought-after ‘cellists, bassists, and composers. Dante has been studying with many notable musicians and teachers from all around the world since he was only 10 years old and has been teaching and performing professionally since he was 14 years old. On top of teaching the ‘cello, double bass, and electric bass in all styles, Dante also performs all over the country, spreading his knowledge and joy of music wherever he goes. In addition to working as a freelance musician and composer, Dante is a founding member of local jazz group, Hummus, and is a member of various other bands and symphony orchestras in the state of Utah.

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Stephanie Hardin

Let's Play Music Instructor

Stephanie Hardin has been teaching Let's Play Music for ten years and she loves helping students discover how fun and easy music can be! Several Music for Life students came from Stephanie's Let's Play Music courses. She knows that children learn most effectively through play and in a peer group setting. She is currently accepting students for fall classes. Visit www.VernalMakingMusic.com

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Brad Vanfleet

Violin & Viola Instructor

Brad's Bio Coming Soon!

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Jill Boyd

Music Composer

Jill Boyd is an American composer, pianist, clarinetist, and local piano teacher. She is most known to us in Vernal for playing in the local band The 8 Tease, playing piano at Alive After 5, and her 1st place finish with the song "Epic" at the Uintah County Fair talent show. She is formerly known as, "The Numbers Composer," for her talent in composing piano pieces on the spot from any four numbers. That venture led her to compose over 300 piano songs in a two-month time frame; and she continues to receive custom requests years later. 


  While she loves the ease and speed of writing piano pieces, she has also been catching the attention of multiple orchestra conductors across the U.S. Jill's most recent accomplishments include the honor of "in-house composer" for the West Valley Cadet Strings, where her chamber orchestra pieces have been commissioned the past five years. She's also written arrangements for UHS Orchestra, as well as for local, stake, and regional choirs.  Her first full orchestra piece, "Epic" was premiered Spring of 2019 by the Uintah Basin Youth Chamber Orchestra. Since then, she's studied more orchestration, and has spent some time tapping into the tv/film industry with two tracks under contract waiting for a placement. She is a wife, a mother of four, and enjoys running, gardening, outdoor adventures with her family, and watching the stars.

Lora Staples

Violin - Kingman, AZ

Lora Staples is a fiddler and teacher living in Kingman, Arizona. She currently plays with the eclectic band "Gateway", with the Flagstaff Symphony, and has recently played in the bluegrass band "Buffalo Nickel", and the Celtic/Contra-Dance band "Leaping Lulu". 


She started her violin studies at age 10 in the public school system, and it quickly became her focus and passion. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Utah and a Master's Degree in Music from Wichita State University. She has played professionally in numerous orchestras and pit orchestras and has been the featured soloist with several orchestras. 


Her focus was always on performing until 1998, when an accident involving a finger on her left hand forced her to consider other options. At that time, she discovered her second love, teaching. She became a certified Suzuki teacher, ran a full studio of 40+ students of all ages for several years, and has since applied those same concepts to her fiddle teaching. 


In 2010, she founded "Red Desert Violin", which now provides online violin and fiddle instruction to people in over 35 countries. She loves helping people overcome their obstacles and watching how music positively impacts every aspect of people's lives. 


Check out her playing and teaching:

 Catharsis played live with Larry Unger

 Cooley's Reel- Wickenburg 2011

 Fiddle Secrets Ornamentation Intro

 Obstacle # 1 to Good Violin Tone: Crooked Bow - Red Desert Violin

 Obstacle #2 to Good Violin Tone: Rusty Elbow - Red Desert Violin


Here’s what people are saying about Lora:

"I am loving your lessons, Lora.  I wish I had found your website seven years ago when I started this journey of learning violin.  I am getting so much more out of your online lessons than I did with my face-to-face teacher.  Your lessons are so detailed, and you present things in a way that I have to remind myself that it's a video and not real life.  I get tickled at your wit, and I often think "Now this girl could be my best friend!"  -Donna


"My 9 year old has actually been able to watch most of them on his own, which is really helpful.  The practice coach is great for him too.  My six year old needs me to watch and then teach her.  This is an ideal program for us because I am a pianist so I can help but only to a very limited extent!" –Molly


"I love the drilling practice homework and practice coach videos. I feel like I am moving forward with a plan, where before I was just learning a new tune and some ornaments, without much of a foundation. The coolest thing tho is that before I would work on the new piece or my drills scales with a little bit of dread, maybe it was fear that I wouldn't do good enough in the next lesson. But here the pressure (whatever the cause) is gone, and I enjoy practicing all the time, look forward to playing when I get home from work, etc. That's new and very cool." -Edward


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12/28/2019 6:00:00 PM


VERNAL - The Music for Life quartet performed at the Season of Remembrance honoring those who have passed on too soon.


Music for Life Quartet Performs

at Season of Remembrance


Vernal Location Ribbon Cutting


VERNAL - The Dinah-Mites helped Music for Life celebrate their opening with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 13th.

9/17/2013 6:00:00 AM

Music teacher says Kingman and fine arts a good match


KINGMAN - Annette Freston had a vision when she opened the Music for Life fine arts studio in Kingman...

9/02/2014 6:01:00 AM

Movement helps children find their musical beat


KINGMAN - Toddlers, as any parent knows, don't exactly have lengthy attention spans...

6/9/2013 6:00:00 AM  

No Beasts Here


Students at Music For Life thrilled an audience of about 200 at the annual Spring Recital in May at Grace Lutheran Church....

4/27/2012 6:01:00 AM

Local music studio hosting open house


KINGMAN - Annette Freston has been playing piano for 45 years. She's been teaching piano for more than 20. ...