The Talent Developing studio was founded by Jean and Dennis McEntire in 1993 with the intention of providing quality musical training for all ages. We would like to extend a welcome to those who wish to provide for themselves and/or their child a wonderful music education.
Teachers & Staff
Jean McEntire, Director and Teacher
Jean McEntire has taught music lessons and classes since she was 16 years old in Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, and Paraguay. She has a passion for helping others experience the joy of music, both as performers and active listeners.
Jean has studied music since she was six years old and holds the following degrees, certifications, and memberships:
B.S in Music Education, University of Richmond, 1966
Certificate in Voice Pedagogy, Studio of Pura Agüero Vera, by el Departamento de Educación del Paraguay, 1990
M.M. in Music Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997
Certification, Music for Young Children™
Member of Music Teachers National Association
Member of the Richmond Music Study Club (the local chapter of the National Federation of Music Study Clubs)
Jean and her husband Dennis are the parents of three musicians: Ann-Janette McEntire Lacatell, David McEntire, and Jeremy McEntire and grandparents of six budding musicians: Noah and Sophie Lacatell, Abby and Elijah McEntire, and Lucas and Joshua McEntire. At The TDS, Jean teaches voice, The TDS Singers, MYC Sunrise™, andpiano
Dennis McEntire, Director and Teacher
Dennis McEntire, when he was a third-grader, began his violin studies with Michael Laguta and continued studying with him for ten years. From 1961-1965 while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Richmond, Dennis studied with Dr. Frederick Neumann. In 1968 Dennis graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree; in 1970, from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree. In Paraguay he had violin lessons with Miguel Angel Echeverría, director of the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Asunción. In 1992 he studied Suzuki violin with Suzanne Schreck. Dennis has completed four Suzuki Teacher Training Courses.
At The TDS, Dennis is the administrator and teaches violin.
Lane England, Teacher
Lane Marie England began piano lessons at the age of eight with Cindy Birnbaum and continued to study with concert-pianist Charles Birnbaum. At the age of eleven she began playing flute and continued playing in marching and concert bands through high school and college. She also played in a community band with her father.
Lane graduated with a BA in Music in 1984 from Harding University and did post-graduate study for certification to teach K-12. She studied piano at Abilene University with concert-pianist Ronald Rathbun and piano pedagogy at the University of Arkansas. At the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, she studied piano pedagogy under James Bastien.
She started teaching piano in 1989. She is certified to teach MYC and has taught the program for eleven years.
She has been a homeschool mother for her four children. Her third daughter will graduate from college in 2017, reducing Lane's teaching load to just one sixth-grader.
In addition to her own private music studio, at The TDS Lane teaches piano and MYC™.
Christy Evanko, Teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®
Christy Evanko is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and mother of a boy with ASD. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre from Penn State, a Masters in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas. She has experience providing ABA services for children ages 2 to 19.
Christy has played multiple instruments including piano, clarinet, french horn, and trumpet. She has completed the MYC™ (Music for Young Children™) keyboard-based music education program with one of her daughters and is beginning the program with another daughter through The Talent Developing Studio.