School of Music

Instructors: Vance & Michelle Shepherd

Vance and Michelle Shepherd are Clinicians and Presenters for the Experience Worship Conferences and the Christian Musician Summits. They are also writers for Worship Musician magazine. Their aim is to encourage Christian artists and worship leaders in their gifts, by improving skill and inspiring talent around the world.

Vance Shepherd


Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums & Music Theory Instructor

Vance Shepherd has been a professional concert & recording artist for over 3 decades, performing & recording with such greats as Edgar Winter, Mark Slaughter, Buddy Miles and Billy Cox (formerly of Jimi Hendrix), and many more. He is known for his blazing signature solos & keyboard textures that have taken this instrument to a whole new realm.

Vance equally enjoys teaching bass, drums, and guitar, and works with students to incorporate them into live performances at exciting venues. The students get individualized lessons, as well as opportunities for group lessons, which allows them to excel at a rapid rate. Many of his students are writing their own songs, and performing and recording.

It is my passion to craft the talent of the next generation of musicians, keeping music ALIVE!”

– Vance Shepherd

Michelle Shepherd

Vocal & Violin Instructor

Michelle has been a concert performer for over 17 years, sharing with audiences all over the world her passion for singing. She learned many tips and tricks to keep her voice strong and agile, actually increasing in range the more years she has performed live. Michelle can work with singers who have already done some damage to their voice, and want to learn the correct way of vocalizing, as well as the beginner. She makes lessons fun and interactive, and focuses on breathing, flexibility, strengthening of vocal range, pitch and ear strengthening, mic technique, and stage presence.

Michelle is also the premier violin teacher at Shepherd Studios, where she teaches the beginner to intermediate violinist. She has 17 years of professional experience, and has been playing the violin since the age of 8. She makes it easy to understand, and also imparts to her students knowledge of the time signature and music theory.