Our Instructors & Supporting Cast

Scott Besaw

Acoustic Guitar | Drums | Voice

Scott Besaw - B.A., Music

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 

Scott Besaw has been teaching drums, guitar, voice, and specialty music classes for the past 17 years, and was one of the most sought-after instructors at the Chicago historic Old Town School of Folk Music. As a Senior at Englewood High School, Scott lead the Pirate Marching Band and was recognized as Colorado’s Best Drum Major at the State Championships in 1986. After graduating from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, and the director of the C.U. Buffoons acapella group, Scott moved to New York City and performed as a “Blue Man” at the Astor Street Theatre with the renowned Blue Man Group. When he's not teaching, you will find Scott singing, strumming, or drumming or performing as a solo act at numerous venues and for private events. Scott is excited to be back in Colorado and share his love of music with the great people of his home state!

Madelyn Ericksen

Violin

Madelyn Ericksen - Denver School of the Arts

Madelyn Ericksen has a passion for playing violin, both as a soloist and in chamber and orchestral groups. A graduate of the Denver School of The Arts, Madelyn has been honored to perform with the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra and special events with the Colorado Ballet and the Colorado Symphony. Most notably, Madelyn performed in concert with Lindsey Stirling at the 1st Bank Center. She has taught in the Cherry Creek Elementary Instrumental Music program and taught private violin lessons out of her home. She LOVES to teach and brings a fun and fresh perspective to students of all ages.

Ashell Fox

Music Production | Piano | Songwriting

Ashell Fox - M.S., Recording Arts 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 

Originally from La Paz, Mexico, Ashell Fox moved to Colorado to pursue a Master of Science in Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Denver, alongside an Associate of applied Science degree in post-production at the Colorado Film School. Ashell is an audio engineer with 6 years of experience in the music and film industries. As a music producer, Ashell (Alias Seanna) creates complex musical works bridging the gap between widely different genres. As an academic, Ashell co-developed and co-taught a class in modular synthesis and sound design at the University of Colorado Denver.

Luca Grieman

Electric Guitar | Ukulele | Bass

Luca Grieman - B.M., Jazz Guitar Performance 

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Luca Grieman, originally from Minnesota, wields the guitar! While he loves both the acoustic and the electric, Luca has a special relationship with the electric guitar. Luca holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from MSU Denver, but enjoys all kinds of music from bluegrass to metal. He has performed, recorded, and toured with numerous bands throughout the Denver area. Luca currently plays lead guitar in the band Oryad. He has been teaching for over a decade, and absolutely love sharing the joy of playing music with his students.

James Escobedo

Bass Guitar

James Escobedo is a master bass guitar player and Instructor. He began his love affair with the bass at nine years old, beginning with the upright bass and eventually electric bass. A member of the All American Hall of Fame Band, James has performed with many of the top corporate, rock, and show bands in addition to providing decades of studio session work. A seasoned and award winning professional music and educator, James loves to share the joy of music making with his students.

 

Kevin Mauch

Video production | Post production | Photography | Photo editing | Lighting | Audio | Script writing | Producing | Directing

Kevin Mauch - B.A., Recording Arts 

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO 

From 1999-2004, Kevin served as a full-time Producer and Senior Editor.  As Producer, Kevin was responsible for working directly with clients from the scripting stage, all the way through post-production and final delivery. He also managed all schedules, budgets, crews and deadlines for his clients.  In 2001, Kevin formed KDM Productions to handle his freelance projects. KDM became his full-time company in 2005. Kevin’s shot for journalistic cornerstones such as CNN, Good Morning America, ABC News and The Democratic National Convention. Additional entertainment-based clients include Dreamworks, Great American Country Television, Drum Corps International, New York-based Lionsong Entertainment and many other national and international clients. Kevin also provides services to high-profile corporate and commercial clients, including: Kaiser Permanente, Orange Glo International, Oxi-Clean, Delta Dental, CU School of Medicine, The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Qdoba Restaurants.

Amy Pickering

Theatre Director | Acting | Improvisation | Voice

Amy Pickering, B.A., Musical Theatre  

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO 

Amy Pickering, Vice President of Lionsong Entertainment, Inc., and Theatre Director at Englewood Middle and High Schools is a performing artist, entrepreneur, educator, and musician. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is a Colorado State certified K-12 Theatre Teacher. She has served as a private Instructor with local arts and entertainment organizations and has been a featured performer at numerous local, national and international events. Further, Amy is a certified Beachbody Master Trainer, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Amy and her husband, Michael Pickering, remain active as national headline music and clean comedy performing artists for corporate, theatrical, educational, outreach, cruise, and private clients worldwide — www.michaelandamy.com

Michael Pickering

Academy Director | Piano | Voice | Songwriting

Michael Pickering, M.A., Music Business, ACUE 

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

Michael Pickering, Founder/Instructor of Pickering Creative Artists Academy, LLC, President and Chief Creative Officer of Lionsong Entertainment, Inc., and former Director and founder of the Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship program at the Community College of Aurora, is a creative leader, entrepreneur, educator, and musician. He holds a Master of Arts in Music Business Degree and a B.P.S. in Interdisciplinary Music Studies Degree from the Berklee College of Music, a Post-secondary professional certification in Performing Arts, and national certification in Effective Teaching Practices from ACUE (Association of College and University Educators). He has served on the boards of local arts and entertainment organizations, authored post-secondary music curricula, and spoken at many local and national music industry events. He also provides music and entertainment business and performance consulting services. Michael and his wife, Amy Pickering, remain active as national headline music and clean comedy performing artists for corporate, theatrical, educational, outreach, cruise, and private clients worldwide — www.michaelandamy.com.

Anjee Wren

Executive Assistant to Mr. Pickering | Studio Manager

Anjee Wren, Certified ECE Lead  

Arapahoe Community College 

Hi, I'm Anjee! My role here at Pickering Academy is quite exciting! I get to be a part of so many aspects in making our Studio productive and welcoming. My background is in Early Childhood Education, I am certified in the State of Colorado to be a Lead Teacher in an early childcare/preschool setting. I earned this by taking the required ECE courses at Arapahoe Community College and putting in my time working in some wonderful Child Care Centers and Preschools. I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 2007, though I earned my 'Lead' title in 2010. My heart and passion is helping children learn and grow and become independent little people.  My background fits in so well here as I love being able to connect with each of our students and families. To see each student find their spot in their creative journey is awesome! I'm typically the first person you will talk to and I love getting to help in bringing you the best experience while you are at Pickering Academy!

Dr. J.L. Gerardi

Director of Academic and Professional Consulting

Dr. J.L. Gerardi, Ph.D., Music Education 

UNC, UCLA, CU

Dr. J. L. Gerardi, a native of Colorado, served as band and orchestra director for the Englewood Public Schools from 1963 to 1988. During that time he conducted junior and senior high school marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras. His famous "Pirate" marching band appeared nationwide, including two trips to the Portland Rose Festival where they won the sweepstakes trophy both times, and two unprecedented trips to march in the famed Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. In addition, Dr. Gerardi served as the Director of Entertainment for the Denver Broncos Football Club and Director of the Denver Broncos Band from 1968 to 1998. He served as a member of the CBA Board in the area of public relations, and assisted with the state marching band contests for 22 years.

Dr. Gerardi has received numerous honors including, being named to the Colorado Bandmaster's Hall of Fame by the Colorado Bandmasters Association, being named Director of the Year by Phi Beta Mu, his honorary band fraternity, and being named to the Colorado Music Educators' Hall of Fame by the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame and the Colorado Italian American Hall of Fame.  He was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Englewood and was selected as Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of Interscholastic Music. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the College of Music at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Gerardi also received the coveted “Citation of Excellence” award from the National Band Association.