About Grow Your Gift

1 Peter 4:10 tells us that God has given each of us a gift. We should use them well to serve one another.  In order to utilize your gift, it must first be identified, cultivated and then ready for harvest. Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music was established in 2013 to meet students where they are in pursuing their passion, to pursue the growth of their gift and truly operate with a spirit of excellence.

Our instructors, with specialized formal training are waiting to strengthen what’s already on the inside of you. Get to know our staff and see how we will use our gifts to help you grow yours…

OUR MISSION

To continue the legacy of high-quality music performance in our community through educational opportunities for people of any age.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to strive to offer affordable music lessons to each student. Being able to afford lessons in addition to owning an instrument can be difficult. So many more students would be able to increase their playing ability with additional help. The cost should not be out of reach. The Conservatory will employ qualified and accomplished musicians to teach wind and string instruments, piano, vocal, percussion, recording arts, and music theory. Because there is no other institution like this in the area, we are excited to market our dedication to music performance education. Our instructors will have continuing education opportunities which will allow them to obtain innovative and engaging information to bring back to the conservatory and continue to pour into our students. Our marketing efforts include offering sectional rehearsals in middle in high schools for an opportunity to sit down with band and choral directors and share the vision, build the buy-in, and allow these music instructors to see we have their backs in terms of producing high-quality musicians. Their jobs will become so much easier if their young musicians have the opportunity to receive affordable and enriched music education outside of school.

OUR HISTORY

The Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music was birthed out of prayer. It was during prayer that God spoke and began orchestrating to allow 25 years of playing instruments to be shared with the community through the offering of music lessons. For six years, a home-studio served as the location to teach music and was comprised of 23 students ranging in ages 2 – 66. Piano, being the main instrument taught served students as young as two years old. Clarinet lessons have served many students thus far.

In addition to piano and clarinet, saxophone is taught to two adults and two school-aged students. With a waiting list of 11, plans were put into motion to expand the vision. This vision encompassed accomplished music instructors offering a variety of instruction for wind and string instruments, voice, percussion, recording arts, and music theory composition instruction. The Conservatory targets middle and high school students, supporting band and choral directors to encourage students to continue in music education. Our band and choral directors pour their hearts into their music programs and very few opportunities are in place to cultivate the passion for music outside of the band and chorus rooms. With the Conservatory serving Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding cities, we can ensure quality music education is provided for decades to come. Additionally, the Conservatory is the only institution of its kind, truly dedicated to only music performance education without the need to focus on sales to remain viable.

OUR SERVICES

As a collaborative music institution, we are Fort Walton Beach’s only community music institution dedicated only to music performance education. We have a large variety of instrument/music component instruction with a promise to provide high level services and help in an individual’s desire to Grow Their Gift.

Marlayna Goosby

Ms. Marlayna Goosby, Founder & Director, utilizes her 25 years’ experience as a musician to serve others in helping to identify their gifts. With a steadily growing list of students and highly gifted instructors, she works diligently to ensure gift growing takes place for all ages.  Ms. Goosby is a graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School after accepting numerous invitations to the Okaloosa Honor Band,  All-South Honor Band, All-Southeastern Band, Tri-State Honor Band, and the prestigious All-State Honor Band. Upon graduation, she accepted a music scholarship to The University of Southern Mississippi where she continued to grow in her gift under the direction of Dr. Gary Adams (Symphonic Band), Dr. Thomas Fraschillo (Wind Ensemble), and Dr. Jay Dean (Symphony Orchestra). Ms. Goosby held the honor of serving as Principal Clarinetist playing alongside musical legends such as Doc Severinsen and original Broadway Cast members. Ms. Goosby completed her Bachelor of Music at USM and continued her education at Troy University to earn a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology. At the Conservatory, we operate under a spirit of excellence where every musician and associated family member will understand just how special the gift of music truly is!

Jenese Harvey

Jenese Harvey is a private woodwind instructor concentrating in clarinet, saxophone, and flute.  She received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Central Florida studying under Dr. Keith Koons. Her experience on clarinet spans 29 years with 18 of those being an instructor.  Mrs. Harvey began playing saxophone in her high school jazz band under the direction Mr. Randal Nelson and Ms. Nancy Thiele at Choctawhatchee High School.  After earning her Music degree, she moved back home to Fort Walton Beach, FL, where she developed her skills on flute studying under Robin Horne at North West Florida State College.

Prior to pursuing her music degree, Mrs. Harvey was awarded superior ratings performing solos and in ensembles, earned placement in the Okaloosa All-County Middle and High School Honor Bands, and the All-South honor band held at the University of Southern Mississippi.

While earning her music degree at UCF, she performed in solo recitals, Clarinet Choir, Early Music Ensemble (soprano, alto, & tenor recorder), Symphony Orchestra (Eb, Bb, A, & Bass clarinet), and Wind Ensemble (Eb & Bb clarinet) becoming principal clarinet her senior year.  She was chosen by her Professor Dr. Koons to substitute perform in concert with the Orlando Philharmonic and Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  In 2001, prior to graduation, Mrs. Harvey began teaching her first private lesson students.

Upon returning to Fort Walton Beach, Mrs. Harvey became a private woodwind instructor at Playground Music Center.  She teaches all levels on Clarinet, and beginner through intermediate on Saxophone and flute.  Her performances in the area include The Playground Big Band (saxophone), a substitute performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (Eb clarinet), Christian Symphonic Band (Clarinet & Saxophone), Joe Occhipinti German Band, and the Emerald Coast Community Band.

Many of Mrs. Harvey’s students perform and excel at Solo & Ensemble festival, and earn placement in All-County, Tri-state Band Festival and All-State Honor Bands.  She prepares her students for auditions into summer music camps, college ensembles, and music scholarships.   Interested students also receive help learning to double on other woodwind instruments to play in jazz, concert, and/or marching band.

Currently, Mrs. Harvey performs with the Emerald Coast Community Band, teaches private lessons, and volunteers with local school band programs.

Megan Hinkle

Megan Hinkle graduated from University of the Cumberlands in 2013 with a B.A. in Vocal Performance. Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Teaching and will graduate in October 2019. Megan first learned to play music by ear as a young child from her grandfather. She has performed on many stages over the years including being a featured performed at Dollywood’s BBQ and Bluegrass Festival. Originally from Southeastern KY, Megan was overjoyed when her husband informed her the Air Force train was bringing them to the Emerald Coast! She believes in the healing properties of art and music and loves to share her passions with like-minded lovers of life.

Melanie James-Henry

Melanie James- Henry began her career in music at Pryor Middle School. As an honor graduate from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, she was actively involved in extracurricular programs to include academic honors clubs, service organizations, and the infamous Choctawhatchee Style Marchers. She was acknowledged for her exceptional musicianship by receiving 6 appointments as a member of the Okaloosa All-County Band and 5 selections as member of the Florida All- State Band. She began performing professionally with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at 13 years of age. While attending the University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. James- Henry served as principle oboist in the USM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and played various instruments in the Pride of Southern Mississippi Marching band. In addition to obtaining a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Southern Miss assisted Ms. James- Henry in expansion of her professional resume by facilitating membership in the Meridian Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Mobile Symphony and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Performances with renowned musicians such as Yo- Yo Ma, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Allan Feinberg and the Italian Army Band amongst many others has indubitably provided her with unequivocal lifetime experiences. She is both honored and excited for the opportunity to share her passion for performance and musicianship with others.

Aside from serving as the Conservatory’s Double Reed instructor, Ms. James-Henry serves as Program Director for the Fort Walton Beach, FL location of Pyramid Inc., a fine and performing arts school for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jensen Cadenhead

Jensen Cadenhead serves as the Conservatory’s percussion instructor. He is a graduate of Crestview High School and Northwest Florida State College’s Music Department. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music at the University of West Florida. Mr. Cadenhead is highly trained in most percussive instruments from beginner to early advanced levels.

Mike “Mixture” Morgan

Mike “Mixture” Morgan began his career in music at the age of 12. To date he has assisted and contributed as an artist, producer, technician and visionary in the production of over ten releases.

Through hard work, determination and quality music, Mr. Morgan was instrumental in the curriculum development for Florida A&M University’s Sound Engineering Program.

Through Grow Your Gift Conservatory of Music, he will lead musicians of all ages through the journey of sound engineering with hands on training. His students will develop through our program with industry-standard knowledge of creating great music utilizing the technology in our state of the art sound engineering studio.

Alison Turner

Alison Turner serves as the summer vocal instructor for students who are interested in intense study. While Ms. Turner studies as a soprano, her education is expansive enough to cover all ranges of a vocal performance student. She currently attends Samford University in pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.

Ms. Turner serves as the resident vocal instructor for other Musical Theatre students in preparation for auditions. It is very important for her to continue her career in the arts while at home in Fort Walton Beach for the summer.

Her musical productions include Freaky Friday: The Musical, Ghost of Gatsby, A Grand Night for Singing, Children of Eden, New Work Musical Pretty Funny, and Operetta Spectacular.

Noemi Ruiz

Noemi Ruiz serves as the Conservatory’s trumpet beginning piano instructor. She is a graduate of Niceville High School and Northwest Florida State College’s Music Department. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music at the University of West Florida. While Ms. Ruiz diligently grows the gift in her students for any genre, she specializes and continues to grow in jazz performance. You can catch her giggin’ at many of the local area’s venues!

It’s so easy to contact us!

Email us any questions or inquiries or call 850 483  0800. We would be delighted to follow up with your request!