All DPV Instructors have been fingerprinted and background checked at both the state and federal level with TBI and the FBI.
Zero infringements are allowed to become a DPV instructor.
DPV’s owner & lead instructor, Lael Eccard, has been teaching for 9 years and playing professionally for more than 25. He attended Eastern New Mexico University as a Music Business and Performance major. He then finished his Music Performance degree at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
Lael, his wife Amanda, and son Kairie, live in the Nashville area, where he focuses nearly all his energy into improving KIDS lives through music. Lael quit all else and took a year to fully ‘reboot’ his private instruction business. Countless hours at his instruments, in his studio or behind a computer, pushing pencil to staff papers and development of a tiered, goal oriented, song and performance based music program in 3 disciplines had finally been born. Drums, Percussion and Voice! The relaunch and rebrand became DPV Music Lessons.
25 plus years experience in the music business has given Lael his next calling: Passing along the knowledge he’s gained to all ages, but specifically KIDS!
“I love kids. I fully realized this after my son, Kairie, came into this world. It really changed me in more ways than I can keep track. I never thought I’d be a dad, and it’s by far the best stage I’ve ever stepped foot on!”
Born into a family of drummers, Megan Richardson grew up playing in school bands and orchestras, and cut her rudimental drumming teeth on the Southern California drumline circuit. She attended Berklee College of Music as a Drum Set Principal, earning a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting with a Minor in Recording and Production.
Megan plays drums around Nashville in a variety of genres, from rock to country to singer-songwriter to R&B. In between live gigs, recording, and writing projects, she can be found learning traditional rhythms for African or Latin percussion.
Nicolas Hosford is a guitarist from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently residing in Nashville, TN. He received both a Master and Bachelor of Classical Guitar Performance from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar and audio engineering from Grand Rapids Community College.
Nick has 19 years of experience teaching guitar of all styles, skill levels, and ages. Nick also has experience working with students with playing injuries, other physical injuries, and cognitive challenges.
Amberly Winfrey is a vocalist, teacher, and songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. Her first singing experiences were as a child at home and in church. Here she sang in the choirs directed by her parents and grandmother. Gospel and Christian music she learned in church, while at home her parents infused her with soul, funk, 80s and 90s r&b, jazz, and rock.
Amberly has taught ages 6-15 at institutions like NKU Music Preparatory Department, Mainstage Musical Theater and NKU Music Prep’s after school and summer programs. She also taught a wide range of students while studying at Belmont and as a Vocal Instructor at the Nashville School of Rock. Here she taught private lessons, directed show choirs, and taught group classes for 3 years.
Since completing her Masters degree in Commercial Voice Performance, at Belmont University, Amberly has also continued to pursue diverse musical experiences in her own writing and performance. Those experiences include singing lead and background vocals for various acts in and around Nashville and the surrounding areas.
Trevor Caddell quickly became a veteran of music performance and education starting in high school, when he was section leader and eventually charged with leading the entire woodwind section. In addition he became assistant instructor and began teaching private lessons. This trend of leading others and teaching continued from his undergraduate studies and directly into his Masters in Commercial Music at Belmont University.
While at Belmont, Trevor kept with his instructional ways and helped with overflow of saxophone lessons as a Graduate Assistant. He was often relied up for assisting and/or directing various jazz groups as well as being a substitute teacher the Winds Seminar at Belmont.. After completion of his Masters, Trevor was the hired as the Director of Jazz a Valor Voyager Middle School in Nashville.
To summarize Trevor as a professional instructor would be an understatement. His experience teaching nearly all ages affords DPV a level of finesse and FUN for all our KIDS! While he has heavy experience in jazz, he is certainly no stranger to classical and all contemporary styles of music.
Justin Walden is from Athens, Tennessee just south of Knoxville. He is a professional musician, violinist, fiddle player, banjo player, guitar player, mandolin player, pianist, and lead vocalist. He grew up playing bluegrass music in East Tennessee and the surrounding areas.
Some of his influences are Bill Monroe, whose high lonesome sound paved the road to modern Bluegrass and the contemporary sounds of today’s Country music scene, like Brothers Osborne, Big and Rich, and newer artists like Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley. He integrates his passion for music into any genre. Some of Justin’s primary influences are the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks, and many other notable artists.