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!”
Well-received and dynamic percussionist Porter Ellerman loves bringing energy and pin-point precision into any project he takes part in. Graduating from The University of Arizona with a degree in percussion performance in 2021, he specializes in solo and chamber performance and electronics using Ableton Live, with groups such as the University of Arizona Percussion Ensemble, Speak-Easy Ragtime Marimba Band, and CrossTalk Electronic Percussion Ensemble. His attention to detail, dynamic performances, and dedication to projects have allowed him to perform across Tucson and the Southern United States, in projects with Tucson and Yuma theater companies, playing special events, award-winning high school drumlines, Arizona Days of Percussion, to the Disney Concert Hall, Centennial Hall, and more. Working both in solo and chamber settings, Porter aims to bring new music to the forefront of stages, promoting and expanding the literature of contemporary percussion performance, through conveying personal messages and meaningful stories and soundscapes in music to the young and old.
Rich Mossman studied at Boston’s Berklee College of music where he majored in jazz performance and education. He has also studied privately with Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck) and Alan Dawson.
He has over 25 years teaching experience with students from a wide range of ages and ability levels.
Megan Richardson attended Berklee College of Music as a Drum Set Principal, earning a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting with a Minor in Recording and Production.
Studying under world-class players and mentors has taught her the value of quality, attentive instruction that balances positive reinforcement with objective challenges.
Megan plays drums around Nashville in a variety of genres, from rock to country to singer-songwriter to R&B.
John Allen Is an upright and electric bassist who hails from Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University with a BMA in Jazz Bass, John studied jazz and classical music on the Upright Bass and contemporary styles on the electric bass.
John has been performing professionally since the age of 16 and has played electric bass since the age of 10. As an instructor, John focuses on developing a supportive foundation and stable technique to ensure the students’ safe development on the instrument. He has taught students ages 8-60+ and is adept at adjusting his instruction to where ever the student may be in their musical development.
Matthew Clinkenbeard has been playing guitar for 18 years and giving lessons for 11. He studied jazz and music business at the University of Miami Frost School of Music before graduating in 2016 and relocating to Nashville shortly thereafter.
Since moving to Tennessee, Matthew has released an album of mostly original compositions, toured with country artist Derryl Perry, performed at the Smoky Mountain Opry in 2018 alongside Voice winner Chris Blue, and played all over Middle Tennessee.
He currently is a member of the band Cullen Wade and the Waters, and plays regularly with country-jazz vocalist Amanda Raye, in addition to various lessons, sessions, and live gigs.
Matthew tries to bring together all his various influences in order to pass on the most important knowledge to students, and enjoys the opportunity to give back to those who may be interested in the guitar.
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.
An ex-athlete (Southeast Missouri State University Basketball) with a writing degree from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Ben picked up the guitar in middle school and never put it down. He took an active interest in songwriting from an early age, with many band and solo projects branching into many more musical occupations, from songwriter and singer on independent labels to producer, videographer, touring guitarist and Nashville session musician on guitar, keys and mandolin.
Along the way he’s worked with Nashville-centric artists including Lucinda Williams, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Mercy Bell while touring some incredible venues like The Kennedy Center, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and The Beacon Theater in New York City.
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. This trend of leading others and teaching continued from his undergraduate studies and directly into his Masters in Commercial Music at Belmont University.
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.
Amberly Winfrey is a vocalist, teacher, and songwriter from Cincinnati, OH.
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.