Stage Notes - School of Music
Zach Frazier is named the first 
Stage Notes Scholarship Recipient!

Zach is a 2016 graduate of Keller High School. He has been a student at Stage Notes for the past 3 1/2 years studying first piano and then adding guitar. He describes music as an outlet, something he can do to refocus when he is stressed or upset. In addition to stuyding music, Zach has also earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do! He will be attending Baylor University in the fall to study Biology in hopes of becoming an anesthesiologist or a genetic researcher. Congratulation, Zach!!

Stage Notes owner, Devin Leigh was recently named a Texas Tornado by Buddy Magazine!
This honor is bestowed on the best guitarists in Texas. His name is alongside guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter. This award came shortly after his winning an Akademia award for Best Blues Song  for his song "100 Miles From Home", and a Global Music Award in the Emerging Artist Category. Congratulations, Devin!


Stage Notes students make cameo in episode of "The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous"

At the end of the episode, Dr. Epic also announces and plays the winning student composition by Mr. Ethan Anderson! Congrats, Ethan!

Stage Notes is excited to announce they will now be awarding Stage Notes Scholarships for college students!

Whether or not a student intends on continuing their music education in college, Stage Notes wants to support them in furthering their education! Scholarships will be funded by proceeds from the Stage Notes Performing Arts Festival, held each April, and will be available for students who have studied music at Stage Notes for a minimum of two years. For more information on Stage Notes Scholarships, click here!

Wonkybot Studios And Stage Notes School of Music Inspire Students’ Creativity
Wonkybot Studios — — an LA-based children’s production company, and Stage Notes School of Music of Hurst, Texas — — have come together to inspire kids through a unique music opportunity.

“Dr. Epic, the mad scientist from our superhero series Tara Tremendous, challenges the Stage Notes students to come up with a song and/or music that he can listen to on his Epic-Radio in his crazy laboratory,” said Stewart St John, co-founder of Wonkybot Studios and creator of the Tara Tremendous franchise. “He’ll pick one of the kids’ songs to play in an upcoming Tara Tremendous episode/album!”

In other words, Stage Notes School of Music students will get a chance to dream up songs for Dr. Epic’s consideration.

“It’s great fun,” said Becky Steinsultz, founder of the Stage Notes School of Music. “We love finding new ways to inspire our students to create music and go for their dreams, and working with Wonkybot was a perfect match.”

“Nurturing and inspiring kids to develop and pursue their music, writing and art is an integral part of Wonkybot,” said St John. “I grew up writing and drawing comics, and composing music. Now I do it for a living. So I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to motivate kids along their path.”

And, as a pioneer in creating interactive content for digital platforms, St John and Wonkybot partner Todd Fisher have a long history of creating unique interactive opportunities. “It took a few days for Todd and I to hatch and work this idea through, but we finally came up with the Dr. Epic challenge and presented it to Stage Notes who totally got on board.”

The Epic-Opportunity is now open to Stage Notes School of Music students and will close January 29, 2016.

To launch the event, Wonkybot Studios created a short video featuring Dr. Epic addressing the Stage Notes school, personally inviting them to participate in his “Dr. Epic’s Epic-Opportunity.” The video can be seen on a specially designed section of the Wonkybot site:

“We wanted to make the whole thing feel exciting, and be an interactive experience for the kids where they felt directly involved,” said Todd Fisher, co-founder of Wonkybot Studios, who oversaw the implementation of the additional pages.

Interestingly, the founders of Wonkybot and Stage Notes School of Music met each other on GRAMMY-related Facebook pages this year: St John and Devin Steinsultz (Becky’s husband who goes by the stage name Devin Leigh) both had music that made the first round Grammy ballot.

“We just gravitated to each other,” said St. John about Leigh. “Devin was a huge supporter of what I was doing with the animated characters and music, and I was already a fan of the music he was performing… and then I found out about his School of Music and of course, it was in total alignment with our mission.”

Leigh, a Fort Worth-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, has been a touring musician for over 20 years, playing for some of the best acts in Texas including Bleu Edmondson, Jason Eady and Max Stalling. His guitar work has been heard on songs that have reached the top of the Texas charts and national Americana charts.

St John is an award-winning writer who’s been writing kids and family animation for over 15 years, beginning his career at Hanna-Barbera and writing/producing the movie Seventeen Again among many of his credits. Also a composer/songwriter, he launched Tara Tremendous as an album of story and music, completely composed in-house at his newly founded Wonkybot Studios. Tara Tremendous Episode 1 is currently available, and Episode 2 goes on sale December 1.

“We’re going to see how this rolls out and, if the students respond well and have fun, perhaps we’ll open it up to more schools in the future,” said St John.

“And we’re telling students they can perform their Dr. Epic songs at our Performing Arts Festival in April,” said Leigh. “That way, it gives everyone an opportunity to be heard, and creates more exposure all around.”