What is Groove House?
Husband and wife team Justin and Amie Nunez stand behind the curtain of Groove House, a business that provides private music education to all ages in Hattiesburg, MS and the surrounding areas. Groove House was born out of the idea that musical education absolutely needs to be rooted in strong theory and technique, regardless of your instrument; but it needs to be equally balanced with freedom to play any style. Justin states, “The driving force behind Groove House is the goal of creating musicians. Being a musician requires being creative, flexible, and skilled. With Groove House, we have created an environment where anyone can have fun learning to play music that they love.”
Co-Founder and Instructor
(guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin)
Justin Nunez teaches acoustic and electric guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, and banjo. "With over one decade of experience in teaching music lessons, I've found that the best way to teach people how to play music is to teach them music they listen to. I offer personalized music lessons for people who love and want to play music. Playing music is fun. Learning to play music should be fun." -Justin
Co-Founder and Instructor
With a Bachelor's degree in Entertainment Industry Production and over 15 years of performance experience, Amie Nunez teaches piano lessons and offers vocal coaching. "It's so important to me that each student really finds a style they connect with. I spend a lot of time with my students listening to throwbacks and modern music, from genre to genre, to open their ears up to styles they might have never heard before." -Amie
You could say that Tori Patterson is a musical jack-of-all-trades. Her skill in playing keys and brass instruments carried her through the University of Southern Mississippi’s music education program, where she received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and music theory in 2013. Since then, she has gained experience in teaching k-k6 general music and leading k5-k12 string orchestra with music of all genres that she wrote/arranged herself. Her ability to focus and efficiently manage tasks makes her an essential element of the Groove House team.
Ryan Sherrer is a guitar and trumpet instructor with a strong background in live performance. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Mississippi. While pursuing his degree, he played in four university ensembles and frequently played guitar at local venues for many different bands. His ability to pair classical training with proficiency in many genres allows Ryan to offer flexible, personalized lessons.
Nicholaus Panella is a guitar instructor finishing a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has played in a number of USM's award winning ensembles including the 1 o'clock lab band and the Southern Miss Jazztet. Nicholaus has played alongside artists like Glen Ballard, Tom 'Bones' Malone, The Platters, and others. A principal writer and co-writer in several local bands, Nicholaus has had a lifelong interest in encouraging creativity and self expression in others.
Leanna Manning is a musician and freelance designer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She has been playing piano for fifteen years as well as marimba and other various instruments. Her experience over the years in being a part of indoor percussion groups, praise-and-worship bands, and other musical groups is what really sets her apart from most players.
Gunner is a senior music major at Southern Miss. During his time at Southern, he has been principle percussionist of the Wind Ensemble, captain of the Pride drumline, and a vibraphonist in the Jazztet under the direction of Larry Panella. Locally, Gunner is a percussion instructor at Petal High School and a freelance music teacher/writer. “One of my favorite things about teaching music is the natural curiosity of students. When they discover answers, they want to learn more and more.”
Jordan Swindoll is a percussion instructor holding a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, he studied drumset, Latin, rudimental, orchistral and mallet percussion, and maintained a busy performance schedule with numerous university ensembles. Jordan was also a 2-year member of the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum Corps. His diverse percussive background, combined with 8 years' teaching experience, allows him to meet the needs of any percussion student.
Danny is a senior at William Carey university, pursuing a double major in Church music and guitar performance. He is apart of the top jazz ensemble “Knights of jazz” as well as the guitar ensemble, and jazz guitar quintet. Danny has music experience in all styles from classical, jazz, rock and folk. He has competed in the Mississippi guitar alliance fesltival and won first place in the solo guitar competition. “I want to teach my students proper musical ideas and techniques in an atmosphere of encouragement and support.” - Danny