Private Jazz Lessons






Grant Goldstein –

Grant Goldstein is a guitarist, composer and educator born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is one of the premier jazz guitarists in Oklahoma today as well as being an active member in the R&B and Rock scenes. He has extensive performance credits in Oklahoma and New York, including performing with the Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre; as a member of the New Growth jazz quartet (OK), Patrick Bartley’s JMUSIC Ensemble, and Benjamin Sutin’s Klazz Ma Tazz (NY). He also taught private lessons and music theory at the University of Central Oklahoma for 3 years. And after completing a Master’s degree in jazz from the Manhattan School of Music he was highly active in the NYC jazz scene. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia St. Café in NYC, and the legendary Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA. He can also be heard on numerous studio projects, including Adam & Kizzie’s 2nd album, The Book of EEDO Vol. 2, Klazz Ma Tazz’s Tangibility, J-MUSIC Ensemble’s Time To Play. Known for writing introspective, sound-based music, he captivates all ears that have the pleasure of hearing him play.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.





Dr. Jack Helsley –

Dr. Jack Helsley is a bassist and educator based in Oklahoma City. He is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow and bassist with the One O’Clock Lab Band. During the Fall 2014 Semester, he directed the Jazz Bass Department at UNT as sabbatical replacement for Lynn Seaton. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Louisville, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. with the United States Air Force Band.  As a freelance bassist, he has been featured on numerous recordings of jazz, pop, rock, and country artists, and has performed with such notable talents as Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, David Baker, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Dorough, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golsen, Ernie Watts, and Jeff Watts.  He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance from The University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and has been on faculty at Anderson University, DePauw University, Eastern Illinois University, Marian University, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Helsley was a presenter at the 2016 JEN Convention in New Orleans, and has been invited to present at the upcoming Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in Aspen, CO., and the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY. He is also formerly the co-host of the Jazz Radio show “Have You Heard” on WICR-FM.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.





Jemar Poteat –

Jemar Poteat grew up playing drums in church from the age of 8, and began playing professionally and recording by the age of 12 in his hometown of Ardmore, OK. He attended East Central University from 2001-2002, went on to pursue his studies in percussion at the University of Oklahoma from 2002-2006. Jemar has worked as a full-time musician in the state of Oklahoma and surrounding regions for nearly 15 years. He is in high demand with many jazz artist around the state of Oklahoma. Jemar has played on many records from college graduate albums, to albums with Raul Reyes (UNT bassist One O’Clock lab band), Xiaojun Chen (China), New Growth (OKC), and Wes McMichael (Norman). Jemar is currently based in Oklahoma City, where he serves as the Music Director at Peoples Church overseeing approximately 60 musicians on a weekly basis.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.



Wind Instruments


For jazz wind instrument lessons (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), contact Dr. Tommy Poole at



Piano or Vibraphone


For jazz piano or jazz vibraphone lessons, JAZZ 3010/5010 contact Prof. Howard Potter at