Our Music Instructors

  • CELLO

    Dr. Tom Silliman

    Dr. Tom Silliman has been the orchestra director and string teacher with the Brevard County School District for over twenty years and is currently teaching in the Bayside High School feeder chain and serving as orchestra director at Southwest Middle School in Palm Bay. He is the assistant principal cellist of the Brevard Symphony and previously served as the artistic director/concert orchestra conductor of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. He frequently performs with many other organizations in the Central Florida area and performs with his wife Becky in the Highwire flute and cello duo. Prior to moving to Brevard County, he served as professor of string education at Southern Utah University for three years.Dr. Silliman has a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from James Madison University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in cello performance from Arizona State University. Dr. Silliman is also an active member of the Worship Orchestra at First Baptist Melbourne.

  • Guitar

    Kim Jacobs

    Kim Jacobs knows what it feels like to have a passion to play the guitar and to work hard to accomplish it. It is her desire to help others accomplish their goals and avoid bad habits and pitfalls along the way.She is personally attracted to all forms of guitar styles enjoying the growl and sustain of a heavily distorted tube amp as well as the simple beauty of acoustic finger-style guitar or just playing rhythm. But mostly, Kim loves to raise her instrument up in praise of God and offer back what He has so graciously given to her. She is an active member of the Praise Band at Life’s Oasis Church. 


    Her formal training allowed her two years to study classical guitar, music theory and musicianship from Ohlone College and the Mission San Jose School of Guitar in California.As a teacher, Kim is especially interested in developing a strong foundation from the beginning by teaching good technique, note reading and theory. Her professional experience includes playing for weddings and special family events, being a rhythm guitar player in bands, leading worship services in local churches and teaching guitar to children and adults.

  • Piano

    Le Ann Hasker

    Le Ann S. Hasker is the wife of our Academy Director, Pastor David A. Hasker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and the Master of Education in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She has taught elementary music professionally in both Christian and public schools in Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. She holds Orff Level III Certification and is currently the elementary music specialist at Meadowlane Intermediate School. She has taught piano privately for over 20 years. She serves in the Worship Choir and as the Children’s Choir Coordinator at First Baptist Melbourne where she oversees six musical ensembles for Preschoolers and Children.

  • PIano

    Sara Rhodes

    Sara Rhodes has been playing the piano since the age of five. Having a natural ear for music, she quickly became proficient, even as a young child. Being the daughter of an Air Force Major, she moved often and was constantly awarded new opportunities to serve in every church music department. At the age of thirteen, she began formal training under a local teacher, Leigh Julian. During this time, Sara began to teach and share the gift of music with peers and young students alike. When she moved away to attend college in Jacksonville, Florida, she continued her musical education, both in voice and piano. Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Secondary Education and Music. Today, she and her children attend First Baptist Melbourne where she works on staff as Ministry Assistant to the Worship Pastor and is actively involved in the music department. Sara has taught private piano for over twenty years, including teaching at Gateway previously from 2007-2013. 


  • Piano

    Lisa Wilt

    Lisa J. Wilt has been a private piano teacher for all ages for over 15 years. Since 2007, she has specialized in preschool piano which has inspired her to become the author of Preschool Piano Pals, volumes 1 & 2, a piano program designed for young musicians. In addition to piano, her background includes teaching elementary music for 17 years in Texas and Florida public and private schools and PK3 at two local Melbourne Christian preschools for the past 4 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with minors in organ and music theory, from The University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in Kodaly Pedagogy, solfege, and folk song analysis, from Sam Houston State University. She is also certified in Orff Level III from Jacksonville University and is a member of The National Federation of Music Clubs. Lisa is an active member of Coastline Community Church.


  • PIano / Flute

    Linda Hill

    Linda Hill received a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Radford University and a Master of Music Education from Florida State University. She taught beginning band for 1 years and has taught private music lessons for over 25 years. She has participated in the Space Coast Flute Choir, toured as a flutist with the Celebrant Singers, arranged Christian songs and performed for various churches under her Sounds of the Master’s Flute ministry. She has been active in the music ministries of each church she has attended. Currently, at First Baptist Melbourne, she enjoys playing the flute in the Worship Orchestra.

  • Violin

    Jenna Cobb

    Jenna Cobb has been teaching violin privately for over 15 years. As a student, she was concertmistress of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in Atlanta, and became assistant concertmistress of the Atlanta Chamber Orchestra serving for three years before relocating to Melbourne. Jenna is most passionate about playing sacred music in the church. She has involved herself in church orchestras and soloing since the age of 13. She is currently an active member of the Worship Orchestra at First Baptist Melbourne. Excellence and wholeheartedness in worship is one of her primary goals for her students.


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Melbourne, Florida 32904

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