Triumph Music Academy Hires New Instructors to Accommodate Enrollment Increase

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 20, 2013 – To accommodate increased student enrollment, Triumph Music Academy has hired three music instructors, and is looking for two more.
Theodore Ndawillie II will teach piano and composition. His life in music began early by being toted to choir rehearsals his mother directed at church, then started drum lessons at age four. He attended Michigan State University where he studied Philosophy and Jazz Performance. Ndawillie held positions at area churches, collaborated with a wide variety of Michigan musicians, and has toured North America with various musical groups as a keyboardist and drummer. Theo’s current project is called Archery, a local area synth-pop band.

Mike Dodge is Triumph’s 5th guitar teacher on staff. He has been a performing professional since the late 70’s and continues to work regularly in the area and around the country. Over the years he has performed with prominent Michigan groups, most recently The Super Happy Funtime Burlesque Show, My Thin Place, and Grand River Big Band, to name a few. Dodge has also been teaching guitar since 1983. He specializes in intermediate and advanced guitar, in any genre, along with teaching mandolin and bass guitar.
Jim Foerch, or Banjo-Jim as most people know him, will teach banjo. Banjo-Jim picked up his first banjo in 1965 and hasn’t put it down since. He was a founding member of the regional touring band “Beats Settin’ Home” between 1982 and 2002. Since 2002, he is the banjo section for the Blue Water Ramblers, which he consistently performs with across the tri-state area.

About Triumph Music Academy
Triumph Music Academy was founded in 2011 by James Hughes (Owner), Jeremy Verwys, Matthew Gruppen and Kyle Thompson. Built on the talents of musicians who have made music a career, every instructor has a college education and they are professional performers, composers, songwriters and recording artists. Many perform in local bands, musicals and lend their talents to various forms of media. Focusing on all kinds of music, Triumph prides itself on bridging the gap between taking lessons and becoming a professional performer. Located on the corner of Wealthy and Diamond in GR’s first LEED certified business structure, the Academy offers lessons ranging from ukulele and guitar to piano and vocal, and everything in between. For more information, visit or call 616-454-2934.