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Experience, Passion, Drive, Motivation. What to all these words have in common? They’re all adjectives that describe Old Dominion University’s Community Music Academy instructors. All ODU CMA instructors are highly qualified individuals who not only posses the knowledge of the instrument, but also the passion for teaching it. Whether a novice or advanced, our instructors teach students the principals of their instruments that help build a foundation for the rest of their lives.

Below you will find information about instructors for this instrument. Contact us for information on how to contact these instructors and begin private lessons.


Robb Esperat studied music education at Old Dominion University and with Dr. Rod Lewis at Columbia International University in South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor's in Bible and Music. Robb has played in the Master Classes of William Kanengeiser, the Amadeus Duo, and many others. He was one of two Americans to participate in the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, Germany in 1999. When he has some free time, Robb enjoys fishing and playing drums with his two year old son.



Joshua Lessard received his Master of Music degree from Norfolk State University and Bachelor of Music degree from Old Dominion University. Mr. Lessard is currently an adjunct Music Professor at Old Dominion University and Orchestral Director at Ruffner Academy. He graduated with honors from the Governor’s School for the Arts majoring in guitar and music composition. As a composer, Mr. Lessard wrote music for "Pavel’s Chariot", a Regent University film that has been shown in Los Angeles, Norfolk’s Naro Theater, and on PBS. His guitar styles include classical, jazz, rock, and blues. He has served as a faculty member of the Governor’s School for the Arts and as former adjunct music professor at Norfolk State University. As an accompanist and a soloist, Mr. Lessard has performed for ODU Guitar Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and original and traditional religious music at area Synagogues and Churches. Josh has been affiliated with the Community Music Academy since 1996.


Kristi Harriman has a Masters of Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, and her Bachelors of Music Therapy degree from Augsburg College, Minnesota, where she graduated Cum Laude. Since 1998 she has worked for the City of Norfolk Neighborhood and Leisure Services at Lakewood Dance and Music Center teaching piano and guitar in both group and private instruction to children and adults. Kristi was formerly a family counselor for Norfolk Social Services (1998-2000). As an employee of Norfolk Public Schools she has provided music instruction for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Her teaching methods emphasize theory and the aesthetic benefits of music. Kristi has also taught piano and guitar lesson at the collegiate level.





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