Jaime Highfill grew up in New York where she sang, played piano, and flute as well as perform in many musicals directed by Broadway cast members. She grew up in church where she sang and praised God with the gifts she was given. She wrote music from a young age as well. When it came time for College she knew that God wanted her to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She decided to move across country to go to Oral Roberts University, at first with a degree for Theater but then changed her major to Music.
Jaime taught private lessons throughout college with a local studio and really enjoyed it. Before her son was born she began teaching private lessons in her home but within a year the studio got too big. She began to look for locations to teach private lessons out of as well as other teachers who might be interested in teaching. When deciding upon a name for this studio she wanted a name that was bigger than her own. She decided on Charis Music Studio because Charis, in ancient Greek, means “God’s Greatest grace”. She always felt this was God’s studio and wanted to honor him in the name. She wanted to make sure she gave people a place to perform as well. This was very important to her. When she was growing up she did not have places to perform. She paved the way for many other studios, after Charis, opening doors of performance making this the norm.
Jaime is also a student of the studio as well. After her mother passed in 2014 she inherited her mother’s guitar. Jaime tried learning to play in college but could not change chords very well. Jaime started taking lessons from Bob Pingel in 2014. Later that year she was accompanying herself on sets! She was leading worship at a church in Owasso in 2017.
As Jaime’s son got older she realized something changed after his 18 month shots. He stopped making eye contact as well as talking. By 2 years old he still was not speaking. With some therapy and schooling he began speaking by 3 years of age. He has been in school since age 3 and after many doctors visits later he has been diagnosed with aspergers, a form of autism. You can meet Micah most days at Charis Music Studio. He enjoys holding the door open, speaking with, and encouraging most students on a daily basis!
Jaime has taught many people throughout the past 15 years. Students that have made it to American Idol, the Voice, Juilliard, Celebrities, people who are currently big in the industry, who have had large college music careers, actors, praise and worship leaders, people who sing on cruise ships, and many more! She loves teaching, she loves her studio, loves her students, and her family. She feels truly blessed and grateful to get to do what she loves every day!