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Lora Anderson is a private instructor at Maxwell's House of Music. She has only worked there for a short time, but immediately fell in love with the staff and atmosphere! She currently teaches voice, but is capable of teaching piano, ukulele, and clarinet. She studied at University of Louisville and received her Bachelors in Music Education in 2016. Lora hopes to pursue he Master's in Performance /very/ soon. Since her graduation, Lora has been teaching in public schools around the Kentuckiana area. She has a knack and love for teaching that many can identify. Any students of hers knows that they will forever be "her kids". She has a confident personality and instills this in her students. She says, "Everyone can make music, just some people have it easier than most. It's my job to teach you you're capable, as long as you are willing!"
Skyler Bready is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter available for guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, music theory and songwriting lessons at Maxwell's House of Music. His approach emphasizes teaching technique and theory alongside songs that students already know and love. His songwriting lessons focus on demystifying the creation process and encouraging students to build their own personal songbook. Skyler works with beginner to advanced students. When Skyler isn't teaching at Maxwell's, you can likely find him riding his bike, singing lead vocals and playing guitar in his band "Darlington Pairs," or working in his home recording studio.
Britt is a veteran singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Northern Indiana. Currently studying music at Indiana University Southeast, Britt is very excited to join the Maxwell's family. Britt specializes in vocals, guitar, and beginner piano lessons! Britt's passion for music and songwriting will elevate our students and provide them with knowledge on vocal health and technique. She has numerous years of experience working in vocal groups, choirs, and instrumental bands/projects! She is currently working on her own album of original material and hopes to encourage future songwriters to do the same!
Rick Eisman has been playing guitar for over forty years. He has two decades of teaching experience, sixteen of which have been spent teaching at Maxwell's House of Music. Rick’s love of music and the guitar began at the young age of eleven years old he and played his first professional gig at the age of 14. He has played with many bands since then, including Dynamo Hum, The Grind, Starvin' Dogs, and Travelin' Mojos. Rick teaches all ages, from beginners to advanced players. He specializes in teaching a variety of styles including blues, rock, classic rock, and country. His teaching expertise is focused in lead improvisations, finger picking, and various rhythm guitar techniques.
Margarette Evans is an experienced vocalist, pianist, and songwriter. She has played piano for more than 20 years, and she's been singing since she was 4 years old. Margarette studied Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University and has self-released two CD's of her own music independently. She has played and performed on various artist's music releases, and she has worked as a demo singer in Nashville. Margarette has performed as a solo artist for the last 15 years and has played piano and fronted original and cover bands as well. Margarette uses her knowledge and experience to teach students how to play and sing, as well as coaching students to create the best performance possible. Margarette teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages and skill levels.
Lauren Hunter is an experienced voice and piano teacher, with a degree in Vocal Performance. Lauren has had a passion for music since she was 10 years old and has explored and performed many different genres over the years including Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Christian, Rock, Indie, and Pop. She enjoys learning new techniques and finds a true passion in teaching. When Lauren first got the opportunity to teach, she fell in love with encouraging and instilling confidence in musicians young and old. She believes that there is no one too young or too old to find their voice and use it to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. She is beyond excited to help her students achieve their goals in technique, performance, musicality, tone, practice discipline, and finding their voice.
Seth Jenkins has been playing guitar for majority of his life, and he is ready to help pass it on here at Maxwell’s House of Music. Seth first picked up the guitar after loving old rock n’ roll at the young age of 8, and the passion for guitar and music I’m general as only grown since! He has been professionally playing guitar in gigging and touring bands since 2016 after graduating from IU Bloomington. He is now a recording and touring guitarist for Brooks Ritter, Clayton Anderson, and many more. Seth has been all over the country touring with bands and has played on stages along the likes of Zac Brown Band, Dwight Yoakam, Jimmie Allen, Hunter Hayes, Carly Pearce, and countless others. He also records professionally, so let him help you get your chops good and tight! Seth can teach you rock, blues, country and pop licks and songs, music theory, technique, slide guitar, achieving good tone, and plenty of other useful guitar and music knowledge. Come on in to Maxwells House of Music and ask for Seth!
Andy has been playing guitar since March of 2000 when he was 13 years old. Andy has enjoyed learning many different genres of guitar, including classical,rock, blues, and his most favorite-percussive finger style. Over the course of his 21 years as a musician, Andy has had the privilege of teaching guitar for over 15 years and has taught students from many walks of life, from ages 6-88. Andy has worked with students who have had a wide range of abilities and challenges, and he views these challenges as opportunities to connect with students in the areas they are interested in and use those interests to relate to music and playing the guitar. He loves to see students enjoy what they are learning and enjoy the challenge of learning to play the guitar.
Shanna Ledbetter retired from teaching in 2014 after teaching for 41 years! For the last 23 years of her career, she served as the band director at Henryville Jr./Sr. High School. Shanna earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University with a focus on piano. She has also done graduate work at Tennessee Technical University, Purdue University, and Illinois State University. Shanna can teach your child to play piano or any band instrument. She is also capable of preparing your child for the Indiana State School Music Competition Solo and Ensemble Competitions. Shanna resides in Jeffersonville and has one daughter, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Jason Leech has been playing piano for 22 years. Jason graduated from California University of PA with a Bachelors in Music Technology. Jason has been playing piano music for places around his hometown like restaurants, resorts, and nursing homes. He has been teaching at Fawley's Music in West Virginia and URock Music Center in Pennsylvania. He has also been playing keyboards in a funky jam band called "The Manor & Friends" for the past 3 years.
Jason also make performance videos where he plays piano and synth to electronic beats he's produced. These performances combine Jason's love of playing keyboards, making videos, and producing EDM beats. This past year he debuted his live EDM keyboard set in Los Angeles, and continues to work on his solo career. You can see all of his videos on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jasonleechmusic and his website: www.jasonleechmusic.com.
Jason is excited about his move to Louisville and also to start teaching at Maxwell's House of Music. Jason loves that piano allows him to perform in classy resorts, rock and roll bands, and EDM-themed internet videos-- and he hopes to show his students that they can do all those things and more.
Rachel May is a professional musician living and working in the Louisville area. She began playing the violin at age 10, guitar at 12, and piano at 16. After graduating college on a violin performance scholarship in 2012, she performed as a solo cover artist around Louisville and Nashville. She has performed in venues big and small, from Wick's Pizza in New Albany to the Derby Train for the governor of Kentucky. In 2017, she auditioned for Holland America Cruise Line's piano venue aboard their line of luxury cruise ships. She was hired and performed aboard 4 different ships for two years, traveling to over 30 different countries as half of the piano duo in the Billboard Onboard venue. Now, she works as part of the house band at the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon on Fourth Street Live in Louisville. In addition to her professional experience, Rachel has been teaching private music lessons for over a decade, and she is happy to be back on land where she can combine her two loves of performing and helping others achieve their music goals.
Kendall Moore is a clarinetist by trade but has a knack for playing all sorts of wind instruments. He has a music education degree from Auburn University in vocal and instrumental music. He has over 15 years of experience performing on stage whether that be singing, playing in concert band and in marching band. He is currently residing in Jeffersonville and teaches at Thomas Jefferson Elementary school. While he is not working with little ones, he enjoys playing a variety of horns and dabbles in guitar. His focus is on all band instruments as well as beginning piano and theory. He continues to stay active in the band and choir world, participating in small ensembles in the area, as well as writing and composing his own arrangements. His main teaching goals are focused heavily on tone and self-evaluation. He believes that anyone who is interested in playing an instrument is capable of anything!
Tim Pitts has over 35 years teaching experience. He teaches all aspects of music theory including reading, improvisation, composition, style, complex rhythms, melodic concepts and technique. He has authored two instructional books: Learning Guitar Book 1 and All About Chords. Styles covered include rock, blues, metal, shred, jazz fusion, neoclassical, acoustic, and altered tunings. His teaching strengths include enabling students to open up to improvising leads, understand what scales to use, read timing, and utilize advanced creative melodic concepts. Supplemental instructional CDs and tab booklets from Tim’s Master Classes are also available on a number of subjects. A strong effort is made to gear lesson material towards the student’s goals and interests. Helping students maintain interest and providing them with inspiration is job number one. Tim’s music education includes five years of private lessons with instructor Mark Smith, one year with Jeff Sherman, three years with Alan Phelps, and one year with GIT graduate Pat Lentz. He is best known locally for performances with his bands SandPit and The Gary Sanders Band. Tim has written and recorded six internationally acclaimed CDs and is always working on a new one. His sense of humor and vast knowledge ensure a fun lesson every time.
At a very young age, Ronnie Scharrer knew he had music in his veins. While others his age were drawn to rock and roll, Ronnie developed a taste for classical and popular music that has stayed with him for a lifetime. Born and raised in Indiana, Ronnie is an established musician, songwriter, and composer and artist. His musical abilities span multiple instruments and genres. Ronnie has been performing professionally for nearly forty years and has used his talents to inspire others by teaching music for the past fifteen years! In 2019, Ronnie released his latest studio album, “The Eight Seasons of Life,” a sprawling epic of instrumental guitar prowess. Ronnie teaches beginner to advanced students of all ages and skill levels.
Kirk specializes in youth and young adult guitar, vocal, bass and piano lessons. He works with beginners to intermediates with an emphasis on basic note and fingering techniques. Kirk was a member of the Kentucky All-State High School Choir for three years and studied under Renee Grant Williams (vocal coach for Linda Ronstadt and The Grateful Dead). With over 20 years professional performing experience in rock, country, souls, blues, R& B, funk, and pop, Kirk is one well-rounded instructor. Kirk also serves Maxwell’s House of Music as one of our premier band coaches and prides himself on helping young musicians reach their full potential with their instrument in a live setting.
Jordan Williamson started playing drums at the age of 10 and took off since then. He has performed in numerous bands and continuously records and tracks for artists locally and regionally. Jordan has established a popular online presence on YouTube and Facebook playing various styles of music. Jordan has studied at The Berklee College Of Music for their percussion weekend and Jamie Aebersold’s Jazz camp at UofL for 2 years in a row and also went to Memphis to study Music Business. Jordan has been playing for his church for 8 years alongside amazing musicians in the church band. Jordan can teach anything from rock, blues, funk, jazz, country and many more styles! He hope’s to encourage and inspire his students to be eager to practice and get the most out of drumming!