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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.
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.
Jacob Head has been teaching at Maxwell’s House of Music since August of 2016 and has become one of the store’s best musical assets since joining the team. Jacob began playing music at the age of nine, beginning with violin. He has since become accomplished on mandolin, guitar, piano, and ukulele. He is a 2015 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. He is the worship leader at LifeBridge Christian Church in Louisville, the founder of the group “Compass Quartet,” and recently has begun working with private clients as a board-certified Music Therapist. In addition to teaching at Maxwell’s, Jacob manages the very popular “Blue Note Café” monthly concert in the Maxwell’s Stage Room. In his free time, Jacob enjoys arranging and composing music for himself and the Compass Quartet, as well as spending time with his wife, Kara. He enjoys teaching students of all ages, levels, and abilities.
Todd Ihrig has been teaching piano for over 25 years. Originally from the Greater Cincinnati area, he graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Music in 1990. While at NKU, Todd spent two summers with the Kentucky Institute for European Studies in Bregenz, Austria. He also studied Music History at the graduate level for two years at the University of Louisville's School of Music, and later taught with their Preparatory Department at the Oldham County Arts Center (2005-08). Todd also taught with Willis Music for 14 years and currently teaches at Music Go Round as well as Maxwell's House of Music. He enjoys church music and plays at Strathmoor Presbyterian Church in Louisville. His approach to teaching piano is traditional with an emphasis on theory, technic and an appreciation of the classics. Todd accepts students of all ages (1st grade and up) and levels and offers two annual student recitals.
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.
Karen has a love and passion for music which started at the age of 9, playing clarinet in school bands and ensembles from 3rd-12th grade. This provided a strong foundation in music theory and musicianship. In 2000, at the age of 34, she decided to pursue her interest in guitar and has been taking private lessons throughout the last 20 years. Karen has been playing out live in local cover and original bands, as lead guitarist, for the last twelve years. Her current band, Julius, released their first E.P. in August 2018 and play out regularly at several locations in Louisville. In 2018 & 2019 Karen volunteers as a guitar instructor for "Girls Rock Louisville", which continued her interest in teaching....believing that EVERY child should have access to music education and the opportunity to learn an instrument. She plans to continue working for Girls Rock in future summer sessions. In 2019, she was also asked to be an instructor as well as a "full band coach" for "Ladies Rock", an extension of "Girls Rock Louisville"; where in just 4 days, the ladies learned an instrument, wrote an original song and got to perform for a large audience in a well-known venue here in Louisville.
Taylor Neita began her music journey at the age of 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana where she learned to play piano and sing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University in 2015. In addition to teaching at Mom’s Music, she also performs professionally around the Louisville area. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to sing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Madonna, CeeLo Green, Rachel Platten, Allen
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!
Taylor Neita began her music journey at the age of 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana where she learned to play piano and sing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University in 2015. In addition to teaching at Mom’s Music, she also performs professionally around the Louisville area. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to sing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Madonna, CeeLo Green, Rachel Platten, Allen Stone, and others. She also earned a “ticket to Hollywood” for season 3 of American Idol, which premiered in the spring of 2020. Taylor’s genres of expertise range from pop to classical, and her style of teaching emphasizes a strong understanding of the fundamental basics with a fun, personalized approach to mastering the instrument.
You may recognize Bert as one of the familiar faces you see around the shop. Aside from being the former “Guitar Custodian & Doer of Things” at the shop, he has been teaching at the store for over two years! Bert took private lessons and went through the Rock School (now Backstage Pass) performance program at Mom's Music as a teenager but is primarily a self-educated guitar and bass player with nearly two decades of experience. He specializes in bass, guitar, and band coaching, and can teach anything from the most basic beginning chords and techniques, to more advanced playing styles such as sweep picking and slap bass. Bert has played in numerous bands over multiple genres over his nearly 20 years as a musician, and has been playing bass and writing in the local groove indie rock trio, Darlington Pairs, for several years with one of our other instructors, Skyler Bready. Bert has a passion for music and creating new musicians and loves to have fun while doing it!
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.
Having spent over a decade at Mom’s Music and Maxwell’s House of Music, Nathaniel has become the newest and youngest band coach! He has spent years as a vocalist while also taking guitar, piano, sound engineer, and music theory classes. Nathaniel is always on the move and always looking to better himself and those around him! We are so excited to have our long time student and friend join our team! Look out and rock on!
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!