Meet Our Teachers
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice
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!"
David Bormann III
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice, Euphonium, Music Theory, Songwriting, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba
As an energetic conductor, performer, and teacher, David Borman III understands that music has the unique power to educate, inspire, and change people. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Louisville, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2019. In December of 2018, Borman led the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya and in April of 2015, he made his Carnegie Hall debut on Euphonium and Trombone, returning again as a pianist and vocalist in 2018. As a proponent of community engagement, Borman is an active freelance conductor in the Southern Indiana and Louisville area performing with groups such as the Redline Theatre, CenterStage, The Kentuckiana Philharmonic, and Providence Theatre. Currently, he serves as the associate conductor for the Louisville Civic Orchestra, an assistant conductor for the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra, and an assistant conductor for the Louisville Youth Orchestra. Borman has studied brass with Clinton McCanless, Dennis Akers, and Scott Cooksey and conducting with Alexandra Enyart, Kimcherie Lloyd, and Jason Hart Raff. He enjoys teaching his private studio of brass, voice, and piano students at Maxwell’s House of Music in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting
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.
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Beginner Guitar
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.
James "Jimmy" Gaetano
Instrument(s): Guitar, Band Coaching
James Gaetano has been playing guitar for 40 years. After learning and playing locally in his hometown of El Paso Texas, he moved to Hollywood California to attend GIT in 1989. Studying under Keith Wyatt of the Blasters, Scott Henderson of Tribal Tech, Jennifer Batten of Michael Jackson, and so many more, he found his calling of blues, rhythm and blues, soul, funk and roots rock as the music of his soul. To further his musical endeavors in these styles, he moved back to his home state of Texas, namely Dallas, and spent 3 years performing locally and touring with Black Top Recording Artist, The Crawl. Touring the southern states, west coast and part of Europe was a tremendous educator to add to his ever-growing knowledge of the music industry. The next phase of his life brought him to Southern Indiana where he attended Bible School and would go on to play with a Christian based gospel group, performing and ministering for 6 years. During this time, and up to the present, he became a local favorite as a private instructor, music retail owner and promoter of music, arts and performance in his community, sharing his vast knowledge of his lifelong musical journeys. Music theory, sight reading, ear training, various styles, and a love for music is what can be gained from choosing James as your musical instructor. “The beauty of private lessons is to find the students own unique way of learning, start where they are, and take them as far as they can go in their quest for learning the exciting language of music.”
Instrument(s): Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Ukulele, Piano, Guitar
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.
Jeff has been playing harmonica (blues harp) for over 35 years. He still carries his first harmonica with him to gigs. Jeff also has been playing acoustic guitar for over 25 years. While he enjoys playing both instruments together, he is predominantly a blues harp player. He has played with many bands over the decades in Indiana and out west in Colorado and Arizona. Jeff specializes blues, but is well-versed in classic rock, Christian rock, gospel and country. His teaching expertise is focused on understanding the different methods of harmonica playing, so you can play leads or background rhythms and melodies. Jeff teaches all ages and all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced student, Jeff is more than eager to help guide you toward your goals with harmonica and have a lot of fun on the way!
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice
Vicki has over 30 years’ experience in voice and piano. She enjoys teaching all genres of music and helping students their own style of playing and singing. Vicki was a worship leader at a local church for over 15 years before transitioning into ministering to women. During her time as a worship leader, she directed several plays and musicals while also directing the church choir. She also traveled for 8 years in a Christian singing group. Even though she is no longer a worship leader, she continues to volunteer within the church by singing and playing piano. Music, specifically singing and piano, has played an important role in Vicki’s entire life. She has a passion for helping her students grow both musically and personally.
Instrument(s): Guitar, Drums
Steve is a lifelong resident of Jeffersonville, Indiana. His love of music came from his grandmother, Dixie. She was a self-taught professional piano player in Louisville in the 1940s and 1950s. Steve and his brother David were featured vocalists in their Grandma’s act.
Steve began taking formal music lessons in 6th grade. He wanted to play the drums but his band teacher said they needed fewer drummers and more brass players. Steve started taking tuba and baritone lessons and eventually took trombone lessons in high school. Steve was awarded the John Philip Sousa band award in 1978 for his musical excellence. Following high school, Steve played in numerous big bands in the area. Often times, he was the youngest member of the band- by far!
In 1980, some high school friends decided they wanted to put a band together and asked Steve if he’d like to join their horn section. One night in band practice, somebody asked if anyone could sing and Steve said, “Sure, I’ll give it a shot!” With that, Steve was enlisted as vocalist/trombone player. When nearly all of the band members went away to college, one would think that the band would be no more- WRONG! One of the band members was from Dayton, Ohio and had entered an original song written by the band to a homemade album project by a local FM radio station. The song was chosen first place out of some 150 entries! This led to a showcase performance in Dayton, Ohio in the summer of 1981. Following the demise of that band, Steve decided to continue his music career. He was contacted by a Louisville based band for his vocal ability. The Intentions were known for their original material and even had their own recording studio! During the ensuing years, the band asked if Steve knew how to play an instrument (besides trombone). Steve said, “No”. They said, “How would you like to learn rhythm guitar”? “Sure, but I don’t own a guitar.” The guitar player said, “If you get yourself a guitar, l’ll teach you how to play.” Always ready for a new challenge, Steve was now playing guitar and spent some 5 years as part of that group enjoying countless hours in the studio, periodic club gigs, as well as learning a tremendous amount about songwriting. Through the process, the drummer of that band quit and there was no one to fill the drumming chair. “Does anybody know how to play drums?” Steve said, “Yes, but I don’t own any drums.” With that Steve went to the local music store and bought a used drum set for $400. This would begin a love affair with the drums that remains to this day. Though moderately successful, the band then decided to break up. Steve continued to play with many local artists and bands (drums) for a period of about 20 years. He has shared the stage with Steve Wariner, Reba McEntire, John Anderson and many more. Steve has been married for 30 years- to the same person! He has three kids and 1 dog, Ruby! Steve loves sharing my love for music with as many people as he comes in contact with! Steve has also been the choir director at his church for the past 10 years and is a part time preacher.
Instrument(s): Piano, Brass, Woodwind
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.
Instrument(s): Piano, EDM, Sound Engineering
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.
Instrument(s): Drums, Guitar
Justin Manley's love of music started at age twelve, beginning with drums. He is no stranger to Maxwell's House of Music, he joined the Rock School program (now Backstage Pass) in 2008 at age fifteen and played guitar in three different rock school bands until 2012, honing his skills and becoming a standout student. Justin went on to co-found the band Bon Fire (A Tribute To AC/DC) serving as their drummer in 2010. The name was later changed to Thunderstruck and he toured the country playing various concert halls, casinos, theaters, fairs and festivals. Thunderstruck became the nation’s premier AC/DC tribute band, regularly playing to crowds of 10,000 and more across the country. After extensive years of touring with Thunderstruck, Justin left the band in 2018 as the full-time drummer, but he still subs for them when called on. Justin brings unmatched experience and knowledge to our team of teachers. Justin takes beginning to advanced students of all ages.
Instrument(s): Violin/Viola/Cello, Voice, Piano
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.
Instrument(s): Drums, Percussion
Billy’s primary teaching philosophy is to provide a safe environment where anyone can learn no matter their age, ability, or gender. Throughout his career, Billy has performed with many unique and diverse ensembles and is fluent in: Hard Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, Progressive, Metal, Indie, R&B, Reggae, and Alt Country. Billy grew up touring with his father and uncles’ band: The McNicol Bros. (A musical family group consisting of founding members of the psychedelic rock band, “The Rugbys”). The Rugbys are the first rock group from Louisville, KY to chart on Billboard’s Top 40 with their 1969 hit single “You, I”.His father, Robert McNicol, was both Drummer and Singer for the McNicol Bros. & performed in the latter years with the Rugbys. Absorbed by his father’s performances; Billy imitated him, playing drums and singing during sound-checks. As early as five years old, his parents discovered him playing the drums and singing simultaneously to his father’s set-list & record collection. Billy McNicol’s first major acclaim transpired when he became the “Featured Drummer” for the University of Louisville’s Men’s Basketball Program in 2004. On average, Billy received mass exposure, performing in front of an average of 20,000 fans per game for two consecutive Basketball seasons (2004-2005) at the historic Freedom Hall. To this day, he returns annually to Louisville, KY to deliver featured performances at the KFC Yum! Center w/ The Louisville Cardinals and is introduced to the venue’s sell-out crowds. Notable performances: On August 19th, 2017, Billy performed back to back with the Drummer from Tool, Danny Carey, and his band Volto at the iconic Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA upon invitation and received promotion on Tool’s website and social media outlets.
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice, Live performance
Sheila O'Bannon has over 30 years’ experience in the instruction of voice, piano, public speaking, and the theatre arts. Her instruction ranges in diverse areas of music such as Rock, Country, R & B, Gospel, Broadway, Classical, and Opera. She has assisted with student recording preparation for such companies as Disney and Sony Productions. Sheila is an accomplished and published playwright having produced and directed several plays across the country and at local venues such as the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her coaching experience includes audition preparation for organizations such as Actors' Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Blue Apple Players, American Idol and America’s Got Talent. For the past four years, Sheila has been a judge for the Fox Network's Kentuckiana Idol Program. Adding to her experience, Sheila is also Director of Music and two local churches.
Aaron "Bert" Owens
Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass, Band Coaching
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!
Instrument(s): Guitar / Advanced Theory
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.
Derek Rohr was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. His interest in music began at weekly visits to his grandma’s house where his cousin, Bob, would play the organ. Right after high school he went to the University of Mount Union and majored in music, philosophy, and psychology. He graduated in 1995 and then played keyboards and guitar in a local rock band for about 3 years. Derek then moved to the Cleveland area to get a Masters in Philosophy. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2001. During this time, he also began teaching private piano lessons at Cleveland Music in Parma, Ohio. Immediately upon graduation, he started teaching philosophy, religious studies and humanities at Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College. He continued teaching piano for about twelve years alongside the college courses. Derek got married in 2018 and followed his wife to Louisville, Kentucky. In a new city with lots of opportunities he switched his focus back to music and joined a band and started teaching piano. Derek specializes in beginner, intermediate and advanced level piano techniques, reading and writing music, and classical piano arrangements.
Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass, Fingerstyle Guitar
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.
Instrument(s): Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Band Coaching
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.
Instrument(s): Trumpet, Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor and Bass Trombone
Carter Woosley is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Bass Trombone Performance at the University of Louisville. He studies with Dr. Brett Shuster, and has had additional studies with Dr. Bryan Heath, as well as Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy, and Charlie Vernon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is performing with the Louisville Civic Orchestra and the Cardinal Brass Band, as well as playing the Contrabass Trombone with the University of Louisville Trombone Ensemble. He has performed with the Louisville Philharmonia on Tenor and Bass Trombone and Euphonium, and the Commonwealth Brass Band on Tenor and Bass Trombone. He was also a member of the 2019 Forecastle Symphony, directed by Teddy Abrams. He has attended the Inaugural Santa Fe Trombone Summit in 2019, and the DC Trombone Workshop in 2019. He was a finalist in the 2019 University of Louisville Concerto Competition. In Addition, Carter is an active freelancer in the Louisville and Southern Indiana Area, playing in several local Big Bands and Musical Theater organizations including CenterStage. He teaches beginner to advanced students on Trumpet, Tenor and Bass Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba and whether you're just beginning your musical journey, or you're an advanced player, Carter can help take your playing to the next level!