Mom’s Teachers Are Some Of The Best Musicians In The Louisville Area
With teachers available for a wide variety of instruments, Mom’s Music is able to offer music lessons geared toward your playing ability and needs!
Guitar, Bass, Songwriting and Ukulele Teacher
Karsten has a catered to student approach that focuses on the fundamentals of reading, technique and song training. He teaches beginner to professional classes from age 7 and up. Karsten has a Bachelor’s degree in music from Bellarmine University and has recorded and performed in regional bands for over 10 years.
Joe teaches beginner to advanced piano – specializing in Rock, Blues and Pop styles. He teaches theory and reading but also takes the approach of “close the book and put the knowledge to work”. Joe a native of Long Island, NY, studied piano with Ralph Caruso of the Ralph – Joseph Orchestra from age 5. He then majored in piano at the Nassau Community College. Joe currently performs weekly as a solo artist at restaurants, clubs and private events and as a freelance professional sound engineer and stage tech.
Rob’s teaching focuses on structured fundamentals that apply to all styles of music. He instructs all ages beginner to advanced. He has been teaching at Mom’s for over 10 years. Rob has earned his Bachelor of Music education from the University of Louisville and has studied percussion with James Rago, Kalani, Glen Caruba, Jim Chapin and Jimmy Lobb. He teaches snare drum, drum set and hand percussion at Mom’s.
Guitar, Bass, Drum, Ukulele and Vocal Teacher
Russ comes to Mom’s from Spring Field, Missouri where he attended Missouri State. He teaches mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Russ is also Mom’s Rock School coach. His styles include Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Metal, Punk and Pop. Russ creates a tailored personal lesson plan for students of all ages.
Guitar, Bass Teacher – Rock School Coach
Billy enjoys teaching Rock, Blues, Country and Pop style of music to students of all ages using his own techniques to teach material that would match student’s preferences. Billy brings 15 years of musical knowledge and 7 years of professional touring experience to his students. With 8 years of formal music training, Billy has shared the stage with acts such as Spoon, Ok Go, Sleater-Kinney, and Biz Markie.
Cecilia Franklin ( Ms. C )
Piano and Voice Teacher
Cecilia began studying piano, voice and acting at The Karamu House and Case Western Reserve in Cleveland Ohio at age 5. A graduate of EKU with a Bachelors in Music Ed. with an emphasis in piano and voice. She began teaching privately while still in college. After graduating Cecilia taught Gen. Music at Caverna Indiana schools from 1978-1988. She started with JCPS in 1988-200 and ended her teaching career with the Archdiocese in 2005. Currently she teaches Piano and Voice at Mom’s Music and the West End. Cecilia enjoys performing solo piano and accompanying vocalists. She is choir director and pianist at Plymouth Church here in Louisville.
Chuck teaches Blues, Rock Blues, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and Music Theory, along with Minor & Major Pentatonic Modes. Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Black Sabbath are a few of Chuck’s favorites to teach. Part of Chuck’s main focus is getting the student playing right away and making sure they are having fun! He has been a regional guitarist since 1986, and he has played with the Rock Bottom Band since 1998. Chuck has opened for Molly Hatchett, Junior Brown, Leon Russell, David Allen Coe, Duke Robillard, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.
Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Voice Instructor
Shannon studied music education and saxophone performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. While attending he studied saxophone with John Moore and Mike Tracy, Piano with Dr. Oliphant, and voice with Dr. Jack Ashworth. Since leaving university Shannon has performed all over the country on a variety of instruments including saxophone, guitar, piano, mandolin, and drum set. He has recorded numerous albums with bands Gideon’s Rifle, Big Atomic, and under his own name. Shannon has eight years of formal and informal teaching experience. Teaches ages 5 and up. Offers beginner mandolin and ukulele as well.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Rick Bartlett began his musical career at age 5 singing in church. While in high school, Rick began performing with the Kentucky Opera Association. He attended the University of Louisville School of Music as a voice performance major. Currently, Rick is a performer known for his rich velvet voice and talent on the piano and guitar with your favorite standards made famous by artists such as Nat King Cole, Lionel Richie and Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison, Prince and even Jim Croce! Rick has also performed with several regional orchestras including the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra as well as the Louisville Orchestra. Most nights, Rick can be found performing solo at Buck’s Resturaunt and Bar in downtown Louisville.
Contact Mom’s to inquire about lessons with “The Voice of Louisville” today!
Dr. Ward F. Mowery
Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba Teacher
Dr. Mowery graduated from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Music Education. Dr. Mowery is a Nationally registered Music Educator with MENC- Music Educators National Conference. He has served as a Music Adjudicator with OMEA and KMEA and was Principal Bassist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years. Personalities that Dr. Mowery has performed with include Eddie Arnold, Pat Boone, Roy Rogers, Doc Severinson and many others.
Piano, Saxophone Teacher
Bradley has played the piano since the age of 7 and saxophone since the age of 9. In middle and high school, he played in band and also participated in KMEA and performed in All County Band. He participated in marching band both at Louisville Male High School and also at the University of Louisville. He is pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies at UofL and is set to graduate this December. Bradley teaches piano and saxophone for jazz, rock, and pop music.
Voice, Piano Teacher
Teresa Hayward is a singer, songwriter, performer and voice teacher from Chicopee, Massachusetts. Teresa has been singing and performing for over 10 years as a lead singer/soloist, in several choirs, bands and vocal groups, as a back-up singer, and as studio musician; she has experience performing many different genres and styles of music, including jazz, blues, pop, rock, indie, folk, musical theater and classical. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Jazz Voice and Music Management from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford in Connecticut. Teresa is passionate about the voice: its health and authenticity. Teresa works with students to explore each student’s unique voice, discovering their own authentic sound and cultivating their singing style, all while maintaining healthy singing techniques. She enjoys teaching students of various ages and skill levels, and teaches contemporary styles such as jazz, blues, pop, folk, and rock. As well as teaching voice, Teresa also teaches beginner piano.
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 McNicol 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. https://toolband.com/news/2017/reminder-danny-with-volto-benefit-show/?fbclid=IwAR0y6WPmY5a24n13nM1oHPVy9XVvIV37Q8NZv80QTVxSQ9japbcrRN-huIs