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!

Karsten Nelson

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 D’Amato

Piano Teacher

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 Edwards

Drum Teacher

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.


Russ Wallace

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.


Billy Lease

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 Marcum

Guitar Teacher

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.

Shannon Vetter

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.

Mathew Mozzoni

Guitar & Bass Instructor – Jazz School Coach

Mathew teaches private guitar and bass lessons for all skill levels and age ranges. Mathew also runs the Mom’s Music Jazz School, a jazz ensemble for all skill levels that meets Saturday’s at 11 am. Although he specializes in jazz guitar, he has vast experience playing and teaching many styles including blues, jazz, rock, pop, funk, and anything in between. He believes in a strong grasp of the fundamentals, so no matter what style you want to play, Mathew can help you take your playing to the next level. Matthew is a working musician, and you can see him in any number of local and regional venues, in a variety of settings including jazz combos, theater pit orchestras, rock bands, cover bands, and solo guitar performances.

Rick Bartlett

Voice Teacher

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.

Jessica Elle

DJ Instructor

Hailing from Southern California, Jess has been DJing for over a decade playing at a wide variety of venues for audiences both big and small. After an internship with the iconic DJ Steve Aoki at his label, Dim Mak Records, she began to rack up residencies at downtempo lounges before branching out to EDM clubs and hotels. Now living in Louisville, you can find Jess performing under the moniker Ghouligan at festivals, club nights, and as one of the resident DJs at PLAY Louisville.
Jess loves bringing the joy of DJing to students by honing their intuitive rhythm, teaching them about flow, introducing new genres, and preparing students for live performances. Students learn how to DJ on professional club equipment and are trained using Serato, professional DJ software that allows users to mix digital music live.

De’quan Tunstall

Piano Instructor

Louisville native De’Quan Tunstull is currently pursuing a Jazz Piano Performance degree at the University of Louisville. He has studied with musicians Joe D’Amato, Chris Bizianes, and Dr. Gabriel Evens. On top of teaching piano privately and with Mom’s, he regularly gigs around town. De’Quan can also be seen aiding the jazz band at the Youth Performing Arts School. Due to his passion for teaching and attention to his students enjoyment of music, De’Quan emphasizes having a strong grasp of the basics, while also exploring to find new ways of playing and achieving mastery of the instrument. Though jazz is his main area of focus, De’Quan also teaches other styles, such as pop, funk, R&B, and soul. He teaches all ages and skill levels.

Bradley McKinney

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.

Teresa Hayward

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 McNicol

Drum Teacher

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

Anthony Tarullo

Drum Teacher

Anthony has been playing music in one form or another from the early age of six. Starting out by taking private lessons throughout grade school and high school, he studied under Mark Tate and Rick Mattingly. Eventually his musical journey led him to get a B.S.I.S  in Audio Engineering and Music Performance from Delta State University.
 He has gone on to tour with blues legend Johnny Rawls & T Model Ford, singer songwriter Justin Paul Lewis, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, as well as the prominent Louisville rapper Jalin Roze. He has also played the prominent Chicago Blues Festival, Mississippi Grammy Week, The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, Forecastle Festival, as well as Bunbury Music Festival, among others. Anthony brings a rare insight and intellect to approaching the drumset. He is currently working on his B.S. in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville.

Sydney Bland

Violin and Viola Teacher

Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Sydney has been studying and performing for over 18 years. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music and has her Bachelor’s in Music Education. While at UofL she studied under Chien-Ju Liau, Brittany MacWilliams, and Sidney King. She is a member of both the Kentuckiana Viola Choir and the Louisville Civic Orchestra. Sydney teaches children and adults viola and violin.


Tristen Roberts

Guitar Teacher

Tristen studied classical guitar performance at Wayne State Univeristy in Detroit Mi. She has been performing for 13 years, plays regularly in town, and has experience performing nationally and internationally. Tristen has been teaching guitar for 3 years and incorporates immediate and long-term rewards of playing into lessons. She teaches beginner to intermediate guitarists various styles including but not limited to classical, rock, folk, and percussive guitar.

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Ellie Miller

Violin/Fiddle/Banjo/Mandolin Teacher

Ellie is an innovative musician, using years of experience in performing and creating to make a unique teaching style for string playing. She offers many different tracks, from classical violin/viola performance, to bluegrass fiddle/banjo/mandolin, Irish fiddling, jazz strings, and improvisational skills for more advanced string players interested in expanding their skills. Ellie graduated from the University of Louisville School of Music with a B.M. in Viola performance. Through seventeen years of formal classical training, Ellie has a strong foundation in technical playing and developing tone. In classical context she’s performed with many groups including Orchestra Enigmatic, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Phantom Theatre of Vermont String Quartet, and UofL Sinfonietta Orchestra. In more contemporary music Ellie has performed in bluegrass, old time, country, americana, and rock groups at venues and festivals across the region. She began touring in a bluegrass band at the age of 16 and has since developed her skills by performing at festivals, teaching masterclasses in fiddling and improvisation, and studying under performers such as Jeff Guernsey (bluegrass) and Christian Howes (jazz violin). You can find her performing at venues regularly across town. Over the past four years, Ellie has taught private lessons and group lessons from ages 5 and up.