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Welcome To Mom's

Mom’s Music has been instrumental for musicians in the Kentuckiana area for over 35 years now. Providing on-site private or group lessons, rehearsal space, instrument repair and rentals, unique vintage consignment buying and selling, as well as sound system installation. Mom’s was founded in 1979 by Marvin Maxwell and his wife, Beverly. Because who else treats you better than Mom's? No one!
Stop Dreaming , Start Playing -TODAY
  • From private lessons to rock school, Mom's would love to work with you on improving your playing.

  • Whether it's a backyard party or back line for major festivals, Mom's offers rental gear for any size gig. School band instruments are also available at Mom's. Rent the gear pros rent.

  • Mom's repairs guitars, drums, keyboards, speakers, as well as other instruments. Have a question about a piece you'd like to have repaired? Get in touch with us.

  • Let the word be heard! Church, School, and Business Audio Installation by experienced installers. What good is the message if listener has trouble hearing it?


We have gathered some of Louisville's best musicians to teach and inspire others to play. From solo artists, duet performers, and band members - who together offer a variety of experience and expertise and share their knowledge of music with students who enroll in lessons.

Karsten Nelson

Guitar, Bass, Songwriting and Ukulele Instructor
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 Instructor
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 Instructor
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 Instructor
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.

Justin Shaw

Drum Instructor
Justin’s approach is “show up with your sticks and an open mind”. He teaches beginner to advanced students of all ages. His focus is reading, ear training and written improvisation. Justin has a Bachelors of Music from the University of Indiana. He has studied marching percussion, classical and drum set in multiple styles from Jazz, big band to funk and classical.

Billy Lease

Guitar, Bass Instructor – 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.

Karlyn Baker

Guitar Instructor
Karlyn Baker has been a guitar instructor at Mom’s Music since 2008. He teaches all ages, all genres, notation, how to read guitar tab, music theory and everything in between. His forte is rock and heavy metal.

Brandon Bell

Saxophone – Clainet – Flute Instructor
Brandon is a Louisville based saxophonist and music educator. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Kennesaw State University in 2010. Originally from Georgia, Brandon moved to Kentucky in 2011 and remains an active performer and teacher throughout the metro Louisville area. Brandon teaches music at Prospect Latin Preschool and Friends School as well as maintaining a private studio. He brings a wealth of diverse experiences and versatility to his educational approach, as he stays active teaching general music appreciation classes, piano classes, band clinics, and private woodwind lessons to students ranging in age from 18 months to adulthood. Being a woodwind doubler, he has played saxophone, clarinet, and flute in a variety of musical settings including orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, Broadway shows, big band, jazz combos, gospel groups, and rock bands with artists including Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and Michael Bolton. Brandon can be heard performing with Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band as well as other jazz groups in the metro Louisville area.

Steven O’Reilly

Drum Instructor
Steven has been in Louisville since 2007, just a few months after graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Music with a 4.0 grade point average. Music brought him to Louisville and has kept him here as he has flourished in our local music scene. Being a well rounded drummer and having a love of many genres of music, Steven’s teaching style is suited for all student levels. With a deep appreciation for music history as well as music theory, students are more than willing to keep up with his curriculum and actually do their homework! His passion for drums and how music is constructed makes his teaching style fun and unique; For example, in his teaching studio, he has one drum kit split into two sides to maximize hands on learning. He currently performs throughout the area with his band, Gas Money, which focuses mainly on Pop cover songs. He started the band over a year ago to bring something different to the Louisville cover music scene. He has also played for some other note worthy bands and artists like Heaven Hill, Jefferson Tarc Bus and Peter Searcy, to name a few.

Chuck Marcum

Guitar Instructor
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. He plays at least 2 to 3 times weekly, and also hosts a local open jam night at KingPin Lanes every Monday Night from 7p-11p.

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. Mathew 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.

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