November 24, 2012


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.




Justin Shaw

Drum Teacher

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.


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.




Karlyn Baker

Guitar Teacher

Karlyn 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 – Clarinet – Flute Teacher

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 Teacher

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 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.


Matthew Mozzoni

Guitar & Bass Instructor – Jazz School Coach

Matthew teaches private guitar and bass lessons for all skill levels and age ranges. Matthew 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!



Phil Rowley

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele Teacher

After graduating from Musicians Institute in Hollywood California, Phil Rowley went on to become a very busy working musician all around southern California. Playing with people like James Harmon, Nathan James and Carnival Cruise lines as well as shows like Le Miserables, Cats and many others. It was during this period Phil discovered his deep love for early Blues music. Also a very passionate teacher, Phil always maintained a busy teaching schedule as well, often teaching between 30-40 students per week. In 2016, in an effort to have a simpler lifestyle and get closer to the OldTime music he loves, Phil and his family moved to beautiful Louisville Kentucky, where he lives in the Crescent Hill area. He is currently playing with a few people around town as well as leading worship at two different churches.



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.