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!


Shane Isenberg

Guitar Teacher

Shane teaches beginners to professionals, teenagers to adults, in electric and acoustic rock, blues and country guitar. He focuses on technique, reading and song interpretation. Shane is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California. Shane’s background includes scoring music for independent films, creating commercial jingles for radio, music for iTunes as well as Musical Director for the VSC production of “Nobody Lonesome for Me”. His principle teachers were Paul Gilbert, Jennifer Batten and Michael Ward.


Jyn Yates

Drum Teacher

Jyn Yates grew up in a musical family and has been rocking behind the kit from tender the age of three years old. She has performed for the Los Angeles Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Universal Studios, Actor’s Theatre, The Kentucky Center For The Arts, Youth performing Arts School, Center Stage, & the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre of New York. Jyn is also an esteemed drum instructor in Louisville, Kentucky – teaching drum set performance and percussion composition full-time here at Mom’s Music.




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.

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.



Kimmet Cantwell

Piano and Vocal Teacher

Kimmet teaches beginner to intermediate piano – specializing in reading music, understanding basic theory etc.Kimmet, originally from Long Island, NY, is a full-time singer, performer and songwriter. She has been half of the acoustic duo ‘Kimmet & Doug’ for over 10 years and is currently playing at least 5 times per week. Kimmet is a former touring member (keyboards & backing vocals) of the platinum-selling rock band Days of the New.




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.  




Karlyn Baker

Guitar Teacher

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 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. 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.