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.

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!

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.

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


Tristen Roberts

Guitar Teacher

Tristen studied classical guitar performance at Wayne State University 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.

Taylor Neita

Piano/Voice Teacher

Taylor Neita began her music journey at the age of 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana where she learned to play piano and sing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University in 2015. In addition to teaching at Mom’s Music, she also performs professionally around the Louisville area. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to sing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Madonna, CeeLo Green, Rachel Platten, Allen Stone, and others. She also earned a “ticket to Hollywood” for season 3 of American Idol, which premiered in the spring of 2020. Taylor’s genres of expertise range from pop to classical, and her style of teaching emphasizes a strong understanding of the fundamental basics with a fun, personalized approach to mastering the instrument. 


Karen Miller

Guitar/Band Coaching

 Karen has a love and passion for music which started at the age of 9, playing clarinet in school bands and ensembles from 3rd-12th grade. This provided a strong foundation in music theory and musicianship. In 2000, at the age of 34, she decided to pursue her interest in guitar and has been taking private lessons throughout the last 20 years. Karen has been playing out live in local cover and original bands, as lead guitarist, for the last twelve years. Her current band, Julius, released their first E.P. in August 2018 and play out regularly at several locations in Louisville. In 2018 & 2019 Karen volunteers as a guitar instructor for "Girls Rock Louisville", which continued her interest in teaching....believing that EVERY child should have access to music education and the opportunity to learn an instrument. She plans to continue working for Girls Rock in future summer sessions. In 2019, she was also asked to be an instructor as well as a "full band coach" for "Ladies Rock", an extension of "Girls Rock Louisville"; where in just 4 days, the ladies learned an instrument, wrote an original song and got to perform for a large audience in a well-known venue here in Louisville.  



Brady DeWitt


Brady holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Bellarmine University, where he studied under Craig Wagner. While attending Bellarmine, he studied jazz, funk, R&B, and Latin jazz. Before attending Bellarmine University, Brady has always enjoyed learning and playing genres such as, Metal, Rock and Blues. Brady started playing when he was 13 years old and excels at bringing the joy of playing an instrument through his teachings. Brady has a strong love for teaching and strives to help each of his students achieve their musical goals, no matter the size. Brady’s teaching philosophy is to “Inspire and educate the next generation of musicians.” Brady performs with fellow Drum Teacher, Billy McNicol, together they have an up-and-coming trio who perform around town and are always looking for opportunities to play and express their love for music.