Have you started thinking of Christmas presents yet? Do you have ideas for everyone on your list? Music Lessons should be on the top of that list. Giving the gift of music is something that can last a lifetime. We have great teachers at all of our locations who are ready to help give that gift. Visit us online or in-store to sign up today!
Monica Gale Heard- Lexington KY
DMA Vocal Performance (abd), The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL MMA Vocal Performance, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY Bachelor of Arts, Piano Performance, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY Lecturer/Instructor Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1997 – 2009 Teaching Responsibilities: Applied Voice Class Voice Applied Piano Class Piano General Studies Lecturer General Studies – Freshman Writing/Critical Thinking Aural Harmony Diction Staff Vocal Coach-Accompanist Conductor – The Berea College Women’s Chorus Academic Adviser Additional information regarding teaching career available upon request. First United Methodist Church Richmond, Kentucky July 2003 – September 15, 2014 Responsibilities: (part-time 2003 – May, 2009) Assistant Minister of Music and Worship Organist/Pianist/Keyboardist Traditional, Blended and Contemporary Worship services Leadership of Praise Band and Praise Team Three choir rehearsals per week Budgeting Repertoire selection Responsibilities: (full-time June, 2009 – September, 2014) Director of Music Ministries Oversee the Music Ministry of a large United Methodist Church Plan traditional, blended and contemporary services each week Conduct choir and praise team rehearsals each week Coordinate children’s choir programs Work with and coordinate volunteers Plan and facilitate at least two major productions each year Oversee large hand bell choir Maintain choral library and purchase as needed Organist/Pianist for all services Funerals/Weddings Report directly to the Pastor Other duties as necessary – please ask Additional information regarding church music career available upon request. Private Studio 1981 – present Teaching Responsibilities: Private Voice Lessons Private Piano Lessons Private instruction in Theory Recital coaching/accompanying Audition prep/accompanying
Chris Sherman- Eastgate OH
Chris Sherman has been teaching both bass guitar and guitar lessons for over 10 years. He was recently featured at the 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, to lead a master class in bass guitar. Also known professionally as ‘Freekbass’, he has three internationally released instructional DVDs. “Learn to play Funk Bass Level 1 & 2” by The RockHouse Method, and “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”, produced by TrueFire.com. TrueFire is now preparing to release a second Freekbass instructional DVD, entitled, “Funktronic Groove Construction”. Chris/Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Although known by many as a bassist, Chris is also an accomplished guitarist and guitar teacher with a strong technique, groove, and theory background.
Brenda Mendenhall- West Chester OH
I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University and am a certificated music teacher with the Ohio Department of Education. I also have a Master of Science degree in school counseling and I am a retired licensed school counselor. I have been teaching piano/keyboard lessons at Willis-Moeller Music since 1989. My lessons focus on necessary piano/keyboard basics and music or styles of interest to each student. I work with students aged 6 through adult years. Technology apps, white board work, and movement are also used to engage the younger students and assist with music development.
Matt Mauro- Kenwood OH
Matthew Mauro (piano and French horn) earned his Master of Music degree in 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Matthew has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), and as a soloist with the Toledo and Stow Symphony Orchestras. He has also attended reputable summer music festivals, including the Round Top Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center. Matthew’s primary piano teachers include Luke Bartolomeo and Ryan Behan; he has also worked with internationally renowned pianist, Lambis Vassiliadis, in masterclass settings. His primary horn teachers include Randy Gardner (Professor of Horn at CCM), Elizabeth Freimuth (Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Deane (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Matthew is currently the Music Director at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Anderson, Ohio, where he is the pianist for all traditional worship services and leads the choir and youth music ensemble. He is also a piano instructor at the Cincinnati Country Day School and teaches many students privately. Additionally, Matthew has enjoyed success in music composition. He was recently commissioned by the Worthington Kilbourne band program to write a piece for the Wind Symphony to premiere at the National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Carnegie Hall in April 2012. He has also had works for band published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company. Two of his pieces, “As They Return” and “Freeing Aurora,” earned finalists status in semi-annual Frank Ticheli Competition contests. PHILOSOPHY Music education is an incredibly important part of a young person’s life. Musical study helps to cultivate the ‘whole person,’ and there are countless studies that show music’s positive impacts on other academic areas. I have two primary goals for students in their lessons. First, they must enjoy playing music! A passion for playing will drive expression and improvement in performance skills more than anything else.
Mia Smith- Florence KY
Instructor at Willis Music since August, 2004 Mia has a great love for music and people and utilizes her gifts and talents to help her students reach their potential quickly. • Graduate of Central High School, Cincinnati, Ohio • Studied Music 10 Years with Prof. Frank Mahler, Saint Francis of Assissi • Managed her own piano studio for 5 ½ years in Knoxville, TN • Pianist for 9 ½ years at Valley Dale Baptist in Alabama • Teaches all styles of piano – classical, jazz, pop, contemporary Christian • Taught at Keyboard Plus for 5 ½ years in Florida • Currently serving as pianist and music minister for United Methodist in Latonia