As our lessons program continues to grow- we are excited to welcome some new teachers to our team. To sign up for lessons with any of our teachers, stop in and see us at any of our locations, or click here.
Lexington- Jesse Pena
Jesse Pena is a musician/teacher/composer living in Lexington KY. Born in the Panama Canal zone to a musical family, growing up, Jesse played different styles including Rock, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Classical and Latin. He traveled extensively before moving to Tennessee to play guitar and mandolin for various country, rock, blues and gospel artists. Based in Nashville from 1988 – 2000 he has performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Jesse has also worked as a studio musician/music arranger on demo and custom recordings. A passionate teacher Jesse has taught guitar, bass, mandolin and drums for the last 33 years.
Jesse is available in our Lexington location on Thursdays. To sign up with Jesse, click here.
Kenwood- KJ Summerville
I come to Willis music as an experienced guitar instructor and performer. I was a guitar teacher at Buddy Rogers Music in Montgomery for almost 20 years. I won multiple Cammy Awards in Cincinnati as Best Instrumentalist. I have been performing with The Stagger Lee Band as lead guitar and vocalist in and around Cincinnati since 1994. I am dedicated to providing a positive learning experience tailored to the needs of the individual student.
KJ is available in our Kenwood location on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To sign up with KJ, click here.
Florence- Michele VanSickle
My name is Michele and I am a veteran music teacher. I have over 16 years of experience. I have taught private lessons for over 20 years. My qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education as well as a Master’s degree in Middle Level Education. I enjoy teaching all beginners as well as middle level and high school students who prepare for solo competitions as well as auditions. This is why, although my primary instrument is percussion, I am very comfortable teaching all concert band instruments at the beginning and intermediate levels. Currently, I am a Music Education Representative for Willis Music and work closely with all area schools. My daughter is in band and we are a musical family. I perform in the classroom setting as well as on the drum set for the worship band at church. I continue to pursue learning new instruments. I can definitely make a difference in the playing ability and overall musical knowledge of the student through focused, fun, encouraging teaching methods.
Michele is available in our Florence location on Sundays and Mondays. To sign up with Michele, click here.
Eastgate- Don Gauck
Don Gauck graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has been teaching guitar lessons for 20 years at numerous locations. He plays a wide array of styles including: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Funk and Fingerstyle Acoustic. He has played guitar with national acts such as: Leslie Gore, The Tolkens, Lou Christy, The Reflections, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Don Rickles. He has toured all over the World and worked as Music Director for the Las Vegas Company Legend’s of Las Vegas. He continues to play with numerous cover and original bands in the Cincinnati area. Don will ensure a student has a well rounded music education incorporating: Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvising, Sight Reading, Transcribing and Utilizing Proper Technique.
Don is available in our Eastgate location on Mondays and Tuesdays. To sign up with Don, click here.