Lessons given since 1995
Barry Mosley has been a teacher of brass instruments for over twenty years. Teaching trumpet, trombone and baritone horn and special Jazz studies. His formal education includes De Anza College in California, under the direction of legendary music professor Herb Patnoe. While living in Los Angeles, Barry has studied privately with the finest studio and jazz performers in the world. Before moving to Las Vegas, Mr. Mosley taught at previous locations in Los Angeles including Pedrini Music, Charles Music store, Sam Ash Music ( brass group clinics ) , and Santa Monica Music Academy. He also taught in Portland at Beaverton Music. His first credit as a young trombonist was being a many times guest of Jazz great Chet Baker in the mid 1980’s while still in college. Leading his own quartet and trios, Barry has become a leading Jazz soloist on the Los Angeles Jazz scene, playing the top Jazz clubs and high end events such as the Hollywood Annie Awards. His “Jazz Time” and “Speak Softly ” cd’s have been played on jazz radio stations in both USA and Europe. Barry has also received thousands of Youtube views to date.
Brenda Fitz has been a piano instructor since 1991, and a teacher at Family Music Centers since 2005. She received her classical training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada. She is a professional composer with music aired on BRAVO, The Animal Planet, and TruTV networks. Brenda has recorded, written, performed, and engineered her own album (available on iTunes!), and additionally has worked as a session piano/keyboard player, performing on various soundtracks and albums. Live show performances include MJLIVE and World’s Greatest Rock show at the Stratosphere, RockStar The Tribute at Planet Hollywood, and currently performs in Las Vegas venues with bands Tinnitus (includes members of Blueman Group), Cassie Stone (Zumanity & Zarkana), and nationally with Petty And The Heartshakers (with members of Tenors Of Rock). Student accolades include a 2nd place win at the Silver State Music Competition.
Cameron Delo has been a private instructor since 2009. He currently holds an Associates Degree from Muskegon Community College in West Michigan. He has performed with the likes of Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick and Bob Bralove of Grateful Dead keyboard fame. He has been awarded The John Philip Sousa Award for musical excellence during his school years. Cameron takes pride in being able to play any style at any given time.
Devon has been an active cellist in the Las Vegas valley since 2015. In this time, he has performed as a guest soloist with several local orchestras including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Henderson Symphony, and the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. He also won prizes in several other notable competitions throughout the Las Vegas valley, such as first prize at the MTNA strings competition, first prize of the Bolognini competition, and first prize at the Silver State Strings competition. Devon studied with Professor Andrew Smith at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Professor Eric Kim at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In 2015, Devon became one of the founding members of arguably the most successful youth orchestra in Nevada, the Shirley Linzy Las Vegas Young Artists’ Orchestra, directed by Yunior Lopez. In his spare time, Devon loves staying fit and playing basketball at the UNLV recreational center.
Mr. Kourka has been an instructor since 1999. He discovered his love of music at the age of 6, and began his musical education at the Music Conservatory in Chishinau ,Moldova (Russia). He continued his studies at the University of Southern California, where he received a full scholarship and studied under world-class violists Evan Wilson and Donald McGuiness. After graduating from USC, he attended the Juilliard School of Music on a full scholarship, studying with Karen Tuttle. Currently, Dmitri is the principal violist for the Celine Dion Orchestra at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He performs with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and in Los Angeles, doing studio recordings and performing with various orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philarmonic, New West Symphony, Pasadena Pops, and the California Philarmonic.
Emily (Talampas) Figueroa has been teaching private lessons since 2014. She began singing and performing at the age of five. At the age of twelve, she was invited to sing with the 9 o’clock church choir at the St. Brenden Catholic church for about two years. Then at the age of fourteen, she became a main cantor for the 8 o’clock church choir. With the same choir, during her junior year of high school, she became one of the choir leaders. In 2011, she competed and won the “Sing with Sarah Geranimo (a famous Filipino artist)” competition where Emily opened for one of Sarah’s concert in San Diego. In 2012, Emily won the “Tawag Nang Tanghalan” singing competition during the Filipino-American convention in Los Angeles. She has also performed with Katriz Trinidad (appeared in the Voice season 7), Marco Sison and Sheryn Regis (known artists in the Philippines). With twelve plus year of voice lessons, she then began learning how to teach from former private instructor, Rolando De Leon, during her senior year of high school in 2012. Under his supervision, she began to teach his students before his retirement. After graduating from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, she continued her education at Grossmont College where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Music in 2016 and also had the honor to sing the National Anthem for her graduating class. She continues her education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies with an emphasis in voice. Her ultimate goal is receive a Master’s in speech pathology.
Mr. Pajak has been teaching private piano since 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the School of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. He has toured Poland with his own ensemble and is a member of the Polish Music Society of Chicago. Mr. Pajak has been a sought after studio musician in Poland.
Ms. Flegel has been instructing privately since 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree
and a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from Texas Christian University. She holds a Master of
Music degree in Oboe from UNLV. Before moving to Nevada, she taught in several school districts in
Texas including Keller and Fort Worth. She was a para-professional oboe instructor and accompanist for
various CCSD middle and high schools. Performance credits include the Mesquite Symphony, the Texas
Christian University Symphony Orchestra and UNLV Wind Orchestra. Ms. Flegel is currently the instructional
assistant to the band director at Knudson Middle School Academy of Creative Arts and Technology.
Ms. Edington has been teaching privately since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Music at UNLV. She has studied piano under Mikola Suk at UNLV. She had a large studio of private and group piano students at Keys to Success music school in New York, NY for students of all ages. Kelli has been an accompanist and performing musician in Las Vegas and New York. She has a Suzuki Book One and Two teaching credential from studying under Cathy Hargrave. She plays keyboards in a local band called Monogrim and will be releasing their first EP at the end of January 2014. She also currently plays bass guitar in the local band Kurumpaw.
Lillian Roberts has been instructing voice for over 20 years. As a soprano, she has performed throughout the US, Central America and Europe. During this time, she has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Eduardo Müller of La Scala, Warren Jones of the Metropolitan Opera, and James Conlon of the Paris National Opera. Some noteworthy performances include roles with Chautauqua Opera, Hudson Opera in New York, and Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. In addition to performing notable roles like the title role in Aïda and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, she has been featured soloist with the Carson City Symphony, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, and the National Television Broadcast of KET/PBS at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Kentucky. During her 3rd Spain tour with the American Spiritual Ensemble, she appeared in a broadcast on the Spanish National Radio at the Santander Festival Internacional in front of the King and Queen of Spain. Ms. Roberts has competed extensively in high profile competitions. She has won numerous times at the District and Regional levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In addition, Ms. Roberts has won 1st place in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria, and was a finalist in the George London Foundation Competition in New York. While at the world-renowned and prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Ms. Roberts won 1st place in the Oreste A. Giargiari Bel Canto Competition and performed at the Oprah Winfrey Humanitarian Awards as a winner of the Marian Anderson Competition in Verizon Hall. Recently, Ms. Roberts presented a solo concert and voice seminar for Artes Educative Coros y Orquestas de Honduras organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and was a guest vocal clinician and lecturer for the Asociación Panameña de Flautistas festival at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Panamá and Universidad de Panamá. Other significant training in addition to her Doctor of Musical Arts degree include training at the Aspen Opera Theater Center Music Festival in Colorado, the Martina Arroyo Foundation in NY, the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Slavic Song at the Aldeburgh Festival in England with Bernarda Fink, Lada Valesova, and Anthony Spiri. Additionally, Ms. Roberts is the Founder and Executive Director of Voccalis International.
Mr. Cunningham has been teaching privately since 1993. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has toured and recorded with the Jazz Fusion group Coalition and performed on the Las Vegas strip with Wayne Newton and Frank Sinatra Jr. Additionally, he has been a member of the UNLV Wind Quintet.
Mr. Thomas has been teaching private lessons for 20 years. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his Masters in Music Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He lived and taught in Germany for 14 years, and since being back in the U.S.A. has posted numerous performances on YouTube of compositions by himself and others. His performance credentials over the years include music direction of several church choirs.
Ms. Pinegar has been teaching since 2011. She earned her Bachelors in Music Education, beginning at Southern Utah University and graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has performed in numerous operas and opera workshops at UNLV, including Opera Las Vegas since 2015 She has studied opera abroad in Graz, Austria through the American Institute of Musical Studies.
Marcus LeBlanc has been teaching marching percussion for 7 years and private percussion lessons for 5 years. Currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Marcus will soon graduate with his M.M. in Percussion Performance at UNLV; his teachers are Dr. Dean Gronemeier, Dr. Tim Jones, Professor Gary Cook, and Professor Jim Bailey. Marcus is a member of several ensembles including serving as Principal Percussionist in the UNLV Wind Orchestra; Ragtime Rebel Marimba Band which performed in Tabasco, Mexico in 2017; and is a part of the Rebel Steel Band.
Originally from Erath, Louisiana, Marcus earned his B.M. in Music Education at McNeese State University under the direction of Dr. Lonny Benoit. At McNeese, Marcus performed with the Pride of McNeese Marching Band, Drumset with the McNeese Basketball Band, African Drum and Dance, Steel Band, Latin Jazz ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and more.
Marcus was a performing front ensemble member with the 2013 and 2014 Academy Drum and Bugle Corps(D&BC). He then went on to teach the Louisiana Stars D&BC front ensemble in 2015 and 2016 and the Academy D&BC in 2017. Marcus currently works with the front ensemble at Foothill High School, as well as, teaching percussion lessons at Family Music Center.
Mr. Rabadan has been teaching since 2006. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2004, Michael found a home in Carnival Cruise lines’ show band where he was required to play all styles of music with minimal preparation and be comfortable in both lead and jazz chairs. Michael was promoted to music director for Carnival in 2011. In 2017, Michael decided to move to Las Vegas and is currently working with the band ‘The Lucky Devils’ as well as being a freelance musician. Throughout his career, he has shared the stage with such greats as Carl Denson, The Bomb Squad, G.E. Smith, and Randy Brecker to name a few. Michael has been teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced trumpet, and beginning low brass for over fifteen years.
Mitchell Hansen has been teaching since 2010. He has been playing Horn for the past 16 years and teaching brass instruments for the past 9. Aside from teaching, Mitchell performs regularly around town. From being a regular substitute with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, he also plays Principal Horn with the Nevada Chamber Orchestra. Mitchell performs regularly with his Brass Quintet, Twin Peaks Brass. Who perform around town regularly, playing anywhere from Weddings, and Churches to Corporate events and parties. Besides being the Horn Player for Twin Peaks Brass, Mitchell regularly performs with many groups around Las Vegas, including Sin City Opera, and other Productions on the strip. Besides teaching at Family Music, Mitchell also coaches brass for Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, both the Symphony and the Philharmonic, and regularly teaches masterclasses at many different schools around Las Vegas. Recently Mitchell was invited to audition for the Principal Horn positions of both the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony. Mitchell Hansen is currently the Band Director at Harney Middle School.
Mr. Sanford has been a private music teacher since 1980. His dedication to teacher has spanned three decades in thousands of students. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Cal State University and has studied classical piano since age 6. He has performed with such groups/artists as Pablo Cruise, Tower of Power and Sheila E. He has his own performance group, Red Velvet, performing in venues in Las Vegas, Mesquite and Laughlin.
Mike Kennedy has been a professional drummer for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. He teaches contemporary pop and rock styles and specializes in double bass drum techniques. He also teaches rhythm and blues, funk, jazz fusion styles, and EDM (electronic dance music) drum grooves. Along with teaching these various styles, he also offers instruction in rhythm theory, reading, and transcribing drum patterns. Mike has taught private lessons for over 10 years both at the Resource Institute of Music in Hawaii, and also at his private drum studio, BeatCamp (beatcamp2.com). He has studied with Steve Smith, drummer with the rock band Journey, and also studied with Gary Chaffee of Berklee College of Music, Boston. Mike has performed with recording star, Stevie Wonder, pop vocalist and bassist, Peter Cetera from the band Chicago, and also jazz saxophonist, Tom Scott. Mike has logged hundreds of hours in the recording studio and has performed on the Las Vegas Strip at the Bellagio, NYNY, and other major venues.