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.
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.
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.
Mr. Brewer has been a percussion/drumset instructor since 1991. In his career he has taught over 800 private students of all ages and experience levels in all areas of percussion. He has taught at the Preparatory School for the Performing Arts in Flagstaff, AZ and for Family Music since 1996. He has coached the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra percussionists and works in the Clark County School District as a para-professional percussion teacher. Currently he is the Percussion Specialist at Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts. Mr. Brewer has been sought after as a clinician in the public schools and is well-known as a private educator among many local Band Directors. He contributed the percussion section writing for the band method book, Make It Happen, by Raine Elison (locally published). He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance (Northern Arizona University) and a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from UNLV. He has performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, NAU Repertoire Theatre, Nevada Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, UNLV Orchestra, UNLV Wind Symphony and the Henderson Civic Symphony. He has also shared the stage with such artists as The Four Tops, Mary Wilson, and Shania Twain.
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.
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.
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.