Lessons given since 1995

Meet Our Teachers - Northwest

Alex Donaldson

Alex Donaldson

Alex Donaldson earned a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance from the Berklee College of Music.  Alex begain teaching private lessons in 2007. He graduated with honors, completing the program a year ahead of schedule.  Alex has extensive experience in sync licensing.  Placing his music in Mazda, coors light, kit kat, rimmel London commercials as well as dozens of television shows on MTV, CBS, ABC, Spike TV.  He had released albums on Universal Music Group subsidiaries and toured the continental on LiveNation tours.  He became a fully accredited college professor at the age of 25, teaching for the music industry college Groove U in Columbus, OH.

Adam Dunson

Adam Dunson

Adam Dunson began teaching drumset and percussion in 2012. Fun fact: he is a former FMC student under Steve Purifoy, Tom Mears, and Conrad Csogi. He has been playing the drums for 15 years and traipsing through the more elusive jungle of all things percussion for 12. Adam received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 and his Masters of Music from the University of Oregon in 2015. Upon graduation, Mr. Dunson was awarded the distinction of Outstanding Graduate Student in the percussion discipline. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Ruby Mountain Symphony, Oregon Percussion Ensemble, The Rogue Valley Symphony, Orchestra NEXT, and the Eugene Symphony. As a drummer he has performed in bars, clubs, rock venues, theater showcases and even on top of a snow-covered Mountain.
Adam also remains active as an actor and singer in the Vegas community. Most recently he had the starring role in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” with Super Summer Theater Out at Spring Mountain Ranch.

Ashley Riedy

Ashley Riedy

Ashley Riedy is a classically trained musician, educator, and performer. She has been teaching private violin, piano, and viola lessons at Family Music since 2017. She is currently finishing her studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her Bachelors in Music Education; concentration in instrumental. Her favorite experiences thus far were having the chance to play in Rome, Italy and Chicago, Illinois, playing in operas like La Bohème by Puccini, participating in orchestras like the UNLV Symphony and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and playing violin in the Stellar Music Awards. Ms. Riedy has a passion and energy for music that is contagious. She uses that passion, energy, and acquired knowledge to inspire her own students every day.

Barry Mosley

Barry Mosley

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.

Brooke Herndon

Brooke Herndon

Brooke Herndon, is a classically trained-Las Vegas-based musician, composer, collaborator, and educator who has been teaching private piano since 2015. She started her piano studies
at age four later having her first public performance at age five. Brooke later expanded her interests from solo piano performance to collaborative piano
performance, by accompanying University-level singers and instrumentalists for competitions and performances with both the piano, and harpsichord. In
addition, Brooke has been teaching piano privately for over three years, instructs college students for their piano proficiencies, and tutors on the
subjects of music theory and ear training.

In addition to performing, Brooke is an accomplished composer; Brooke has had her compositions performed by world-class musicians
from around the globe, some include: The TaiHei Ensemble, pianist Timothy Hoft, and violinist Wei-wei Le. In addition to her avant-garde musical projects,
Brooke is also heavily involved in the film scene here in Las Vegas, composing original scores for independent films by local filmmakers. Plus, Brooke has
been accepted into numerous music festivals/incentives such as the St. Mary’s College Summer Incentive (2017), Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco, and
the Charlotte New Music Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lastly, Brooke has participated in composition master classes and private lessons led by esteemed composers: Daron Hagen, Art Gottschalk, Mark Neikrug, Paul Chihara, and Samuel Adler.

Brooke is in the finishing stages of her Bachelors in Music composition with an emphasis in piano performance degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under the instruction of Dr. Timothy Hoft (Piano), and Dr. Cynthia Wong (Composition).

Candice Behrmann

Candice Behrmann

Dr. Behrmann has been teaching since 2002.  She achieved her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Universtity of Utah and he Doctorate in Music Arts from the University of Nebraska.  She has been the principal flutist in the Southwest Symphony Orchestra (St. George, UT) for 5 years.  She has also held positions with the Tuachan & Skakespeare Music Festivals.   Additionally, she has taught 6 years at Dixie State University and 4 years at Doane College in Nebraska.  She is a current member of the National Flute Association and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Gina Eckstine (voice)

Gina Eckstine (voice)

Gina as been teaching vocal students both private and in group settings for over 25 years. She is the youngest child of model/actress Carolle Drake, and legendary jazz singer Billy Eckstine. Her career began at the age of 7 when she was invited on stage with her father during his nightclub act. Gina says, “From then I was hooked. I knew what I wanted to do…SING!” With family friends like the Four Tops, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., and Sarah Vaughan, Gina’s household was a constant source of inspiration and guidance. At age 13, Gina began extensive vocal training and music study. She was a student at the Ira Lee’s Studio, Phil Moore’s,” For Singers Only” Workshop, and the Dick Grove School of Music.

After witnessing Gina’s graduation performance, her father decided that Gina was ready for his “College Of The Road”. She joined her father in his show and traveled the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bill Cosby. She also had the distinct pleasure of performing on The Tonight Show. After three years with The Billy Eckstine Show, Gina moved to California and started her own nightclub act working exclusively for the La Costa Resort Hotel. Her show was a tremendous success and the Las Vegas connection was made. For 9 years Gina performed in all the major Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.

Currently residing in Las Vegas, Gina performs as an opening act for major performers in Las Vegas, most recently for Brad Garrett, at The Mirage Hotel. Gina performs her own show and has recently released a CD “Everything I Have Is Yours,” a tribute to her late father.

Gina Eckstine is a true artist. She performs all styles of music beautifully and her powerful presence and unique voice will captivate you. Blessed with her mother’s beauty and her father’s talent, Gina is definitely a star on the rise!

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Greg Turner (guitar, bass, ukulele)

Greg Turner (guitar, bass, ukulele)

Educator Greg Turner has been a private music teacher since 1990. He has had his music on TV, been the featured soloist for the Nevada Classical Guitar Society, studied classical guitar from Oscar Carrescia and Tom Sheeley, studied music composition with Bruce Reiprich and Kenneth Rummery at NAU, and from Lee Seung Seon at Keimyung Graduate University in Daegu, South Korea. He directed NAU preparatory school’s jazz combos I and II and played bass in their swing band. He also played in NAU’s steel drum ensemble under Stee Hemphill, president of the Arizona Chapter of the percussive Arts Society. Greg is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association and the International Society for Music Education.

Lauren Sofka

Lauren Sofka

In May 2012, Lauren received her master’s degree in Flute Performance from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where she studied with Aralee Dorough. She completed her bachelor’s degree in the same field under the guidance of Marianne Gedigian at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon the completion of her degree programs, Lauren has since dedicated the greater part of her career to teaching. From young beginners to performance level flutists, Lauren has over 9 years of professional experience teaching flutists of all ages. Lauren has provided numerous master classes, student recitals, and private lessons alike for various school districts across the Austin and Houston areas including Round Rock, Bastrop, Pflugerville, Austin, Spring Branch, Pearland, Katy, Cypress Fairbanks, and Houston. Currently based in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Lauren enjoys an active schedule as a freelance performing artist and music educator.

Lindsey Gallagher

Lindsey Gallagher

My professional private teachig began in 2008. I first started my musical journey at the age of 7, with the dream of one day learning chopsticks on the piano… Now 20 years later, I have surpassed those accomplishments ranging from a Carnegie hall performer to placing 1st place in BOA grand national marching band champion (AQUA 2006).  I was raised primarily classically trained in piano, but opened my mind to the world of jazz in 2008 attending UNLV on a full-ride music scholarship.
Settling down into a teaching career, it is my goal to help my students create what motivates them most- starting with simple chords of favorite songs and progressing through the technical skills of a performance professional.  I  recognize that everyone loves music for a different reason, my job is to find your reason and give you access to the knowledge and skills to create it.

Michael New

Michael New

Michael New has been a private music teacher since 2005. He is a diverse instructor, teaching guitar, piano, bass, banjo, and ukulele. Michael earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Kennesaw State University. He continued to the University of Texas, San Antonio for graduate studies, where he earned the 2009 UT Teaching Recognition Award. While in Texas, he served on the faculty of the University of Incarnate Word and St. Phillips Community College. Michael has over 20 years of solo and ensemble performing experience, including appearances with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is a former adjudicator for the Nevada Music Educators Association and continues to be active in the Las Vegas community, performing in classical and jazz ensembles.