Lessons given since 1995

Meet Our Teachers - West Sahara

Adrienne Mondeau

Adrienne Mondeau

Mrs. Mondeau has been a private music instructor for 25 years. She attended Phoenix Jr. College, San Fernando Valley College, Clark County Community College, and UNLV, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film. She has performed in numerous plays, musicals and operas, including Camelot and Madame Butterfly, where she held the status of both Piano Accompanist and chorus member. She also participated in Myron Heaton Chorale Europe 2000 tour of 4 countries.

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.

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.

Bob Ego

Bob Ego

Mr. Ego has been teaching drums for over 20 years. He started playing the drums at age 9 and was performing full time with bands by the time he was 15. He was considered one of the top Canadian rock drummers throughout the 70s and has an impressive collection of Canadian music awards. His travels brought him to Las Vegas where he continues to record, perform and teach drums. Bob Ego has played on over 100 albums and is the recipient of the 2009 Double Platinum Award from Capitol Records for the Streetheart – Streetheart album. Bob Ego has been working with Rhino Entertainment on the re-mastering of the Painter album. It is now available on Wounded Bird Records and Amazon.com Presently Bob is working with Capitol Records, Warner Music Canada and Rhino Entertainment for new releases in 2014.

Cameron Delo

Cameron Delo

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.

Cathleen Borns

Cathleen Borns

Ms. Borns has been teaching since 2003 and teaching at Family Music Centers for four years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Biola University with a minor in Biblical Studies. She has performed with the Collegium Musicum at UNLV as well as the California State Fullerton Guitar Ensemble.

Conrad Csogi

Conrad Csogi

Mr. Csogi has been teaching since 1998. He studied at International Drum Corp Geneva, NY, Creative Music Foundation Studios Woodstock, NY, and is an Honored Performing Arts Program Graduate from Berklee School of Music, Boston, Mass. His performance credits include the position of Principal Percussionist for Colorado Jazz Fusion Symphony Orchestra, Buck Ram Platters/Coasters/Drifters, and the Red Foxx Show. He also held the position of Musical Director for Janit Paige -The Blue Note – New York & Las Vegas. Locally, he held the position of Principal Drum Chair for Devine Divas Show, Honky Tank Angels Show, and the Hacienda Hotel where he also was a soloist. Recently he was kited into The Desert Skye Pipe and Drum Corps.

Dan Land

Dan Land

Mr. Land has been a private instructor since 1996. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from East Carolina University. He has written and performed with comedian Rita Rudner, played with Legends-in-Concert for the Norwegian Cruise Line and currently is the guitarist for St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church. He has also written, recorded and performed with Scott Avett (Avett Bros.) and Franky Peroz (with Slash, Sons of Anarchy).

David Navarette

David Navarette

David Navarette began his professional teaching career in 2008, teaching both private lessons and public school music classes. David is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. At Pacific, David received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Cum Laude. He has also earned the Master of Music from New Mexico State University. David has worked extensively with students in the Reno Philharmonic’s RPAK after-school music program teaching Suzuki-inspired violin and mariachi. At Family Music Centers, David teaches violin, viola, cello, and guitar. In his free time, he enjoys arranging and writing music; his arrangements have been performed by the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic.

Eben Arias

Eben Arias

Mr. Arias has been a private music teacher since 2009. He began his collegiate studies at the College of Southern Nevada and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Arias was a member and performed with the award-winning Jazz 1 Ensemble at UNLV, performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also toured in Latin America with groups such as the San Juan Project and Willy Zavala. He has been awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival. Additionally, he has performed at the Smith Center with Grammy winners/nominees Take 6, Kirk Whalum, Clint Holmes and Nneena Freelon.

Elena Rivard

Elena Rivard

Mrs. Rivard has been a piano instructor for 25 years, teaching piano in Russia, Germany, and the USA. She has been with Family Music Centers for the past three years. She earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance through attending Belgorod College of Music. She held the position of Piano Instructor/Piano Concertmaster in the Pedagogical College and Children’s Music Conservatory. She has performed on tours with “Youth Boys Choir”, as a classical soloist in Darmstadt, Germany, and continues to be active as an accompanist with local public schools.

Faride Acosta

Faride Acosta

Ms. Acosta has been teaching private lessons since 2005. She is currently completing her degree in Music Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has attended the College of Southern Nevada [CSN]. She has performed with such names as Natalie Cole at the Latin Grammys 2013, Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Conjunto Primavera, Juan Gabriel, José José, Jenni Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Tatiana, El Chapo de Sinaloa, Christian Castro, and El Gordo y La Flaca. Currently she performs with Mariachi Franco and was the first principal chair violin with the CSN Orchestra.

Gary Reid

Gary Reid

Mr. Reid has been a music instructor for over 35 years and for Family Music Centers for seven years. He has played the piano since the age of five and has been playing the bass since he was in grade school. He holds a BA in music from California State University in Northridge, California. Gary has been with Family Music Centers for the past three years. His performance history includes work with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra as well as Sammy Davis Jr.

Gregory Pajak

Gregory Pajak

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.

Ivie Etkins-Turner

Ivie Etkins-Turner

Jinkyung Moon

Jinkyung Moon

Jinkyung Hee Moon graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with Bachelor of Music Performance in 2017. She express her passion as a musician through performing in Nevada Chamber Orchestra and Henderson Symphony Orchestra. She became one of the lively violin teachers at the well established business, Family Music, in 2017. She is also an innovative composer with expertise in oriental elements and her ambition keeps wanting to compose more pieces. She went beyond her comfortable zone to experience other music genres that is unknown to her. Ever since then, she joined: trios/quartets, mariachi ensemble, orchestra with emphasis on video game music, rock groups, and contemporary ensembles, to gain necessary experience to successfully set out onto her musician/teacher journey.

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 O'Connor

Lindsey O'Connor

Miss O’Connor has taught private music lessons for over fifteen years and has served on faculty at Family Music Centers Academy since September 2011. O’Connor is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at the College of Southern Nevada, the Saxophone & Clarinet Paraprofessional for Clark County School District, the Woodwinds Coach for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, the Director of the Las Vegas Youth Saxophone Ensemble, and the Founding Executive Artistic Director of both the Las Vegas Saxophone Day and the Las Vegas Clarinet Day. She maintains a private woodwind and piano studio of more than seventy students at Family Music Centers Academy, Nevada’s largest private music teaching institution. O’Connor was previously on faculty at Union College, and was a Band Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As an educator, O’Connor frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician for the Nevada Music Educators Association, Nevada Music Teachers Association, Southern Nevada Band Association, and Las Vegas Music Teachers Association. An active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance since 2003, she has given master classes, lectured on “The Music of Benjamin Boone,” and performed in various solo and chamber settings at several regional and biennial conferences. O’Connor was invited to present and participate in a panel discussion on “Practically Perfect Practicing” for the 2017 Nevada Music Teachers Association Conference. In December 2016, she was featured in The Instrumentalist Magazine. O’Connor is an active solo artist, soprano saxophonist of the Red Rock Saxophone Quartet, and has played in musical productions on the Las Vegas Strip including Jesus Christ Superstar at the Tropicana and Guys and Dolls at the Westgate. She recently collaborated with the h2 quartet on Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” for solo saxophone and saxophone quartet, as well as the Capitol Quartet on Joel Love’s “Three Images” for saxophone octet. O’Connor performed Marcello’s “Concerto” for oboe [or soprano saxophone] with the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Russell Peterson’s “…Who Needs Enemies?” for saxophone quartet and wind orchestra at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the North American premiere of Jun Nagao’s “Die Heldenzeit” for alto saxophone and wind orchestra with the Desert Winds, and Henri Tomasi’s “Ballade” for alto saxophone with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra as a Graduate Solo Competition Winner. She has premiered solo and chamber works by Krista Abrahamson, Daniel Dorff, Garrett Hope, and David Von Kampen. Prior to her appointments in Las Vegas, O’Connor was pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with an Area of Specialization in Jazz & Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska. She received a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance cum laude from Michigan State University. O’Connor’s primary teachers include Phillip Barham, Paul Haar, Joseph Lulloff, and Diego Rivera; she has also performed in solo master classes for Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Ellis Marsalis, Bennie Wallace, and Walt Weiskopf. Her professional memberships include the American Federation of Musicians, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, and Sigma Alpha Iota. O’Connor is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Vandoren products.

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.

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Peter Cooper has been teaching all ages for upwards of thirty years, the UK, USA and Canada. He boasts decades of international professional performances in all styles, including such groups as Winchester Cathedral, Toronto’s Dixie Land Jazz Band and the London Palladium Orchestra. He has performed at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as solo cornet with the Brigade of Guards Band. Pete has had a 28 million hit gold record (Winchester Cathedral) with The New Vaudeville Band. Pete is the founder of both the Las Vegas Brass Band and the Vegas City Brass Quintet. He is Bandmaster of the Las Vegas Citadel Salvation Army band and also run all there youth brass programs.

Sahar Rahmatian

Sahar Rahmatian

Ms. Rahmatian has been teaching piano since 2009. She earned her degree in Music Theory and Piano from the Tehran Conservatory of Music, Tehran, Iran. She also completed an Associate’s Degree in Art and Music from Shoreline Community College, Seattle, Washington. She has numerous engagements as a piano accompanist in Washington as well as Tehran. Her teaching experience includes all levels of music theory.

Steve Levine

Steve Levine

Mr. Levine has been instructing for 20 years, and has been with Family Music Centers for over 10 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bloomfield College. He is an EFT Therapist for performance and learning disabilities, and was previously appointed Worship Leader at Word of Grace Church in Las Vegas. Additionally, Mr. Levine taught and performed at Worship Music Conferences in Hong Kong, China, Israel, and has played on the Las Vegas strip for 10 years in most of the major hotels.