Lesson Instructors

Doo Wop has some of the finest instructors in all of Louisville. Call us at (502) 456-5250 to schedule a lesson today or visit our studio at 1950 Bonnycastle Avenue in the Highlands. 

Guitar (and Other Non-Orchestral Strings)

Michael Vettraino- 

Michael graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.M. in Jazz Performance. He has studied with Craig Wagner, John LaBarbera, and Dr. Stephen Mattingly, among others. Michael has seven years guitar teaching experience including classes at Sacred Heart School. He has a wide array of performance experience, including pop, rock, jazz, country, Motown, and musical theater. Michael also teaches bass and beginning piano. Teaches ages 7 and up. Available on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Paulie Felice-

Paulie is a full-time professional musician and a Senior Instructor with the SDML Academy of Guitar, headquartered in Lexington KY. Whatever you want to be able to do on guitar, Paulie specializes in getting you there as quickly as possible by way of maximized efficiency and economy in learning and play.  With students of all abilities ranging from age 6 to 70 and up, many have achieved a variety of successes in virtually all styles of music – rock, folk, pop, country, metal, bluegrass, jazz, blues, etc. Some simply enjoy a new pastime, while others fulfill dreams of playing music professionally in bands, songwriting, performance, recording, and other areas in the industry. Available on Thursdays.

Lee Puckett-

Lee studied guitar at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. He studied with several guitar luminaries while there, including Scott Henderson. Lee also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville. Lee has over 15 years of teaching experience in Louisville, including several years at the Kentucky School for the Blind. He has playing and teaching experience with pop and rock music, fingerstyle guitar, and classical. He also teaches electric bass, beginning upright bass, and ukulele. Ages 7 and up. Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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Joe Gomez-

Joe Gomez is currently working on the final stages of his B.M. in Jazz Performance at the University of Louisville. Joe currently plays with several projects around the area, including The John Smart Quartet, the Derby City Drifters, Day Job, and the Joe Gomez Project. Joe is fluent in both flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar and has experience playing anything from Pop, Rock, Jazz, Show Tunes, and Country. Joe has 5 years of teaching experience and teaches students ages 6 and up. Available on Friday and Saturday.

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Shannon Vetter-

Shannon studied music education and saxophone performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. While attending he studied saxophone with John Moore and Mike Tracy, Piano with Dr. Oliphant, and voice with Dr. Jack Ashworth. Since leaving university Shannon has performed all over the country on a variety of instruments including saxophone, guitar, piano, mandolin, and drum set. He has recorded numerous albums with bands Gideon's Rifle, Big Atomic, and under his own name. Shannon has eight years of formal and informal teaching experience. Teaches ages 7 and up. Teaches beginning mandolin and ukulele as well. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Jacquelyn Davis-

Jacquelyn Dee Davis is a graduate of the University of Louisville School Of Music with a Bachelors degree in music therapy, emphasis in voice. Having studied for 4 years as a vocal performance major before transferring to Louisville and switching to therapy, Jacquelyn has starred in several major opera productions as a classical soprano, but is better known around Louisville as singer/songwriter/guitarist "Jacqui Blue". With over 12 years of acoustic guitar experience, Jacqui now performs original music, but has appeared in cover bands singing and playing familiar soul, pop, funk, and rock staples. Jacqui studied with Edith Tidwell at UofL and her background in vocal pedagogy allows her to apply solid technique to singing songs of any genre. She enjoys workings with beginning guitarists, and vocalists of all stages and has taught private guitar and voice for over 9 years. Jacqui loves getting to know new students, catering lessons to their specific goals as a singer, picking the perfect literature for their voice type and/or ability, and eventually working through dramatic interpretation so her students can soar onstage! Ages 5 and up. Available Mondays and Fridays.

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Harry Clark-

Harry is currently pursuing a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of Louisville and has studied under several acclaimed teachers, including Craig Wagner, Scotty Anderson, and Sonny Moorman. With a decade of playing experience, Harry has performed in jazz, rock, pop and folk settings. As a teacher, he has four years of experience with students of all ages and skill sets, including performing students and absolute beginners. His curriculum aims to build strong fundamental skills in sight reading, technique, improvisation, and practicing efficiently. By applying these fundamentals to each student’s own interests and skill level, he aims to help students become versatile musicians who can achieve personal growth in any setting. Harry is available for guitar and ukulele lessons on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Ages 5 and up.

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Andrew Brown-

Andrew is a full-time musician who is a graduate of Morehead State University’s Traditional Bluegrass Music program. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, Josh Card, Jeff Parker, Sundy Best, Nicholas Jamerson, John R. Miller, Grayson Jenkins, The Price Sisters, The Local Honeys, Whistle and Fish amongst numerous others. Andrew is offering lessons to ages 5 and up on Guitar (acoustic and electric), Bass (upright and electric), Mandolin, Dobro, Banjo, Ukulele and Autoharp. Available on Tuesdays.

Piano

Nina Espinueva-

Nina is in the final stages of completing her B.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Accompaniment with a Minor in Vocal Performance at Bellarmine University. She has studied with Meme Tunnell for Classical piano, Todd Hildreth for Jazz piano, and Jessica Mills for voice. Nina has 2 years teaching experience. She teaches ages 5 and up. Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

 

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Nathaniel Mo-

Nathaniel Mo holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville, where he studied primarily with Dr. Naomi Oliphant and Dr. Dror Biran. Prior to that, he studied with Dr. TJ Lymenstull and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Nathaniel has extensive concert and competition experience at the state, regional, and national levels, and since he was 10 has been teaching piano here and there to ages ranging all the way from 5 to 55. He teaches ages 7 and up and is available on Wednesdays.

Shannon Vetter-

Shannon studied music education and saxophone performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. While attending he studied saxophone with John Moore and Mike Tracy, Piano with Dr. Oliphant, and voice with Dr. Jack Ashworth. Since leaving university Shannon has performed all over the country on a variety of instruments including saxophone, guitar, piano, mandolin, and drum set. He has recorded numerous albums with bands Gideon's Rifle, Big Atomic, and under his own name. Shannon has eight years of formal and informal teaching experience. Ages 7 and up. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Joey Thieman-

Joey Thieman completed his Masters Degree in Music at University of Louisville in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at Morehead State University where he studied piano with Steven Snyder. He has taught in schools and privately since 2007. Joey is passionate about teaching music, and organizes lesson plans specifically for the tastes and interests of individual students. Since moving to Louisville in 2011, he has performed with a wide variety of groups on piano, accordion, trumpet, and guitar. Joey is available for lessons on Mondays and Saturdays. Ages 5 and up.

Drums and Percussion

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Nick Beach-

Nick has a degree in Music Production and Engineering from the highly prestigious Berklee College of Music. At the school, he developed his art, and studied under some of the greatest drum set players in America: Sergio Bellotti, Skip Hadden (Weather Report), Robert Kaufman, Bertram Lehmann, Michael Mangini, and Ralph Peterson, Jr. Nick can play and teach a variety of styles including jazz, percussion, classical, rock, pop, and country. "The focus for my students is to become excited about playing through learning how to read and write music, and by actively and effectively listening to their favorite records. If I can teach those two things, along with proper technique, then the student can be able to perpetually move forward in their ability as a musician for the rest of their lives." Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays for ages 4 and up.

 

Jesse Hall-

Jesse earned his B.A. from the University of North Texas. There at UNT, he studied with the world famous instructor, Ed Soph. Jesse has been teaching lessons privately for the past 7 years. He also performs locally with acts like Danny Flannigan, Tyrone Cotton,  Amos Hopkins, and many others. Jesse teaches drum set as well as some hand percussion. Ages 5 and up. Available on Tuesdays.

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Anthony Tarullo-

Anthony has been playing music in one form or another from the early age of six.  Starting out by taking private lessons throughout grade school and high school, he studied under Mark Tate and Rick Mattingly. Eventually his musical journey led him to get a B.S.  in Audio Engineering and Music Performance from Delta State University. He has gone on to tour with blues legend Johnny Rawls & T Model Ford, singer songwriter Justin Paul Lewis, Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, as well as the prominent Louisville rapper Jalin Roze. He has also played the prominent Chicago Blues Festival, Mississippi Grammy Week, The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival, Forecastle Festival, as well as Bunbury Music Festival, among others. Anthony brings a rare insight and intellect to approaching the drumset. He is currently working on his B.S. in Music Therapy from the University of Louisville. Ages 6 and up. Available on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Voice

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Jacquelyn Davis-

Jacquelyn Dee Davis is a graduate of the University of Louisville School Of Music with a Bachelors degree in music therapy, emphasis in voice. Having studied for 4 years as a vocal performance major before transferring to Louisville and switching to therapy, Jacquelyn has starred in several major opera productions as a classical soprano, but is better known around Louisville as singer/songwriter/guitarist "Jacqui Blue". With over 12 years of acoustic guitar experience, Jacqui now performs original music, but has appeared in cover bands singing and playing familiar soul, pop, funk, and rock staples. Jacqui studied with Edith Tidwell at UofL and her background in vocal pedagogy allows her to apply solid technique to singing songs of any genre. She enjoys workings with beginning guitarists, and vocalists of all stages and has taught private guitar and voice for over 9 years. Jacqui loves getting to know new students, catering lessons to their specific goals as a singer, picking the perfect literature for their voice type and/or ability, and eventually working through dramatic interpretation so her students can soar onstage! Ages 5 and up. Available Mondays and Fridays.

Nina Espinueva-

Nina is in the final stages of completing her B.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Accompaniment with a Minor in Vocal Performance at Bellarmine University. She has studied with Meme Tunnell for Classical piano, Todd Hildreth for Jazz piano, and Jessica Mills for voice. Nina has 2 years teaching experience. She teaches ages 5 and up. Available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Orchestral Strings

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Ellie Miller-

Ellie graduated from the University of Louisville School of Music with a B.M. in Viola performance. She has a wide range of experience, from classical performance and orchestral playing to bluegrass and jazz. She has studied classical music with Brittany MacWilliams and Michael Hill, jazz with Chris Fitzgerald and Craig Wagner, and bluegrass with Jeff Guernsey. Her performance experience is wide ranging, in classical context she’s performed with Orchestra Enigmatic, Tran Siberian Orchestra, Phantom Theatre of Vermont String Quartet, and UofL Sinfonietta Orchestra. In contemporary music Ellie has performed in bluegrass, old time, country, americana, and rock groups at venues and festivals across the region. Over the past four years, Ellie has taught private lessons for the last four years in the Louisville area. Lessons offered in beginning to advanced violin, viola, and fiddle and beginning to intermediate mandolin. Available Thursdays.

Woodwinds

Shannon Vetter-

Shannon studied music education and saxophone performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. While attending he studied saxophone with John Moore and Mike Tracy, Piano with Dr. Oliphant, and voice with Dr. Jack Ashworth. Since leaving university Shannon has performed all over the country on a variety of instruments including saxophone, guitar, piano, mandolin, and drum set. He has recorded numerous albums with bands Gideon's Rifle, Big Atomic, and under his own name. Shannon has eight years of formal and informal teaching experience. Teaches ages 7 and up. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Brass

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Joey Thieman-

Joey Thieman completed his Masters Degree in Music at University of Louisville in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree at Morehead State University where he studied piano with Steven Snyder. He has taught in schools and privately since 2007. Joey is passionate about teaching music, and organizes lesson plans specifically for the tastes and interests of individual students. Since moving to Louisville in 2011, he has performed with a wide variety of groups on piano, accordion, trumpet, and guitar. Joey is available for lessons on Mondays and Saturdays. Ages 9 and up for trumpet.