DOO WOP SHOP

Louisville 502 456 5250
Lexington 859 275 1224
Frankfort 502 695 3107

DOO WOP SHOP

Committed to providing affordable access to Instruments, Audio, Video, and Staging Equipment in combination with the support and education required to turn your dream into reality.

 

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.

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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.

Taylor Nelson-

Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Chris Buzzelli. She currently studies with Craig Wagner and in the Fall of 2016 she will begin pursuing her Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville. Taylor has performed with artists including Mike Stern, Gary Smulyan, Dave Samuels, and the New York Voices. She has also played at the Detroit Jazz Festival, as well as the Jazz Education Network Conference. She plays a variety of genres including jazz, rock, folk, and pop. She also has experience as a classical guitarist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Taylor has 7 years of private lesson instruction experience. She focuses on essential skills such as guitar technique, music literacy, improvising, musicianship, and professionalism. Ages 5 and up. Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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.

Nicholas Burks-

Nick Burks has played guitar for well over a decade. He's studied jazz performance at both Berklee School of Music and the University of Louisville. He studied under Joe Stump and Craig Wagner.  As a performer, Nick has shared the stage as an opening act for artists such as Pat Travers Band, Warrant, Deicide, Gwar, Cro-Mags, Entombed, Down, and has played national music festivals and has toured the U.S. several times with his band, Stonecutters. He has 3 years of teaching experience.  Available on Fridays.

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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.

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, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

 

Zach Driscoll-

Zach Driscoll is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he earned his B.A. in Jazz Studies.  While there he studied with Mike Tracy, Chris Fitzgerald, Jim Connerley, Dave Clark, and others.  Zach has 10 years of teaching experience with piano, saxophone, bass, flute, and jazz band.  In lessons, Zach seeks the learning method that works best for each individual student and helps them discover and utilize their unique strengths.  He also has an extensive performing history, and can currently be seen playing with Wax Fang, Deloreans, Billy Goat Strut Revue, and several more.  Teaches ages 5 and up.  Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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.

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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. 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 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 Saturdays

Voice

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, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

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.

Orchestral Strings

Clinton Grosz-

Clinton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. Clinton is a retired performer from the Louisville Orchestra after 44 years as well as 2 years with the Lexington Philharmonic. He has over 50 years of experience with private instruction. He teaches violin, viola, and beginning cello. Ages 12 and up. Available on Wednesdays.

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Sila Darville, D.M.A.-

Sila Darville holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music in Violin Performance from University of Minnesota, and a B.M. in Violin Performance from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey. Sila has performed with many Symphonic Orchestras including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Amarillo Symphony, and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra among many others. She has been teaching for 9 years and has one year of Suzuki pedagogical training. Sila teaches ages 4 and up. Available on Thursdays.

Woodwinds

Zach Driscoll-

Zach Driscoll is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he earned his B.A. in Jazz Studies.  While there he studied with Mike Tracy, Chris Fitzgerald, Jim Connerley, Dave Clark, and others.  Zach has 10 years of teaching experience with piano, saxophone, bass, flute, and jazz band.  In lessons, Zach seeks the learning method that works best for each individual student and helps them discover and utilize their unique strengths.  He also has an extensive performing history, and can currently be seen playing with Wax Fang, Deloreans, Billy Goat Strut Revue, and several more.  Teaches ages 5 and up.  Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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.

Brass

Noal McLimore- 

Noal received a B.M. degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University and is currently working on his Master's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Louisville. He has had lessons with multiple professional musicians including George Curran of the New York Philharmonic and Gerry Pagano of the St. Louis Symphony. He has experience in both classical and jazz performance. 3 years teaching experience. Teaches age 9 and up. Specializes in Low Brass. Available on Saturdays.

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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. Ages 5 and up.