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Instructor Profiles

  • Anna George ($23 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2018
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Inspired by watching her older brother play his violin, Anna, at age 3, asked if she could also take lessons. Trained by the Classical Suzuki method by Joseph Kaminsky at the Kirkwood Academy of Music, it was there that Anna acquired her solid foundation of music theory and developed her skill to play by ear. Through KAM, Anna gained valuable musical experience with her education and performances, and her love of music continued to grow.

    While a student at KAM, Anna had numerous memorable memories. At the age of 5, Mr Kaminsky selected Anna to produce a DVD entitled “Vibrato From the Ground Up”. Students and instructors all over the US and the world have purchased her training DVD video.

    In addition to this, KAM performed in numerous venues throughout St Louis, including yearly Frontenac Plaza Christmas concerts and Busch Stadium performances of the National Anthem. In Washington, D.C., Anna was honored to be chosen to play a solo at the Capitol building for the House of Representatives. Every summer, as a child, she and her brother attended week long Suzuki Violin Institutes in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to further challenge their musical abilities. It was here that Anna gained more challenging opportunities to play in Honor recitals before hundreds of her peers and teachers from around the U.S.

    In her 4 years at Lindbergh High School, Anna cherished playing in her school’s Symphonic Orchestra. To further her growth as a musician, she participated in music festivals every year. Additionally, realizing her love for sharing music with others, Anna also tutored novice 4th grade students the entirety of her high school attendance.

    Anna is currently attending Lindenwood University, where she is majoring in Computer Information Systems and minoring in a Music degree. She loves playing in her school’s orchestra and small string ensemble.

    For fun, Anna loves to jam on her violin and bass guitar with her Soft Rock and Roll and Oldies band. For rest and relaxation, Anna loves the challenge of a great puzzle, enjoys hiking, hanging out with her family, friends, and her 3 dogs.

  • Becky Hill ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2002
    YOUNGEST AGE: 9

    Rebecca Hill is an active freelance musician and music educator in the St.Louis area. She teaches private music lessons on clarinet, saxophone, and piano. Sheis the principal clarinetist of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the GatewayFestival Orchestra, and second clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra inKentucky. She has performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, St. Louis Wind Symphony,“A Fifth Above” Woodwind Quintet, and Masterworks Chorale.

    She has received her Bachelors in Music from Southeast Missouri State University and her Masters in Music from Northern Illinois University. She has been teaching private lessons since 1995 and music classes including Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation, American Music Appreciation, and American Popular Music since 2000.

  • Becky Zigo ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2012
    YOUNGEST AGE: violin/fiddle = 3 | piano & voice = 5

    Becky graduated with a BA in music (Spanish minor) from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has played piano for twenty years (taught for five yrs) and violin for eighteen years (taught for six years). She has been teaching at Mozingo since 2012.

    She has played with the Kirkwood Community Symphony Orchestra and the University City Symphony Orchestra. She also leads worship at various churches in St. Louis including Faith Church, Grace Church, St. John’s Lutheran, Life Christian Church, Messiah Lutheran, Life Pointe Church, Gateway 61, Destiny Church, Southgate Church, and appeared in Drummer Boy 2011 at Grace Church playing violin and singing. Musicians Becky looks up to are Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Vanessa Mae, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Houston, Jon Thurlow, Mariah Carey, Lindsey Stirling, and The Civil Wars.

    Becky has toured with the Josh Golden Band, sharing the stage with NeverShoutNever, performing at the PGA tournament in Dallas and Alabama Amusement. She is currently in a band with her husband, called ZIGO, playing violin, piano and singing (below is a link to their videos). She also has played with Kent Henry, Monroeville, Jars of Clay, Trent Dabbs, Kaleb Krueger, the Paisley Birch Band, and many more. ZIGO has performed at the Americana Acoustic Series and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Nashville. ZIGO is currently working on their next album in Nashville.

    Becky teaches many different musical styles, including classical, jazz, country/fiddle/bluegrass, folk, pop, worship and rock. She will instruct on ear training, technique, correct fingering, theory, rhythm… For violin, Becky teaches the Suzuki violin method. For piano, she teaches from the Alfred’s Basic Piano Library and Hanon 60 exercises (but is open to supplement with other methods and genres). Becky has two expectations for all of her students: work hard and have fun!

  • Bethany Coad ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2014
    YOUNGEST AGE: 5

    Bethany Coad is an accomplished pianist with 15 years of experience. Specializing in improvisation, she has performed at several local venues, including the Spring Art Walk in Historic Downtown St. Charles. She has served as pianist for several local churches. She has taught piano intermittently for 8 years, and has accompanied several choirs, including the St. Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) Concert Choir, the Choral Arts Singers, and MCCA Vocal Fusion.

    A skilled vocalist, Bethany has studied with MCCA Artistic Director Wendi Dicken. She has participated in the SCCHE Concert Choir as a student, the Choral Arts Singers, the Missouri Choral Society, and is currently part of the Mozingo Choristers. She is involved in the music ministry at Grace Baptist Church where she attends, and directs the Youth Choir, as well as participates in the orchestra and regular solo work.

    Bethany has had experience in choral conducting with the Choral Arts Singers. She is currently the director of MCCA Mozingo Kidz, MCCA Synergy, and the SCCHE Kinder Choir. She instructs children in basic vocal technique, music theory and rhythm, and uses music that is simple enough for beginners, yet musically sound and fun to sing and listen to. While teaching voice, she applies the same foundational technique there as in the choir. Her passion is teaching students to develop the natural beauty and resonance of their own voice, and to be comfortable singing without imitation.

    Bethany graduated in 2013 from Louisiana Baptist University with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Music. She continues to study to be better equipped at teaching and is pursuing a second music major degree. Bethany enjoys helping students of all ages to discover their own individual strengths, and delights in working with young beginners.

  • Brian May ($20 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2006
    YOUNGEST AGE: 7

    Brian May is a 2003 graduate of North St. Francois County High School in Bonne Terre, Missouri. While studying with Matt Henry at UMSL, Brian was selected as the drummer for the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Ensemble. As a jazz performance major at SIUE, he studied with Miles Vandiver.

    Brian has performed with Farshid Etniko, Clave Sol, Aaron Burlbaw, Cafe’ Danza, Clave Salseros, Samba Bom and the praise bands at Church on the Rock, Living Word Ministries and Celebration Church (Metairie, LA). While in Louisiana, Brian was an instructor at Crescent City School of Fine Arts.

    He has recorded with Menache, The Primary Colors, Acoustik Element, Love City, Farshid Soltanshahi and Dwight Fitch.

    Brian listens to contemporary jazz, gospel, soul and electronic music. He teaches pop, jazz, rock and latin styles.

  • Brian Zielie ($22.50 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2008
    YOUNGEST AGE: 7

    Brian has been an in demand and accomplished professional drummer for over fifteen years. He started playing in 1985, at age 10. Throughout junior high and high school, he participated in concert, jazz and marching band. After receiving the “Semper Fi Award” in his senior year at Triad High School, in St. Jacob, Illinois, he majored in Jazz Performance at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. While at S.I.U.E., Brian studied with Roger Guth, Tom Kennedy, Steve Strayhorn and Larry Vandiver, and participated in various jazz combos, concert and big bands.

    A veteran of the St. Louis music scene, Brian has played professionally since 1993, in a variety of musical settings. During his tenure with the Blues group, Zito, he toured the United States, and participated in a Department of Defense Tour of Japan, Korea, Okinawa and the South Pacific. As a member of St. Louis’ own Nadine, Riverfront Times Best Rock Band of 2003, Brian was instrumental in the band’s rise to national recognition. Brian’s current project, the acclaimed original band The Breakers, released its first CD in 2005 and their much anticipated second CD in 2007, to nationwide recognition.

    Brian has performed, recorded or toured with artists such as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Kent Henry, Rami Jaffe of the Wallflowers, and Pete Yorn. With over nine years professional teaching experience, Brian caters to the individual needs of each student. He is fluent in styles such as Blues, Country, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Pop, R & B, Rock, Soul, Orchestral and Rudimental. From beginner to expert drummer, with his commitment to excellence and his personal dedication to each student’s lesson program, Brian will undoubtedly provide an enthusiastic, nurturing and positive academic environment for each student to reach their maximum musical potential and personal goals.

  • Connor Stinehart ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2017
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Connor Stinehart is one of St. Louis's most diverse and eclectic bassists. He was mentored from a young age by recording artist Michael James Mette, and joined award-winning rock band Logos while still in high school. He is currently working as the music director for Impact Youth Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where he plays contemporary Christian music for Masses and youth group events.

    Connor enjoys performing the widest possible variety of musical styles. He is an intermittent member of several Lindenwood University ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, String Ensemble and Jazz Combo. Connor has also been involved in the pit orchestra for several musicals at Lindenwood, including Guys and Dolls, Violet and Next to Normal. He has recently performed with the Missouri All-Collegiate Orchestra and the St. Louis Philharmonic.


  • Dave Sweet ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2008
    YOUNGEST AGE: 7

    Dave holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mineral Area College where he studied percussion and music theory with Mike O’Brien. Dave has also studied with Rich O’Donnell (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Steve Davis (Lynne Arriale Trio, Jamey Aebersold) and Jim Chapin (author of “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer”). He has played U.S.O. tours in Alaska, Haiti, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain, as well as playing throughout the continental United States. Dave currently plays with the band “Usual Suspects” (Voted “BEST ST. LOUIS COVER BAND 2007” by The Riverfront Times) and also performs freelance work. Dave has been teaching drums for over 30 years.

  • Diane Fukunaga ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2011
    YOUNGEST AGE: Clarinet = 7| Piano = 7

    Dr. Diane Fukunaga is pleased to join the O’Fallon Mozingo Music Store as a clarinet and piano teacher. Dr. F was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. Attending The University of Kansas, she earned simultaneously a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Bachelor’s in Music Education. At Michigan State University Dr. F completed a Master of Music degree with a clarinet performance major. Returning to KU, she eventually earned a Ph.D. in music theory, writing a dissertation entitled Music for Unaccompanied Clarinet by Contemporary Latin American Composers.

    Her teaching career has included music classes of many types in public and private schools, junior and community colleges, and a four year college. She also taught high school Spanish for five years.

    Dr. F. has sung with both the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and she played eleven years with the Kansas City Wind Symphony. Her special interests include symphonic music, chamber music, and opera; and she loves to listen to jazz.

  • Elyssa Brinkley ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2017
    YOUNGEST AGE: 9

    Elyssa is an accomplished flutist who has been playing for over 15 years. She was accepted as a member of the Iowa All-State Band in 2006 and the Iowa All-State Orchestra in 2007. She also was awarded second place in the Southeast Iowa Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition in 2007.

    Elyssa received both her BA in Music and MA in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where she studied with Dr. Julianna Moore. During her college tenure, she performed with Wind Ensemble I, Truman’s premier performing ensemble and the Truman State Flute Quartet, and took part in several competitions including Truman’s Gold Medal Concerto Competition.

    Elyssa has been living in the St. Louis area for 4 years and has taught music in the Parkway and Riverview Gardens School Districts. She occasionally plays in the pit ensemble for the Next Generation Theatre Company in productions such as Singin’ in the Rain and West Side Story.

  • Geoffrey Walton ($27 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2014
    YOUNGEST AGE: Middle School

    What are your educational achievements?

    • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – Jazz Performance, Music Education
    • Maryville University – BA Psychology and Sociology

    How many years have you been playing?

    • 32 years

    How many years have you taught music?

    • 13 years

    What year did you start with Mozingo Music?

    • I worked on the sales floor and taught for Mozingo Music from 1995 to 2001.

    What are your musical highlights?

    • I have had the privilege to play with David Newman, Chris Vadala, Eddie Daniels, John Pizzarelli, Dave Weckl, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry.

    What musicians are you influenced by?

    • Michael Brecker
    • Sonny Stitt
    • Mike Stern
    • Sonny Rollins
    • Charlie Parker
    • Miles Davis

    What bands have you played with?

    • In addition to playing with a gospel big band, Psalm 150, I have been the leader of a contemporary Christian band, PowerHouse for the last 13 years. I have also performed with local bands: Generations, Phoenix.

    What is your teaching style?

    • I focus on classical, jazz, pop/rock, and contemporary Christian music. I like to introduce music theory and ear training into each lesson. Study materials will include pieces from school and selected studies out of the Rubank book.
  • Ian Eddy ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2011
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    As a 22 year guitar veteran, Ian has much to offer the Mozingo Music Program. Aspiring students can learn a great deal from his expertise in the music industry and 10 years of teaching experience.

    After graduating from Cleveland School of the Arts, Ian spent the next 11 years playing professionally all over the country in a variety of bands, ranging from rock to reggae. In 2001 Ian formed the band Leo. It wasn’t long before Leo was performing with multiplatinum artists such as Seether, Hoobastank, Eve 6, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mudd, and recording with multiplatinum producer/engineer Malcolm Springer. The Leo album was released world wide.

    It was also during this time that Ian discovered his passion for teaching guitar and bass. “I love seeing the look in my students eyes, and the smile on their faces when they can finally play a song or lick that they used to struggle with” Ian says.

    Ian has appeared in National magazines such as Metal Edge, Out Burn, and Alternative Press. His songs have appeared on the hit television shows Burn Notice and Last Call With Carson Daily. In addition to the music Ian wrote while in Leo, he also released a solo album in 2010 entitled “The Storm”

    Currently Ian is available for lessons at Mozingo Music and is working on the next Leo album.

  • Ilya Litvin ($24 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2018
    YOUNGEST AGE: 9

    Ilya Litvin teaches trumpet at the Webster University Community Music School. In addition, he is a Band Director at the South City Catholic Academy, an Assistant Band Director at St. Joseph School in St. Charles, and Brass instruments instructor at Band Instruments Service Company in St. Charles, Mo. Ilya Litvin was a professor of trumpet at St. Charles Community College from 1999 to 2011.

    Before moving to the United States in 1996, Ilya Litvin worked as a trumpet player with the Ukrainian Army Choir and Orchestra; the Gnessin’s Academy of Music Opera Studio, and the Moscow Brass Band. He received his Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Russian Academy of Music by Gnessin’s in Moscow, Russia and his Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance and Conducting from the Gnessin’s Collage of Music in Moscow, Russia. His teachers were legendary trumpet player Timofey Dokshitzer , Vyacheslav Prokopov and Vladimir Shlepakov.

    Since moving to the United States, Ilya Litvin has performed with St. Louis Brass Band, collaborated with local musicians.

    Ilya is a passionate teacher. Many of his students have distinguished themselves through local and regional awards and achieved positions in local and regional orchestras and bands such as St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra, St. Charles Youth Orchestra and Missouri All State Honor Band. In addition, some of his students have received prestigious music scholarships at distinguished music colleges and universities such as Truman University, North- Western University, Yael University and Cleveland Institute of Music.

    Ilya resides in St. Louis with his wife Alla Voskoboynikova, Director of Keyboard Studies at University of Missouri – St. Louis and their son, Boris, is a PhD student at Northwestern University.

  • Jeffrey Hughes ($28 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2015
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Simply put Jeffrey is Genuine, Diverse and Passionate. Students and people in general can always find him in great spirits and with a smile on his face. A Leukemia survivor from in his Early 20’s, Jeffrey brings his passion for life into all he does, especially his music.

    At Mozingo Jeffrey is providing lessons on Acoustic and Electric Guitar for Beginner to Advanced levels and also Bass Guitar lessons for Beginner to Intermediate levels.

    He has been playing and studying guitar since the age of 13. His training has been predominantly through private instruction with some of St. Louis’ finest guitarists and self education. Jeffrey is a current working musician in the STL scene who goes by JD Hughes. He has gained valuable practical experience from performing in different arrangements over the years and puts this into his teaching approach to provide a useful and practical approach to learning the guitar. Aside from his current performing schedule, Jeffrey teaches privately from his home studio.

    Jeffrey’s teaching approach is based on the individual, not a preset path that must be followed. No one person learns the same, plays the same, or lives the same so he believes in respecting that truth instead of forcing his students into a box with their playing or learning. Don’t take that the wrong way though, learning and performing any instrument takes diligence, determination, and discipline. It is extremely rewarding though and can provide much confidence for children, camaraderie for adults, and sheer joy for all! Whatever is being taught to the student always will be tied into the basic theory and understanding of the world’s most universal language: MUSIC!

    Jeffrey’s playing style can be stated as genuine and soulful. Tasty and melodic. Less is more sometimes. Successfully tapping into almost any genre Jeffrey has become known as a diverse player in the St. Louis music scene. Genres that the aspiring student can expect to learn include Solo Fingerpicking, Basic Country and Bluegrass, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Rock, Metal, Funk, Jam, Fusion, Reggae, and Folk/Singer-
    Songwriter.

    He has graced many stages in this city such as U. City Jazz Fest, St. Louis Public Library, Joe’s Cafe, The Sheldon Concert Hall, The Broadway Oyster Bar, 2720 Cherokee, KDHX’s The Stage, The Bootleg, Foam, and frequently plays many STL restaurants, wineries, private parties, and corporate events.

    Jeffrey has been thankful to grace the stage, collaborate, and befriend many fabulous musicians throughout his 18 years of playing. He plays or has played with The JD Hughes Group, Farshid Etniko, Dave Black, Philip Gomez and Clave Sol, Acoustik Element, Big Brother Thunder and The Master Blasters, Members of the Schwag, and countless others.

  • John Scott ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2006
    YOUNGEST AGE: 8

    John teaches guitar and bass lessons. He has been playing guitar since I was 10, and started out on saxophone before that. John was a music major at Florissant Valley Community College and started teaching guitar lessons when he was 20. One of his most fulfilling things about teaching is seeing a student’s face light up when they achieve a goal master a song, or can play the guitar part of a song with the recording all the way through.

    John performs as a solo musician, and has done over 120 gigs last year, including a 3 week tour of Michigan and Wisconsin. He plays at senior facilities during the day, and also performs a more contemporary show at Rendezvous Cafe and Madisons’ Café (both in O’Fallon), and at Montelle and Augusta Wineries. John also has experience playing in a worship band, and as a worship leader, in various churches in the area. He has played in many different types of bands, and traveled with a band for 3 years when he was in his 20′s, playing at resorts and living on the road.

    As far as musical honors…the best honors are when he knows that he has pleased a crowd, or has taught a good lesson. Also, one of his earlier bands won two radio stations contests for original songs, (one of them being KSHE), and were featured on two records and songs played on the air. John has many favorite artists and bands, because he likes many different styles of music. Some of his favorite guitarists include Lincoln Brewster, Alex Lifeson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Eddie Van Halen, Phil Keaggy, and many, many others!!

  • Josiah Zigo ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2008
    YOUNGEST AGE: 5

    Josiah has been teaching music since he was 15 years old beginning his teaching career at Providence Fine Arts, and now teaches at Mozingos Music since 2008. He is dedicated to teaching, performing, recording, and leading worship. Josiah attended Revolution School of Worship two years and now is finishing his BA in Business Administration and BS in Marketing at Missouri Baptist University. Performing is a weekly thing for Josiah. He has played with people such as: PJ Morton, Kent Henry, Nevershoutnever, Jai, and many others. Currently he tours with Josh Golden and plays at several churches around St. Louis.

    The different styles he teaches are as follows: modern rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, metal, acoustic, country, bluegrass, folk, worship, pop, and alternative.

  • Joy White ($27 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2018
    YOUNGEST AGE: 5

    Joy is a dedicated and enthusiastic music educator, with a demonstrated interest in students’ academic and personal development. She has a BA in Music Education from Missouri Baptist University, with vocal and instrumental certification. She has played piano and violin for 25 years, and has been teaching piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele lessons for 13. She taught music to over 400 elementary students at Immaculate Conception School of Dardenne for 5 years. At this school she directed multiple musicals a year and organized many other student performances. She also taught music to both elementary and middle school students at St. Paul School for two years. At St. Paul, she taught students recorder, ukulele, performing arts, and allowed students to showcase their creativity with their own instrument compositions. She also helps lead music as a volunteer vocalist and instrumentalist at Incarnate Word Church in Chesterfield.

  • Kayla Nogle ($24 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2018
    YOUNGEST AGE: 11

    Kayla has over 15 years of experience playing trombone and is currently attending Lindenwood University studying Music Education. She has had the honor of studying
    under Dr. Matt Hoormann, a versatile performer and educator in the St. Louis area, for over ten years studying both jazz and classical music.

    As a performer, Kayla has played in a variety of genres such as jazz, classical, brass ensembles playing trombone and euphonium, commercial brass bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, and musical pits. Some of the most memorable groups she has performed with include the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Band, Lindenwood University SymphonicOrchestra, and the musical In The Heights.

    Kayla’s passion for music is contagious and evident in all aspects of her teaching and playing. As a beginning band student, Kayla was overwhelmed by the joy that music
    brought to her life and is constantly inspired to pass that joy and excitement onto her students. When teaching lessons, Kayla combines her positive enthusiastic approach as well as her knowledge in trombone, theory, and performance in order to help the student better understand, grow as a musician, and achieve their goals.

  • Kristen Fallon ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2015
    YOUNGEST AGE: 7

    A passionate pianist since age 8, Kristen has over 30 years instrumental experience, focusing on classical piano and Joplin ragtime, with occasional forays into pop, showtunes, soundtracks and whatever strikes her fancy at any given time. Her background includes 5 years of string bass/piano/keyboard with her junior high & high school orchestras, a year in the St. Louis County All Suburban orchestra, piano studies at the Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN), and 10+ years as a freelance musician for piano/keyboard and Celtic harp. She likes to combine her background in corporate learning & development with her love of music and her student’s interests to encourage their creativity and generate the best learning experience for them.

  • Larry Smith ($22.50 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2003
    YOUNGEST AGE: 8

    Larry performed for the St Louis Symphony Gala Post-Show Party on October 20, 2012. The concert featured Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with the St Louis Symphony performing a piece entitled “Swing Symphony #3″! Also, Larry has performed with the Steve Shankman Orchestra featuring Denise Thimes and Gene Lynn for the Post-Show Party.

    What are your educational achievements (i.e. college/university achievements)?

    • B.A. in Jazz Performance, SIUE (completed May 2006)

    How Many years have you been playing?

    • 36 years

    What are your musical highlights or debuts?

    • Played with/for– St. Louis Symphony, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Findley, Bobby Shew, Vaughn Nark, Jeff Jarvis, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Metheny, Mike Vax, Sam Pilafian, Tommy Kennedy, Carmen Bradford, Manhattan Transfer, George Burns, Shelly Berg, Jay Oliver, SSO, Dee Shankman Orchestra, Stan Getz, Dennis DiBlasio, Roger Pemberton, Airmen of Note, Bob Stone Big Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Les Elgart Orchestra, Angelo Kariganis Big Band, Sessions Big Band, Alternatives Jazz Ensemble, 4 Tops, Temptations, Ed Kaiser Quartet, Eddie Howard Quartet, John Miller Quintet, Bob Klockey Trio, Counterpoint, Galaxy, Nelly, Little Anthony and the Imperials, St. Louis All-Star Big Band, Clarence Clemens and the Temple of Soul, Don Rickles, Frank Sinatra Jr., Bernadette Peters, Peter Mayer, Hard Bop Heritage, Aretha Franklin & Jay Leno at the Pea Body Opera House re-opening

    What are some musicians or bands you look up to or looked up to when you were studying your instrument?

    • John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, etc.

    What styles of music can you offer to your students?

    • Rock, Jazz, virtually all types of music
  • Laura Huhn ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2006
    YOUNGEST AGE: 7

    Laura Huhn started to play violin in 1989 as a 3rd grader and has been playing ever since. She participated in Solo and Ensemble and in the St. Louis All-Suburban Orchestra while in high school. While going to college at Hannibal-LaGrange University she played with the Quincy Community Symphony Orchestra and was honored with awards for 4 consecutive years: The Ruby & Enos McClure String Award, the Mayfield Music Scholarship, the Chappell-Lewis Music Award, and the D & C Blaser Instrumental Music Award. She completed her student-teaching with the late Clyde Bassett in Quincy, IL. She also served as Secretary, Vice President, and President of the university’s music education chapter through her college career. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis in 2003 from Hannibal La-Grange University and received her Master’s degree in August 2013.

    Laura has been a music educator since 2004. She currently teaches Middle School Orchestra in the Hazelwood School District. She frequently judges for festivals in the state of Missouri and has been a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association and the Music Education National Conference since 1999.

    Laura has also been teaching private string lessons since 2006 at Mozingo Music in O’Fallon, MO.

  • Liz Platipodis ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2016
    YOUNGEST AGE: 5

    Liz has been teaching piano, violin, guitar, and voice for 15 years. Liz has been studying and performing for 25 years. She has acted as a studio musician, composer and producer with two major record labels, EMI and Arista Records under Sony Entertainment, for 13 years. Liz has toured and performed with some of the most legendary musicians in the industry both past and present. She has studied music theory and music business at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois and has toured all over Europe with the Chicago Chamber Choir. She is currently working towards her degree in music therapy.
  • Marc Torlina ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2013
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Marc Torlina played his first professional music gig at age 11. Throughout his life he has traveled the world performing in some of the finest venues around. Marc is currently a member of The Peter Mayer Group (Jimmy Buffett’s lead guitarist for the last 25 years) and he also enjoys a successful freelance career that keeps him quite busy performing with other various artist around the country. Marc also is a songwriter and has recorded his own CD’s. He has also recorded on dozens of other artists recorded in some of the best studios in New York, LA, Nashville and St. Louis. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, but feels his best musical education has been his real world experience in the music industry.

    Marc has lived in Hollywood and Amsterdam at various points in his life and was able to easily make new contacts and assimilate into the music scene successfully in those new turfs, continuing to cultivate his own career in music. By being proficient in many instruments (electric and acoustic bass, guitar, piano, drums, voice and ukulele), and being able to perform a wide range of musical styles, Marc has enriched his vocabulary in the language of music. This experience and knowledge transfers over to Marc’s teaching style and allows him to transfer that knowledge back to his students for a more fulfilling learning experience. He has developed a high retention rate of pupils, with some of his finer students moving on to Berklee School of Music and Belmont University or forming successful bands of their own, thus allowing them to continue their own musical journey. Here are a few of some of the artist Marc has shared the stage with; Sheryl Crow, The Temptations, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, Michael McDonald, members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Evita at The Fox Theatre, Little Richard, Rage Against The Machine, The Everly Brothers, Mac McAnally, Neil Sedaka and most of St, Louis’ finest musicians. Marc feels the best way for a student to maximize his or her true potential in music is to have fun. Music is an art form and is best served when treated as such. If the student is exposed to a positive, quality filled, and totally fun experience, they will learn the most of what music has to offer. After that, the sky is the limit; there are no boundaries…

  • Raymond Cabello ($30 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2016
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6
    Raymond Cabello was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and started studying viola during eighth grade in the Long Beach Unified School District. Upon moving to St Louis in 2011, he started school at Missouri Baptist University and is currently perusing his Bachelor of Arts in Music with Instrumental Certification. During his time at Missouri Baptist, Raymond studied with Mr. Michael Dunsmoor and Mrs. Alison Rolf, and has recently performed his Senior Recital and looks toward graduation next Spring. Raymond performs regularly on viola with the Alton Symphony Orchestra in Alton Illinois, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Orchestra. He currently serves as Associate Pastor of Worship and Ministry at Castlewood Baptist Church in Ballwin, MO. Raymond resides with his wife, Emma, in Maryland Heights, MO and are expecting their first child next Spring.
  • Sean Archer ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2015
    YOUNGEST AGE: 8

    Sean Archer is an active freelance musician in the St. Louis area. He has been playing the upright and electric bass for over 8 years. With an extensive and diverse performance background as an accompanist, he has been fortunate to work with some of St. Louis’ finest musicians.

    Since 2012, he has accompanied singer, songwriter and guitarist Sean Coray at county fairs, festivals, art exhibitions, wineries and restaurants. In January of 2016 Sean recorded with the St. Louis based artist on his second EP, titled Encinitas.

    http://www.seancoray.com

    https://soundcloud.com/seancoray/good-girl

    Additionally, Sean plays with groove-based cover band, Leland’s Road. Since 2014, they have played several state and county fairs across Missouri and Illinois, as well as Busch Stadium, The Anheuser Busch Biergarten, and Ballpark Village. Leland’s Road will be recording their first original EP in January of 2017.

    Sean also plays with original country artist, Chris Scott. The band made its first appearance at Cicero’s in May of 2016 in front of a sold-out crowd. Later that summer, they opened for renowned country artist, Tucker Beathard, at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. Sean was also asked to record on the single, “Work” which appears on Chris’ debut album.

    http://chrisscottcountry.com

    Sean offers a unique approach to students, focusing not only on the technical and theoretical aspects of playing, but the ability to play with complete confidence and awareness. Some of his biggest influences include Percy Heath, Ray Brown, Sam Jones, Pino Palladino, Paul Jackson, and James Jamerson.

  • Sean Trost ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2014
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Sean Trost has over 25 years experience in guitar playing and performance. He became hooked when he learned the basics and fundamentals with a private rock instructor at age 11. Sean then sought lessons with guitar master Kevin Ray, who has shared the stage and studio with many major label recording artists. Within a few short years, Sean could utilize an array of advanced guitar techniques, as well as teach them to his friends. Sean was able to combine his skill and training when he performed with his high school jazz band and his own guitar driven heavy metal band.
    Sean’s passion for teaching continued at St. Louis Community College, where he was employed as a teachers assistant in the music department, and majored in classical guitar. It was during Sean’s college years that he had an opportunity to study with the President of the Classical Guitar Society, and concentrate on music theory with classical concert pianist Bertram Ward. Sean has found this extensive theory training pertinent in performance and one of the most useful tools in guitar instruction.
    For several years Sean has taught private and group guitar lessons in residences, music stores, and a community college in the St. Louis, Mo area. Former students are now instructors, in bands locally and nationally, and have been accepted into music conservatories around the world.
    Performing in a variety of bands since his teens, Sean has played alongside of many of the regions most talented and respected musicians in rock, punk, blues, country, pop, funk, and Metal. He can currently be found performing in the band Captain Kickass.

  • Steve Haney ($30 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2014
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Steve has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. While attending SIU-E, he studied violin with Kent Perry and chamber music under John Kendall. He also received a String Award from the university in 1979. Steve has been playing for 47 years. He has played for the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and several chamber orchestras and quartets. He has taught in the public schools for 32 years, and taught private lessons throughout that period of time. He has taught in the Parkway School District, Ferguson-Florissant School District, and the Fulton County Schools in Atlanta Georgia. He has taught in the Rockwood School District for the last 27 years until he retired from the public school systems in 2014, having 400+ students per year. He has taught at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

    Steve has a very good rapport with his students and believes in much positive encouragement and praise to motivate his students in his lessons. He teaches from the Suzuki Violin and Viola Book series, but he also teaches fiddle music and gospel music. His hobbies include singing and playing gospel hymns by ear on the piano.

  • Troy Clark ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2014
    YOUNGEST AGE: 6

    Troy Clark has been playing Guitar for 26 years, and teaching Professionally Full time for 17 of those 26 years (since 1998). Troy’s style ranges from early classic rock to 70′s melodic rock and blues players like Michael Schenker, Neal Schon, Gary Richrath, Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy to Modern Day styles & Contemporary Praise and Worship Music.

    His playing was most influenced by the 80′s when Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch, and Randy Rhoads, and Steve Vai hit the scene. In 1987 Joe Satriani hit the scene and was one of his biggest influences, having the most impact on Troy’s playing during his learning period, and he is still influential today even though Troy didn’t start playing guitar seriously until 1989. Other 80′s influences are shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, and Vinnie Moore.

    Troy enjoys the playing styles of Andy Timmons, Joe Bonamassa, Guthrie Govan, Phil Keaggy, Tommy Emmanuel, Lincoln Brewster,Doyle Dykes, and too many others to list. In July 2007, Troy released his own self-produced instrumental guitar CD titled “Guitar with a Voice”. It has sold all over the world online 2 times over and is attainable through a variety of ways.It has allowed him some great opportunities and he has been the opening act many times live for famous bands like the “Little River Band”. His style is a compilation of all the players that have influenced him. See Video link’s below.

    Troy truly enjoys teaching Lead Guitar and Improvisation. But is also versed in teaching all ages from Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced, and enjoys the challenges of each level. Although I’m all about having fun in the lessons, I am also really focused on making fundamental’s a big part of the learning process. I feel with the proper teaching on fundamentals and technique and lot’s and lots of practice to develop muscle memory in your hand’s and your mind is key to your development on the Guitar. And of course again, lots of practice no matter if it’s regimented of if your just jamming out on your favorite song.

    Currently Troy is working on his 2nd album and is also the Music Director and Leader of Music of his local Church Warrenton Baptist Church in Warrenton MO. If your looking for help in the style of Playing Worship songs and singing at the same time and getting better at strumming songs and working your Guitar Style into a Praise band setting. Troy can also help you grow in this area of your playing. Or maybe you just need help playing your favorite Praise and Worhsip song for fun. Troy covers all these area’s of Teaching in Private lessons at Mozingo Music.

  • Vaughn Edward ($30 per 30-minute lesson)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2017
    YOUNGEST AGE: 13

    VAUGHN EDWARD has performed across the United States from coast to coast, as well as the Philippines and touring through the Caribbean. He is a Vocalist and writes his own original songs. Along with the vocals, he plays fluently, the keyboard, saxophone and hand drums, and he has a background in dance. Prior to writing and taking his songs public from stage to stage, he performed in most genres of music: pop, dance, jazz, funk, latin & salsa, african, ska, reggae, rock, country, blues, oldies, orchestra, disco, zydeco, brazilian and big bands.

    Teaching credits include: Music & More in Antioch, CA for Piano and Voice, Eastbay School for boys in Berkeley, CA for Vocal & Instrumental Music, Village Charter School in Chapel Hill, NC for Instrumental Music, High School Saxophone Master Classes at Chapel Hill High in Chapel Hill, NC, Horsedrawn Productions Recording Studio in Chicago for Piano, Voice and Saxophone, and Musicology Music in Chicago for Piano and Voice. He was a Guest Teacher for the Arcadia Valley High School in MO, and a Guest Teacher for the Pittsburg High Jazz Band in Pittsburg, CA.

    Lessons Include: Vaughn specializes in Voice & Songwriting, Piano and Saxophone. He can teach chording on piano for voice students, breathing techniques for voice and saxophone, and give exercises he wrote himself for technique for all instruments. He has advanced knowledge in music theory and can give pointers for stage presence and choreography.

    Vaughn has recorded one album, One More Day, which consists of songs that cross from Pop to Electronic to Rap. He is also a published YA Fantasy author for his series WARRIOR CHILDREN.

    Website: http://www.vaughnedward.com

    Link for Music: http://www.vaughnedward.com/music

  • Wendi Dicken ($120 per month of lessons)

    TEACHING AT MOZINGO SINCE: 2007
    YOUNGEST AGE: Flute = 9 | Piano = 5 | Voice = 9

    Wendi Dicken began her performance career at the age of four in the role of Michael Darling in Peter Pan. Soon after, she performed as Gretel in the Sound of Music, solidifying what has become a lifelong love of musical theater and opera. When she was 13, Wendi founded the Heritage Community Theater Program as a church outreach to pre-teens and teens. For ten years, HCT performed three shows each summer, the theater coming to a close when Wendi graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a master’s degree in Opera. At Miami, she studied with Joan Marie Moynagh and Russell Hosler. With Dr. Hosler, Wendi and a group of friends restored the Miami University Opera Ensemble, which has gone on to win international acclaim.

    Privileged to perform around the globe, she performed with Boris Goldovsky’s Young Artists Opera Theatre in New York, coached with Stanley Sontag at the NY Metropolitan Opera, and studied with Philon Ktsanis, and was featured in concerts in seven European countries. After auditioning against 3,000 other young ladies, Wendi won a spot as a member of the Bigfork Playhouse in Montana (the only true repertory theater in the country at that time). At the age of 24, she went on to develop the vocal music program at the Flathead Valley Community College in Montana, where she also helped to bring about the first opera ever performed in that region (Amahl and the night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti). Along with these accomplishments, Wendi directed a season of the renowned Flathead Valley Children’s Theater, and served as rehearsal conductor for the Glacier Orchestra and Chorale.

    Always seeking musical knowledge, Wendi was not content to simply perform in the theater. From the age of six, she studied piano with Margaret Styling, was accepted to study flute at the Cincinnati Conservatory (age 11) with Maestro Robert Cavally and his wife, and began vocal coaching in opera (age 13) with Mr. Bard Suverkrop. In high school, Wendi was voted most talented because of her work in band, choir and theater. She and a friend requested the addition of a music theory class to the curriculum of Mt. Healthy High School. The request was granted, expanding and already successful music program.

    From that class grew an appreciation for theory and composition, leading to further study with Winfred Cummings (protege of Walter Piston [Harmony] of the Hindemeth School of Music). Wendi numbers among her compositions a piano concerto, several smaller piano works, a choral arrangement that has been performed several times at the pre-game festivities for the St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball games, six patriotic works commissioned for a choral performance at the Lake St. Louis, Missouri Memorial Day Celebration, and several works for children’s choir, including “My Mother’s Hand” and “I don’t Wanna Kiss A Llama” (poem by Byron Von Rosenberg).

    Counting 84 dramatic and musical roles on her resume, Wendi has also performed in 20 operas and operettas, and has many concert/recitals to her credit. The 1983 winner of the Miami University Concerto Competition, she performed excerpts from Alban Berg’s Wozzeck with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Carmen Deleone (New York City Ballet Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Springfield Illinois Symphony). Maestro Deleone also mentored Wendi in the art of “Big Band” Music.

    Her 20 year performance career has grown to include teaching and conducting. A member of the faculty of Townsend Music School in Ballwin, Missouri for more the 22 years, concurrently with Mozingo Music in O’Fallon, Missouri, Wendi has taught and inspired more than 19 students to pursue successful careers in music and theater. She has taught and written curriculum for Stages Repertory Theatre Performing Arts Academy in Chesterfield Missouri.

    For almost nine years, she served as director and artistic director of the St. Charles County Concert Arts Association, accepting invitations to perform at venues and events such as the 90th anniversary of the Hawaiian State Library in 2004, Carnegie Hall in 2005, and Kennedy Center in 2007. Always mindful of expanding the abilities of the group, Wendi led CAA in performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (sung in Hebrew) and selections from Les Miserables and The Lion King (in Africans) with a rock band. She also founded the Concert Arts Youth Choir, as well as an instrumental jazz ensemble, a kinderchor, and the Concert Arts Conservatory.

    In 2007, Wendi created the company Imagination Destination Music. She led the development of the Kidz Muzik® program (introducing young children to the fundamentals of music), as well as Music and Me® , a multi faceted arts program for students with autism spectrum disorders and their parents (this program was modified for use with at risk children for summer camp). Working on a piano curriculum for students with developmental delays, Wendi has been inducted into the Continental Who’s Who of business Entrepreneurs for her leadership in music education.

    Wendi lists among her mentors conductors Mr. Russell Hinkle, Dr. John Wabrick, Maestro Carmen Deleone, Ms. Margaret Hillis, Maestro Thomas Schippers, Maestro James Levine, and Dr. John Leavitt.

    Her Bel Canto vocal technique is a direct reflection of her studies with Joan Moynagh, Bard Suverkrop, Russell Hosler, and coaches, Philon Ktsanes and Stanley Sontag.

    The time spent with Maestro and Mrs. Cavally honed her ability to define minute details in the music; she is intimately familiar with every note in Mr. Cavally’s books, Solos for the Debutante Flutist, and most of his other flute method books.

    Study in music theory is the foundation for everything she writes, and for that she thanks Mrs. Cynthia Gray, Dr. Jerome Stanley and Mr. Winfred Cummings.