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Mid Rivers Music is pleased to offer private music lessons with experienced and accomplished instructors. Mid Rivers Music Studios provide an educational atmosphere for higher learning and tutoring for people of all ages and musical backgrounds. Our teachers offer guitar, piano, string, percussion, woodwind, brass, and vocal lessons for aspiring students, whether you are a beginner or just want to brush up on an old hobby. Our teachers will train you to become a well-rounded musician with their knowledge and skills. When you begin lessons, your teacher will lead you through the recommended curriculum and help you to apply it successfully. Our private lessons make music education available at a personal and affordable level. Private lessons also enable our instructors to tailor material to each student so everyone can learn at their own speed. There are not the interruptions that one can experience in a classroom at school. Each lesson is one, half-hour session per week, focusing the student on achievement in the performing arts.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Guitar and Bass
Mr. Ficocelli started his musical career in the Fort Zumwalt school district where he studied violin and frequently lead the orchestra as concertmaster. During his time in the high school orchestra he began seriously studying the guitar. Later he went on to study guitar at Webster University and attained his Bachelor’s of Music. Dan has now moved on to the recording side of music, currently working out of Sawhouse Studios. In conjunction with his music engineering, Dan is currently writing and performing music with several working bands on both the guitar and bass; as well as fulfilling many session musician roles.
Piano and Voice
Evi is here to share her rich and varied musical talents with you! Her 10+ years of teaching experience are supplemented with over 25 years of performance experience in a wide variety of contexts. Evi earned her Bachelor of Music in Voice and Musical Theatre Performance from the National Academy of Music-Bulgaria. She has performed throughout Europe and the USA in many languages including English, Greek, Russian, Italian, German, Serbian, and Bulgarian. Well trained in Piano and many styles of Voice, she specializes in applying Bel Canto derived techniques to modern pop and rock singing to develop a great vocal tone. Evi sure to help you towards your musical goals!
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Emily is attending Lutheran High School in St. Charles. She is currently the principal chair for the first violins. She has experience in playing in a variety of competitions, such as concerto competitions, and Missha Districts. In 2018 Emily was selected to teach abroad in Costa Rica, after many rigorous auditions. She has traveled to New York to study music at schools, centers, or camps to enhance her knowledge on each instrument she plays. Emily has been invited to attend various international competitions and has visited many music colleges and universities.
Woodwinds, Brass, and Piano
Rebecca brings thorough and versatile musical knowledge to her 26 years of instruction. Her love for music and teaching creates an atmosphere of enthusiastic learning! She is a certified K-12 music, band, and choir director who has developed a vast array of instructional experience while teaching in public, private, and home school settings as well as local music stores. Rebecca’s primary instrument is Oboe, but her vast Band Instructional expertise enables her to provide Professional instruction on all common Woodwind and Brass Instruments as well as the Piano. She looks forward to boosting you to achieve all that you are capable of accomplishing on your instrument!
Betty has been around music for most of her life. She has a background with voice, ukulele, steel guitar, accordion and piano. Betty has several years of teaching experience, including Lester’s Music Store and Lee’s Music Store. Betty and her husband managed a Southern Gospel singing group, playing concerts at churches and events throughout the Mid-West. Betty has been active as the church pianist in three of the churches she has attended
Strings (Violin and Viola)
Melina began playing the Violin in kindergarten and adopted Viola in middle school, enjoying them ever since. She is a veteran of many musical performances with both instruments, including musicals, orchestral, competitive, solo, and ensemble. Melina is currently pursuing a degree in Biology and Music. She has proven to be a great teacher and motivator for beginning and intermediate Orchestral students.
Drums / Percussion
Dan Britt is the author of Drumopedia & Rhythm 101, as well as the editor of Modern Drum Set Sticking by Swiss Chris. He has performed at the Cape Breton International Drum Festival and taught at the Percussive Arts Society International Conference. Dan has also performed in several bands in the areas of marching, concert, jazz, latin, blues, gospel, and rock. Dan teaches all aspects of drumming including ergonomics, economy of motion, hand technique, marching, orchestra, drum set, coordination, and double bass drumming. Sign up for lessons today and take your playing to new levels!
Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Low Brass
Bonnie began my music journey on flute in Kentucky at London Junior High and continued through High School. In the fall of 1981 she chose to enroll in the Music Education Program at Eastern Kentucky University with an emphasis on flute. Upon graduation from the program she began her teaching career in London, Kentucky as an elementary Band and General Music Teacher from 1986-1988.
Guitar, banjo, mandolin
Mr. Quigley is a consummate professional with the guitar and has been playing since the age of 13. Mr. Quigley studied guitar at U.M.S.L. and Steve has been teaching for 35 years. The styles of music Mr. Quigley can teach vary from country, rock, blues, jazz, and even classical. If you are looking for someone with a knowledge of fretted instruments and can teach all styles of guitar as well as banjo, mandolin, or bass sign up with Mr. Quigley. You’ll be glad you did.
Piano and Voice
Lynn Bradley is a seasoned pianist and teacher. Her experience includes working with children, teen, and adult piano and voice soloists. She incorporates theory, technique, scales and sight-reading into her teaching approach. As a high school choir teacher in the Springfield, Missouri area, she consistently achieved honors “1” ratings at district/state contests for her high school choirs, ensembles, and soloists.
Piano and Voice
Kyle is a veteran at teaching music with 10 years experience teaching in private studios. Mr Work is currently Music Coordinator/Choir Director at Emanuel U.C.C. in Weldon Spring. Kyle also plays in bands in the area – a seasoned performer and a background in music education a total package for your student at Mid Rivers Music.
Guitar and Bass Guitar
Mid Rivers Music is happy to have Harland on board to teach guitar. Mr. Lieberman brings 20+ years of experience teaching and will be able to develop a good foundation for music instruction to his students. Harland has been playing guitar since his teen years and playing professionally in bands thru out the St Louis and St Charles area all his adult years.
Pam Roussin is a seasoned musician and teacher. Her experience includes solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and England. In addition Pam held positions as Pianist, Musical Assistant, Piano Faculty, and Artist-in-Residence for the Portland Opera Association and Portland State University of Oregon respectively.
At the age of 13 Cecil fell in love with the guitar and music in general. Cecil studied at “The Doore School Of Music” and St. Louis Community College. He went on to teach at Doore and continued to teach and play for over 50 years. Cecil is well versed in instrument proficiency, as well as music theory. Cecil has played in many bands and ensembles through the years on guitar and bass guitar.