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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)
Allen Moore has been involved with music for over 30 years. He began playing the Piano and Viola in the 4th and 5th grades respectively and is classically trained on both instruments. His performances began with Junior High Honors Orchestra and continued to grow with the Springfield Youth Symphony and College Orchestra. Allen continued to gain performance experience on Viola and Piano for various dramatic works as well as the church worship team. Allen has over 16 years of teaching experience.
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!
Drums / Percussion
Mr. Reynolds has been playing the drums for 27 years. Shane has been playing professionally for 14 years with local rock, jazz and blues bands in the St Louis area. Mr. Reynolds has a real passion for teaching and developing students to the full potential they wish to achieve.Shane incorporates all aspects of drum styles for not only playing, but qualities closely related to the development of drumming including drum recording, tuning drums, the basic fundamentals of drumming, and sight reading.
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.
Guitar & Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Dave has been playing music a total of 40 + years and professionally for 30 +years. A person of many talents, but the one strong point is his ability to “pass on” his knowledge of skills to people musically. Dave has been playing the guitar for 30 +years professionally. Mid Rivers Music is pleased to have the expertise Dave has brought us to continue our tradition of music education.
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.
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.
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.
Doug has been involved in music for over 40 years. His students range from 6 to 60 years old. Doug was one of the first classical guitar majors at UMSL. He has played contemporary Christian music in church. Doug has also played in multiple top 40 bands in the St. Louis area. Doug feels he is in a excellent place to pass on a portion of the joy that music has brought into his life.