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  • Amy Dagenais ($120 per month of lessons)

    Amy is an experienced musician and music teacher forstudents of all ages. Growing up, she took piano lessons, played the flute in concert band, and percussion in marching band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. While in school, she participated in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, solo performances, and more. She then taught as a Music Teacher for grades Pre-K through 6th in a public school as well as a private instructor for piano and voice. She loves sharing the joy of music and learning with others!

  • Andrew Vogel ($25 per 30-minute lesson)

    Andrew Vogel is a native of St. Louis. He received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Music Tech from
    Webster University, and his Master of Arts in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers
    University. As a saxophonist, Andrew’s principal teachers were Christopher Braig, Paul
    DeMarinis, and Mike Karpowicz. As a jazz historian, Andrew studied under Dr. Henry Martin and Dr. Lewis Porter.

    Andrew has had the opportunity to teach music classes at Rutgers University and Webster
    University. As the saxophonist and frontman of ska/rock band Samuriot, Andrew has shared the
    stage with the likes of Reel Big Fish, Girl Talk, The Aquabats, The Toasters, Big D and the Kids
    Table, and Mustard Plug.
  • Anna Yanova-Cattoor ($28 per 30-minute lesson)


    Anna Yanova-Cattoor is a singer and songwriter, born and raised in Bulgaria, now living in St. Louis, MO.

    At the early age of 5 Anna expressed desire to start learning about music, so she began solfege, voice and piano lessons with the big voices of Bulgaria – Camellia Todorova, Silvia Katzarova and Violetta Onikian.

    At the age of 10 Anna had her first debut singing on national TV with the showcasing young talent music show “Kato Lavovete”. This is also when she had her first experience recording in a professional music studio. At the age of 11 she released a CD with 5 songs, professionally recorded and produced in a studio.

    When she was 13, Anna was chosen to perform on the stage of “Rock in Rila” festival, Bulgaria, in front of 20 000 people. She also performed on the same festival the following 5 years in a row.

    Inspired to follow her dream, Anna moved to Los Angeles in September of 2010 and took the next step in her musical career by enrolling in the “Vocals in Performance” Program at Musicians Institute, Hollywood. She had the great honor to work with industry professionals Coreen Sheehan, Anika Paris, Charissa Nicole, Bernard Baur, Adrian Park, Marko DeSantis, Bobby Borg, Rick Torres and many others.

    In 2011, Anna was selected to sing with the “Artist for Peace” choir and on November 1st, performed at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Michael Stone and many others.

    On March 17th 2012, Anna graduated from the “Vocals in Performance” Program at Musicians Institute and was honored by the faculty and staff at MI with the “OUTSTANDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR” award. The ceremony was held at The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles.

    Since her graduation from MI in 2012, Anna has been teaching voice constantly. She had the privilege of learning from some of the best vocal coaches in the industry, including Coreen Sheehan, who wrote the curriculum for vocal technique at MI, also author of “Rock Vocals and is one of the authors of “Five Star Music Makeover”.

    In 2013 Anna started working with EyeLevel Entertainment and was featured on various shows on their online TV channel, as well as on CBS’s “God’s Party”, lead by Dyan Cannon. In April 2013 she released her first album of original music, called “Up!”. “Up!” is very positive, fun and has powerfully deep, raw and honest messages. The music is in a singer songwriter genre and has elements of pop, folk and soul.

    In 2013, Anna and her husband Jared created their own band, called “Two Cities One World”. Their debut EP came out in February of 2014, only 10 months after Anna’s debut album “Up!”.

    In the summer of 2016, Anna and Jared toured all around Bulgaria playing 26 concerts in less than 3 months. During the tour they won 7 awards at a music contest, called “Pop Rock Fest Nessebar” including the “Grand Prix” and “Best Original Song”.

    At the moment Anna is performing in the St. Louis area, working on the songs for the next album as well as working as a session vocalist and a voice teacher.

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


    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 ($28 per 30-minute lesson)

    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!

    The One I Can’t Replace – original song by ZIGO
    Say Something – A Great Big World (Zigo cover)

  • Ben Webb ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


    Ben Webb (cello, bass, guitar), graduated from University of Missouri St. Louis in Spring 2018 with a degree in Music Composition. He began his musical pursuit at age 7, and has over 10 years of cello experience, performing solo and chamber works. He most recently studied with Prof. Kurt Baldwin of the Arianna String Quartet.

    Ben also performs actively on bass with his rock band, The Monocles. At UMSL, he performed in the symphonic orchestra and jazz ensemble, as well as other chamber ensembles and combos.

    Ben has also been an instructor for Mozingo’s Kidzrock program and Mozingo Rock University since 2014. He has also been an instructor for the DSA Rocks program, a program in which Mozingo Music partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.

    As a composer and performer, Ben works to fuse elements from classical, rock, and jazz music to create his own sound and style. As a teacher, he looks to apply the knowledge and techniques of these styles to effectively teach.

  • Brad Besand ($30 per 30-minute lesson)



    Brad has a BA in Music Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis. While attending UMSL, he studied violin and chamber music with David Gillham and John McGrosso. He currently studies with Julia Sakharova. Brad has been playing for 20 years and teaching for 8. Brad has been with Mozingo Music since 2007. He is the former assistant concert master of Alton Symphony Orchestra and had his first televised recital in September 2007 in Edwardsville, IL. He currently performs with the Webster University Chamber Orchestra, the Keough String Quartet, and his piano trio. From 2011-2013, Brad rebuilt the orchestra program at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in the St. Louis Public Schools. Currently, Brad is an elementary strings teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District where he teaches 300 students the orchestral string instruments.

    METHOD BOOKS: Suzuki, String Explorer, Fiddlers Philharmonic

  • Brett Voelker ($100 per month of lessons)


    Brett Voelker has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile drummers, both in session and live, on the scene today.

    Brett started playing drums at the age of 13 with a previous musical background that includes piano and trumpet. He first studied drums with Monte Alton at Mozingo Music. During his high school years at Lafayette he received many IAJE awards for outstanding musicianship and soloist. He has performed in every musical setting including concert band, symphonic band, jazz band, marching band, pep band, and orchestra. During this time he studied with many accomplished drummers such as Glen ‘Papa’ Wright and Ed Shaughnessy (Johnny Carson Tonight Show Band). During his later years in high school, Brett received more acclaim from the Sonar Drum Company as they offered him a scholarship after winning 2nd place in a country wide drum competition. Brett also placed in the top 10 in the ‘Best Unsigned Drummer in the country’ contest where he performed in front of drumming legends Dave Weckl, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and Rod Morganstein. Brett went on to study percussion with an emphasis in jazz performance at Webster University. His teacher, Kevin Gianino, helped refine his techniques. He performed as the 1st chair drummer in the school’s big band as well as many combos during his studies.

    His accolades as a professional include a regular performing and recording schedule with numerous performers from around the country. Brett’s own band Lapush released their debut record, ‘someplace closer to here’ on 456 Entertainment (co-owner Carson Daly) during the spring of 2005. He also is the author of the drum method book Rhythm & Notation. With many years experience of teaching private lessons, his expertise as a teacher also extends to clinics and master classes at local high schools and colleges.

    Brett teaches many styles including rock, jazz, latin, concert and marching percussion. He focuses on the basic fundamentals while also developing advanced techniques in the experienced player.

  • Brian Johnson ($32 per 30-minute lesson)


    Brian is a native of St. Louis and a member of the St. Louis Jazz Honor Roll. He is an exceptional pianist and vocalist influenced by musicians such as rock icons Billy Joel and Elton John. His jazz style is influenced by piano greats Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Bill Evans. He has blended rock and jazz into a sound that is his own and produces performances that are interesting and exciting to listen to as well as watch.

    How many years have you been playing?

    • 20 years

    How many years have you been teaching?

    • 10 years

    What are your musical highlights or debuts?

    • Played at the Edward Jones Dome during the Rams games

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

    • Billy Joel, Vladimir Ashkenazy

    What styles of music can you offer to your students?

    • Jazz, Classical, and most pop music

    What bands have you played with?

    • Bob Kuban and currently, my own trio.

    What books do you use for your beginner students?

    • Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Piano Lessons/Solos Series with Accompaniment CD
    • Hal Leonard Classics with CD
  • Brian Vaccaro

    Bio coming soon
  • Chad Evans ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


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

    • Howard University
    • Xavier University (New Orleans)
    • Brussels Conservatory (Belgium)

    How many years have you been playing?

    • 32 years

    How many years have you been teaching?

    • 15 years

    What year did you start teaching at Mozingo Music?

    • 1998

    What are your musical highlights or debuts?

    • 3 recordings – “Stress Free Zone”, “Warrior”, “Takin Place”

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

    • Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago

    What styles of music can you offer to your students?

    • Classical, Jazz, Pop

    What bands (if applies) have you played with (include current)?

    • Albert King, Jane Powel, & Groovethang
  • Chrissy Renick ($28 per 30-minute lesson)

    Voice, Piano, Songwriting - Ages 9+

    Chrissy is a vocalist, songwriter, and arranger with a specialization in contemporary styles,
    including pop, r&b, and jazz. She completed an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from
    Maryville University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music with an
    emphasis in Jazz Studies at Webster University.

    During her time at Webster studying under Debby Lennon, Chrissy has studied the Estill Voice
    Model, a leading pedagogical technique in commercial singing. Through this model and other
    evidenced-based commercial singing techniques, Chrissy is able to teach students how the
    voice works as well as how to produce the vocal qualities found in today’s popular music. In
    addition to vocal technique, Chrissy includes piano and music theory within lesson curriculum to
    encourage development of strong musicianship. Chrissy encourages discipline and hard work
    within the lesson setting and also believes music can be a tool to enhance well-being. A
    background in music therapy has made her a compassionate and goal-directed teacher with a
    holistic approach to education.

    In addition to teaching, Chrissy is an active performer, session singer, and vocal
    arranger/producer. She is co-owner of Eightfold Studios, an audio recording and videography
    studio in St. Louis, MO. She is currently recording a modern jazz/future soul album titled Sample
    Kulture set to release in 2019.

    New Release: A jazz/soul arrangement of “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts.

    Vocal Demo: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hnNSXDwXZkeIGVrgYjsqa4FiBmDTNoDn

  • Clara Richter ($30 per 30-minute lesson)


    Clara Richter received her Bachelor of Music, with a concentration in performance, at Eastern Illinois University and her Masters of Music at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Her teachers include Diane Boyd-Schultz, Brian Luce, and Dennette McDermott. While in college, Clara played in numerous ensembles, holding principal chair in each schools' wind symphony and orchestra, as well as regularly subbing with the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, LA; and she also started her teaching career, teaching minor-study flute students in graduate school, and working as adjunct Faculty at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. After school, she moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Here, her teaching studio grew to over 60 students, and she co-founded and taught at an annual Summer Flute Camp, as well as became a member and festival co-chair of the Texas Flute Society (2005-2009).

    Since 2009, Clara has been teaching and performing in the St. Louis Metro area. She is a faculty member at Webster Community Music School, a regular clinician at Parkway West and Mehlville High Schools, and has worked with the Rockwood School District as a clinician and private flute instructor. She has private flute students throughout the city and suburbs. She has played piccolo with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and currently plays in the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.

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

    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.

  • George Prsha ($30 per 30-minute lesson)

    YOUNGEST AGE: Piano & Bass Guitar: 5 | Guitar: 7


    • B.A. in jazz performance in jazz guitar from SIUE
    • K-12 vocal music certification from UMSL
    • K-12 instrumental music certification from UMSL


    • Full time k-8 music/choir teacher at St. Alban Roe school 2013-2015
    • Full time k-8 music/choir teacher at St. Cletus school from 2008-2013
    • Jazz Band director at Hancock High School 2011-2012
    • Faculty Jim Widner Jazz camps
    • After school private piano, guitar, bass lessons 2008-present
    • Prsha summer music camps


    • St. Joe Manchester Youth Band (Life Teen)
    • Solo jazz guitar
    • Jazz duo, trio, small group, big band
    • Acoustic duos
    • Wedding bands
    • Rock/club bands
    • Carnival Cruise Lines show band for 2 years

    George has played large, renowned locations throughout the St. Louis area, including large scale events such as NCAA Final Four Pep Rally, Busch Stadium for Cardinals home games, St. Louis Rams’ pep rallies, Saint Patrick’s day parade in downtown, and the Marshall Faulk Charity function.

  • Ian Eddy ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


    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.

  • Joe Buerger ($100 per month of lessons)


    Joe Buerger has had the pleasure of performing and teaching in the Mid-West for many years. His outstanding performances have included the Washington University Orchestra and the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoyed being guest artist with the Forest Park Community College Stage Band. And currently, Joe appears regularly on the TV show, “Jazz is American Music”.

    Joe was honored to be a guest artist at the Annual National Association of Jazz Educators Convention. The Meramec Community College and the National Association of Jazz Educators invited Joe to judge the stage bands and give a drum-set clinic at their Annual High School Jazz Band Competition.

    Joe Buerger is a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers, and National Drum Association, and a contributing columnist for the “Percussive Arts Society” and “Modern Drummer” magazines.

    “Joe has been a close and personal friend and student of mine. I recommend and authorize Joe to teach all of my methods and techniques to his students with my personal approval”

    Roy Burns (Internationally known drummer and clinician)

    I work at Francis Howell Central High School. Our band director recommended Joe Buerger very highly for my son to take drum lessons. He is 12 years old and a 6th grader.

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    He has also studied with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra percussionists, Rich O’Donnell, David Rizzo and Al Hobbs. He also studied with Jazz great, Jeff Hamilton. Joe has backed numerous great artists, Barbara McNair, Jimmie Rodgers, Jazz vibist Don DeMichael, Bob Wilber, Eddie Higgins, Kenny Davern, and Jazz cornetist, “Wild Bill Davidson”.

    Joe continues to perform regularly in St. Louis, as well as being on the Percussion Staff at Florissant Valley Community College. He maintains a busy teaching schedule and is very proud of his students, many of whom have gone on to become professionals!

    He has had the pleasure of having Dave Weckl as a student, in the early years when he lived in St. Louis. Joe is very proud of Dave’s accomplishments as a star performer and a recording artist, but most of all, is please to call him a personal friend.


    • Taught major recording artist and renowned drummer Dave Weckl. I taught Dave as a student in the early years when he lived in St. Louis.
    • Toured with Bob Ceccarini Jazz Band – This band tours the country playing favorites of the jazz era such as ballads, ragtime, and bebop. This all star band appears regularly on the cable TV show Jazz is American Music.
    • Toured with Mike Vax Jazz Band (former trumpeter for Stan Kenton) – The Mike Vax Jazz Band played the Sacramento Jazz Festival, LA Jazz Festival, Oregon Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival, and toured Europe.
    • Percussion Staff at Florissant Valley Community College
    • Maintains a busy schedule and has a long list of students many of whom have gone on to become professionals.


    I have many outstanding performances with the Washington University Orchestra, St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and guest performed with the Forest Park Community College.


    I have backed many greats in the music industry such as: Barbara McNair, Jimmie Rodgers, Don DeMichael, Bob Wilber, Eddie Higgins, Kenny Davern and Wild Bill Davidson.


    • Orchestral percussion studies with Rich O’Donnell, David Rizzo, and Al Hobbs
    • Jazz studies with Jeff Hamilton
    • Member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers
    • Member of the National Drum Association
    • Member and contributing columnist for the Percussive Arts Society
    • Contributing columnist for Modern Drummer magazine
    • Honored guest artist at the annual National Association of Jazz Educators Convention
    • Percussion judge at the National Association of Jazz Educators Convention
    • Guest Clinician for Annual High School Jazz Band Competition
  • Jon Eschenbrenner ($26 per 30-minute lesson)



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

    • Most of my musical education came from private lessons and studies.
    • Studied Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation at Meramec Community College.

    How many years have you been playing?

    • Since 1986

    How many years have you been teaching?

    • Since 1990

    What are your musical highlights or debuts?

    • Playing at the Pageant in 2006 & 2007
    • Arrowhead Stadium in 2004
    • Mississippi Nights in 1996

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

    • Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Stone Temple Pilots, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton

    What styles of music can you offer to your students?

    • Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical

    What bands have you played with?

    • Identity Crisis, Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Sunset Strip, Superfly, Driver, Acoustic Time Machine, Point Of Origin, Sticks-n-Strings, Remedy, Freudian Slip, SYD
  • Larry Smith ($22.50 per 30-minute lesson)


    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
  • Marc Torlina ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


    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…

  • Mark Gurevich ($30 per 30-minute lesson)


    Mark received a Masters of Music in violin and viola Performance and Pedagogy at the Byelorussia Academy of Music. He received his Bachelors of Music in Violin and Viola Performance and Pedagogy at the Byelorussian College of Music. Also he is a former faculty member of the Byelorussian Special Music School and a former orchestra member of the Minsk Theatre Opera and Ballet.

    Currently he is a faculty member at the Community Music School of Webster University, and a former member of the Webster University Symphony Orchestra and Byelorussian Republic Symphony Orchestra. His memberships include the Music Teachers National Association and Missouri Music Teachers Association. He has 42+ years of experience teaching (16 years in USA), with students in the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra, Missouri State Orchestra, Young People Symphonic Orchestra, Young People Concerto Orchestra of Webster University, and St. Louis Suburban Orchestra.

    Mark offers classical, romantic, and folk styles of music to his students. He listens to classical, romantic, folk and jazz music.

  • Mat Dale ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


    I’ve been teaching privately for over 5 years to students six to sixty and above. Aside from teaching, I am an active gigging musician. My favorite styles include rock, jazz, blues, acoustic fingerstyle, worship, soul, and pop. I’m also an avid gear-head so don’t ask me about guitar amps or pedals unless you are prepared to get your ears talked off!

    My journey with music started at an early age watching my dad play guitar. By the time I was 6, I started private guitar lessons and continued all the way through the end of my high school career. Upon entering college, I pursued audio engineering while studying privately with Dave Black. After a year at Webster University I transferred to McNally-Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance. After college I began teaching and gigging professionally, and spent most nights and weekends practicing, practicing and practicing some more, which led me to develop my own technique and approach to music.

    My teaching method is three-fold. First, music is a language, and we learn this language as we did our native language- by listening. As we listen, music resides in our hearts and minds. We, then, study technique on an instrument to express the music already within ourselves. Next comes the theory of how music works to make the process streamlined and repeatable. With all that in mind, I like to make things fun and enjoyable so everyone can experience the joy music can bring.

  • Michael Faris ($30 per 30-minute lesson)

    YOUNGEST AGE: Middle School

    Michael D. Faris is currently a percussion instructor through Mozingo Music in Ellisville, Missouri. A native of Washington state, Faris founded and directed the Cascade Percussion Players (1981-87) one of the first full-time percussion ensembles in the country–and was also the principal substitute timpanist with the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 1987, he relocated to Missouri to pursue graduate studies at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. In 1990, Faris became the principal percussionist with the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Chamber Orchestra with whom he performed his Carnegie Hall debut in 1991. During this same time he was also the percussion instructor for Lindenwood University and Webster University.

    In 1993, Faris accepted the position of assistant director of bands and percussion instructor for the Ladue school district–a position he currently holds. Ladue Percussion has subsequently become recognized as a leading proponent in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. Recent honors have included recognition as a Grammy Select program (2005) and an invitation to open for the St. Louis Symphony’s First Annual “Explosions” Percussion Festival in 2006.

    In addition to his role as an educator, Faris is past president of the Missouri Percussive Arts Society and an active performer throughout the Greater St. Louis area. He has performed with the St. Louis Symphony and is past principal percussionist with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, and the Metropolitan Symphony of St. Louis. As an author, he has written three method books including “Initial Studies for Snare Drum and Keyboard Mallets” which he originally developed for his own program in the Ladue district.

  • Mike Murphy ($30 per 30-minute lesson)


    Mike has a Bachelors degree in English/Communications from the University of St. Mary’s in Winona, Minnesota where he also studied Classical Guitar, Music Theory and Jazz Improvisation. He later earned a Masters degree in Communications from Illinois State University. He has been teaching private guitar lessons for over 20 years and has been at Mozingo Music since 2003. Mike has taught at other schools and has come to realize Mozingo Music is a unique place. It is rare that a place can attract and maintain such dedicated, talented, and sincere staff, teachers, and students.

    Mike offers beginning to advanced electric/acoustic guitar/bass instruction. This includes rhythm guitar, soloing and improvisation, sight reading, music theory and composition. Styles he commonly teaches include: Rock, Metal, Funk, Folk, Classical, Beginning Jazz and Fingerstyle.

    His career has been defined by a love for classical guitar music and a passion for rock music, songwriting and recording. He has performed in several bands over the years and in several cities: in the Chicago area — Torpedo Pie, Wow. Minnesota — The Connection, Real to Real. South Dakota — mainly did acoustic rock in clubs and coffeehouses. St. Louis so far he’s played with Greenhouse, Belladona, Sudden Impact and Dave’s Not Here.

    Mike has recently written two eBooks that are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com online bookstores: “Grow Teach Repeat” and “Choosing Notes.” He also maintains a music blog where he writes on a wide range of music related topics. The site is called Twilight Guitar.

    Several of Mike’s original compositions are being performed regularly by The JSK Band (long time colleagues of his) in Denver, CO. These include “Hey Angel” and “Way”. One instrumental recording, “Solar 8″ was awarded “Song of the Week” on garageband.com in 2004. Songwriting and composing original music is another one of his interests because it combines so many elements of music. It demands creativity in so many areas, that you wind up a better all around musician just for having tried to write a song.

    Mike’s early musical influences tend to be “British invasion” type players: Jimi Page (Led Zeppelin), George Harrison (the Beatles), Eric Clapton (Cream), Pete Townshend (The Who), and Jimi Hendrix. Later he started listening to progressive rock bands like Yes (Steve Howe), Pink Floyd (David Gilmour), Rush (Alex Lifeson), Genesis (Steve Hackett), Joe Satriani, Robin Trower … and then came the newer wave of bands like Van Halen (Eddie Van Halen), The Police (Andy Summers), US (The Edge). Somewhere in his late teens he began listening to classical guitarists like Andres Segovia, John Williams, Julian Bream and Christopher Parkening. He is constantly discovering and re-discovering music both new and old. There are so many guitar styles to consider and each one has different technical requirements.

    Mike tries to see where the student/parent wants to go and take it from there, customizing the curriculum to keep the student inspired and seeing progress. Playing a musical instrument is one of the most demanding skills a person can aspire to, and respecting that fact is the first step in understanding the required commitment. Mike also believes that studying a musical instrument has benefits well beyond just the music. The discipline, confidence, creativity, camaraderie, and sense of achievement that comes from practicing and performing can overflow into other areas of your lives. Mike sees his main role is to inspire, motivate and encourage students to hang in there and enjoy the ride.

  • Randi King ($24 per 30-minute lesson)


    Randi has over 15 years of violin experience and is currently attending Lindenwood University studying Music Education. She plays several different genres of music including classical, gospel, bluegrass,
    folk, blues, country, and classic rock. Her training has been primarily
    through private classical instruction and playing in an orchestral environment. She
    has had the honor of studying under Jenny-Lind Jones, a retiree of the St. Louis
    Symphony, and has been in several local ensembles. Randi has
    played in multiple symphonic orchestras such as Missouri Baptist University,
    Lindenwood University, and the Alton Symphony. She played in several youth orchestras including the Community Music School of Webster University’s String Orchestra, Young People’s Concert Orchestra and Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra and also the St. Charles Youth Symphony. Along with classical training, she has also been a fiddle player in various bluegrass bands in the Midwest area and enjoys “jamming” in her down time. Randi’s passion for music is contagious and evident in every aspect of teaching young aspiring musicians; she feels that nothing is more fulfilling than being able to pass on knowledge of music and love of the violin. Randi is dedicated to her students and is enthusiastic about helping them flourish throughout their musical training. For her, seeing students succeed is a true joy.

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

    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)


    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.



    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.


    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.

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


    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.

  • Steve Johnston ($25 per 30-minute lesson)


    Steve Johnston began playing the guitar at age 12. He Attended the University of Iowa where he studied music, music theory, Jazz improvisation, Jazz Combo performance and classical theory and composition. He played in the Jazz bands in his high school as well as at the University of Iowa.

    Steve has been teaching for over 30 years and has been teaching at Mozingo Music since 1987. Many of his former students have gone on to become prominent players in the St Louis music scene as well as nationally, including members of El Monstero, Plastic, Los Angeles recording artist and Breedlove Guitars sponsor Chris Van Duyn and many others.

    He’s also traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada performing in various touring bands and bluegrass festivals and has played over 8,000 live performances in his career including Busch Stadium in St Louis twice, Scottrade Center, The Pageant, Peabody Opera House, Harrah’s and Ameristar Casinos, Windsor Crossing Church and Joyce Meyer Ministries as well as virtually every live venue in St Louis as well as numerous appearances in Chicago, Minneapolis, MiIwaukee, and Kansas City ect. Touring bands include “Voyager” “Midnite Special” band “Abraham Rush” “Media” and “Elevation : The U2 Tribute”. Local bands include “Cagney”, “Adam’s Edge” “Wax”, “Kelly Wild”, and “Boom”. Steve has appeared on albums by Midnite Special, Voyager, Ace, First Flight, Marvin F Cockrell and Focus, Media, James A Jackson II, J.T., Mark Helton, Radiowave, Jesse James Gannon Truth, Jahmahl Nichols, Jim Stevens as well as countless other recording sessions and demo recordings. Steve is currently The guitarist for Grace Church St Louis as well as St Louis band “Paint The Earth” as well as “Elevation; The U2 Tribute”, The Charles Glenn Band, and “Dogs Of Society : A Tribute To Elton John” “The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience” and occasional performances with “Good For The Soul” as well as freelance live work.

    He continues to do recording sessions and write/record music of his own and teach private lessons. Steve has experience teaching rock, bluegrass, jazz, blues, metal, country, acoustic fingerstyle, funk, fusion, and classical music as well as music theory, solo improvisation in all styles.

  • Tolkin Isakov ($110 per month of lessons)


    Tolkin graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory obtaining a Master degree in Music, and also a post-graduate degree at the Moscow State Conservatory, equivalent to a PHD. He has been a timpanist and percussionist for 14 years with the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Republic of Uzbekistan (republic of former USSR). He was a senior teacher of percussion at Tashkent State Conservatory in Uzbekistan for 12 years.

    As a senior teacher of percussion, he was also a soloist orchestra and concert performer. Tolkin’s performance skills and pedagogical practices are of the highest level. He has been a solo percussion performer for international concerts and festivals, an ensemble soloist for international concerts and competitions and a teacher of music clinics and workshops at universities and colleges throughout the Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Turkey, Russia, the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Austria, France Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the United States. Tolkin has worked as musical director and performer with the internationally renowned Ensemble “Yalla,” the National Ensemble of Uzbekistan.

    Tolkin has been an arranger, studio folk percussionist and musical programmer for Studio Audio Records. He has a recording contract with Imagina Production for Yalla, the State Honor Ensemble of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Their music is distributed internationally through Tower Records. Some of the more popular releases are: Jinouny — Imagina Productions, Seattle, Washington, The Beard of the Camel — Imagina Productions, Seattle, Washington. He is an expert in Middle Eastern and Asian rhythms.

    Tolkin has been teaching drum set and percussion at Mozingo Music since 2001. He has always been dependable and professional and we consider him to be an essential asset to the Mozingo Music teaching staff.


    • Adjunct professor of percussion instruments at St. Charles Community College and at Mozingo Music.
    • Teaches more than 50 different percussion instruments.
    • Performances, Master classes and lectures for various universities (Utah State University, Minnesota University, University Wisconsin-Madison, University of California Santa Barbara, and others)
    • Wrote folk songs, drum parts and solo arrangements for The University of California Santa Barbara Middle East Ensemble. Composed and recorded Rhythm Song for the dance department of Utah State University
    • He worked with REMO company to design a frame drum doira (an exclusive frame drum doira with synthetic, made by REMO Company)
    • Locally he is performing as a timpanist, percussionist and drumset contract performer.

    Over the course of his teaching carrier he has had several hundred students, some of them now working as teachers or contract performers in different parts of the world such as Korea, Germany, Greece, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, USA and others. Two of his students are international competition winners



    Patterns of Ghana, ensemble for 6 percussionist Tahitian Patterns, ensemble for 7 percussionists (marimba 1, marimba 2, vibraphone, bells, timpani (4), drum set with tam-tam, ocean drum & tambourine) In the Style of the Mambo, ensemble for 7 Percussionists (timpani, drum set, congas, bongos and timbales, cow bells, marimba, vibraphone), Contemporary Rhythms, ensemble for 6 Percussionists (snare drum, piccolo drum and bass drum with the pedal, hi-hat and shaker, bongos and woodblock, tom-toms and timbales, timpani) Arrangements: Labamba, arrangement for Percussion Ensemble (marimba 1, marimba 2, drum set, shaker and tambourine, timpani (3), conga (2)) Two Lappars (old Uzbek folk songs), arrangements for Ensemble Singing Percussionists (bass drum and vocal, bongos and vocal, nagara and vocal, doyra and vocal, tambourine and vocal, shaker and vocal)


    Maurice Ravel, Bolero, transcription and arrangement for Percussion Ensemble (bells, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, xylorimba, chimes, timpani, snare drum, drum set (5 bongos, 4 tom-toms, tam-tam, cymbals, hi-hat), and grand piano Niccole Paganini, Campanella, written for violin, transcribed for xylophone or marimba Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Cant d’Autumn, written for piano, transcribed for vibraphone with 4 mallets.

  • Valentina Gurevich ($30 per 30-minute lesson)


    Valentina received her BM at Byelorussia College in 1964 and her MA at the Byelorussia Academy of Music in 1970. She has been teaching for 38 years, the last 14 here in the U.S. She taught at the Minsk Special Music School in Byelorussia prior to moving to the US and has been teaching in St. Louis Symphony Community Music School since 1992. Many of her students have participated in district, state, and international competitions. She is a member of the Missouri Teacher’s National Association and the Missouri Music Teacher’s Association. Valentina has over 40 years of teaching experience and has been with Mozingo for over 10 years.

  • William Gerdel ($33 per 30-minute lesson)

    Bill has been a private music teacher and freelance performer in the St. Louis area for 35 years. He currently serves as Lead Trumpet in the Missouri Big Band and The Ambassadors of Swing Big Band and is a recent past member of the St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Brass Band and a local St Louis Oldies Band called GTO. Bill has also performed in the Missouri State High School All District and All State Bands, Missouri Lions Band, Belleville Black Nights Drum and Bugle Corps, Missouri All State Collegiate Concert Band, Missouri All State Collegiate Orchestra, Missouri All State Collegiate Jazz Band, NAJE National All Star Jazz Band, Bob Waggoner’s Monday Night Big Band and the Jim Widner Big Band. Bill has also had the privilege of performing for U.S. Congressmen and two former U.S. Presidents.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards including honor “One” ratings at District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the John Phillip Souza Band Award, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and other Outstanding Soloist awards at Jazz Competitions across the country. He is a former member of the International Trumpet Guild, International Association of Jazz Educators and Missouri Music Educators Association.

    His studies have taken him to almost all of the finest schools the state of Missouri has to offer including Jefferson College, Truman State University, Missouri State University, Washington University, Evangel University, and Drury University.

    He has had the pleasure and privilege of studying and or performing with some of the greatest players of the past 50 years, including Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jay Sollenberger, Dennis Deblasio, Mike Vax, Nat Adderly, Ellis Marsalis, and Crispian Steele Perkins.

    As a teacher, Bill is very passionate about music with and emphasis in performance and the students themselves! Many of his students have distinguished themselves through local and regional awards. Many have achieved positions in local and regional groups such as the St Louis youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Missouri District and All State Bands. In addition, some of his students have received prestigious music scholarships at distinguished colleges and universities such as Truman University, Missouri State University, The Kansas City Conservatory of Music and The Berklee School of Music. Some former students have gone on to play professionally or direct their own programs at the middle or high school level. Bill is especially proud of a select few of his students who have chosen to use their talent in service to this country. The United States Marines, Air Force and Navy have all received students from this studio!