Private Lessons

In private music lessons, students work one-on-one with their mentor, receiving personalized instruction and immediate feedback. Typically, private lessons are thirty-minute sessions.

These lessons focus on technique and repertoire and well as prayer, Bible memory and application.

Lessons are $25 per half hour session (paid at the time of the lesson) and booked directly through the instructor using the contact information listed here.

Feel free to call the Foundry for assistance in setting up appointments: 812.858.3082

Jennifer Parker

Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm & Wednesdays from 3:30-7pm

jparker@foundryarts.org

Jennifer teaches private and group piano lessons for all ages. She has availability on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30. She has years of experiencing teaching piano and is an excellent mentor who values teaching others about piano and the Lord.

Gail Waller

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 11am-7pm

Gail Waller is a certified /degreed music educator in both Kentucky and Indiana. She has taught general music at the elementary level in Union County, Ky. and Daviess County Public Schools., KY .She has directed many children’s musicals in both public school and at church. She has also directed children’s choir and percussion ensemble. She is a certified /licensed teacher of Musikgarten, early childhood music and movement education program and teaches classes in Henderson.

Gail is a trained flutist and has performed on flute in the community and at her church.

She also continues to work as a vocalist. She performs in Community Theater productions in Owensboro, Ky. and sings with the Owensboro Symphony Chorus.

Gail teaches beginning piano to both children and adults in her home studio. Piano lessons for children are taught in using movement, singing, music theory and note reading, games but with a traditional spin as well.

She is an active member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Henderson, KY. She believes that God has created music and our creative spirit and loves to help each person’s creative soul  develop!

contact at:

gwaller@foundryarts.org

Lydia Moesner

Tuesday and Thursday 3pm-5pm

lmoesner@foundryarts.org

Lydia teaches private piano lessons for students of every age. Lydia has played piano for most of her life and often accompanies congregations, instrumentalists, and vocalists for different events. Lydia was employed as a children’s choir director in which she taught and directed special music and helped produce a children’s musical. Lydia is a backup accompanist at Townsend Bible Church and has worked with several church choirs and other musicians to produce special music for Sunday worship. She currently studies nursing at the University of Southern Indiana as a Presidential Scholar and participates in the USI Women’s Chorus.

Lydia has taught piano lessons for three years now. She loves teaching and mentoring children as well as adults and aspires to teach music throughout her life. In her free time, she likes to volunteer and stay active in the community, spend time with family and friends, bake double chocolate chip cookies, exercise, and shop. 

Phillip Rayford

Availability Monday 5-8PM;Wednesday Afternoon by appointment only

prayford@foundryarts.org

Phillip Rayford is a new individual to the Evansville area but is not new in knowledge and experience with music. The recent graduate from the St. Louis area has been taking private violin lessons since the age of 5 and has been exposed to a wealth of experiences and opportunities. Rayford holds a B.A. in music from Webster University with multiple emphasis in violin performance, composition, and sound engineering. His second degree was from Maryville University with a Master’s in Music Therapy. Presently, he is working on a Doctorate degree at a local seminary. Rayford has written published music for symphonies, churches, independent albums, and others. He toured all over Europe as a teenager, on the violin, and is a graduate of the Suzuki School of music. He performs as a professional soloist on violin as well as with symphonies. His heart to serve in the church is through violin, sound engineering, singing, mentoring, and the guitar. Rayford’s primary area is the violin but he also offers instruction on guitar, voice, piano, and composition. If mindfulness sessions are needed for lowering anxiety through meditation or breathing exercises, he provides those as well. Overall, Rayford simply just loves Jesus and has a daily relationship with God. Having a strong spiritual foundation through Christ and learning the gifts of music provide a lifetime of blessings.  

Joanna Fleming

Email for Times/Days

jfleming@foundryarts.org

Joanna Fleming is a recent graduate from the University of Denver having received a BM in Voice Performance. While completing her degree, Joanna performed in four operas, two musicals, two musical revues, and one gala concert event. The highlight of her time there was being the alto soloist in a performance of the Mozart Requiem with a 200-person chorus and 50-piece orchestra. An Evansville native, Joanna has taught elementary voice and music lessons and classes in the area since 2013, primarily at her church. She began singing in her church choir at age seven and has furthered her musical career since then. She is a huge choir nerd and is extremely knowledgeable about choral singing. Joanna is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in the future, but she is eager to be back in Evansville giving others the great education she had as a young musician. 

Maria Rivers

Monday and Wednesday 5PM-7PM

mrivers@foundryarts.org

Maria has a BS Vocal Performance/AS Theatre.  She has many years experience teaching privately, music directing, and teaching group classes in voice and theatre. With extensive background in show business, Maria brings much experience to the lesson. Her primary teaching and coaching style is developing proper technique, confidence, and repertoire for students whose focus is auditioning for shows, choirs, concerts, and singing groups.

Gail Waller

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-7pm

Gail Waller is a certified /degreed music educator in both Kentucky and Indiana. She has taught general music at the elementary level in Union County, Ky. and Daviess County Public Schools., KY .She has directed many children’s musicals in both public school and at church. She has also directed children’s choir and percussion ensemble. She is a certified /licensed teacher of Musikgarten, early childhood music and movement education program and teaches classes in Henderson.

Gail is a trained flutist and has performed on flute in the community and at her church.

She also continues to work as a vocalist. She performs in Community Theater productions in Owensboro, Ky. and sings with the Owensboro Symphony Chorus.

Gail teaches beginning piano to both children and adults in her home studio. Piano lessons for children are taught in using movement, singing, music theory and note reading, games but with a traditional spin as well.

She is an active member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Henderson, KY. She believes that God has created music and our creative spirit and loves to help each person’s creative soul  develop!

contact at:

gwaller@foundryarts.org

Chris Carner

Email for Availability

ccarner@foundryarts.org

Chris Carner is a native of southwest Indiana, growing up in Mt. Vernon. He played for Mt. Vernon high school as a saxophonist, leading the woodwinds concert and marching bands. He also studied extensively in jazz, mainly in baritone saxophone and bass guitar. He then went on to play with UE’s jazz and concert bands, and has been principal saxophone in the jazz band for a year and a half. He has played saxophone for 10 years, but also can give lessons in guitar, bass, voice, and other woodwind instruments.

Phillip Rayford

Availability Monday 5-8PM;Wednesday Afternoon by appointment only

prayford@foundryarts.org

Phillip Rayford is a new individual to the Evansville area but is not new in knowledge and experience with music. The recent graduate from the St. Louis area has been taking private violin lessons since the age of 5 and has been exposed to a wealth of experiences and opportunities. Rayford holds a B.A. in music from Webster University with multiple emphasis in violin performance, composition, and sound engineering. His second degree was from Maryville University with a Master’s in Music Therapy. Presently, he is working on a Doctorate degree at a local seminary. Rayford has written published music for symphonies, churches, independent albums, and others. He toured all over Europe as a teenager, on the violin, and is a graduate of the Suzuki School of music. He performs as a professional soloist on violin as well as with symphonies. His heart to serve in the church is through violin, sound engineering, singing, mentoring, and the guitar. Rayford’s primary area is the violin but he also offers instruction on guitar, voice, piano, and composition. If mindfulness sessions are needed for lowering anxiety through meditation or breathing exercises, he provides those as well. Overall, Rayford simply just loves Jesus and has a daily relationship with God. Having a strong spiritual foundation through Christ and learning the gifts of music provide a lifetime of blessings.  

Kelly Dora

Email for Availability

kdora@foundryarts.org

Kelly teaches private trumpet lessons for all ages. His availability is on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm. Kelly has taught trumpet for 15 years and has also helped with marching band. He is a great resource for someone beginning trumpet to the advanced level.

Andrew Teare

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 1:30-3:00; Tuesdays 1:30-5:30

ateare@foundryarts.org

Andrew Teare teaches anything percussion. From concert percussion to marching percussion to drum set, Drew has had experience in both playing and teaching. He has played in a few jazz bands, training in multiple genres of drum set playing, marched bass drum and snare drum at the center snare position for Castle High School, and has performed in Castle’s concert program. Drew now helps teach the Castle drumline and also teaches incoming drumline members at Castle during the winter. He will be attending Ball State in 2020 as a sophomore studying music education.

Andrew was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he then moved to Newburgh, Indiana and has lived there for the past ten years. He is now nineteen years old. He graduated from Castle High School in 2018 and was center snare for Castle’s historic 2016 and 2017 fall seasons. Drew is actively involved at Crossroads Christian Church with drumming in both adult services and youth services. He now attends Ivy Tech where he is taking general studies courses until he transfers to Ball State University.

Gail Waller

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-8pm

Gail Waller is a certified /degreed music educator in both Kentucky and Indiana. She has taught general music at the elementary level in Union County, Ky. and Daviess County Public Schools., KY .She has directed many children’s musicals in both public school and at church. She has also directed children’s choir and percussion ensemble. She is a certified /licensed teacher of Musikgarten, early childhood music and movement education program and teaches classes in Henderson.

Gail is a trained flutist and has performed on flute in the community and at her church.

She also continues to work as a vocalist. She performs in Community Theater productions in Owensboro, Ky. and sings with the Owensboro Symphony Chorus.

Gail teaches beginning piano to both children and adults in her home studio. Piano lessons for children are taught in using movement, singing, music theory and note reading, games but with a traditional spin as well.

She is an active member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church in Henderson, KY. She believes that God has created music and our creative spirit and loves to help each person’s creative soul  develop!

contact at:

gwaller@foundryarts.org

Chris Carner

Email for Availability

ccarner@foundryarts.org

Chris Carner is a native of southwest Indiana, growing up in Mt. Vernon. He played for Mt. Vernon high school as a saxophonist, leading the woodwinds concert and marching bands. He also studied extensively in jazz, mainly in baritone saxophone and bass guitar. He then went on to play with UE’s jazz and concert bands, and has been principal saxophone in the jazz band for a year and a half. He has played saxophone for 10 years, but also can give lessons in guitar, bass, voice, and other woodwind instruments.

Anne Wilcheck -Schuessler

Unavailable for Fall - will begin lessons in January 2020

aschuessler@foundryarts.org

Anne teaches private lessons for saxophone, clarinet, and flute. She has availability on Mondays. She is willing to teach anyone elementary age and up. Anne has a Masters in clarinet performance from IU. She has been a professional musician since 1983. She has been a public school band teacher for 27 years. She has taught private lessons for 36 years. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor.

Chris Carner

Email for Availability

ccarner@foundryarts.org

Chris Carner is a native of southwest Indiana, growing up in Mt. Vernon. He played for Mt. Vernon high school as a saxophonist, leading the woodwinds concert and marching bands. He also studied extensively in jazz, mainly in baritone saxophone and bass guitar. He then went on to play with UE’s jazz and concert bands, and has been principal saxophone in the jazz band for a year and a half. He has played saxophone for 10 years, but also can give lessons in guitar, bass, voice, and other woodwind instruments.

Phillip Rayford

Availability Monday 5-8PM;Wednesday Afternoon by appointment only

prayford@foundryarts.org

Partner lessons available

Phillip Rayford is a new individual to the Evansville area but is not new in knowledge and experience with music. The recent graduate from the St. Louis area has been taking private violin lessons since the age of 5 and has been exposed to a wealth of experiences and opportunities. Rayford holds a B.A. in music from Webster University with multiple emphasis in violin performance, composition, and sound engineering. His second degree was from Maryville University with a Master’s in Music Therapy. Presently, he is working on a Doctorate degree at a local seminary. Rayford has written published music for symphonies, churches, independent albums, and others. He toured all over Europe as a teenager, on the violin, and is a graduate of the Suzuki School of music. He performs as a professional soloist on violin as well as with symphonies. His heart to serve in the church is through violin, sound engineering, singing, mentoring, and the guitar. Rayford’s primary area is the violin but he also offers instruction on guitar, voice, piano, and composition. If mindfulness sessions are needed for lowering anxiety through meditation or breathing exercises, he provides those as well. Overall, Rayford simply just loves Jesus and has a daily relationship with God. Having a strong spiritual foundation through Christ and learning the gifts of music provide a lifetime of blessings.  

Phillip Rayford

Availability Monday 5-8PM;Wednesday Afternoon by appointment only

prayford@foundryarts.org

Partner lessons available

Phillip Rayford is a new individual to the Evansville area but is not new in knowledge and experience with music. The recent graduate from the St. Louis area has been taking private violin lessons since the age of 5 and has been exposed to a wealth of experiences and opportunities. Rayford holds a B.A. in music from Webster University with multiple emphasis in violin performance, composition, and sound engineering. His second degree was from Maryville University with a Master’s in Music Therapy. Presently, he is working on a Doctorate degree at a local seminary. Rayford has written published music for symphonies, churches, independent albums, and others. He toured all over Europe as a teenager, on the violin, and is a graduate of the Suzuki School of music. He performs as a professional soloist on violin as well as with symphonies. His heart to serve in the church is through violin, sound engineering, singing, mentoring, and the guitar. Rayford’s primary area is the violin but he also offers instruction on guitar, voice, piano, and composition. If mindfulness sessions are needed for lowering anxiety through meditation or breathing exercises, he provides those as well. Overall, Rayford simply just loves Jesus and has a daily relationship with God. Having a strong spiritual foundation through Christ and learning the gifts of music provide a lifetime of blessings.  

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