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 from 3:30-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 3:30-8pm

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 3:30-8. She has years of experiencing teaching piano and is an excellent mentor who values teaching others about piano and the Lord.

Tanya Thornton

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30am-2pm

tthornton@foundryarts.org

Tanya teaches private piano lessons for all ages. Her availability is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30am-2pm.

Tanya Thornton is originally from Southeastern Illinois where she grew up singing in church and began playing the piano at the age of seven. She received her Bachelor of Music Education in Elementary General Music in 1998 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with piano as her major instrument of study. After marrying in 2003, she lived in Louisville, KY before moving to the Evansville area in 2007. She has 13 years of teaching experience, including elementary general music and private piano lessons, and has served as Children’s Choir Director, Vacation Bible School Music Director, Pianist, Accompanist, and Worship Team Member at current and former churches and schools in Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana. Tanya and her husband, Jeff, have three beautiful daughters and are active in the music ministry at Oakhill Baptist Church. She enjoys singing harmony, digital scrapbooking, having movie nights with her family, and eating at the Olive Garden.

Gail Waller

Contact for availability

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6pm

lmoesner@foundryarts.org

Lydia teaches private piano lessons for students of every age. Lydia has played piano for 11 years and often accompanies congregations, instrumentalists, and vocalists for different events. Lydia is employed as a children’s choir director in which she teaches and directs special music and has helped produce a children’s musical. Lydia has often accompanied for church services and worked with church choirs and other musicians to produce special music for worship services.

Lydia has taught piano lessons for two years now; she plans to graduate college with a music or worship arts minor. She loves teaching and mentoring children as well as adults and aspires to teach music throughout her life.

Phillip Rayford

M, W, F

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.  

Elly Moore

Sorry, Elly’s availability is full right now.

Elly teaches private voice lessons for all ages. She loves spending time with other musicians and has a passion for being a mentor. Elly received her BM in Music Education at Butler University. She is currently getting her Masters in Choral Conducting/ Kodaly Methods at Capital University. Elly is an excellent contact for all things singing and choir.

Joanna Fleming

Mon. 9am-1pm; 2-4pm;Tues. 9am-2pm; Wed. 9am-1pm; Thurs.&Fri 9am-2pm

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

Tuesday 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.

Phillip Rayford

M, W, F

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

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm

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.

Mark Roethemeier

mroethemeier@foundryarts.org

Mark teaches Middle School- Adult age trumpet lessons. Mark is excited about teaching and sharing the arts in the community. Mark has been in several different bands in the last 15 years. He has played in some of the groups as well as directed/ administrated them. Mark is in the River Brass Band, Wolfgang Wind Ensemble, and the Red Bank Reunion Band. He plays cornet in many of these groups. Mark has taught trumpet for the last 8 years. His goal is to teach his students to become more confident in their playing and as a Christ follower.

Nathan La Grange

nlagrange@foundryarts.org

Nathan teaches private Brass and Woodwind lessons for elementary age and up. Nathan marched in DCI Drum Corps and has had years of experiencing in the music world. Nathan is excited to share his knowledge, skills, and experiences for the glory of God. His private lessons are for tuba, baritone/ euphonium, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone.

Sydney McClary

Mondays from 3:15pm-7:00PM, Tuesdays from 3:15pm- 5:30pm, and Wednesdays from 3:15pm- 5:00pm

smcclary@foundryarts.org

Sydney teaches drum lessons for elementary and middle school students. Her availability is on Mondays from 3:15pm-?, Tuesdays from 3:15pm- 5:30pm, and Wednesdays from 3:15pm- 5:00pm. Sydney has 7 years of drum experience and is a great leader in all she does.

Madison Dora

Mondays from 5pm-8pm, Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30 pm, and Thursdays from 1pm-8pm

mdora@foundryarts.org

Madison teaches private lessons and group classes for drums and percussion. Her availability is Mondays from 5pm-8pm, Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30 pm, and Thursdays from 1pm-8pm. Madison has taught private lessons on mallets and drumset for ages elementary through high school. Madison also teaches at Reitz, Mater Dei, and Mt. Vernon for the front ensembles. She is an excellent percussionist who really enjoys teaching.

Anne Wilcheck -Schuessler

Mondays

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.

Gail Waller

Contact for availability

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

Nathan La Grange

nlagrange@foundryarts.org

Nathan teaches private Brass and Woodwind lessons for elementary age and up. Nathan marched in DCI Drum Corps and has had years of experiencing in the music world. Nathan is excited to share his knowledge, skills, and experiences for the glory of God. His private lessons are for tuba, baritone/ euphonium, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and trombone.

Spencer Payton

Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, from 5-8:00pm Thursdays from 6 to 8:00pm

spayton@foundryarts.org

Spencer teaches private guitar lessons, along with a variety of other stringed instruments. He loves inspiring creativity in others and helping them further their giftings for God. Spencer has been playing guitar for nearly 10 years now, and loves teaching kids and adults of all ages.

Jacob Moyes

Tuesday, Thursday from 4-7:00pm

jmoyes@foundryarts.org

Jake Moyes is a guitar instructor at the Foundry. He has extensive experience in both guitar instruction and performance, as well as seven years teaching experience in a public school setting. He has previously given guitar lessons locally for five years, and maintains a passion for teaching guitar and helping people further their walk with Christ.

Phillip Rayford

M, W, F

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

M, W, F

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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