Private Music Lessons

Kessler & Sons Music offers the most amazing assembly of professional players and teachers in our private lesson studios. We do not let just anyone teach in our shops! We insist on only the highest caliber musician in order to teach private music lessons in our 3 Las Vegas locations.

How Much?
Most of our teachers charge between $25-$30 per half hour lesson, once a week. Most teachers also offer hourly rates for more advanced students. We have the finest teachers in Las Vegas, true working professionals, and we allow them to set their own rates.

No Commitment
Our lessons require no pre-payment or minimum lesson commitment. You schedule a recurring weekly lesson and you can cancel at any time… however, once you see the growth in your playing performance, we doubt that you will want to!

All 3 of our locations have various music lessons available to help you reach the peak of your playing potential! These lessons are affordable, and taught in our professional shops. These teachers are carefully chosen to offer you only the best teaching experience possible. Private, one on one instruction from a true professional in the Kessler & Sons Music Lesson Studio!

Take a browse through our teacher list and when you find a teacher that you are interested in studying with – or if you don’t find one listed teaching at a store of your preference, please give a call or send an email to the store directly.


Lesson Teachers

Flute & Piccolo

Our Professional Flute Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Carmella Cao

Ms. Cao earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and was an instructor at UNLV. She has studied and taught in New York, Paris, and Italy. Carmella is 1st flute for Nevada Pops and a member of Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and currently performs at the Venetian Hotel and Resort.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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July Ivy

Professor Julie Ivy has over 20 years of teaching experience. She has a Masters Degree cum laude in Flute Performance & currently teaches music theory and ear-training at UNLV. She has played with the Nashua Symphony Orchestra, The Nevada Chamber Orchestra, The Southern Nevada Wind Ensemble, and the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. She has been a frequent judge for solo and ensemble festivals and all- state flute auditions.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Lisa Schroeder

Lisa Schroeder holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from University of Iowa and has held teaching positions at U of I in addition to holding professor of flute and instructor positions at several other universities. Dr. Schroeder has been a judge for CCSD honor band, Las Vegas Flute Club Young Artist Competition and National Flute Association competitions.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Clarinet

Our Professional Clarinet Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

D. Gause

D. Gause has been active as a musician for over three decades on the Las Vegas Strip. She has been the principal clarinetist for The Phantom of the Opera. Dr. Gause has earned four academic degrees and is also a multiyear recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves as a Professor at the College of Southern Nevada.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Jim Lewis

Mr. Lewis has two master degrees (Music and Music Education) and was a band director for over 30 years in addition to being the school district’s District Music Coordinator and Director of Jazz Studies. He is a professional player in Las Vegas and LA.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley and East Locations

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Oboe/Bassoon

Our Professional Double Reed Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Molly Murphy - Oboe

Ms. Murphy held the position of Executive Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and was principal oboist. She has a degree in viola performance and has been a music educator in CCSD for over 25 years!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Elizabeth Scott - Oboe

Currently the Director of Bands at Faiss Middle School; previously directed for Elkhart County School District, Elkhart, IN. Performed with multiple groups at Ball State University, Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestra and has taught Oboe privately for almost a decade.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Saxophone

Our Professional Saxophone Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Bill Leary

Bill attended Indiana University where he studied saxophone with the great Eugene Rousseau. He toured with Ringling Bros. Circus, Holland America Cruise lines, the 30th Anniversary national tour of Annie. He performed in Singapore for 2 years with “Voyage de la Vie”. He relocated to Las Vegas in 2013 to perform “Vegas Nocturne” at the Cosmopolitan. Currently performing on Steve Wynn’s “Showstoppers”. He is the Jazz Saxophone Para-Professional at the Las Vegas Academy for the performing arts of CCSD.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Jim Lewis

Mr. Lewis has two master degrees (Music and Music Education) and was a band director for over 30 years in addition to being the school district’s District Music Coordinator and Director of Jazz Studies. He is a professional player in Las Vegas and LA.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Trumpet

Our Professional Trumpet Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Gary Cordell

Gary has been a member of The Nevada Symphony, The Nevada Chamber Orchestra, and The Nevada Opera Theater & has performed with many Las Vegas Strip Orchestras including Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers, Sinatra – Dance With Me, Spamalot, Legends in Concert, The Golden Nugget Orchestra, The Rat Pack, Phantom – Las Vegas, and Jersey Boys. He has taught trumpet as adjunct faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Dr. Rod Henley

Dr. Rod has the “WOW” factor with a Grammy on his resume and has created for Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network. He is a professional performer and a professor of music at the collegiate level. He offers recitals and workshops in addition to private lessons and in 2016 his students took 1st and 3rd chairs in CCSD honor band.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley & West Locations

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Jason Levi

Hailed as the “best of the best” by the Las Vegas Sun, Jason has performed with countless top shows and celebrities including: Cirque du Soleil, Boyz II Men, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), The Temptations, The Four Tops, Donny and Marie Osmond, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, Human Nature, The O’Jays, and many more.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Trombone

Our Professional Trombone Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Dr. Rod Henley

Dr. Rod has the “WOW” factor with a Grammy on his resume and has created for Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network. He is a professional performer and a professor of music at the collegiate level. He offers recitals and workshops in addition to private lessons and in 2016 his students took 1st and 3rd chairs in CCSD honor band.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley & West Locations

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Low Brass

Our Professional Low Brass Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Dr. Rod Henley

Dr. Rod has the “WOW” factor with a Grammy on his resume and has created for Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network. He is a professional performer and a professor of music at the collegiate level. He offers recitals and workshops in addition to private lessons and in 2016 his students took 1st and 3rd chairs in CCSD honor band.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley & West Locations

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Violin

Our Professional Violin Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Faride Acosta

Ms. Acosta graduated from Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School as an Orchestra Major in 2009. She is currently attending CSN as a Music Education Major. She was a music theory teacher for the San Fernando Music School. Ms. Acosta has performed with various famous Latin Artists, in 2013, she was a part of the Latin Grammy’s orchestration for Latin artist Natalie Cole.

Available for lessons at:
East Location

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Brandon Buckmaster

Mr. Buckmaster holds a Masters in Music degree from the internationally renowned Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was unanimously voted alumni of the year in recognition as a remarkable performing artist by the faculty of the College of Arts and Architecture.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Lauren Cordell

Lauren Cordell is a graduate of the Las Vegas Academy and currently attends UNLV as an elementary education major. As a Suzuki certified teacher, Lauren employs the Suzuki Method while teaching her students who range from ages 2-55 years old.
Available for lessons from our:
West Location

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Martha Gronemeier

Ms. Gronemeier has a Masters in Violin Performance and is the associate concert master for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Martha is a professional performer as well as an educator having been a professor at UNLV and an orchestra director.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Tianna Harjo

Tianna performed nightly in Steve Wynn’s “Show Stoppers”.She has a Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance and has held positions at CSN and UNLV.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Greg Maldonado

Dr. Maldonado has taught private, chamber, and university for over 30 years and has performed extensively including with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Greg is much sought after as a judge AND as an educator. He is currently a local orchestra director, professional performer, and a conductor for the LVYO (Las Vegas Youth Orchestra).

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Molly Murphy

Ms. Murphy held the position of Executive Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and was principal oboist. She has a degree in viola performance and has been a music educator in CCSD for over 25 years!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Lee Schreiber

Lee earned a B.M. from the University of Arizona on a full ride scholarship. Since then she has devoted herself to performing and teaching music.Lee founded a general music program for preschool aged children called Musical Friends. She is also a founding member of a klezmer band named Meshuggina Klezmorim and has performed at numerous events city wide & has performed with Tim McGraw, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, and many more.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Sharon Street-Caldwell

Ms. Street-Caldwell had 6 violists and 1 violinist at all state last year and her students have been first chair multiple years. Sharon has a Bachelors of Music, is an original and current member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and a professional performer. She has been a judge at Solo and Ensemble, an adjunct at UNLV, and a music educator. She is a natural teacher!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Viola

Our Professional Viola Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Faride Acosta

Ms. Acosta graduated from Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School as an Orchestra Major in 2009. She is currently attending CSN as a Music Education Major. She was a music theory teacher for the San Fernando Music School. Ms. Acosta has performed with various famous Latin Artists, in 2013, she was a part of the Latin Grammy’s orchestration for Latin artist Natalie Cole.

Available for lessons at:
East Location

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Martha Gronemeier

Ms. Gronemeier has a Masters in Violin Performance and is the associate concert master for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Martha is a professional performer as well as an educator having been a professor at UNLV and an orchestra director.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Tianna Harjo

Tianna performed nightly in Steve Wynn’s “Show Stoppers”.She has a Bachelor and Masters in Music Performance and has held positions at CSN and UNLV.

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Greg Maldonado

Dr. Maldonado has taught private, chamber, and university for over 30 years and has performed extensively including with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Greg is much sought after as a judge AND as an educator. He is currently a local orchestra director, professional performer, and a conductor for the LVYO (Las Vegas Youth Orchestra).

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Molly Murphy

Ms. Murphy held the position of Executive Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and was principal oboist. She has a degree in viola performance and has been a music educator in CCSD for over 25 years!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Sharon Street-Caldwell

Ms. Street-Caldwell had six violist and 1 violinist at all state last year and her students have been first chair multiple years. Sharon has a Bachelors of Music, is an original and current member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and a professional performer. She has been a judge at Solo and Ensemble, an adjunct at UNLV, and a music educator. She is a natural teacher!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Cello

Our Professional Cello Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Erich Baker

Erich studied with Martha McCrory and Margaret Christy, both of whom studied under the great Pablo Casals. Erich moved to Las Vegas and began playing showrooms at hotels and eventually on to playing with the Frank Sinatra Orchestra. He has also played with Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Andrea Bocelli and Alicia Keyes.

Available for lessons at:
West Location

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Greg Maldonado

Dr. Maldonado has taught private, chamber, and university for over 30 years and has performed extensively including with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Greg is much sought after as a judge AND as an educator. He is currently a local orchestra director, professional performer, and a conductor for the LVYO (Las Vegas Youth Orchestra).

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley Location

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Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is a Suzuki certified teacher holding a BM in Cello Perforrmance from UNLV and has performed professionally on Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers and on The Elvis Experience. His passion and fun loving personality ensure his students have a fabulous time becoming better musicians!

Available for lessons at:
Green Valley & West Locations

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Guitar

Our Professional Guitar Teachers – Listed Alphabetically

Johnny Rivera

Johnny attended Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California (GIT). After Musicians Institute, Johnny performed with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. He has also played with Tim Bogert, Frank Gambale, Luis Conte, Chet McCraken, and Scott Kay to name a few.

Available for lessons at:
East Location

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Peter Sittler

M.A. Education/B.A. Music Performance – Mr. Sittler has been teaching guitar and electric guitar at Kessler & Sons Music for over 8 years. He is also an elementary school teacher with the Clark County School District with over 15 years teaching experience. Mr. Sittler has performed and recorded 4 CDs with various groups on the East Coast and in the Las Vegas areas.

Available for lessons at:
East Location

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