Jump Start Lessons:
Each summer before school starts, when you buy or rent an instrument from Wert Music, we provide two free group classes to help the budding musician get started on his or her music career. These optional half hour "Jump Start" Classes are available each year after July 1st through the middle of August.
Students walk through the steps of how to put the instrument together, how to care for it and the accessories, and most importantly, how to make the first sound! These classes are just part of the service we offer to ensure a successful experience right from the beginning. Call us or stop by soon to sign up or send us an email at email@example.com.
Call our Florence store at (859)-371-0926 to see what class lessons are currently being offered!
Interested in more advanced lessons? We have over a dozen experienced instructors on staff, many with Master's degrees and decades of experience. From piccolos to tubas, from the basic beginner level to the college-bound high school senior preparing for auditions, the Wert Music staff takes an active interest in their student's success. Our students consistently place at the top of the area's bands and student competitions. Many have received full scholarships.
Lessons are usually 30 minutes once per week and take place on-site at one of the Wert Music store location. Let us know if you'd like one of our professional music teachers to contact you to schedule a time. Rates do vary by teacher. Look below to find out more about our instructors.
Bonnietta Benn: Flute Florence
After graduating from Western Michigan University as a music education major, Bonnietta was a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the KSO Woodwind Quintet, principal flutist of the Bach Orchestra, and flute instructor on the music faculty at Kalamazoo College. After moving to northern Michigan she was a founding member of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, founded and performed in the GLCO Woodwind Quintet, and founded and performed in the Northern Michigan Flute Choir. She has performed extensively in the Baroquen Consort. She was a member and soloist with the Straits Area Concert Band. She has given many solo and small ensemble recitals. Bonnietta started teaching flute lessons when she was 14 and has taught students ages 8-75.
Elizabeth Edds: Flute, Recorder, beginning Oboe, Beginning Clarinet Erlanger
BME and MM, EKU
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a former elementary and middle school band director. She was also an assistant high school band director, taught a year of chorus and taught music night classes as an adjunct professor at Hazard Technical and Community college. Elizabeth teaches students ages 7 through adult, all skill levels, with an emphasis on musical basics and techniques.
Dr. Amy Kennedy: Piano, Flute, Theory, Composition Erlanger
BME, MM, MA: UK; PhD: IU
Dr. Amy Kennedy started studying flute with Patti Seaman at Wert Music in Erlanger in 1985 as a high school freshman. She was so inspired by her teacher that she majored in music education at the University of Kentucky. Amy has flute performance and music theory degrees from the University of Kentucky as well as the PhD in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2020 she returned from teaching music theory and history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, to do what she loves most: teaching flute and piano one-on-one! Amy loves incorporating music history and theory in a fun and entertaining way into her lessons, ensuring that her piano and flute students receive an all-encompassing music education through their instrument. She is excited to work with all age groups and all goals, whether students aspire to major in music in college or just play better for fun!
Jeff McLemore: Oboe, Bassoon, Sax, Clarinet, Bass, Guitar Virtual Only
BME BMP and BA: NKU
Performs with seven local groups and churches. Published in the Contemporary Christian genre. Current studio producer and musician and former band director. 39 years teaching experience.
Nicole Ortiz: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet Florence & Erlanger
Nicole is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a degree in Music Performance and Entrepreneurship. She is principal clarinet in the NKU Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Winds. She is also a member of the Fillmore Wind Band. She recently won a concerto competition and will be performing as a soloist with the NKU orchestras this February. After graduating, Nicole plans to stay in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area to continue playing and growing her studio.
Kevin Patrick: Saxophone, Bass (upright or electric) Florence & Erlanger
Having worked with many groups over the past five years, Kevin Patrick is a well trained and experienced bass player from the Cincinnati area. Kevin has enjoyed working with music groups including Tyler Moore Band, Kaleb Hensley Band, Jersey Joe with Steel Away, Unique Soul, and This Pine Box. His work with various groups has allowed him to become a fluent musician in country, rock, pop, blues, funk, and jazz. During his last two years of high school, he received extended studies in bass guitar performance while attending Butler Tech School of the Arts in Hamilton, Ohio. Kevin currently studies jazz bass with Mr. Bill Jackson, and classical upright bass with Dr. Ian Saunders at Northern Kentucky University, with a focus in Instrumental Music Education. Kevin has prior training in performance with bass guitar, upright bass, piano, and special training in music theory and aural skills.
Gordon Finch: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba Florence & Erlanger
Gordon has a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra Univ. in Hempstead, N.Y. and a Masters of Music from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. He is a retired band and orchestra director from Connecticut and New York. In addition to Low Brass Gordon teaches Beginning Strings and all Beginner Band Instruments.
John Thacker: Percussion Florence & Erlanger
John graduated from Mount Saint Joseph University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in music education. He has played with numerous ensembles including the Fillmore Wind band, two time DCA world champion Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps, and the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band. He has been teaching for the last 11 years at various schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. He was the caption head of the Columbus Saints Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and a percussion instructor for Cincinnati Tradition in 2019. He has had the privilege of studying with Nick Angelis, James Kirby, and Mark McCafferty.
Alexandra Russell: Piano, Voice Florence
Alexandra is a classically trained pianist who was trained in the European style of teaching music. Born and raised in Volgograd, Russia, Alexandra took six years of music training before her final four years of musical education at the Volgograd College of Music, where she earned her Master’s Degree. When she immigrated to the United States in 1996, she began again in private teaching as well as tutoring advanced students to prepare them for international competition. Currently, Alexandra’s students range in age from 5 to 17 with several students studying with her for over 7 years. Two of her current students have recently received a European Music Award for their achievements at such a young age. She encourages students to study the masters, engage with music theory and play other instruments as well as the piano. Alexandra lives in Burlington with her mother, husband, dog and cat and close to her two adult children.
Jeff Cope: Guitar Florence
Jeff Cope is an instructor with 20 years of experience in music, and a B.A. from Northern Kentucky University. He is an expert level guitar tech, a certified audio engineer, and a certified instructor. He teaches old and young alike to have fun and be successful as guitarists.
Luke Jackson: Guitar Florence
Luke Jackson is a music instructor originally from Lexington, KY and has taught both private and group classes for over a decade throughout the Central KY and Greater Cincinnati areas. Many of his students have been awarded scholarships to study music at the collegiate level, been chosen for honors guitar ensembles, and shared the stage with nationally touring artists. He has completed a Bachelor of Music from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music, both in classical guitar performance. He currently resides in Cincinnati and teaches students of all ages, in styles ranging from classical to jazz and rock.
Chloe McDonald: Guitar Florence & Erlanger
Chloe is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University studying Music Performance with a focus in Jazz Studies. Chloe studies Jazz Guitar with Nick Fryer as well as performs in multiple jazz and commercial ensembles at Northern Kentucky University. After graduating, Chloe plans to stay in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area to continue pursuing her passion of performing and teaching music.
Lesley Cissell: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano Florence
Lesley Cissell has been a violinist for nearly five decades, having started in school and then moving on to private lessons with accomplished teachers and performers in their own right with the Louisville Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. She began playing in orchestras at the age of nine and has been with the Kentucky Symphony since its first season 25 years ago. Lesley also founded and conducted the London Community Orchestra in Southeast Kentucky. She continues to play in a string trio she founded called We Three Strings, and continues to teach around the state from Corbin to Lexington to Erlanger and Florence. She also teaches viola, cello, double bass and piano, and often accompanies her students at regional and state Solos and Ensembles, the most recent being in May at the University of Louisville.