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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 & Erlanger
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. She founded and performed in the GLCO Woodwind Quintet. She also founded and performed in the Northern Michigan Flute Choir. She has performed extensively in the Baroquen Consort. She was a member of, and soloed many times, with the Straits Area Concert Band. She has given many solo and small ensemble recitals. Since moving to KY, she is now in the Fillmore Wind Ensemble and continues to play in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and the flute choir. Bonnietta started teaching flute lessons when she was 14 years old. It is her passion and she has taught many students ages 8-72!
Jeff McLemore: Oboe, Bassoon, Sax, Clarinet, Bass, Guitar Erlanger & Florence
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.
Leah Norris: Clarinet Erlanger
Originally from New Jersey, Leah obtained her Bachelors in Music Education from Western Kentucky University in 2013. She has been playing clarinet for going on 15 years playing in numerous performing groups. She lived in Minnesota for a year while her husband went to school for band instrument repair then back to NJ where she was a long-term music substitute and a private lesson instructor for woodwind players of all levels. Now back in Kentucky she is very excited to be able to teach and spread her love of music! Please feel free to contact Leah directly at email@example.com
Rusty Bird: Saxophone Erlanger
24 years U.S. Army Band, Armed Forces School of Music
35 Years professional experience. Soloist performer with Blue Stone Ivory and at many churches in the Northern Kentucky area. Teaches beginners thru advanced, Jazz, classical and spiritual.
Jeff Lyke: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet Erlanger
Jeff has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. A former elementary and middle school band director, he has also played professionally and taught privately for over 35 years (12 at Wert Music). Teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced students, including adults at all levels, Jeff puts the fun in learning!
Brandon Prew: Saxophone Erlanger
Pursuing a double major in Music Education and Music Performance NKU
Teaches beginning to advanced students. Specializes in both classical and jazz.
Sara Bibee: Trumpet Erlanger
BME & MEL, NKU
Sara Bibee has been teaching trumpet at Wert Music since 2004. She graduated with a degree in Music Education from Northern Kentucky University in 2009, where she served as principal trumpet for four years in the NKU Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Brass Choir, and Orchestra. Her students participate often in the Northern Kentucky Select Bands and the District Solo and Ensemble Festivals. She graduated again from NKU in May of 2013 with her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology and will complete her second Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida in August 2015.
Bob Dreyer: Trumpet Florence
Bob Dreyer holds degrees from Northern Kentucky University (BMEd) and Xavier University (BS). Bob Student taught under Ted Williams and Todd Whitford at Campbell County High School. Bob taught music in the Fort Thomas School System and the Erlanger School System. Bob performed with the Kentucky Symphony. Bob performed with “EXIT, “Clockwork”, “LIXX”, and “Off The Hook” bands in Cincinnati and Northern KYBob has recently performed in a Jazz Quintet scene for a movie that was filmed in Cincinnati, “Run With The Money” due to be released in 2013.
John Collins: Trombone Erlanger
John studied privately under Dan Daniels for 8 years and Prof. David Dunevant for 4 years. Graduated from Northern Kentucky University with his Bachelors in Music Performance. Through his years at NKU John has been principle trombone in the Symphonic Winds, Brass Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera, and other small ensembles. In 2012 John performed as Principle player for the Kentucky All-collegiate Symphonic Winds. John has studied Solo works for trombone for over 12 years.
Evan Hatter: Trombone Erlanger & Florence
Evan has a Bachelor degree in Music Education from Morehead State University. While he was there he studied privately under Dr. William Mann and Dr. Nathan Dishman. Evan also performed in the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Morehead, KY on tenor and bass trombone from 2015-2017. Currently Evan is a graduate student at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. There he studies under Tim Anderson and Cristian Ganicenco.
Gordon Finch: Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin 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.
Eric Moreton: Drum Set Erlanger
Eric has been teaching at Wert for 11 years and has 32 years of performing and recording experience. The biggest emphasis he puts on lessons is practicality and will never teach anything that can't be applied to the drum set. Eric accepts beginners to intermediate, 8 years and up. He is versed in Rock, Punk, Blues, Funk, and Soul.
Michael Bruce: Percussion Erlanger & Florence
Michael Bruce is a percussion performer and educator who is currently seeking his Music Education Degree from Northern Kentucky University. He is currently a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and serves as the Principle Timpanist/Percussionist for the Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was a member of the Cascades and Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and is currently performing with the Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (WGI Open Class Medalist and World Class Finalist) where he has been a member since 2009.
Matthew Repka: Percussion/Drums Florence & Erlanger
Matthew is currently pursuing a Music Education degree at Northern Kentucky University. He regularly performs and teaches throughout the Tri-State area having taught privately in the public schools, assisting with areal marching band programs, and volunteering as an orchestra member for regional school musicals. He performs with both the NKU Symphonic Winds and Percussion Ensemble. He accepts many students ranging from beginner to intermediate experience in both percussion and drum set.
Feel free to contact Matthew directly through phone 859-912-9000 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie Lyke: Piano Erlanger
Susie has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. A former middle school band director, she has extensive experience both as a professional musician and private teacher (10 years at Wert Music). Teaching from young beginners to adults, Susie’s approach is caring, patient and fun.
Alexandra Russell: Piano 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 & Erlanger
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.
Jeff Roberts: Banjo Erlanger
Scruggs style, 5-string. 35 years teaching experience, 41 years professional performing experience.
Feel free to contact Jeff directly for lesson: 513-460-4103 or email email@example.com
Lesley Cissell: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Florence & Erlanger
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.