Music Lesson Programs

Jeff Mozingo cannot recall a time when he did not have music in his life!  His father was a band director who opened Mozingo Music in the St. Louis area.  Growing up, Jeff's love and sincere passion for music developed first, in the area of playing, then teaching and band instrument repair.  Today...
Abdulla Muijrers was encouraged to pursue his musical dreams by his parents. He was inspired by Queen and Motörhead while playing drums in a thrash medal band. Abdulla landed a job in the music products industry in 2007 when he was hired to work in the Room 2 Rock music store located in Bahrain. ...
Joe Mullens has always had a strong passion for music, and made the decision one day to turn that passion into a career. He worked as a store manager for a local music shop chain until they closed their doors in the early 80s. After working as a landscaper for a few years to save up some money, Joe...
Patrick Nettesheim was a Milwaukee based guitar instructor when a life-changing meeting occurred in 2007 with Vietnam-era Marine, Dan Van Buskirk. Dan had always wanted to learn how to play guitar but felt that the scars left from his service would hinder his ability to learn - cue Patrick. Patrick...
Mario Ortigara joined his brother’s music store just two years after it opened. Since 1949, Mario worked alongside his brother Ben who started the store to teach and sell accordions. By 1959, their sister, Mary, joined the team and years later both of Ben’s sons, Mike and Dan, came on board. The...
Mary Ortigara has always had a deep passion for education and was even an English major at Xavier College. After graduation in the late 1950s, she began working in her brother’s music store providing accordion lessons. She soon expanded the lesson program within the store to include other...
James Owen has been teaching at La Jolla Music nearly since the beginning.  The store was established in 1962 and James started working there just a few years later.  As a teenager, he was the first guitarist to win the Redlands Bowl Youth Artists Auditions, which fueled his passion for music.  He...
Roger Palmateer met his soon-to-be wife just years after she purchased the Fullerton Music Center in Southern California. Mo and Roger have become a vital part of the Fullerton music culture with a well-respected store, a performance area, music lessons and great customer care. Roger focuses on...
Tom Pedrini and his sister Vicki were third generation music retail owners. Their store, Pedrini’s Music, was located in Southern California and had a long and successful influence on the music community it served for so long. Due to changing times and strong competition, Tom and Vicki made the...
Vicki Pedrini grew up in the family’s music retail store in Southern California. She worked in the store on weekends and summer vacations as well as the holiday season, which brought fun times when the family all worked together. The store had a strong band and orchestra department, as it was...

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