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Guitar, Bass & Violin Instructors

Brian Curella, founder and owner of Flying Hands School of the Arts, began playing the guitar at 9 years old at Cot Haynes School of Music. He played his first gig at the age of 11. Brian studied for 3 years in Bellarmine’s jazz program and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville. In 1982, Brian took a teaching position at the Doo Wop Shop and left in 1997 to start his own school. He also taught 2 years at Louisville Academy of Music. Brian actively composes music for national film and commercials. He is active in the Northeast Christian Worship band.

Patrick Hume (guitar, bass, percussion) is a graduate of Bellarmine University. Pat has long been a bass and guitar player, but emphasized percussion in college. He writes music and has performed music abroad. Pat has a great demeanor and is a very reliable teacher.

Will Roberts has his upright bass degree from the University of Louisville. He is also a great electric bassist and a fine guitar instructor as well.

Phillip Dennison (guitar, violin, mandolin) was a Flying Hands student and is now studying at the University of Louisville. He is well versed in guitar, violin & mandolin. Phillip has a laid back demeanor and his co-workers and students say he is an all-around nice guy.


Piano & Voice/Vocal/Singing Instructors

Pete Peterson is known in the rock and jazz scene as a keyboard-wiz. He also has many years of experience as a keyboard salesman. Studying piano since his youth, Pete can truly cover all the bases. He studied at the University of Louisville before going into the military.

Meg Gusler was a Flying Hands student and is now studying voice & piano at Indiana University Southeast. She's a talented young lady and is already showing signs of a great teacher.

Maegen Carter is just 3 hours shy of her Bachelors in Music. She studied at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She's a great pianist and is very popular with her students.


Percussion & Wind Instrument Instuctors

Hugh Petersen toured Europe at 16. He’s recorded with Archie Buck, Playboys and The Desperados Steel Band. Hugh won scholarships and attended Juilliard, Berkeley, University of North Carolina and Pace University in New York City. Hugh has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College and Duke. While at Duke, he performed regularly with Mary Lou Williams. He has also performed with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Archie Shepp, Ron Carter, Chico Freeman, Delmar Brown, Webster Lewis, Baba Olatunji, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Millie Jackson, Brook Benton and Freddie Redd. He is a great drummer/percussionist as well as flutist and trumpeter.

Elaine Belcher was a student at Flying Hands when another instructor, Hugh Petersen, thought it was time to turn her over as a teacher. Elaine’s gentle demeanor and patience work well for beginner students in drums and percussion.

Jeremy McMonigle holds a BA in music with an emphasis in percussion from Northern Kentucky University. He has been teaching private drum lessons for 12 years in the Cincinnati and Louisville areas. He currently performs and records with a Louisville based band, Young Widows, that tours nationally and internationally several times throughout the year. On June 2, 2011 they were featured nationally on NPR's song of the day. Jeremy also performs as a percussionist with Chamber Winds Louisville, conducted by Dr. Fred Speck, Director of Bands at the University of Louisville.