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Flying Hands Music School in Louisville, Kentucky

Voted in the Top 3 - "Best of Louisville for Music Lessons"

Guitar, Bass & Violin Instructors 


Brian Curella

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

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

Will Roberts has a degree from University of Louisville where he studied upright jazz bass under Tyrone Wheeler and Chris Fitzgerald. He has also written music which appeared on over 30 national television shows and commercials. Will has toured the country extensively playing clubs, festivals, and even some arenas with his synth rock group based out of Louisville the Pass. 

Linda Starks

Linda Starks has had the privilege of studying violin with many wonderful teachers, while maintaining roots in Louisville. She came up through the Louisville Youth Orchestra regimen, which she credits for preparing her for the Louisville Orchestra. She augmented her training by attending summer institutes in Sewanee TN, Tanglewood MA, Meadowmount NY and Bloomington IN. She feels these opportunities were essential to her growth as a musician. She began teaching while married and raising her three children, so a total of 30 years. Some of her students have participated in LYO, earned distinguished at KMEA and offered scholarships to U of L School of Music. When not teaching, Linda enjoys spending time with her dog, an energetic English Foxhound, and her adorable grandson. 


Don Leffler

Don Leffler has over  50  years experience teaching  Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin an  Bass guitar. He has been a professional  musician for over 60  years! D. is also one of the original Monarchs. D. has recorded music and has traveled around to play  music.


Sean Sullivan

Sean is a graduate of Bellarmine University’s Jazz Performance and Music Technology programs and attended the University of Louisville School of Music for graduate work in Music Theory as well as Jazz Performance.  He has been teaching privately for 5 years in bass guitar, upright bass, guitar, music theory and recording engineering.  He loves helping his students broaden their musical vocabulary, and guiding students to better understand music as a whole.  He loves watching his students grow in their development as musicians and helping them have a deeper understanding and connection to their music. 

Aaron Cummins

Aaron received a bachelors degree in music education with an emphasis is classical singing from Morehead State University. He has been playing guitar since elementary school and has taken over 10 years of private music lessons from various teachers locally and regionally. He has been teaching music professionally since 2009 including guitar, vocal, and ukulele lessons. He enjoys and teaches all styles of music. He currently plays music with local bands including Zach Longoria Project and In Lightning. Sharing music through teaching and performance is Aaron’s passion. 



Piano & Voice/Vocal/Singing Instructors

Pete Peterson

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.

Maegan Carter

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.

Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker graduated from Bellarmine University in 2015, earning the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying. She gives piano instruction to children starting at 6 years of age and the oldest student she has ever had just had his 80th birthday. Jackie performs with the Bellarmine University Oratorio Society and St. Andrew Church Taylor Bells. 

Juliana Rodriguez
Juliana Rodriguez is a musician/singer from Bogotá-Colombia.  She has more than 10 years of experience teaching voice and piano and 20 years of experience as a performer with presentations in different countries and cities in the U.S.A.
Juliana is currently performing with Rusty Dimes And The Good Times Soul/Funk Revue, as a lead singer. Bass guitar and vocals for Los Dolores. Lead vocals and background vocals for Classicstone Tribute Band (Bogotá-Colombia). Volunteer for Girls Rock Louisville as a band coach and voice/piano instructor. Several collaborations with music organizations in Louisville like Motherlodge and STRIVE. 


Jen Cartledge

Jen Cartledge is one of the most popular teachers at Flying Hands. She is good-natured and gives 100% to her students. She has a major is voice and a minor in piano from Liberty University. She also has some graduate hours from The Baptist Theological Seminary. Jen also teaches the ukelele.

Drums, Percussion & Wind Instrument Instuctors

Hugh Peterson

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.

Jeremy McMonigle

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.