OUR COACHES

 

GUITAR

Lou Piccinetti

29 years teaching experience Beginner through Advanced

Lou began playing guitar at 12 years old and in high school began to play professionally. In 1990, he was hired to be the General Manager of F Sharp Music in Coral Springs and a year later became their head teacher. Lou opened A Major Music/ Coral Springs Music in 1996 and in 1997 started the Floyd Experience, a Pink Floyd tribute band. A Major Music/ Coral Springs Music was open for 20 years and was a staple in the community, offering a safe place for children to learn and grow while surrounded in a family oriented atmosphere. Lou’s teaching methods are a combination of theory and performance. Students learn about music while playing and learning the songs they enjoy. Lou teaches beginning to advanced, scale and chord theory, improvisation, technique, ear training and of course live performance training. Lou has been running a Youth Rock Band since 2007, promoting friendship and musical interest and a strong work ethic in young musicians. Lou can teach: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Bass Guitar as well as most Styles and Genres

Dan Lowenberg

Dan Lowenberg has been a music lover his whole life. Along the way he has had many different experiences where he has been able to learn, play, and teach music in a variety of professional settings; he is also currently wrapping up his BA in Modern Music. He feels that teaching and playing music brings confidence and joy to people's lives in a way that nothing else can. Dan teaches several different musical styles to all ages, beginner to advanced. 

 

So, if you are a player looking to brush up on your technique or take your playing to the next level, Dan is the teacher for you! 

Ron Tillman

Ron Tillman is a musician working in the South Florida area. Originally from New York City, Ron comes from a musical family taking up the guitar at the age of ten.

Ron has been playing guitar for over 40 years and has been teaching guitar almost as long. Literally hundreds of students have either gotten their start with Ron or advanced their playing under his tutelage. Ron teaches all ages and levels of guitar, bass, steel guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Ron has been teaching locally for many years.

Ron teaches his students to read notation or tablature and customizes each student’s lessons to help them achieve their musical goals.

Ron’s musical education in college included studying classical guitar, jazz guitar and piano. Ron has also studied violin, music theory, percussion, voice and sight singing.

 

PIANO / KEYBOARD

Larry Kessler


30 years teaching experience: Beginner through Advanced

  • 3rd generation piano instructor

  • Began playing piano at age 3 with over 35 years performance and recording experience.

  • Studied Jazz piano and advanced theory under recording artist Wally Cirillo late 1970’s.

  • Classically trained under Victor De Deigo out of the University of Miami.

  • Studio session player recording credits on RCA, BMG, and several independent labels.

  • Excellent sense of counterpoint, fingering, improvisation, theory and reading techniques.

  • Actively performing with 49 Ford, Wild Eyed Cats, Forever After More and YOLO.

Diane E. Korzen

A.k.a. “Diane the Piano Teacher”

Diane has taught beginning, intermediate and advanced piano at Markee Studios since 2014. She has worked with students of all ages -- children, teens, and young adults -- on learning to read piano music, Classical techniques and artistry, learning to play from a rock chord chart, and mastering a few jazz tunes. Mentors students and encourages them to find their own voice on the piano.​

 

VOCALS

 
 
 
 

Eddie Gowan

Eddie Gowan is an artist, tour manager, tour accountant, executive producer and a vocal coach who has worked with a clientele ranging from Guns 'N Roses, Matchbox 20, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Shinedown, Papa Roach to Sevendust - just to name a few!

 

Eddie is a professional artist who was born with a natural passion for music. He has always been fascinated by how the pairing of instrumentation and great compositions with an iconic voice results in soul and ear-pleasing songs. To hone his musical skills he sought the help of the great musician and vocal coach Ron Feldman who taught him everything surrounding the technique to become a much stronger and sophisticated singer, which allowed him to be the best that he could be as frontman and singer for Queen Anne's Revenge (who were signed to Interscope records in 1991).

 

As a versatile artist, Eddie believes that music is not about developing a financial abundance, rather is about having love and compassion for everyone around us. This philosophy pushes him to give a helping hand to many artists by teaching them the proper way to warm-up, strengthen, and warm down their vocals. So if you are looking forward to becoming a stronger and great vocalist, then what would be better than seeking help from a professional like Eddie Gowan. That will definitely allow you to brush up on your current music skills and strengthen your vocal by learning the proper way to technically sing and sing in key as "if you cannot sing in key, you cannot be a great singer." Overall, Eddie is always ready to put at your disposal his musical expertise and knowledge and "work together in developing your range" because "range is a key component of being a great singer, and [he] knows how to help you do that."

 

WOODWINDS

Bob Buncick

Bob Buncick is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, majoring in Arranging and Composition and specializing in saxophone and woodwind studies. He has a proficient knowledge of jazz standards and is skilled in various other musical idioms such as Pop, Rock, R&B, Fusion, etc. At an early age, he started playing professionally in the Detroit area and toured the U.S. with various show groups performing in Las Vegas, Miami, Louisville KY, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit with artists such as Connie Francis, Vic Damone, and Rusty Warren, including a Canadian tour with ”Sly and The Family Stone” in 1967. He was a performing writer-arranger and musical director for local popular artists, groups, and recording studios in the Toronto area, later touring extensively in Greece, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. as a freelance musician. 

 

While living and working in New York City he worked primarily as a studio musician which included projects with Grammy Award winner producer Narada Michael Walden, guitarist Carlos Santana, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, (formerly with Bruce Springsteen) and toured with jazz recording artist, Lonnie Liston Smith as saxophonist and writer-arranger. Later, Bob became the producer and musical director for the “Gary Blazer” TV show in Los Angeles, CA and also performed and toured extensively for various cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Royal Carribbean, Carnival and Costa Cruises.

 

Bob has over 40 years of experience as a music instructor in both private and clinical settings and is currently active as a woodwind specialist and clinician for local schools and summer music camps in the South Florida area. In addition to woodwinds, Bob also teaches piano, guitar and jazz theory.

 

His students learn to play all styles of popular music, like Rock, Funk, R&B, Blues and Jazz with a focus on improvisation. After progressing from basic fundamentals, his goal is to get the student playing in a real live band situation with other musicians as soon as possible.   

 

DRUMS/PERCUSSION

TODD COHEN

DRUMS & PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

 

          I started my drumming experience when I was 9 years old on my first drum set with my older brother on the guitar.  The song was, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen.  I continued my music career in and through middle school in multiple facets of drumming and percussion.  That included concert percussion and jazz ensembles that performed live on many occasions during the school year. 

 

          Once I began High School, I participated in all areas of music which included marching band, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Orchestra which all competed on a National Level.  I played my part in learning everything from percussion instruments and accessory percussion.  During Marching Season, I became proficient on multiple instruments within the Drum Battery Section.

 

          After my graduation from High School, I joined a local Drum and Bugle Corps called the Florida Wave and marched during the summer on snare drum while touring around the US performing in a total of 50 or so competitions.  I performed with this organization for two years while teaching marching percussion to various High Schools in the South Florida area.  This experience propelled my Drumming to a professional level.

 

          Throughout my college education, I took numerous music classes to refine my skills in order to apply them to instruction.  I have also performed on drums in a variety of professional groups in a myriad of musical genres that all performed professionally.

 

  I have been teaching on a beginner to professional level for 32 years now, and will continue to do so.  I have been instructing at the studio for two years now and look forward to future Drummers that I may excel to their full potential.

Fred Pereira

Fred Pereira is a professional drummer and an incredible musician, who is well known within the international community from working with artists and bands from all over the country.

 

He has recorded, toured, and performed as a drummer with numerous artists and acts of all different genres such as; Cowboy Troy (Rap), Protocol (Jazz Band), Paulo Gualano (Brazilian Carnaval), Mitch Herrick (Rock), Bonn E Maiy (Country), Switchfoot (Alternative/Rock), Five Iron Frenzy (Ska Punk) and Sugar Ray (Rock) - just to name a few! Working with these artists gave him the opportunity to perform at live events like 99.9 Kiss Country Chili Cook Off and Riptide Music Festival. 

 

Fred is very passionate about his art and is ready to teach you any genre from rock to jazz!

 

SONGWRITING

Keith Ridenour

Keith has written hundreds of songs in the pop, rock and country genres while living in Nashville and his songs are placed on records by Kansas, Heartland, Nathan Lee Jackson, Dirty Dancing, and the Food Fight Movie to name a few. 

 

Keith has had the opportunity to write with many great writers including Bud Tower, Monty Holmes, Walt Aldridge, Anthony Little, Richie Supa, T.W. Hale, Kris Bergsness, Nathan Jackson, John Lemonis, Angie Thompson, Dennis Blischak, Doug Shawe, Scott Avery, Dean Madonia, Michel Dukes, Jenny Brooks, J.D. Danner, Roxanne Lamendola and Michael Garvin. 

Along with his great success in the songwriting world, Keith is a business man. He, along with Derek Assaf, owns Ridenour Rehearsal Studios in Murfreesboro, TN and Markee Music in Deerfield Beach, FL. Keith is also the co-founder of RedOne Music Group!

You can check out a lot of Keith's songs by going to keith@redonemusicgroup.com.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Marko Ruffolo

Marko Ruffolo has been an Independent Recording Engineer and Producer for over 30 Years.

 

Although Rock (Classic, AOR, Punk, Metal, HardCore, Metal-Core) is his preferred Genre, Marko’s main body of work has been in Jazz, Smooth-Jazz, and Pop-Latin.

 

In addition to being creative behind the board, Marko enjoys playing Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, and Programming on the various artists whose Projects he has worked on. He also plays Bass (and at times Guitar) for the San Isidro Anglo Music-Ministry.

 

Marko has the first published Pro Tools course called Pro Tools Up-N-Running.

Jason Sedawie

 

Jason has been an Independent Recording & Mixing Engineer, and Producer for over a decade.   

As a lifelong musician himself, Jason truly understands the relationship an artist has with their music.  That's why he continually goes the extra mile to ensure that every project he works on is handled with unmitigated care and dedication. 

Jason embraces a modern workflow that incorporates the best analog gear alongside the latest digital soft synths and plugins and prides himself on working quickly and efficiently.