Thomas McShane

Thomas McShane

McShane is a professional musician who can give instruction on many musical styles ranging from Classical to Folk Music from several different countries. All ages are welcome! As a student, he was involved for many years as a violist with The Louisville Youth Orchestra and became a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Ky. in 1981 majoring in music and theater. He has since performed in a a broad spectrum of musical involvements including accompanying international folk dance troupes, performing Celtic and traditional music at events in several countries, composing music for, and directing several theatrical productions. At the same time he has been involved in educating children in music in several Community Schools throughout the Eastern U.S.. He is on the Board od Directors, and a performing member of The Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra. He now reside s in Crestwood, Ky, where where he teaches and operates 'Hewn from the Mountain Music Cafe''.
Thomas says, "my objective is to encourage enthusiasm and diligence in my students towards Music and the Performing Arts, focusing on self-esteem, presentation, and public performance. For strings, I incorporate sight reading with ear training using various acclaimed methods tailored to the individual student. I value the importance of ensemble playing, and will orchestrate many such activities".

Thomas currently offers lessons for violin, viola, folk harp, guitar mandolin, ukulele, piano and fiddle. Go to the lessons page to sign up!

Thomas Roller

Tom Roller is a professional musician / instructor residing in LaGrange Ky. He is proficient in several musical genres.

Tom grew up in Illinois and comes from a musical family. His father was a classical guitarist and college music professor; he got Tom started on the guitar at the age of three. His mother was a singer; his siblings are also musicians. Growing up, Tom was exposed to a constant flow of musical groups and choirs that came through the house - his father worked with them. His parents performed together as a folk duo. Tom accompanied them on both guitar and stand-up bass.

In his late teens and twenties, Tom studied with (among several others) noted Chicago jazz guitarists, Richard Medel and LeRoy Burton. He has acquired a solid grasp on music theory, and a profound appreciation for music of all types. His musical journey has taken him through various styles and genres including Country, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Christian, Alternative, Solo Fingerstyle, Bluegrass, Celtic, Appalachian, World.

Tom retired from a 35-year business career in 2015, and is pursuing his passion for music as both a performer and instructor. He works with students of all ages. He particularly enjoys teaching children. His objective is to create an encouraging atmosphere that is both fun and challenging. Tom believes that it’s important to encourage creativity, and he strives to tailor his lessons plans to include the music that the students are most interested in.

Tom currently offers lessons on guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Go to the lessons page to sign up!


Robby Bernardi

Teacher: Trombone, Bass Trombone

Robert Bernardi is presently attending the University of Louisville as a music major. Previously, he was principal trombone of the award winning Male High School Band. He was selected as a member of the All-State Concert Band and University of Louisville Summer Wind Band Institute.

Mr. Bernardi currently studies trombone with Dr. Brett Shuster at the University of Louisville. He also performs with the Cardinal Marching Band, Community Band, Symphonic Band, and the University of Louisville Trombone Ensemble. In 2016, Mr. Bernardi was a featured performer at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference with the University of Louisville Symphonic Band. He also performs regularly as a member of the Mixolydian Brass and the Derby City Brass Band.
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Mr. Bernardi is currently a member of the Collegiate National Association for Music and the International Trombone Association.
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Jordan McCowan

Teacher: Trumpet, Oboe

 Jordan McCowan is a trumpet player from Louisville Kentucky. He is currently a music major at the University of Louisville. Jordan currently studies under Dr. Mark J. Lynn. Jordan was the principal trumpet player in the top ensemble at Louisville Male High School as a junior and senior. During his high school career, Jordan sat in the Jefferson County Public School All County wind ensembles, as well as the All County Symphony Orchestra. Jordan has played with many community ensembles around Louisville. Jordan has also performed with many chamber ensembles for churches, retirement homes, and more in both Kentucky and Indiana, ranging from holiday services, to New Years parties. As far as solo performances, Jordan has performed famous bugle calls for Veteran's day, to funerals. Jordan has also performed in recitals and weddings with famous trumpet repertoire. In his first semester of college, Jordan auditioned against ten other trumpet players and was awarded the title of alternate bugler for the Cardinal Marching Band. Additionally, Jordan performs with the brass quintet, Mixolydian brass. Go to the lessons page to sign up!


Sheri Davino has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts.  She studied with Marianne Gedigian, Nina Barwell, and Alan Weiss in Boston, and Carol Wincenc and Keith Underwood In New York City.

 Sheri traveled the United States and Canada with the Gateway Playhouse and Nebraska Theatre Caravan.  In addition, she performed with the Long Island Sound Symphony, Hunter Symphony, Stony Brook Wind Ensemble, Merrick Center for Performing Arts, CM Performing Arts Center and on Off-Broadway.  Sheri had the privilege of performing the radio-broadcast premiere of “Conversations” by Grammy-nominated Apostles Paraskevas.

 For over 20 years Sheri has taught private lessons to all ages and levels.  She recently relocated to Louisville in 2015 from New York and is excited to explore all Louisville has to offer.

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