Playing a musical instrument is a uniquely personal experience that allows you to share your individuality with others. No one will ever sound quite like you. Whether you play alone in your room, in a coliseum, in a church or in a punk band, your voice on your instrument is unique.
Our professional instructors will help you find and develop that voice.
Here at Moe’s Music, we offer instruction on most instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano and voice offering lessons 6 days a week.
All lessons are usually 30 minute lessons, and the price of our private lessons is as follows:
New students will pay a one time Registration Fee of $20.00.
After that, single lessons cost $28.00*
* the best deal is buying by the month, where the lessons go down to $25.00 per lesson (100.00 most months).
The vocal lessons are one hour lessons, and they cost $30.00 each. Students pay their teachers with checks or cash, and scheduling lessons is simply a matter of calling or visiting Moe’s Music, as there is no lesson contract required.
Meet Our Instructors:
Steve found his calling early in life. After graduating from Cox High School in 1990, Steve left the area for the entertainment capitol of the USA, Las Vegas, where he began a two year stint with a rock band. Upon returning to Virginia Beach in 1992, Steve began working and teaching at Moe’s Music where he still operates today. Over the past 16 years, Steve has built up a solid reputation as a qualified teacher inspiring hundreds of students in the local community.
Steve has intensely involved himself with a whole gamut of musical styles, including Latin, Pop, Rock, Country, Punk, Blues, Metal and Classical, and studied for seven years with Ralph Copley of the esteemed Virginia Wind Ensemble.
Over the years, Steve Jones has performed in many bands, including touring for 5 years with a KISS tribute band. Currently, Steve is playing around town in an Americana band, and he has just finished writing, recording and producing his 2nd full length CD with his original, progressive rock band.
Steve likes to say, “Teaching comes very naturally to me, maybe because I really enjoy being around kids, I have a lot of patience and they can sense that.”
Rich has been teaching guitar and bass for 27 years, and has been with Moe’s Music since 1995. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied guitar and bass performance, harmony, theory and arranging. Through his teaching career, both in Pennsylvania and Virginia, he has taught several thousand students.
Many of Rich’s students have gone on to attend Berklee college of Music and the Musicians Institute, and some have recieved recording contracts from major record labels, while others have ended up doing recording and session work in L.A., New York and Nashville.
Some of Rich’s students have even ended up being guitar or bass instructors themselves.
In addition to doing professional studio work, Rich has worked with a number of bands over the years, including from PA: Bingo’s Diesel, Silvership, Stranger, Pinnacle, The Edge, and recording/national tours with Cinema, and The Shreds of Eden.
In Virginia Beach, Rich was a founding member of the popular rock band Element as well as playing with Stonebridge, No Frett, Jet Noise, and Hot Rod Johnny.
In his teaching, Rich tailors each lesson to the student’s musical area of interest, his or her needs, and musical tastes. Rich takes students of all ages and proficiency levels, and he teaches all musical styles including rock, heavy metal, blues, pop, punk, funk, jazz, and country as well as slide and acoustic styles.
The lessons Rich Grado offers are sure to make learning music fun, personal and rewarding.
Larry Emanuel has over 35 years experience with drums and percussion, including teaching, performing and recording studio work. He teaches on drumkit, where he excels at incorporating reading drum music into the personalized lessons he offers. Larry also instructs on hand percussion, including bongos, congas, djembes, and other percussive devices. Larry has been with Moe’s Music since 1994, and has been on the faculty at the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Larry’s education includes studying privately with John Lindberg, principal timpanist with the Vriginia Symphony Orchestra, and also with Jim Barbour, as well as attending the Old Dominion University music program.
Larry has done extensive recording and session work, both locally and including an original score for PBS, as well as music for a NASA video. He also has worked with such recognizable artists as Stephen Bennet and Sting. Other side jobs and recording aside, Larry currently works locally with Jesse Chong and Pete Hansen.
Bill has been teaching guitar and bass at Moe’s since 2002, during which time he has enjoyed the love of his students and earned the respect of his peers. Born in Akron, Ohio, he began playing guitar in 1974. He piddled and plucked around for a long time until, during an extended Indian Ocean cruise (compliments of the US Navy), he decided to buckle down and become a real musician.
Bill has enjoyed playing in bar bands all over the world, such as playing with Sundown in Spain, and with Joker in Iceland. In Virginia and North Carolina, Bill has been with several bands, including No Exit, Naked by Noon, Loaded, The Remainders, and Area 3. Currently, Bill enjoys home recording, as well as a project with Chuck Duck and the Decoys, and doing fill in bass work for Russell Lynch and the Southern Drunken Republicans.
Basses – Status Graphite 5-1
Guitars – Brian Moore I Mode,l
Carlos Hollowbody, Seagull S6+ acoustic, La Patrie
Amps - Ampeg Bass amps, Eden speakers and Genz Benz speakers
Best Toy – The Boomerang
Teresa has been teaching music for more than 25 years, and achieved her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Duquesne University, and Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from Catholic University of America.
Ms. Browndorf has 20 years experience in military music as an instrumentalist playing the flute, clarinet and saxophone, and she also worked as an instructor at the Naval School of Music at Little Creek Amphib Base in Virginia teaching music theory, flute and violin. Additionally, she has experience as a military band director.
Teresa has performed with US Marine bands throughout the continental United States, HAWAII, Japan and the Middle East. She has also performed with combined military bands (US and foreign forces), various community/college bands, and the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra.
Teresa’s primary instructors have been Bernard Goldberg (flute), Salvatore Silipigni (cello), and Ruth Osgood (violin), all from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has also attended master classes on various instruments from members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Symphonic Orchestra.
In addition to teaching at Moe’s Music, Teresa presently teaches instrumental ensemble music at several private schools in Hampton Roads, and she is now an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, working with their Community Music Academy.
Karen, originally from deep southern Illinois, has her Bachelor's in Music Education from Norfolk State University and is currently working on her masters degree. She studied vocally for 13 years under private instructors, including Elaine Beery, Patty Lovecamp and Pamela Groman, and her collegiate studies included classes with Sheena Neely and John Windings.
Karen has been a featured soloist many times with her college choir and has been involved with such musicals as “Oliver!”, “ The Sound of Music”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Footloose”. In addition, she also held the roles of Ethel Sherman in “Fame” and Nannie O in “The One and Original Christmas Factory”.
Karen’s studies have been extensively in the musical theatre style, as well as jazz, art songs and contemporary gospel. She has been a private voice lesson instructor for 3 years, and believes in the power of music and she loves to help others find out how music can enrich their lives.
Nathan, a native of New York began playing trumpet at age 7 and grew up playing in various local drum corps. Moving to Louisiana at 15, his love for jazz and big band music was born. During his time at LSU and Southern University he performed as lead trumpeter in big bands, circus bands and rodeo bands.
Joining the Navy in 1992, and serving in Guam and Naples, he is now stationed in Norfolk, VA. He and his trumpet have toured in the South Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Nathan has been a featured soloist and lead trumpet player for many service bands, and is an active performer in the local community.