Music Shack

The center of Central Florida’s music universe for over 45 years

Music Lessons

Music Shack would like to invite you to join our musical instrument lesson program.


Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of music instruction possible. Music Shack offers lessons from some of the finest instructors in Central Florida Monday thru Saturday in our 9 studios. In addition to your lessons remember, you only get out what you put into your education. In order to learn your musical instrument properly, you should devote at least 30 minutes each day to practice. Make it part of your daily routine and you will make great strides in your musical adventure.


We here at Music Shack want your education to be fun as well as easy so you will continue to learn and improve.


Our lessons are scheduled to start every half hour. Once you register for your lessons you will have a set appointment the same time and day every week with the same instructor unless there is a cancellation (no more than 1 per month). Please stop in for more info and scheduling or give us a call at 407-678-1765.

MUSIC SHACK POLICIES

Payments for lessons are due the first week of each month, for the entire month.


Lessons are scheduled to start on the hour and half hour only. It is important that you arrive on time, as there is no “make up time”. If you are unable to make your lesson, you must notify us no later than 12:00 noon on the day of your scheduled lesson.


Cancellations for Friday and Saturday lessons must be made by 5pm Thursday and 5pm Friday. Make-up lessons must be arranged according to the instructors, availability. Each student will be allowed only 1 cancellation per month.

FOR BEGINNERS

Within six months, you will learn the basics and be able to:
• Read sheet music
• Understand and play scales and arpeggios
• Guitar students will learn how play simple chords
• Understand how to practice

FOR THE INTERMEDIATE PLAYER

Intermediate students will learn to play songs and improve their technique.
• Practice regularly — 30 minutes per day, or two hours per week
• Continue with regular private lessons
• Play with friends and watch other musicians perform

Our Instructors

"Skid" Leffer - Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboard, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele

Skid has been a professional musician and private teacher since 1974 and continues to play professionally in Central Florida. He teaches all styles of music, from rock to country to jazz. He teaches his students to read, improvise and play by ear. Skid is a very patient and effective teacher with all age groups from children to adults. He has helped several students win scholarships in music over his years of teaching and has written and published a guitar method.

Katherine Nicklin - Flute & Recorder

Flute Practicing, Performance
Katherine Nicklin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and Master of Arts in Music Education from UCF. She is the former Adjunct Instructor of Flute at Valencia Community College, Seminole State College, and Lake Highland Prep.  A professional freelance musician, Ms. Nicklin performs frequently with orchestras, ensembles and chamber groups. As a flute and recorder specialist, instructor, clinician, and adjudicator in central Florida for over 30 years, her students have achieved numerous local, state and national honors. She is a member of the National and Florida Flute Associations and American Federation of Musicians. She teaches all ages, from young children to adults.

Scott White - Saxophone & Clarinet

Scott White, Sax, Clarinet Instructor, Owner

Scott White holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the University of Florida, and has been an active professional saxophonist, clarinetist and bassist in the Central Florida area for over 35 years. He is a current member and adjudicator of the Florida Bandmaster's Association, and has been teaching saxophone and clarinet students of all ages for over 25 years. Scott also serves as the owner of Music Shack.

Alexander Marino - Saxophone & Clarinet

Alexander Marino is a jazz and multi-genre saxophonist and clarinetist. He is a previous student of Tim Warfield, Jr., and has also had occasional mentor ships with musicians, such as Tony Miceli, Elio Villafranca, and Dave Liebman. Alex's current endeavors include performing and recording as a member of Billboard and iTunes-charting reggae artist, Kash'd Out, as well as the Swingin' Monitos Big Band. Alex has also performed with the Gypsy Eliese and the Royal Blues, Sanford Jazz Ensemble, Perseverance Brass Band, multiple Church Music Ministries, and was 2nd alto saxophonist of the Northern Application Wind Symphony during their 2nd annual concert season, prior to moving to Orlando.

Aquila Marshall - Trumpet

Aquila Marshall is an active performer and educator in Central Florida. A former student of Tom Macklin, Aquila holds a B.M. in Trumpet Performance from Stetson University. He has performed with the Blue Bamboo Big Band, Swingin' Monitos Big Band, and Sanford Jazz Ensemble, and is a regular holiday musician for Music Remembrance. He has performed at venues including Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, Athens Theater, and Wayne Densch Center for the Arts.

Daniel Harvey - French Horn

Mr. Harvey earned his bachelor of music in instrument performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he had the honor of studying with both Bruce Hagreen and Predrag Ivanovic. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Florida Atlantic University with Dr. Kyle Prescott. Mr. Harvey has earned many awards as a band director for 11 years in the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), as well as being nominated for a Grammy as Music Educator of the Year. As a professional horn player Mr. Harvey’s experience was extensive in the South Florida area. He has played in the Palm Beach Pop’s Orchestra, Atlantic Classic Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Gold Coast Opera Company, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Palm Beach Atlantic Orchestra, as well as several Broadway musicals performed in South Florida.

Daniel Bevan - Trombone, Euphonium

Daniel is a graduate of UCF with a BA in Music Education. He has been a low brass instructor and clinician for 6 years throughout Central Florida. He is a marching band clinician during marching season. He has performed with several ensembles in and around the Orlando area. Daniel enjoys teaching trombone to people of all ages.

Brandon Slone - Tuba

Brandon Slone, Tuba Instructor

Brandon is an in-demand clinician and performer across Central FL. He has performed with many of Florida's premier ensembles, including the St. Petersburg Opera, Brass Band of Central FL, Southern Winds, and the Orlando Brass Quintet. He is a graduate of Stetson University (B.M.E.), where he studied under the tutelage of Tom Waid, Jay Hunsberger, and Don Waldrop.

Trey Cross - Percussion & Drum Set

Trey Cross, Drums, Percussion Instructor
Trey is well versed in all styles of music on the drum set, including jazz, funk, Latin and rock. He has experience in orchestral and marching percussion and has taught high school and middle school percussion sectionals for years. He has performed in musical theater shows with several groups and jazz venues in Southwest FL and Central FL, as well as performing symphonic music at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He teaches mallet, Latin and marching percussion (snare, bass and quads) and accessories as well as drum set.

TBA - Violin, Viola, Beginning Cello