Lessons are given during regular business hours by experienced music professionals at Mel Owen Music. Teachers at Mel Owen Music keep their own schedules. Please call our store at (502) 893-6624 or email to: info@melowenmusic.com and a message will be given to the teacher and they will contact you directly.

Drum Lessons – by Jeff McAllister

Jeff McAllister is now accepting a limited number of new students who are interested in serious drumming! Jeff has played with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr, The Monarchs plus others. Visit www.jeffdrum.com

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Jeff McAllister Solo 1

Solo 1

Jeff McAllister (former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd) plays a short solo during a clinic at the Spring 2011 DFO Summit in Indianapolis, IN.

Jeff McAllister Solo 2

Flute Lessons – By Jean Hutchinson


Jean Hutchinson, a native of Warrenville, Illinois, is the instructor of flute at Mel Owen Music.  She is also a lecturer in music history at University of Louisville and adjunct instructor in music history at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s southwest campus.  In 1984 she founded the Panpipes Flute Choir, composed of students from her studio as well as selected community members.   In the ensemble, Ms. Hutchinson instructs members in sight reading skills, ensemble balance and intonation, and introduces literature from both classical and popular music that has been arranged for flute choir as well as original works for the ensemble.  The group performs at approximately eight venues each year.  For ten years, Ms. Hutchinson was instructor of flute, music history and chamber ensembles at Bellarmine University.  She has a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and a Master of Arts in music history, both from the University of Louisville.  Ms. Hutchinson has pursued post-graduate flute study with Robert Cavally, Katherine Borst Jones and Walfrid Kujala.   As a freelance performer, Ms. Hutchinson can be heard in a variety of instrumental and choral groups and venues.   She has served as adjudicator for several KMEA solo and ensemble festivals and All County band auditions.  

My best gig ever was the series of faculty recitals I presented in Amy Cralle Hall at Bellarmine University between 1997-2004.  As a member of the performance faculty, I felt it was important to present programs of flute literature for the benefit of the music majors.  Included on the programs was one flute chamber work with a different combination of instruments or voice each year.  Guest performers included: Louisa Ellis Woodson, harp; Ernie Gross, clarinet; Robin Chappars, cello; Jeff Sherman, guitar; Christina Bouras, soprano; and Dave Clark, saxophone.   I also presented one piece performed by the Panpipes Flute Choir and Bellarmine Flute Ensemble so that the flute students could not only attend the concert, but participate as well.

Trumpet Lessons – By Melanie Dillman

Melanie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University. She has volunteered her time helping several Jefferson County schools with their trumpet sections.  In her free time Melanie plays Trumpet in various venues in the Kentuckiana area as well as working high school band camps and teaching private & group trumpet lessons.

Nick Waldrop (Saxophone and Beginner Woodwinds)

Nick received his degree in Music Education, as well as his Masters in Education from the University of Louisville. He retired with 32+ years of teaching in the Jefferson County School system. He has been a Band Teacher at the Elementary, Middle School and High School level.

Trevor Brown (Clarinet)

Trevor Brown was born in Louisville, KY in 1991. He started studying clarinet at the age of 10 at Bowen Elementary School. It is here where his love for music arose. He continued his education at Barret Middle School and Male High School where he studied under renowned conductor and member of the American Bandmasters Association, Nan Moore. He was a member of the Male Symphonic Band from his freshman year until his senior year. Upon graduating from Male he received the distinguished John Philip Sousa Award. Trevor recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University where he studied with Dr. Lori Baruth and Dr. Gordon Towell. He was an active member of the National Association for Music Education and was elected treasurer for the Morehead State chapter for the 2012-2013 school year. During his senior year he served as the director and played tenor saxophone for the Volleyball Pep Band. Trevor finished college in the spring semester of 2014 by student teaching with Charles Stewart at Jeffersontown High School and with Joseph Stivers at Crosby Middle School.

Trevor Brown has had many unique playing opportunities throughout his clarinet career. He played as a member of the all-county band in Jefferson County in the 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. He also made the all-state concert band as a senior in high school. During his time at Morehead State he played in master classes for well-known clarinetists such as Robert Spring and Victor Goines. He also played a movement from Frank Ticheli’s clarinet concerto for Frank Ticheli himself along with the virtuosic clarinet solo from his work, “Blue Shades”, under his baton. Trevor is currently a member of the Louisville Winds which is directed by his high school band director, Nan Moore.

Tom Browning (Guitar)

Tom received his Music Theory & Composition degree from Bellarmine University. Also studied at U of L School of Music with Dr. Keyes. Studied guitar with Tom Lee and Jimmy Raney. Tom has been teaching guitar for over 30 years and is currently with the Pranksters and performs at various venues in Louisville. Tom has played in Boston, St. Croix (USVI), Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia as well. He has performed with Bo Diddly, David Goldflies (Allman Bros), Jason Izbell (Drive by Truckers), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Brad Bralove (Stevie Wonder) and many others.

Tom says his best gig ever has been performing with the students at YPAS. “I was hired to arrange music for their orchestra and played guitar with them at the performance. It was a thrill to hear my orchestrations performed by well-trained students who were learning how to become professional musicians.”

Musical Influences

  • Jimmy Raney, John Lennon, Arnold Schoenberg
  • John McGlaughlin, Larry Coryell, Jeff Beck, Miles
  • Trane, Jerry, Bo Diddley, Soft Machine, Betts, Doors

Wayne Wellman (Bassoon)

Wayne received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has over 35 years of experience repairing brass and woodwind instruments. He is a member of the International Double Reed Society, plays Bassoon with the Louisville Philharmonia, IUS Orchestra, Bellarmine Civic Orchestra and Crossgate Players Quintet.

Kristin Bellucci (Piano)

Kristin is a classically trained pianist. She graduated from YPAS and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Kentucky University. She has 16 years of teaching experience and specializes in beginning students of all ages.

Grace Salsman (Cello)