Joe "Monte" Monteleone (Guitar, Bass and Voice)
Monte began his musical journey as a young teen after discovering such bands as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles and Rush. He started taking formal guitar and bass lessons at age 15 and joined his first band that same year. Monte has been in several bands since playing bass, guitar and singing lead vocals.
Monte co-founded his current band, Monte & The Machine in 1998 with Michael "The Machine" Levine. They've released 3 CDs; the last being a self titled release featuring 12 original songs. Monte & The Machine have primarily performed in the greater St. Louis area; however, they've also played in other cities including Phoenix, San Antonio and at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville TN.
Monte's biggest passion is songwriting and he has written over 100 songs. Though rock music is at the core, the songs are influenced by a wide range of genres including blues, R&B, soul, folk, country, funk and even disco. His song, Let's Go Blues was featured on KSDK's Show Me St. Louis in 2017. Watch the video at: KSDK's Show Me St. Louis.
He opened Monte's Music School in 2018 to share his passion for great music and lasting friendships.
Michael "The Machine" Levine (Guitar and Piano)
Michael has been involved in music since a very early age, playing recorder and clarinet in grade school, then picking up the guitar at age 13. Initially self taught, Michael realized he needed more formalized instruction and was fortunate to study under acclaimed composer, guitarist and professor Bill Lenihan for several years. During this time, Michael began applying his knowledge of music to learning the piano as well as guitar and the two are now his primary instruments.
Michael started teaching guitar lessons in college at age 18, and continued teaching throughout his school years. Upon graduation he moved back home to St. Louis, and eventually began teaching guitar and piano full time. He credits his success to his patience with students mixed with his passion for seeing them develop and progress.
Michael is also a founding member of rock band Monte & The Machine.
Patrick Oldani (Voice and Piano)
Mr. Oldani has been instructing vocal performance professionally since 1999. A wide background in public performance since the age of five has given him a broad spectrum of vocal styling which is applied to the various needs of students. Hi motto: NO BOUNDARIES. A background in musical theater, opera theater, classic swing and Modern Rock have proven essential to bringing out the best in voice students of all ages, genres and experience. An emphasis on technique, approach, ear training and proper breathing are the foundation of his instruction.
Patrick is also the Music Director at Florissant Valley Christian Church and an active composer and lead vocalist in St. Louis Heavy Rock act Witch Doctor http://www.reverbnation.com/witchdoctorox a sought after producer for up and coming local and regional acts.
Chris Rhu (Violin/Viola)
Chris began his musical studies in the Rockwood school district as did many students at Monte's Music School. He was a member of the St Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for two seasons and later studied at Butler University and Webster University playing in their respective orchestras. Chris is fortunate to have studied with many of the top violin and viola instructors at both universities and privately such as Michael Strauss, Richard A Clark, Ron Vince, Joseph Kaminsky, and Nicolae Bica. Chris has also performed professionally on violin and viola at such prominent venues as the Touhill, Fox Theatre, and Enterprise Center through the Music Union. Chamber music is important to Chris and he enjoys performing string quartets and piano trios of the great composers. He works with students patiently while setting them up well both technically and musically for their present and future musical careers.
Theresa Monteleone (Violin)
Theresa has been a part of the St. Louis All Suburban Orchestra, St. Charles County Youth Orchestra, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and has now been qualified to audition for All State Choir. In addition, she has earned the highest level (gold) for violin at All State Solo and Small Ensemble her Sophomore and Junior years of school. She is also a part of the Symphonic Orchestra and the Jazz Choir at her school. Theresa looks forward to helping students on their musical journey and finding their passion for music along the way.
Caroline Williams (Trombone and Piano)
Caroline is currently in her senior year at Webster University studying music. She has been playing the piano since the first grade and the trombone since the fifth grade. She also plays the organ for various churches in her area. At Webster, she studies trombone under Jim Martin and piano under Sue Martin. She is involved in Webster's Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Collective, and Chamber groups. Caroline is also the principle trombone of the St. Louis Youth Brass Band. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she will be pursuing a Master's in Music. Caroline is excited to pass on the love of music to her students.
Kylie Teter (Flute)
Kylie Teter is a senior Instrumental Flute Performance Major at Webster University. She studied privately with Elaine Brown at William Jewell College for six years and is now in her fourth year of study with Paula Kasica. She's had coaching sessions with Amy Porter at The University of Michigan, Mary Posess at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Valerie Potter at the University of New Mexico, and Ulrike Anton in Vienna, Austria. She has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclass sessions for Jennifer Nitchman of the St. Louis Symphony, Leah Stephens of the New World Symphony, and Sami Junnonen, principal flutist of the Cairo Orchestra in Egypt, and the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra in Finland.
Teter is an alumna of The Kansas City Youth Symphony, a group that provided her the opportunity to perform at prestigious venues such as the Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts and The Folley Theatre in Kansas City, as well as The Cork School of Music in Ireland. Teter is also an alumna of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the United States Army All-American Marching Band, and the Missouri All-State Band.
William Reyland (Drums)
Bill's formal musical education includes private instruction under jazz great and St. Louis native, Joe Charles, jazz performance studies at Webster U. St. Louis, and classical tabla studies under the tutelage of Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Imrat Khan School of Indian Music. His professional experience includes time on the road, session work, and mainstream commercial recordings for Glitterhouse Records, Germany, Fire Records, Uk and Undertow Records, USA. As an educator, he has taught independently and in conservatory in both the US and overseas. His main goals as a teacher is to impart the joy and positive aspects of learning to express oneself with confidence and skill.