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Music Lessons

Each year hundreds of students, young and not young, take music lessons at Gorby's Music. Our teachers instruct on most major instruments and voice. Lessons are taught here in our store and lesson times are available from afternoon to evening to accommodate your busy schedule. For more information on lessons give us a call at 304-744-9452 or send us an email at

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Kelley Laseter - French Horn and Trumpet

Beth Segessenman - Flute

Shannon Watson- Clarinet, Sax, Bassoon, Oboe

Chris Mickel - Saxophone

Chris Hudson - Percussion

Piano and Keyboard Teachers


Becky Bowers - Piano

Becky has been playing piano for 40 years. Becky is a graduate of West Virginia State University where she studied piano for eight semesters. She has been teaching piano lessons at Gorby's for eight years. Mrs. Bowers gives students a good foundation by teaching them to read music, theory and to play songs that they enjoy.

Sharron Nelson - Piano

Sharon Nelson holds a degree in Music Education from Marshall University and has been teaching lessons for 30 years.


Sara Golden - Piano and Vocal

Sara has been playing piano for more than twenty years. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Concord University and Masters of Music from Ohio University. Vocally, she has performed a wide range of roles including Dido from Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas all the way to Madonna in a Carnival cruise line Legends show. In 2011 she was named one of “West Virginia's Finest” at the annual vocal competition. She has performed piano recitals in several states as well as having been the featured pianist at Carnegie Hall's “First Stage” Concert series in Lewisburg, WV. Sara's teaching philosophy is aimed at helping students achieve their highest musical potential, encouraging the development of a variety of musical skills, and nurturing a lifelong love of music and learning.

Band and Orchestra Teachers


Mary Beth Kirkpatrick - Violin, Viola and Cello

Ms. Kirkpatrick holds a degree in Music Therapy from the College of Mount St. Joseph and Masters degree in violin performance from the University of Iowa where she also earned her public school teaching certificate. After a three year stint with public school teaching she toured Asia five times with the Mantovani Orchestra. She played four months with a string quartet in Japan before settling in Charleston where she currently plays first violin with the West Virginia Symphony and teaches privately. Her objective is to teach students how to practice and develop the best possible technique in the most expedient manner. Excellent technique is essential for the freedom of great musical expression. Ms. Kirkpatrick's studends are among the top achievers in the state representing Charleston in the All State Orchestra and the State Honor's Recital.


José Ramos - Double Bass


José Antonio Ramos teaches beginning to advanced students fundamental aspects of the instrument using repertoire specifically composed or edited for the Double Bass. The method he uses is a modern approach that makes the bass approachable, fun, and intuitive while introducing and/or reinforcing music theory. Furthermore, he has a strong desire to enable students in a way that he himself did not have the opportunity to experience.

Mr. Ramos previously held the sponsored chair as Principal for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and played for the Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Atlas Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony, Toby’s Theatre, and more recently, the United States Army Europe Band.

He studied at Shenandoah Conservatory and Catholic University of America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from American Military University and is currently a candidate for a Master of Music at West Virginia University.

Beth Segessenman - Flute

Ms. Segessenman has been playing flute for 22 years and holds a degree in music education from West Virginia University. She taught lessons both in public schools and privately for over 10 years. Her objective is to help students understand good practice technique and discipline to make steady progress, to study both traditional and improvised music and to play as musically and expressively as they are able to.


Kelley Laseter - French Horn and Trumpet

Kelley Laseter holds a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education from West Virginia University. She has taught private lessons as well as taught in the public school system. Ms. Laseter has also played with various performance groups.


Shannon Watson - Clarinet, Sax, Bassoon, Oboe

Shannon Watson holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a clarinet major and bassoon minor. She taught lessons for almost ten years in Ohio and has played in a variety of community bands and orchestras.  Recently relocated to Charleston, she now plays french horn in the Charleston Metro Band.  She teaches clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and oboe.


Chris Mickel - Saxophone


Saxophonist and music educator Chris Mickel currently resides in his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. He has been playing saxophone for about 25 years, having studied jazz and classical performance. He is a versatile a musician and has experience performing in many settings from rock and jazz to chamber music and solo classical repertoire.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University, with his major research project being on the Glazunov saxophone concerto. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Virginia State University in 1999 and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Louisville in 2002. He has studied saxophone with the following teachers: Michael Ibrahim, Morgantown, WV (2008 – 2011); David Wright, Morgantown, WV (2007 – 2008); John Moore, Louisville, KY (2001 – 2002); Michael Tracy, Louisville, KY (2000 – 2001); Gary Stringer, Charleston, WV (1996 – 1999); and Mel Gillespie, Charleston, WV (1992 – 1996).


Percussion Teachers


Chris Hudson - Percussion

Mr. Hudson studied at Interlochen Arts School, the Manhattan School of Music and holds a BA from West Virginia State University. In addition to studying at these institutions he has studied with John Riley, Kenny Washington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith and others. As a player Chris performs on a regular basis. Some the people Chris has played with include Bob Thompson, Vince Lewis, Frank Gambale, Ted Shumate and other. He teaches his students to count and interpret music the way professionals approach the subject. Areas of study may include marching percussion, orchestral percussion, big band, Latin, blues, jazz, Brazilian, rock and country. He assesses the student's level and prepares a study plan that is best for reaching their goals in drumming. His goal is to enrich his student's life through the mastery of their instrument.

Fretted Instrument Teachers



Josh Cannon - Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin

Mr. Cannon attended Berklee College of Music and has a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College. He has been teaching students for 15 years. At the entry level students will learn basic chords, scales and theory while playing songs. After 2 to 3 months (in most cases) students will progress to the next level where they can choose a style or styles that they would like to play.


Travis Cannon - guitar

Travis prepares his students for music as a hobby or as a career. He teaches many styles including rock and roll, blues, country, jazz, folk, bluegrass and many others. Pupils may learn music theory, sight reading, soloing, improvisation and more.


Robert Shafer - Guitar

Mr. Shafer is one of West Virginia's finest guitar players. He won the National Flatpicking Championship in 1983 and again in 2000 and has played with many acts on both the local and national level. In addition to teaching privately he has been an instructor at the Augusta Heritage Workshops at Davis & Elkins College, Allegheny Echos at Snowshoe and Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camp among other workshops and lessons. His objective is to get the individual student to the "next level" of accomplishment in their preferred musical style.


Chris Allen - Electric Bass

Chris has been a professional bass player since the age of 15. He has played on Mountain Stage, was Bob Thompson's bassist for seven year, toured Tokyo and 40 of the 50 states as well as played bass for Fontella Bass, Susan Werner and Alan White. Chris has taught bass over the past 20 years and incorporates general music and the skills needed to be in a band in his lessons.

Bob Brown - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin

Bob studied music theory at Davis and Elkins College. He has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has been giving private music instruction since 2005. His experience is with a diverse range of students, starting with his youngest at age 5 to his oldest at age 80. He also works with special needs students and has had an abundance of home schooled students. Instruments he currently teaches include guitar, mandolins and banjo.

Vocal Teachers

Sara Golden - Click to see Sara's bio listing under our piano instructors.


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