Meet Our Instructors

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Guitar and Bass Guitar

Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: My name is Jason! I’m 27 years old, and I’ve been playing music in some form for almost 15 years. I’ve been teaching for more than 5 years, and I love what I do.
Q: Who are some of your favorite musical artists?
A: The Beatles, Nico, NOFX, Nick Drake, Tiny Tim, Andrew W.K., and Peter Gabriel
Q: What’s your favorite food/drink?
A: Coffee
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: SpongeBob or Star Trek
Q: What instruments do you play?
A: Guitar (Mostly), Piano (sometimes), Violin (a long time ago)
Q: Outside of guitar, what are some of your hobbies?
A: Reading books, studying, laundry, SpongeBob, and hangin’
Q: What’s the best musical advice you could offer?
A: Just keep trying…
Q: Why on earth should I take guitar lessons from you?
A: I have first-hand experience regarding the subject matter. I’m very patient with students trying to learn, and I’m honest regarding your progress.
Doug Yeager has been playing music since he was 8 years old. His first instrument was piano. In 1997, he joined the middle school orchestra, where he learned how to play violin. Unfortunately, the following year the music program was cut from the school funding. Two years later, he received his first guitar for Christmas. He is a self taught guitarist, learning chords and strumming patterns from books and by watching other musician’s techniques. He started taking bass lessons, from a local music store in Southwest Florida, when the church he attended was in need of a bass player.

Doug has played for many different types of events, but most of his experience comes from playing in church.
Some of his accomplishments are playing at the Missouri Baptist Convention and for the Megan McGovern band in 2011, at Country Fest in Port Charlotte, FL. The band was honored to have opened for Marty Stewart, country music star and backup guitarist for Johnny Cash.

Doug teaches Guitar and Bass Guitar, and also dabbles in his spare time on ukulele and mandolin.

Kyle is a professional guitarist who is proficient in most genres including, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Metal. Kyle began his career in music at age 16 when he started playing at live venues with his orginal band in various clubs in downtown Baltimore. He then moved to Los Angeles California where he studied guitar performance at the Musicians Institute under some of the best professional musicians in the world. Kyle now spends his time with his local studio project “The Rhythm Surf Monkeys” and has released two albums under the name of this project. Kyle is a dedicated teacher and cares greatly for his students and does the best he can to accomodate for their specific needs and make them the best musicians he can. “I’m not just teaching the guitar, I’m teaching music.”
Ro Younkins graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Education and quickly fused her passion for teaching with her love for music. For 23 years Ro toured the Mid-Atlantic region as the lead female vocalist for one of Baltimore’s premier show bands, Ashtin Golt for which she arranged all vocal harmonies and choreography for the show. She started Blue Sky Entertainment group to expand her love for teaching music and began teaching piano which she’s been studying since the age of 6, teaching voice which she’s been performing since age 9 and studying most of her life, and teaching guitar which she’s been playing professionally for 20 years. She is currently performing in a vocal/ guitar duo with Nashville recording artist, Duffy Kane (Freedom Train Records) under the name Duffy and Ro.

As an instructor, Ro brings a unique performance based approach to teaching which enables her students to accomplish their performance aspirations and career goals. In collaboration with LimeLight Music School, Ro will also be starting a preschool music and movement program in addition to teaching, piano, voice and guitar to all ages.

Duffy Kane is an American country blues-rock boogie rebel who plays a mean guitar, howls up a sandstorm and writes a helluva insightful lyric. He’s a thinkin’ man’s ax slinger with a lot of fret board facility and even more on his mind. After transferring years of classical violin studies into self taught guitar wizardry, the Weirton, West Virginia-native came up aping hard rockin’ yahoos like Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath. He swiftly graduated to the truly challenging fretwork of country and jazz players such as Jerry Reed, Brent Mason, Speedy West, Pat Martino, Mike Stern and all-in-one master Stevie Ray Vaughan. This rocketed his nimble pickin’ and chordal harmony chops to Mars. Today, Duffy Kane is a hard working perfectionist who spends a third of his day sheddin’ on guitar, a third devouring mind-expanding politico reading (“Atlas Shrugged,” for example) and the final third terrorizing audiences at night with his songs that are both instrumentally and lyrically stimulating. Thus the title of his sixth and latest independent CD, Dead Man Walking: songs of life challenges and conscience for an America under siege from the inside as well as diabolical outside forces.

Duffy Kane came by his musical excellence natural via a father who was a concert pianist and a mother who at one time was a promising folk guitarist (she studied under Park Hill and Joe Negri). “I can’t say Mom was directly inspiring to me but she was exceptionally good,” Duffy confesses. “My father was an excellent pianist so I had classical music of the highest order drilled into my head from a man who sat in the basement playing it from the day I was born.” Duffy was first seduced by the guitar at age 4 while watching “The Beverly Hillbillies.” “There was a scene where Mr. Drysdale was pulling up to the bank in his blue convertible Lincoln Continental. The underscore was jazz guitar (played by Hollywood studio legend Perry Botkin, Sr.). The second that cool guitar floated out of the TV speakers, it spun my lil’ head around sittin’ on the floor playing with my matchbox cars.”

In 1996, Duffy cut his first blues trio CD, Let Your Insides Do The Talking (PMC Records), in Nashville at 16th Avenue Sound, produced by Grammy-nominee Brian Hardin (Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Daniels). Keeping a grueling 250 nights-a-year touring schedule, Duffy played festivals and on stages with blues greats such as Johnny Winter, Big Jack Johnson, Tino Gonzales, Debbie Davies, and The Nighthawks – all while cranking out a succession independent releases: Live (1994),Promised Land (2009), Holy Ghost (2010) and Citizen Kane (2012).

“I don’t consider myself an artist,” Duffy concludes. “I’m a craftsman. I want people to see me as a man who’s spent a lot of time looking into matters of the world and speaks the truth about what he sees.”

Percussion

Jesse was born into a family who loved music. As a little boy, he became interested in playing the drums, listening to blues music and practicing the vocals and lyrics for every Seattle grunge band that came on the scene.

Later, he began performing songs at local coffee houses and asking local bands if they would mind a walk-on. The crowds roared for this young man who shook the venue without any warning!

At 16 years old, he was already an accomplished drummer. As a self-taught drummer, he was the envy of his peers and now one of the best drummers and drum instructors for children of all ability levels, specializing in children with disabilities.He is an upbeat, easy going musician who teaches in a relaxed style. Jesse says, “You can never be too old or too young to learn to play the drums”. Jesse has been teaching for three years.

Whatever the level of desire and ability, Jesse will take the drumming to the next level. He is the singer/songwriter of a very popular regional band called LeftStronger. He has been said to be the best singer on the East Coast by many industry professionals.

He writes all his songs with the drum beat in mind which makes them very melodic and catchy! His ability to teach to each student’s level is what makes him unique as he shares his talent.

Robert O’Neal is a 2013 graduate of Frostburg State University, where he studied Music.  He is certified in Pre-K-12 Music and in Middle School Social Studies.  A product of the Carroll County Public School system, Robert has participated in local music ensembles for years.  He has played Percussion (Drums, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, and other orchestral instruments), Piano (Acoustic and Electronic), and Trumpet in local music ensembles in the county and in Western Maryland.  Robert is well-versed in classical, jazz, and rock styles.  He is also an experienced actor, and has participated in Theatre at the high school and college level, as Assistant Director for productions at Century High School, and recently as Band Director at North Carroll High School. He currently is on staff at South Carroll High School.

Piano/Keyboard

Linda A. Gilbert began her piano studies in Sioux City, Iowa where she attended
Morningside College. She later attended Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, studying with Julio Esteban.

Continuing her education, she attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne, where she studied with Kenneth Drake. She completed her graduate
studies at Towson University in Baltimore studying with Reynaldo Reyes and Frederick Minger. She also held a graduate assistantship in accompanying for the Opera Workshop.

Ms. Gilbert has performed extensively in recitals and competitions in the Midwest as well as on the East Coast. Some of Ms. Gilbert’s performances include the following:
* Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
* Soloist with The Cherokee, Iowa Symphony and The Siouxland Youth Orchestra
* Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland
* Towson University, Towson, Maryland
* The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore, Maryland
* 1st Runner-up, South Orange, New Jersey Symphony
* Landreth Auditorium, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
* Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City

Ms. Gilbert also is a member of Music Makers of Washington, as well as The Baltimore Music Club, The Piano Workshop, and Our Piano Group. Ms. Gilbert currently teaches at various studios in the Northern Virginia and Montgomery/ Howard County areas. Linda A. Gilbert began her piano studies in Sioux City, Iowa where she attended Morningside College. She later attended Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, studying with Julio Esteban continuing her education, she attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champagne, where she studied with Kenneth Drake. She completed her graduatestudies at Towson University in Baltimore studying with Reynaldo Reyes and Frederick Minger. She also held a graduate assistantship in accompanying for the Opera Workshop.

Josh Miller is a senior music major at UMBC with dual emphasis in both music technology and jazz piano performance. He performs with a multitude of ensembles at UMBC including the Jazz Big Band, the Jazz Small Groups, Percussion Ensemble, and the New Music Ensemble. He is a Piano player in jazz quintet The Full Flavor, keyboard Player in the jazz fusion band The Goods, keyboard Player in the rock fusion band Dirty Pop, and an independent contracting pianist for small ensembles playing in the Baltimore-Washington area. Josh is a composer of Multi-instrumental music, and performer of music of all styles for special and casual events. He has experience with recording, mixing, mastering, and music production and in the concert setting he have been the performer, the stage hand, running the front of house running live sound, in charge of the recording of concerts, and filming concerts.

Robert O’Neal is a 2013 graduate of Frostburg State University, where he studied Music.  He is certified in Pre-K-12 Music and in Middle School Social Studies.  A product of the Carroll County Public School system, Robert has participated in local music ensembles for years.  He has played Percussion (Drums, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, and other orchestral instruments), Piano (Acoustic and Electronic), and Trumpet in local music ensembles in the county and in Western Maryland.  Robert is well-versed in classical, jazz, and rock styles.  He is also an experienced actor, and has participated in Theatre at the high school and college level, as Assistant Director for productions at Century High School, and recently as Band Director at North Carroll High School. He currently is on staff at South Carroll High School.
Ro Younkins graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Education and quickly fused her passion for teaching with her love for music. For 23 years Ro toured the Mid-Atlantic region as the lead female vocalist for one of Baltimore’s premier show bands, Ashtin Golt for which she arranged all vocal harmonies and choreography for the show. She started Blue Sky Entertainment group to expand her love for teaching music and began teaching piano which she’s been studying since the age of 6, teaching voice which she’s been performing since age 9 and studying most of her life, and teaching guitar which she’s been playing professionally for 20 years. She is currently performing in a vocal/ guitar duo with Nashville recording artist, Duffy Kane (Freedom Train Records) under the name Duffy and Ro.

As an instructor, Ro brings a unique performance based approach to teaching which enables her students to accomplish their performance aspirations and career goals. In collaboration with LimeLight Music School, Ro will also be starting a preschool music and movement program in addition to teaching, piano, voice and guitar to all ages.

String Instruments

Specializing in Violin, Viola and Cello teaching from the beginning stages through intermediate and advanced students.

Particularly proficient in teaching young children, Michael instructs students from 5 to 75 years of age.

Michael has been teaching and playing string instruments for nearly four decades. He holds a BA in Music Performance, with an emphasis on Music Education, from Towson State Universiyt. Michael has studied under a number of professional orchestra masters in New York and Maryland including Herbert Greenberg, Concert Master of the Baltimore Symphony.

Michael has also played as a freelance violinist at social events, and as a regular or substitute violinist for a number of regional orchestras, since 1988. He has also taught at many of the area’s finest music schools and is one of the few teachers qualified to instruct students in violin, viola and cello. He is enthusiastic about music education and likes to focus on preparing students for performances and recitals.

Sarah has been playing violin and fiddle since 2000. She grew up studying music at the Peabody Preparatory and Howard County Public School system including violin, music theory, composition, voice and dance. She started her professional performing career at age 18. Since then she has performed as a solo musician and performed with over 15 bands and has recorded over a dozen CDs.

In 2013, Sarah started teaching private lessons in classical violin, fiddle, and rock/heavy metal violin. In 2016 she started giving lectures on stage presence.

Sarah teaches violin and fiddle technique as well as individual musicality and stage presence. Each student will receive individualized training on whatever genre he or she chooses.

Currently, Sarah is involved with several bands and other musical projects. The three most popular are: The ShamRogues – Trad Irish Rock • Pirates for Sail – Trad sea chanties/folk songs • Sekengard – Folk Metal

Sarah welcomes the opportunity to teach violin and fiddle to students in the Limelight community.

Brass and Woodwind Instruments

Larry Mullin is our saxophone teacher. He also teaches clarinet, beginning trombone and beginning trumpet. Mr. Mullin was an elementary school band director with the Archdiocesan Music Program for five years (in the Washington, DC area), and a General Music teacher for four years in the DC Public Schools.

He has taught private saxophone lessons since 1989, and is a patient and enthusiastic teacher. Mr. Mullin teaches correct playing technique, reading, scales, melodic expressiveness and improvisatio.

His availability for lessons are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. New students are being accepted at this time.

Jeff has been teaching private flute ,clarinet and saxophone lessons for over 35 yrs and is a native of Carroll County. He received his music education degree from Towson university and has done graduate work at the university of maryland. While at Towson he studied with Hank Levy and Joseph Briscuso. He also will be completing his 31st year of teaching with Montgomery County public schools, where his ensembles have consistently received superior and excellent ratings. Jeff has a performance career of over 30 years and has performed with top musicians from the DC and Baltimore area. He can currently be heard with The Mike Kamuf Little Big Band ,as well as The Don Junker Big Band and the melting Pot Big Band.
Robert O’Neal is a 2013 graduate of Frostburg State University, where he studied Music.  He is certified in Pre-K-12 Music and in Middle School Social Studies.  A product of the Carroll County Public School system, Robert has participated in local music ensembles for years.  He has played Percussion (Drums, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, and other orchestral instruments), Piano (Acoustic and Electronic), and Trumpet in local music ensembles in the county and in Western Maryland.  Robert is well-versed in classical, jazz, and rock styles.  He is also an experienced actor, and has participated in Theatre at the high school and college level, as Assistant Director for productions at Century High School, and recently as Band Director at North Carroll High School. He currently is on staff at South Carroll High School.

Vocal Instructors

The Award Winning Rob Bradley has been performing pop, rock, metal and many other genres for the past decade. 

Rob has been in hard rock bands such as Thrillkiller, Aries, Visionary, and other acts, even being featured regularly on 98 Rock, and opening for the legendary Sebastian Bach, Symphony X, Metal Church, The Protomen, Stratovarius, Dio Disciples (Dio + Tim “Ripper” Owens) and many more. Rob also performs on stage in major productions including VALHELLA, which met with sold out crowds, critical acclaim, and thousands of online viewers watching from around the world, as well as many others such as JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RICHARD CAMBPELL’S FRANKENSTEIN, and PROG METAL SWEENEY TODD. 

Spending three years as a professional session singer, Rob has been tasked to recreate performances of vocalists ranging from AC/DC to Michael Jackson, to Justin Bieber. Combined with his extensive background as a performer, a student, and a professional, Rob commands a very scientific and minute understanding of the voice.

His teachings revolve around a strong emphasis on vocal physiology and technique. With nearly a decade of studying under several esteemed vocal coaches and years of private studying, he shares the secrets of singing with his students. From rock to theater, his style will open your potential and give you the tools to be successful tested from over 10 years of live performing, touring, and studio experience.

He attributes his successes to his technical knowledge of singing; anyone can learn it, if you want to do it. His policy is, “if you want to learn how to do something, be sure your coach knows how to show you!”
If you’d like examples of his work, be sure to check his website at www.RobBradley.net

Here’s a list of some of the awards he’s received over the years. 

2012 – Broadway World – Best Actor in a Musical (Non-equity) – Nominated
2012 – DC Metro Theater Arts – Best of 2012 – Best Actor in a Musical
2012 – DC Metro Theater Arts – Best Musical
2012 – 98 Rock – Band of the Month (December)
2013 – Shockwave Magazine – Band of the Year
2013 – DC Metro Theater Arts – Best of 2013 – Best Musical
2015 – Helen Hayes – Outstanding Musical – Nominated

Here are some reviews and testimonials of his work both as a singer and a coach

“Singer, Rob Bradley is one of the best singers I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. He has an amazing vocal range, and can harmonize anything.”  Will Telltale 2016
“Robert sounded like he had been singing… and singing these crazy, powerful, Freddie Mercury-esque high notes… for a long time.” – Britt Olsen-Ecker, Operagasm 2012
“Robert taught my teenage son vocal lessons at a time his voice was changing- not an easy feat. He focused on head voice and ways to stretch his range without damaging his vocal chords. He even made house calls when we asked for drop-in vocal assistance before a big audition- what a nice guy! Always on time (even early!) and we definitely felt we got our money’s worth. Robert maximized every minute he was teaching.” – Kim S. 
“Rob is a very talented singer and has unbelievable knowledge and expertise in vocal techniques. He answers questions in great details and he is very supportive. He is very professional, always on time and has a very nice personality.” Brunilde G

“Rob is an excellent teacher who will guide you through the learning process of singing with attention to detail that will leave you with a thorough understanding of how to use and care for your voice as an instrument. If you are looking for someone that will help you unlock your potential not only to sing well, but use your voice as an artist, Rob Bradley is a great person to study with.” Claire C. 

Ro Younkins graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Education and quickly fused her passion for teaching with her love for music.  For 23 years Ro toured the Mid-Atlantic region as the lead female vocalist for one of Baltimore’s premier show bands, Ashtin Golt for which she arranged all vocal harmonies and choreography for the show.  She started Blue Sky Entertainment group to expand her love for teaching music and began teaching piano which she’s been studying since the age of 6, teaching voice which she’s been performing since age 9 and studying most of her life, and teaching guitar which she’s been playing professionally for 20 years.  She is currently performing in a vocal/ guitar duo with Nashville recording artist, Duffy Kane (Freedom Train Records) under the name Duffy and Ro. 

As an instructor, Ro brings a unique performance based approach to teaching which enables her students to accomplish their performance aspirations and career goals.  In collaboration with LimeLight Music School, Ro will also be starting a preschool music and movement program in addition to teaching, piano, voice and guitar to all ages.