Lesson Instructors

Here you can read about all of our great instructors, ready to teach guitar, vocals, drums, and more.

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Guitar & Bass Instructors

Mike Johnson

Photo of Mike JohnsonMike Johnson has been performing, composing, recording and providing instruction since 1978. Taking up formal study at the age of 11, he began forming his own musical groups at age 15, experimenting with his own rock and jazz-rock compositions. He became a guitar instructor at the age of 18 at the Master Conservatory of Music in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Simultaneously, he began the study of the classical guitar there with Tim Phelan and music harmony with Boris Borgstrom. From there he studied music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, giving equal time to both the jazz and classical approaches to harmony, history and performance.

After graduating, he performed in a touring musical group and later obtained another college degree, this time in electronics.


John Sargent

Photo of John SargentJohn began playing the guitar at age six, and the five string banjo at age ten. He was mostly self-taught in the early years. At that point, his musical interests were predominantly folk and bluegrass.

He grew up in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area - it was inevitable that his tastes would turn to rock and roll. At age 13, John began taking guitar lessons at a local music store. He studied with various teachers until he was 17.

After high school, John studied music theory and the history of music at El Camino College, and then at Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), where he graduated in 1981.


Banjo & Mandolin Instructor

John Sargent

Photo of John SargentJohn began playing the guitar at age six, and the five string banjo at age ten. He was mostly self-taught in the early years. At that point, his musical interests were predominantly folk and bluegrass.

He grew up in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area - it was inevitable that his tastes would turn to rock and roll. At age 13, John began taking guitar lessons at a local music store. He studied with various teachers until he was 17.

After high school, John studied music theory and the history of music at El Camino College, and then at Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), where he graduated in 1981.

Brass & Woodwind Instructor

Ferril Muir

Photo of Ferril MuirFerril Muir has a broad background in music, having learned trombone, sax, trumpet, and clarinet in junior high and high school. He attended Ricks College and BYU, where he played 1st trumpet in the Ricks College concert band, jazz band, and orchestra; and 1st trumpet in the BYU symphonic band and jazz band.

Receiving a Bachelor of Music in 1969, Ferril went on to teach music in public schools in Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

Ukulele Instructor

John Sargent

Photo of John SargentJohn began playing the guitar at age six, and the five string banjo at age ten. He was mostly self-taught in the early years. At that point, his musical interests were predominantly folk and bluegrass.

He grew up in Southern California, in the Los Angeles area - it was inevitable that his tastes would turn to rock and roll. At age 13, John began taking guitar lessons at a local music store. He studied with various teachers until he was 17.

After high school, John studied music theory and the history of music at El Camino College, and then at Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), where he graduated in 1981.

Drum Instructors

Dave Gilbert

Photo of Dave GilbertDave Gilbert has been involved with the Music Village lesson program since 1986, when he began his own lessons at age six. In 1996 while still in high school, Dave began teaching drum lessons and found his passion for teaching.

With his experience and love of teaching, Dave strives to make lessons constructive, fun, and worthwhile. His main focus is teaching students everyday principles that not only apply to drums, but other aspects of life. Other areas of focus are reading, rhythm, technique, coordination and creativity. Applications of these principles can be applied to snare drum, rudiments, drum set, playing in a band or other requests.

William Lyons

Photo of William LyonsWilliam Lyons has been a drum instructor at Music Village for over 25 years teaching snare drum and drum set. William's dad had him start taking drum lessons in the 4th grade from Herb Hillier. He has also studied under Dave Beckham and Doug Wolf while at Weber State University. He has played in the concert, stage and marching bands at T.H. Bell Junior High, Bonneville High School and on a music scholarship at Weber State University. William has also performed with the Golden Spike Youth Symphony and Rocky Mountain Community Orchestras as well as playing in a local dance band for 10 years. During the week he works for the US Forest Service and just teaches on Saturdays. William really enjoys the drums and helping other students of all ages develop their talents and achieve their goals.

Vocal Instructor

Madison Moretti

  Madison is in her 2nd year at Weber State University studying music production. She has been involved with various choirs since she was 9, and has taken private coaching for several years. She was in the Lyman High School Cantare Audition Choir, and sang in the Spring 2015 LDS General Conference. She has been studying theory for 11 years.