BRASS & WOODWINDS

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba, Baritone, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone

We offer private lessons for any brass or woodwind instrument for all skill levels, starting as young as four years old.  Our teachers are able to teach you any style, and can help you achieve your musical asperations.  You can read about our teachers below.  Typically, lessons run Monday through Saturday from 10AM until 9PM.  All appointments are scheduled through our lessons office by calling 480-833-2323.

Mark Peotter

Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Electric Bass, Jazz Improvisation / Harmony

With his college education from California State University, Northridge, Mark Peotter intended to be a public school music teacher. That changed when he discovered his passion was for live performances and recordings.

Mark received Private Lessons and Attended Master Classes from:


Joe Pass, jazz guitar legend; Bob Thomas, first Alto Sax for Tommy Dorsey and Paul Whiteman Orchestra; Justo Almario, sax player, Christian Rock genre; Alex Acuna, drums and percussionist; Weather Report and more.

Mark moved to the Phoenix area in 1994 and has been performing ever since at many Golf Resorts and Community Theaters. He is comfortable with most styles, and writes and arranges music for modern Christian genre. In 2008 he toured South Korea with the Dina Preston Band for the US Army.

Mark has been giving private lessons at Linton Milano’s since 1994. He teaches Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Electric Bass, and Jazz Improvisation / Harmony.

Availability

Monday - 4:00PM - 8:30PM

Tuesday - 3:30PM - 8:30PM

Wednesday - 3:30PM - 8:30PM

Thursday - 3:30PM - 8:30PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 1:30PM

Location

Studio 6 at 45 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Sean Lucius

All Woodwinds

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Thank you for considering me as a possible guide in music. As a Mesa native, I’ve been fortunate to grow up with a teaching artist family in a wonderfully supportive arts community. I believe my profession as a teaching artist is one of the most important roles I play. To help people realize they might be capable of more than they realize is one the most important things I can do. 

 

I started my study of woodwinds with the late, great Grant Wolf at age 8. Then, I was fortunate to study with Hugh Lovelady, lead Saxophone for Caesar’s Palace through the 70’s and 80’s, as well as Steve Hanusofski of the Phoenix Symphony. College took me to Oberlin Conservatory, the oldest school of music in the USA, where I studied with knower of all things clarinet, Richard Hawkins. My post graduate work was done at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA with world famous principal clarinet of the Simone Bolivar Symphony,and founding member of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet; Jorge Montilla Moreno.

 

I’ve been performing professionally since age 16. without going too detailed; the past few years have been spent performing in pit orchestras for theater productions around the valley and occasionally performing with the Phoenix Symphony. I’ve also been fortunate to share my passion for music; teaching clarinet at Mesa Community College. When not teaching or performing, I’m often found helping players with instruments and accessories at Milano Music Center.

 

Wherever you are on your musical journey, I hope I can be of aid. Whether taking your first steps in music, or preparing college auditions; I’m a careful guide. Perhaps you’re the seasoned saxophone player looking to improve your clarinet tone, or you’ve just always wanted to learn oboe; I’d be honored to be part of your journey.

Availability

Thursday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Location

Studio 11 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Paco de Alba

Woodwinds, Piano, Composition

My full name is Francisco Javier Dudley de Alba, but I am more commonly known by my nickname, Paco. I was born in Long Beach, California, and I am a musician, lessons teacher, and  composer in the Metro-Phoenix Area. I constantly seek to spread my enthusiasm for music through  teaching students of all ages. With over six years of music teaching experience in various areas,  such as piano, composition, and clarinet, I look forward to being a helpful guide on your musical  journey! 

In addition to working as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger  Institute for Design and the Arts, I am currently finishing my Doctorate of Music degree, studying  under Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. I earned my Master of Music degree at ASU in  2018 and received my Bachelor of Music degree at Columbus State University (CSU) Schwob  School of Music in 2016 under the instruction of Dr. Lisa Oberlander.  

I have performed internationally in Ostend, Belgium as well as in several cities around France. In  2015, I was awarded the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival Chamber Music Award. I am also a  member of several chamber music groups. Most recently, I performed with Madera Picante, which  hosted an Online Benefit Concert to raise money for the Artist Relief Fund during the COVID-19  Pandemic. I have also performed with Vientos Dulces, which was awarded Third Prize in the Art  of Chamber Music International Music Competition in 2017 and 2018. The chamber groups I  perform in have also been invited to perform at international conferences in 2019 and 2021. 

Along with my passion for teaching, I am also an avid composer and arranger. I studied  composition with Dr. James Ogburn, Dr. Matthew McCabe, and Dr. Fred Cohen during my time  at CSU, and I am a former Vice President of the CSU Society of Composers. I have had several of  my pieces premiered while attending CSU and ASU. Most recently, I had my music premiered at  the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and was commissioned to write a piece for  the ASU Wind Ensemble in 2020. As an advocate of new music, I have also premiered several  works by other emerging composers and seek to amplify the voices of underrepresented and  marginalized groups.

Availability

Wednesday - 3:00PM-8:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM-3:00PM

Location

Studio 8 at 45 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Dr. Will Dobra

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn

Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Will Dobra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida (USF) where he studied trumpet with Don Owen. After USF, Will continued his musical studies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where he studied trumpet performance with Raymond Crisara throughout his Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

 

After graduating from UT in 2002, Will moved into the Phoenix area and has since been performing with such groups as the Phoenix Symphony, Salt River Brass, Sonoran Brass, Southwest Brass, MusicaNova Orchestra, Phoenix College Jazz Ensemble and the Arizona State University Opera and Orchestra.

Availability

Monday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Tuesday - 3:30PM - 8:30PM

Location

ONLINE ONLY

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Chris Soll

Flute

Chris has been teaching at Linton-Milano Music since 1991 and maintains over 70 weekly students of all ages and levels. She has been playing music for over 30 years and she has a Master of Music - Theory and Composition, from ASU and a Bachelor of Science in Music - Scoring & Arranging, from the University of Colorado at Denver. She graduated with honors from CU Denver and was nominated as a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, while at ASU.  

 

Chris holds two recitals per year and encourages students to participate in Linton-Milano Music's Annual Awards Music Festival. Her goal is to teach students to become "musically literate" so that they understand theory, technique, and musical interpretation and are, ultimately, able to read music fluently and expressively. Several of her students have gone on to become professional music teachers themselves. In addition to teaching, Chris plays professionally at church and private engagements.

Availability

Monday - 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday - 2:00PM - 9:00PM

Wednesday - 2:00PM - 9:00PM

Thursday - 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Friday - 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location

Studio 5 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Emily Williams

Voice, Piano, Flute, Guitar, Uke

Emily Williams has a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Vocal performance from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. Performance credits include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and The Duchess in The Gondoliers.



She has been teaching voice lessons since 2002 and more recently has begun teaching piano and guitar students.

Emily enjoys teaching healthy vocal techniques in any style (classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre) and loves helping students of all ages progress with their vocal goals. She hopes all of her students learn to enjoy and appreciate music as she has.

Availability

Monday - 12:30PM - 6:30PM

Tuesday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Wednesday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Location

Studio 3 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Guitar, Trumpet, Ukulele, Harmonica

Brad Howell

Brad Howell has been playing and teaching music since the early 1970’s. He is currently performing as a freelance solo guitarist at weddings and special events, and as a trumpet player with San Tan Orchestra. He recorded a solo guitar album called “I, Guitar” in 1977. He played guitar and trumpet in two nightclub bands, “Uptown”, a blues/rock band, and “Espiritus de Caribe”, a latin/rock band. He has played trumpet in numerous concert bands. He studied guitar with Hal Kinnamon, trumpet with Tom Hernandez and Nick Drozdoff (online video lessons), and harmonica with Shakey Joe Harless. He was a music major at Golden West College. He enjoys playing his ukulele, which he calls his “little guitar”.

 

He teaches all levels, but especially enjoys helping new students of all ages start their own music journey. As he puts it, “Music, whether learning it, performing it, or teaching it, is God’s gift, and I’ve been lucky enough to learn, perform, and teach!”

Availability

Monday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Tuesday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Wednesday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Thursday - 3:00PM - 7:30PM

Location

Online Only

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Mitchell Goodman

Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone, Trumpet

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Mitchell Goodman is a low brass player and teacher and is excited to be back in the Valley after several years in Missouri.

 

Mitchell is a graduate of Arizona State University (Bachelor of Music Education) and the University of Missouri - Columbia (Master of Music: Euphonium Performance). He has studied euphonium with Dr. Danielle Van Tuinen and Dr. Deanna Swoboda, euphonium and tuba with Dr. Angelo Manzo, and bass trombone with Dr. Troy Marsh.

 

Mitchell is passionate about the marching arts. He marched five years with the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band, the 2014 Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2015 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He has worked with high school marching bands for six years, including McClintock, Basha, and Rock Bridge (MO). He is very excited to join the Spirit of Dobson this upcoming fall!

 

Outside of music, Mitchell enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, son, Kilian, and cat, Valentine. Free time is limited with a baby, but his hobbies include Netflix (original, right?) and a guilty pleasure since middle school: RuneScape.

Availability

Wednesday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Location

Studio 11 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Meggie Evans

Violin

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Megan (Meggie) Evans is currently pursuing her doctorate (DMA) in Violin Performance at the University of Arizona. She earned her Masters of Music Performance in Violin and Clarinet in 2021 at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, as well as a Suzuki Violin Pedagogy Certificate. Meggie taught Suzuki Group Lessons for the past year at the Primavera Place Suzuki School in Denver, Colorado. 

I have taught private students for the past eight years, and have directed a music summer camp at La Sierra University for the past two years, where I enjoy teaching students not only violin and clarinet, but music history, theory, and instrument making amongst other subjects. I am a certified Suzuki Violin Instructor from books 1-8, and am also happy to instruct students outside the Suzuki method as well. I look forward to sharing my love of music with you, and hope you in turn can share it with your friends and family!

Availability

Tuesdays 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Location

Studio 10 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323