Music Lessons

Call today to learn about private music lesson pricing and scheduling information: 321-453-6424.

With 8 experienced and trained teachers on staff, Lauts’ Family Music Store is able to offer private music lessons to students of a variety of ages and skill levels. All private lessons meet weekly for 30 minutes. 

Additionally, with the purchase of any digital keyboard, organ or piano, you will receive FREE Recreational Music Making lessons – a 60-min. weekly group lesson that will help you foster and develop a life-long love of music!

Please meet our teachers:


Ginger Pleasant

Ginger is proud to be the owner and operator of Lauts’ Family Music Store.   She instructs the Recreational Music Class as well as keyboard and organ lessons.

Darien Thorsted

Darien works with students of all ages and skill levels on piano and digital keyboard.

Jennavon Brown

Jennavon brown has been a music instructor and accompanist in the Brevard county area for the past 23 years. She has played many theater shows as well as accompanying for school chorus, orchestra and solo ensemble. She is the organist/pianist for the first Baptist church of Titusville. She accepts students of all ages, with a particular specialty in adult instruction.

Karen Welsh

Karen established private piano and keyboard lessons at Lauts Family Music Center in 1987.  No matter the age, youngsters through the more seasoned player, she loves sharing the enlightenment and joy of learning music.  She is a proud product of our Brevard County School System, Brevard Community College, and a graduate of Western Michigan University.   Karen works to make everyone’s musical experience fun.

Lanae Reed – Lanae offers piano lessons to students ages 5+


Daniel Pleasant

Danny has been teaching guitar since the spring of 2008. He has been playing guitar for over 12 years. His first guitar was a Gibson Epiphone Les Paul and his playing styles range from classical to jazz to hard rock. His influences include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses, and AC/DC. Danny combines his love of teaching with his love of guitar and is knowledgeable on all guitar subjects, from effects processors to tuning a Floyd Rose. Danny is very flexible with students’ schedules, willing to answer any questions, and is available by phone or e-mail.

Jim LeFevre

Jim LeFevre formed his first band, The Novas, with high school friends at age 14. With two guitars and an extraordinary drummer, Jim added bass and was a featured vocalist. Within a year The Novas were busy every weekend playing private parties, clubs and hotels along Miami Beach. Favorably reviewed in the Miami Herald, session work soon followed in studios around the Miami area. Winning The Battle of the Bands, The Novas landed a recording contract, and at 17, Jim’s composition, ‘Please Ask Her’ was receiving airplay. (It is still available on a compilation CD through Amazon.) Summers were spent playing cruise ships to the Bahamas, but summers end, and as with many high school bands, graduation brought separation and The Novas were no more.

Entering the University of Miami, School of Music, Jim would soon get a clear idea of just how much he didn’t know. Association with some of the world’s top musicians was both eye-opening and awe-inspiring. Studies included music theory, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds and much more. Now freelancing with various bands, Jim continued doing session work at Criteria and Dukoff recording studios and began teaching at local music stores. After five years of intensive study, Jim had acquired a Bachelor’s Degree and was working towards a Master’s Degree – and then music, and Jim, went on the road.

The Max Demian Band was an amalgamation of talent, dedication, experience and desire. Jim played guitar, keyboards, bass and woodwinds and provided vocals while the band traveled all over the USA, toured Europe, and even the Middle East. Signing a two-album record deal with RCA, the band was reviewed in the Rolling Stone three times, appeared in various music magazines, and made the Billboard and Cash Box charts. Max played thousands of gigs over a period of eight years and aside from being a headliner themselves, shared the stage with: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Spirit and B. T. Express. Competing for airtime with the likes of then newcomers, Van Halen and The Police, Max came oh-so close to becoming perennial stars… but didn’t. Although the members went their separate ways, they still remain close friends to this day and occasionally perform reunion concerts, drawing friends and fans from all over the country.

After Max, Jim joined up with some old friends and went back on the road, this time landing a house gig in Cocoa Beach. For the next several years he continued performing fulltime in the Brevard County area. There were of course, the occasional road trips, including a tour as Bo Diddley’s bassist, playing opposite Billy Preston, and session work at Full Sail Studios. Settling down with a new family, Jim acquired an Educator’s Certificate from the State of Florida, Department of Education as well as additional graduate-level credits. A music curriculum he designed was enthusiastically reviewed and endorsed by the Governor of the State of Florida.

In 1992, Jim began teaching music at Lauts’ Family Music Center. He continues, fulltime, to this day, with occasional performances, including one recently at the King Center. He is constantly increasing and improving the resources in his teaching studio, and an essential textbook is in the works. Jim’s students frequently acquire All-State status and are filling his studio walls with their achievements and original productions. There is seldom a weekend when he cannot go out and see one of his students performing – and he usually does. By now, many of his students have long been out in the world of music making a reputation for themselves. They frequently visit as welcome friends, long after the teacher/student relationship has ended. Pointing to the wall of their achievements, Jim reminds his new students, that when they make it big, he expects them to buy him a Lamborghini. Red would be fine.


Polyanna Dorough

Polyanna provides voice lessons to vocalists of all ages.