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A spirit or source of inspiration

Muse isn't just a music store, it's a place where people can come and get lost in the Lyrics and melody of life. Big or small, there's something for all.

We carry a variety of new and used instruments, equipment, and accessories for every musician from beginner to pro.

We also host events to showcase local talent and strengthen the local music community.

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Ashley Flaherty

Owner

My name is Ashley Flaherty, I was born and raised in Oskaloosa. My passions are my family, my children, and my music. I have been very blessed throughout the course of my life to be surrounded by musicians and passionate people. I know everything from the Beatles to Beyonce. Being a well-rounded listener of lots of genres of music and using my gifts has made me want to chase my dreams of opening a music store and create a destination to inspire others to follow their passions, goals, and gifts.  I teach exploratory lessons, ukulele, baritone ukulele, piano, guitar, and percussion lessons! I am also an events coordinator for all your music needs.

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Brittany Bedford

Instructor

Hey, I’m Brittany Bedford (Sword) a guitar Instructor at the Muse.  I’ve been playing instruments since 2002.  Music has always been a constant in my life, I can’t stay away from it!  As a solo artist under the name Brittany Sword, I write and record my own music and play live throughout Iowa and neighboring states.  Throughout my teens and adult life, I’ve had experience fronting rock & folk bands as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist.  My favorite instruments are Guitar and Vocals!  I teach Beginner through Intermediate Advanced Guitar.  I create my own lesson plans as well as teaching from books (for young beginners), Guitar Tablature (beginner through advanced) and Sheet music (by request/young beginners).

I love sharing the gift of music and I can not wait to help you become the guitarist of your dreams!

Contact Brittany at contact@brittanysword.com

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Aden Scott

Instructor

Hi! I am Aden Scott, I have lived in Oskaloosa my whole life. I have been playing violin and viola for 7 years, and am a violist in orchestra. I have recently branched out into choir and guitar which has sparked a greater interest in music for me and I have been inspired to start sharing what I know about violin and viola with others. I love spreading the love of stringed instruments and have been blessed so far with amazing students. I can’t wait to continue this musical journey I have started!

Contact Aden at  ascott.stumpy@gmail.com 

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Patrick De Ronde

Instructor

I am a junior at the Oskaloosa Senior High and have been playing the cello for 8 years starting when I was 10. I have studied under Bruce McLellan, Ben Davis, Yoo-Jung Chang (a faculty member at Grinnell College), and Eric Graf (of Lux String Quartet). I have also attended the Oskaloosa Chamber Music Camp put on by the Oskaloosa Music Festival 4 times. I greatly enjoy teaching and inspiring the next generation of musicians and spreading the love of music, both classical and contemporary.

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Camryn Schultz

Instructor

Hey! I’m Camryn Schultz. I was born and raised around musicians and music of all genres. I have found a passion for playing the ukulele! I have been to concerts seeing my favorite artists like Zach Flaherty, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift. Being a music lover and watching my family communicate through music and share stories has been a major influence. I have been able to use my experiences, gifts and hard work ethic to have goals to work hard, teach others and learn every day working at Muse music store! I am excited to teach beginner piano and ukulele lessons.  I look forward to being a positive influence in our community by sharing my passion for helping others and being the best version of me every day.

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Jade Whitley

Instructor

Hello! I’m Jade Whitley and I am a piano, guitar, and ukulele instructor at the Muse. I’ve been in the arts since I was 6 years old starting with theatre, and then music when I was 9. I started out teaching myself piano and then was given the opportunity to learn violin. I also play guitar and ukulele in my free time. Outside of music I am involved in theatre, cheer, and dance! I play and listen to all sorts of genres and artists, anywhere from Queen to Pearl Jam to Taylor Swift! I’m so thrilled to be part of the Muse team! 

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Trey Sword

Instructor

Hi, my name is Trey Sword. I’ve been giving guitar lessons at the muse for a good 7-8 months.  I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, I am currently a senior in high school.   I’ve grown up around all of my siblings playing piano, guitar, and other instruments. I grew up with a classic rock influence and enjoy most types of music. I started playing the electric guitar when I was about 11 years old and have been teaching myself new material since then. I play anything from Latin guitar and jazz to metal or punk rock and I’d love to teach anybody how to enjoy playing the guitar. I can teach beginners who may not know where to start or advanced players that want to expand on their playability. I can teach music theory and would like to share techniques to enhance what you already know or help you play your favorite songs.  

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Alex Vertz

Instructor

Hey, I'm Alex! I'm a music lover and a piano instructor at the Muse. I've been playing and taking piano lessons for several years now.  I also play the guitar and the ukulele. I was born and raised in New Sharon Iowa; Music has always been an important part of my life. I grew up listening to a lot of different music. I have several older brothers and sisters that shaped my wide variety in music taste, everything from the classical era, to rock, to country, pop and so much more. I'm an aspiring singer, songwriter, and music producer and I plan to attend Willaim Penn University in the fall of 2022 to study music.

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Daniel Thatcher

Sales Floor

Wassup?  I'm Daniel Thatcher and I am from Afton, Iowa.  I've grown up surrounded by music of all types, but my passion for it really grew in high school when I started teaching myself piano.  I just graduated from William Penn with a degree in Music and I was a part of the marching band, concert band, and choir there.  I play the guitar, piano, ukulele, percussion instruments, and bass.  I teach music theory and music production lessons.

Contact Daniel at daniel@musemusicstore.com

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Marina Flores

Instructor

Hello! My name is Marina Flores and I have been teaching lessons at the Muse for about a year now. I have been singing ever since I can remember and have been teaching voice lessons for over two years. I recently started teaching beginner lessons in ukulele, piano, and flute! I also lead the choir at the Muse called The Muses. We are always looking for more voices to join our choir!

Now a little bit of background on me:

I have been in choirs since I was five years old and have taken private voice lessons throughout the years.  I was in Chamber Choir when I was in high school and had the great opportunity of singing in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.  Later, I attended Graceland University and Majored in Communication and minored in Music, with a focus in Vocal Performance.  I am currently the lead singer in a band based here in Oskaloosa called 9:53.  I have also recently joined the Central Reformed Church as one of their vocalists!

Contact Marina at marflor37@gmail.com

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Spencer Thury

Instructor

Hi, I'm Spencer! I have taught a variety of musical instruments over a span of 30 years. Though I have two years of college music theory, which I utilize in all of my lessons, my emphasis in higher education was on Transformational Leadership for which I earned a MATL from Bethel Seminary.  

Beginning with the basics of guitar, bass, drum set, keyboards, blues harmonica, and saxophone, I expanded my teaching through assisting the North Iowa Christian school and a private Christian school in Fort Dodge Iowa where I taught all band and orchestra instruments. Most recently, I added 5 string banjo, mandolin, and accordion (keyed and button) to my repertoire.  I was the guitar instructor from 2006 to 2015 at William Penn University.

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Giovanni

Online Instructor

Ciao everybody! My name is Giovanni, but you can call me Gio. I was about 10 when I fell in love with music, a guitar was available at home, my father knew how to play few songs. Later on my sister took few guitar lessons, but somehow that guitar ended in my hands, and the love story that has changed my life begun.

Gio has a music degree in contemporary guitar obtained from the Musician’s Institute of Hollywood and is currently getting his master’s in Jazz Guitar at the Padua Conservatory of Music (Italy) 

Gio’s services cover a broad array: performing, teaching, composing, track productions and more. With more than two decades of experience he now has joined the Muse to teach Jazz, Pop-Rock and R&B guitar! We are excited to collaborate abroad and offer on-line lessons with Gio! 

Contact Gio at giomusic2006@gmail.com

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William Leonard

Instructor

Hi! I am Wiliam Leonard, and I am a senior at Oskaloosa High. I started playing the piano around 2nd grade and have loved it ever since. I am also in the Oskaloosa High School band where I perform as a percussionist. I love spreading the joy of not only listening to music but playing it as well. From Mozart to Billy Joel, I feel that there is something for everyone in music, and that whether it be by listening or playing it, it brings people together, and that I think is the greatest joy of music. I can’t wait to help you grow in your music endeavors.

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Ally Nolan

Instructor

My name is Ally Nolan and I have many people in my life who care greatly for me such as my mom Jenn, stepdad Ron, and dad Mark. I am 16 years old and a junior at Oskaloosa High School. I am involved in theatre, choir, orchestra, band, student council, storybook, speech, madrigal, all-state, and jazz band. I love all music, but my favorite genre is musical theatre. My favorite singer/actress is Barbra Streisand. She also acts in my favorite movie Funny Girl. My favorite TV show is either Glee or Criminal Minds. I play a total of 7 instruments, the piano, violin, guitar, bassoon, ukulele, percussion, a little bit of trumpet, and I also sing. I teach piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion at The Muse. 

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Cami Sword

Instructor

Hello! My name is Cammela Sword, but I also go by Cam or Cami. I grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, and have recently started teaching piano lessons at the Muse. I grew up in a household filled with music, so it has always been a very important part of my life. I’ve been playing for about 17 years. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 and I’ve been in love ever since! Some of my passions include music, painting, and teaching. My favorite classical pianists would have to be Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, and Franz Liszt, because I love a good challenge. I teach beginner to intermediate piano. I am very excited to share my knowledge of music, and can’t wait to bring out the musician in you!