Mike Martin was born in 1988 to a songwriter and as such, has been a lifelong musician and music lover. Mike started playing guitar at the age of eleven and by thirteen was cutting his teeth playing in blues clubs and also playing lead guitar with his father’s trio.

Mike graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High School where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music theory, sound engineering, and composition. However, Mike found himself bored with classical guitar method and so he immersed himself in the players he found himself listening to like Frank Zappa and John McLaughlin. Mike also began nourishing a passion for jazz, passed down to him by PCCA instructor and saxophonist David Pate.

In 2008, Mike began teaching guitar at what was then called the Rock ‘n Blues Academy and he later began coaching many of the academy’s student bands.

Mike teaches students of all ages and skill levels with fantastic results. He places a high premium on technical proficiency, so if you’re looking to burn on your instrument– Mike’s your man! With a diverse and extensive background in rock, blues, country, metal, punk, alternative, jazz, funk, and ska, Mike is ready to show you everything you wanted to know about the music you love. Mike encourages students to learn their favorite songs. Armed with a wickedly sharp set of ears, Mike can figure out most any song’s structure.



Jon’s fascination with drumming began the moment he laid eyes on the shiny snare drum in his elementary school music classroom. He would go on to play in several bands, march in the Gasparilla Parade, and eventually become a sought after drum instructor. Jon now combines nearly ten years of experience as a Hillsborough County Public School teacher with his passion for drumming; joining the St. Pete Music Factory as a percussion instructor. Jon is currently available for Friday lessons!



The Factory is proud to offer instruction from Tom Spittle, a musician with decades of teaching and performance experience. Tom teaches at most age levels, and all skill levels. Tom finds time between five different Florida bands to engage his students in techniques that they will use for years to come. Tom has a passion for southern and classic rock as well as jazz. Find the best time-tested tricks Tom has to offer on guitar, bass, drums and piano. At the moment available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.



Raina is a multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist, as well as a prolific composer and producer. She’s great with students of all ages.
Raina is available for vocal, piano, guitar and bass lessons, as well as instruction in songwriting and composition. Currently Raina has a few spots on her schedule left on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays!



Alex is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and is one of the most in-demand musicians in the Tampa Bay area. A SPC MIRA program major, Alex is available for guitar, bass, drum, and piano lessons, as well as individual instruction in sound engineering. Alex is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


MICHAEL GODWIN – Mandolin, Stand Up Bass, Banjo, Brass, Jazz and Bluegrass Instructor

Although Michael Godwin is primarily an instrumental performer of strings and brass, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a professional Teachers Certificate (K-12) from the Alabama State Department of Education. During high School, Michael performed with local Bluegrass and Strings bands, his high school ensembles and toured with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael completed his Bachelor Degree at Jacksonville State University (Ala.) where he performed with various ensembles such as : Concert, Jazz, Brass Choir, Show bands and The Marching Southerners (the south’s primer marching unit.) This includes live performances with Mr. John Fadis and the Bob Hope Show Band. Michael went on to teach in the Alabama school system and Gadsden High and Disque Middle School before moving back to his home state of Florida. Always the working Musician, Michael can been found performing with a host of local bands including The Bohemian Swingers, Gypsy Wind, Cutting Edge Bluegrass and the Chabo Brothers respectively. This has allowed him to perform live with such great artists as Vassa Clements and Mr. Bill Monroe while opening for Bands like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Pat Metheny Group, The Greg Allman Band, Jefferson Starship, Little Feat, The Spin Doctors, Widespread Panic, National Rhythm Blues Quartet and more.


Soprano, Sonia Leonavicius has been teaching private voice for the past 15 years in Pinellas County. She has been an adjunct voice instructor for Seminole High School, Osceola High School, St. Petersburg College and is currently teaching at St. Petersburg High School. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. Sonia specializes in classical foundational singing techniques, to train the voice through all stages of development, so that all genres of music can be explored safely. She trains mainly middle and high school students who are interested in preparing college auditions, performance auditions, solo ensemble, musical theatre and church music both traditional and contemporary. Sonia also teaches adult students.



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