Meet Our Staff

Mick Metz

Mick is a producer and musician in North Florida and a Principal at Southern Red Bird. Mick has written and produced solo works and produced and distributed CDs for musicians and songwriters. He has expertise in business management and provides production, promotion, recording, distribution, placement, and performance management services.

Mick has over 25 years of experience as a management consultant delivering solutions to public and private sector clients. Specific areas of expertise and experience include project and program management, business development, business cases and cost-benefit analysis, human capital, shared services, procurement, outsourcing, business analysis, and general management consulting. Mick has been involved with Music Lessons Express since 2012 as an advisor, and now serves as the CEO.

Natasha Marsalli
General Manager

Starting with private violin lessons at age three, Natasha has developed as a successful performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral literature. Following her solo debut with the Naples Philharmonic at age 14, she has gone on to win top prizes in competitions across the state of Florida. She has studied under Patrick Neal of the Naples Philharmonic, Carol Ruzicka of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Corinne Stillwell of The Florida State University. Natasha graduated summa cum laude with B.M. and B.M.E. degrees from The Florida State University in violin performance and instrumental education. She currently holds positions with orchestras across the Southeast, including Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast, among others.

Natasha is also an active music educator, and is state-certified to teach K-12 music with additional training in the Suzuki and Orff-Schulwerk methods. She is currently the General Manager at Music Lessons Express, where she heads the Suzuki Pre-Twinklers program and oversees program development and day-to-day operations of the studio. Natasha’s violin students have won state music competitions, attended nationally-acclaimed music festivals, and gone on to study music and music education at The Florida State University and Coventry College.


All of our instructors either hold a college degree in music or have extensive performance/teaching experience. Our instructors work well with both children and adults, and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Our instructors are friendly, patient, and strive to get to know each student and his/her parent(s) on a personal level. Community and trust is very important to us; therefore, we require every MLE instructor to successfully pass a criminal background check.


A list of some of our instructors:

  • Sarah Agrios
  • Jeremy Avalos
  • Alex Bautista
  • Rick Brunetti
  • Shamari Charlotin
  • Randall Closson
  • David Goldscheid
  • Rebecca Goldscheid
  • Heather Heilbronner
  • Elizabeth Hulsey
  • Ben Lougheed
  • Natasha Marsalli
  • Susie Martin
  • Mick Metz
  • Jeremie Michael
  • Tiffany Ours
  • Samuel Peliska
  • Irene Plaza
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • William Sahely
  • Cody Switzer
  • Lyndon Thacker
  • Roberto Vidal
  • Brett Wellman
  • Kendra Wieneke