In-Home & Online music lessons designed specifically for KIDS ages 5-18.
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Meet the Instructors

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Owner & Lead Instructor // Drums, Percussion, Voice

DPV’s owner & lead instructor, Lael Eccard, has been teaching for 11 years and playing professionally for more than 25. He attended Eastern New Mexico University as a Music Business and Performance major. He then finished his Music Performance degree at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

Lael, his wife Amanda, and son Kairie, live in the Nashville area, where he focuses nearly all his energy into improving KIDS lives through music.  In 2017 Lael quit all else and took a year to fully ‘reboot’ his private instruction business.  Countless hours at his instruments, in his studio or behind a computer, pushing pencil to staff papers and development of a tiered, goal oriented, song and performance based music program in 3 disciplines had finally been born. Drums, Percussion and Voice! The relaunch and rebrand became DPV Music Lessons.  Now offering instruction in 6 core instruments.  Drums, percussion, voice, guitar, bass, keys and MORE!

25 plus years experience in the music business has given Lael his next calling: Passing along the knowledge he’s gained to all ages, but specifically KIDS!

“I love kids. I fully realized this after my son, Kairie, came into this world. It really changed me in more ways than I can count.  I never thought I’d be a dad, and it’s by far the best stage I’ve ever stepped foot on!”

-Lael Eccard


Instructor // Percussion

Well-received and dynamic percussionist Porter Ellerman loves bringing energy and pin-point precision into any project he takes part in. Graduating from The University of Arizona with a degree in percussion performance in 2021, he specializes in solo and chamber performance and electronics using Ableton Live, with groups such as the University of Arizona Percussion Ensemble, Speak-Easy Ragtime Marimba Band, and CrossTalk Electronic Percussion Ensemble. His attention to detail, dynamic performances, and dedication to projects have allowed him to perform across Tucson and the Southern United States, in projects with Tucson and Yuma theater companies, playing special events, award-winning high school drumlines, Arizona Days of Percussion, to the Disney Concert Hall, Centennial Hall, and more. Working both in solo and chamber settings, Porter aims to bring new music to the forefront of stages, promoting and expanding the literature of contemporary percussion performance, through conveying personal messages and meaningful stories and soundscapes in music to the young and old.


Instructor // Percussion

Rich Mossman studied at Boston’s Berklee College of music where he majored in jazz performance and education. He has also studied privately with Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck) and Alan Dawson.

He has over 25 years teaching experience with students from a wide range of ages and ability levels.


Instructor // Drums

MEGAN RICHARDSONMegan Richardson attended Berklee College of Music as a Drum Set Principal, earning a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting with a Minor in Recording and Production.

Studying under world-class players and mentors has taught her the value of quality, attentive instruction that balances positive reinforcement with objective challenges.

Megan plays drums around Nashville in a variety of genres, from rock to country to singer-songwriter to R&B.


Instructor // Drums

LUKE WOODLELuke Woodle’s passion for music started at an early age, fostered by a family of musicians and incredible mentors in Seattle, Washington. Luke is known for his musicality and love for music of all genres, having performed with a wide variety of musicians live and in the studio.

Graduating from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California with both an undergraduate (2019) and masters degree (2021), he has performed and taught across the U.S. and throughout the world including South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Japan, and Switzerland.


Instructor // Bass, Upright, Guitar

John Allen Is an upright and electric bassist who hails from Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University with a BMA in Jazz Bass, John studied jazz and classical music on the Upright Bass and contemporary styles on the electric bass.

John has been performing professionally since the age of 16 and has played electric bass since the age of 10. As an instructor, John focuses on developing a supportive foundation and stable technique to ensure the students’ safe development on the instrument. He has taught students ages 8-60+ and is adept at adjusting his instruction to where ever the student may be in their musical development.


Instructor // Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Nicolas Hosford is a guitarist from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently residing in Nashville, TN. He received both a Master and Bachelor of Classical Guitar Performance from Eastern Michigan University and an Associates in Music with an emphasis in classical guitar and audio engineering from Grand Rapids Community College.

Nick has 19 years of experience teaching guitar of all styles, skill levels, and ages. Nick also has experience working with students with playing injuries, other physical injuries, and cognitive challenges.


Instructor // Guitar

An ex-athlete (Southeast Missouri State University Basketball) with a writing degree from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Ben picked up the guitar in middle school and never put it down. He took an active interest in songwriting from an early age, with many band and solo projects branching into many more musical occupations, from songwriter and singer on independent labels to producer, videographer, touring guitarist and Nashville session musician on guitar, keys and mandolin.

Along the way he’s worked with Nashville-centric artists including Lucinda Williams, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Mercy Bell while touring some incredible venues like The Kennedy Center, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and The Beacon Theater in New York City.


Instructor // Voice, Guitar

Layla Frankel is a vocalist, recording artist, songwriter, and teacher with a background in a variety of styles including jazz, pop, soul, musical theater, indie rock, folk, and R&B. Raised in a musical family in Chicago, Layla began performing on stage when she was just four years old.  She later grew up to front big bands and jazz combos before moving on to write and perform her own originals. Since the release of her debut EP, “Tame the Fox,” in 2017, Layla has been playing to enthusiastic crowds across the country, with tours throughout the Midwest, East coast, and Pacific Northwest.

As a teacher, Layla’s primary focus is to help students discover new sounds and sensations in their voices and become excited about using their instruments in a healthy way. Layla is passionate about helping students develop a deeper understanding of singing, knowledge of music, and awareness of their own authentic voice and self.