Ignite School of Music @St. Pete First

Ignite School of Music is a community and church outreach to teach students and adults musical knowledge in theory and performance in order to bring praise to God.  

Both the teacher and student will grow more aware of their instrument, and learn important goals for excellence in a Christian environment. 


Sign Up: All appointments are made with instructors at their available times


Cost: Lessons are $25.00 per lesson, paid at the start of the month

John Richardson


John graduated Countryside High School in 1997 and achieved an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Saint Petersburg College, a Bachelors in Music from University of South Florida and eventually a Masters in Music and Jazz Piano Performance from University of South Florida. In 2001 John began teaching private piano lessons. In 2008 John became part of the Saint Pauls School of Clearwater adjunct music faculty and in 2014 worked as a part time adjunct faculty member for the Saint Pete College MIRA program.  In 2016 John won the Steinway & Son’s Top Music Teacher Award. In 2018 John joined the Players School of Music.John plays the Hammond organ and second keyboards/synthesizer for St. Pete First




Since Alex Bonyata started playing drums at the age of 12, he has been wrapped up in music and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down! His musical journey has led him to multiple US tours with his band, recording several EP’s, and playing in support of many artists like Ringo Starr, Andy Grammer, AJR, Foreigner, and more. He plays and teaches guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and drums." 




Angela grew up a Preacher's Kid in Monroe, LA where her love for the Lord and her love for music led her to receive her Bachelors in Music from Mississippi College and her Masters from New Orleans Seminary.  Her vast knowledge of Vocal Music and performance has led to stages such as the Featured Artist for THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION in Las Vegas, Nevada and THE SUNRISE SERVICE at Sea World (which was televised).  In her travels across the country singing concerts, banquets, and church events, she has learned how to not only share her music vocally but has learned how to best communicate to an audience with excellence and wisdom.

Meet The Team

Kenn Mann

Dean of the School of Music

Kendra Aumack





Tommy has been a mainstay professional drummer/percussionist in the Tampa Bay are for many years now.  He has taught both public and private lessons. Over his career, Tommy has performed for numerous regional concerts, national touring, as well as Studio Recording work.  He hopes to bring all of his experience to you as a Music Instructor.  Enjoy your musical journey! 




Kerry O'Reilly has been playing saxophone for 38 years. He was a jazz minor at the University of Tennessee where he played in jazz, rock and marching bands. He has been a member of First Light at St. Pete First playing in the contemporary service for more than 10 years




Contact Dean of School for more information.