We have learned that the teacher's ability to motivate a student is critical to the success of the student. Most of our teachers have or are pursuing degrees in music. Most of our instructors perform regularly in various musical groups in the Naperville area. All of our teachers are dedicated and committed to showing students the joy and fun of taking lessons and of making music. Because of our large staff of teachers, our enrollment consolers are able to match your student's experience and ability with an appropriate instructor.
In addition to their education and experience, every member of our teaching staff has also completed our own proprietary training program which ensures that all of our instructors are able to meet the needs and expectations of the students and parents who have selected us as their source for private music instruction.Our teachers must be both inspirational and effective as they teach music to our students. We want the students to have fun, but they must also learn. Each member of our teaching staff is dedicated to meeting these goals. In addition to our teaching staff, our administrative staff is always ready to help students and parents at any time.
Dennis Andersonhas performed and taught piano for over 35 years. He studied classical piano with Alice Angermann at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, as well as jazz piano with Skip Green.Mr. Anderson has played extended engagements at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dubai, U.A.E., the Pump Room in the Ambassador East hotel and the Palm Court in the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
He has served as an accompanist for jazz artists such as Kurt Elling, Milt Trenier, Kimberly Gordon, Jackie Allen, Bill Acosta, Nan Mason and many others in various jazz clubs
in Chicago and the suburbs. Currently, Dennis is performing regularly at Sullivans' Steakhouse in Naperville, Chicago and Lincolnshire. As a teacher, Dennis' objective is to keep the learning experience fun, as he feels that music is to be enjoyed. He has found that once the student is engaged and learning with a positive motivation, then learning technique, practicing, etc. become much more interesting to the student. Dennis is a dynamic, energetic teacher with a passion for sharing his love of music with his students.
Corbin Andersonhas been playing saxophone, flute, and clarinet for the last 14 years. He has been teaching these instruments for the better part of 5 years. Corbin holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Miami. He also enjoys dabbling in piano as well.
Corbin believes that each of his students should end up with the ability to help further themselves along with their own musical journey. He demonstrates to them the ability to establish efficient practice habits, ear training, and to develop musicianship. Lessons with Corbin are exciting and friendly. Students and parents can expect excellent communication from the teacher, and very adaptable lessons to fit the student’s needs. You can expect to learn the fundamentals first, and with a basic understanding, branch out to popular music. In his time outside of the store, Corbin enjoys water skiing and snowboarding
Ryan Bigeck has been teaching woodwind instruments for five years. He has a degree in Comprehensive Music Education and his K-12 Music Certification from Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University. He is currently employed as the director of beginning band and orchestra, intermediate band, and advanced band levels at George Washington Middle School in Lyons, Illinois.
Most of his interests involve music, but outside of music, he enjoys football, pop culture, and martial arts. He was a member of Del Souls and In Full Swing big band, has performed as a freelance musician, and has been a clinician for a number of festivals and Solo and Ensemble competitions. Ryan specializes in teaching classical, blues, funk, soul, and be-bop music. He focuses on lessons on fundamentals and proper technique but believes that ear training is important as well. He aims to make students better, more sensitive musicians
Sarah Bergrud has been playing the piano and flute for over eight years. While Sarah’s main goal is to ignite a passion for music in all of her students you, can expect a gentle teaching style for all beginners as you ease into your instrument. Sarah enjoys teaching all musical genres and styles and also plays a little guitar in addition to the piano and flute. Outside of music, she enjoys reading, dance, archery, and modeling
Allison Buettnerbegan playing piano in the 2nd grade. Now, after over fifteen years of lessons and with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Allison enjoys passing on her love of music to her students. She believes that everyone can learn to play an instrument and can have fun doing it. Her goals for her students are to get them to appreciate music and learn to perform the music they are most interested in. Outside of piano lessons, Allison also participates in the Naperville municipal band on trumpet and knitting. Her favorite styles to teach are classical, Broadway, and pop
Tori Camera has been playing piano for 15 years. Currently, she is a Music Major at North Central College, where she is minoring in Psychology. Tori performs in various ensembles at North Central College, including but not limited to various concerto groups. Tori enjoys playing piano and saxophone, shopping in Downtown Chicago, in addition to boating and tubing. Tori likes to keep lessons fun and specializes in adapting lesson structures to her student’s interests. Tori excels in classical music from the romantic period, as well as playing duets with her students at our recitals.
Josh Cervenka has been playing the guitar and bass for over ten years and teaching for the past six. A graduate of Music and Jazz Studies from NCC, he loves playing and teaching genres as far ranging as rock and metal to jazz and pop. Josh wants to make your lessons productive. He seeks to identify exactly where the student is and determine a plan to get them to where they want to be. Beginning students can expect lessons to be relaxed and easy going but still held accountable for practicing the material covered each week. In addition to guitar and bass, Josh also enjoys playing drums, piano, and composing his own music
Ismael Escalante has been playing guitar for six years and been teaching for more than two. He is currently enrolled at Elmhurst College where he is majoring in Jazz Studies and Music Business. Ismael is proficient in both jazz and classical approaches to the guitar. In addition to the guitar, Ismael also plays piano and bass, as well as singing occasionally. Currently he plays in the Elmhurst College Jazz Combo as well as the Electric Guitar Ensemble; previously he played in his church group for five years, as well as the Elmhurst Classical Guitar Ensemble. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and was a background singer for Andrea Bocelli at Allstate Arena. Ismael believes the secret to success for all students is developing efficient and streamlined practice habits.
George Felty has been playing the piano for over 50 years and teaching for the past 35. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Concord University in West Virginia and Master of Music from Norfolk State University. He also has a Master of Church Music and Organ Performance from the Concordia University of Chicago and completed a scholarship study in piano with Herman Godes, internationally renowned concert pianist.
Previously George has performed piano gigs at the Mozart Cafe in Washington, D.C. where Ted Koppel from ABC and U.S. congressman were frequent patrons. George can teach a variety of styles ranging from classical to modern and ragtime to jazz. He works with his students a lot of technique, tone quality, and understanding scales and key relationships. He is currently the principal organist at Christ Church in Des Plaines and formerly an organist for St. Peter and Paul church in Naperville. Outside of his teaching and many performing opportunities, George enjoys cooking traveling, and visiting the local library.
Sam Filicicchia has been playing guitar and bass for over 8 years. A recent Naperville North High School graduate, he is attending COD and actively gigging at various venues in the area. H can also be found performing at open mics and battle of the band competitions. Outside of school and work, he enjoys writing, philosophy, and fitness. Sam can teach a variety of musical genres, but especially enjoys teaching alternative, rock, and metal. Sam wants to help each student cultivate their own unique style
Rachel Finneshas been playing the piano and singing for over a decade. She is currently pursuing her Music Education degree at North Central College where she actively participates in band and choir. In addition, she also enjoys playing the flute, guitar, and ukulele. Rachel believes that all students can develop the talents needed to succeed at their instrument as long as their love for music is cultivated first. Her goal for each student is that they fall in love with music and discover a life-long hobby. When she isn’t doing something musical, Rachel loves to draw and paint.
Jared Forthhas been playing guitar for over ten years. Jared wants to help his students reach their personal musical goals in a relaxed and fun environment while still motivating them to reach their highest potential as a musician. Introductory lessons will cover the basic ideas behind playing the guitar and you can expect to learn the fundamental techniques that provide a solid foundation for any style of guitar playing. Outside of guitar, Jared also plays the banjo, mandolin, and is in the process of learning the sitar. He is currently recording and gigging with his original band while also performing in a jazz ensemble.
Angeline Goh has been playing the piano for over 30 years and teaching the instrument for over 25. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Illinois University. Angeline wants her students to learn to express themselves through music and find and play songs that interest them. She can be an expert guide for the serious student and a fun, encouraging piano coach for the person who wants to try out a new hobby. Angeline enjoys playing and teaching all genres from classical to pop and, outside of music, loves to travel.
Paul Guziewskihas been playing the violin, viola, and guitar for over 15 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Loyola University in Chicago. Paul wants to share his fascination with music and the sense of fun and adventure it brings to all his students. He has played in small bands in college and also with the York Orchestra, the Loyola Orchestra, and the Loyola Choir. He specializes in rock and alternative styles of guitar as well as classical. Outside of teaching, he is an aspiring music therapist and also enjoys playing video games and taking care of his dogs
Diana Maynehas been playing the violin and viola for over 14 years and has her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance with Honors and High Distinction from the University of Iowa. Just watching her play can inspire students to challenge themselves and work harder to achieve their musical goals. Diana wants all of her students to find a unique voice of their own through music. Her musical interests are quite varied and range from classical to rock while covering just about everything in between. Outside of teaching, Diana enjoys reading, creative writing, and performs often in Chicago with various bands and ensembles
Sami Pearson has been playing guitar, piano, and ukulele for over seven years. She attended Greenville University where she received an AA and BS in Audio Engineering. She also spent a semester at the Nashville Contemporary Music Center. Sami is a fan of playing and teaching pop, country, and singer/songwriter styles of music. She also likes to read and is always working on a new song
Vera Pelin has been playing piano, harpsichord and organ for 19 years and been teaching for seven. She has a Bachelor of Music from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, where she focused in piano performance. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to classical music and watching movies and documentaries. She has performed at festivals in Hungary and Romania, and has played in recitals in performance halls in both countries.
Andrew Seimer has been playing the guitar for over seven years and is eager to help other aspiring players reach their musical goals. He is quick to discover what fundamentals or techniques a student must polish up or work on to improve their guitar playing. Andrew is a gigging member of two local bands and enjoys writing and recording original material as well as rocking out to cover tunes. His areas of musical interest are wide as he appreciates the opportunity to play and teach genres as far ranging as rock, metal, and jazz. Andrew looks forward to helping you grow as a guitar player and have a fun time in doing so
Gage Smith has been playing drums and other hand percussion for over 10 years and is currently majoring in Music Education. He specializes in teaching jazz, funk, blues, and rock. Gage has performed in countless jazz and concert band competitions as well as participating in several marching band parades and functions. His number one rule is to make music fun for his students while keeping them on pace to increase their skill level on the drums. Outside of music, Gage also enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends
Tom Sulek has been playing the guitar for over fifteen years and teaching for the last two. He enjoys playing and teaching genres ranging from rock and metal to indie and classic rock. Tom wants to cultivate his students’ love for the guitar as an instrument and encourages them to bring in songs they’re interested in learning to play. Students can expect a relaxed but progressive atmosphere while leaving each lesson with new knowledge and techniques to apply in their practice. Outside of music Tom enjoys working on cars and spending time with his friends.
Emi Vohas been playing the violin and piano for the past 12 years and has experience performing in her school’s Chamber Ensemble and Tri-M Music Honors Society. Emi feels that the student should enjoy music and to be able to learn and play what interests them. She is able to adapt and fit any student’s needs. Emi takes great pride in teaching her students and believes that they will benefit from her diverse talents with both piano and orchestral instruments
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