Lesson Studio Teachers – Champaign

Backed by a business over 50 years strong, The Music Shoppe has the most effective and affordable lesson studios in the area.  We bring in highly qualified teachers and let them do what they do best.

Every band and orchestra instrument has a qualified teacher, as well as other popular instruments like drum set, piano, guitar and banjo.  You can even find lessons for jazz studies, music theory, or home recording!

The age of our students range from four years all the way up to retirees.  We teach the first-time beginner, to the advanced player looking to prepare for auditions. Everyone is welcome in our lesson studios!

After browsing our teacher bios (found below), simply contact your store’s studio manager. They will assist you in finding a weekly time that will work best for your schedule.

Guitar Teachers

Dustin Norder, guitar and mandolin lesson teacher

Dustin Norder
Champaign Lesson Studio Manager
Mandolin/Guitar Lessons

Dustin Norder has been playing mandolin and guitar for the past ten years.  He has studied music theory and ear training along with other performance classes.  Dustin has played in the Champaign area for the past six years with The Corn Desert Ramblers, Hot Iron String Band and Ol’ Number Seven, among others.

His styles range from bluegrass, gypsy jazz and swing to country, folk and blues.  “Since I began playing music, I have always shared and learning from other musicians. Teaching is a part of music and that is why I love it”.  Teaching formally for four years now, Dustin is excited to join the Music Shoppe as a mandolin and guitar teacher.

Young Kim, guitar lesson teacher

Dr. Young Kim
Guitar Lessons

Guitarist Young Kim studied at the Seoul Jazz Academy in Seoul, Korea, and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, before attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He recently graduated with the degree in Doctor of Musical Arts in  Jazz Performance from the UIUC. His doctoral project was a study of guitarist John Abercrombie’s jazz improvisational style. Young has studied with bassist Larry Gray, pianist Chip Stephens, and guitarist Tim Miller. He currently performs and teaches guitar in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Young enjoys teaching guitar, music theory, ear training, and improvisation to students of wide range of levels, ages, and styles. His teaching philosophy is to help them learn the language of music, discipline through practice, and discover their own musical identity and creativity.

Jose Guzman is a guitar teacher at The Music Shoppe of Champaign

José Guzmán
Guitar Lessons

José Guzmán is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in Jazz Guitar Performance. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he collaborated with the folkloric ballet, ELMYRBA, on cultural trips to Egypt and Europe representing Puerto Rico. Guzmán has performed in the Southern Illinois Music Festival and at the Caroga Lake Music Festival in 2017 and 2018 in various chamber ensembles. As a composer, he scored music for short films for film festivals and arranged music for Puerto Rican songwriter Ivelisse del Carmen’s album, Amor y Tierra: Ir para regresar. As a jazz guitarist, he recorded Dimijtre Vasiljevic’s Accidental Nomad released on Rope a Dope Records.

Piano Teachers

Barbara-Ann Kaidy, piano and voice teacher

Barbara-Ann Kaidy
Piano and Voice Lessons

Barbara-Ann Kaidy is a native New Yorker, and a previous resident of Baltimore for over 25 years.  She has just returned to Champaign after 20 years in San Diego, where she taught group piano I, II and III, voice, music theory and chamber choir at Miracosta College.  In 1994, Barbara-Ann was hired by CV Lloyd Music Store to teach voice and piano.  At that time, she organized and performed a concert to benefit the Holy Cross Organ Fund, including some of the best and brightest classical musicians and purveyors in town, who, all, donated their services.

Barbara-Ann has taught piano and voice privately for 42 years.  Her students have ranged in age from 4 years old to 95 years old.  A professional classical and jazz singer, she is an alumnus of Peabody Conservatory Johns Hopkins and Towson University and is currently a PhD candidate in Educational Psychology at Capella University.  At 20, she was the youngest woman to be hired by the Baltimore Opera, where she remained for 11 years.  Her recital work included 3 engagements at the Cathedral of Mary, Our Queen in Baltimore.  Barbara-Ann has, also, been hired as a choir director and professional soloist at several churches and synagogues across the country for over 40 years.

Music is the only medium that is understood by all cultures in the same way, as far as is known.  It requires no other education as a communication device and as an emotional release mechanism.  The teaching philosophy to which Barbara-Ann subscribes is that music, in its many formats, must be fostered in the world so that people will continue to have this very basic human tool of expression.  To that end, she poses the question as to whether it behooves all of us to learn as much as we can about how to bring music into our own lives.

Woodwind Teachers

Ai Yamaguchi, flute lesson teacher

Ai Yamaguchi
Flute Lessons

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Ai Yamaguchi is a doctoral candidate in flute performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wright State University. Recently named principal flutist of the Urbana Pops Orchestra, Ms. Yamaguchi has also performed as a second flutist in the Gulf Coast Symphony in 2008-2010 season and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.

Ms. Yamaguchi has performed in masterclasses for Fabio Angelo Colajanni, Tadeo Coelho, Ervin Monroe, and Kristen Stoner and recently, she was selected to perform in the master class held at the Eastern Kentucky University for the world renowned flutist, Sir James Galway. Her principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Keeble, Dr, Danilo Mezzadri, Rachel Taratoot-Ciraldo, Dr. Christopher Chaffee, and Dr. Leslie Goldman Maaser.

Katie Gunn, oboe lesson teacher

Katie Gunn
Oboe Lessons

Katie Gunn is an educator and musician in Central Illinois and Indiana. Currently employed as the Oboe Instructor at Indiana State University, Katie teaches both undergraduate oboists as well as middle and secondary musicians. Katie is an active musician and has performed with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Danville Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Katie currently plays with Regali Winds and the Indiana State University Faculty Quintet. In the past, Katie has performed in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet which performed extensive community outreach in the Lubbock area and commissioned Ferdinand’s Follies, which premiered in 2009. She is the recipient of the Bill A. Nugent Fellowship at the University of Illinois, studying with John Dee, and is in the process of finishing her doctorate. Katie received a Master’s of Music from Texas Tech University studying with Amy Anderson, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Doris DeLoach.

Moria Tunison teaches clarinet lessons at The Music Shoppe of Champaign

Moria Tunison
Clarinet Lessons

Moria Tunison is currently pursuing her DMA in Clarinet Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois studying with Professor David Harris. She has a wide range of ensemble experience, having performed in the Urbana Pops Orchestra, the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Civic Wind Band, the FAVA Opera Chamber Orchestra in France, and chamber ensembles including The Graduate Woodwind Quintet, clarinet choirs, and the Illinois Modern Ensemble. In addition to her ensemble experiences, Moria maintains an active solo presence, including a performance with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra as the 2010 concerto competition winner.

As an educator, Moria holds a B.M. in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University. She has taught students ranging from elementary to high school age and enjoys nurturing the musical potential of each student. Past students have been accepted into IMEA District and All State bands and orchestra, performed in various honor bands throughout Illinois, and received Superiors and Best of Days at Contest.

Moria has also received a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Eastern Illinois University studying with Dr. Magie Smith and a M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University studying with Dr. Guy Yehuda.

Robert Brooks, saxophone lesson teacher

Ben Nichols
Saxophone Lessons

Saxophonist and composer Ben Nichols started playing the saxophone at age 14 and was quickly recognized as a rising star. With his unique style and creative ideas he is frequently asked to play in many styles and has performed and recorded with contemporaries such as: Ben Wendel (GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist), Wycliffe Gordon (Julliard Instructor), Jon Faddis (GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter), Jeff Coffin (three-time GRAMMY-winning saxophonist), Eric Marienthal (GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist), Terreon Gully (Christian McBride Band), Chris Buono (Flaming Headless Torsos), Brian Bromberg (GRAMMY-nominated bassist), Steve Smith (legendary drummer of Journey), and Wayne Bergeron (GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter).

Nichols has traveled across the globe, performing at large venues, intimate city concerts, and countless jazz festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. He was a member of the Ryan Innes Band, which won by popular vote the $10,000 grand prize at the Stadium of Fire in 2012 and opened for the Beach Boys. He has taught private saxophone, clarinet, and flute lessons for over 10 years and loves helping students find and develop a unique voice.

Ben is featured on three albums with the internationally acclaimed jazz band, Synthesis. In 2013 Nichols was a featured soloist on the band’s album The Day After Yesterday that was later submitted to DownBeat Magazine. Synthesis was then named the Top University Large Jazz Ensemble in the nation.

Benjamin graduated with a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and studied privately with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Miguel Zenon, and Jason Moran. While finishing his master’s degree Ben worked as a Teaching Assistant to Jerry Bergonzi and other members of the Jazz faculty at NEC. Ben is currently working on a doctorate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Annie Mason, bassoon lesson teacher

Annie Mason
Bassoon Lessons

Annie Lyle Mason teaches bassoon lessons and bassoon reed making lessons. She welcomes musicians of all ages and abilities into her studio. Her school-aged students participate in area youth symphonies, perform at Solo and Ensemble Contest, and win positions to play in ILMEA District and All-State bands and orchestras. Past students have earned scholarships to play in college. Annie’s adult students range from complete beginners to experienced hobbyists and perform in community ensembles. Abiding by the philosophy of ‘the complete musician’ of the 21st Century, Annie is driven by a fundamental desire to be a passionate and innovative teaching artist and performer.

With a strong foundation and love of all repertoire, Ms. Mason is an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, pedagogue, reed maker, contemporary and collaborative music specialist. She has performed with the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Urbana Pops Orchestra. As a sought after bassoonist in New York City’s entertainment and theater world, she’s performed with Matthew Broderick and the company of Brigadoon on Broadway, and with singer-songwriter Randy Newman. In addition, she’s played with New York based orchestras including Ensemble 212, Mimesis Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony of TV’s Mozart in the Jungle fame.

Ms. Mason can be heard on recordings including Music for a Golden SkyWinds of a Higher Order, and Dreams and Achievements with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony. She recorded Augusta Read Thomas’ work Astral Canticle with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Oedipe with Sinfonia da Camera.

Annie Lyle Mason holds master’s degrees in both Bassoon Performance and Contemporary Music from Louisiana State University and Manhattan School of Music respectively, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Illinois. Her teachers include Timothy McGovern, William Ludwig, Martin Kuuskmann, and Grant Gillett. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Bassoon Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois and is Instructor of Bassoon at Eastern Illinois University.

Jenelle Orcherton, saxophone and woodwind teacher

Jenelle Orcherton
Saxophone/Woodwind Lessons

Jenelle Orcherton is a performer and educator serving the Champaign-Urbana area. Hailing from Montreal QC, she currently a graduate Jazz student at the University of Illinois. She holds a B.Mus/B.Ed(Music Ed) and is on-call as a teacher, clinician, and performer of classical and jazz.
Jenelle has over ten years experience teaching privately to student of all ages and abilities, as well as ensemble coaching, summer music camps, theory lessons, auditions and performance preparation.

Brass Teachers

Christopher Moors, trumpet/brass/jazz lesson teacher

Christopher Moors
Trumpet/Brass/Jazz Lessons

Christopher M. Moors is the Manager of The Music Shoppe in Champaign & founder of The Music Shoppe Lesson Studios in Champaign.  He is well known throughout the Central Illinois area as a performer, teacher, composer, and local TV/radio personality.  In the central Illinois area he has performed with Danville Symphony (10 years), Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble, Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue, Tons O Fun Band, Sycamore Brass & his own jazz ensemble Cosmology.

His brass instructors include Dr. Paul Willwerth, Richard Illman, Dr. Mike Ewald, Ray Sasaki, and Dr. Thomas Wirtel.  Moors has over 20 years experience teaching students of all age levels throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.  He has a B.M.E. from Central Michigan University, a M.M. from Michigan State University, and served as graduate assistant at the University of Illinois while working on a D.M.A.

CD’s he appears on include: “Passages” in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, “Sousa, El Capitan” by Sinfonia da Camera on the Zephyr label, and “Blue Shades” the music of Frank Ticheli by Michigan State University Wind Symphony.

Katie Glassman, french horn lesson teacher

Katie Glassman
French Horn Lessons

Katie Glassman is currently pursuing her MM Horn Performance degree at the University of Illinois studying under Bernhard Scully. She is originally from Colorado, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Denver studying under Susan McCullough.
She is a freelance artist, having performed with many orchestras and ensembles in Colorado, including playing Principal Horn for the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, 3rd Horn for Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Principal Horn for the Inspire Creative Theatre Company, and subbing with the Denver Brass.
In addition to her extensive playing resume, Katie also has a studio of private lesson students. She teaches all levels of horn, from beginning through college-bound, as well as beginning piano. She currently lives in Champaign, IL with her husband Joey and cat, Reginald.
Stacey Peterik, trombone/baritone/tuba lesson teacher

Stacey Peterik
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons

Stacey Peterik is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds degrees in music education and psychology. During her time at the University of Illinois, Miss Peterik participated in Symphonic Bands, Concert Bands, and British Brass Band on various instruments, as well as playing trombone in Illinois Basketball Band and the Marching Illini. She also started Identity Crisis – a brass quintet comprised mostly of players on secondary instruments. Miss Peterik taught band and guitar at Champaign Centennial High School from 2009-2014. She also taught fifth grade band at Carrie Busey Elementary School and Booker T. Washington Elementary School. Miss Peterik currently is the 5th grade band director for Urbana School District #116 as well as the assistant band director for the Urbana High School Tiger Marching Band. Originally from Plainfield, Illinois, Miss Peterik is a trombone player, but also has played baritone and tuba in many ensembles. While in Plainfield, she participated in numerous musical ensembles including, but not limited to, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Brass Quintet, and Madrigals.
Korrey Frichtl, tuba and euphonium lesson teacher

Korrey Frichtl
Tuba & Low Brass Lessons

Korrey Frichtl is a native of Champaign, having graduated from Edison Middle School and Centennial High School. He is currently pursuing a BM in Tuba Performance under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Moore. While at UIUC, Korrey has performed with many ensembles including the Illinois Wind Symphony, UI Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, UI Trombone Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Athletic Bands and the world famous Marching Illini. He can also be found performing around town with Sixth Street Brass.

During the summer of 2015, Korrey was a member of the Disneyland Resort All-American College Band, a program which accepts 21 college musicians from around the country each summer to perform for 11 weeks and work with Los Angeles’ top musicians. While in LA, Korrey performed and worked with musicians such as Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lazano, Jiggs Whigham, John Clayton, Ron Carter, Gregg Field, Steve Houghton, and Rex Richardson.

Orchestral String Teachers

Jessie Stark, violin teacher at The Music Shoppe of Champaign

Jessie Stark
Violin Lessons

Jessie has been an active Suzuki violin teacher for over 10 years. She has taught students of all ages and levels throughout Chicago and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jessie’s students have achieved distinction as concertmasters, principle players, and orchestral soloists in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Her teaching style focuses on creative ways to make violin fun and often includes styles like fiddle, pop, and improvisation.

Jessie is an active performer and has played regularly with the Classical Symphony Orchestra, the American Chamber Opera Company, the Candid Concert Opera Company, the Northwestern Summer Orchestra, and many others. Jessie graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2009 with her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. Notable teachers include Motoi Takeda, David Taylor, and Laura Park Chen. Jessie resides in Champaign Illinois with her husband Brian and her sons Emmaus and Cana.

Benita Lewis, cello/bass lesson teacher

Benita Lewis
Cello & Bass Lessons

“I started cello lessons in the fifth grade in Danville, Illinois. When I was in eighth grade, I joined the Danville Symphony Orchestra. As a senior in high school, I performed the Golterman Cello Concerto. I was a member of the Danville Symphony Orchestra until I went away to college.

While at Eastern Illinois University, I earned my bachelors degree in music education. At Eastern, I prepared for teaching by taking lessons in viola, violin, and string bass. I performed bass in the college band and had an opportunity to play with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Miliken University Orchestra, Vermilion String Quartet, and Danville Symphony Orchestra.

I moved to Champaign in 1986 to teach string/orchestra in various schools in Unit #4. For the past several years, I have been performing with Parkland College Orchestra and teaching privately. I enjoy teaching and performing equally. My students benefit from my experience as a performer and I will continue until I cannot do either.”

Crystal Rebone, bass lesson teacher

Crystal Rebone
Bass Lessons

Crystal Rebone is a bassist in the Illinois area. Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, Rebone graduated Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois with a degree in Jazz Studies. Here, she was the principle bassist in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and participated in the Western Illinois Concerto Competition. She was also a part of the Jazz Studio Orchestra and the Jazz Combo program and studied under Matt Hughes all four years at Western. She is currently attending University of Illinois to receive a Masters in Jazz Studies under Larry Gray. Rebone’s teaching experience includes: teaching bass at the Western Illinois University Orchestra and Jazz Summer Camps (2013 and 2015), University of Illinois Jazz Camp (2015) and privately teaching violin, viola, cello and bass to people of all ages for the last five years. She is also an active performer. She performs regularly around Illinois, has participated in many recitals on the Western Illinois Campus, participated in the Elmhurst Jazz Festival where she won an Outstanding Musicianship Award and has toured with the Western Illinois Jazz Studio Orchestra in Brazil and Western Illinois University Symphony Orchestra around Illinois and Iowa.

Crystal Rebone, bass lesson teacher

Chris Livesay
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Mr. Chris Livesay was born and raised in Saline, MI and began playing the bass in fifth grade. He holds a degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan. As a double bassist, he has performed with numerous regional orchestras, jazz ensembles, and pop groups.

Following his time at Michigan, Chris was an orchestra teacher at Lindbergh Schools in St. Louis, MO where he taught 4th-12th grade orchestra classes to students playing Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. Additionally, he was the director of the Lindbergh High School Strolling Strings, a contemporary bluegrass ensemble, that played 20-25 shows locally and toured to Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY and Stirling, Scotland.

Chris is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign. In his spare time, he enjoys composing, arranging, and running around campus.

Drum & Percussion Teachers

Sam Haupt, drum lesson teacher

Sam Haupt
Percussion Lessons

Sam Haupt is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An Illinois native, Sam studies under renowned percussionists William Moersch and Ricardo Flores accruing an extensive background in classical, marching, contemporary, commercial, and world percussion.
During his time at UIUC, Sam has performed with numerous esteemed ensembles including the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, UI Steel Band & World Percussion Ensemble, UI Percussion Ensemble, and UI Wind Symphony.
Ron James, drum lesson teacher

Ron James
Drums and Percussion Lessons

Ron James started playing drums at age 8 and studied percussion throughout school, including a full scholarship at the NAU School of Music. He has been teaching and playing professionally in Arizona for over 25 years in addition to touring Europe, Asia, and the U.S. with all styles of bands. Ron brings his experience and education into the drum studio, teaching every style imaginable while never forgetting the basics that helped him get to where he is today.

Ron encourages students to bring in music they want to learn and he will play along with them on bass or guitar to get real experience working with other musicians. From jazz to rock, drum line, classical percussion and more, Mr. James teaches with professionalism while keeping a relaxed atmosphere.

Voice Teachers

Landon Westerfield is a vocal teacher at The Music Shoppe of Champaign

Landon Westerfield
Vocal Lessons

Countertenor, Landon Westerfield is pursuing doctorate in vocal performance and literature University of Illinois studying with Professor Yvonne Redman. He completed a masters in choral conducting and vocal performance at Illinois State University, studying with Dr. Justin Vickers and Dr. Karyl Carlson. He received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in performance and music education with an emphasis in voice and piano. His operatic roles include Oberon in Britten’s Midsummers Nights Dream, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti ei Montecchi, and Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage Of Figaro. As an oratorio soloist he has sung Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Brevis St Joannis de Deo and Paukenmesse, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Handel’s Messiah.