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.
Champaign Lesson Studio Manager
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.
Dr. Young Kim
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.
Eric Fitts holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Eastern Illinois University, focusing in guitar and upright bass. He has studied under jazz pianist Paul Johnston and jazz guitarist Scott Hesse. Eric has recorded and toured nationally with the band Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen. He has also worked with other artists such as Lupe Carrol, the Phantom Broadcast, and the Bashful Youngens. He is interested in Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Hip Hop, and Songwriting. His philosophy on teaching consists of helping students learn and engage with the kind of music that they would like to play. He attempts to incorporate each students interest as quickly possible, while also focusing on music theory and technique. He believes anyone can start at any age and works with students of all age levels.
Piano and Composition Lessons
Ryan Tomski is an award-winning multi-genre composer, instrumentalist, and educator originally from Wisconsin. He currently co-leads a big band called Big Beat (which released its debut CD in July 2015), while simultaneously pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and is a graduate of the Jazz Arranging Master’s Degree program at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Ryan has taught jazz courses and lessons as a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He has penned approximately twenty works for large ensembles including big bands, wind ensembles, choirs, marching bands, pep bands, and more. He has performed music in eight countries. Ryan has collaborated with such artists as Steve Nelson, Cecil Bridgewater, Martin Wind, Tom Finn, Steve LaSpina, and Paul Meyers.
“Ryan makes learning the piano fun, whether you are an adult or a child. He’s patient, energetic, and supportive. Ryan’s greatest gift, though, is his ability to instill the love of music. At the end of each lesson, he plays a song for us. He will ask my son what he should play, and then he will entertain us all with his skillful playing. Many times, though, my son will ask him to make up a song that demonstrates an emotion or emotions. Ryan will make up a song on-the-spot…a really amazing song, a breath-catching song. That’s when a lesson goes way beyond knowing what keys to hit, but to an experience.”
-Melanie Wallace, Mother of student Will, Wife of student Sean
“Ryan is great with my son Jake, who at 12 years old is not exactly interested in playing the classics. So Ryan took the time to simplify a popular song of my son’s choosing and kept my son motivated. Thanks Ryan for being flexible with kids of varying interests!”
-Lisa Ludwig, Mother of students Jake and Elyse
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.
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 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 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.
Dr. Jonny Beckett
Jazz Coordinator, Saxophone & Flute Lessons
Jonathan Beckett has been a professional saxophone player for over 30 years. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas in 2006, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois. He was a featured soloist and clinician with the One O’clock Lab Band at North Texas, as well as the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Beckett has performed with Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Jimmy Heath, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, and many others. He specializes in jazz flute, and the study of music theory and harmony. He has been active in the Champaign-Urbana area playing with his band and other local musicians, as well as teaching music privately.
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.
Bassoonist Annie Lyle Mason is a professional performer and private music teacher serving Central Illinois. She is currently the Teaching Assistant for the Bassoon Studio at the University of Illinois and has performed as a substitute bassoonist for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.
Annie holds degrees in music from the University of Illinois, Louisiana State University, and has the distinction of being one of the first bassoonists to graduate from the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). Currently she is enrolled at the University of Illinois in the Doctor of Musical Arts program. In addition to her performing career, Annie was a teaching artist for the MSM outreach program where she taught electronic music composition and music theory for junior high aged students.
Whether your student has a casual interest in playing or wants to make a career in music, Annie can help. Her attention to building the basics helps bassoonists form a strong foundation in which they can confidently perform their band and orchestra music, prepare for auditions, and enjoy lifelong appreciation of music.
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.
Donny Albrecht is a trumpeter from the state of Hawaii born on the island of Kauai, who started playing in 4th grade and decided it was right for him. Donny is a graduate of Arron Copland School of Music in Queens New York, where he studied with Michael Philip Mossman. He is also graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Where he studied with Lin Biviano and Charlie Lewis and Tiger Okoshi. It is also worth noting Donny attended The University of North Texas for a portion of his masters degree. His focus while at UNT was in Jazz studies with a Lead emphasis. Donny studied with Jay Saunders while at The University of North Texas. Donny has been teaching for several years. He taught for a period of time at the Frisco school of music in Frisco Tx, where he was the director of brass studies. At Burleson ISD in Burleson tx he taught legit and comercial trumpet studies along with being the assistant jazz band director. While teaching at Burleson ISD He also taught at Crowley ISD in Crowley tx. Donny has taught in just about every learning environment from elementary to University levels. Donny is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.
Currently residing in Champaign/Urbana, Joel has appeared with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Da Camera, and Champaign-based band Sun Stereo. Joel is recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. During his time at the University of Illinois Joel was a student of Charles Daval and Ronald Romm. Internationally Joel has been invited to perform in Quintana Roo, Mexico with the Opera Maya Summer Festival Orchestra and the Opera Maya Winter Concert Series. As a soloist Joel has performed the Joseph Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Joel has also appeared on the Chicago local classical radio station WFMT and on NPR’s “From the Top” performing Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale”. Joel can be heard with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra on the recording ‘Astral Canticle’ by Augusta Read Thomas.
French Horn Lessons
Trombone & Low Brass Lessons
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
Jeff Rollins is a Bachelor of Music Education Major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jeff’s primary instrument is the violin, and he studies under the tutelage of Stefan Milenkovich. Jeff has been a member of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra for three years, and has performed with other string ensembles as well. Jeff is originally from St. Charles, Illinois and graduated from St. Charles North High School. Jeff originally started playing the violin when he was 5 years old, and he comes from a very musical family. Jeff’s mom is an orchestra teacher in CUSD 303 in St. Charles and plays the violin as well. Jeff’s brother is a violist, and Jeff’s dad is a tuba player.
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 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.
Drum & Percussion Teachers
David Garcia has been working as a musician for over 20 years and teaching for a good portion of those. He’s a former student of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA where he focused on drumset and percussion, studying privately, taking classes, and regularly attending performances and clinics with many of the music business’s top artists and educators like Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphries, Efrain Toro, Terry Bozzio, Dennis Chambers, Richie “Gajate” Garcia, Toss Panos and many others. Upon completing his studies there, he was invited by respected drum educator and author Chuck Silverman to substitute teach his classes covering funk, latin, and the connection between the two.
In his years working as a drummer & percussionist, David has lended his talents to a wide variety of musical situations: from working the bar circuit, and supporting original artists in intimate venues and coffeehouses; to recording sessions for albums and movie soundtracks in top L.A. studios, and going on tours with major label recording artists. He has run the gamut of playing empty venues with 3 people in the audience, and has also performed sold out shows at venues like The House of Blues in L.A. David has also appeared on TV shows like The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, and Univision News. Some notable artists that David has worked with include Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, and Ralphael Saadiq.
David moved to the Champaign-Urbana area 7 years ago to pursue a second career in Translation Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese at University of Illinois where he earned his B.A. He continues to perform regularly and loves to share his passion, experience, and knowledge about rhythm and drumming with others. In his free time, David enjoys traveling, cooking, reading books, watching Netflix, tending to his plants, philosophizing with friends that will tolerate it, and recently purchased a canoe which he hopes to take on many adventures. ¡Se habla español!
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.